Yo Ho!! I have travelled around the US, visiting almost every state, and I am back, freshly shaved, and ready for some reviews! As I said in my last post announcing my trip, I was hoping to write a couple reviews and articles. As it turned out, my time was extremely limited, so I was not able to write a single lick. My apologies to all of you who were holding your breath: you may now exhale…
So first up in my line of reviews-to-be-written: Castle Forbes Lime Oil Shaving Cream. This shaving cream is a virtual juggernaut in the shaving forums. People love this shaving cream. It’s consistently well-reviewed, and it’s price tag suggests superior quality. Well, as far as I am concerned, this is my proof of Rule #1 in the shaving world: YMMV (your mileage may vary). I have tried and tried and tried but I cannot seem to get this stuff to like me. Let me explain.
Before I get into what I don’t like with this cream, let’s talk about what I do like. Lime. Of all the lime-scented products I have tried, this one is probably the sweetest. I don’t know if it’s pure lime essential oil (the product’s name suggests that it is), but this stuff smells exactly like a lime Lifesaver candy. It doesn’t get any more lime candy than this stuff. I have a hesitation to use the word “candy” because I don’t want to come across like this stuff is childish or whatever, but honestly it sure does smell like lime candy. Me personally, I like candy, so the scent is delicious. But it’s also pretty simplistic. After having tried so many complex versions of lime (like Captain’s Choice Lime Aftershave, or Truefitt & Hill’s West Indian Limes Shaving Cream), I find myself wanting a little hint of spice somewhere in the mix. Regardless, if you like lime, you’ll love the smell of this stuff. And the lime lasts, too. It stayed with my shave the entire way through.
Alright, the lather. So I’ve tried this stuff four to five times now, and I cannot get lather of the quality that I get from giants like Taylor of Old Bond Street or Truefitt & Hill. Just can’t do it. And I’ve gone through message board posts, Amazon.com reviews.. You name it, I have tried it. Face lathering, mug lathering. Use the brush to sweep out cream from the container, or put a pea-sized dab on my brush and then lather. Too much water, too little water, and in between.
On a consistent basis I get a lather that is “good” when it comes to slickness and “ok” when it comes to cushion. I have a hard time getting a thick layer of lather to stay on my face. (I use a Simpson’s Duke 2 Best Badger brush). The lather seems to be a bit better on my second pass, but seems to be failing by my third pass. Don’t get me wrong, the lather is passable. I had a very good shave today. But I believe I may be somewhat spoiled by the amazing lathers I have gotten out of other creams and tallow soaps.
I also cannot honestly finish this review without mentioning one ingredient in this cream: Triethanolamine. Triethanolamine as been shown to be a toxin with possible links to cancer. Now, I’m sure their customers are not dropping like flies, but I don’t understand why they have not removed this ingredient and substituted it with something else. It’s possible that the amount is so negligent that there isn’t a concern, but it’s there.
So that is my feeling about Castle Forbes Lime Oil Shaving Cream. It’s got a great lime scent, and has some decent slickness, but I feel the lather is not as great as some other brands out there. It also has a hefty price tag, but that is balanced by the fact that you get a very decent amount of shaving cream. This tub will last you a long time for sure.
- Scent – 4
- Lather Performance – 3.5
- Lather Life – 3
- Overall – 3.5
By the way, if you want to scold me for technique or if you want to tell me how you get a great lather from Castle Forbes Lime, or even if you want to agree with me so I don’t feel so left out, just post a comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading 🙂