Another Italian soap with a good reputation and liked by traditional barbers.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (1st shave)
I pressed the sample into a bowl and loaded for thirty seconds using my badger brush having sprinkled some water on top. I thought I might struggle with the amount of lather on my second pass but a dip of the bristles and some work rejuvenated it. Slickness was adequate but didn’t blow me away considering this version has added glycerine (or coconut oil, depending who you believe) for glide. That said I didn’t pick up any nicks, which is unusual with this blade. My neck was very good, nice and close and only spoiled by some roughness on my jawline. WTG my face was good. I had an area on one of my cheeks that had a lot of resistance but other than that ATG was pretty good. A few spots made BBS but they were definitely the exception. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, nice and soft but a bit dry. It’s supposedly almond scented but that’s not what I get. In fact I’m not sure what it is. Not particularly pleasant but not off-putting either. A very good shave.
Used with: Sputnik (3rd shave)
I left the small block dry and loaded for thirty seconds with my boar brush. Lather soon burst of it and a bit of work on my face created plenty. I had to add some water to both the first and second passes to get some volume. Slickness felt average, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally very good but I had some roughness in my usual trouble spots, albeit not as bad as usual. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was generally good but I had a few rougher spots. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was nice and soft. Having kept this sealed since the previous shave I was able to pick up the almond this time, a good marzipan scent, but only putting my nose to the sample. I didn’t pick up anything during the shave. It’s tainted by something else. Another very good shave.
Used with: Treet Platinum (2nd shave)
I again loaded from the sample dry, this time using my badger brush. I did have enough lather after thirty seconds loading, but I had to use some water on the first pass and water plus a fair bit of work to build up enough for the second. Slickness felt good but wasn’t enough to prevent me picking up several nicks (usual for this blade), though they didn’t make it past cold water. My neck was largely good and even the usual rough spots weren’t bad, although my jawline was lacking. Nice and smooth WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad, but I had more resistance than I’d have liked in some places, no out-and-out roughness though. Post shave feel was nice. I got a blast of the almond, which is more bakewell tart than marzipan, with a sweet element. That said, the almond soon disappeared and I was left with something far lest distinct, albeit quite faint. A very good shave.
Used with: Personna Med Prep (4th shave)
I sprinkled a few drops of water on top before loading with my badger brush for thirty seconds. I didn’t have as much lather this time, I had to work it for the second pass and didn’t have tons for touch-ups. Slickness felt good but I picked up a few nicks. My neck was good but I had some roughness along my jawline and in a couple of trouble spots. WTG my face was smooth. It was good ATG too but not especially close and nowhere got close to BBS. Post shave feel was okay, reasonably soft but a little dry. I only picked up the fragrance when I opened the pot I was keeping it in. Nothing during the shave. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)
This time I submerged it in water as I wet my face, though it still left a fairly firm blob. I then loaded for thirty seconds using my badger brush. I had to add water to the first couple of passes and work the second especially hard. Slickness felt fine and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck felt good, close but not especially so. I had some slight roughness in the usual places, mainly along my jawline. It was smooth WTG on my face, but ATG wasn’t so good. There were no particular issues but nowhere was particularly close or threatened BBS. Post shave feel was okay. I got a slight whiff of the almond as I opened the container but nothing after that. A pretty good shave.
This is another classic of Italian soaps. It’s not as well known as the likes of Cella because it’s only sold in 1 Kg blocks so isn’t the sort of thing a typical shaver would buy. It’s aimed at the professional market.
There are two versions: the standard ‘green’ version and the ‘super extra red’ version that has added glycerine.
As with many Italian soaps, it has an almond scent. I think this is slightly different in that it has a sweetness, so it’s closer to a cherry bakewell. I found it to be very subtle and unless the soap was contained in something it was almost impossible to pick up any fragrance at all.
I found it required some work to get a good lather, especially for the second pass, but was always able to generate it. That was matched by a pretty good level of slickness, though not outstanding. Possibly this would have been better if I’d soaked the block before use.
To be honest, I was expecting more. It’s a solid performer but far from my favourite. Equally, it’s not very pricey either, in fact it’s not far off the cheapest products you can buy.
If you’re looking for a daily driver then this could do the job without a big outlay but, for me, there are plenty of better soaps out there.