You bastards. I wasn’t going to write a review today. I was just going to check out this sample I’ve had sitting around for at least a couple months now. I’ve been trying all kinds of shaving creams and soaps, and going back to some favorites in between reviews, and I kept looking at my sampler pack of Truefitt & Hill Shaving Creams going “nah, not today”… Well, finally today was the day. But let me explain my hesitation.
It’s pretty simple really. Simply smelling the samples of the Truefitt & Hill line didn’t excite me. They all smelled somewhat “old man” to me. I can’t tell you where I got the idea, but maybe it’s an extension of my disdain for the department store cologne/perfume counter. For those who are not well versed in my tales, I distain them. I distain them a lot.
Now Truefitt & Hill don’t exactly smell like that. But, since I started this wetshaving chapter of my life, I for the first time ventured away from the can of goo. Actually I did that a long time ago, and since then just used a cartridge razor in the shower and the natural oils on my face with no shaving cream.
Then I found bay rums. Then I found citrusy scents like orange and lime. Then I found the splendor of proraso, tho Im not terribly fond of the scent. Then I ordered the Truefitt & Hill samplers, and discovered they had no sweetness to them. No exciting bay feel. “Boo” I booed. And in my drawer of samples they sat, untouched, since then.
Then today came, and I reached in and randomly pulled out the Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood Shaving Cream sample. I smelled it and thought, “I dunno”. But then I thought, “you wrote a review yesterday, you don’t need to write one today, so just try this out today and see what you think of the cream itself.”
Am I ever glad I did. What was I thinking waiting so long to try this stuff?
Truefitt & Hill are renowned for their scents and the quality of their lather. I was dissuaded by the smell out of the sample tin, but I should know by now that shaving products smell different in the tin/tub/bottle than they do on your face.
This sandalwood scent was just awesome. As I was lathering, it kicked up into my nose. When I put it on, it was like a 6th sense, just swimming around in the air. Not too strong, mind you, but strong enough. And at the same time, it was light enough to take a bit of a back seat while I focused on the incredible shave.
The lather is as advertised and reviewed. Super rich. I used the typical almond-sized dollop of cream, and with 2 minutes of swirling and adding drops of water, found a super-rich lather that honestly was enough for at least 6 passes. And with each pass (and just a little bit of whipping) the lather was better and better and better.
It contains a glycerin-based moisturizing formula, according to T&H, which provided one of the slickest and cleanest shaves I have had in a long time.
And the whole while, I was admonishing myself for calling this stuff “old man” because the scent and experience made me feel, even if for a moment, like I was in another time, a time before cartridge razors were invented. It honestly whisked me away for a moment there. I can’t say there were that many creams that did that for me.
Truefitt & Hill. Damn you for being so unexpectedly good. I have a few other scents that I have had sitting there, a little bit afraid of the “old man” scent. Those will be getting a fair shake (or a fair shave?) for sure. Awesome.