St. James Cedarwood and Clarysage Shaving Cream

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St James Clarysage Shaving Cream

This is another UK brand, created by Creightons in 1953, the people who manufacture creams for some of the big names.

Used with: Personna Lab Blue (1st shave)

Using my badger brush, a quick dip of the tips was enough to allow me to build a good lather for two passes and have heaps left over for touch-ups. The slickness between passes was very good and I picked up zero nicks. My skin did seem to feel a little dry though, plus I had a little tingle from the cream. The finish was excellent. It was a bit patchy around my mouth (my top lip did feel tender during touch-up, so I didn’t overdo it) and a small amount of roughness on my jawline, but otherwise it was very smooth, BBS in places. The scent is close to T&H No. 10, but it’s a little more complex, with a basenote I didn’t pick up in the T&H. It’s also a little stronger and lingered better. Nice and light though. Post shave feel was good. A very good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (4th shave)

Once again, very easy to build a thick lather very quickly. Excellent slickness between passes, but I did pick up a couple of nicks (sealed by cold water) and some irritation on my top lip. That was probably the result of diligent touching up. It was worth it though. The finish was nice and smooth with large areas that were BBS. I do enjoy the fragrance, and it’s strong enough to linger for a while. Post shave feel was good too. A top notch shave.

Used with: Perma-Sharp Super (2nd shave)

I opted to use my boar brush this time, for a change. It required adding a bit more water as I went, but resulted in plenty of quality lather. The blade felt fine and slickness was good. Some overzealous touching up left me with several nicks and some irritation on my top lip. The work paid off in that large areas of my face were BBS and the rest was close to it, with only the odd rougher area on my jawline. I noticed the scent when I opened the jar, but not so much during or after the shave. Post shave feel was nice. A very good shave.

Used with: Lord Platinum Class (3rd shave)

I again went with my boar brush, loading a very small amount. A quick dip of the tips was enough to add water to build lather for the first pass, the second took a bit more work to build, and another dip in the water, but I still got a good coating and plenty for touch ups. Slickness was good but the blade did seem to tug a little. No irritation and no nicks though. The finish was smooth WTG and pretty good ATG, though generally not BBS (it was in a couple of places). A good shave.

Used with: Feather (3rd shave)

I went back to my badger this time and once again the cream didn’t disappoint. I was able to build a thick lather veru quickly and a small amount provided plenty for my usual routine. There was good slickness between passes, but I did pick up a few nicks. The finish wasn’t perfect, I did have the odd patch, mainly on my neck and around my mouth, but large parts were very smooth, practically BBS in fact. Post shave feel was very good and the fragrance, which I like, did linger, although it was subtle. I’d class it as a good shave, just.

Verdict

When I received this I thought I had been duped. The scent was so similar to T&H No. 10 that I thought I had just bought the same product and been charged more for the privilege. Having used it I’m not so sure. For starters, while the fragrance is nearly identical, I think there’s more layers to this one. Obviously the packaging is better; the glass jar and metal lid do add a bit of class (and no little weight). Creightons’ creams do all perform well and this one is no exception. Normal retail on the tub is £15, compared to £8 for No. 10. If you buy it at that price you’ll get a great cream, but it seems expensive. The good news is Creightons often have sales, so if you can pick this up in one of those, it’s a no-brainer as it’s one of the best performers I’ve used.

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

Last updated: March 20, 2015