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Antica Barbieria Colla

Antica Barbieria Colla is more than just a full line of grooming products for discerning gentlemen. It is an experience. WCS owners, Christine and John, were able to step foot in the iconic European shaving house off Via Gerolamo Morone in Milan, Italy. And if any of you find yourself in Italy, put a visit to this famous little shop on your list. Walking in the door is like taking a step back in time. Opened in 1904 by Dino Colla, this institution quickly developed a storied clientele - show business stars and foreign/international customers flooded the shop. Today it is owned by Franco Bompieri who adheres to the same inviolable values of attention to detail and customer care that made the place famous. And since many of us will never lean back for a hot towel treatment and haircut in this prestigious shop, they have made available a number of hair care and shaving products created according to the original recipes that Colla developed. This is luxury!

  • Antica Barbieria Colla Aftershave Milk, Almond Oil-West Coast Shaving
    $72.00

    Antica Barbieria Colla Aftershave Milk, Almond Oil

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    Aftershave milk to cool, soothe, and invigorate With almond oil to smooth and nourish the skin Lightly scented with a timeless fragrance Antica B...

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  • Antica Barbieria Colla Shaving Cream, Almond Oil-West Coast Shaving
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    $79.00

    Antica Barbieria Colla Shaving Cream, Almond Oil

    6 reviews

    Luxurious shaving cream from Antica Barbieria Colla in Italy With essential oils Scented with an intoxicating almond aroma Heralded as one of the ...

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Is shaving soap better than shaving cream?

As you might expect, the answer is “it depends”. When you want to whip up a lather quickly, a shaving cream is often a good choice. However, a shaving soap has a base that allows for many more ingredients. So, if you are looking to get a good moisturizing, protective, long-lasting lather, then you will probably want to stick with shaving soaps. It might take a little longer to get a good lather, but the time spent is worth it.

Is shaving soap necessary to wet shaving?

Some sort of protection is vital to a wet shave. You will really do a number on your face if you attempt to take a blade to your skin without the benefit of some sort of lubrication. Many classic wet shavers will choose to lather up a shaving soap, but you could use a cream, gel, or even an oil. However, your results are definitely improved when you choose products that are designed for the specific purpose of shaving.

Can I shave with regular soap?

The short answer is yes. However, as stated above, your results with wet shaving are greatly enhanced when you use the products designed for it. Shaving soaps are formulated to create thick, rich (protective) lathers that stay on the face and loaded with ingredients to moisturize and nourish your skin post-shave. A regular soap might produce an airy, bubbly lather that doesn’t provide much protection and a post shave that leaves you dry and cracked.

Do you leave shaving soap in the mug or bowl?

Many artisans today are loading their soap into containers/tubs that are perfect for lathering. They are wide-mouthed and over-sized just for the purpose of lathering. If you are using a puck or refill, then there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t leave it in the bowl or mug. With any shaving soap, however, it is important to rinse off the excess lather and leave it out to dry as much as possible. This will increase its longevity and reduce waste if it sits wet.

Will shaving soap get too old to use?

Unlike a shaving cream, a shaving soap generally does not get too old to use. Like a bar of soap, shaving soap can last and last. Technically, the biggest thing happening over time is that more water evaporates from the soap (but that can actually improve the soap, this is what triple-milling does). However, the scent will gradually fade over time so you don’t want to hold onto your soap forever.