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Ach. Brito Mogno, a new Old School classic

Marco

B&B's Man in Italy
Dear @Marco;
Are you still as happy with Mogno as you were a year ago? I have a cake of it but I've yet to shave with it.

Dear Owen, in all honesty it's a long time now since using it. I've been quite busy (and excited!) with several new for me soaps to test and evaluate. Anyway, I have another unused and unopened bar of Mogno ready for action! I'll shave with it in a couple of days and be more than happy to answer your question properly. What if, in the meantime, you test yours and then we both meet again here in this thread for a discussion? Let's call it "un confronto tra veri Gentiluomini". :euro:
 
mine finally arrived in the mail today and can report back after just taking an afternoon shave.


the lather is an absolute dream....slickest/smoothest lather in my collection i think.

the scent is identical, and i mean IDENTICAL, to nuavia nera. its a beautiful masculine marine like scent.

post shave feels damn good too.

well i have to score this thing with high marks. 10/10 as far as i'm concerned and now in my rotation for the rest of my life. i wish i had bought more instead of just one.
 

Marco

B&B's Man in Italy
Dear Owen @Owen Bawn , as promised today's shave was with the Mogno, after a very long time. I do confirm the excellent qualities of this soap, especially ease of latherability, lather stability and slickness. However, for the very first time, I experienced a bit of an itching feeling all over the freshly shaved area. It lightly persisted even after rinsing off the lather completely, quite annoying honestly. When I applied the balm it went much better and skin felt great. At this point, my question is: have I developed a reaction to an ingredient? I really need to see if this inconvenience reappears next time.
 

Owen Bawn

Garden party cupcake scented
Dear Owen @Owen Bawn , as promised today's shave was with the Mogno, after a very long time. I do confirm the excellent qualities of this soap, especially ease of latherability, lather stability and slickness. However, for the very first time, I experienced a bit of an itching feeling all over the freshly shaved area. It lightly persisted even after rinsing off the lather completely, quite annoying honestly. When I applied the balm it went much better and skin felt great. At this point, my question is: have I developed a reaction to an ingredient? I really need to see if this inconvenience reappears next time.
Thank you, Marco. I pray that you're not having some sort of allergic reaction. I will use the Mogno tomorrow morning. I had planned to use it today but I was a bit rushed this morning. I'm looking forward to it. I'll post my thoughts in the morning.
 

Marco

B&B's Man in Italy
Thank you, Marco. I pray that you're not having some sort of allergic reaction. I will use the Mogno tomorrow morning. I had planned to use it today but I was a bit rushed this morning. I'm looking forward to it. I'll post my thoughts in the morning.

Owen, I really hope it as well.

Eagerly awaiting your thoughts, my friend.
 

JCinPA

The Lather Maestro
I just came here to comment on the fact that this thread has 23 pages of discussion. Who would have thought? :p

When my wife sees all the packages of shaving paraphernalia coming in and going out, and all the stuff in my den, all the stuff I ask her to smell (@luvmysuper I saw your advice on the dangers of this elsewhere, point taken), she says, "You need to get a life!"

I tell her I do have a life, it's trying all these wonderful shaving products! And new cigars. And new whiskies. And ... well you get the picture.
 
When my wife sees all the packages of shaving paraphernalia coming in and going out, and all the stuff in my den, all the stuff I ask her to smell (@luvmysuper I saw your advice on the dangers of this elsewhere, point taken), she says, "You need to get a life!"

I tell her I do have a life, it's trying all these wonderful shaving products! And new cigars. And new whiskies. And ... well you get the picture.

Good concept, in theory! :a21: :a21:

(LOTH here would see through that in less than a millisecond!)
 
The history of the Ach. Brito company dates back to 1887, in Portugal. It was then that Ferdinand Claus and George Schweder, two Germans living in Porto, started their own soap and perfume factory called after their name "Claus & Schweder".
In 1918 this society was acquired by Achilles de Brito and renamed "Ach. Brito & C.a Ld.a".
The Ach. Brito company quickly built a very solid reputation for being one of the world's best, thanks to the greatness of its soaps, the uniqueness of its fragrances and the overall superior quality of its entire range of products.
However, some marketing difficulties began to appear in the late 1980's - early 1990's and, consequently, the brand's name began to fade... Changes were needed and in 1994 the leadership of the company passed to Aquiles and Sonia Brito, great-grandchildren of Achilles de Brito. It was with their leadership that Ach. Brito started a profound process of renovation and modernization of its production procedures and facilities. But it was mandatory to maintain the old tradition of the soap manufacturing alive, at all costs. And this is exactly what the top managers of Ach. Brito did: they combined the modern technology of our days with the ancient wisdom of the Master Soap Makers of the past, the key element thanks to which this century-old company has always been famous for, everywhere.

With this spirit and awareness classic lines of products were updated just a few years ago and a new one has recently been launched on the market. This new range is called Mogno (translated from Portuguese it means "Mahogany") and consists of a shaving soap, a shaving cream and a bath soap.

The Mogno product I desire to review is the outstanding shaving soap.

Here is the ingredients list: Potassium Palmate, Sodium Palmate, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Aqua (Water), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Palm Kernel Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-9 Cocoglycerides, Talc, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Gerianol.

The packaging of the Mogno shaving soap is a simple yet beautiful cardboard box. Its vintage style and graphics highlight the concept I've put in the title of my thread: this is a brand new product that looks (and behaves!) like an Old School classic.
What really surprises is the shape of the soap because it's rectangular, rather than round. This very unusual shape for a shaving soap actually makes it look like a bath soap. But, at the same time, it's easy to hold in the hand and, if you prefer, you can also use it as a giant stick for building lather.

The scent is a complex masculine fragrance that combines acquatic and woodsy notes. To my nose it's a fantastic cologne-type scent, reminiscence of the great ones used by our grandfathers. It is not too strong or overpowering, but it's there and it's a wonderful fragrance to enjoy during the shave.

Latherability is excellent. With no efforts at all you can rapidly build-up a superb lather that is extremely stable, thick and rich.

Performance is top-notch. The soap is very slick and provides plenty of glide for both a DE blade and a straight edge.

Post shave is very good, too. Although, the soap does not contain any tallow, shea butter or lanolin, it leaves your face conditioned and silky smooth.

Price is another winning point: a bar of soap costs around €4,00 here in Europe. Considering that this is a hard soap (not sure if triple milled, though), it's also going to last a long time.

My final thoughts are that the new Mogno is an easy to use, low-budget shaving soap with no drawbacks of any kind. And most importantly it's a terrific all around performer, on a par with the finest Old School classics. Very highly recommended.


Just tried this. Saw it for sale in an email from Tatara. Great soap - especially given the price.
 
shave today with Mogno and RR Acqua aftershave - a VERY good pairing, FYI… if anyone is seeking an aftershave that compliments this soap.
 
I just came here to comment on the fact that this thread has 23 pages of discussion. Who would have thought? :p

I hadn't even read this thread until today, but the buzz it generated got me to order a bar. I grated mine into a stick. It is now firmly in my top three commercial soaps for lather quality. Of Arko, Tabac, and Mogno, it is the one that smells really nice.
 
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