The Piccadilly Shaving Co. Unscented Luxury Shaving Cream

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The Piccadilly Shaving Co Unscented Luxury Shaving Cream

The newest product from this British-based maker.

Used with: Personna Super ‘Lab Blue’ (4th shave)

I scooped a good-sized dollop out with my finger and worked it with my badger brush. It quickly created a thick, rich lather. Slickness was good but I picked up a few tiny nicks and a little irritation on my top lip. My neck was very good compared to normal, with even the usual patches on my jawline smooth. Above that was excellent WTG. ATG there was a little roughness in places (and one missed section at the corner of my mouth) but a couple of places made it to BBS too. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but a little dry compared to some. Obviously it’s unscented so there’s no fragrance, just a little nondescript scent when you stick your nose in the pot. A very good shave.

Used with: Polsilver SI (1st shave)

Using my little finger I extracted a small glob of cream and my boar brush quickly turned it into a glossy lather. I added some water to thin it out a bit this time. Slickness was good again, though I did pick up a few small nicks. Another good finish on my neck, with only a few small rough patches on my jawline to spoil the smoothness. My face was roughness-free WTG but I did pick up a little stubble and some patches ATG. Nowhere quite made it to BBS ATG but a few places went close. Post shave feel was a little dry again, not bad, but not great either. Still a very good shave.

Used with: Schick Premium (2nd shave)

It’s quite a thick cream and very firm, I’ve taken to smearing it onto my stubble and then building up the lather (an approach I take with most creams from a tub). This time I opted for my badger brush, which quickly produced a good lather. I added a few dips of water, but my blade was still getting clogged on the third pass. Slickness felt good but I did pick up a few nicks, at least one a weeper. My neck was excellent, very smooth compared to usual and only a hint of roughness on my jawline. WTG my face was good, with only a missed patch near my chin to spoil it. Didn’t quite make it to BBS ATG, but many places were close. Post shave feel was better this time, though still not as moisturised as some. A very good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (3rd shave)

I took out a small scoop with my pinky and applied it to my stubble, then used my badger brush to build a good lather. I had to thin it out with some water, even then it was still clogging my blade on the final pass. Slickness felt very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck wasn’t particularly smooth ATG, but there was only the odd patch and they were mild. I had a bit of roughness on my chin, but the rest of my face was smooth WTG. ATG wasn’t so good, nowhere being particularly close, let alone BBS. I used a moisturiser this time, rather than an AS balm, and that seemed to help, but post shave feel still wasn’t quite up to the best. Ups and downs, but I’d still call it a good shave.

Used with: Shark Super Chrome (1st shave)

My badger brush was once again able to turn a small spread of cream into a thick lather. I didn’t need as much water this time, but it was still able to clog my blade if I wasn’t careful. Slickness was very good again and I only picked up a couple of small nicks on my neck (during touching up). My neck wasn’t especially close, but I only had the odd small patch, mainly along my jawline. WTG my face was nice and smooth. Not quite so good ATG. Nowhere made it to BBS and I had a rougher areas. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but did feel a little dryer than some. A good shave.

Verdict

This is a newly formulated cream that adds Shea butter, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to the list of ingredients. I found it very easy to generate a lather from very little product and it gave me great slickness and protection.

Post shave feel was the only area it let me down a bit, as I was left a little dry compared to the moisturised softness of the top tier products. That said, there wasn’t much in it. It seemed to require pairing with a capable blade to get the best out of it (which can be said of most products).

Some people love the scent of their shaving products, some have skin that can’t tolerate any fragrant oils. Having another unscented option adds to a limited range if you’re the latter. I tend to find the fragrance of all but a few products disappears the minute you start lathering, so didn’t miss it.

Overall, I was very impressed with the performance. It’s not bad value either, as you get a lot of product for the price (normally £13.95). Definitely one to look at if you prefer unscented products, but equally one to consider for any shaver.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this free sample by The Piccadilly Shaving Co.

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Last updated: February 8, 2016