Another London-based barbershop. Established in 2012.
Used with: Gillette Super Thin (2nd shave)
I scooped a reasonable amount of of the tin and then used my badger brush to build a lather. The cream is very soft, more mousse-like. I had no problem building a good lather and had plenty for my usual routine. Slickness felt good but I did pick up a few small nicks, they either sealed themselves or cold water did the job. My neck had some roughness in the usual trouble-spots but otherwise was pretty good. WTG my face was smooth. ATG there was some resistance, but nothing more. Some areas got close to BBS but not quite. Post shave feel was nice. I did get a brief hint of the fragrance, but it’s certainly not strong. A very good shave.
Used with: Kai Stainless (3rd shave)
I extracted some mousse-like cream using my little finger and applied it to my synthetic brush. The brush was a little wetter than usual but I generated plenty of good lather. Slickness felt okay. I did pick up a few nicks, but they were re-opening existing injuries rather than new ones. My neck had a little irritation but was smooth aside from some roughness in one of my trouble-spots. My jawline was better than usual though. WTG my face was smooth. ATG there was some resistance but no real roughness. Nowhere got close to BBS though. Post shave feel was okay. I don’t recall the fragrance at any point. A good shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum (1st shave)
I scooped out a small amount of cream and applied it to my boar brush. The softness makes extracting it from the tin very easy. It was quick to provide a nice lather. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks save catching a pimple. My neck was okay. Not the smoothest it’s ever been but the only real roughness was limited to the usual trouble-spots. WTG my face felt smooth, but not buttery. ATG there was plenty of resistance but that was it. Nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was okay. Even when hunting I couldn’t detect any fragrance. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum (4th shave)
I scooped out a slab of cream, too much to be honest, but it’s so soft that’s easy to do. I was able to generate a good lather, and plenty of it, using my synthetic brush. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was generally good, with some roughness in the usual trouble-spots, but less than normal. Smooth WTG on my face. I had a little resistance ATG, but otherwise it was good although borderline in a few places. Nowhere made it to BBS. I got a whiff of the fragrance during the shave this time, only during the touch-up phase though, before that it had remained elusive. It’s pleasant but so weak as to be almost pointless. Post shave feel was soft but very dry. A good shave.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (2nd shave)
I used one of my other razors this time, a Gillette Slim Adjustable, set to 6. I used my synthetic brush to work up a lather. Although I shook it out, the first pass was very wet, but subsequent passes were better. Slickness felt okay, but I was left with some irritation, mainly on my top lip. My neck was nice and smooth, except for my usual trouble-spots. WTG my face was very smooth. ATG there was some resistance, and in some places it was close to roughness. Post shave feel was okay for softness, but dry. I got a brief waft of the fragrance during one of the lather applications, but that was it. Nice, but very subtle. A good shave.
Yet another pretentious London barber producing their own range, yawn.
It’s unusual in that this is less a cream and more a mousse. It’s very soft and very airy. The only other products of a similar consistency I’ve used are LEA and Simpsons. The ingredients differ slightly from those, but they’re both available in similar packaging at much lower prices.
None of that would matter if the product delivered, but I found that, while a solid option, it was unremarkable.
It was great at generating a lather, providing a good, and generally cushioning, layer on my face. I was never able to get a really good shave, with acceptable being the default setting.
Apparently, it’s bay rum and lime scented. Even having been told that I couldn’t really pick it up, certainly not the bay rum. I maybe got a hint of lime — there was something there, but I wouldn’t have been able to identify it. It was also so weak as to be all but unnoticeable in practice.
Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but again, nothing spectacular.
Although a fairly standard tin, I like the packaging, the black powder coating looks good and feels nice.
That doesn’t justify a price tag of £25 though. It didn’t offer anything over products less than a tenth of the price, and even taking money out of the equation it didn’t sparkle.