SOTD - August 24, 2015

Saponificio Varesino

Shaving Product Review - Saponificio Varesino "70th Anniversary"

Today's marks my second SOTD with the much-ballyhooed Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary #soap and #aftershave. How does it compare now that I'm dialing it in?

It was very similar to my first go around, and oddly enough - there's really nothing to dial in with this soap. I loaded it for my usual 15s and used the same amount of water! The lather takes a tiny bit more brush work to get the best out of it, but it's worth the extra couple of swirls.

One thing that I hoped would change was the slickness. At first I thought it might've been the suntan oil that affected it. Not so, apparently. While the lather is extremely cushiony and does provide more than enough slickness - once it's off your skin, you have maybe another swipe or three and that's it. Rather than including tons of slickness-inducing ingredients, this soap does not leave your skin this way - rather, it feels more like when it's "squeaky clean." A tad... "Sticky" if you know what I mean.

So I'd say this isn't a soap for newbies or those that like to make multiple swipes and touch-ups during their passes. It's not that you can't make more swipes, but if you rely on this to shave, this may not be the best soap for you. That said, it didn't affect my shave whatsoever.

However... It is because of this, IMO, that you're able to get a closer shave and in the end, your skin will also feel cleaner, better - especially when using the matching aftershave. Like on my first shave... The resulting skin feel is unlike anything else out there. Extremely moisturized, supple, smooth... It feels absolutely wonderful and relaxed_. And of course - the incredible scent of this pair!

Hardware then, was my #Mühle #R89 with a #Feather blade on shave two. I mixed it up and used the #BSB Shaving Brush to really blow up the lather in the #GTP scuttle - it did not disappoint! Incredible painting of luxe lather was had.

So there it is - shave two with #SapVaresino! I'll be repeating it one more time (at least) tomorrow - when I'll have my Acqua di Gio and Geir Ness colognes to seal the deal. I'm flying naked right now to see how long the scent lasts ahead of the expected today. I stand by my earlier assertion - this is really, really good shit!