Murdock Avalon Scent Shave Cream

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Murdock Avalon Shave Cream

A lesser-known luxury British cream, which includes marshmallow.

Used with: Sputnik (4th shave)

I scooped a small amount of cream out and applied to my face, then worked it up with my badger brush. It didn’t take much effort to turn it into a glossy lather. Slickness was very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally very good, with only hints of roughness, but there was also a couple of patches. WTG my face was nice and smooth. I could feel some stubble ATG and a couple of rough spots, though nothing substantial. Nowhere made it to BBS. The fragrance is nice, a light scent but its powerful enough to stay with you throughout the shave. It didn’t linger afterwards though. I like it. A good shave.

Used with: Wilkinson Sword Classic (2nd shave)

I smeared a small amount of cream into my stubble before working it with a shaken-out boar brush. I was quickly able to build a good lather. I probably should have added some water as it was thick enough to clog my blade. Slickness felt very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was very close and very smooth, almost perfect except for a little roughness along my jawline. WTG my face was very good. ATG I could feel a little resistance but no significant patches. Nowhere made it to BBS though. The fragrance was present from start to finish once again, and I could just about pick it up after. I’m a fan. A very good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (3rd shave)

I used an even smaller amount of cream this time but my badger brush was still able to work it into plenty of lather for my usual routine. It took a bit longer to build though. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. Despite spending plenty of time touching up, my neck was pretty smooth but there were some hints of roughness, especially along my jawline. WTG my face was very good. ATG wasn’t bad either. I met resistance in a few places but no significant roughness. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Once again the fragrance accompanied me throughout and even clung on a little afterwards. It’s nice. A good shave.

Used with: Schick Premium (1st shave)

A small amount was quickly turned into plenty of lather by my badger brush once more. Despite good slickness I picked up a few nicks, but most were sealed by the time I finished. The rest were sorted by cold water. My neck was very good, not the closest it’s been but there were only hints of roughness. WTG my face was very smooth. ATG wasn’t bad either, with just some small resistance, but I did have a couple of rougher areas. There were a few hints of BBS, but nowhere quite made it. Post shave feel was very nice. I was accompanied by the fragrance throughout once again. A very good shave.

Used with: Feather Hi-Stainless (2nd shave)

It didn’t take much to produce plenty of lather with my badger brush. I probably should have added some water to the first pass as it clogged my blade with every stroke. Slickness felt excellent but it didn’t prevent me picking up a ton of nicks. Many, but not all, sealed themselves by the time I’d applied cold water. My neck wasn’t bad, but I had some rougher patches and not just on my jawline. As you’d expect, my face was good WTG. While there were no significant patches ATG there was more resistance than I’d have liked. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was okay. No problem on the fragrance again, it was strong at the start and stayed with me. Didn’t linger after though. Still a good shave.

Verdict

It’s the first shave cream I’ve come across that contains marshmallow. Not that it should matter, but if it makes a cream this good maybe others should think about it.

I loved the Avalon scent. There are subtle differences but to my nose it’s pretty similar to Arlington from D. R. Harris, though this has some more complex notes.

I got a couple of really good shaves using it. Lather was always easy to produce, even with a small amount of cream. Performance was a little inconsistent though, with some shaves not reaching the same heights as others.

Slickness felt excellent on every shave but didn’t necessarily protect me from nicks, so cushion was presumably lacking.

The travel size, on a cost per ml basis, is very expensive compared to even other premium products. The only product I own that is more expensive is Acqua di Palma, the likes of XPEC, D.R. Harris and T&H are much cheaper and even Penhaligon’s undercuts it. That said, you only need a small amount so it should last a fair while.

I really enjoyed using this, due to its easy nature and the great scent that accompanied me. Performance wasn’t stand-out for me, which it would need to be at this price. It lathered beautifully and felt slick but didn’t seem to protect and the post shave never blew me away.

It’s a bit rich but if your pockets are deep enough then I’d say it was worth a try though and it was another product that made shaving even more of an event.

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These reviews are updated based on ongoing experience, so ratings and opinions may change.

Last updated: April 20, 2016