Wickham Super Smooth Imperial Tonic Shaving Soap

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Wickham Super Smooth Imperial Tonic

I wasn’t sure about buying an almond-scented soap, but the name sold me.

Used with: Personna Platinum (4th shave)

I sprinkled a few drops of water on the top before loading with my badger. The usual thirty seconds was more than enough to produce plenty of lather. Nice slickness but I still picked up more than a few nicks, though none serious. The finish wasn’t bad on my neck, just nothing to write home about. Above the jaw it was awesome though. My cheeks were practically BBS and my chin and top lip were BBS. Post shave feel was good too. The scent is described as almond with a touch of lavender and aniseed. I could definitely pick up the almond, it’s a tempered scent, not all-out marzipan. It’s quite pleasant, and I’m not a fan of marzipan. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (2nd shave)

I opted for my boar brush this time, once again sprinkling water on the top before loading. I got plenty of lather (I still had enough for another pass after I’d finished). Slickness felt fine but I picked up a half-dozen nicks, all small. The finish on my neck and jawline was better than most, with almost no patches. Some areas made it to BBS and the rest was borderline. Great post shave feel too. The scent was there initially, but I can’t say I noticed it particularly. An excellent shave.

Used with: Schick Premium (1st shave)

A quick sprinkle and thirty seconds with my boar brush was enough to produce all the lather I needed, although I did have to add some water while building the first pass. The blade was tuggy to begin with, but settled down. Slickness was good and I only picked up a solitary nick. The finish was patchy, both above and below my jawline and while some areas where smooth, none were BBS. Pleasant post shave feel, but not as good as some. I got a nice blast of almond at the start, I’m warming to it. A solid shave rather than a star performance.

Used with: Gillette Nacet Stainless (3rd shave)

The puck looked a little moist so I decided not to add water. It was in fact dry, so my boar brush picked up a thick paste. I added water as I went to build a good lather. The blade tugged throughout, to the point I considered changing it, but opted to soldier on. There was plenty of slickness, enough to prevent any nicks. My neck was patchy and not especially close. My jawline wasn’t as bad as it can be. Above that, which normally has the best finish, I had a few patches and nowhere was close to BBS. WTG it was generally smooth though. Post shave feel was pretty good (where it was smoother). The almond scent was strong again. It’s quite pleasant and energetic. An average shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (4th shave)

I bloomed my puck, but only for a few seconds, then loaded for thirty seconds with my badger. It resulted in quite a pasty consistency, but dipping my bristles while applying to my face turned it into a beautiful lather. The blade has tugged for the previous shaves, but I didn’t notice it this time. Slickness was good and I only picked up a solitary nick (low on my neck, probably where I ran out of lather). My neck was patchy and not smooth. Above my jaw was a different story. I did miss the odd hair, but it was generally smooth. Didn’t quite make BBS, but was very close. The finish was also very soft. The fragrance was strong again. Not my favourite scent, but is pleasant and luxuriant. A good shave.

Verdict

I wasn’t sure about going with an almond fragrance. I’m not a fan of marzipan. This is different though, less sweet and moreĀ of a tempered scent. It’s quite potent, strong enough to fill the bathroom if you leave the top off for a while. In fact I could smell it while passing the bathroom as I left it on the side to dry. It’s a Wickham soap so performance was a given and it didn’t disappoint. Even with blades that were under-performing it still helped deliver a good shave.

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Last updated: June 27, 2015