Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Lavender Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Lavender Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Lavender Shaving Cream

I have been consistently pleased with Taylor of Old Bond Street’s products.  And I was super excited when my last shipment of shaving creams arrived in the mail because I have lately been really getting into the lavender scent and today is the day I got to finally try Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Lavender Shaving Cream.

In the bowl this cream was a little on the dry side, closer to a croap than a cream.  For those who don’t know a “croap” is a cream that has a denser, dryer consistency, that seems more like a solid soap than a cream, however yields to pressure.

The scent is wonderful.  Taylor of Old Bond Street describes their take on lavender:  “A natural lavender interpretation with hints of orange, floral notes and cedarwood.”  I would say that the extra notes of orange, floral, and cedarwood are very light notes, as the lavender scent in general jumps out at you.

However I have learned from the scent of their grapefruit shaving cream, that if they just put the single note of lavender in there, the scent would be very one-dimensional and probably off-putting in the long run.  Having these extra notes in there on a very subtle level is what really rounds out the scent and provides a faint yet complex depth to the overall fragrance of this cream.  If you’re a fan of lavender, you will love this take on it.  It’s pretty strong out of the tub.  It’s light yet present while you’re whipping up your lather and is just wonderful while shaving.  Not too strong, not too light.

Personally I found the lather just slightly lacking oomph.  Having shaved many times with their avocado and Jermyn Street creams, I felt the lather whipped up a little on the light side.  It was cushiony and slick, but slightly less so as I went along from pass to pass.  I can tell you one thing though, I had a 100% nick free shave.  Smooth as silk and not a single drop of blood, honest.  I may have had not enough cream in the mix and will keep trying.  If I get a better result I will come back and update you all.

  • Scent – 4
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – 3.5
  • Overall – 4

Hard to complain with such an amazing shave, but I thought the lather would be a little richer than what I was able to procure.  The scent and the end result of the shave were fantastic tho, and so I can still recommend this stuff, especially if you like lavender.

2 thoughts on “Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Lavender Shaving Cream

  1. Nick P.

    Just found your site and I really like what you are doing. I have the TOBS lavender too and it seems to be less of a later maker than the sandalwood is. I love the smell but wish the lather would hold up a little longer.

    I too am a big bay rum fan. How do you feel the Layrite No 9 compares to Captains choice?

    1. CaptainRob Post author

      Yeah my go to lavender at the moment is a puck i have of AOS’s tallow lavender soap. So im a bit spoiled because it really generates a pretty sweet lather…

      As for Layrite No 9 vs Captains Choice.. I prefer Captain’s Choice hands down. Layrite is nice but it was strong on cloves in my opinion. Keep in mind tho I did have just a sample and not a bottle, so its possible it may smell slightly different if i had a full bottle. But I have read other reviews that also say there is a strong clove presence.

      Also Captain’s Choice has witch hazel and glycerin so its better for your face and also leaves it feeling smoother and more moisturized.

      Layrite no 9 is still good… Got a cool bottle and label, and also doesn’t smell bad, just a little strong on the clove, so if you do like that then I’d suggest giving no9 a shot 🙂

      And by the way, thanks for checking out the site 🙂


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