Santa Maria del Fiore Sapone da Barba
Santa Maria del Fiore Sapone da Barba is a very soft traditional Italian shaving soap, some people call this style of soap a "firm cream." It is intended to be used with a shaving brush. You may either scoop out a dollop, place it into a shaving bowl/mug and proceed to bowl-lather or you can load the soap directly onto the brush by gentling swirling a damp brush right on top of the soap in the jar, then proceed to create the lather right on your face. Please note, if you introduce water into the soap, make sure to allow the soap to fully dry prior to covering it again with the lid; if you don't allow the soap to dry you run the risk of ruining it. If you are a new traditional wet shaver, feel free to email me and I can send you some links to lathering tutorials on YouTube.
For Santa Maria del Fiore we wanted to create a very traditional packaging so we used a heavy glass jar and a special kraft labels. Kraft labels, although beautiful, are not waterproof so be careful not to damage the label if loading the brush directly on the soap... if you are anal about these things :)
Ingredients: Stearic Acid, Aqua (Water/Eau), Cocos Nucifera(Coconut) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance(Parfum), Eucalyptus Globolus Oil, Menthol, Camphor, Lanolin
Scent: Tabacco Toscano Colonia; think Toscano cigar with hints of vanilla, amber and a backdrop of eucalyptus and menthol.
Made in Italy (of course!)
If you are ordering this soap in the summer months, please be aware that the soap is very soft and can melt and separate if left inside a hot postal truck or hot mailbox for an extended period of time. For those living in extremely hot climates like the southern USA (in the summer), it's probably best to order this product in the cooler months of the year where normal outside temperatures are below 80F.