Shave Like a Pro Without Emptying Your Wallet: Proraso Green (new formula)

The New Proraso

Times are tough, but shaving doesn’t have to be a wallet-breaker! This is the next review in my series on affordable shaving creams. From my first review:

Like many wet shavers, the temptation to buy product is always looming, tantalizing. Such a cruel yet satisfying mistress. In an attempt to quench that thirst, I started combing the online shaving stores and reviews for some of the better rated, inexpensive shave creams.

Previous Review: Cremo Cream

Next up…

Proraso Green (new formula)

For my shaves I use the same prep and post-shave products each time.

Pre-shave: Hot shower, leaving beard wet; Truefitt & Hill pre-shave oil (but to be honest, I’m not sure it really helps) I ran out and can’t afford more right now; lather beard for at least a full minute.

Shave: 1948 Gillette Superspeed with an Iridium Super blade.

Post-shave: Warm/hot rinse, cool rinse; blot major drips of water with towel but leave beard moist; Pre de Provence after-shave balm.

Scent

Another clean barbershop scent with menthol and eucalyptus. Slightly citrus; a bit dry and green smelling to my nose. Very pleasant. I did not find the menthol or eucalyptus to be overwhelming, and I have a very sensitive nose (definitely didn’t smell like koala droppings). Proraso struck a good balance with the notes.

Lather

From my tests, this cream is hydrophilic (loves water). I needed more water than usual — perhaps an extra teaspoon — to achieve sufficient hydration, the sweet spot. Within a minute or two, I had beautifully thick lather from a small amount of cream (almond size), which was a nice surprise considering I usually need a bit more cream with the hard water that we have here in Los Angeles; plenty for two or three passes.

The cream stayed hydrated through all passes, even in a hot scuttle.

Performance

Yowza!

(that was a good “yowza” by the way)

I am thoroughly impressed by this product. With my ’48 Gillette Superspeed, I got very, close and comfortable shaves. The blade seems to really glide over this stuff. Recently, I bought a Muhle R101 open-comb DE razor. I did a quick one-pass run using this cream and got the closest shave I have ever had — what a great razor! Close, comfortable, moisturizing with either razor.

After rinsing with warm water, I then rinsed with the cool/cold water. Hoooooooooo weeeeeee, Bubba! That sure woke me up! It’s like drinking cool water when you have a mint in your mouth. Arctic breeze anyone? The first time was a bit startling, but now I enjoy the briskness.

Value

So far, it’s the best cream I’ve reviewed with Speick Men being a close runner up. Outstanding shaves! A wonderful value at $9 (US) for 150 ml (5.0 oz).

The Bottom Line

I give the cream a 10/10.

 

Ingredients: Aqua, Stearic Acid, Cocos nucifera Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Menthol, Camphor, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptus globulus Leaf Oil, Pentaerythriytyl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Metasilicate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydorixyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyrdoxymethylglycinate, Geraniol, Parfum

 

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Comments

  1. Wayne says

    All I’ve ever used is Proraso. For the ultimate in a foamy cushion, build a lather with Proraso, apply Proraso preshave to your face, then apply an almond sized dallop of Proraso cream directly to your face. Apply the lather on top of this and you can shave with a lawn mower blade with no irratation!

  2. T. Webb says

    You might mention that people can find this in America relabeled as “C.O. Bigelow Premium Shaving Cream” sold at Bath & Body Works at many malls. They have a small travel size tube for $5, the larger ~5.2 oz tube for $10, but very often they have a “Buy 2 get 1 free”, and occasionally “Buy 2 get 2 free”, which makes them very affordable.

    I don’t work for Proraso, Bigelow, Bath & Body, or anything related to shaving or skin products. I got into wetshaving a year and a half ago, and my goal is to shave like a king for pennies on the dollar, and using Proraso is one of the ways to do that. This is my favorite cream, that I use probably 5 out of every 7 shaves…

    • Enrico Marchesi says

      That’s why !!!
      I bought a C.O. Bigelow Premium Shaving Cream recently and was extremely positive with its performance. What came straight to mind was ” damn, this stuff is almost as good as my beloved Proraso!” Now I know why …. :-)

  3. Johnny says

    Well, from looking at the age poll on the right of the main page I see I have been using Proraso longer than most of you are old. All of their products are great but I do prefer the Green product in the tube and the tub. The new after shave ain’t bad either.

      • Bertoldo says

        Among fans of traditional shaving it is very popular. It is one of the most common (along with the palmolive classic), you can find it in almost every supermarket and convenience store that sell shaving products.

        • Larry says

          I’m old school and favor Palmolive with aloe, and Nivea mild over Proraso. Both are slicker when wet, and the Nivea has a tolerable menthol load while Proraso is over the top.That said, I still use it.

  4. Kenny Haberman says

    @T.Webb, banks for that tip! I didn’t realize that.

    @Bertoldo, I think $9-10 is the average price in the US from what I could tell. Perhaps it’s much less since you are actually in Italy?

    • Bertoldo says

      Probably that is the reason, but it’s hard to belive that only the transportation justifies a price three times higher.

  5. Karl says

    I haven’t tried this product yet, but it was next on my list. Seems like it is one that typically gets good reviews so it’s nice to see that the new formula is a great performer too.

  6. bsmyn0708 says

    I remember when my art of shaving tub lasted me 3 whole years. Ahhh, good times.

    I wonder who’s next to reformulate their products and make it worse, all while keeping the same msrp tag?

  7. Gary says

    I’ve been fond of the COBigelow branded Proraso since I got my first badger brush and left the can behind. It never disappoints. There are a lot more on the shelf now to keep it company, but it’s secretly the best. I just don’t acknowledge that because it would make me feel guilty about having bought all those others. I guess the problem is that I got it first. If I’d waited and got it last, then I’d probably see it in a different light. That, and it’s too inexpensive to really impress anybody. What a shaving cream!

  8. Wayne says

    I reckon I was lucky…Proraso was the first thing I tried, and I’ve been using it ever since. No need to try something else, when this works so good.

  9. Serge says

    I agree, Proraso products are great value for money. Have been using the range for a few years now.

    I have tried various other Brands even more expensive ones, but haven’t seen the benefit in paying more. Here in Australia the shave cream in a tube sells for around $10.
    Not the new formula, haven’t seen this available down under as yet.

    The regular Proraso cream along with my Muhle R89 Grande and Astra blades, a great shaving combination!

  10. says

    I have yet to use any of Proraso’s shaving cream, but I absolutely love the soap, which is pretty much just a stiff cream in a bowl. The Green & White are both regulars, and the Green I really like on a hot day. Use it with cold water, follow with alum, rinse and slap on some Skin Bracer, you’re pretty much set to cool down.

  11. Ray Settanta says

    Proraso and C.O. Bigelow have great products but at the present time, in my area at least, the Bigelow is the old Proraso formula with parabens. The internet rumor is that Bigelow will be using the new Proraso formula sometime this fall.

  12. Gemma says

    C.O. Bigelow’s shaving cream is made by Proraso, but it is *not* exactly the same as the shaving cream Proraso sells under it’s own name. The Bigelow, AFAIR, is missing the menthol, but retains the eucalyptus oil. The Bigelow product is very good, but not quite as good as the regular Proraso.

    I am very nervous about the fact that Proraso is changing their formulation. These things rarely turn out well. I have used many, many brands of shaving cream, but none is better than Proraso.

  13. Gemma says

    For the record, the ingredients list from the Amazon website of the new formulation:

    Aqua (Water/Eau), Stearic Acid, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Menthol, Camphor, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptus globulus Leaf Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Metasilicate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance).

    And the ingredient list from my tube:

    Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil), Menthol, Parfum (Fragrance), Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Geraniol, Eucalyptol, Boric Acid, Camphor, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodum Metasilicate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Borate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT.

  14. says

    I have a tube of the C.O. Bigelow from Bath & Body Works, and it is the new paraben-free version. I also love it. If I needed 10 passes, this stuff would be just as thick and creamy on the tenth pass as it is on the first pass. Awesome cream for $10.

  15. Stefano says

    Well, as italian I can only say that Proraso it’s also one of our treasuries.
    I started to have a wet shave just recently and this cream it’s just my only choice, just remembering my father shaving. And the price here is quite affordable too…

    Ciao!

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