A unique product in both ingredients (mango oil) and presentation (terracotta pot).
Used with: Super-Max Super Platinum (2nd shave)
The box says it’s a cream, but it’s really a soap. As such, I covered it in water for the same duration as my badger brush, then loaded for thirty seconds. I would probably load longer in future, as I thought lather was going to be a struggle. I used some water to help thin it out and that helped me generate enough for my usual routine. Slickness was average but I didn’t pick up any nicks, despite the blade tugging initially. My neck wasn’t perfect (it never is) but was the best it has ever been. Even my jawline was good. My face was smooth but ATG I felt some roughness and I had a few rough patches. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was good but a little dry compared to some. Not sure if it was the mango, but I picked up the fruity scent throughout. It’s not especially strong, but stays with you and lingers after too. It’s quite pleasant. The ingredients include menthol and I certainly felt a mild cooling sensation on my first pass, which was refreshing. A very good shave.
Used with: Personna Super ‘Lab Blue’ (1st shave)
I soaked it alongside my boar brush before loading for forty seconds. I also left the brush a little wetter this time. Lather was no problem and I had tons for my usual routine. Slickness felt fine. I did pick up a couple of nicks, but that was due to some overzealous touching up. My neck was very good once again, with the only patches of roughness coming along my jawline. Above that was very smooth, though it wasn’t perfect ATG. A couple of places did make it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was pretty good, but again felt a little dry compared to the best I’ve used. The fragrance was present throughout and even lingered after. Another very good shave.
Used with: Polsilver SI (4th shave)
I again covered the puck before loading with a wetter-than-usual badger brush for forty seconds. I had tons of proto-lather that I was able to work to a glossy sheen. Slickness felt good but it didn’t prevent me picking up a ton of nicks. My neck wasn’t especially close and I had a few rough patches, mainly close to my jawline. Above that was smooth WTG and pretty good ATG though a few spots were a little rough. Nowhere managed BBS. Post shave feel was pretty good again, though not as soft as with some. I got the mild cooling effect again and the fragrance, though very subtle, was present throughout and lingered afterwards as well. A good shave.
Used with: Schick Premium (3rd shave)
I left the puck dry this time and loaded with a wetter-than-usual badger brush for thirty seconds. I was able to build a good lather, although it felt a little airy (as it has previously, but looked okay up close). Slickness was good on the second and third passes but felt a little ‘sticky’ on the first, as it had on previous shaves. That being said, I only picked up a couple of nicks in the latter stages. My neck wasn’t perfect, but was very good, with only a slight bit of roughness in places and some along my jawline. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG wasn’t bad either, but only the odd spot made it to BBS. Post shave feel was good this time, nice and soft. I don’t remember registering the fragrance much, but it’s subtle at the best of times. It was there though. A very good shave.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)
I went with a dry puck again, but opted to shake out my badger brush this time. I loaded for around thirty seconds and that was enough for plenty of lather, though I did struggle in the latter stages. It was soap-sticky on the first pass, but slickness was obviously good enough as I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t especially smooth, but the rough patches (of which there were few) were toned down. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was rougher and I found a few patches despite a lot of touching up. Post shave feel wasn’t bad but felt a little dry. I picked up a small whiff of the fragrance at the start but I don’t remember it much after that, though I could just about pick it up after the shave. A pretty good shave.
It calls itself a cream, but this is all the way a soap. It’s harder than most Italian croaps, though won’t match up to a triple-milled puck.
Producing a lather with this was easy enough, getting the right quantity took a bit longer than other soaps though, no matter which approach I used. I really needed to load about ten seconds longer than most others.
Slickness never felt amazing, but seemed to get the job done. Post shave feel wasn’t always great either, with it feeling a little dry compared to the best. I like the hint of menthol, which provides a refreshing cooling sensation.
Mine was a present, but you can pick it up for around £15, which isn’t cheap, but it isn’t expensive either and once you have the pot you can buy refills for closer to £10. The pot is certainly better quality than what most other products come in.
Paired with the right blade, I found this capable of very good shaves, even approaching shaving greatness. It didn’t quite make top-tier for me though.