If you’re looking for an unbiased Proraso shaving soap review this is it. But try as we might, it’s difficult to fault this classic Italian shaving soap which is why we placed it top in our list of the best shaving soap.
The history of the brand goes back to 1908. Ludovico Martelli founded the company in Italy and it has survived for three generations.
Proraso Shaving Soap Scents:
- Green (Eucalyptus and Menthol) (Top Choice)
- White (Green Tea and Oatmeal) (Low scent, mild)
- Red (Karite Butter and Sandal Oil) (Most traditional)
- Blue (Aloe Vera and Vitamin E) (Best For Sensitive Skin)
Proraso Shaving Soap Review – Tube Vs Bowl
One of the best things about Proraso shaving soap right away is that you have a choice of either a shaving soap in a bowl or shaving cream in a tube. Both are basically the same product but suit different people.
Some shavers prefer whisking a shaving brush around a bowl to build up a lather whereas others prefer to dive right in with a tube. If you’re in need of a new shaving brush then see our top picks here.
The tube shaving cream may be more convenient and easier for travelling. The bowl soap is matured for 10 days using an Italian hot soap method to turn it into a slightly firmer paste.
Either way, what stands out about proraso shaving soap is how it foams up into the most wonderful lather.
Proraso Green – With a refreshing eucalyptus and menthol scent. Given that most shaving soaps lean towards traditional “barbershop” scents like sandalwood and bay rum, the fresh menthol can be a pleasant change.
Eucalytpus and methol also have lots of soothing properties to reduce inflammation, although the harsh oil content may not be great for sensitive skin.
Proraso White – While Proraso Green could be a bit stingy on sensitive skin, the oatmeal and Green Tea of Proraso white will soothe and protect your sensitive skin. This is particularly moisturizing.
The downside is of course the complete loss of scent. For some people you cannot beat the strong Menthol scent that makes Proraso green one of the most popular shaving soaps in the world. White on the other hand is barely noticeable with hints of green tea that may well be right up your street, but it’s not for everyone.
Proraso Red – This is more like a classic shaving soap with a deep sandalwood scent that is on a par with competitor Taylors of Old Bond Street. The sandelwood oil is combined with Shea Butter that is soothing and moisturizing, which is hardly surprising as the main ingredient of shave butter. That means it will look after your skin as well as helping soften a thick beard while offering superior protection for the skin.
Proraso Blue – Another option for the best shaving soap for sensitive skin, Proraso blue contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E while delivering a mild but invigorating scent of amber and musk.
Nevertheless, our favourite will always remain Proraso green. The eucalyptus and menthol variety stands out from the crowd of shaving soaps on the market and so it’s little wonder it is such a popular shaving soap around the world.
If you’re not convinced then why not have a look at our other top shaving soap picks?