XPEC Original Shaving Cream

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XPEC Original Shaving Cream

A legend that is often ranked among the greatest creams ever made.

Used with: Ladas Super Stainless (4th shave)

It’s a very firm cream so I scooped some out with my thumbnail, smeared it into my stubble and worked it with my badger brush. I think I could have used some more cream as I felt compelled to add some water during my second pass to stretch it. That may also explain why I picked up a few nicks during my touch-up phase despite the slickness being good. Aside from a rough patch along my jawline, my neck was very good and pretty close. WTG my face was very smooth. ATG was good too, with the only real roughness coming where I missed some spots on my top lip. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was fine, though nothing exciting and a perhaps a little on the dry side. The fragrance is quite strong and lingered with me throughout the shave, as well as very subtly afterwards. I like it. It’s a cologne-like masculine scent. A very good shave.

Used with: Treet Platinum Super Stainless (2nd shave)

I scooped up a lot more with my thumbnail this time, to the point where it almost covered my face before I began lathering with my boar brush. I used a bit of water to thin it out but had plenty for my usual routine. Slickness was excellent and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was good, with only the odd hint of roughness. WTG my face was nice and smooth but ATG wasn’t particularly close. There weren’t any significant rough patches but nowhere got close to BBS. My top lip had a little irritation despite me finding a streak I hadn’t quite got. Post shave feel was perfectly fine, but not especially moisturised. The fragrance stuck with me during the shave and even lingered subtly afterwards. A good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (3rd shave)

I scooped out a good amount once again, I tried to add it to my brush, but it was too thick so I ended smearing into my stubble. Then I worked it with my badger brush, which was able to turn it into plenty of lather. Slickness was very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. I had so much lather I spent a lot of time touching up in an effort to use it up (and still failed). As a result, my neck was not only very close, but patch-free for probably the first and only time. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG I did pick up the odd stray hair and suggestion of stubble. It didn’t quite make it to BBS anywhere, but a few places were close. Post shave feel was nice, though perhaps a little dry. No problem picking up the fragrance, it hit me as soon as I opened the tub and it stayed with me throughout. It even lingered afterwards. A very good shave.

Used with: Rapira Super Stainless (1st shave)

I used a smaller amount this time and worked it with a slightly wetter badger brush. Producing a thick lather was easy and I had plenty for my usual routine. Slickness was very good but I did pick up a couple of nicks (due to some overzealous touching up). There was a hint of roughness in a few places on my neck, but otherwise it was very smooth. WTG my face was nice and smooth. ATG was pretty good too. There were no particular rough patches, just some subtle stubble and nowhere made it to BBS. Post shave feel was fine but lacked a little in moisture. The fragrance was strong from start to finish and I could just about pick it up after too. Another very good shave.

Used with: Sputnik (3rd shave)

I scraped a small amount of cream out of the tub and applied to my stubble before loading with my badger brush. It was quickly able to turn it into a good lather. I wasn’t sure I had enough but a bit of work before my second pass left me with plenty of my usual routine. Slickness felt good and I only picked up a single nick, which sealed itself before I finished. My neck was very close with only a few hints of roughness to spoil it, even my jawline was smooth. WTG my face was glassy, though I did pick up some stubble ATG. A few places made it to BBS. Post shave feel was nice. I was able to smell the fragrance throughout and it even lingered subtly afterward. A great shave.

Verdict

This comes with a reputation, a good one. It’s known for being expensive, but for being one of, if not the, best shaving cream ever made. At least before the reformulation.

Starting with the price, it’s expensive. In most places it’ll cost you around £34 (I have seen it somewhere for less, but even they charged more originally). You do get a big pot for your money, with 250ml. Even going on price per ml it still comes out more expensive than many top names though.

So it’s a premium product, but it comes in a plastic tub (albeit with a liner lid). That gives a less than premium experience. A glass jar and a bit of effort would be nice.

All of that would count for naught if it didn’t perform though, which this does. I never failed to get a good shave, it lathered easily and provided good slickness. Post shave feel wasn’t always top drawer but was generally pretty good.

The fragrance was enjoyable too (they do also offer an unscented version). It was strong (which is rarely the case with many shaving products) and complex, closer to a cologne than some traditional shaving scents. It stayed with me throughout my shaves and even clung on (just) afterwards.

Is it the best cream I’ve ever used? I’d certainly put it up there, but it wasn’t streets ahead of some of the other products I have used. I knocked it down for price and packaging but I’d still call this top-tier. If money is no object then I’d say it was worth a punt, but don’t feel you’re missing out without it.

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Last updated: March 25, 2016