Vulfix Old Original Luxury Sandalwood Shaving Cream

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Vulfix Luxury Sandalwood Shaving Cream

Vulfix (technically Progress Vulfix) are mainly known as a brush manufacturer, but also produce a few creams. They also own the Simpsons brand.

Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (2nd shave)

It’s a huge pot, with cream the colour of sandalwood. A quick dip of the tips of my badger brush was all it took to get plenty of lather for two passes and a fair bit of touching up. Although I built a good lather, it did appear to break down a little, especially in the final pass. Reasonable slickness after each pass meant the blade was comfortable and I was left nick free. The finish was good, not perfect, with some patches in places, but generally fine. The scent is nice and strong and close to the TOBS shower gel I have, although I don’t have any other sandalwood creams to compare it to (it’s better than the EJ soap I have). A good shave.

Used with: Lord Platinum Class (4th shave)

Dipping in my badger brush was enough to produce plenty of lather for two passes and a ton of touch up. I didn’t notice it break down this time. Great slickness after each pass wasn’t enough to prevent me picking up several nicks, some of which re-opened after a shower. I also had some irritation on my top lip. The finish was generally smooth, close to BBS in fact, but with the odd patch, though these were generally limited to the usual troublespots. Perhaps a shave too far for this blade as I looked a little hacked up.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (1st shave)

It took longer to build a satisfactory lather this time, including dipping my bristles in the sink a few times. I built a good coating for both passes, though slickness was distinctly average. I didn’t pick up any nicks until the touch up phase, but I ended with a half-dozen or so, though all but a couple were sealed by cold water. I also picked up some irritation on my top lip. There was the odd patch and the finish certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was close of BBS in a lot of areas, and pretty good. Nice post shave feel too.

Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (1st shave)

I was able to build a good lather without any problems and it cushioned the blade fine. Slickness was pretty good too. I did pick up a few nicks, but these were limited to my jawline. Despite doing my usual amount of touching up I was left with a very patchy finish, although it was smooth on the easy areas like my cheeks. The post shave feel was good in the areas that were left smooth. So an average shave.

Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (3rd shave)

A good lather that enabled me to shave without nicks or irritation, although it did appear to breakdown (on my face at least) during my second pass. There was a good amount of slickness between passes. It wasn’t the perfect finish, with a couple of small (tiny) patches in the hard to reach places, but overall it was wonderfully smooth and close, even BBS in a few areas. The Sandalwood scent was there again, this has the sweet, light version rather than the cloying one (from Crabtree & Evelyn, for example). A fantastic shave, one of my best.

Verdict

By volume, this isn’t much bigger than a lot of other creams, but the pot certainly looks far larger. Which is a good thing, as it isn’t the cheapest (it’s far from expensive though, and I got it for a steal). As with most creams, you need very little to get a good lather, so it should last ages. It had a great scent and offered up good performance, although I did see it break down a bit on the second pass and sometimes struggled to get the right consistency. Scent was very good, strong and pleasant. The post shave was good too. I’d certainly have no issue recommending it though.

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Last updated: January 16, 2015