When I was a wee lad, my dear mother would cut a grapefruit for my brother and I, giving each of us half, pre-cut so that we just needed a spoon. Back then, before we knew that it was really good, we used to say “ew” because grapefruit can be quite bitter, and our sense of taste was begging for Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms, or anything loaded with sugar. So what did we do? We sprinkled some sugar on top to make it taste better. Come to think of it, “sprinkled” is probably not the right word. My poor mom.
These days, as a grown man with a manly man shaving routine, I have rediscovered grapefruit. I rarely get orange juice, reaching instead for the the slightly bittersweet taste of grapefruit juice. And when I do eat the actual fruit, there are no sprinklings of sugar needed.
And so the news came with a great deal of delight on my part: Taylor of Old Bond street, who’s avocado shave cream I have fallen in love with, has just come out with a new scent to add to their line of shave creams… Taylor of Old Bond Street Grapefruit Shaving Cream!
Right out of the gate this stuff smells awesome. It’s what you might expect, a fresh, tart, and zesty citrus note greets you right away.
Now let me just make a note right here that Taylor of Old Bond Street are pretty smart. If I had not checked, I would have just assumed grapefruit was the only note in the fragrance. But I am also a smart cookie myself, and I know that citrus scents are top notes, and as such are usually thin and very short lived. So I took a look, and found that indeed, there is not only an additional orange citrus note, but also “floral and crisp green” notes.
Now knowing this, I took a re-sniff, and indeed they are there. I suspect that the orange is there to strengthen and round out the citrus aspect, and that the floral and green notes are there only to extend the scent and give it some backbone. The resulting blend is unquestionably grapefruit, and to the uneducated nose would be grapefruit alone. However, purely going grapefruit alone would probably result in an adolescent attempt at a grapefruit scent. Most likely very weak and one-dimensional. I raise my mug to the individuals who developed this exquisite and smart fragrance blend. Bravo.
The lather is also top notch. I do love Taylor of Old Bond Street creams. Both that I have tried (avocado and Jermyn Street) have delivered ultra-rich, creamy lathers. Their grapefruit shaving cream is no different. A small almond-sized dollop delivered enough lather for 5+ passes, and the lather got better with each pass. For me, the ultimate test is what the lather is like on the second pass. Some lathers start breaking down, some are just the same, and some improve. I really like it when they improve. Very much like Mitchell’s Wool Fat when lathered correctly, there is something about the lather resting that thickens it up and adds to it’s cushioning aspect. These are the ones to hold on to. And Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Grapefruit shaving cream did just that.
It wasn’t as slick as I was hoping. Both the avocado and Jermyn street I felt had a slicker feel to them, when shaving and when rinsing. But this is a review of just one shave. The lather is also very clean, meaning it didn’t gunk up in my razor, and rinsed very cleanly off my face.
Also, I should mention that I had a 100% nick-free shave. Not a single spot of red. I used my Weber DLC razor loaded with a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade. Also, I sit here writing this irritation-free, bbs (baby butt smooth) and with my skin feeling nicely moisturized, not dry and tight.
I had a great shave today.