As some of you may know, I have had samplers of several of Truefitt & Hill creams sitting around for a while, waiting for me to get over the hesitation I have of trying them out. It’s partly because I am not sure about the scent when I sniff the sampler, and partially because of the fact that so many people love this company’s products, that I feel too small to be a reviewer.
But I am over it. And today, I shaved with Truefitt & Hill West Indian Lime Shaving Cream. And it was awesome.
Let’s start with the lather performance. I have been spoiled a bit lately by tallow soaps and they have set a very high bar for me when it comes to slickness and cushion. T&H’s West Indian Lime Shaving Cream is not a tallow-based cream, so as such it’s not quite what one would find in a tallow counterpart. But, Truefitt & Hill does not disappoint.
The lather was very thick for a cream. I took the time to whip it up really good, and got a lot of cusion and some decent slickness. It went on thick on my beard, and allowed the razor to do exactly what it needed to do.
As for the lather life, I feel it felt just slightly short. While in the mug, the lather got better and better with each pass, with easily enough lather for 5 or 6 passes. However, I found the lather was starting to die on my face while I was performing each pass. So If I started shaving my neck, by the time I got to my moustache, I found the lather was thinning and needed a little touchup.
As for the scent, it is delicious limes. Now looking at Truefitt & Hill’s description, you will find it contains notes of lemon, lime, and other citrus scents. I totally get that. Before I read that I did pick up a slight hint of orange, and felt overall that it was a citrus scent that was a little bit of a darker lime. Now lime, as everyone knows, is a zingy citrus scent. Very acidic, sharp, and usually lasts a very short time. I think this is a brilliant take on the lime scent. It’s rounded down a little with the other citrus scents, and I wouldn’t doubt that there are other deeper fragrance notes buried underneath the top citrus notes to draw out the scent a little more. I can’t say it’s my favorite lime scented product, but I can say it’s a very unique and good one.
I shaved with my usual setup: Weber DLC with a brand new Personna Medical Prep razor blade. I finished with Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel, and Geo F Trumper’s Extract of Limes Skin Food. BBS (baby-butt smooth) shave with only one weeper from a careless move on my neck 😉
- Scent – 4
- Lather Performance – 4
- Lather Life – 4.5
- Overall – 4