I am continually impressed by Taylor of Old Bond Street. I picked up a tub of TOBS Eton College Shaving Cream recently, and have been using it the past few days. I would love to be schooled enough about Eton College to go off on some literary journey about the history of the school, a campus where the children of dignitaries around the world were educated shoulder-to-shoulder with young English royals. And perhaps they all loved citrus so much that Taylor of Old Bond Street crafted this citrusy fragrance just for them. But I don’t know about any of that.
What I can talk about is the lather. I have reviewed several of TOBS’s creams, and mostly have the same things to say over and over again. And the lather of Eton College is no different. This stuff lathered up just the same as many of the others I have reviewed, using a very small amount of cream to whip up a very rich, thick, slick, and cushioning lather. And it lasts and lasts and lasts. After my third pass I had enough lather for at least another full three-pass shave. Fantastic.
The scent is mainly citrusy. It’s a very light and brisk cologne scent. Off the top you are hit with a decent lemony-orange flavor, with floral notes backing them up. This is all over very slight woody/patchouli basenotes, which bring the cologne feel into the scent. Those basenotes are not very strong. Actually the entire scent is not very strong in this cream. Overall it smells like a light citrus-fronted cologne. If this sounds like something you’d like, I am quite sure you’ll love this stuff.
Personally I am not so much a cologne guy. I have found some exceptions to that rule as I go along on these reviews, but I don’t think Eton College is for me. I can’t say a single bad thing about the lather, but the scent broaches too much on the cologne edge for me to stick with this cream. I’d probably personally stick with TOBS’s Grapefruit and Jermyn Street shaving creams.