As I started getting into traditional wetshaving, I initially ordered a lot of samplers of creams, soaps, and aftershaves. It’s the move that spawned the very website you are reading right now. Initially I was really into bay rums, and things scented with pretty obvious ingredients like Lime, or orange, or straight up sandalwood. But these samplers from Truefitt & Hill I just wasn’t sure about. They smelled musky to me. Maybe a little old man smelling, maybe a little bit like a Macy’s perfume counter. I used to hate the perfume counter but I find that in my journey trying out all these scents, I have grown. A lot.
And that brings us to today. I finally reached over and picked up the little sample of Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar Shaving Cream.
Trafalgar is one of Truefitt & Hill’s signature scents. Perhaps their most signature scent. At first sniff, it smells clean yet complex. It is not a simple scent, and I think that is what threw me a little when i first picked it up. If you sniff around Truefitt & Hill’s website, you will find the exact description of the scent: “top notes of Cedar and Sandalwood complemented by subtle hints of Jasmine and Spice”. While it may be tough to make out what that smells like in your mind, I can tell you that the combination really is wonderful. Its a clean (cedar), slightly sweet (jasmine) but very distinguished scent. It’s manly, but playful. It yells out “gentleman”.
On the shave end, it’s a glycerin soap. I have lately been going deeper and deeper down the tallow road, thouroughly enjoying the pleasures of the thick and rich qualities that tallow brings to a shaving cream/soap.
I started with a dollop of cream that was slightly smaller than an almond. It whipped up into an amazing amount of lather, and I hardly needed much water to make it explode. It’s pointless to say how many passes this lather could have been used for, because it really just would have kept going and going and going. The lather was rich and creamy, but I found that I am spoiled by tallow-based soaps and creams, because I found the lather wasn’t as slick and cushioning as other lathers I have tried. It does last though, as each pass got better than the last, with a little whipping with my brush before each application. I found that by the time I got to the last part of each pass, the lather was starting to fade on my face. Not bad, but not as good as I have had with other soaps.
Of course, I sit here with a super smooth face. I had a nick-free shave, and my skin feels smooth and moisturized. Glycerin is great stuff for your skin, and as I mentioned, this cream is glycerin-based.
Overall, while it didn’t quite measure up to some tallow-based soaps and creams, the scent carries this glycerin-based cream to a height far above other glycerin-based soaps and creams. And if the scent doesn’t do it, the brand sure should. Truefitt & Hill is the world’s oldest barbershop, and these scents have been around for a long long time, and are even used by royalty (if that matters to you). Whether or not it does doesn’t matter. What does matter is that this is a time tested brand, a time tested scent, and there are many many people out there that love it. I personally think you owe it to your face to try Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar Shaving Cream.
- Scent – 4.5
- Lather Performance – 4
- Lather Life – 4
- Overall – 4