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Acca Kappa 1869 **New Formulation in the Tub**

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I was surprised how little AK gets any buzz; it isn't the easiest to find unless you go to a AK boutique or online vendors have it in stock. The normal shaving members in the states don't stock it but I think there are a few across the pond that do. I've really narrowed my creams down since I'm a soaps person and even then it is thinned because I've "been around the block" and know what works for me. If the software doesn't contain lanolin or tallow their welcome is officially worn out.

I picked up my first tub at the boutique in Vegas at the Venetian months ago for about ~$34. I balked a bit at the price there but I really fell in love with the scent but also I rolled a pretty good "heater" so my wife and I got some goodies. After using it for a few months I knew this was a keeper so I looked for it online and found it from a Amazon vendor for $20 with free shipping. I picked up 3 more tubs so along with my abundance of inventory of a short rotation of products I'm stocked up if there should be any reformulation. It also comes in a 6.7 oz. tub so this is a no brainer.

Quality: 10
Are you kidding? After the first use I couldn't wait to get home after work to see what the ingredients were and came to see lanolin and karite butter! I nearly fell over because I also like IK very much but both of these. The consistency is equal to Castle Forbes, dense and should last a very long time.

Scent: 10
This is going to be the area where it may lose some folks. Unlike the original poster of the review I didn't catch any Dior Fahrenheit. It smells mirrored image to Cella but sweeter, a very nice almond scent. I love it!!! I've come to enjoy this scent since it 1. doesn't last 2. smells great 3. it has a short lifespan which is excellent because I don't care for many scents in my creams or soaps besides soapy or clean fragrance.

Like many lanolin and shea products I have and used this like water. I load my brush like a soap and twirl a few times to load the brush. Swirl as normal, adding little water at a time until you get the ratio down. Once it peaks it explodes into a lather bomb, creamy and slick.

Efficiency: 10
Since it is dense it lasts a long time and doesn't take much to use for a 3-4 pass shave. It comes in a 6.7 oz. container, huge. Larger than most creams.

Pfff, please. Lanolin and Shea...nuff said. But I'll say a little more, face feels soft and supple. Never an issue with redness or dryness but I hardly ever have. There are some other nice ingredients like glycerine and cocoa.

Packaging: 10
The tub not tube is plastic, nothing fancy but it scores a 10 because of the color. The label is very lovely and better than most creams I've ran into. It has a great nostalgic feel because it seems a little rustic.

This and Musgo Real are the only creams I have extras of in my bathroom and has become the best cream I've used. The AK sales person in Vegas told me that the main folks at AK don't seem to push it as much as the soap with the bowl so my fear is of this being reformulated or cut out in the future.

I added a few pics but now realize I should have used another lather bowl other than white.

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I have used Acca Kappa for the past 4 days. Short and simple, I love this stuff. Here are my particular comments:

Price, I give it a 9. At $20.00 for 6.7 oz of cream, this is a very fair price. Compares favorably to T&H and Trumper's which are both more expensive. It seems as if this tub will last a long time, even with daily use.

Quality: Excellent. It just seems like a well thought blend of quality ingredients, and not something that was just put together with little thought.

Scent: I give it a 5. It smells like sweet almonds. I don't really worry too much about scent from my shave cream/soap. It is pleasant enough for its purposes.

Latherability: 10. I have very hard water, and I face lather. This whips up into a beautiful, stable lather with little effort. The lather holds well during the shave, and does not dry out. I do dip my brush in my mug from time to time, which seems to help a great deal.

Efficacy: 10. It gives a great shave. Tremendous glide and cushion-what more can you ask from a cream?

Mositurizing: I give it a 7. Not the most moisturizing, but does not dry the skin. I use ASB after every shave, so not an item of concern for me.

Packaging. Nice plastic tub with that seems sturdy enough for its intended use. Looks nice in the den.

At the end of the day, for me it's all about the shave. Things like scent, moisturizing and packaging are just not that important. Based upon its ability to deliver a great shave, this is a 10 product. I have used the 3 T's, Musgo, Provence Sante' Institut Karit, and a host of other soaps and creams. Right now, in terms of shaving performance only, it is the best soap/cream I have used.

I also have to give a big shout out to Marco, who is the person that brought this outstanding product to my attention, so thanks, Marco!
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I probably should start by making it clear that this is a review of the AK1869 tub NOT the tube.

Price Here in NZ there isn't a wide selection of products available in local shops so I buy online. I thought that the price was reasonable for what I expected to be a good quality product; I wasn't disappointed.

Quality Excellent! This is a well presented, good quality shaving cream. The ingredients used combine to produce an excellent cream.

Scent I've not experienced many almond fragranced creams. I wasn't taken with Cella but I do like this one. The scent in the tub is pleasant but it just explodes once lathered.

Latherability Magnificent! I soak my brush whilst showering, then squeeze it to remove most of the water. I swirl the brush around the tub, about three times is enough to load the brush, and set to bowl lathering. With a few drops of water the lather just builds up, giving me more than enough to properly lather my face with three passes.

Efficacy Really good. Feels great shaving, gives enough cushioning and lubrication to the blade and softens the whiskers.

Moisturising Properties Again we have a winner! My face still feels soft and smooth several hours after shaving and I don't use any sort of balm or lotion, just a good splash of AS.

Packaging The bowl looks modern and sits nicely on my bathroom shelf. There is a second inner lid, something I've also found with SMN's cream and Pre Shave Lotion. This adds to the sense of quality.

I used AK1869 two days running, the last shave of 7 for that blade on the first day and a fresh blade on the second day. The shave was superlative on both days.
Price: I paid $20 for a tub of roughly 7oz of cream. On a price/oz basis that is really on the low side.

Quality: Acca Kappa is definitely a high quality shaving cream that is one of the few shaving creams that contains both lanolin and shea butter.

Scent: Classic italian almond scent. Personally I love it, but I love the scent of all italian soaps and creams.

Latherability: Doesn't take much and this stuff explodes in lather providing plenty of cushion and slickness.

Efficacy: One of the best shaving creams there is on the market.

Moisturizing: Since it contains shea butter and lanolin it has great moisturizing properties and leaves my skin feeling great.

Packaging: Something to be desired here - just a plastic tub with a sticker on it. But since this cream only costs $20 - I would rather keep the price low as I'm sure a fancy bowl like AdP would significantly increase the cost.

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