08-23-2012, 05:21 PM
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Intro
Well, I purchased this at Barbiere di figaro. It's an Italian soft soap with an almond scent. I had read some comments on some of the Italian shaving forums about this soap and was quite intrigued, enough to take one for the team so to speak. This is an Italian soft soap and can be bought in a 150g tub, 250g and 1kg blocks. It is all 'veggie' as it doesn't contain tallow. I purchased the 150g size (and currently wishing I bought the 250g block) which comes in a white plastic container the same shape as the red Cella tub.

Scent
7/10
This almond scent is along the same wavelength as Cella, but to me a little crisper. Personally, I really like and enjoy the scent.

Lathering
10/10
I remember conducting science experiments in high school, in particular seeing how quickly certain chemicals burned when exposed to a flame and 'on contact' was one of the possible responses. Well that's the response for how this soap lathers. Once the brush hits this soap, bubbles start forming. After swirling for maybe 30 seconds the lather is nice and thick and ready to be applied. It didn't matter if I used one of my TGN badger brushes or my Omega boars, the lather thickness was the same. I will say that the lather wasn't as 'pastey' as Cella, almost the perfect balance. I also should point out that I have well water in the house and the water isn't always the best.

Skin Care
10/10
Top notch. I used Proraso ASL and Dominica Bay Rum as aftershave splashes while trying out this soap and with both, I felt my face later in the day and thought "Wow, didn't think that aftershave was so good to my face" but it was the Artigiana soap. This is obviously a ymmv thing, I have oily skin and can't say how this soap would be with someone with dry skin.

Efficacy
9/10
Glide is really nice and helps the blade slide along. The slickness is almost MWF like. After my third pass during a shave, I rinse my face off and blade buff for touch ups. With the Artigiana, the water on my face was still slick to help the razor buff along my face.

Price
8/10
Purchased from Europe, the price for the 150g tub translates to ~$8.60. On par with Cella to purchase. Currently the 1kg block at Barbiere di Figaro is 16.10 Euro which translates to a little over $20, which is a heck of a deal.

Conclusion
I'm super impressed with this soap. As I mentioned earlier, I like the scent, even though its a ymmv thing, performs similar to Cella, but has better moisturizing properties. For me, this is a top notch soap that performs way above its price point.

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 08-23-2012, 05:34 PM
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Thnx for the review.

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 08-23-2012, 06:27 PM
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  • beartrap
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Good review, hope they start making it in other scents.

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 08-23-2012, 09:01 PM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks a lot, Gary,for this review.
A simple and very efective formulation,for what It seems like.As Steve,I would like to try it with another scent : fingers crossed that La Saponeria Artigliana would introduce this soap with different scents.
If you have liked this,I totally recommend you the Tcheon Fung Shing soaps too.

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 08-24-2012, 03:57 AM
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(08-23-2012, 09:01 PM)Teiste Wrote: Thanks a lot, Gary,for this review.
A simple and very efective formulation,for what It seems like.As Steve,I would like to try it with another scent : fingers crossed that La Saponeria Artigliana would introduce this soap with different scents.
If you have liked this,I totally recommend you the Tcheon Fung Shing soaps too.

Thanks Teiste, I really like the TFS soap. We had a group buy at DFS for the Barbe Rosse a year ago and liked that one. Just used the Neroli hard soap today for the first time.

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 08-24-2012, 06:53 AM
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  • oscar11
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I can resist any Italian soap that is almond scented, YMMV.

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 08-24-2012, 09:55 AM
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  • Howler
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Nice review of the soap.

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 08-26-2012, 04:20 PM
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(08-23-2012, 09:01 PM)Teiste Wrote: If you have liked this,I totally recommend you the Tcheon Fung Shing soaps too.
I second this. I love the TFS soaps.
And artists like these really listen to the market and customers.

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 08-26-2012, 08:01 PM
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Gary, thanks for the review. Enjoy the soap.

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