A long-standing American product with a good reputation.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (4th shave)
The directions say to wash your face and then apply the cream, working it into a rich lather. I used a fairly good amount but it simply disappeared, making it very hard to shave. My razor got clogged a few times WTG. Slickness felt okay on the first pass but improved when I added some water before the second. To be fair, I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was patchy, with some areas that were pretty good, but most were fairly rough. WTG was pretty good except on my chin. There was more resistance ATG but not as much as I had feared. Post shave feel was actually quite good. I liked the fragrance, a nice faux orange scent, think orange cream, but it disappeared quickly. An average shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum Chrome (3rd shave)
I wet my face and then applied a relatively small amount of cream, making sure to spread it around evenly. Again, no sign of a “rich, creamy lather.” Slickness didn’t feel that great on the first pass but was much improved with water on subsequent passes. My razor got clogged with stubble throughout. I picked up a couple of nicks low on my neck that stayed even through cold water. All-in-all my neck wasn’t too bad though. Nowhere was particularly close but the only real roughness was in my usual trouble-spots. WTG my face felt okay. There was plenty of resistance ATG but only one area of real roughness, and even that wasn’t hideous. Post shave feel was very average. I got a good whiff of the fragrance when I applied it, the sort of thing you get in a chocolate orange sweet, but it promptly vanished. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Lord Super Stainless (2nd shave)
I wet my face and applied slightly more cream this time (by accident). I got a brief showing of something that I thought might turn into lather, but it soon disappeared. Again, water helped on the second pass and touch-ups. My razor got clogged again and no matter how much I shook it under the water I couldn’t shift it all. I picked up the odd small nick, nothing major and all were sealed by the time I washed up. My neck wasn’t bad generally, but had some very rough patches and my jawline was poor. WTG my face didn’t feel too bad. ATG there was plenty of resistance but only one significant area. Post shave feel was pretty good. Again, the fragrance disappeared as soon as I started to apply it. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (1st shave)
After wetting my face I applied a good amount of cream. It looked like it might actually lather but as much as I worked it I could get it to make the transition and it soon disappeared. Despite that, it clogged my razor good and proper. At the end of the shave I had to use a brush to get what endless coaxing in a sink of water wouldn’t release. I didn’t pick up any nicks and slickness, at least when I applied some water for the passes after the first, felt pretty good. My neck wasn’t bad, with the only real rough patches coming in my usual trouble spots. WTG my face felt good. There was some resistance ATG but nothing too major. That said, nowhere was particularly close either. Post shave feel was soft but very dry. I got a good whiff of the fragrance while trying to work up the lather for the first pass but don’t recall it after that. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (2nd shave)
I used a lot more cream this time, still not a vast amount, but probably double what I had. I didn’t get a ‘rich, creamy lather’ but it didn’t completely disappear before the first pass. It clogged my razor to the point that I had to use a brush to clear it afterwards. Slickness, at least on later passes, was very good, but it didn’t stop me picking up a lot of nicks. Most were small but I had a few significant ones. Cold water sorted most. This is a blade with a reputation for sharpness. My neck was generally very good. I had some slight roughness in the usual places and some rawness though. Good WTG on my face. Resistance was limited to my cheeks ATG. My top lip was left a bit raw. Post shave feel was okay, but very dry. I picked up the fragrance at the start once again, but it quickly disappeared. A good shave.
This was another in my attempt to find a decent brushless cream as an alternative to my electric shaver for when I’m in a rush.
For a legend that’s been in the shave community for a long time, I was bit disappointed by the bottle. It’s plastic (I was expecting glass) and wasn’t as imposing as I’d imagined (for some reason I expected something taller).
The performance was a little disappointing too, though not so different to other brushless creams I’ve used thus far. For starters it absolutely refused to lather. Most products of this sort don’t it seems, but this one specifically says it should.
Slickness was generally pretty good, at least when water was applied. Post shave feel wasn’t usually bad either.
Protection was lacking though, and I often picked up nicks. The lack of any real closeness meant this didn’t even bring the benefit of a smooth finish.
The fragrance was nice and zesty, but you only get a quick blast of it as you apply from the bottle, then it promptly disappears.
It’s not the cheapest cream, with 150ml retailing for about £12. Considering the amount used in comparison to Kiehl’s, this actually offers slightly poorer bang for your buck. To be fair, perhaps my clogging issues were down to applying too much (hard to know).
Overall, it did the job, but for something with such longevity and a reputation I expected a lot more. It provided passable shaves but I could have got that from almost any product.