Last month I was using Proraso Blue After Shave Balm. This is my first none ‘liquid’ after shave that I have used since I have been reviewing them on a regular basis. I’ll be honest, I do prefer the liquid aftershave over the creamy texture that the Proraso Blue After Shave provides, but it really didn’t take away from the experience or performance.
Oddly this is the first time I have used an after shave product that had a matching shave cream (I used two creams last month Proraso Blue and TOBS Coconut which I will review later this month), and I will have to say using complementary scents is quite nice. I am a big fan of the Proraso Blue Shaving Cream, specifically its scent, so naturally I was excited to add this after shave to my shelf. If you have used the Proraso Blue and enjoyed the scent there is no need for hesitation picking up this product. Having said that the scent doesn’t linger for very long, not much of a problem if you wanted to follow up the Proraso Blue After Shave Balm with some cologne that doesn’t really complement it – just a bit of disappointment if you were hoping to get through your morning with a hint of Proraso Blue in the air. I’m not sure how to best describe the smell other than stating that it is very fresh with a classy edge to it. Great for these summer months.
As for performance I didn’t really have any doubts. The Proraso Blue After Shave Balm does a great job fighting razor burn, minus the burning you would get from an alcohol based product. However, I feel that it excels in is its ability to moisturize; my face felt noticeably moisturized most of the day, often realizing that I was rubbing my fingers on my face for longer than normal or healthy. The balm contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and a few other natural products, perhaps making this a good choice if you daily routine is void of any other moisturizing products.
Another things worth mentioning is the packaging of the Proraso Blue After Shave Balm. As with many of their products Proraso really seems to care about the presentation they provide. The balm comes in a nice hefty glass container and can be left on your counter or sink and not look out of place, messy, or provide any reason for your wife to make you store your grooming products out of sight.
If you are a fan of Proraso products there is no need to hesitate with the Proraso Blue After Shave Balm. You will receive a great product, with a great results, and some nice packaging. As stated above this is a cream product, if you were looking for a splash you may want to consider something like Clubman Pinaud, but I wouldn’t let the cream base deter you from trying it out.