Updated: December 19, 2016
Scent Strength (balance):
I think I may have finally found it. A few years ago I was vacationing in Tropea, Italy and I was in desperate need of a haircut. Based on a recommendation at my Bed and Breakfast I found the barber posted below. After shaving my head down the barber asked me if I wanted a shave as well and I agreed. He went about giving me one of my most memorable moments ever – at least when it comes to grooming.
One of the things I remember most, and the reason why I started this blog, was the shaving cream. A wonderful almond scented cream than I felt like I should be eating, not being shaved with. I asked if he sold any in his shop but he did not. A couple of years later my search for this soap lead to me purchasing a couple of almond scented soaps, but none of them seemed right – I became distracted with other creams and soaps – but I believe my search has finally ended with the discovery of Cella Crema Da Sapone.
Cella Crema Da Sapone, at least for me, provides everything that is great about wet shaving – brilliant fragrance, wonderful lather, amazing performance, and a great price. What is most unforgettable is the fragrance from the Cella – initially I was going to compare the scent to a glass of amaretto, but that would be doing it a disservice. Amaretto has a sweet scent to it. The Cella Crema Da Sapone, although having an almond scent, has a hint of bitterness to it that one doesn’t get from a glass of amaretto. Another mistake would be trying to compare this almond scent to other almond scented soaps, I have tried a few in my quest in finding that soap from that day in Tropea – and although the others may not be terrible – they are not Cella.
Although the Cella is sold as a cream, I would have to describe it more as a soap than cream. It lathered wonderfully both in its own cup, along with when I used my scuttle. A full rich lather, very creamy, needing a bit more water than expected. The lather provides a comfort level when shaving that I have experienced with very few other soaps, very slick surface, and the moisturizing is fantastic.
I would have to say that if it were not for me wanting to continue with this blog, Cella Crema Da Sapone would be the only shaving soap I would have or even allow in my house, I enjoy it that much. Of course you could say that my opinion is somewhat bias because of the experience I have attached with what I believe is the soap from day in Tropea (it makes sense however – popular Italian soap – I was in Italy), but I don’t believe so. I have used quite a few soaps and creams since I made the switch to wet shaving, some were not terrible, others good, this is great.
Ingredient list: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Adeps Bovis (Tallow), Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Aqua, Potassium Carbonate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance)
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