They may not have been around as long as some, but this is another shaving products company based in an exclusive part of London.
Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (4th shave)
I prep’d my face with a warm flannel, then scooped a small amount out and used my badger brush to face lather. It’s quite a firm cream, leaning towards a croap. It was easy to build a good lather but I needed a bit of water, even then it was still thick enough to clog the blade. It did seem to begin breaking down during my second pass. Slickness was good but I did pick up a couple of small nicks. They sealed themselves before I finished. My neck wasn’t perfect, but was better than usual. I had a few patches on my jawline. Above that was nice and smooth. A couple of areas made BBS ATG. Post shave feel was very nice. The scent is strong and I picked it up throughout the shave, which is a rarity. It lingered very slightly after the shave, but was easily masked by my aftershave balm. It’s a fairly sweet lime, not as natural as T&H, but certainly not artificial to my nose. A very good shave.
Used with: Derby Extra (1st shave)
I applied a small to my face and then lathered with my boar brush. It took some work and a few dips in the water but I was rewarded with a good lather. I had to re-work for the second pass but no problems with disappation this time. Slickness was good once more and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was good, better than normal, but my jawline had a few patches. I had the odd stray hair on my face, but it was generally smooth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG but was fine WTG. Post shave feel was good, maybe not quite up to the very best though. The fragrance was strong throughout the shave again. It didn’t linger though. A good shave.
Used with: Shark Super Chrome (2nd shave)
Back to my badger brush and I scooped a finger tip’s worth of cream out and smeared it on my face before building it into a lather. I had to add a drop of water, and again for the second pass, but there was no problem building a good coating. Slickness was good, although I did pick up a single nick, which was sealed by cold water. My neck was pretty good, while my jaw did have some patches. My face was nice and smooth aside from a small patch or two around my top lip/mouth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG though. Post shave feel wasn’t quite up there with the best, but was pretty good. I picked up the lime scent at the start of the shave, but it died down and didn’t linger. All in all a pretty good shave.
Used with: Polsilver Super Iridium (3rd shave)
I used my boar again this time, using a bit more cream than usual (but still not a lot) I was able to produce plenty of lather. It was thick enough to clog my blade on the first pass (despite trying to thin it out) while I had to add water and work it for the second. Slickness felt good but it didn’t stop me picking up more than a handful of nicks, though none were serious and most were sealed by a splash of cold water. My neck had some roughness in the usual places where the grain changes direction, but was otherwise very good. My jawline was better than usual. I had a small patch on my chin and in one corner of my mouth, but otherwise my face was pretty good. The majority didn’t quite make it to BBS, but a couple of areas did. Post shave feel was good. I caught the scent when I opened the tub and once again towards the end, but otherwise it went unnoticed. A very good shave.
Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (3rd shave)
Again I used my boar brush, with a good dollop of cream and I produced plenty of glossy lather. It was still thick enough to clog my blade. Slickness was very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. Excellent finish on my neck, not perfect but better than the majority of my shaves. There were a few rougher areas on my jawline, but again, better than usual. My face was fantastically smooth with plenty of areas making it to BBS. I spent a bit more time (with the extra lather) going over the tougher spots so even those were smooth. Post shave feel was good too. I did get a whiff of the scent, although that may be because I left the lid off the tub throughout. Still, it was pleasant. An excellent shave.
Not a cream I had heard too much about, so was eager to try. It comes in a tub very similar to Taylor of Old Bond Street creams, except you get 180g instead of the usual 150g, but this costs £13.95 compared to TOBS sub-£10. There’s a suggestion it may be the same cream (although this doesn’t contain parabens, while TOBS does). That I don’t know, so I’ll just focus on what I found.
The answer to that was a solid performing cream that gave me several great shaves. It was easy to lather, although I found you needed the right amount, which could be said of any product. If you get that then it provides good performance, with nice slickness and protection. The fragrance was good, though not overpowering or even that strong, but enough to accompany you throughout. It didn’t quite make it to top-tier for me, due to post-shave feel, fragrance strength, presentation and the work it took to lather in some cases, but it did a very good job regardless of the blade, so is certainly something I’d recommend.
Disclosure: The Piccadilly Shaving Co. generously supplied this as a free sample