So here is a description of the fragrance from Taylor of Old Bond Street’s own website:
A modern fresh fougere fragrance with bergamot, lemon, lime and lavender supported by a heart of geranium, neroli and amber resting on a substantive base of musk, patchouli and vanilla. An allergen free fragrance which contains Patchouli oil.
So, after reading the fragrance list, you might still have to ask what Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street Shaving Cream smells like. It’s ok. I did too. It’s interesting, because its such a simple scent at first, and then once you know that there are many scents going on, you realize how complex it is.
For the simple nose, which I have exactly one of, I would say it starts off citrusy, then gets floral. For me it sort of ends there. But if I concentrate and fish for other scents, I definitely can sense the vanilla and patchouli notes. But, like I said, once you recognize all the scents, they are much easier to notice.
Overall, it’s a fresh clean scent (thanks to the floral notes), with an invigorating zip to it, (thanks to the citrus) that is also well rounded (thanks to the base notes). Does that help? Of course it doesn’t! I know you. I know you because I know me. You’re going to have to get some to be satisfied. Go for it. You won’t be sorry, unless you hate floral notes. Then you’ll probably be a little bit sorry. Until you shave with it.
This stuff is also marketed for folks like me with sensitive skin, which is quite a remarkable feat, considering products marketed for sensitive skin tend to be very lightly scented, if not unscented, because essential oils tend to make the skin very angry.
Alright, you’ve been waiting long enough – how was the shave? Awesome.
I used a pea-sized dab from my little sample container. Using my Simpsons Duke II best badger brush, I whipped this stuff up good. It loves water, so I added a few drops at a time, swishing, flopping, and dabbing the brush in my mug. After about 2 minutes, I had a super rich, delicious smelling lather.
They call this a luxury shaving cream. I hate it when people use words and then the words don’t match up to the product they are selling. Well, no worries here. This is without a doubt a luxury shaving cream. From a pea-sized ball, I got enough amazing lather for at least 6 passes. I’m not even slightly kidding.
So as I lathered the stuff onto my face, the smell was incredible. I found myself slowing down while lathering, soaking up the enjoyment of how thick this stuff applied to my face, and how wonderful it smelled.
The shave was 100% nick free. I owe a great deal of it to this stuff and how slick it made my skin. I had a 3-pass BBS (baby-butt-smooth) shave. Also I wanted to specifically note how slick and smooth my skin felt as I rinsed my face between each pass. There’s only a few shaving creams/soaps that I have tried that performed like this. Mitchell’s Wool Fat is one of them. That’s a high honor in my book.
I do have sensitive skin. And my skin feels GREAT right now. Awesome.