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My review of Cella Bio (Cella Organic)

Hey all, been shaving with a tub of Cella Bio for well over a month now (daily) and wanted to give my thoughts on the product. I'm impressed and I think its a great product. Out of my categories from worst to best of: yuck, bad, good and excellent...I would place Cella Bio into the excellent category. As always, the things that matter to be are ease of use, performance, scent and post-shave. I cannot and will not compare it to Cella Red (Cella original) as I absolutely hate almond/marzipan scents.

Overview:
This product is an extremely soft soap (or croap). Definitely softer than proraso in my experience but firmer than any cream. It is available in croap tub and (apparently croap not cream) in tube formats. Unlike a lot of other products which offer both cream and croap variations there is no price or volume difference between cream and croap. Therefore, I recommend getting the tub as it will be more cost efficient.

The formulation is fantastic. Completely vegan and free of harsh inorganic chemcials that act as sudsing agents, preservatives or detergents. It is a clean formulation with good ingredients that shouldn't react to most peoples skin (i had no dramas with it at all). The tub is a high quality tub with a screw top lid. Some might find it small but I had no issues with it. Its not going to shatter or crumple etc. with time unless you go around kicking it around the house or throwing it at the walls.

Ease of use:
Ease of use is good, you definitely need to load a little bit longer than ideal so you use more product than other soaps but I don't mind truth be told. Open lid, take wet brush and swirl off of tub for 30-60 seconds. Take to wet face and build into lather. No problems loading the brush or building a lather. It generates a nice lather quickly without fuss or frustration. Takes a good amount of water but I wouldn't classify it as thirsty. Two applications of water for me where I just run the tap and wet the brush under it. Dialing in is easy and the lather is stable even if you add too much or too little water.

Performance:
Its fantastic. The lather is dense and cushioning and is undeniably very slick and protective. Residual slickness is good and will allow for any additional swipes of the razor you may need to make. This is a top-tier product and will definitely provide better shaving than many other alternatives. There is a great sheen to the lather (Something that cheaper products in my experience do not create) and there is almost a 'gel' like feeling on the face when the lather is there. You really feel that there is a good barrier between the razor and the face without it feeling goopy or sticky. Lather doesn't dissipate, stays on the face, rinses very easily, leaves no residue etc. Excellent performance overall

Scent:
The only real weakness of the product is the scent. It is weak to mild scented and is really just a pleasant, green soapy scent. To me, it smells like the rind of honeydew melon or rockmelon with perhaps a note of musk or some cologney type thing but truth be told its not something I look forward to. I'm ambivalent, its neither offensive or appealing. Most will abide by it quite well imo. The fragrance is supposedly derived from organic ingredients so thats a plus. Its not a neutral scented product and leans a little torwards the sweeter, brighter side of scents. There is almost no trace of it once you rinse off everything.

Post-shave:
Good. Neither dry nor oily. Little better than speick cream. Skin feels good. Soft and supple. Breaking out or irritation haven't been problems for me. I just follow up with a splash and a little face moisturiser and I'm good to go. My brush feels great too. Soft and hyrdrated. Not dry or brittle like some products tend to make it feel after a while.

Overall an excellent product with a weak, inoffensive scent.
 
Nice review! I will definitely try one. I love the classic red Cella soap, it is one of my cheap favorites and I don't think I will go wrong trying this one.
 

JCinPA

The Lather Maestro
This is a truly stellar product. Hard to tell the "best" so I tend to rank them in groupings, but this is way up there in my top grouping along with Tabac (pre-reformulated), Cella red, RR Santa Maria del Fiore, TOBS Avocado cream. All wildly different products and scents there, but some of my absolutely best shaves.

I won't argue on the scent, I would not buy the matching A/S splash, but I kind of enjoy the scent while shaving. It's a very fresh, clean scent, kind of like TOBS Avocado, and I wouldn't buy that in an A/S either. But love it during the shave.

Cella Bio is a killer lather product, no doubt about it.
 
Cello Bio is really good performing soap. I first got it in a tube but couldn't get it to come out so I got the tub.....much easier to use. It is super slick and lathers very easily...scent is pleasant and not offensive...on the sweeter side. It's one of the better performing non artisan soaps I have.
 
I too love the Cella Extra Bio Organic soap.
I consider it in the same leagues as that of TFS Intense Line soaps and use the Cella Green on days when I'm too wired to bother with any scents and want an absolute calm shave.

Great post shave feel, not at all oily and quite frankly one of the few soaps whose remaining lather I smear on my face after finishing up the shave 🤪
 
This is a truly stellar product. Hard to tell the "best" so I tend to rank them in groupings, but this is way up there in my top grouping along with Tabac (pre-reformulated), Cella red, RR Santa Maria del Fiore, TOBS Avocado cream. All wildly different products and scents there, but some of my absolutely best shaves.

I won't argue on the scent, I would not buy the matching A/S splash, but I kind of enjoy the scent while shaving. It's a very fresh, clean scent, kind of like TOBS Avocado, and I wouldn't buy that in an A/S either. But love it during the shave.

Cella Bio is a killer lather product, no doubt about it.
I can't comment on the other products but it is up there with my best as well. Scent wise if you like 'green but not grassy' I recommend TOBS aloe vera the most. Its my favourite product so far (and unfortunately discontinued). Avocado was cucumber scented to me so I still liked it but idk, I'd just be disappointed every time I used it and it wasn't avocado haha.
 

tankerjohn

A little poofier than I prefer
Nice review! Seems to track with my experience this summer. I do actually like the matching aftershave. My wife is sensitive to strong scents and the green Cella doesn't set her off, so win for me. But the soap also pairs nicely with other summer splashes like Proraso Green and Epsilon Blue. Overall, I don't like the Cella Extra Extra Bio quite it much as Crema de Barba Extra Extra Purrisima, but it is a nice change of pace.
 
it's the type of product, where if it was packaged in a heavy, larger glass jar with aluminum screw-top lid,
folks would rave about it even more, and likely even gladly pay a nominal price increase for such an upgrade.
(same goes for Ach. Brito Mogno)
 
it's the type of product, where if it was packaged in a heavy, larger glass jar with aluminum screw-top lid,
folks would rave about it even more, and likely even gladly pay a nominal price increase for such an upgrade.
(same goes for Ach. Brito Mogno)
I'm not sure I would honestly. Its not inexpensive (at least here in Australia) and products that come in wooden or glass bowls tend to just cost over 2x the price of the puck on its own. At that point I might as well get MdC or SV....or even try an American artisan etc.
 
I'm not sure I would honestly. Its not inexpensive (at least here in Australia) and products that come in wooden or glass bowls tend to just cost over 2x the price of the puck on its own. At that point I might as well get MdC or SV....or even try an American artisan etc.

Ok - fair enough.

but that teensey plastic “bowl” is kindof lame
 
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