Another from the T&H line and my first rose cream. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it.
Used with: Lord Platinum Class (2nd shave)
I didn’t use a large amount of cream and it took a bit of work to build a good lather, especially for my second pass. That may also explain the desintegration of the lather over time. Slickness was average after each pass, though I’m not sure that was the reason for the numerous nicks I picked up. Despite a good amount of touching up (lather permitting) I was left with a patchy finish. WTG was generally smooth, except on my neck, but it felt a little rough ATG all over. Not sure what I was expecting with the scent. It’s very subtle, with a whiff of sweetness like a Turkish Delight.
Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (2nd shave)
I used a reasonable amount of cream and got a good lather. Slickness between passes was reasonable. The lather started to break down during my second pass again. The blade was smooth but I picked up several nicks, though nothing too serious. I managed to do some touching up, but I was still left with a patchy finish on my neck and elsewhere it wasn’t close to BBS. The scent, once again, was sweet like Turkish Delight, not floral as you would perhaps expect.
Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (1st shave)
I used a fairly dry badger brush this time, wringing it out before I began to lather. Once again producing the lather was no problem and slickness was good, but it did seem to struggle during my second pass and touch up. The blade was nice and smooth and I picked up no nicks or irritation. My neck and jaw were a little patchy, my cheeks not quite BBS. So overal not a bad shave, but not a great one either.
Used with: Bolzano Superinox (3rd shave)
Using the remainder of the sachet, I built a good lather with my badger brush. It seems to be very thick for the first pass but much less consistent for the following ones. I had enough for two passes and plenty of touch ups (I didn’t struggle trying to cover my face as is often the case). Blade was smooth and I didn’t pick up any nicks, with good slickness after each pass. Despite the extra effort I was left with some random patches, though most areas felt smooth. A good shave, but not consistent enough to be a great shave.
Once again, I found myself a little disappointed with the cream’s performance. As with the others, it didn’t seem to hold up through the entire shave. This is my first rose cream, which seems a popular scent, so can’t really compare it, but it’s not what I was expecting. Rather than floral, it had a sweet smell like Turkish Delight (understandable, as it uses roses). It’s not the sort of thing I crave while I’m shaving. Rather than shave with it every day of the same week, I spread this out, limiting myself to once a week (as I do when testing other products). My fears it would dry out were unfounded.