on August 6, 2014
OMG, this stuff is fantastic! I have used this for many, many months & find it is far superior than any shaving cream you can buy AND it is far more cost effective if you use it properly.

Okay, this is how I discovered how to use it to get the maximum efficiency and comfort through a lot of trial and error. Many of my failures came from not having the confidence to use so little of the product. I had failed to realize how concentrated this product is and me embarrassingly trying to compare it (in the amounts needed to be used) to the junk they sell in the stores.

How to apply it -

I do not use a brush. What you do is barely wet your hands, put a very small and I mean very small amount - about half the size of a dime - and even that is a lot, in the palm of your hand. Next, put your palms together and rub vigorously for about 10 - 15 seconds and you will see it turning white and in a semi-thick paste. Then switch to rubbing your hands and fingers together to spread the paste onto the entire surfaces of your hands.

That entire process takes about 25 - 30 seconds & the exercise isn't bad either :-) after which I apply it to my dampened face.

It is important to understand that you will not get a big foamy face like you do with other shaving creams. All of that foam is essentially air and other wasted additives that cause you to rinse your razor after every stroke. The real purpose for shaving cream is to provide a slippery surface on your skin so the razor can operate smoothly while protecting your skin.

I used to use all of the new technology razors with two, three, four, five blades and the aloe strips only to find that I hated going to the store and spending my life savings for the replacement blades. It is such an insult!

Today, I use an old-fashioned safety razor and have found that this Poraso acts exactly like the aloe strips and I do not have to rinse my razor after every stroke. With the combination I just mentioned I have found that I save a ton of money and am far happier with equally close shaves ... not to mention the very high quality single blades are far cheaper initially and in the long run.

A single tube of this product lasts me at least six months and I shave every day, which is about a $1.50 per month and using a very high quality product - you really can't beat that in today's day and age.
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This is hands-down the best shaving cream I have ever used. I got this on a suggestion from a friend when I upgraded from the Gillette Mach series (named such since you throw away money on new blades at supersonic speed) to a double edge safety razor recently. First of all, the smell and feel is incredible -- don't be thinking it's like a Hall's mentholyptus cough drop! OK, well maybe a little, because it does have menthol and eucalyptus oil. The menthol adds a little warmth/cooling effect to your face, especially in the final cool rinse after you shave, which is a nice effect. It smells masculine however, without being overpowering. Second, it lathers up incredibly. My first tube went fast since I was using way too much --- it only takes a tiny dab, like the size of a dime, to lather up into a full, thick cushion for shaving. I have used it in a bowl or just a tiny dab right in the brush and lather on my face and both work great. Finally, the fact that it's in a toothpaste-style tube is nice since you can squeeze out every drop, plus it's easier to travel with than an aerosol can. The only drawback is that it is a bit pricy at $10 a tube, but it's from Italy, and as I said, if you keep in mind "a little dab'll do ya" then it will last much longer since you won't be wasting it. Overall, the smell, efficacy and experience of using this cream with a nice double edge razor has really made my morning routine much more enjoyable. After several months I just ordered my third tube and still don't want to try any other brands to compare since this one really is so good. They also offer a Sandalwood scent, but again, the menthol is just so perfect it's hard for me to consider trying another.
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on December 22, 2017
I gave up canned of Barbasol about two years ago and switched to creams. First of all, if you're on the fence, I recommend giving up any of the canned stuff. Once you find a good cream, the shave you get will be better than ever before in my opinion.

I've tried Proraso shaving cream, Arbonne RE9 Men's shave cream, Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, Marlowe No. 141 Shave Cream, and Anthony Shave Cream. I always come back to Proraso's cream although Kiehl's cream is a very close second place. The Proraso creams just work. I place a small amount in my palm (maybe about 1.5 inch strip) and rub my hands together for about 45 seconds. Then I start rubbing the cream onto my head until I feel the product just start getting a little dry. Then I add a few drops of water into the mix and I'm ready to shave.

I don't use a lather or soap bowl. I don't use a boar's hair mixing brush. I just use my hands and it's fantastic.
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on February 19, 2015
This soap is the typical recommendation for beginners and after using it, I can easily see why. This cream is inexpensive, whips up a decent and usable lather with astounding ease and soothes the face. The scent? Not much of one. It kinda reminds me of Vicks VapoRub. If you want scent, go with Proraso Red, as I think it smells of sandalwood. My favorite aspect of this cream is the menthol. This is nothing too crazy, but enough to give you a little tingle. It really soothes the face and gives a slick smooth shave for an inexpensive cream. If you want a better lather and shave, you'll definitely want to upgrade, but this will get you started.
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I do love this product. I love the viscosity. It's very effective, especially if I leave it on like a pre-shave for about 5 minutes before shaving. I use a Merkur 38HD Barber Pole alternated with a mint vintage 1968 Gillette Slim Adjustable set on number #9. I should add I prefer the aggressive Feather blades. Also if I don't want to leave this on as a pre-shave, I'll use vitamin E oil on my face as the pre-shave followed by the Proraso. Another shaving cream, similar to the Prorarso, that I like is the C.O. Bigelow, which has a stronger, pleasing scent and is even more viscous.
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on August 16, 2017
I first saw this product in a boutique shop in Rosemary Beach, FL, and thought to myself that it smelled amazing and seemed like an old-school classic. I just didn't want to pay the $17 or whatever they were charging. So, later, I thought I'd give it a try on Amazon (I know, it's terrible that I didn't buy local).

Let's sum up everything with one statement: it makes me wish I could shave all day. I daydream about it, literally. The lather is rich and it makes me feel like I'm getting a quality shave in some Italian barbershop in the 1940s. There is a very nice menthol tingle without an overpowering scent--it's the perfect amount. I love that this is over 95% natural and that it doesn't dry out my sensitive skin.

If you don't keep your lather warm while you shave, TRY IT! I don't have an expensive scuttle, I just warm my small shaving bowl and brush in hot tap water while I'm in the shower, then whip up the lather and keep my shaving bowl placed on top of a large mug filled with boiling hot water while shaving. SUCH a huge difference in my shave ritual.
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on September 11, 2016
In the many years since Tom's of Maine was sold to Colgate-Palmolive, and they discontinued the shaving cream due to "lack of sales", I've been searching for something new. I've tried other products like Kiss My Face, but mainly used Dr. Bronner's liquid soap. I have to admit that shaving has never really been as comfortable as it was with Tom's, nothing else really created a smooth path for my razor. So, I tried my search again, and came across some great recommendations for this product. It was love at first shave, and has been every day since. A little bit goes a long way, it goes on easily and washes off completely with no effort. And the smell is wonderful. I hate perfumed products, and just can't use them.This shaving cream has eucalyptus and menthol in it, natural ingredients which smell great and leave my skin feeling refreshed. I have a very light beard, but still have to shave each day I go to work. The other products I've tried didn't reduce the skin irritation I experience daily, but this one does. It brings back great memories of my grandfather's barber shop and going to our home town barber with my dad when I was young. Finally my years long search is over - Thanks Proraso!
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on April 9, 2018
I've tried other brands and products for a nice feeling shave cream/soap, and every time I regret it. This stuff is in my opinion the best out there. I started using it when I started with a safety razor and ultimately with a straight razor. The cooling sensation of the menthol combined with refreshing scent of eucalyptus is just too nice for me to want any other product. The lather is also superb on this. Other products go on seemingly thick, but seem to dissolve into thin air, but this always stays nice and thick on my face and neck. I've used the Proraso Sandalwood (Proraso Vintage Prima Dopo Tin Moisturizing and Nourishing Formula,5.2 Ounce), and it does work just as well, but it's just not quite as refreshing for me.
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on September 15, 2016
Initially when I tried Proraso Green and White I wasn't impressed. It left a film over my equipment and I felt I could get better results from Van der Hagen Gylerin (which is excellent btw). After almost a year of wet shaving I have come back to try Proraso since my technique has improved. Now I hand lather which allows me to "feel" when the lather is ready and I make sure I have peaks. This takes 1-2 minutes. This made a HUGE difference in the quality of the shave. Much more cushion and protection; plus no white film everywhere.

This is now my favorite shave cream. I will get the white as well as I really liked that one last year too.

Oh, and for you Vegans out there - this has no animal byproducts. The stearic acid in Proraso is plant derived (Proraso customer service replied to my inquiry).

I highly recommend this product. Its really a toss up between the Proraso cream and the soap. The cream seems to lather a little faster but soap is easier to travel with. Plus its easier for me to control the amount I load into the brush with the cream. If you're new to wet shaving you I suggest you start with this product.
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on July 20, 2018
This stuff is incredible. The only thing bad is that it took me 50+ years to get around to trying it. As I've gotten a little older my skin seems to be more sensitive than ever. I have more and more instances of "contact dermatitis," which is really dermatologist speak for "I don't know what's caused the red mark on your skin." So in a search to not make my face look any worse I've been trying different kinds of shave creams and gels. This product, which I still don't really know how to pronounce, is excellent. Just a little bit, about a dime sized spot for me, lathers up my face just fine. It provides a lot of lubrication for my razor even when the razor's lubrication strip is totally worn out. I totally shave against the grain, which I know you're not supposed to do but my face never seemed to get irritated by the Proaso. And when you're done shaving your face is cool and tingly. Learn from my mistake and don't wait too long to give this a try.
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