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    Default New Prorarso comparison: Eucalyptus and Sandalwood

    The purpose of this post is to solicit experiences with the NEW Proraso formulas. I have just obtained both and here are my findings.

    The new Proraso formula is different in a number of ways that seem to be positive. The first is the feel. The old formula feels a little "waxy" when compared to the new formula. When you rub them between your fingers you can feel a distinctive thickness to the old formula. But that is not to say that I have ever been dissatisfied with the original. This new formula appears to be a step up in overall quality when compared to some of my higher end creams. In fact, I would say Proraso has improved the product without increasing the price.

    Sandalwood is my preferred fragrance and I have tried almost every brand available. The Proraso expression of this rare and expensive fragrance is like none of them. The first thing I noticed is that the rather distinctive Proraso fragrance is dominant with just a hint of sandalwood. You would not believe this considering the fact that there is no eucalytus or menthol in the formula. Instead, the parfum, geraniol, and citronella must be providing it. This is also confirmed by the ingredients where santalum album (sandalwood) oil is the last ingredient. My favorite Muhle and Edwin Jagger sandalwood creams list it much higher on the list indicating a greater percentage and more expensive product. I am not a big fan of the Proraso fragrance and I would like to have smelt a bit less of it so the sandalwood could come through as the more dominant component.

    The lather is creamier and richer whipping into uberlather within 60 seconds provided you give it a bit more water than the older version. This is especially true of the sandalwood which has some additional "buttery" ingredients.

    OVERALL
    These new creams from Proraso are better than the previous formulas, approaching the quality found in much more expensive creams. However, the fragrance is "original" and still a bit too strong for me in the sandalwood version. This may be the best shaving cream available at this price break point.

    Check out the ingredients:

    Proraso Eucalyptus/Menthol
    Aqua (Water/Eau)
    Stearic Acid
    Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil
    Potassium Hydroxide
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Glycerin
    Lactic Acid
    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
    Menthol
    Camphor
    Eucalyptol
    Eucalyptus globulus Leaf Oil
    Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
    Sodium Metasilicate
    Tetrasodium EDTA
    Hydroxyethylcellulose
    Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
    Geraniol
    Parfum (Fragrance)

    Proraso Sandalwood
    Aqua (Water/Eau)
    Stearic Acid
    Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil
    Potassium Hydroxide
    Glycerin
    Lactic Acid
    Parfum (Fragrance)
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter
    Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
    Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
    Sodium Metasilicate
    Tetrasodium EDTA
    Hydroxyethylcellulose
    Citronellol
    Geraniol
    Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
    Limonene
    Linalool
    Coumarin
    Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
    Santalum album (Sandalwood) Oil
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    I tried the old and new eucalyptus night to night with the same razor and really found no difference in performance, but the new has a different smell that I can't put my hands on. Works well. I got mine before it was available to the U.S.

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    FWIW, according to fragrance buffs, the Proraso Sandalwood is one of the very few creams available with a true sandalwood oil scent.

    While I'm not a super fan of the scent myself, the performance is very good.

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    The sandalwood scent is authentic but there is just very little of it, plus it is fighting to get past the strong Proraso scent. However, the performance of the cream is excellent.

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    I pulled the trigger on a tube. Sounds like an interesting combo.

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    I have been pretty impressed by new Proraso products so far.

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    I have now shaved several times with the new formula with silvertip badger, best badger, boar, and synthetic brushes. These creams perform better than the old formula with all my brushes. I think Proraso did their homework on these formulations. I am very pleased with the result.

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    Hm. I have yet to see the new Prorasos in any store near me. I didn't know there *were* new formulas until I logged in here this morning. I'll be interested to try them, since the uh... 'old' Proraso is probably my favourite shave cream.

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    I have tried both of the new ones and honestly have to say I dont like them. I prefer the original proraso soap much more than the new formula. The scent has changed on the new one and it just does not sit well with me. I bought every tub at two different shoppers drug mart to ensure I have enough for my lilfetime. I use proraso 5 times a week so I don't want to run out lol.

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    I have never tried the ''old'' formula, but I sure love the ''new'' formula. Especially the soap.

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