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#1

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
Hi all,


First I'd like to thank Sapone Di Paolo for taking the time to do an AMA (ask me anything) with the Damn Fine Shave community. Paolo has said that he'll be popping in and out of the forum throughout the day to answer questions that we have for him.

Please keep in mind that the questions that are asked NEED to follow our site rules. Failure to follow our rules will result in the removal of your post(s).

Check out Paolo and his Sapone Di Paolo products at: http://saponedipaolo.com/




Thanks,

Andrew
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#2

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
Hi Paolo,

What made you decide to start producing shaving soaps and aftershave products?
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#3

Member
St. Louis, MO
(This post was last modified: 06-19-2016, 01:40 PM by ketchuegrast.)
Is your company a one man operation? Or do you have some help?

Do you sell more of your product online or through brick and mortar channels? Though, you may not sell via brick and mortar at all.

P.S. Your logo is really, really nice. Classy, simple, yet very eye-catching.
Ancient, Free and Accepted Wet Shaver since 2006
#4

Merchant
Charleston, South Carolina
(03-06-2016, 03:52 PM)ckeskin Wrote: Hi Paolo, since TVB is clearing its American soap inventory are we going to be able to buy any soaps after they are gone from TVB?

(06-19-2016, 08:10 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: Hi Paolo,

What made you decide to start producing shaving soaps and aftershave products?

My hands were developing a super dryness to them and would crack open. Bad enough that tying my shoes or reaching in my pocket for my keys would end up with bleeding hands. After back and frothing with the dermatologist with little results beyond temporary relief, I decided to handle it myself. I figured out sulfates were the culprit. Once I changed all of my hand soap, shower and laundry, they cleared up. The only thing left was shaving.

I used an electric razor for the decade prior and it was dreadful. Lots of ingrowns and itchiness, I absolutely hated shaving. Once I made my return to safety razors, I started learning about better creams. Using the high end stuff like Malin & Goetz, Ursa Major and Jack Black improved things, but it seemed like everything had menthol, which I am not a fan of, or was latherless.

I found Dapper Dragon, Catie's Bubbles and Maggard soaps and loved all of them. From there it was just playing around with scents. I wanted a lime one. My Agrume scent was around nearly a year just for myself before I thought why not join the party.
Paolo

Eleven shaving
#5

Merchant
Charleston, South Carolina
(06-19-2016, 01:38 PM)ketchuegrast Wrote: Is your company a one man operation? Or do you have some help?

Do you sell more of your product online or through brick and mortar channels? Though, you may not sell via brick and mortar at all.

P.S. Your logo is really, really nice. Classy, simple, yet very eye-catching.


I am a one man operation.  Most product is online.  I have six distributors currently (DJ Shaving Supply, BullGoose, Maggard, PAA, Dr. Mike's Emporium and Badger Shaving in Canada).  Of those, I think only Maggard has a brick and mortar location (which is spectacular!!).

Thank you regarding my logo!  I worked very long and hard to make a clean, modern and simple design that looks like it could be a gas station sign!  Big Grin
Paolo

Eleven shaving
#6

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
Hi Paolo. Your signature states, "American soap with Italian roots." Are your soaps influenced by Italian products, as opposed to French, British, or German, or is it just that you are an American of Italian heritage?
#7

Merchant
Charleston, South Carolina
(06-19-2016, 04:08 PM)Freddy Wrote: Hi Paolo. Your signature states, "American soap with Italian roots."  Are your soaps influenced by Italian products, as opposed to French, British, or German, or is it just that you are an American of Italian heritage?

It's the heritage. My grandfather was the classic Italian barber in Chicago. I just felt it was too good of a backstory to pass up. The tag line was to clarify that I am not from Italy, but do have the name.

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Paolo

Eleven shaving
#8
Thank you for taking the time to give some background about yourself and your business. What type of razor do you use most? (DE, SE, or straight )
Jeff -L.O.S.E.R.
#9

Merchant
Charleston, South Carolina
(06-19-2016, 07:29 PM)Polishaver Wrote: Thank you for taking the time to give some background about yourself and your business. What type of razor do you use most? (DE, SE, or straight )

Thank you Jeff! I am a DE guy. I like them mild. To me, BBS should be the entire process, not just the end result. My den consists of a 34c, a Standard, and an aluminum Wolfman SB which is my favorite. I do still have my fathers '75 Gillette black beauty that I learned to shave with, but I don't use it.
Paolo

Eleven shaving
#10

Barner 4 Life
Hey Paolo,

Any new scents in the works from Sapone Di Paolo? I have Agrume on deck to use in the morning. Love it!


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