The label in post 56 is clearly different and shows lot # 5518
Unfortunately, @Marco that looks like an earlier formulation. I have an older version of this soap, Medico della Peste, that might be the same formula. I will look for it and post the ingredients from my tub if I find it.
At this point I think you are right, Sir. Anyway, the old formulation with shorter ingredients list should be great, too. If you compare it to Santa Maria del Fiore, another favourite of mine, they are very similar.Unfortunately, @Marco that looks like an earlier formulation. I have an older version of this soap, Medico della Peste, that might be the same formula. I will look for it and post the ingredients from my tub if I find it.
I believe the current formula is the Super Formula. The same as your 1st tub.
Don't know how I missed this review till now but WOW what a review, very impressive @Marco!Total darkness. The wind blows and whistles. The air is cold and filled with the nauseating smell of rotting corpses. They are everywhere, in the fields and in the streets. I am alone. Suddenly, beside the churchyard a massive bell strikes three times. In the distance I start hearing slow, heavy footsteps. A tall figure is approaching. As he gets closer my heart beats faster. I know the end is near. Now, I can clearly identify the man: a plague doctor. He is wearing an ankle-length overcoat, a huge bird-like beak mask, long gloves, leather boots and a wide-brimmed hat. He is completely black, only the mask is white. The sole brightness I see is his big gold crucifix hanging from a thick necklace. An old Bible in his left hand, a heavy stick in his right hand. The stick has an engraving with the latin words Die Iudicii Domini, The Day of the Lord's Judgement. The plague doctor stops in front of me. I am on my knees, petrified. My head is low. He puts his heavy stick under my chin and pulls strongly upwards. He looks into my eyes. Silence, terror. Then, the plague doctor declares: "You'll live". I faint, fall to the ground, as if dead.
The nightmare scenario described above is, of course, only fruit of my imagination. But plague doctors really existed. They were present in the 17th-century Europe and they were believed to be able to treat victims of the bubonic plague during pandemics. Plague doctors had a mixed reputation and were everywhere considered as enigmatic figures. Still today they are shrouded in a veil of mystery. What is sure is that a plague doctor generated true fear. When you saw one, you knew that death was near...
Attracted by this disquieting historical character, years ago, Joe of Italian Barber created a shaving soap with matching aftershave splash called Plague Doctor. Why did he want to do so? Well, the answer to this question is clearly explained in the paragraph below, taken directly from the IB's web page: "In 17th century Venice, Plague doctors wore a beaked mask filled with sweet smells such as dried flowers, herbs and spices. They believed the plague was spread by a noxious form of bad air and that their special fragrant blend would protect them. On a recent trip to Italy, we were given "the recipe" which was supposedly used by these Plague doctors. We can't confirm that it'll safeguard you from any future plagues but it sure smells divine. We have recreated the Plague doctor's fragrance and now offer it in our Italian shaving soap and after shaving splash".
Now, my brief review on this excellent shaving soap.
Here is the ingredients list: Stearic Acid, Water(Eau), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium, Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Lanolin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)Butter Fragrance(Parfum), Argania Spinosa (Argan)Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract(Aloe).
*Plague Doctor now uses RazoRock's Super Formula which includes Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera and Lanolin, for unmatched post-shave and razor glide!*
The packaging is a simple plastic bowl with screw lid. It's jet black in colour and features a nice vintage-style sticker on top with the Plague Doctor depicted upon.
The scent is labelled as a mix of white musk, herbs and spices. To my nose it has a very pronounced fragrance of dried flowers. It's unique and wonderful!
Latherability is exceptional, as you would expect from a high quality soft soap. It is very forgiving on the water/soap ratio, responds beautifully to the Italian Master Barbers' Technique (aka Marco-my method) and always lathers up properly and abundantly.
Overall performance is magnificent: this soap is thick, slick and protective. Post shave is particularly enjoyable and great thanks to the added Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera and Lanolin.
Price point here in Italy is just €9.99, budget-friendly as all RazoRock products are.
My final judgement on Plague Doctor can only be highly positive. It's easy to use, inexpensive, smells divinely and performs superbly. There are no weak points of any kind for this outstanding shaving soap. It unquestionably deserves my seal of approval.
P.S. The last vital question is: should YOU buy it? You'd better hurry up, unless you want the Plague Doctor to pay you a visit...
I found my tub!At this point I think you are right, Sir. Anyway, the old formulation with shorter ingredients list should be great, too. If you compare it to Santa Maria del Fiore, another favourite of mine, they are very similar.
I've just tested this older version today and love it as well! Most probably the greatness of this soap is in its original base formula. Both new and old are winners in my book!
This is exactly what I received same label and ingredients. Lot 5321.Well surprise, surprise, surprise, my estimated Dec 2 arrived in the post box yesterday with my back-up tub and splash...here is a picture of the ingredient label on the new tub: the front label is now a glossy sticker as opposed to a matte sticker otherwise I could detect no difference.
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Well surprise, surprise, surprise, my estimated Dec 2 arrived in the post box yesterday with my back-up tub and splash...here is a picture of the ingredient label on the new tub: the front label is now a glossy sticker as opposed to a matte sticker otherwise I could detect no difference.
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