Wet shaving requires a number of components working together, complementing each other for a satisfying, successful shave. One of the necessary cogs in the process, is shaving soap or cream. Something that will soften your stubborn growth & lubricate your eagerly awaiting visage.
Proraso Refresh Shaving Cream, Proraso Eucalyptus Shaving Cream, Proraso Green Shaving Cream, call it what you will, is a staple inclusion amongst many wet shavers around the world.
A Proraso Legacy
Proraso is a brand associated with shaving, that can be proudly seen on the dusty shelves of barber shops around the world, and my local barber Guido, is no different.
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 & 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 flagship shaving soap & cream made from Eucalyptus leading the way.
What’s In It?
Before we get into what Proraso Shaving Cream is made up of it’s probably a good idea to touch on the fact that the packaging may differ depending on where you buy it. Both types of packaging still seem to be readily available. Some tubes show more colour & a different design whereas others reflect Proraso’s early barber shop beginnings, sporting the iconic barber’s pole pattern with dark green diagonal striping.
Proraso has traditionally followed the same production process for years. The ingredients are all natural, are transformed from hot soap, into the extremely fine product we see today.
Let’s check out what’s inside!
Water, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Menthol, Camphor, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Metasilicate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Geraniol, Fragrance.
OK.! That was all probably a bit of a mouthful, but in a nutshell it has:
- No Parabens
- No Silicons
- No Mineral Oils
- No Artificial Colours
Although Proraso offer other fragrances, one of which is for more sensitive skin, this product will generally suit most men. Two ingredients that are particularly highlighted are the Menthol & Eucalyptus Oil. While the menthol is refreshing & gives you face a subtle tingle, the eucalyptus oil has a natural soothing, cleansing nature.
It’s also worthy to note that common razor-related conditions such as shaving bumps & razor burn, can be significantly reduced due to infusion of glycerine. This should give your razor a far smoother journey around your face.
The heat of the Aussie summer had me questioning my current shaving cream. Now don’t get me wrong, the subtle fragrance of sandalwood in the morning was fantastic, but now the weather was warming up, I began to consider some of the more refreshing, even cooler shaving soap or cream. After a bit of web surfing & reading some user reviews (almost 1500 reviews on Amazon alone), I decided to take the plunge & grab a tube.
Looking forward to using my new product, I eagerly took it out of its rectangular prism, & unscrewed the cap. I was pleasantly surprised by a fresh hit of menthol & eucalyptus. Not knowing any better, I squeezed the same amount of shaving cream onto the end of badger brush as I would with my regular product. I quickly found that I didn’t need nearly as much as I was used to.
Shortly after grabbing my shaving bowl & beginning my ritualistic circular motion, the lather appeared very quickly. It didn’t take long to form copious amounts of soft white peaks trying desperately to escape their confinement.
Once I applied the lather to my face I noticed an instant response from my skin. The refreshing tingle of the menthol & eucalyptus. It gave my face an immediate cooling sensation. Very welcome considering the morning was warming up quickly from an already warm night.
I’m afraid that there isn’t much to report regarding my shave. Only the fact that Proraso performed exactly how I thought it would. Two things did stand out to me as I was shaving though!
The lubrication was fantastic. I don’t use a pre shave cream (well I do actually, but I use it in my post-shave routine), and I honestly found that it wasn’t needed. Proraso did a great job at easing the blade over my face to sever resistant whiskers.
I found the lather to remain dense & consistent on my face. Some shaving creams I’d used previously had a tendency to dry out & start thinning well before I finished my pass. I never found that to be the case with this shaving cream.
At A Glance:
- Packaging: Tube
- Volume: 150ml (5.2oz)
- Scent: Eucalyptus & Menthol
- Price: Approx $10. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
- My Rating: 4 out of 5
I loved using this shaving cream. Proraso keeps it traditional, easy to use & it delivers on what it promises…a good quality product at a great price! I enjoy the fragrance of the eucalyptus & menthol, but some do find it a little strong. If you’re living in a colder climate, the cool feeling on the skin may be too fresh for you. But if you want a refreshing, revitalizing experience, you can’t go past Proraso Refresh Shaving Cream.
Have you used Proraso before? How did you find it? I’d love to hear your comments or answer any questions in the comments section below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉