Another cream made in England. Another to add to the illustrious list?
Used with: Personna Med Prep (4th shave)
I scooped a small amount out of the large tin and went to work with my badger brush. It’s quite a wet, airy cream but quickly built into a glossy lather. Despite some water it was thick enough to clog my blade on the first pass. Slickness felt good but I still picked up plenty of nicks, my top lip was left a veritable blood bath. I ended up with a few rough patches on my neck. While my jawline wasn’t perfect it was better than usual. There were a few areas of roughness in the nooks around my mouth, but my face was otherwise smooth. Several places made it to BBS ATG while much of the rest was close. Post shave feel wasn’t quite up there with the best but was good. The scent is unusual but you can pick out both elements and they seem to combine well. The thyme seems to take the upper hand. I smelt it throughout the shave and it lingered a bit after as well. Not unpleasant but not my favourite scent. A good end result.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (2nd shave)
Again, a small dollop was quickly turned into thick lather by my badger brush. It was so thick I ended up adding some water, though it still clogged my blade. The blade also tugged during the first pass. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck felt a bit smoother than usual, but still had the odd patch of roughness. My jawline also had the usual rough areas. My face wasn’t perfect, but it was very good, with only a few stray hairs to disturb it. Didn’t quite make BBS ATG though. Post shave feel wasn’t much to laud, but was far from bad. I got a bit of a whiff of the scent at the start, but nothing else (although I had a cold at the time). A good shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum (1st shave)
My badger brush quickly whipped up a good coating of lather, although I thinned it out with some water it still clogged my blade on the first pass. Slickness felt good. I did pick up a solitary nick, mainly due to some overzealous touching up. My neck was generally pretty smooth, with the only rough areas coming by my jawline. My face was smooth bar the odd stray hair. A couple of small areas made BBS ATG but the majority didn’t. Post shave feel was nice. I got plenty of the scent, both from opening the tin and during the shave. It also lingered a touch afterwards. It rubbed me the wrong way initially, but settled down into something inoffensive. A good shave.
Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (3rd shave)
My boar brush turned a small amount of cream into a thick lather. Despite thinning with water it still clogged my blade on the first pass. Slickness was good but I picked up a few nicks, only one was significant and that was due to overzealous touching up. My neck was pretty smooth with the only rough area being by my jawline and even that was better than usual. My face was smooth with no patches of roughness. A couple of places made it to BBS ATG but they were a rarity. Post shave was okay but nothing special. The fragrance was potent at the start but soon died down and I didn’t notice it much. Still not sure about it. A very good shave.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (2nd shave)
Opting for my badger brush this time, a small dollop was quickly turned into a thick lather. Dipping the tips a couple of times turned it glossy. Slickness was good. I picked up one nick, on my first pass, but it sealed itself before I finished. My neck wasn’t especially smooth and had the odd patch of roughness, especially on the jawline. I also had some rough stuff around the corners of my mouth, but otherwise my face was smooth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel was okay. I picked up the scent throughout, though it died down as I built the lather. There was still a hint before I applied my post shave cream. A good shave.
It’s an unusual cream in that it’s very wet, almost sloppy, and seems quite airy. It does produce a good lather with minimal effort though. The fragrance is unique, not like anything else I’ve come across, and not entirely to my taste. The thyme is the stronger element and isn’t the most pleasing scent to my nose. If you do like it then you’ll be glad to know it hangs around and lingers a little too.
Post shave feel wasn’t the best and while I got generally good shaves, it never quite hit the top notes of some others. Combine that with the scent and I had to knock it down a couple of points.
It’s a big tin, which helps offset the price (usually retails for £19), but it still puts it towards the luxury end of the spectrum and, for me, it doesn’t perform well enough for that. It’s a good cream, just not an exceptional one.
Disclosure: Men’s Society kindly sent me this as a free sample.