TOBS are a big name in traditional shaving, having been around since 1854.
Used with: Wilkinson Sword (1st shave)
TOBS cream is well known as a quality product, it isn’t the cheapest though. I found Selfridges were actually surprisingly cheap, if you can share the postage cost with something else.
Supposedly made by Creightons, who also make the likes to the Truefitt and Hill No. 1, I could certainly see some similarities. A small dip of my brush tips was all it took to produce plenty of lather for two passes. I used a shaken dry brush, but needed some additional water. The scent is subtle, and ‘manly’ rather than a floral scent. It’s quite pleasant, but presumably because of the sensitive nature of the cream it can’t be very strong. The blade tugged throughout, but the end result was smooth, although not as close as some. I picked up a few nicks and some irritation.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge (1st shave)
I face lathered and again all it took was a quick dip of my bristles to allow me to build a good thick lather. So thick, in fact, that I had to use some water to thin it out a touch. Reasonable amount of slickness left behind after each pass. I picked up a few (significant) nicks, mainly due to having to touch up several areas multiple times. Very smooth end result though (in places), though a little patchy. Not bad.
Used with: Shark Super Stainless (3rd shave)
Once again, a small amount on the tips of the brush was all I needed to build a thick lather, and plenty for two passes. I didn’t bother with the water to thin it out this time (one criticism of the other Creighton’s creams I have is that they’re so thick it gets trapped between the blade and razor, but I didn’t notice that with this). It left a good degree of slickness behind after each pass. The blade tugged and scraped a bit, but I didn’t pick up any nicks. The end result, after touching up, was generally smooth.
Used with: Personna Platinum Chrome Super Stainless (2nd shave)
Face lathering again, I produced plenty of lather for two passes from a seemingly miniscule amount of cream. Nice slickness after each pass. I picked up a few nicks, all on my neck, and had to do a bit of touching up. Even so, the end result had a few patches and wasn’t perfect (or the closest), but it was generally a good, smooth shave.
Used with: Shark Super Chrome (1st shave)
I needed to add some of water while lathering up, as it was a bit too thick. I wasn’t sure I had enough for a second pass, but a bit of work soon generated plenty of lather. I found a good degree of slickness left behind. Although the blade pulled WTG and scraped quite harshly ATG, the end result was largely nick-free, and very close, but only in places.
Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (1st shave)
Once again, easy to get a good lather from very little cream. The shave was smooth, but I picked up several nicks and a little irritation.
Used with: Perma-Sharp Super (2nd shave)
Face lathered again, and once again I got a nice, easier lather that provided slick shaving for both passes. I did have to add some water to help thin it out a touch this time (a bit too much cream of the bristles). It resulted in a smooth shave, with only one nick. It wasn’t perfect finish, not BBS, and with a few rough patches, but generally a smooth end result.
Great performance, great scent, the only thing that really knocks it down is price, compared to other creams that perform well. Certainly something I’m happy to keep in my rotation and makes me keen to try other TOBS products.