So, I guess it was finally time to get around to reviewing some Proraso. Proraso’s Blue formulation is the newest cream they carry, having only come out late last year.
The scent is a bit difficult to describe. The most common example thrown out there is that it’s licorice / anise-scented, which makes sense given that there is indeed some licorice root extract in the cream, but it’s not just a licorice scent. It is tempered by something that I’d consider a fresh / green scent, which might be due to the aloe. There’s a also bit of menthol, although apparently not nearly as much as you’ll find in the Proraso Green.
Overall, I found it to be a pleasant scent. It wasn’t all that strong, just enough to be noticeable it you go trying to pay attention to it, but I couldn’t really tell it was there for most of the shave.
The cream lathered up easily, requiring very little water for a really thick lather that had good glide. I found this cream to be a fair bit above average in the moisturization department, which I’ll chalk up to the inclusion of the aloe juice, and perhaps the vitamin E.
- 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 6/10 Scent Strength
- 9/10 Quality of lather
Overall, I’ll say 7/10. Scent just doesn’t have the oomph to do it for me, but it’s a good shave otherwise.
- Cost: The 1/4 oz sample shown was from Garry’s Sample Shop, for $2. A full sized 150 mL tube can be found for $7.50.
Ingredient list (my apologies if I messed some of this up, I was typing it out by hand off of a rather low-res picture of the ingredient listing; couldn’t find another one online!): Aqua, stearic acid, cocos nucifera oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, lactic acid, parfum, sodium hydroxide, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, tocopheryl acetate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, menthol, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, sodium metasilicate, tetrasodium EDTA, hydroxyethylcellulose, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate