Alphy & Becs Sandalwood and Vetiver Luxurious Shaving Cream

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Alphy & Becs Sandalwood and Vetiver Luxurious Shaving Cream

Another cream from a small UK manufacturer, using classic scents.

Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (4th shave)

I opted to use my badger brush and a small amount quickly developed into a thick lather. It coped with a few dips of water well, turning velvety, but was still substantial enough to clog my razor. Slickness felt good. I did pick up a few nicks though, at least one of which was down to my poor handling. My neck certainly wasn’t perfect, but the only patchiness was near my jawline. Despite giving that special attention it was at least as bad as normal. My face was pretty good, with only the odd small patch. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG, though a few places were close. The fragrance is nice and strong in the pot and I got a whiff of it throughout the shave. I even detected a hint afterwards. The ingredients show cedarwood, bergamot and patchouli besides the two headlined. It’s a nice scent, the sweetness of the sandalwood balancing out the vetiver, which seemed the stronger. A good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (3rd shave)

My boar brush was able to turn a small dollop into a good lather. I added some water but it was still thick enough to clog my blade on the first and second passes. The blade tugged on the first pass. Slickness was good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t particularly close but the only real patches were up by my jawline. Above that was generally smooth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG though. The scent was good when I opened the jar and I did pick it up a couple of times during the shave, but it wasn’t particularly noticeable. Once again, nice enough. A pretty good shave.

Used with: Super-Max Super Platinum (1st shave)

A small amount of cream was quickly turned into a good lather by my boar brush. I had to add some water but it was still thick enough to clog my blade. Initially the blade tugged but it soon settled down. Slickness felt okay, nothing too special, and I picked up a handful of nicks. They were all sealed by the time I washed off with cold water. My neck felt closer than normal, but I still had the roughness on my jawline. My face was generally smooth, with a few areas making it to BBS ATG. I didn’t quite get everything in the nooks around my mouth though. I got whiffs of the fragrance during my shave, though nothing too strong. No lingering afterwards either. A very good shave.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (2nd shave)

My badger brush turned a small amount into a nice glossy lather. Despite adding water it was still thick enough to clog the blade. When checking with wet hands the slickness felt good, but after the final pass I tried with dry hands and found there was nothing left on the skin by the cream, it was completely dry. I picked up a handful of nicks and some irritation on my top lip. The finish on my neck was pretty good, nice and close, except for the usual rough patches near my jawline. Aside from the odd stray hair, the finish on my face was good. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG but a few places were close. Post shave feel was average bordering on dry. The fragrance was okay at the start of the shave but soon settled into the background and it didn’t make much impression. A good shave.

Used with: Shark Super Stainless (3rd shave)

I opted for my badger again and was once again surprised at how little cream it took to produce plenty of lather. Slickness was good when I used water, but running dry hands over my skin after a pass I found it dry with no protection, that may be the norm though. I didn’t pick any nicks or irritation though. The finish on my neck was generally pretty good, but there were some rough patches. My jawline was better than usual. Above that was nice and smooth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG but a lot of places were close. Post shave feel was okay, nothing special. I picked up the scent throughout, though it was quite subtle. It didn’t linger though. A very good shave.

Verdict

It’s a bit of an unusually shaped pot compared to most creams, but I’d barely made a dent after all of my shaves, so it’ll certainly last a while. It’s quite reasonably priced too, especially if you can grab it in a sale.

The fragrance is good and strong. I found it pleasant. I think the vetiver was taking the limelight, so bear that in mind if you’re not a fan.

Lather was never an issue and I generally got a good shave. There’s a question over slickness and protection and I picked up nicks in situations where I didn’t with other products. Post shave feel also wasn’t up there with the best of them, although it was far from bad.

Although made in the UK I did notice on their website that Alphy & Becs is a trademark of a company based in Malaysia. Not that it impacts the cream’s particularly.

So a solid performer with a good scent. Not quite top tier for me, but perfectly usable and it won’t break the bank.

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Last updated: November 20, 2015