Proraso Sandalwood & Shea Butter Shaving Soap

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Proraso Sandalwood Shaving Soap

Another product from a legendary shaving name. Does it live up to the name?

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (3rd shave)

It’s not a hard soap. but definitely much firmer than the cream. I only added a quick sprinkle of water to the top before loading for thirty seconds with my boar brush. I think I should have let it bloom a bit longer. I had enough lather for what I wanted to do, but the second pass took a lot of work to build and the quality of the lather wasn’t up to what I have come to expect from Proraso products. Slickness wasn’t great, just passable. I picked up some nicks, but all were sealed by cold water. The finish on my neck was pretty good (relatively speaking), my jawline wasn’t bad either. Only my top lip and chin made BBS, but the rest was nice and smooth. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but nothing to write home about. The scent is very, very subtle. Even sticking my nose in the pot didn’t help. It’s not Taylors Sandalwood either, but it’s in that direction.

Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (2nd shave)

I soaked the puck for the same time as my brush, opting for my boar. I didn’t seem to generate much more lather. Slickness felt good, but didn’t stop me picking up more than a few nicks. That said, they all sealed themselves before I was done. My neck had a few patches in the usual places, as did my jaw. My cheeks were very smooth, but didn’t quite make BBS. Very few patches around my mouth. I didn’t really notice the scent. Post shave feel was good. A very pleasant shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless (1st shave)

I went with my boar brush again, soaking the puck as before. Lather certainly didn’t explode off of it, but with a bit of water I had enough for my usual set of passes and touch ups. Slickness felt fine, though a little average compared to some. I didn’t pick up any nicks. The blade tugged a lot on the first pass. My neck and jawline weren’t great, with some rough patches, but above that was pretty good. Nowhere quite made it to BBS, but most places were smooth. The finish was a bit patchy, especially around my mouth. Once again, I didn’t notice the scent. I think it’s there’s, but so dialled down as to be almost unnoticeable. Post shave feel wasn’t bad. An average-to-good shave.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (4th shave)

I tried something different this time. Normally I just wet my face and shave. This time I pressed a warm flannel over my stubble for 30 seconds or so, then wet my face and lathered. I bloomed the soap alongside my boar brush before loading. No explosion of lather but working it on my face I was able to get plenty for my usual routine. Slickness felt okay, nothing special. I picked up a solitary nick that sealed itself before I finished. My neck was pretty good, though not perfect, with the odd patch. My jaw was the same. Both were better than usual though. Above that was where I saw the difference. Wow. I had the odd stray hair around my mouth, but that was it. The rest was smooth with large areas making BBS ATG. Post shave feel was superb. Again, the fragrance is so subtle as to be unnoticeable. A great shave.

Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (3rd shave)

I went back to a more normal technique this time. Loading for thirty seconds, my badger brush elicited a better proto-lather that I worked into a good coating. I had to work it again for the second, but I had plenty for my needs. My face was a little grippy between passes, but the slickness was enough that I only picked up a couple of nicks. The finish on my neck was pretty good, but not perfect. Same story for my jawline, which was better than usual to be fair. I’m now doubting the hot flannel from my previous shave as my face was again very good. Lovely and smooth with some areas making it to BBS ATG. Post shave feel was fantastic too. I did notice the scent when I began blooming the puck, but it’s not distinct and, to my nose, not particularly pleasant. Another great shave though.

Verdict

The first few shaves had me worried this was going to be a disappointment, but it rallied for the final two, producing great results that were more along the lines for a Proraso product. That inconsistency knocked it down a bit, as did the lack of smell (and what I could detect wasn’t great). Weigh that against the price though, because it’s a steal. Like most Proraso products, it offers great bang for your buck. You do sacrifice any attempt at luxury for that though, with a fairly small plastic pot. This is a workhorse. If you want a thoroughbred, look elsewhere. I’d probably suggest one of the other fragrances but this certainly does the job and, if you can get it right, performs well.

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Last updated: August 7, 2015