One of the oldest British brands (established in 1805), but this is one of their lower-end products, actually made by Creightons (The Real Shaving Co.).
Used with: Personna Platinum Chrome Super Stainless
This looks very similar to the Groomed Shave Cream, but with a slightly nicer, subtler smell. A quick dip of the brush and I face lathered, using only the water on the brush and my face, and built up plenty of foam in no time. Although not particular slick between passes, a quick splash of cold water at the end left even my hand gliding over the surface. As I said, the smell was subtle, but a pleasant fresh, citrus scent that hung around. No razor burn, a great close shave and one small nick (which was my fault). After so many cheaper alternatives, this really showed its class. Glad I bought two in the sale.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless (2nd shave)
Very impressed again. I had to touch up several areas, but the end result was lovely and smooth over the majority of my face. I face lathered and slightly overloaded the product, with required a bit more work to get to the right consistency, but I did end up with a thick and cushioning cream. The blade didn’t drag as it had on first use with my MWF. I did pick up a few nicks in the places I was trying too hard and a little burn on my lip, but otherwise a great shave.
Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st shave)
The cream performed well, lathering quickly and leaving a nice slick finish. The blade dragged throughout, but I didn’t end up with any nicks or irritation, it wasn’t a very close shave though, and very patchy. I don’t think I can hold the end result against the cream.
Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (1st shave)
I face lathered, with the cream easily providing a rich lather, with plenty left after my second pass. There was nice lubrication left behind after each application. The blade provided a smooth shave, with only one small nick, and a great finish, even in the usually stubborn areas.
Used with: Sputnik (1st shave)
Face lathering again, I was able to build a rich lather quickly, though I seemed to struggle with enough for my second pass this time. I didn’t feel the lubrication left behind was as good as on previous uses, but still passable. The blade felt good, with no tugging, but left me with a few nicks (one my fault) and some irritation on my top lip. The finish was exceptionally smooth in places, but not so good in others. All-in-all a good result.
Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (2nd shave)
A quick dip of the tips of my brush was enough to produce plenty of thick lather. Lubrication must have been pretty good too, because I didn’t pick up any nicks. The end result wasn’t perfect, being fairly patchy, but was very smooth in places.
Used with: Shark Super Stainless (1st shave)
I was able to build a thick lather very quickly, but used a quick dip in water to try and thin it down a bit. Despite that, it was still thick enough to get trapped under the blade and required a bit of work to clear between passes. I did have plenty for more than two passes though. It left a nick degree of slickness behind
Easy to lather and get a good, thick foam that offers plenty of lubrication. Points deducted for a smell–not unpleasant, but isn’t enticing either–and the price, which looks steep compared to some others.