I finally picked up a tub of Proraso Red Sandalwood shave soap and if you have read some of my other Proraso shave cream/soap reviews you will know that I have a special affinity to all things Proraso. Some times I wonder if I am blinded by the fact that Proraso Green was the first “proper” shave cream that I ever purchased and as a result I am forever linked to the Proraso brand. Or, perhaps it is due to the fact that it is a fine Italian made product and my Italian heritage blinds me to any faults. The more likely explanation is that the company ensures that they put out a quality product.
Like my experience with Proraso Green and Blue, the Red lather was easy to build, a rather enjoyable task actually, a good way to wake yourself up. In addition to the ease in creating a nice lather I found, as with the other Proraso products, that it provided a really nice shave surface. My blade had a nice layer of cushion, if I had to find a fault it might be that the lather wasn’t quite as slick as some other creams, but that is not to say it didn’t provide an adequate amount of slickness.
The scent of the Proraso Sandalwood shave soap is quite pleasant. I had a tube of Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood sitting in my shave cabinet so I decided to compare the two. Before getting into wet shaving I can honestly say that I had never come across sandalwood anything, or if I did I had no idea, happily I am now aware. The Proraso has a nice balance, not overpowering at all, it providing a nice experience while shaving. The scent didn’t linger very long after the shave, but I’m not sure how important that really is. Compared to the Geo F. Trumper I would say that the Proraso Sandalwood has a more earthy or natural feel to it, where as the Geo. had a bit more of a perfume-y scent to it. I preferred the Proraso over the Geo.
One thing I cannot really comment on is the fact that the Proraso Sandalwood is formulate for ”Barbe Dure” or Tough Beards. I would say that my beard is average, I would love to hear from anyone who has used Proraso Red and would classify their beards as being tough (comments are open).
Overall I enjoyed my week or so with the tub of Proraso Red Sandalwood shave soap, which for the record, although it is classified as a soap it was a bit of a creamy feel to it, you will understand what I mean if you pick this up. I wouldn’t say that the Red is my favourite scent of the three Proraso soaps/creams that I have used, that would have to go to Blue, but Red is a close second.