Big difference. Oxyclean is easy and cheap. I also have great luck using just a magic eraser on stems if they are just discolored and don't need bite marks sanded. The magic eraser leaves the stem with a matte finish and the and shines up very nice with carnauba.
I have used oxy,magic eraser, bar keepers friend.....all with mixed results. I guess the oxy works better than anything.
That pipe was my first real pipe. Bought in 1990 or so. I stopped smoking her when I went over to English blends. You could still smell the Vanilla but I ozoned her today as well. Did a pretty good job getting it out. I had never done that before.
First - this is my opinion and not the opinion of the management.
That is a pretty easy comparison......there is no comparison. Seriously, I have used Halcyon II wax, but not Paragon. From what I understand Halcyon II is recommended for pipes with rustification and Paragon for smooth pipes. They will both put a shine on the pipe, but it is more of a subdued shine, and is not a shine that will last any length of time. The heat from the pipe and the oils from your hands will remove the shine pretty fast. These waxes do not necessarily embed into the wood grain, but sit on top of it. You can get them to embed to a small degree by heating up the briar prior to application, but it is still not a tough shine.
Carnuba however is the Cadillac of shines, IMHO. Carnuba needs to be put on with a buffing wheel as it relies on the heat of the buffer to "set" the wax. And once the Carnuba wax is set you get a beautifully bright and radiant shine which hilites the briar wood grain. The Carnuba, like any wax will dull over time, but a quick pass on the buffing wheel will bring it back to life, and occasionally you may have to reapply. But the life of Carnuba is hands down longer than Halcyon or Paragon. To get the best results from Carnuba you need to properly prepare the pipe though. Make sure the surface is clean. Remove all scratches and marks with Micromesh pads and/or Tripoli compound on a buffing wheel. Then polish the surface with White Diamond compound to bring out the shine, and then apply one or two coats of Carnuba. Carnuba also works well on stems and helps to slow down oxidation while providing a nice luster.
Pick yourself up a bar of Tripoli and a dedicated buffing wheel for it. The Tripoli is great for removing shallow scratches and swirls from the surface before you polish and wax. The Tripoli also works good on the stem for removing some of the oxidation that is deep seated. Just use caution as you can actually remove logos if you do not use the Tripoli sparingly or use to much pressure.