Proraso – Green
I recently tried some Proraso Green shave soap and aftershave and I wanted to tell you a little about it.
Proraso was founded in 1908 by Ludivico Martelli. Over the years, they have developed a solid line of shaving products that hold up well in today’s world.
You can read more about their history on their website if you wish: Proraso
I decided to order some Proraso Green soap and aftershave from Maggard Razors. From what I have seen online from the shaving community, the Proraso line is well loved. I had to try it for myself to see what all the talk was about. I am not going to get too heavy into the aftershave aside from the scent. Aftershaves are pretty similar, you have gel’s, splashes, post balm, etc. Each category has its uses but they all perform similarly with some exceptions.
This is a big one for me due to the way I later up my soap. Personally, I like to mix it up daily and I like my soaps to last a long time. I am pretty conservative when it comes to my soap and how long it lasts. I have gone into this more on a post where I talk about my lather method.
Proraso has a really creamy and slick texture. It was one of the best lather’s I have worked so far. It was a nice thick and smooth lather that went on my face really well.
Other soaps are sometimes more firm. They lather well but it generally takes a bit more water and a little more work.
Proraso Green is top notch here. It’s light and extremely refreshing. There are some soaps that have a more sophisticated scent like Taylor of Old Bond St. Proraso green doesn’t cross over into that for me, I find it to be a more subtle, “barbershop” smell. The Eucalyptus and Menthol aren’t overbearing. I have used other soaps like Chiseled Face’s “Cryogen” which is overly mentholated on purpose. Proraso has more of a hint of its scented ingredients that smell clean and refreshing.
The same can be said about this aftershave’s scent as I have stated for the soap. It’s a clean “barbershop” scent that goes on strong and has a pleasant linger that isn’t obnoxious or overbearing.
What I noticed most about this is how the bit of menthol made my face feel not only incredibly clean but was very soothing. If I could buy this in candle form, I definitely would.
Buy it. Buy two because you will go through it quickly. I can make other firmer soaps last a bit longer but I feel like after trying the sample, I need to get a tub of it. It’s completely worth it and you can grab it at Maggard’s for under 10 bucks a tub.
As I had said above and in other posts, I tend to use my soap conservatively, but I found that this I needed to use a bit more than I generally do in order to use it how it’s intended. I don’t want this to sound like a negative because it’s price point makes is very accessible. I didn’t mind using more to lather in my wooden bowl because I am after a good lather, not to pinch pennies everywhere I can.