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241 of 249 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2008
Maybe it's the Italian name that makes it difficult to market to the masses (it's available at Bath and Bodyworks as a re-packaged CO Bigelow product). In any event, no living, breathing man should be denied the opportunity to indulge in this superb shaving product.

Though it might not get the kind of enthusiastic endorsement reserved for the higher-end English made creams from the discerning wet shaver/hobbyist crowd (shave geeks), Proraso is a quantum leap in quality compared to the canned stuff on the drug store shelf. For the uninitiated, a tube of Proraso cream is an excellent first step in the journey toward a vastly improved shaving experience.

Aside from the luxurious, cushioning lather one can make using a decent badger hair shaving brush (highly recommended), Proraso's strength is also its drawback. The cooling, tingling sensation of menthol and eucalyptus oil is a pleasurable experience for many, but harsh for those with highly sensitive skin (and noses). So be forewarned if you think you may fall into the latter category. Being in the former category, my experience with Proraso has been like a dream come true. Where Proraso really shines, though, is in the post shave; the moment after the last bit of lather has been rinsed away. A cold water rinse follow-up truly ramps up the invigorating pleasure of this cream...a bracing wake up call for those groggy, early morning shaves.

I disagree with the reviewer that said this cream is too expensive. If used correctly (with a shave brush), a pea-sized amount is all that's needed to produce an abundant lather. Nevertheless, the benefits of this highly recommended product far outweigh its cost.
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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite shaving creams is this Proraso shaving cream. The 5.2 oz tube lasts a long time because you only need about 1/4 to 1/2" of the stuff to make a lot of rich, creamy and soothing lather. I let it sit on my beard for a minute or two before starting to shave and that gives the Eucalyptus and Menthol time to do their stuff... which means a nice refreshing and tingly feeling on the skin. When you're done shaving, rinse off face with cold water and you have just woken up. There is no strong after-scent which I also like, just a minimal clean-shaven scent. This is good stuff! Though it seems pricey, it does last a long time so I'd say it is really a good deal and the quality of the shave makes it well worth it.
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
Without question the best shaving product in my experience. Used with plenty of hot water, a double edged razor, and a brush (up and down strokes are best) and you can expect the closest, most comfortable shave ever. The scent is manly but not macho, and is very light in any case after you wash it off, and you don't need to use aftershave either. Wonderful.

If you use a brush, make sure to get a good badger hair brush (expect to spend anywhere from twenty to forty dollars for a decent but inexpensive brush that will last a decade or more.) Make sure to also get a brush stand like the Nickel Shaving Brush Holder to keep water from seeping into the handle, which shortens the life of the brush.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2012
I heard about this stuff in a magazine but was skeptical that a 150 ml tube would last more than a week. But this is no ordinary shave cream. I put a dollop the size of a peanut into a small dish and added about a half ounce of hot water, then used a shaving brush to stir it briskly. In about 30 seconds I had a foamy soft lather that was enough for more than one shave. I've been shaving for decades and have used everything from folding straight razors to toss-away plastic ones. I normally use a double-edged razor with Personna blades and this is now my go-to shave cream. Smells great, feels great, and allows a close shave. Plus one tube will last me about the same amount of time as my Edge or Barbasol but this stuff has ingredients that are many times higher quality. But you have to use it as I described, otherwise you'll probably be confused and disappointed because you need to whisk it up with a brush to get real lather.
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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2007
Proraso Shave Cream is the best bang for the buck in hi-end, non drugstore shave creams. I've tried them all and keep coming back to proraso. The texture, consistency and effectiveness of the cream are first rate - and you don't need a badger hair brush! I initially missed using a brush at first, but don't miss all the product I wasted that were left behind in the bristles. Couple proraso with a good safety razor (may I suggest Merkur) and you'll get a shave that trounces anything a Mach III can throw at you. Trust me.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
This is a new formulation of the classic Proraso shaving cream. I had tried the old version and foudn it left my face feeling dry. This product does not cause that. According to the packaging, the new formulation doesn't include SLS or parabens which according to some may cause cancer and or skin irritation (I don't know if those are valid claims but the absence of those products seems to help my skin feel more moisturized). I am very excited about this shaving cream and will continue to use it as part of my shaving ritual. I have formerly used Art of Shaving products which are decent but very expensive. For 1/3 the cost I can get a better and more comfortable shave! What can be better?
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
I purchased the Proraso Shaving Cream because all of the reviews I had read and decided to give it a try. I have tried several of the cake style shaving soaps and just wasn't impressed with them too much of a hassle to whip up a lather and they didn't give the same shaving experience as the Proraso did. Just squeeze an almond size dollop into a bowl. Wet your shaving brush. Squeeze out excess water from the brush and you can have a lather whipped up in a few seconds. Add more or less water to the mixture to your liking. Everyone has a different opinion on how much lather they want or need. I myself just want a nice thin film. I am using a Merkur 180 razor with a feather blade. The results are fantastic. The shaving cream has a nice scent, lathers up quick without a hassle. My face felt great afterwards. No razor burn. This will be my go to shaving cream from now on.

This is an update to my review. I have found that if you add 3 to 5 drops of glycerin to the Proraso Shaving Cream in your bowl you will get Super Slick Lather.
Give it a try you will be amazed. You can pick up a small bottle of glycerin in your local discount store in the health and beauty aid section.

Here is a link to a product sold on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Glycerine-Hair-Skin-Repair-8-5oz/dp/B002FBFQME/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1355534720&sr=8-6&keywords=glycerin
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
Too many companies revise their brands to increase profits at the expense of quality. Proraso has been a favorite of many wet shavers for years because it's been a consistently excellent product that works well. It's also a great value compared to many products out there. With the demise of old-school products in most grocery stores in the US, we have to turn to alternatives to get the results that we expect. Proraso is one such brand that is revered among old-school wet shavers.

However, there have been times where people have criticized a few of the ingredients in the old formulations. It is certainly worth taking note. Some more recent EU cosmetics standards have increased scrutiny over certain components in many products. Whether or not this is the reason for reformulation, the SLS, propylene glycol, and parabens, etc., have been removed from their products. In the process, the manufacturer appears to have spent a considerable amount of effort in revamping the product line to give it a bit more diversity.

This new sandalwood and shea version of Proraso surprised me. I hadn't expected to see this product when I was out to replenish some of my shave cream / soap stash. In fact, I didn't even know it existed until about a week ago.

In terms of performance, it still works as well as it ever has. Lathering is a bit different due to the lack of foaming that the old SLS would provide (which is why companies use SLS in the first place). It is my understanding that natural products cannot create the same foaming properties of detergents. I actually generally prefer to not have SLS in my products. Nevertheless, the lather is still great and protects the skin while retaining water. Water is the most important part of the shave. If it can't be held to the face to soften the skin and hair, then a shave product is useless! Shaving is smooth and nick-free.

I like the new sandlwood fragrance and it is a great alternative to the traditional Proraso menthol and eucalyptus. Shaving is enjoyable, and the fragrance is neither overpowering or artificial. The low-notes of the sandalwood are evident for hours after the shave, but are not cloying. There is still a distinct old-school soapy smell to the product. It smells clean and traditional, unlike so many of those artificial-smelling products out there.

In other words, this may very well be a prime example of reworking a product in *the right ways* and maintaining good customer loyalty while reaching out to a new audience. I really like this product and can't wait to try some of the other new Proraso products formulas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2006
I love the aroma of this shave cream. It may brighten your mood even if you are not in mood. It very well moisturizes and cools the skin. Overall it is an upper scale product and is worthy the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
Without question the best shaving product in my experience. Used with plenty of hot water, a double edged razor, and a brush (up and down strokes are best) and you can expect the closest, most comfortable shave ever. The scent is manly but not macho, and is very light in any case after you wash it off, and you don't need to use aftershave either. Wonderful.

If you use a brush, make sure to get a good badger hair brush (expect to spend anywhere from twenty to forty dollars for a decent but inexpensive brush that will last a decade or more.) Make sure to also get a brush stand like the Nickel Shaving Brush Holder to keep water from seeping into the handle, which shortens the life of the brush.
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