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Review: Geo F Trumper – GFT Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper - GFT Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper – GFT Shaving Cream

So what does a GFT smell like?  That’s what I was about to find out.  My supply of samples is starting to thin a bit, so today I grabbed one that isn’t a lime or orange or rose or any simple scent: Geo F Trumper’s GFT Shaving Cream.

While the scent isn’t a simple one-note song, it isn’t overly complex either.  Now, being a person who hasn’t always fancied the smell of musk, I had a little trepidation reaching for GFT because musk is a note in it’s scent.  It starts off with top notes of mandarin and lemon.  In the middle-range are “woody notes of cypress and bittersweet tarragon.  And the base notes are composed of cedar and moss with a “musk-like base”.  And yes, that musky base note is there.

Overall the scent is bright and fresh with a strong bottom.  It’s citrusy, but with the woody and musk-like notes, it’s very manly.  It’s not a sweet citrusy scent, but a smart citrusy scent.  It’s similar to Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street scent, but again, with some woodier notes involved.  This scent has a little too much of the woody/musky thing going on for my taste, but fans of that scent profile will really love this scent, I’m sure.

Also I should say that for a shaving cream, the scent has some staying power.  It actually still is lingering here after the application of my aftershave.

The lather is really good.  A little does go a long way.  I used a large pea-sized dollop of cream, and I knew almost immediately I should have used a small pea-sized dollop.  There was enough lather for 6+ passes, and I only needed three.

I did a three-pass shave, and the lather started off a little on the weak side, but got better and better.  The third pass had the best lather, thick and yogurt-like, pretty much exactly what I am looking for from a lather.  I just wish I had that lather for all three passes.  It could be because I used too much cream to start with.  This stuff also does not need much water to lather up good.

It also does not thin out at all while you’re shaving.  It did just a little during the first pass but the lather did get better and better.

Overall I really did enjoy the shave I got from GFT.  The scent is not my favorite, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great scent.  Look up the reviews on Amazon.com, and you’ll see there are many people out there that really love it.  Here’s my ratings:

  • Scent – 3.5
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4

 

Review: Geo F Trumper – Eucris Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper - Eucris Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper – Eucris Shaving Cream

Alright, its been a little while since I shaved with my buddy Geo.  So today I decided to go back to the company that drove me face-first into the world of classic wetshaving.

Today’s candidate was one that has been sitting here tempting me for a long time, Geo F. Trumper’s Eucris Shaving Cream.  It is part of a sampler of scents and creams that I got from Geo F Trumper a little while back.  I loved the Rose, and was hoping I was going to love this one just as much.

The way I am processing all these varied scents is to go with the basic and obvious first.  So from lime-scented products, I can go to orange and grapefruit, even a bay rum here and there.  Rose will smell exactly what I think it will smell like, as will your basic sandalwood.

But then there are these named scents, for instance Eucris.  And they end up being a bit of a surprise.  I’m going in not knowing what to expect.  I did this with Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street Shaving Cream and was blown away by what I found.  Not only the business-end lathering, but also the fun-side scent.

So here I was staring at Eucris, again not knowing what to expect.  Here’s what happened.

I lathered it as I lathered Trumpers Rose Shaving Cream.  I got to where I felt it was at its best.  Maybe I was wrong.  It seemed the lather was more of a 9 to the Rose’s 9.5.  Not a bad lather, per se, as some of the most recent creams I have tried, but not a great luxurious lather that I was expecting.  But I did still find it cushioning and also added slickness to my face.  The razor went across my skin really nice and the whiskers were gone.  I did have a bbs shave, but with just a few small weepers (tiny nicks) on my neck.  The stuff rinsed clean off my face, and also, more importantly, got better with each pass.  Just a little added whipping between passes and it was thicker and richer than the pass before, with the final pass being quite good.

The scent was really nice.  For those in the know, I am no fan of the Macy’s cologne counter.  I don’t really like musky scents at all.  Admittedly, this has a musky scent.  Here’s how it’s described on their website:

An eau de toilette with panache, the striking fragrance of Eucris sweeps the gentleman into the realms of utter sophistication and pleasure. The warm, sensual beauty of sandalwood, musk and moss is enhanced by a heart of rich, honey-like jasmine and exquisite muguet. Rousing, peppery top notes of cumin and coriander radiate with the fullness of plump blackcurrants.

Now that says a lot but im sure most of you don’t know what it smells like.  For me its a dark, manly scent that takes me back to a dusty victorian room, where gentlemen in bowler hats, with lit pipes and glasses of bourbon in hand were discussing matters of politics.  This scent was launched in the early 1900’s and absolutely smells like it.

It may not be my favorite scent, but maybe its one I would like to have on hand for poker night or a wine tasting.  It’s actually quite luxurious and I can see it being a nice scent to wear on days or nights where you want to be a gentleman amongst men.

Geo F Trumper Eucris Shaving Cream is available at Amazon.com!

Review: Geo F Trumper – Sandalwood Skin Food

Geo F Trumper - Sandalwood Skin Food

Geo F Trumper – Sandalwood Skin Food

This was the one that kickstarted me into wetshaving.  By wetshaving, I mean the way men used to shave.  I mean using a straight edge, single edge, or double edge razor.  I mean using a brush to work up a shaving lather, and never getting your lather out of a can.  And it was my very first time that I shaved with a straight edge that I used Geo F Trumper’s Sandalwood Skin Food as an aftershave, also for the first time.  When I shaved, and then put this stuff on, I was blown away, and I knew right then that I would never again use an expensive cartridge razor to shave.

I had seen this stuff mentioned in one of geofatboy’s videos, and “skin food” sounded awesome, and he seemed to be enjoying using it as well, so how could I go wrong, right?  Finally I had assumed correctly, not making an ass out of anyone…

So this stuff is a balm.  Perfect for colder weather, as it leaves a lot of skin nourishing stuff behind after it dries off.  Its a thick concoction that goes on cool and refreshing.  There is little to no alcohol burn.  In fact today I had shaved with a vintage Hoffritz slant razor for the first time.  Slant razors are known to be very agressive razors, and my third against-the-grain pass was a little on the heavy-handed side.  My styptic pencil got a workout for sure.  But there was almost no burn from this stuff, and it instantly cooled and eased my face.  Quite an excellent match for a rough shave (mental note actively being made).

The smell is fantastic.  Manly, smoky, and sandalwoody.  It’s a pop to the nose, and the first time I put it on, I was blown away.  Because everything in my limited cologne/aftershave experience smelled like the floor of a macy’s perfume counter.  I was never interested in any aftershaves or colognes because I was just not into musk.  Then this.  Whoa.  I like it.  I like it a lot.

It took me a while to read the ingredients list on the bottle.  The first is rose distillate.  In essence  rose water.  I never really took note of it, but there is certainly a floral background to this stuff, and it’s perfect.  It’s a clever ingredient, giving a very light but noticeable twist to the sandalwood fragrance.

Glycerin is also high on the ingredients, giving this stuff the right amount of moisturizing effect on your face.  And as I write this, my face feels awesome, and smells even better.

Geo F Trumpers Sandalwood Skin Food was the key to my newfound love of wetshaving, and I still love it just as much as I did the first time I used a straight.  I’m confident you’ll love it too.

 

Review: Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper - Coral Skin Food

Geo F Trumper – Coral Skin Food

I really do like Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  They are excellent moisturizing balms that all smell wonderful.  I received a free (just have to pay shipping) sampler pack from Geo F Trumper a month or so ago and included in this pack was a sample of their Coral Skin Food, which I’ve been wanting to try.  Today was the day!

My shave was great today, totally nick free and irritation free.  I used a Queen Charlotte shaving soap that I will review in a couple days, after a few shaves under my belt.  But the combo of that, my Weber DLC double-edge razor, and a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade made for a simply perfect shave.

So the skin food!  Ok, for those who are not sure what coral smells like, let me put all your questions to rest.  Coral Skin Food smells like rose.  It’s pink, as you can see from the image, but it’s scented with a fresh rose scent.  It’s a stronger than expected scent when it goes on, but as it settles on your face, the scent really smooths out wonderfully.  It really is a great fresh scent, that doesn’t smell girly.

As a balm, this stuff is just awesome.  Geo F Trumper’s skin foods are absolutely worth the money when it comes to a clean, non-irritating, great smelling aftershave balm.  They have a thick texture to them, and you might think they will end up feeling sticky, but absolutely not.  Within a minute or two it is absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth, and not sticky at all.  The scents all have great staying power as well, including this great rose scent.

All in all I am thoroughly happy with Geo F Trumper’s skin foods.  I do like the coral, but having tried all three scents, I personally prefer the sandalwood, which I will review for you all soon.

Review: Geo F Trumper – Limes Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper - Limes Shaving Cream

Geo F Trumper – Limes Shaving Cream

Oh Geo F Trumper, you devil you.  You have to go make me fall in love with you again.  And again… So next in my review line was Geo F Trumper’s Limes Shaving Cream.  It’s part of a sample pack I ordered from them a month or so ago.

Let me just say right off the bat that these creams from Geo F Trumper lather up spectacularly.  People say to use an almond-sized dollop for a cream, but I used a pea-sized dollop and had enough thick, rich lather for at least 6 passes.  I’m really not kidding.  YMMV (your mileage may vary) of course, and it depends on how good you lather, but it didn’t take much effort (or water!) to turn that pea sized dollop into a mountain of awesome.

The scent is interesting.  You see, I also use GFT’s Extract of Limes skin food, which to me has more of a sweet lime scent.  So I was expecting this sweet aroma from the lather, but that’s not what I got.  I got more of a spicier lime, kind of that London-esque scent, more like the old man barbershop old spice kind of note to it.  Those of you who have used Truefitt & Hill products will know what I am talking about.  It was not unpleasant by any means, actually it was quite nice.  Clean and refreshing.  But the lime is dominant, just with that spicy background to it.

The lather provided an amazing cushion for my razor, and rinsed off easily off of both the razor and my face.  I love a thick rich lather that also washes off easily.  No gunking on the blade, and no sticking to my face.  And it doesn’t feel like it’s caking up in my razor while im shaving.  It’s just a great lather.

Overall, I am just as happy with Geo F Trumper’s Limes shaving cream as I am with their rose shaving cream.  And I have four more samples of their creams to go through, so do come back!

You can order Geo F Trumper’s Limes Shaving Cream on Amazon.com!

Review: Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Geo F. Trumper Rose Shaving Cream

Our ship is sailing in a sea of samples.  And one lot that I received a short time ago is from a very special brand, Geo F. Trumper.  Their sandalwood skin food, which I have yet to review, was the first non-modern shaving product I tried.  I fell in love with the scent, and it was that scent that truly opened my eyes to the whole world of shaving products out there that are not your typical go-to things like the can-of-goo shaving cream, and aqua velva aftershave (no knock intended).

Anyway, in browsing the shaving forums, I discovered a post saying that Geo F Trumper offers free samples of their products, all you have to pay for is shipping.  So I instantly went over to their website and ordered a sampler (they choose which items to send).  So now I have 2 skin foods, and several shaving creams and colognes.  So we are all set for some smooth sailing my friends..

The first one I am trying is Geo F. Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream.  The sample comes in a small flat round glass jar, which supplies an ample amount of cream.  I always hear people say that you want an almond-sized amount of cream to shave with.  I’d say that this is about the right size.

The scent out of the jar is a light but present rose scent.  It’s also a pink-colored product, and when whipped up retains a light pink hue.  The rose scent also holds up in similar fashion.  The scent infiltrates the air around you as you whip up the lather.  Oh yeah, let’s talk lather.

This cream whips up into an incredible amount of lather.  With the amount supplied, there is easily enough lather for 6 passes, and as with several creams I have tried, the lather seems to get better and better with each pass.  When applied to the face, the scent is very light but clean and refreshing as well.  It’s a really beautiful scent.

And this product, meant for sensitive skin, has an ample amount of glycerin included to moisturize your skin as you shave.  In fact, using my Weber DLC and a fresh Feather blade, I had one of the closest BBS shaves I’ve had to date, with absolutely no nicks and zero irritation.  It was an awesome shave, with an awesome scent, and an awesome lather.  I was actually very surprised how much I liked this shaving cream.

Geo F. Trumper, you continue to make this guy a very happy shaver!

Check out Geo F. Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream at Amazon.com!

Review: Geo F. Trumper – Bay Rum Cologne

Geo F. Trumper - Bay Rum Cologne

Geo F. Trumper – Bay Rum Cologne

Yes.  Geo F Trumper.  Alright, so when I started traditional shaving, using my Dovo straight razor, I also started using traditional aftershaves.  The first one I had purchased was Geo F Trumper’s Sandalwood skin food.  I loved it.  I loved the smell, I loved the feeling of it, everything.  So I had saved this one for later in the mix, so that I would have a better sense of what bay rum is about, and be able to give this a really good consideration.  And I love it.

Geo F Trumper’s Bay Rum cologne went on with a very quick cooling and bite, which quickly went away.  I realized a little too late that this is a cologne, and not an aftershave, so I mistakenly applied it as an aftershave, and that may spoil the results here.  However, it did splash on nicely.

As for the smell?  This one is a darker, spicier scent than I have normally encountered here on this journey.  It goes on like a spicy bay rum, mixed with scents of clove and black pepper, a very nice earthy grounded scent.  After a little time all the strong points in the scent fade into a more rounded sweet clove scent.  Clove is an ingredient, so make no mistake that if you are not into clove, then this product might not be for you.  But it is subtle, and I think helps carry the often quick-to-fade scent of bay rum a little longer than normal.  The transition from bay rum to clove is very subtle and I find it very pleasant.

You can order Geo F Trumper’s Bay Rum Cologne on Amazon.com!

(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)