Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar Shaving Cream

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T&H Trafalgar Shaving Cream

Another product with a legendary name, both brand and product.

Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (1st shave)

Part of my sample pack. I used a synthetic brush, which required a lot of work to produce a good lather, I think because there wasn’t enough water. I dipped my brush tips a couple of times and then was able to produce something suitable. Although it did begin to disintegrate during my second pass. Slickness was average after the first pass, better after the second. I had to do a fair bit of touching up, which resulted in several nicks and a bit of irritation. The scent isn’t bad, with notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Spice and Jasmine (apparently). I certainly found it spicy, with a touch of wood, and reasonably strong. Quite a masculine scent. Not sure I like it. The finish was generally smooth, but with the odd rough patch on my neck. Only place it was BBS was on my top lip.

Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (2nd shave)

I went with my badger brush this time, and got a much better lather, although I still had to add a bit more water, suggesting this is a thirsty cream. Slickness was good after each pass, but the number of nicks I picked up suggests it wasn’t providing much cushion. I did overdoe the touch-up, but my top lip especially was a bloodbath. My cheeks were practically BBS, my neck was smooth, but despite the destruction, there were rough patches around my mouth. The scent is growing on me, and I’m using the associated balm, so it lingers well. Apart from the large number of nicks, not a bad shave.

Used with: Astra Superior Platinum (3rd shave)

I again used my badger brush, this time not shaking it out too much to keep a lot of moisture in it, and being gentle so as not to throw off any lather. It seemed to work for the first pass, which was quite dense, if not particularly thick. After that it was a little soapy; a lot of froth but not much body. I took it gentle with the blade, but despite that I still ended up with a ton of nicks and a lot of irritation on my top lip. This might have been because I shaved for three days in a row, something I don’t usually do. Despite the touching up, it wasn’t especially close anywhere. Not a good shave or experience.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (1st shave)

I went back to the synthetic brush, not bothering to soak it. I just dipped the bristles and left it fairly wet. I think I used a bit more cream too. As a result, I got a good lather for my first pass, and reasonable slickness. Second pass seemed less substantial, but good slickness again. No nicks, despite a bit of touching up, but a little irritation on my top lip. The mildness was part of the reason I picked this blade. It wasn’t super smooth, but it was smooth everywhere.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (2nd shave)

Using the remainder of the cream (quite a lot) and my synthetic, I was able to get a good lather and slickness for the first pass. Once again the lather started to dissipate as I shaved during my second pass, and slickness was only average. I picked up a couple of nicks, nothing that wasn’t sealed by cold water though. As with my previous shaves with this blade, it wasn’t the closest, but was generally smooth. Despite doing a fair bit of touching up I still found it a bit patchy though. Part of my top lip was BBS, for example, while the corners still felt scratchy.

Verdict

I bought a sample pack of shaving products from T&H, mainly to try the various scents, as I assumed they would all perform the same. That seemed to be the case with this cream, which was very similar to the 1805 I’d previously used. As for the scent, well I was a little unsure about it at first. It’s quite a strong, spicy smell, which is very different from anything else I’ve used. While many products I’ve used are quite floral, this is a much more masculine scent, quite heady. I like it, but I’m not sure I’d pay such a price premium for it, especially for a cream that performs so averagely.

Filed under: Cream, Software

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Last updated: October 21, 2014