A classic scent from a classic manufacturer.
Used with: Wilkinson Sword Classic (4th shave)
It only took a small of cream and the application of my boar brush to produce a good lather, plenty for my usual routine. Slickness felt fine but I picked up a ton of nicks. Apart from my throat, my neck felt pretty good, although it’s never that smooth. I had the odd rough patch though. Aside from a single small patch, my face was smooth. Nowhere was close to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was average. The fragrance is fairly light and I struggled to pick it up. It’s quite a nice sandalwood, not sweet like the TOBS one but pleasant and it seemed quite natural. Not a great experience, but a good shave.
Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (3rd shave)
Again, no problem turning a small amount of cream into a great lather, this time using my badger brush. In fact it took a fair bit of water to thin it out sufficiently. Slickness felt very good with water and, despite the blade tugging throughout (though only on one side) I didn’t pick up any nicks. Aside from the odd rougher area my neck was very good. Even my jawline was pretty good. My face wasn’t perfect, but was generally smooth. Nowhere made it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was okay, maybe good. The scent, when I could pick it up, was very nice, it’s quite a refined fragrance, but it’s so weak you struggle to detect it. Another good shave.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (2nd shave)
I scraped out the remainder of the sample pot, which gave my badger brush plenty to turn into a good thick lather. Slickness when wet was very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. I gave my neck some special attention and was repaid with a great finish, even along my jawline. My face was nice and smooth, WTG at least. A couple of places made it to BBS ATG. Post shave feel was good rather than great, even then borderline. Once again the fragrance, when I could pick it up, was nice. It’s more of a cologne scent so must be nice in the aftershave but it’s so weak in the cream you have to hunt for it in the pot, nevermind when you shave with it. Still a very good shave though.
You can get good lather, protection and performance from creams that cost a few pounds, so the more expensive, premium brands tend to differentiate on fragrance (in part). Many started as perfumers and that expertise is supposed to take their products to the next level.
With that in mind, when you get a cream where you find yourself hunting for any scent, you wonder what you’re paying for. That was definitely the case here.
As with most of the Trumper’s creams I have tried this performed pretty well. It wasn’t a superstar, but I was able to get good results and the post-shave feel was nice. Where it fell down was the fragrance.
Without the wrapper I may have assumed this was unscented. The lack of any presence in the fragrance really stands against it. Possibly this is a defect of the sample. Either way, it’s a shame as what I could (just about) pick up smelt pretty good.