Scent Pleasantness: 8
Scent Strength (balance): 8
My trip to Italy has finally come to a close and while visiting with family, vacationing, and my kids first trip to Europe was fantastic, the same cannot be said from a wet shaving enthusiast standpoint. Overall I would have to call it a major disappointment.
Perhaps it is my fault. My last trip to Italy was six or seven years ago. Long before I started to wet shave it was interested in any way. I arrived in Italy expecting to find more of a traditional wet shaving culture than I found. I had a vision of grocery stores and pharmacies carrying Proraso, Cella, and shelves of lesser known, but equally fantastic brands. I expected a large selection of brushes – even if they were all Omega’s.
Sadly what I found was North American type displays (I had a photo but deleted in error somewhere along the way) – what one would find in a Rite Aid or a Shoppers Drug Mart. Row upon row of canned shaving cream, with the only constant exception being Proraso Green (also like North America) which was in every single store I checked. I didn’t encounter a single tub of Cella. And shaving brushes were few and far between. Clearly my expectations were wrong.
I even searched out specialty shops (this wasn’t a typical trip to Italy mind you – no Roma, Firenze, or Milano but never the less). The only one I found was an overpriced shop in Ravenna that carried some GEO F Trumpers and Fine Products along with hundreds of fragrances mainly for women.
But throughout my disappointment I was able to find something new while in Verona. Literally a single item, a cup of Figaro Shaving Soap. It was deadly cheap – under €2. In the end happened to be a decent find.
Happily, the scent from Figaro Shave Soap is almond scented. But unlike Cella (one of my favorite soaps) which I would say has a slightly bitter almond scent, the Figaro is much more sweet smell. More candy like than the Cella.
For the price the performance is fantastic. It might not leave my face feeling overly moisturized, but it does provide a slick and cushion-y surface, and of course a close shave. And for just over $2 what more could you ask for?
Of course the ingredients that went into the Figaro may not be on the same level as some of the higher end soaps, but that’s an entirely different discussion. And I assume many of you are not as concerned with what is in your soap if it’s inexpensive and provides a decent experience.
I’m sure that there are some traditional shaving shops in Italy that would be impressive, but I didn’t find any. If you know of some please let me know. Luckily the purpose of my trip was visiting and vacationing, not discovering new products, but it would have been nice. If you are curious, Figaro is available on Amazon, but at a different price point.