Cremo Sandalwood Lathering Shave Cream

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Cremo Sandalwood Lathering Shave Cream

An American cream that claims to be ‘impossibly slick’ and ‘astonishingly superior.’

Used with: Van der Hagen Ice Tempered Stainless Steel (3rd shave)

I scooped a small amount out of the tub and added it to my badger brush before face lathering. It’s quite a stiff cream and had a thick consistency so I added some water to thin it out. This left with me with a bubbly and airy lather though, so I probably added too much. Despite that, slickness was very good and, despite more touch ups than usual, I didn’t pick up a single nick. My neck was close all over, even my usual trouble-spots were roughness-free. I did pay special attention to my jawline and so that was much improved, but there was still a hint of stubble. No problems WTG on my face. ATG was good too, with no roughness and only minimal resistance. Nowhere made it to BBS though, not even close. Post shave feel was soft but dry. It says sandalwood on the tub, but it didn’t resemble any other product I have come across. It was faintly woody but more chemical than anything else. It’s not unpleasant but not great either. It’s strong enough that it stayed with me throughout the shave and even after I’d showered. A very good shave.

Used with: Croma Diamant Stainless (1st shave)

I took a small amount of cream and smeared it into my stubble before working it with my boar brush. I hadn’t soaked my boar brush as long as I should, so it wasn’t very wet. As I worked the cream it formed a paste-like lather where I could still see the bristle marks. I added water to allow me to work it up but this didn’t help much. For both the first and second passes I had an airy mess filled with small bubbles. Before doing touch-ups I got some more cream, although this didn’t seem to help much. I’ll try using more cream next time. Slickness was good despite all this, but I picked up quite a few nicks. Most were small and sealed before I finished but a few were more substantial and lasted to the end. I was also left with some irritation on my top lip. My neck was okay. Nowhere felt especially close but the only real roughness was along my jawline. WTG my face felt pretty good. ATG there was some resistance but no real roughness, nowhere made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was soft but dry. The fragrance was there throughout and lingered after. Still not sure about it. A pretty good shave.

Used with: The Bluebeards Revenge blades (4th shave)

I rubbed a reasonable amount of cream onto my face before working it with my synthetic brush. It turned into suds no problem and then a lather that looked like paste, and it didn’t improve beyond that. Bizarrely, as soon as I stopped with my brush it started to dissipate. It was quite an airy consistency. Slickness was still very good, but didn’t prevent me picking up a lot of nicks. Most were sealed by the time I applied cold water, but some persisted. I also had some irritation on my top lip. My neck was okay, not especially close but no real roughness either. WTG my face was very good. There was no roughness ATG and little resistance but nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but dry. I picked up the fragrance, although it seemed more subdued this time. Not my thing. A good shave.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (2nd shave)

I used a bit more cream this time, and cut down the amount of water too. This seemed to result in a more stable lather, although it was still quite airy and the consistency wasn’t great. Slickness was top notice again. The only nicks I picked up were late in the touch-up phase due to me not applying lather between passes. Even they were sealed by cold water. My neck was good, closer than it’s been in a while, though not perfect — there were a couple of rough patches. No such problems WTG on my face. ATG was good too. There was some resistance but no actual roughness. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was pleasant but dry. The fragrance didn’t seem as potent as previously but stayed with me throughout and hung around after. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette Stainless (2nd shave)

I again applied plenty of cream to my stubble before loading with a wrung out synthetic brush. I dipped the bristles to help develop the paste that resulted and I did get a nice coating, for a while, but as I shaved it fell apart. Likewise on the brush. I was able to revive it with some more water for the second pass but by the end it was quite airy. Slickness was, once again, good though. It didn’t prevent me picking up quite a few tiny nicks, but they didn’t last the shave. My neck was good, with the only roughness limited to the usual trouble-spots. WTG was good on my face. ATG wasn’t bad either. No real roughness but there was a little resistance. An area on my chin got close to BBS but nowhere else did. Post shave feel was okay. The fragrance seemed to be dialed back, but stayed with my throughout and indeed after the shave. A very good shave.


This isn’t listed on Cremo’s website. I assumed it was the same as the stuff in the tubes, but that isn’t the case. I know that because the directions for use on the tubes state it’s a brushless, non-lathering cream. This tub clearly says to use a brush.

After repeated attempts at getting a good, stable lather fell flat — literally — I decided to try using a small amount as a brushless cream. A tiny quantity, compared to what I had been using, provided the claimed slickness. I didn’t get any nicks but the finish wasn’t up to the results of using a brush.

The ingredients do differ to the brushless version, and there are a lot of them compared to most creams I’ve used.

It claims to be “impossibly slick” — along with a bunch of other things. The slickness it lives up to; despite poor lather, it was always very slick. With glycerin being listed as the third ingredient, perhaps that’s to be expected.

It didn’t translate into protection though, with a number of shaves being blighted by a lot of nicks. That said, I did manage some good results.

The fragrance is unlike any sandalwood I have come across before. I couldn’t have told you what it was without the name on the outside. It’s quite woody but is laced with a chemical tang.

On the plus side, it’s very reasonably priced.

I’d heard good things about Cremo, so this was a little disappointing. Good slickness, yes, but not much else going for it. It does the job but it’s not one I’d recommend.

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Last updated: May 26, 2017