Another of the Italian brands, though probably not as well known as some. Does it deliver Italian style?
Used with: Super-Max Super Platinum (1st shave)
It came out in a fairly narrow pipe, so I went for slightly more than the usual 1-2 cm. It’s so thick that I had trouble transferring it to the bristles of the brush (I squeeze onto a finger first). It soon started to lather up though, with the eucalyptus smell strong but pleasant. I face lathered, and it produced a good texture without any issues. I did struggle to build enough for a second pass though. The slickness left behind wasn’t great. Having said that, I only picked up a couple of nicks, and the shave was reasonably smooth, albeit with a bit of pulling from the blade. I had to do a fair bit of touching up, and the end result was patchy.
Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (1st shave)
I added a fair amount of cream to make sure I got a good lather this time, but I still struggled to get a a decent coating for my second pass. Having said that, I only picked up one nick, but I was left with dryness/irritation on my top lip. The slickness left by each pass was average. I didn’t notice the eucalyptus as much this time. The blade was smooth and the end result, although patchy on my neck, was generally very good.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd shave)
Once again, as the cream is so thick, I struggled to transfer it from a finger to my brush. In the end I opted to apply it to my face directly. I didn’t think I had enough left on the brush for a second pass, but a bit of work produced a good coating. A smooth shave and a solitary nick suggested it was doing its job. Any smell was so subtle I didn’t notice it. The finish was smooth, with a few patches, but BBS in some areas.
Used with: Voskhod Teflon (3rd shave)
The cream, which had previously been a very stiff consistency, almost a jelly, was very runny this time. It lathered fine, for the first pass at least. I tried to work it up for the second, but it was very thin. The slickness left behind seemed fine, but I suspect there was a lack of cushioning from the thinner coating and I picked up plenty of nicks. Only a few remained open after cold water though. Once again, I didn’t notice anything in the way of scent. The blade was a bit rough ATG, but the end result was soft and smooth, if not quite BBS.
Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (3rd shave)
Back to a stiffer consistency this time, and I could pick up the eucalyptus, although it’s very faint. Easy to get a good lather (once I managed to get it to spread, it was like cold butter) and I had plenty for a second pass. Slickness seemed pretty good too. I was left nick-free, although I had to do quite a bit of touching up, and even then I couldn’t clear some areas. The shave was smooth across most of my face, though not BBS.
Generally a good performer, if not on a par with some of the more expensive creams (not that this is particularly cheap). I didn’t dislike the smell, but it wasn’t particularly potent. Reviews of the tub mention menthol, which this doesn’t have, so the formula may be different. I’d put it a bit above average, but probably not a cream I’d reach for as part of my normal rotation.