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Alvarez Gomez Barberia

Discussion in 'Shaving Creams' started by Burry, Sunday November 12, 2017.

  1. Burry

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    Hi all. Just wanted to flag up this cream - I just got a sample, had a few shaves from it, and I think it's wonderful stuff. It took far more water than I was expecting, so it benefits from a bit of time taken over making the lather, but it was rich and dense and protective. Lovely citrusy, hint of spice scent. Not many comments about this one that I can find online, but I think I'm going to put this on the Christmas list. Not cheap, but you do get a 200ml tub.
     
  2. I couldn’t agree more Burry. It’s sumptuous stuff. I have to thank @Digimonkey for introducing me to it. The EDC is very good too.
     
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  3. Digimonkey

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    I'd second @Burry and @Barry Giddens comments. I've never really understood why this cream isn't better known. I don't know anyone who has tried it that hasn't loved it. It performs as well as any cream or soap I have used. I suppose if you don't like citrusy scents it might not be for you - the manufacturer describes it as - 'citrus top notes of bergamot, lemon, bitter orange and ginger resting on a base of woody notes of cedar and sandalwood, tinged with white musk.' Sounds about right to me - it's complex and 'sophisticated' - there's quite a lot going on. It's concentrated - a little goes a long way - it takes a surprising amount of water to reach optimum. I was interested by Barry's experience of using it with very hard London water - it coped just fine. The Barberia can look different between batches - some are almost gray and a bit gloopy - others are whiter and more solid. They work just the same in my experience. It is certainly not the cheapest but - as said - you get a big tub that will last a long time given how concentrated it is. I buy mine in Spain where unsurprisingly it's cheaper but it is still - in my opinion - well worth the price from UK suppliers - ES and Gemstone Trading sell it - for a shade under £20. I'm sure there are other stockists too. When the tubs are empty you can re-use them with refill hard soaps. I'm a big fan of the matching Barberia balm/moisturiser - again not cheap - but it works really well for me. Cheers - I.

    @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
     
  4. Worth every penny imo, Thank you for the sample . :) P.
     
  5. Nice write up and thanks for raising awareness.
    What aftershave splash would you recommend after? I am not a fan of balms or moisturisers.


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  6. I personally find the OSP Lemon and Cedarwood Aftershave a good match Irish.
     
  7. Thank you kindly I’ll look it up.
     
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  8. You’re welcome.
     
  9. Burry

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    I only have Speick and proraso green splash's, and whilst I love them, they aren't matching or complimentary to the Alvarez Gomez Barberia. But I do match it with the Bronnley original eau de toilette - I have found that combination to work very nicely.
     
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    Yes, I'm in south London and also have annoyingly hard water - but it performed beautifully in spite of that
     
  11. +1. Really is superb stuff and worth every penny. :)
     
  12. Digimonkey

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    Interesting B. - I've never tried them together - as I have both products - I'll give it a go - cheers - I.
     
  13. Boru62

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    I haven't tried it but their other products are very good, so just ordered some from here
    If that's all you buy it's £19.93 posted
     
  14. Boru62

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    Cheers Barry, I already have the cologne, shower gel and roll on, so I think I will.
    £10 per 100ml isn't expensive either.
     
  15. And it’s very concentrated Kevin. Even with our hard water you only have to use a little.
     
  16. Boru62

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    Can't wait to give it a go, after all the good things I've been reading.
     
  17. Digimonkey

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    Evening K. - as you may have gathered I'm a bit of an evangelist for this shaving cream - I was interested by the products you mentioned that you already own by Alvarez Y Gomez. They do two different lines - if it has a yellow label - then it is Agua de Colonia Concentrada - a lighter, much more ephemeral scent than the Agua de Colonia Barberia products - which all carry brown labels. They are in the same ball park - but - in my experience - the former lacks the woody, musky notes present in the latter and also it's longevity. I always realise when in a Spanish restaurant and go to use the bathroom - if there is a huge bottle of the Concentrada cologne free to use after you have washed your hands - shit - this is going to be pricey. How much is that bottle of Priorat or Duero wine I have just ordered going to cost? I hope you like using it. Ha ha. Yours - I.

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  18. Great stuff: use both, their wonderful shaving cream and their Agua de Colonia Concentrate Barberia EdC, which was gifted to me by Gifts & Care. Interestingly enough Puig, the Barcelona perfume giant that owns Alvarez y Gomez, also owns Penhaligon's. Who knows, maybe someday we will be seeing Agua de Endymion reviews in Basenotes.

    You must eat in better Spanish restaurants than I do. Running water is considered a luxury in most of the banos I hit and paper towels are out of the question.
     
    Last edited: Tuesday November 14, 2017

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