Acqua di Parma Colonia Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream

A ‘cream’ that make many people’s list of the best available. Deservedly so?

Used with: Polsilver SI (2nd shave)

Although this is called a cream, you couldn’t scoop it out as it’s so firm. It’s closer to a croap or even a soap. I sprinkled the surface with water and loaded with a wet badger brush. Thirty seconds of loading produced plenty of suds that I was quickly able to work into a good lather. Slickness was average on the first pass, but better on the remainder. I picked up a couple of tiny nicks on my top lip and some irritation but it was otherwise a clean shave. My neck wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good, with only a couple of small patches of roughness. My face was smooth WTG but not quite so good ATG. Nowhere quite made it to BBS but many places were close. I picked up a slight cooling sensation on my first pass, so presumably it has some menthol. The fragrance is pleasant. It’s subtle, but it stays with you throughout the shave. Not something I crave though. Post shave feel was nice, but was perhaps a little dry compared to some. Still a very good shave.

Used with: Schick Premium (1st shave)

I opted for my boar brush this time. Leaving the ‘cream’ dry, I kept my brush slightly wetter than usual. Loading was no problem and I got lots of suds. A small amount of work turned it into a good, thick lather (thick enough to clog my blade even during touch-ups). Slickness felt good and I only picked up a solitary nick. My neck wasn’t perfect, there were a couple of small areas of roughness, but it was pretty good and even the usual patches on my jawline were smooth. WTG my face was very good. ATG it wasn’t quite so close, but there were no particularly rough areas. Nowhere quite made it to BBS but a lot of places were close. Post shave feel was good, maybe a touch dry. I don’t remember the scent at all before or during the shave. A great shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (4th shave)

I left it dry again but loaded with not-entirely-shaken-dry badger brush. After thirty seconds I had more lather than I knew what to do with. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. I spent a fair bit of time doing touch-ups, partly because I had so much lather, but I still had some rough patches on my neck. WTG was good on my face, ATG wasn’t as close, but wasn’t bad. No significant areas of roughness. Post shave feel was nice, perhaps not quite as moisturised as some, but that’s splitting hairs. I got some of the scent when I stuck my nose in the jar, but don’t remember it all during or after the shave. A good shave.

Used with: Shark Super Chrome (3rd shave)

A shaken dry badger brush and thirty seconds was all I needed to produce plenty of lather. Slickness didn’t feel stunning, but seemed to get the job done as I didn’t pick up any nicks. With so much lather I was able to give the usual trouble spots extra attention. While my neck was pretty good, I still had some rough patches along my jawline though. My face was pretty smooth WTG, it wasn’t especially close ATG though and nowhere came close to BBS. Post shave feel was nice enough, but not top tier. I only picked up the fragrance when I put the jar under my nose, otherwise it was too subtle to discern. A good shave.

Used with: Perma Sharp Super (4th shave)

I added a few drops of water to the surface before loading for thirty seconds with my boar brush. Lather certainly wasn’t a problem and slickness felt good. It didn’t prevent me picking up a lot of nicks though, some weepers even. My neck was largely patch-free, except for a couple of rough spots on my jawline. It didn’t feel particularly close though and was a little raw. WTG my face was smooth, except for some roughness on my chin. ATG wasn’t bad either, generally quite close, but nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was quite nice, though a little dry. I got a good dose of the fragrance at the start and it lingered for much of the shave, but slowly vanished and I couldn’t pick it up afterwards. Still a good shave.

Verdict

This is considered by many to be amongst the finest shaving products available.

It’s beautifully packaged, with a cardboard cylinder that reveals a heavy plastic tub. It resembles the expensive lotions and potions that are the mainstay of the cosmetics industry. There’s no getting away from the fact that this is very expensive. I received mine as a gift, but it retails at nearly £40 and for only 100ml.

Although it describes itself as a cream, it’s certainly not soft. It does lather amazingly well though, with almost no effort. Slickness felt good but it didn’t seem to guarantee protection and I often picked up nicks. I did like the subtle kick of menthol it has though, which was invigorating.

The scent is pleasant, but not something I craved, plus it’s so subtle I struggled to pick it up most of the time. It certainly didn’t linger. I didn’t find the post shave feel to be particularly good either (adequate but not great).

I did generally get a good shave when using it and it certainly made shaving an occasion. I also found I looked forward to using it.

At this price point, I don’t think that’s enough. If this was half the price I’d probably recommend it, if your budget allowed. The performance per pound makes it tough for me to give it my blessing though. There are better products at much more attractive prices.

What if I took money out of the equation? It wouldn’t make my top five, but it might sneak into my top ten. Maybe.

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Last updated: February 20, 2016