First off, full disclosure, Italian Barber Amici has a special place in my heart.  Why you might ask?  Well Amici was the first *real* shave soap I ever acquired.  Prior to that aquisition I was shaving with a Schick Quattro and whatever can of foam I happened to pick up while shopping.  But after hitting up a class with Shave Valet I picked up a wet shaving starter kit that had this soap. I havent looked back since.

As the name would imply, this is an Italian style or soft shave soap.  I usually prefer the soft soaps for the easy of load and the ability to part out travel sizes (ahem, *samples*).  Italian Barber describes this as having:

Top Notes: Red Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange
Heart Notes: Spices
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Hay, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Patchouli

I catch the citrus off the top and the Amber and Vanilla in the end.  It lathers up well and creates a nice cushion.  Slickness is fine as well.  I love the scent, but it is a bit more subtle than I prefer.  I always tend to gravitate to the soaps that have a bit more kick to the scents.  I wouldnt describe it as weak, but I would like it to stand out a bit more, especially since I like the scent so much.

Where this soap really stands out is value.  You can find this soap in the $4-$7 price range!  That is an awesome deal for a quality product.  Compare that with your can of foam and not only will you get a much better shave, it will last a lot longer.  I don’t think you will find a better value for a shave soap.  That is why I think it makes such a great starter product.

So for me, I say this is a recommend.  Give it a try.  It won’t set you back much and it is a really nice product.  And if you want to enable someone, get them on the road to wet shaving, give them a tub of this with a starter shave brush and I’m sure you will have a convert on your hand.

Happy Shaving!

J