Proraso Pre-Shave Cream Review – Is It Worth The Hype?

There is no doubt about it! When it comes to shaving, in particular, the gentlemanly art of classic shaving, Proraso is a name that’s synonymous with whipping out a razor and shaving brush.

For over 100 years, products from this Italian birthed company has been gracing dusty barber shop shelves and shaving cabinets around the world.

One of the first products to be created was Proraso Pre-Shave Cream. Known to the locals as “Pre-Barba Miracolo”, the pre-shave miracle. A cream that was claiming to lubricate the face and soften the whiskers before shaving. Making the shaving experience far more pleasurable.

my local barber Guido has had Proraso on his shelves for as long as I can remember. Having next to no knowledge about wet shaving, I’d asked him about Proraso a few times over the years. His heavily accented reply was not rude, but more, dismissive I guess. As far as he was concerned, Proraso was such a staple in Italy, I may as well have been asking about “bread!”

A Little History

In 1926, although considered a relative newcomer to wet shaving, safety razors were becoming more & more popular. Gentleman had a number of products (both home-made and commercial), they could use to soften their whiskers.

The setting is the beautiful Italian city of Florence, and through the efforts of Ludovico Martelli, Proraso was born. In fact the combination of ingredients were so unique, the well guarded formula has been passed down from generation to generation.

Now 90 years on, their line of shaving products can be found around the globe, with their “Pre-Barba Miracolo” Eucalyptus and Menthol Pre-Shave Cream leading the way.

My Experience

The Purchase

When I first began to delve into the world of classic shaving, Proraso Pre-Shave Cream kept popping up. And to be honest, I didn’t pay all that much attention. It really wasn’t until I was well into classic shaving that I decided to give it go.

So one fine sunny day, I travelled to my local shaving store to buy some. The first thing I noticed was the choices I had. As well as the original Eucalyptus and Menthol, there was also “Sensitive” and “Sandalwood & Shea Butter” as viable options as well.

Although tempted, I decide to stick with my initial choice of Eucalyptus and Menthol. I pick up the jar, turn it around and begin to read. I like to know what I’m slapping on my skin so at this point, I check out the Ingredients and I see as follows:

Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Camphor, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Menthol, Parfum (Fragrance), Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Eucalyptol, Sodium Benzoate,Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA.

I found nothing particularly alarming and let’s be honest, after nearly a century of production, it’s fair to say that Proraso Pre-Shave is safe to use.

Moment of Truth



I was pretty excited to try out my newly purchased product. I had no hesitation in bolting into my bathroom and preparing my face for the impending razor onslaught. With my face sufficiently hydrated, I began to apply the cream as per instructions.

I rubbed the Proraso liberally into my face, then I went about creating my lather while I gave it time to do its stuff. After a minute or two, I lathered up my visage and made the first stroke with my blade.

==> Click here for my Pre-Shave Routine <==

At this point I’d love to tell you that my razor gracefully drifted down my cheek with no hint of resistance…but I’d be lying. Now don’t get me wrong, yes it did lubricate my face and make the shave easier, but for me, the difference wasn’t night and day. Interestingly, the difference for some other users however is exactly that. With thousands of reviews across the web, they absolutely swear by this miracle cream’s pre-shave qualities and wouldn’t consider using anything else. A couple of happy users give us their opinion:

“A product that works! Apply very sparingly to the slightly wet face and and give it time to work,say one minute and then lather your face. Your eyes will water a little from the menthol but dont worry it soon wares off. Your shave will be smooth and it will be more productive. There is no need to add more Proraso pre shave cream. For the record I use the Proraso sensitive skin shaving cream. The pre-shave cream can be used as a post shave cream but again use sparingly.”

“The pre-shave cream in combination with authentic Proraso shave cream is simply outstanding, and if you take a moment to prep your skin properly this combination will change your shave for the rest of your life. I have many products from many companies for different smells, feels and moods, but when I want a shave free of razor burn guaranteed, I’m reaching for Proraso.”

Only Half The Story

The story doesn’t end here my friends. As the name suggests, although Proraso is mainly used as a pre-shave, I found it brilliant as a post-shave cream.

As well as being a precursor to my aftershave balm, I found it to provide my skin with a good initial barrier. Secondly, the refreshing punch in the face I got was great. Some blokes might find it too overpowering and won’t particularly enjoy that sensation, but for me…awesome! Particularly here in Australia on a warm summer’s day.

==> Click here for my Post-Shave Routine <==



At A Glance:

In wrapping up, I found Proraso Pre-Shave to be a great product. Although I didn’t get the pre-shave results I originally envisaged, as a post-shave application, I found it fantastic!

I always have a jar in my shaving cabinet and who knows, I might even be tempted to try some of Proraso’s other pre-shave offerings. I’ll let you know my experience about those in future reviews!

As usual, I’d love to hear about your Proraso thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Time to get your shave on! 😉

18 thoughts on “Proraso Pre-Shave Cream Review – Is It Worth The Hype?

  1. Alex

    This seems like a great product with an even better reputation and history. Looks like it might be worth trying.

    Thanks for such an informative post!

    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for your comments Alex

      I couldn’t agree more. Proraso have been around for a long time and that doesn’t happen if you make bad products.


  2. lee

    Great article. I remember as a kid watching my dad shave the old fashioned way. I recall thinking something to the effect of placing a very sharp blade against your face, cannot be a good thing. Now, I realize it is more a form of art.


    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Lee

      Thanks mate. Yes it is an art form, and a pleasurable one once you’ve mastered it! 😉


  3. George

    I’ve never thought of using a pre-shave product, but reading this has probably persuaded me to give it a go! Really informative and interesting post.

    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi George

      I’m glad I was able to help mate. I don’t use a pre-shave product all the time, but the difference (sometimes small and sometimes great) is noticeable when I do.


  4. Mohammad Makki

    I’m definitely a shaving novice if I never heard of Proraso. It looks like a quality cream. I’m not the best shaver, but I know my Nivea cream is not the best available. The way you describe Proraso sounds like a dream come true for my often burned and nicked face!

    This site is slowly getting me into shaving like a pro. I haven’t taken action yet, but I’m looking to get my first safety razor soon. Then I can make the best use of this Proraso!

  5. Roger


    What a delightful story about this product! I especially loved your memory of asking your barber Guido about Proraso, and him thinking, “Mamma Mia! Kids today!” Obviously Guido believes the product speaks for itself!

    Interesting that you didn’t immediately notice any vast difference in your shaving experience. In subsequent uses, have you begun to notice anything more? Or have you tried using it one day, then not the next, say for a week, then comparing your notes?

    So you do like it as a post-shave. What specifically did you like about that?

    And did you notice it making your eyes water? You mentioned it might be a bit too “bracing” for some of us!

    Thanks for educating my about this product. Don’t tell Guido, but I had never even heard of it before!


    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for that Roger. You definitely know how to make me smile.

      Mate, it wasn’t bad as a pre-shave, however I really liked it as a post shave product. The freshness the Eucalyptus and Menthol provide are revitalising. Not to mention the barrier the cream helps provide against the elements.


  6. Stephanie

    This is an awesome article! My son is getting to that age where shaving has become a subject in the house. And of course, now I have to do research on this. I found this very informative and honest.

    I think we need to give this product a try. And when I say we, I mean my son…HA..Thank you for sharing your experience!

  7. Ruben

    Hey Andrew

    I’m not into pre-shaving creams ,well I never shave the old fashion way since a sharp razor on my throat never seemed like a good idea. 🙂

    But for what you just related, this Proraso cream do sounds like a good product and it might tempt me to try it, who knows maybe it would be the answer for a clean shave!

    Great article

  8. Matt

    This is a great article Andrew. Your description of applying the cream on your face and the feeling of shaving really makes me feel like I am right there with you. I think this is a very fair review showing both the pros and the cons and is also very descriptive. Thanks for the share!

  9. Brandon Parker

    I actually stopped shaving about a year back because I get bad razor bumps. I was using this product called magic shave which was formulated to prevent razor bumps, but it stinks like hell and isn’t very easy to use. Do you know whether this is good for razor bump prevention?

    1. Andrew Post author

      There are a number of solutions to razor bumps Brandon.

      Yes this product (particularly the Sandalwood & Shea Butter) will help, but so will the type of razor you use.

      Since safety razors only have one blade and irritate the skin less, they are a perfect solution to razor bumps, razor burn, ingrown hair, etc.

      I go into a fair bit of detail in my post What Is The Best Razor For Sensitive Skin?. Check it out and if I can help in any way, please let me know.



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