Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes Shaving Cream

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T&H West Indian Limes shave cream

My first lime scent. I was interested to give it a whirl as it seems very popular in shaving products.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (1st shave)

I lathered up no problem, but there wasn’t much slickness, certainly after the first pass. I also had the same issue as with other T&H creams in that is broke down very fast on the second pass. I had to abandon touching up because it had vanished. That left me with a decidedly patchy finish. The scent is very distinctive. I’m not sure I’d have recognised it as lime without prompting, probably because I’ve become used to the synthetic stuff, but this is like cordial. Not an overly strong scent (in the cream, better in the balm), but you do get a whiff of it. It’s fruity, pleasant and quite invigorating.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (2nd shave)

It took a bit of work to build a decent lather, as with the other T&H creams I’ve tried, but the slickness after each pass was reasonable. Once again longevity proved to be a concern, though this lasted better than my previous shave. I did pick up a nick and some mild irritation, but the nick was my fault. The finish wasn’t perfect, especially on my neck, but was generally smooth. The scent is quite subtle, but it’s pleasant, with a zing that’s both invigorating and salivating. Doesn’t come across as synthetic to my nose. Not sure it’s the sort of thing you want to smell of all day though.

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

No problem building a lather, but once again I was disappointed by the slickness left after each pass. I picked up a single nick (the first with this type of blade), but it sealed itself before I finished shaving. Touching up was again a race against time. A couple of patches strayed into BBS territory, but generally it was just a smooth finish, though patchy in places. I got a good hit off the scent when I first applied, but it soon died down. It’s refreshing. A decent enough shave all-in-all.

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

Today’s shave was the first time I noticed that the cream has a slight green tinge to it, although it lathers white. As it was the last use of my sachet I emptied it. The extra cream seemed to make a difference. The slickness was better and it meant the smell lingered into my third pass. The blade was smooth, though I did pick up a couple of nicks during touch-up, but they sealed themselves. It took a dip of my brush to thin the cream out enough to get a nice glossy coating. The extra cream didn’t stop it breaking down if I hung around too long on my second pass though. The finish was good, not quite BBS ATG, but very smooth with it. A great shave.

Verdict

At this point I’ve started to assume these creams will all perform the same, which seems to be true. So it’s mainly about the scent. While lime isn’t something I’d want to smell of all day, it is nice to shave with, both refreshing and invigorating, and great first thing in the morning. This version is so good it got my saliva glands working when I used it. If you’re a fan of lime, then this should be for you. It’s strong and natural, although it doesn’t linger too long. As with the other T&H creams, I’m not convinced about the performance though. Maybe more cream is the answer, but I don’t think so.

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Last updated: November 29, 2014