Can you get more British than a lime-scented shaving cream?
Used with: Polsilver Super Iridium (4th shave)
I scooped out a small amount and lathered with my badger brush. I used a couple of dips of the bristles to build plenty of glossy lather. Slickness felt good but it didn’t prevent me getting some irritation and my face ending up in a bloodbath, though I suspect that was more down to the blade. My neck and jawline were both pretty patchy. Apart from one of the crannies around my mouth, my face was smooth, but not particularly close ATG. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but not up to the best. The scent is nice, quite fruity and zingy, but I think you’d have needed to tell me it was lime. Not a pleasant shave, but not a bad result.
Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (2nd shave)
Again, all I used with the amount I could get on my little finger and my badger brush and it quickly developed into a good lather. Despite watering down it was thick enough to clog my blade on the first pass. The blade tugged during the first pass. Slickness was good though and I only picked up a solitary nick, which was sealed with cold water. My neck had the usual patches as did my jawline although a few areas were good. My face was a different story with only one small patch to disturb the smoothness. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was pretty good. I got a few whiffs of the scent during use, but it barely registered. Still, a good shave.
Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (1st shave)
I face lathered with my badger brush it quickly produced a good coating, though I did dip my bristles a few times to help thin it out (and it still clogged the blade). Slickness was good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t especially close, but I did avoid most of the usual patches. My jawline wasn’t quite so lucky. Above that wasn’t perfect but some areas did make it to BBS ATG. I managed to avoid anything particularly rough though. Post shave feel was very nice. I noticed the fragrance a bit more during the shave this time, as a passing whiff rather than anything sustained. A great shave.
Used with: Lord Platinum Class (3rd shave)
A good dollop was quickly turned into plenty of lather by my badger brush. Even with a few dips of water it still clogged my blade a bit. Good slickness. I picked up a couple of nicks but they were sealed by some cold water. My neck was pretty good, with the only real patches coming at my jawline. My face was nice and smooth, except for a small area on my chin. A few places made it to BBS ATG but they were the exception rather than the rule. Post shave wasn’t bad, but a bit average. I didn’t notice the scent at all, at any point during the shave. Still a good shave.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (1st shave)
I used a smaller amount this time, along with my boar brush. No problem producing a good lather even though I gave it a good does of water. Slickness was fine, but not as good as some. I didn’t pick up any nicks (even though the blade tugged on the first pass). I spent a bit more time during my touch-up phase than usual but my neck was still only average. My jawline was a bit better than usual though. I had a few patches around my mouth and top lip but otherwise my face was smooth. Nowhere made it to BBS ATG. Post shave feel wasn’t great. Again, I didn’t notice the fragrance except when I opened the post and wafted it under my nose. A bit of an average shave.
Another small British brand. offering a range of scents. I like a nice lime fragrance so was eager to try this. It wasn’t up to some of the others I’ve tried, being both vague and dialled back enough to make it tough to find. So not one for you strong scent lovers.
In terms of performance, there was nothing bad about it, but looking back at my notes, it didn’t seem to have much in the way of wow factor either. So a solid, if unremarkable performer.
It comes in a container that is identical to the Bluebeard’s Revenge one, and the ingredients list bears a remarkable resemblance too. They also make similar claims about the number of shaves in a pot. Can’t say for certain it’s the same product though (and I wasn’t as impressed with the shaves as much as with BR, but that may be luck of the draw with blades).
Both typically retail for the same price and, as I said in my BR review, £10 for 100g puts it in the same league as high-end creams and it needs to be perform well for that, this didn’t quite hit the top notes. Not bad but not one I would hunt out.
Disclosure: Men Rock kindly sent this to me as a free sample.