08-19-2016, 06:02 PM
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Anybody ever heard of KROKOS shaving soap? I just read the description on the Italian Barber website, and it sounds pretty interesting (imagine saffron in your lather!). I'm thinking of getting some, but would like to hear from someone who knows how good it is before I hit send.

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 08-20-2016, 12:48 AM
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Great soap. I bought 3 different scents. All wonderful. Makes a Thick slick wonderful cream to shave with. A top tier soap!!

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 08-20-2016, 05:55 PM
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(08-20-2016, 12:48 AM)rawfox1 Wrote: Great soap. I bought 3 different scents. All wonderful. Makes a  Thick slick wonderful cream to shave with. A top tier soap!!

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I just hit send.  Sounds so interesting, I just have to try it.  It's the saffron that intrigues/attracts me.

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 08-20-2016, 05:56 PM
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(08-20-2016, 05:55 PM)David Wrote:
(08-20-2016, 12:48 AM)rawfox1 Wrote: Great soap. I bought 3 different scents. All wonderful. Makes a  Thick slick wonderful cream to shave with. A top tier soap!!

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I just hit send.  Sounds so interesting, I just have to try it.  It's the saffron that intrigues/attracts me.
You will enjoy

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 08-20-2016, 06:33 PM
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Saffron? Do you know how expensive it is just for cooking?

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 08-20-2016, 06:51 PM
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I love saffron, no wonder the soap has such a vibrant colour.

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 08-20-2016, 09:19 PM
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Several people have given it good reviews on SRP. I should receive a tin in the mail next week, and will report on it.

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 08-20-2016, 11:55 PM
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I just want that Napoleon version, cause.. well it's Napoleon. Lol. I am a history fan.

Good to hear it's good soap.

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 08-21-2016, 01:54 AM
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(08-20-2016, 09:19 PM)evnpar Wrote: Several people have given it good reviews on SRP. I should receive a tin in the mail next week, and will report on it.

I'm looking forward to your review Richard!

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 08-25-2016, 03:17 PM
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Just received my package from Italian Barber.  Love the way this soap is packaged.

The scent is unusual.  I think I'll probably grow to like it.  Will see how it is with water when I try it out tomorrow.

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 08-29-2016, 05:59 AM
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The results are in.

Have used it for 3 shaves.  It's pretty good.  I've grown to enjoy the scent already, and look forward to using it.  Performance?  Takes about 30+ seconds to load the brush, and there's still not a whole lot of lather.  Not one of my top performers, but I do like it.  After shave feel is excellent—very moisturizing.  Will be in my regular rotation.

My top performers (this month anyway) are Meissner, Castle Forbes, X-pec, D. R. Harris, and Cella.  The first 3 don't seem to change, but the last ones do, probably based more on scent than performance.

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 08-29-2016, 06:34 AM
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I've used Krokos for about a week, with excellent results. I enjoy the light saffron scent, only I wish it were a bit stronger. The yellow saffron color of the soap is appealing. The presentation is very nice, packaged in a beautiful box and the soap comes in a very large, heavy glass jar. It lathers very easily into a rich, moderately slick lather. The aftershave feeling is hard to beat, and is probably the most moisturizing soap that I've tried. I definitely feel this is a top tier soap. If you like saffron, it is worth trying. 

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 08-29-2016, 09:13 AM
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Just curious...to anyone that used this soap, is there a concern about the saffron "yellowing" some of the white tips on some brushes? I am guessing it's a non-issue but just thought I'd ask...


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 08-29-2016, 12:20 PM
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(08-29-2016, 09:13 AM)Giorgio Wrote: Just curious...to anyone that used this soap, is there a concern about the saffron "yellowing" some of the white tips on some brushes? I am guessing it's a non-issue but just thought I'd ask...


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I don't think it will be a problem.  My brush doesn't go pink from using my rose soaps that are pink in colour, or go green from my dark lime one that is green in colour.  But, saffron could be quite different.  It's a very rich, deep yellow.  Time will tell, I guess.

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 08-29-2016, 12:33 PM
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Do you use this ingredient in cooking? In Greece, we can find it in every super-market, it's quite expensive and we call it "Krokos Kozanis". It comes from a region in Northern Greece( Kozani). Actually, Krokos is a village in that area. If I am not mistaken, Greece is one of the few regions in the world that this precious flower grows.

This is what is looks like for those who are not familiar with it.

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And this is the flower that comes from( Crocus longiflorus).

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 08-29-2016, 05:17 PM
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Saffron is used in Spanish Paellas and Persian cuisine to dress up and flavour Basmati rice. It is also found in Southeast Asian foods. The color and expense
are a cultural nod to the yellow robes of buddhist monks; adopted from ancient prison garb to remember we are all prisoners and enlightenment comes at a cost
and not freely attained.

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 08-29-2016, 05:17 PM
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(08-29-2016, 12:33 PM)nikos.a Wrote: Do you use this ingredient in cooking? In Greece, we can find it in every super-market, it's quite expensive and we call it "Krokos Kozanis". 

In Toronto, all the finer Indian restaurants use it.  I don't know if it adds much flavor—I think it's perhaps used to add colour.  Since I have no idea how to cook Indian food (but I sure love eating it), I don't know how to use saffron.  However, I have figured out how to shave with it—I use Krokos!

The chef at the local Indian restaurant I go to says saffron costs more than gold. He cuts it with turmeric or paprika and then sprinkles it on the white rice.

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 08-29-2016, 05:18 PM
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Saffron is exquisite : scent, color, delicate flavor.

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 08-29-2016, 07:13 PM
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Some restaurants use saffron substitutes like safflower flowers, turmeric or anatto seeds for the color, but nothing has the flavor of saffron except saffron.  It also grows in Sardinia (where I lived), and it is an essential ingredient in risotto Milanese.  Yum!  Smile

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 08-31-2016, 11:01 PM
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Saffron was detailed in a 7th-century BC Assyrian botanical reference compiled under Ashurbanipal. Documentation of saffron's use over the span of 4,000 years in the treatment of some 90 illnesses has been uncovered. Saffron-based pigments have indeed been found in 50,000-year-old depictions of prehistoric places in northwest Iran. The Sumerians later used wild-growing saffron in their remedies and magical potions.[Saffron was an article of long-distance trade before the Minoan palace culture's 2nd millennium BC peak. Ancient Persians cultivated Persian saffron in Derbena, Isfahan, and Khorasan by the 10th century BC. At such sites, saffron threads were woven into textiles, ritually offered to divinities, and used in dyes, perfumes, medicines, and body washes. Saffron threads would thus be scattered across beds and mixed into hot teas as a curative for bouts of melancholy. Non-Persians also feared the Persians' usage of saffron as a drugging agent and aphrodisiac. During his Asian campaigns, Alexander the Great used Persian saffron in his infusions, rice, and baths as a curative for battle wounds. Alexander's troops imitated the practice from the Persians and brought saffron-bathing to Greece.

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