I recieved my tub of the newly formulated Green Proraso this morning, and knew I would have to give it a try this evening. I started DE shaving with Proraso 2 months ago, and although I've sampled quite a few creams, it still remains as one of my favorites, so needless to say, I was excited about getting the new stuff.
The "old" Proraso I have is out of a tube, and the new stuff I purchased in the tub, as I prefer tubs. I believe this would be considered a "hard" cream, it is not soft inside the tub. Upon an initial sniff test, both products seemed to be exactly the same, but this changed once I lathered them.
I decided to try both creams at the same time, as to give them a fair test, each one on each side of my face. I test lathered the old stuff once, and the new stuff 2 times to "learn" it. I used my restored EverReady brush with a 20mm TGN finest knot for the "old" stuff, and a Ken Shaving 20mm Finest Brush for the New Line. Both where lathered in seperate, but similar sized metal bowls. My prep was a shower, and face cleansing with a glycerin soap by Nuetrogena, and the Proraso Pre-shave cream prior to lather application. I used my Gillette SuperSpeed Flare Tip (I believe it is a 54') with a brand new Gillette 7OC Black Blade.
The old stuff, is well, we all know, a mighty fine product, especially for the price. Now the New product, I can say, IS different. Keep in mind, my old stuff is in the tube, and the new stuff is in a tub, don't know if this could make for much of a difference.
First off, the smell, it is still mentholated, but it seems a bit muted, and it is a different menthol; where with the old stuff I get that Vicks Vapor Rub kinda menthol, the new stuff... is not that. It is not bad, and IMO, I like it much better, it is just, different.
The new product seems to lather much better than the old. It lathers much more like a luxury English Cream, and I like it! So on the face it goes, the left side being the new product, and the right side being the old. I can tell a difference with the new stuff, feels much more creamy. I completed a 2 pass shave, 1 WTG, 1 XTG, and can say they both performed amazing, as expected, with the new line performing marginaly better; it seems to cushion my blade a bit better. After rinsing my face off with cold water, I noticed that the side that had the newer product seemed to be more moisturized, and i'm chalking this up to the new product being paraben free.
So all in all, I love the new stuff, it is not a huge difference, just a couple minor ones that, overall, impress me. Of course, with everything in life, YMMV, but I'm definately happy with my purchase.... Hope you enjoyed the read, i tried to keep it quick and too the point...