Vitos (Green) Shaving Soap

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I've looked at the red before, but happened to have some green too:

This differs from the ‘red’ Extra Super version in that it doesn’t contain additional glycerine (or coconut oil, depending on who you believe). I think it makes a difference.

I’ve not encountered a soap where, loading from it dry, I had to return to load for additional time so often. It seemed to benefit from being bloomed (or my equivalent for the block I had).

Slickness and protection were merely okay, meaning I picked up nicks, though these we usually small.

I got a good whiff of the fragrance, the classic marzipan familiar of many Italian soaps, on the first use but not after that. This wasn’t stored in a sealed container, which may account for that.

A perfectly acceptable performer, but I think the ‘red’ variant is better and even that lagged behind Cella for me.

Full review here.
 
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When I bought the Red Vitos, they sent some Green Vitos as a gift/sample. To be honest with you the performance and the lather quality is same (at least from my experience), I used the same brush and technique and if both Green and Red were unlabelled and same quantity and in same type of tub and if I been asked which one is which by the lather quality, I won't be able to tell the difference.
 
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When I bought the Red Vitos, they sent some Green Vitos as a gift/sample. To be honest with you the performance and the lather quality is same (at least from my experience), I used the same brush and technique and if both Green and Red were unlabelled and same quantity and in same type of tub and if I been asked which one is which by the lather quality, I won't be able to tell the difference.
That has been my experience as well and I have just bought another block of the Vitos green. I have found it so slick and protective that it is my first choice when trying a new razor or blade......but as always YMMV
 
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I've only used the Red Vitos and I've found it to be a superb soap for creating a lather I'd struggle to split in comparison to Cella and 3P.

I've found with these Italian croaps, using the 'Marco Method' creates more than enough lather for 3 passes without any trouble.
I gave the Marco method a go,yes it makes good lather if you persist with stirring this soup but I much more prefer 'my' method.

Wet but well squeezed brush on either boar or synthetic, a blob of cream or a swoosh of soap over the face and I go to town face lathering.
Add drops of water as and when needed, depending how thirsty your software is.

There is no mess and no wasted lather as in the fully soaked brush known as Marco's method, it's faster as well. Your kilometers may differ
 
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Derby, UK
I gave the Marco method a go,yes it makes good lather if you persist with stirring this soup but I much more prefer 'my' method.

Wet but well squeezed brush on either boar or synthetic, a blob of cream or a swoosh of soap over the face and I go to town face lathering.
Add drops of water as and when needed, depending how thirsty your software is.

There is no mess and no wasted lather as in the fully soaked brush known as Marco's method, it's faster as well. Your kilometers may differ
I much prefer the load-hydrate method too.

With Marco's method you get there in the end and it is good fun for the first few times, but I always end up with tonnes of wasted lather.

Regarding Vitos, I've only used Red and found this was my favourite between Cella, 3P, Valobra and Antiga de Barber.
 
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Green for me...but only because i bought it first...if i had went with red...im sure i would have been just as happy...i have a 1kg block of green if anyone fancies a slice for a slice of red
 
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Well I received a generous portion of Red from Paul and have been using it frequently...I find it very hard to find a differrence, if there is one, it may be that the Red lathers ever so slightly quicker....but that really is too hard to call...also, it may just be a tad creamier/thicker in again a shorter time...but all this could be imagination, it is a fantastic soap and I would like to thank Paul again for giving me the oppertunity to try it and compare it.
 

Gairdner

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Used the red today and created an explosion of slick, cushioning lather in no time. Love using a big boar knot on it. Vastly superior to 3P for me and it tops Cella too. I simply bought a portion from those wonderful chaps at Gemstone Trading and when other shaving mediums go down, I can see me buying the big block.
 
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Used the red today and created an explosion of slick, cushioning lather in no time. Love using a big boar knot on it. Vastly superior to 3P for me and it tops Cella too. I simply bought a portion from those wonderful chaps at Gemstone Trading and when other shaving mediums go down, I can see me buying the big block.
Buy it now! The tallow versions are being replaced with a vegan formula this year.
 

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Well I received a generous portion of Red from Paul and have been using it frequently...I find it very hard to find a differrence, if there is one, it may be that the Red lathers ever so slightly quicker....but that really is too hard to call...also, it may just be a tad creamier/thicker in again a shorter time...but all this could be imagination, it is a fantastic soap and I would like to thank Paul again for giving me the oppertunity to try it and compare it.
You are welcome Bob. P.
 
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