A cream from a lesser-known shaving producer: Bulgaria.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (4th shave)
I squeezed a small amount of cream from the tube, about the same as I usually use, but by the time I came to apply my second coat my badger brush was almost empty, so I added some more cream. The lather on the first pass was okay, but even after adding more cream for the second it was still pretty limp and quite airy. Slickness wasn’t particularly good at any point, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. I got some mild tugging on the first two passes. My neck wasn’t particular close and I had significant roughness in a few places, especially along my jawline. WTG wasn’t bad on my face, but not as smooth as usual. There was plenty of resistance ATG. Post shave feel was average. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start, not sure how to describe it. Not unpleasant. An average shave.
Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (3rd shave)
I squeezed what I considered a generous amount of cream onto the bristles of my boar brush. It has quite a dense, dry consistency so I wasn’t surprised when I had to add some water to get it to lather properly. It took more water than I thought and never really managed more than a bare covering. The second coating was thin and wispy and I didn’t have much for touch-ups. Slickness wasn’t great, even on the first pass, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was actually pretty good for the most part, but the lack of lather meant fewer passes so my trouble-spots were worse than usual, especially my jawline. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG was good too, with only minimal resistance. Nowhere quite made it to BBS though. Post shave feel wasn’t bad either; a little dry but soft. I had the briefest hint of the fragrance at the start but don’t remember it after that. I’ll try more cream next time. If it wasn’t for my neck being a let down this would have been very good, but I’ll call it a good shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum (1st shave)
I used a bit more cream this time, still not much more than an almond-sized amount, before loading with my synthetic brush, which I left a little wetter. No problem producing plenty of lather this time, even for touch-ups, all with a good consistency too. Slickness felt good. I did pick up the odd nick, but they sealed themselves before I finished. My neck was generally close, with the only roughness coming in my usual trouble spots. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was broadly similar, with limited resistance, but I did have a few areas where it was more robust. Post shave feel was very average and a little dry. Nowhere got close to BBS. Again, some subtle hints of a fragrance, but not noticeable unless you’re paying attention. A good shave.
Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (2nd shave)
I used a good squeeze of cream again, then loaded with my synthetic brush. It’s a very thick cream, possibly better suited to bowl lathering. I left my brush pretty wet, possibly too wet, but it quickly generated plenty of proto-lather that I was able to work into a good coating. I had more than enough for my usual routine. I was unimpressed with the results after a couple of passes. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally okay, with some resistance. Despite giving my trouble-spots extra attention, they were still rough. No problems WTG on my face. ATG was very good too, with little in the way of resistance or roughness. Nowhere made it to BBS though, or felt close to it. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but neither was it particularly smooth. A little dry as well. The fragrance, while nothing special, stayed with me throughout the shave. It’s not unpleasant, but isn’t a feature either. A good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (4th shave)
I didn’t use quite a much cream this time and the consistency seemed a little more fluid. My synthetic brush was left a little wetter and was quickly able to produce plenty of lather. Slickness felt good but on later passes I picked up quite a few small nicks. None lasted to the end of the shave. My neck wasn’t especially close anywhere and was also a little raw. The only real roughness was limited to the usual places. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was pretty impressive too. Nowhere made it to BBS but there was minimal resistance. I had some irritation on my top lip. Post shave feel was okay. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start but don’t remember it after that. A good shave.
I’d heard about Kapo (pronounced Karo) as it’s often talked about in league with other budget creams like Ingrams, Palmolive and Arko. It’s not widely available in the UK but a few sellers stock it.
I wonder if my tube had dried out a little as it was very dense and firm for most of the shaves but seemed to become more like other creams on later shaves.
Building a lather was a challenge on the first couple of uses, but showing it a good amount of water and a brush with some backbone seemed to help (or it may be the cream was less dry as my testing went on).
Slickness was generally good, though I seemed to pick up nicks, albeit small ones, each time, no matter the blade.
I couldn’t find much about it online, so I can’t say what the scent profile is supposed to be. To me, the fragrance was vaguely floral, but more a suggestion of an ingredient than any attempt to add specific enhancement. It’s a little industrial but not unpleasant.
Once I got the hang of it, shaves were generally pretty good. I never reached the heady heights, but it did a more than adequate job. The price means it offers pretty good value too (though the tube is smaller than others in the same price range).