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I picked up a tub of Razorock Don Donato Italian Shaving Soap a few weeks back, the third of fourth shaving soap from the Italian Barber (it is also currently available on Amazon) I have purchased in the last five or six months. This one, like the others were all purchased in order to qualify for some free shipping. I had no intention of buying this, but I am not one to turn away from sampling some new shave soap. Generally I haven’t loved the Razorock (Italian Barber) soaps, that is not to say that they are ineffective, but outside of the price they have been for the most part forgettable. I would say the same about the Don Donato, I liked the price, the shave was good, but ultimately forgettable.
The scent of the Don Donato is dominated by a light citrusy fragrance that isn’t too overpowering, along with some cedar tones I would say that it borders between being a pleasant scent and smelling a bit too bathroomy-y if that makes sense. I flipped flopped a few times over that last week or so of using this as to whether I enjoyed the scent, finally settling on the fact that it wasn’t offensive in any way, but as I mentioned above, it was somewhat forgettable. I do wonder if the fragrance would have more impact if it was a little less subtle.
Building up a nice lather was fairly straightforward, not needing too much water or too much work to create. The lather provided a nice cushion and I will have to say a more than sufficient slickness to the shave. I will say though that I found it left the skin a little dry – could be the winter weather dropping the humidity in the house – but I doubt it. Not too much of a big deal if you follow up your shave with some aftershave balm, but still worth mentioning.
No review of Don Donato shaving would be complete without taking a look at the packaging. If you have read some of my other reviews you know that I am a sucker for fantastic packaging (take a look at Barrister and Mann’s Leviathan shaving soap for an example of some awesome packaging). But awesome packaging is not what attracted me to the Don Donato, the opposite in fact. Looking at it on my computer screen it resembled the Looney Tunes That’s All Folks shot, and now that I am holding it in my hands it still looks like that. It shouldn’t be a big deal really, and I guess that it isn’t really, but I am sure to toss this tub back in my shave cabinet once I am finished with with it. Whereas I wouldn’t have any trouble leaving the Leviathan sitting on my counter. Wet shaving has some beautiful looking tools, I’m not sure why I would want this label next to them.
On a side note, apparently the gentleman in the image is actually Donato Ciniello from Turin, Italy. He has some shops in Italy and is also restores vintage straight razors. This added fact makes it kind of cool, too bad the image wasn’t more sophisticated.
Razorock Don Donato Italian Shaving Soap gets the job done and might make for a good soap for someone looking to get into using a brush and soap instead of canned shave cream. On the flip side I think the long time wet shaver might find this soap disappointing, especially if you are use to products like Barrister and Mann, or Taylor of Old Bond Street. For more information you can check out the Italian Barber or head over to Amazon.
Size: 125ml / 4.2 FL oz
Artisan Made in Italy.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau) Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Hydroxyde, Sodium Hydroxyde, Parfum (Fragrance), Argania Spinosa Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
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