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Category: Shave and Groom

Product Review: Cella Shave Soap Cream

Cella Shave Soap Cream It seems like everyone is trying to get into the wet shaving game today.  From P&G buying The Art of Shaving to the artisans on Etsy, there are so many new products out there.  My guess is that it’s only a matter of time before these folks move on from just wet shaving and into actual DE safety razor shaving and straight razor shaving.  Without commenting on the quality of these other vendors, it’s nice to know there are some companies out there with real experience in the world of wet shaving.  Cella is one.  These guys have been around for over a hundred years.  And in all that time the Cella Shave Soap Cream has not really changed.  I had been reading great things about this soap, but I had to see for myself.  Can something from the 19th century be as good or better as some of the new shaving products out there?  Here’s what I found out. There were two things I noticed the first time I opened my tub of Cella.  First was the texture.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from…

Proraso Pre-Shave Review

The first thing I noticed about the Proraso Pre-Shave Cream upon opening the jar is that it is unlike any other pre-shave I have used or seen before.  It’s a cream, not an oil.  It has a bit of a menthol smell.  It looks like it would be too thick to use.  These difference combine to contribute to a truly remarkable shaving experience.  Just an almond-sized dollop on my finger is all I needed to bump the quality of my shave ten-fold. While the cream appears thick in the jar, once I got a little on my fingers it felt much lighter and very slick.  I massaged a little gently in my palms before applying it to my face in a circular motion.  A little water was all I needed to wash the excess cream off my hands.  This alone was much easier than most oils.  The smell of menthol definitely perked me up too. I let this sit on for a few minutes while I started my lather, and once I was ready I lathered whatever cream or soap I was using right over the Proraso Pre-Shave. My first pass glided so smoothly…