Not a big name, they were a company I stumbled across and then happened to find their products on an introductory sale. Are they another Great British performer?
Used with: Used with: Perma-Sharp Super (4th shave)
It’s a very firm cream, bordering on a croap, so rather than just dip my bristles I had to swirl. Although I didn’t pick up much on my badger brush I was still able to produce a good amount of lather. I added a bit of water to thin it out but it still clogged my blade for the first pass. Slickness was good but I picked up a handful of nicks. Despite my touch-ups, the finish wasn’t perfect, with the odd patch. It managed BBS in a few areas and was generally smooth though. Post shave feel was fantastic. The smell is pleasant, with the lime predominating, but it’s quite subtle. I didn’t pick up more than the occasional whiff during the shave and nothing after. A good shave.
Used with: Lord Platinum Class (2nd shave)
I opted for my boar brush this time, but again a quick swirl was enough to produce plenty of lather. I didn’t add as much water this time and it remained thick enough to clog my blade. Slickness was again very good. No nicks or irritation and the blade felt smooth throughout. I did spend a bit longer doing touch-ups, but the finish was glorious. I had a couple of patches, but nothing more, while the rest was nice and smooth, some BBS. Post shave feel was good too. I got a bit more of the scent during the shave this time, with the odd blast hitting me, mainly the lime. A fantastic shave.
Used with: Feather (1st shave)
Loaded using my badger and once again was able to build a thick lather, even thinning it out with some water. Slickness felt good but I picked up a ton of nicks, not a complete surprise with this blade. Despite hacking my face up, the finish wasn’t great. While I did have the odd patch that was BBS, the majority wasn’t and I had several fairly rough patches. That’s not to say it was a bad shave, just not on a par with the best. Post shave was pretty good.
Used with: Shark Super Chrome (3rd shave)
I swirled my badger brush around and probably overloaded slightly. The lather was very thick and I dipped my bristles in my bowl of water several times as I built it up, which resulted in a rich, glossy lather. It still clogged my razor, but nothing too serious. There was excellent slickness throughout the shave, although the blade did seem to tug a little to start. I had to do a bit more touching up than usual. It resulted in a very good finish, close to BBS across most of my face, though only a few areas made it over the hurdle. I had very few patches. Post have feel was very good. Although I could smell the lime when I stuck my nose in the tub I didn’t pick it up during use, or after. A superb shave.
Used with: Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus (4th shave)
Once again, a quick swirl was enough to produce a thick, luxuriant lather. I added some water to help think it out but it was still dense enough to clog my razor. Slickness between passes was again very good, but I did pick up a few small nicks. I had the odd rough patch around my mouth and jaw, but the rest was smooth, though not quite BBS. It wasn’t as close ATG as with some. Post shave feel was good once again. I did pick up the odd hint of lime during use this time. A good shave.
I’m not sure how long the company has been going, their site says the cream is made to a traditional recipe that has been updated. Whatever the path, it works. I never had a problem producing lots of lather, which absorbed plenty of water to give good slickness. It also had great post shave feel. The only places to mark it down were the scent, which was pleasant but a bit light, meaning it didn’t linger, and the fact that, because it was so firm, it was difficult to load without overloading. Minor quibbles in the scheme of things and even at full price this isn’t too bad, though it’s more expensive than some other top notch performers (I complained about price on both TOBS and T&H No. 10, which are both cheaper than this). Still, worth a try and they have some other enticing scents in the range.