Despite the exotic name, this ‘cream’ is made in the UK.
Used with: Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus (4th shave)
It’s a very hard, dense cream. So thick, in fact, I had trouble smearing in into my stubble before lathering with my badger brush. I didn’t use much and it quickly blossomed into a thick lather. Slickness felt okay but didn’t prevent me picking up a handful of nicks. Most were sealed by cold water. I had some irritation too. My neck was very good, with only some hints of roughness in the usual places. WTG my face was smooth. ATG wasn’t bad but I had a few rougher patches and nowhere got close to BBS. Post shave feel was soft but a bit dry. I got strong hits of the fragrance throughout. It’s relatively subtle, but very insistent, with the spiciness of the black pepper dominant. A good shave.
Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (2nd shave)
As the cream is so stiff I opted to load like a soap: straight from the pot. I swirled my boar brush for thirty seconds. I had to add some water to bring out the best but it quickly grew into a nice lather. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was very good. Even the usual rough spots were tamed, though not quite gone. No problems WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad, with the only real roughness at the corner of my mouth. Neither was it especially close. Post shave feel was okay, but dry. I picked up the fragrance a couple of times at the start but then it disappeared. A good shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum Chrome (1st shave)
This time I opted to scoop some out and load from that small offshoot by pressing it into a bowl. I didn’t bowl lather as such, just used it to load for thirty seconds with my badger brush. Again, lather was no problem. Slickness felt good but I picked up a couple of nicks. They didn’t make it past cold water though. My neck was pretty close but I had a bit of roughness in the usual places. WTG my face was smooth. ATG wasn’t bad generally, but I had a few rough spots. Nowhere went close to BBS. Post shave feel was dry. The fragrance was there, but very subtle and was hard to pick out. A pretty good shave.
Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (3rd shave)
I again removed some from the tub and added it to a bowl to load, essentially treating it like a soap. I even covered it in water for a few minutes. Despite the small quantity I had no problem producing plenty of good lather. Slickness wasn’t great, feeling ‘sticky’ between passes and I picked up a few nicks, though they sealed themselves before I finished. My neck was pretty good but I had roughness in the usual places. WTG my face was smooth. It wasn’t bad ATG, but neither was it great and nowhere got close to BBS. Post shave feel was nice. I picked up a reasonable dose of the peppery fragrance at the start, although it’s subtle even at the best of times, but I don’t remember if after that. A good shave.
Used with: Gillette Nacet (4th shave)
I scooped out a small amount and loaded from a bowl, though left it dry this time. Lather wasn’t an issue and I was able to build plenty, but I did add some water as I went. Slickness wasn’t particularly good, with that ‘sticky’ feeling of a normal soap again, it might have been down to the residue left by the previous soap I used though. I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t bad but I had roughness in the usual trouble spots. WTG my face felt fine. ATG was a mixed bag with some places good and others not that close. Needless to say, nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was nice. I got a few whiffs of the peppery fragrance during the shave, but not much. A pretty good shave.
Calling this a cream is a misnomer as it’s firmer than most croaps and on a par with some products marketed as soaps, though obviously not as solid as a triple-milled soap. There’s no way you can add this to a brush and face lather.
The exotic name is also misleading as it’s made in the UK (by a company called Total Beauty). Their aim seems to be products made with only all-natural ingredients. That’s perhaps why it says the product should be used within 12 months of opening — not something I have seen on any other soap or cream.
In terms of performance, slickness was a bit hit-and-miss and I struggled to get top-notch shaves. The results were by no means bad, but neither were they up to the best.
I liked the fragrance, though it wasn’t something I longed for when I wasn’t using it. Even then it’s subtle to the point of being hard to detect.
So a solid performer available at a reasonable price, but it won’t blow your socks off. Worth a go if you fancy trying something different but not one for the ‘must try’ list, at lease in my opinion.