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Saponificio Varesino

Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting traditional soaps for laundry, industrial, and grooming purposes in Italy. And while they are proud of their almost 75 year history, they aren’t resting on their laurels but are continuing to perfect new crafting methods to bring the best soaps to the world.

  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Cubebe, 150g 4.3 in Aluminum Jar-West Coast Shaving
    $37.99

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Cubebe, 150g 4.3 in Aluminum Jar

    2 reviews

    Artisan shaving soap Vegetable-based Scented with sweet, spicy, and woodsy notes Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting traditional s...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, 70th Anniversary Beta 4.1, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $38.68

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, 70th Anniversary Beta 4.1, 150g

    5 reviews

    Artisan shaving soap Vegetable-based Scented with aquatics, florals, woods Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting traditional soaps f...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, 70th Anniversary, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $16.00

    Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, 70th Anniversary, 150g

    Traditionally crafted bath soap Vegetable-based Scented with bergamot, lemon, tangerine, lavender, jasmine, geranium, amber and vetiver Italian ...

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  • Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Optunia, 4.3-West Coast Shaving
    $27.06

    Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Optunia, 4.3

    2 reviews

    Artisan aftershave Alcohol-based Contains prickly pear extract for protection and moisturizing Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Cosmo Beta 4.2, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $41.45

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Cosmo Beta 4.2, 150g

    1 review

    Artisan shaving soap Vegetable-based Scented with aquatics, florals, woods Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting traditional soaps f...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Felce Aromatica, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $16.00

    Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Felce Aromatica, 150g

    Traditionally crafted bath soap Vegetable-based Scented  with a fresh, green aroma Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soap making right ...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Opuntia, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $16.00

    Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Opuntia, 150g

    Traditionally crafted bath soap Vegetable-based Scented with chamomile, lavender, & eucalyptus Italian company Saponificio Varesino began so...

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  • Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Cosmo, 125ml-West Coast Shaving
    $33.16

    Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Cosmo, 125ml

    Traditional aftershave splash Alcohol-based Scented with a clean, natural scent Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soapmaking right at th...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Opuntia Beta 4.3, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $45.60

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Opuntia Beta 4.3, 150g

    Traditional lathering shave soap Hard puck Scented with chamomile, lavender, & eucalyptus Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soap ma...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Pre Shave, Pre Shave Oil, 50ml-West Coast Shaving
    $26.54

    Saponificio Varesino Pre Shave, Pre Shave Oil, 50ml

    A mixture of 100% vegetable oils, the characteristics of which aren’t aimed to improve the fluency and slipperiness, but to increase the comfort pr...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Cosmo, 150g-West Coast Shaving
    $16.00

    Saponificio Varesino Bath Soap, Cosmo, 150g

    1 review

    Traditionally crafted bath soap Vegetable-based Scented with a clean, natural scent Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soapmaking right ...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Felce Aromatica Beta 4.3, 150g-West Coast Shaving
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    $32.22

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Felce Aromatica Beta 4.3, 150g

    2 reviews

    Traditional lathering shave soap refill Hard puck Scented with a fresh, green aroma Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soap making right...

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  • Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Felce Aromatica, 100ml-West Coast Shaving
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    $22.11

    Saponificio Varesino After Shave, Felce Aromatica, 100ml

    Traditional aftershave splash Alcohol-based Scented with a fresh, green aroma Italian company Saponificio Varesino began soapmaking right at the ...

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  • Saponificio Varesino After Shave Splash, Cubebe, 4.3-West Coast Shaving
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    $23.99

    Saponificio Varesino After Shave Splash, Cubebe, 4.3

    3 reviews

    Artisan aftershave Alcohol-based Scented with sweet, spicy, and woodsy notes Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been crafting traditional soaps...

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  • Saponificio Varesino After Shave, 70th Anniversary-West Coast Shaving
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    $29.01

    Saponificio Varesino After Shave, 70th Anniversary

    2 reviews

    Traditional aftershave balm Non alcohol-based Scented with bergamot, lemon, tangerine, lavender, jasmine, geranium, amber and vetiver Italian co...

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  • Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Optunia, 150g 4.3 in Aluminum Jar-West Coast Shaving
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    $37.20

    Saponificio Varesino Shaving Soap, Optunia, 150g 4.3 in Aluminum Jar

    Artisan shaving soap Vegetable-based Contains prickly pear extract for protection and moisturizing Since 1945, Saponificio Varesino has been cr...

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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?

IMany 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.