Another from the pirate-themed range of shaving products.
Unlike the shaving cream, I had bought this sample from them direct, when they were having a 20% off sale.
It’s completely clear and looks more like hair gel than an aftershave balm. It’s not firm like the 444 gel I tried though, just a soft lotion. The transparency does make it a bit hard to add though, as you can’t tell where you’ve dabbed it on your face, or how much.
I’m also not a fan of balms in tubs, I want a bottle to pour from (although this is probably too thick) or a pump.
The other negative, and presumably the reason they don’t refer to it as an aftershave balm but rather a post-shave balm, is the smell. It’s subtle, but it’s not a nice scent. Looking at the list of ingredients, I think I know what it is: Witch Hazel. It appears first (hamamelis virginania) so I assume it’s the highest volume.
If you can live with the smell, it’s a good performing cream, with the addition of Decelerine to slow beard re-growth (if it works). It’s also not badly priced (compared to other balms and the shaving cream), though they generally attempt a pleasant scent, which this completely eschews. Not that it beats the Arko or Nivea on price or performance, both of which offer a lot more (volume) for a lot less.