Castle Forbes Lime Shaving Cream

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Castle Forbes Lime Shaving Cream

Another British product with a reputation for quality, at a price.

Used with: Shark Super Chrome (4th shave)

It’s debatable as to whether you’d call this a cream, it’s so firm that extracting any was closer to chipping pieces off than scooping it out. Loading directly from the tub might be the best approach. A very small amount, plus some water, was quickly turned into plenty of lather by my badger brush. Slickness felt very good. I did pick up a nick, but it sealed itself before I finished. My neck didn’t feel especially close, but the only real rough spots were along my jawline, the rest was smooth. My face was smooth WTG, while ATG was only really spoilt by the odd hair out of place. Nowhere was close to BBS though and I could feel the stubble. Post shave feel was nice, not quite as soft as some perhaps. The fragrance is strong, with a good lime scent, but it did slowly die away as the shave progressed and I didn’t pick up anything by the end of afterwards. It’s a good lime, quite natural. A very good shave.

Used with: Perma Sharp Super (2nd shave)

I saw a YouTube video where the guy loaded with a single swirl of his brush. The guy took quite a while to work up a lather and it was done in a bowl, rather than on the face, which may account for my problems. I swirled my boar brush about eight times and I got a good lather for my first pass, but went back and added more before my second. Slickness after the first pass was poor. I ran out of lather during my touch up phase and so kept wetting my face with water. I still didn’t pick up any nicks though. My neck ended up pretty good and even the usual patches on my jawline were smooth. It was a little tender though. WTG my face felt pretty good. ATG wasn’t as good and I had some pretty significant rough patches. Post shave feel was average. The fragrance was strong when I opened the tub, but quickly vanished. This was probably due to the lack of lather. It’s not a sweet, artificial lime, it’s a good natural one. Still a good shave.

Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (1st shave)

I scraped a small amount of cream up using my thumbnail, smeared into my stubble and proceeded to lather with a wetter-than-usual badger brush. No problem producing plenty of lather, more than enough for my usual routine. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t perfect, but was very good. Some extra attention during touching up meant even my jawline only had the faintest hint of roughness. My face was nice and smooth WTG. There were no significant patches ATG but nowhere made it to BBS either. Post shave feel was okay, but a little dry and nothing special. Once again, the fragrance was strong initially, but quickly faded and I don’t remember it much during the shave. A good shave.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (3rd shave)

A small amount of cream was quickly turned into a thick lather by my shaken-out badger brush. I had to add some water to thin it out. There was plenty for my usual routine. Slickness was very good but it didn’t prevent me picking up quite a few nicks. My neck was very good, with the only hint of roughness coming along my jawline. WTG my face was very smooth. ATG was pretty good too, with no real roughness, even around my mouth. Several areas made it to BBS. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but was very dry. I got a good whiff of the lime at the start and it stayed with me throughout. It jumped up each time I applied some more lather. It didn’t linger afterwards though. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (1st shave)

I used my badger brush and loaded direct from the tub this time. I left it slightly wetter than usual and swirled it around for a few seconds (5-10). That was enough to generate a good lather and leave me with plenty for touch-ups. Slickness was good and I didn’t pick up any nicks, despite spending a lot of time going over areas repeatedly while trying to remove all the rough stuff at the end. My neck wasn’t perfect but was pretty good, with only a few hints of stubble left behind, even along my jawline. WTG my face was nice and smooth, ATG wasn’t bad either. I picked up a bit more friction ATG but the odd spot made it to BBS. Post shave feel felt dry again. The scent seemed more subdued this time, but was there. I’m nit-picking what was a very good shave.


Another premium cream with a good reputation. You get more product than most other brands in the extra-wide tub. Packaging-wise it’s not especially premium, coming in a plastic container, though it is double-lidded, with the second being airtight (presumably to keep the fragrance in).

I’ve seen it stated that the tub should last six months of average use and based on the density and quantity I wouldn’t be surprised. I’d still say it was pricey though, as it usually retails for £22.50.

It’s only available in three scents: Lime, Lavender and Sandalwood. The fragrance on the lime was strong, initially at least, and very natural. I’d be interested to know how the sandalwood smells.

I found it gave good slickness and generally good protection (there’s only so much a cream can do to mitigate a bad blade). It allowed me to get some very good shaves.

I’d say it earns its reputation for longevity and for providing a quality result, but it does come at a price. Compared to the likes of T&H I thought it was expensive, though still way cheaper than Acqua di Palma and even slightly cheaper (per ml) than D.R. Harris. That said, you can get comparable performance for a lot less money so it’s not a bargain option.

So, for the premium price — which isn’t backed up by the presentation — and the post shave leaving me consistently quite dry, I had to knock it down a star. I’m not sure the performance is worth the premium, but if money is no object I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Last updated: March 11, 2016