Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shaving Cream

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Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shave Cream

The shaving cream of T&H’s signature range, named for the year they were founded.

Used with: Voskhod Teflon (1st shave)

Rumour has it this is another product made by Creighton’s, and the lather certainly seemed to share some of the thickness I’ve come to associate with other creams made by them (including T&H No. 1). The scent is subtle, a floral smell that I would describe as classical, the sort of thing you might associate with talcum powder. That said, it was pleasant enough. I face lathered and it easily produced a nice layer. Plenty for a second pass too. I didn’t feel it left a huge amount of slickness left behind. Tha said, I didn’t pick up any nicks and I ended up with a very soft, smooth finish that, while not quite BBS at its best, was very good.

Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (2nd shave)

Easy to lather once more, and thick enough to clog my blades on the first pass. Good amount of slickness left behind too. I had plenty for a second pass, but the foam did seem to desintegrate quickly, the thick layer soon becoming translucent. I didn’t notice the scent, it’s too subtle for me to pick up much, but what I could was pleasant enough. I did have a couple of nicks, but only small things. The blade was generally smooth, although a little rougher ATG. The end result was generally smooth and soft, but pretty patchy.

Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (3rd shave)

It was easy to get a good, thick lather, which left behind a good amount of slickness (not the best, but good enough). I had enough for a second pass, but once again it seemed to break down quickly. I picked up the scent a bit more this time, though still subtle. Floral notes are not my thing, but it’s pleasant, and not overpowering. I was nick-free throughout the shave, and finished with a generally smooth result. It wasn’t BBS and I had a few patches, especially around my mouth, so good but not perfect.

Used with: Sputnik (1st shave)

Again, simple to get a good lather, though the second pass seemed to want to disintegrate again. I found a good amount of slickness after both coatings. The scent is growing on me, still subtle, but I’m coming around to the freshness. I picked up a few tiny nicks, but it was a generally smooth experience, with a good end result. Didn’t get close enough to be called BBS, but was pretty good.

Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (3rd shave)

The lather seemed fine, and the slickness left by the first pass was good. It took a bit more effort to build it for the second, and there was much less left behind by it. The blade tugged, but I didn’t get any nicks. Not a particularly close shave though, and numerous patches.

Verdict

As a product from a big name, that has a long history, I was a little underwhelmed by the performance. It does the job, but didn’t leave much slickness in its wake, and the lather broke down very quickly when it came to my second pass. It’s also fairly expensive, which meant it needed to be better to justify the price tag, but that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t too keen on the scent at the start, but it has grown on me. Not sure it’ll ever be a go-to smell or product though. It came packaged in a nice box, but the tube inside wasn’t particularly classy.

Filed under: Cream, Software

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Last updated: September 20, 2014