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Fine Accoutrements Italian Citrus Shave Soap and Aftershave

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On December 23rd 2016 Fine Accoutrements announced the return of the much anticipated “Italian Citrus” scented soap and aftershave. I usually miss the releases of new or limited edition products but I wasn’t going to miss this one. As soon as I received the email notification that it was in stock I took the plunge. Having never tried the original Italian Citrus products, I had no source for comparison so I treated this review like an artist would treat an empty canvas.

This particular scent is inspired by the famous “Acqua di Parma Colonia” cologne. Created in 1916, this Italian made cologne was originally used to scent men’s handkerchiefs. It was enjoyed so much that many started using it as their primary perfume.  By the 1930’s, Aqua di Parma became very popular amongst American and European celebrities and the rest is history. The fresh citrus base with a light musk touch made this scent an instant classic.

Fine Accoutrements did a great job replicating this this particular scent while adding their own flair. Both the soap and aftershave have a heavy but pleasant citrus overtone and light spicy musk undertone. Having used Acqua Di Parma in the past I can tell you that scent wise, this is a great tribute to the original. Both are similar but still retain their separate identities. I found that Aqua Di Parma has an edge on the citrus aspect and Fine Italian Citrus to have more of a musk tone.  Both could easily be used to complement each other if you decided to match the Fine products with the famous cologne.

I used this soap and aftershave daily for two weeks so I could really learn the products through a multitude of scenarios. I used several different brushes, razors, and blade combos to see how the products performed with different hardware.


The classic style of the packaging surrounding Fine products is almost like going into a time machine. When I first learned of these products a few years ago I honestly thought the company was in business for 50 + years and still using the same packaging. The soap box just says “classic” with a retro picture of “Mr. Fine” which truly reminisces a 1960’s shaving commercial. The shape and style of the box also resembles “Williams Soap” another classic icon in the shaving soap world.

The soap puck is the standard size of 3.5 oz. which is in the ball park of most artisan products.  It does lacks the ability to lather directly into the packaging so you’ll have to use a separate container. The directions on the side of the box suggest putting the puck in a shaving mug but you can use a tin or plastic Tupperware that will get the job done without any added expense.

The aftershave is in a functional bottle that is very common amongst artisan products.  It arrives sealed so the user knows if the product has or hasn’t been tampered with. There is an easy pour top which prevents over pouring and allows just a little at a time so you don’t spill it everywhere.


This article is my personal opinion of a soap/aftershave and does not represent the opinions of Sharpologist.


The soap is made using Fine Accoutrements triple-milled tallow based formula which is used in all their products. For those wondering, triple-milled refers to the process of running the soap through a mill to remove moisture, solidify and add fragrance to the soap. The result is a hard, dense and usually more fragrant product.
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As with all Fine soaps, there is an image of Mr. Fine engraved into the soap puck itself.  The image matches the picture on the front of the box and is a nice touch. Although the image disappears after a few uses it’s still really cool.

The soap lathered with ease and required very little water to get going which is a classic attribute of triple milled soaps.  I found performance to be very similar with different brushes although the soap seemed to favor synthetic bristles over natural hair.

When applying to my face, coverage was even and the lather was solid.  There were no “airy” spots to be seen and the lather lasted in my bowl the entire shave. The scent was very abundant but not overbearing and was quite pleasant. The fragrance of citrus and musk stayed well within the room for some time after the shave.
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I had a little trouble with the soap when I bloomed (or let it soak in water several minutes before using) it. I highly recommend test lathering this soap before shaving in order to find the perfect “water to soap ratio” that works for you. Although I rarely bloom shaving soaps, I did several times with soap to see if it inhibited performance and I personally found it easier to use without blooming.

After Shave

The after shave is an alcohol based splash (splash is a term for non-cream based aftershaves) made with Fine’s classic formula.  I found the scent to perfectly match the soap and was abundant but not over bearing.

When applying the splash remember less is more. Just a little goes a long way. I found that a quarter- sized drop was just enough for me. The scent lasted a full day’s work (ten hours plus) and I found myself constantly putting my hands to my face in order to catch a whiff of my new aftershave.  I could even smell it when I was driving home. Needless to say I was impressed with the lasting ability of this product.

I received several compliments throughout the time I used this splash. I even had a fellow ask me where he could get some. I have a feeling I may have converted a new wet shaver unknowingly in the process of trying this product. A win/win situation to say the least!


I found my experience with the Fine Accoutrement’s Italian Citrus set to be quite enjoyable.  The scent is very pleasant and lasting. You can’t help but think you’re taking a trip back in time when you use these products.

Bottom line, take the time to learn the soap. Too much or too little water will have dramatic results. Once you find the right ratio for you there is no turning back.  For the aftershave, less is more and be ready to talk about it to your friends and colleagues. You may even convert a new wet shaver in the process.

You can find these products at (Soap and aftershave also available on Amazon.  West Coast Shaving carries the aftershave – affiliate links.)


Soap: Potassium Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Water, Potassium Cocoate, Sodium Tallowate, Fragrance, Sodium Cocoate, Glycerine, Potassium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide.
Aftershave: Alcohol, Water, Fragrance, Menthol.

About the Author:
Joe Borrelli is a long-time wet shaving enthusiast and collector.  He hosts the Wet Shaving News Podcast and runs his own self-funded website  to help inform the community of new information involving the wet shaving world. Joe holds a BBA from Florida Atlantic University, and currently works for the nation’s largest wine/spirits/beer retailer. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Linda, reading, writing, outdoor activities and collecting wet shaving apparel. Find out more about Joe here.

Joe Borrelli

Joe Borrelli

Joe Borrelli is a long-time wet shaving enthusiast and collector. He hosts the Wet Shaving News/Talk Podcast , runs his own self-funded website and operates a YouTube channel to help inform the community of new information involving the wet shaving world. Joe holds a BBA from Florida Atlantic University, and currently works for the nation’s largest wine/spirits/beer retailer. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda & son Anthony, reading, writing, outdoor activities and collecting wet shaving apparel. Joe has also written several dozen articles for online publications such as Sharpologist and How to Grow a Mustache. Find out more about Joe here.View Author posts

9 thoughts on “Fine Accoutrements Italian Citrus Shave Soap and Aftershave”

  1. Fine, American Blend aftershave
    Alcahol, water, Fragrance, menthanol
    My understanding is that they are all the same ingredients.
    3.3 oz glass bottle.
    About $15.00
    Aqua Velva classic ice blue aftershave
    Alcahol, water, glycerine, fragrance, menthol, benzopphenone,
    Violet, blue
    7 oz plastic bottle
    About $5.00 in local store
    Generic bottle of rubbing alcohol a local store
    16 oz
    Less than $3.00
    Generic Witch Hazel at local store.
    Less than $3.00
    I think Aqua Velva the scent last longer. Classic been around for decades.
    With hazel, I think causes less drying and burn stinging than alcohol.
    Glycerine I think help with skin dryness. I don’t think it helps me, maybe someone else.
    Thank you

    1. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

      Bond, for what it’s worth, I mix glycerin in with my witch hazel, to make an aftershave spray. The glycerin adds a moisturizing component (countering the alcohol in the witch hazel) and tempers witch hazel’s offensive (to me) scent. I use this right after shaving. After it dries I apply a quality facial moisturizer (like Aveeno Clear Complexion).
      And to add to your price comparisons, Pinaud Clubman costs around $7 for a 6 oz bottle, and about $10 for a 12.5 oz bottle. So, $15 for a 100 ml (around 3.3 oz), for Fine, seems a bit high, to me. It isn’t outrageously expensive, if you really like the product. But I can definately see why, for you, it didn’t rank as a good value product. I don’t think it would rank highly for me, either. But I try to avoid judging something I haven’t tried, too harshly.

      1. HI
        I bought one bottle. I have a bottle.
        Additionally mail order supplier sent me 2 free samples to try of different scents.
        I tried it. After I tried it a few times I put in the refrigerator to reduce the effects of the alcohol.
        Then I tried it a few more times. It still was harsh.
        I checked the ingredients list, the different scrents had the same ingredients as of a few months ago.
        Even Brut splash is milder.
        Thank you

  2. I have tried Fine aftershave.
    The alcahol content is high if you have dry skin or any abrasions it will sting. I have 3 other scents. I bought one, they gave me 2 samples. Was surprised how good they smell.
    Does not surprise me that the one described in the article snelled good. For me the scent is gone within a few minutes.
    Really nothing much is left. Say an hour hr later it was so faint was not worth it to me.
    I tried used a regular unscented moisturizing aftershave before or after using Fine aftershave. Then allowed it to dry then used Fine aftershave to see if scent will last longer. I put some in my hair. Nothing helps retain scent.
    I did not find that it moisturized the skin. The first time you use it smells so amazing that you hope scent stays for a few hrs. Was disappointing. Will not buy again.

    1. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

      Bond, I have a quick question. Do you expect an aftershave’s scent to last for a long time? I’m not a scent obsessed guy, and this is not my expertise. But I thought aftershave scents were only supposed to last for a short while. The scent of the cologne (for those who are into that) carries the day. I actually was a little confused when Joe mentioned how long it lasted.
      I occasionally use Razorock’s XX aftershave balm. Smells great, but isn’t strong and fades fairly quickly. That’s a plus, in my book. The only time I’ll use Clubman aftershave is when I’m spending the day alone, for the most part. So I can smell like an old time barbershop, and not offend anyone.

      1. No, a few hrs. 2 maybe 4hrs.
        I prefer only a hint of the scent remain.
        GFT or Dr. Harris lasts longer. After the alcohol evaporates you still can smell it faintly.
        I do not see the point of using something with a scent if the scent is gone before I make it out the door.
        Fine aftershave did smell terrific.
        Thank You

  3. I have used the AdP Colonia old scent that was croapish and in a glass tub (it was NOS I got off of EBAY) and I have used the new reformulated AdP shaving cream in a tube. Can confirm that the newer stuff in the tube does NOT have the classic Colonia scent…It’s a pleasant, low-key scent but not particularly citrusy to me like the Colonia was.

    1. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

      Yes, the glass tub, with the fabulous scent, is what I have. So the new AdP is not unscented, then. I wonder if it the scent in the tube version of AdP is one of the other AdP cologne scents?
      (To be clear, I actually like unscented products. But it just seemed weird this company, famous for their scents, would change their lather to an unscented version.)

  4. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

    I own both the original Acqua di Parma soap (croap) and Razorock’s original XXX (reputed to be repackaged AdP). Both are excellent, and among the best smelling lather products I’ve ever used. Another is Razorock’s XX, which is scented with Acqua di Parma Blue Mediterraneo—fabulous product and scent. Razorock re-released a new XXX a few years ago. It is also quite nice, but the scent isn’t quite as good as the original, IMO.
    There was a rumor a couple years ago, that AdP had changed to an unscented formula. It seems odd to me that a fragrance company as famous as AdP would move away from their signature scent. Can anyone confirm if AdP soap is now actually unscented?
    While I can’t comment on Fine’s after shave, I think $15 for a 100 ml bottle is a tad high.

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