A cream from Spain with a good menthol kick.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (3rd use)
I scooped a small amount out, initially trying to apply to my brush, but I found it so thick that I ended up smearing into my whiskers before building the lather with my badger brush. It was easy to build up but I needed to add a drop of water. Slickness was good but I did pick up a few nicks. They were sealed by cold water. There was a little roughness on my jawline, although better than usual, and in one of my usual trouble spots. Otherwise my neck was very good, nice and smooth. WTG my face was glass-like. ATG wasn’t quite as good, with some (largely minimal) resistance in a few places. Nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but very dry. Menthol is listed in the ingredients and I definitely felt its presence. This had the strongest cooling effect of any product I’d used. The fragrance was strong at the start but I don’t remember it much after that. It’s a lovely, complex scent. Supposedly Sandalwood but it’s much more than that. A very good shave.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd use)
Not sure I scooped out quite enough cream this time. As I worked it with my boar brush I had to add some water to help it along and even then it didn’t achieve much volume. I also didn’t have a lot for touch-ups. Not the cream’s fault. Slickness started off pretty good but wasn’t great by the end, I didn’t pick up any nicks though. My neck was good, nice and smooth except for the usual trouble spots. My face was fine WTG, though I did have a patch of roughness on my chin. ATG was very good, with only low level resistance in most places. One cheek did have a significant patch though. Nowhere made it to BBS. Once again, post shave feel was soft but dry. I got a good dose of the cooling effect during use. I don’t think it was as strong this time. I remember the fragrance at the start but not after that. A very good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (3rd use)
I scooped a generous amount of cream and used my synthetic brush to lather. It easily produced tons, so much so I gave up doing touch-ups despite having plenty left. The blade tugged a little on the first pass. Slickness was good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was pretty good, a little raw but close aside from the usual problem areas. Even these were better than usual. Very smooth WTG on my face. ATG was very good too, with no real resistance. A couple of places made it to BBS while the rest went close. Post shave feel was very soft but a bit dry. The cooling effect of the menthol was strong, at least on the first pass, and very refreshing. I barely picked up the fragrance at the start, only by putting my nose to the tin. After that is was non-existent. A great shave.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st use)
Once again, I scooped out some cream and spread it into my stubble. I then worked it up using my badger brush. I got plenty of lather for my whole routine. Slickness was good too, but I did pick up a few small nicks. Most were sealed by the time I had applied cold water. My neck was good bar my jawline and one other trouble spot. WTG my face was fine, although I did have some slight roughness on my chin. There was minimal resistance ATG but nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel was very dry and didn’t feel anything special. I got a strong cooling effect on both the first and second passes. Again, the fragrance didn’t have any impact on me, I don’t even remember picking it up at the start. A good shave.
Used with: Personna Med Prep (2nd use)
I used a little less cream this time, working it up with my badger brush. I still had plenty for my usual routine. This combination seemed very good as it cut effortlessly through my stubble. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was pretty good, but I had some roughness in my usual trouble-spots and a little rawness. WTG my face was nice and smooth, although my top lip had some irritation. ATG wasn’t bad, but there was a fair bit of resistance. Some areas were rougher than I liked. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was good, but a bit dry. I got a reasonable amount of cooling on the first pass but not much after that. The fragrance was reasonable as I worked up the lather, although far from strong. It was just about detectable after that, but I had to hunt for it. A good shave.
Interestingly, this states it’s for sensitive skin on the tub, which sandalwood rarely is. So something to bear in mind if your skin is prone to reaction.
The tin it comes in appears identical to the Simpsons’ cream and this has a similar mousse-like consistency, but the ingredients lists do differ. It made me wonder if they produce cream for other people.
The fragrance is described as Sandalwood and Oak Moss, which is an unusual combination, but very pleasant. Scent strength is pretty good in the tin but didn’t hang around long past the initial lather, it’s not bad though.
It was easy to get a good amount of lather and generally bloomed whenever I showed it a drop of water. Slickness and protection seemed decent too, with nicks fairly rare.
This had by far the strongest cooling sensation of any cream I have ever used.
Post shave feel was a little bit of a let down, not bad but not the greatest either. Adequate is perhaps the best description.
It quickly became something I looked forward to using and I would be happy to recommend, even more so given the value it offers.