This English manufacturer is better known for their hardware, but also offer soaps and creams.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (2nd use)
I scooped a small amount of cream from the sample pot using my little finger and proceed to lather with my badger brush. I probably should have used a little more as I needed to add water to get the right quantity and that left it quite watery for my second and touch-up passes. That said, it offered good slickness and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally good and even my troublesome jawline was better than usual, but I did have a couple of small rough spots elsewhere. WTG my face was very smooth. There was some resistance ATG, especially on my cheeks. It wasn’t too bad, but was more than I’d have liked. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was great. I got a good whiff of the fragrance as I worked it up and detected it a couple of times during the shave, though it slid into the background. It’s nice and zesty. I can pick up both of the main scents but the lime is dominant. A very good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (1st use)
I grabbed what I thought was a decent amount of cream and lathered using my boar brush. I had to add a little water and the first pass was decent, but it was a struggle to work it up for the second and I ran out during touch-ups. Slickness felt very good (at least after the first pass), but it didn’t prevent me picking up a few small nicks. Some of those might have been down to a traumatic shave the day before. My neck was generally pretty close, but I did have some roughness in the usual problem spots and I was left a little raw. Nice and smooth WTG on my face. ATG was largely good, but I did get some areas with more resistance than I’d have liked and it also felt a touch raw. Post shave feel was nice and soft but a bit dry. I picked up the fragrance when I opened the pot but don’t recall it after that. A good shave.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (3rd use)
I pretty much emptied the rest of the small sample pot and used my synthetic brush to build a lather. I had to add some water to the first pass and it still clogged my blade. It gave me plenty, to the point that I still had some left after numerous touch-ups. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally smooth but I did have some roughness in the usual places, despite spending a lot of time going over them. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was good too, with minimal resistance and no real roughness. Nowhere quite made it to BBS but a couple of places went close. Post shave feel was okay but no more. I got a whiff of the fragrance as I built the lather but don’t recall it after that. It’s a bold, zingy scent. A very good shave.
Edwin Jagger have been around since the late eighties and are well know in the wet shave community. I’d heard good things about their creams so was eager to try it.
Fragrance-wise, it ticked the boxes. I picked this one of the various samples I have as it has two of my favourite scents and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of packing a punch. At least to start with it does, but I found during my shaves it quickly disappeared. Good while it lasts though.
Performance was generally quite impressive, offering nice slickness and protection, but post shave feel was a little wayward. That could be down to the balm though (for two of my shaves I actually used the accompanying balm). I was able to get good results too, even when I felt I had to work the lather quite hard.
I will say that it required more product to get a good lather than most of the creams I have encountered, where an amount that would have served with those didn’t stretch as far with this.
It’s not the cheapest cream, but it’s far from expensive. While offering perfectly good value I don’t think it’s the best value cream I’ve used — based on performance.
I’m not sure I’d class this as a premium cream, despite the name, but it’s a perfectly good one. It just didn’t offer up enough to make it stand out.