An unusual scent from a British brand known for fragrance.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (3rd shave)
I ended up with more cream than I had intended, but still not a vast amount. It was still enough for my badger brush to turn it into plenty of lather. Slickness felt okay. I did pick up a few nicks though, some significant enough not to seal themselves. My neck was very close, but with a few hints of roughness, especially along my jawline. There was some tenderness too. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was pretty impressive too, with only a couple of places that had resistance. Quite a few places made it to BBS. Post shave feel was quite dry. The fragrance hit me out of the tube and I got a fresh wave each time I reapplied lather, but it died down in between and didn’t linger. It’s a nice scent using actual myrrh. I’d describe it as a fresh, floral scent rather than a spicy, exotic one though. Pleasant enough all the same. A great shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless (1st shave)
I used a smaller amount of cream this time and worked it with my badger brush. I ran out a bit towards the end but mostly had enough for my usual routine. It was easy to build once again. Slickness wasn’t great but I only picked up a couple of nicks, which sealed themselves before I’d finished. My neck was pretty good, but there were some rough spots, especially along my jawline. WTG was smooth except for a couple of places. ATG had some resistance but nothing major. A couple of spots went close to BBS, but they were the exception. The post shave felt dry. Again the scent hit me out of the tube and was renewed each time I lathered up, though with less potency each time. Quite nice. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum (2nd shave)
I didn’t use much cream again but my badger brush was able to work it into a good lather. Slickness felt okay this time, leaning towards good, and I only picked up a single nick, which sealed itself by the time I got to cold water. The finish on my neck was close, with only suggestions of roughness, mainly along my jawline. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was a bit of a mixed bag. There were a couple of big areas that bordered on rough but these were offset by the majority, which was smooth. It went close to BBS in a couple of cases. Post shave feel was nice, but a bit dry. The fragrance was with me each time I applied lather, not especially strong but certainly present and I didn’t have to go hunting for it. It didn’t linger afterwards. Great scent. A good shave, but close to a great shave.
Used with: Voshkod (4th shave)
I used my boar brush to build plenty of lather from a small worm of cream. It was easy to create and slickness was good, but it wasn’t enough to prevent me picking up a lot of nicks, all on my neck. It ended largely patch-free, the only exception was my jawline. The finish wasn’t especially close though. No problems WTG on my face. There was more than just stubble resistance ATG. No serious roughness, but nowhere was free of it. Post shave feel was pleasant. I got a hit of the fragrance at the start and occasional surges as I applied lather, but it faded into the background. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Personna ‘Lab Blue’ (1st shave)
My badger brush was able to turn this into plenty of lather, but I had to add some water to help thin it out. Slickness felt good. I picked up a few tiny nicks, but these sealed themselves before I finished shaving. My neck was generally good, but I did have some roughness in the usual spots, especially along my jawline. No problems WTG on my face. ATG, aside from a few stray hairs, it was nice and smooth. That said, there was a big of stubble resistance and nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was okay, a bit dry. The fragrance wasn’t particularly powerful, but I did pick it up throughout. A very good shave.
This is one of those brands with products I’d like to like, but so far my experience hasn’t lived up to expectations. That is only based on one product though, and came down to differing opinions about that constituted sandalwood.
This has a great scent though, described as “myrrh blended with the lively notes of bergamot and cardamom with a warm amber base.” I found it very pleasant, with some spice but actually quite a floral note too. It’s dense and, as you’d expect from C&E, fairly potent. It doesn’t overpower and it slides into the background, yet stays with you, during the shave.
The rest didn’t quite match up to it though. That’s not to say my experience was bad, it’s a decent enough cream, but I never got a great shave and had a couple that were below par. That can’t be entirely attributed to the cream.
Slickness was okay but wasn’t enough to protect me from nicks in most cases (equally I had no weepers). Post shave feel was decidedly average too. In contrast, it lathered very well.
I had the smallest size tube, which I got on sale, so prices weren’t too bad. The regular price puts it quite high per ml, but the larger sizes offer better value.
It’s probably above average, but it’s certainly not expensive and the fragrance may be enough to justify it. That said, C&E tend to have a few sales throughout the year and if you can pick it up at a discount it’s one I would recommend. Might be worth confirming you can live with whichever scent you opt for though, before you commit.