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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.

Review: Art of Shaving – Lavender Shaving Soap (with tallow)

Art of Shaving - Lavender Shaving Soap

Art of Shaving – Lavender Shaving Soap

Yup.  With tallow.  I know, it’s not fair.  I have not tried the new non-tallow formulation, but I can tell you that I’m astounded that Art of Shaving (or more properly, their parent company) would mess with something that is so dead-on awesome.  And I apologize to all of you who will probably not have the chance to try out this amazing shaving soap.  All I can offer is a chance to experience it in my own words… Ok I’ll shut up and get to it 🙂

So yes, I had read that some time recently Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Art of Shaving, decided to cut corners and remove tallow from the entire line of Art of Shaving products.  This devastated the fans of their soap, whose glowing reviews fill the halls of Amazon and all the shaving forums.  When I read of the demise of Art of Shaving tallow, I decided that I would keep out an eagle eye for any sales of the tallow formula.

About a week ago, it happened.  Someone had stumbled upon a cache of Art of Shaving’s Lavender Shaving Soap with tallow at a local grocery store for a decent discount.  He bought all of them and came back to the forum to share the news and offer some for sale.  I jumped at the occasion, and purchased not only my first Art of Shaving shaving soap, but also my first lavender-scented soap.

Fast forward.  It arrived.  I also had just purchased some 1-cup pyrex bowls to mill my soaps and soap samples into.  So I did just that, maybe 1/4 of the soap went through a small grater and into the bowl.

So today was the day.  While showering, I left my mug and best-badger brush in hot water to soak, and also left a thin layer of water on the top of the soap.  Once out of the shower, I softly shook out most of the water from the brush, poured the water off the soap, and loaded the brush for about a minute, until I could tell it was thickened with a great amount of soap.  Into the mug it went, where i spent another minute or two whipping up a super-thick, wonderfully fragranced lather.

I could tell right then and there that I was in for a real treat.  This lather smelled ridiculously good right there in the mug, and was so thick that the brush easily stands on it’s own.  I went to lather my face and felt that if I let go of the brush, it would stick to my face.  The smell was gorgeous, the lather was ultra rich and thick.

While shaving I took note of not only of how well this lather provides a great cushioning, but also is very slick, allowing the blade to slide across my skin, but take the whiskers away with little to no effort.  And as thick as the lather was, it wasn’t gunky, and didn’t stick too badly to my Weber DLC DE razor.  As I rinsed after each pass, I could still feel the slickness.  And right after that the soap rinsed completely clean.

The second pass (my personal test of how good a lather holds) was even better than the first.  The same goes for the third pass.  And there was enough luxurious lather for at least another 3-4 passes when I was done shaving.  I used this to wash my hands, if anything to impart a little more of that delicious lavender scent to them.

My shave was smooth as silk, and left my face wonderfully moisturized.

And now I am pissed.  Because I found a great great soap.  At least I am at the beginning of this puck.  I am going to try the new non-tallow formula, and see how it compares.  But you can bet your ass that I am going to be on the lookout for more pucks of the tallow stuff.  Oh man is it good….

Oh, I should probably be doing this more, but here is my full lineup:

Review: St. Johns – Bay Rum with Lavender Aftershave Cologne

St. Johns - Bay Rum with Lavender Aftershave Cologne

St. Johns – Bay Rum with Lavender Aftershave Cologne

So after yesterday’s warpath on my neck, I decided to take it really easy today with my shave.  However, my neck was still mad at me, and both passes I did were a little wince inducing.  I deserve that.  Sorry neck.

So I braced myself when I reached for the aftershave, which today was St. John’s Bay Rum with Lavender.  Let me say up front that traditionally I was never a fan of lavender.  I get why it’s a popular scent.  It -is- a nice scent, it’s just not one that I find appealing for me.  Interestingly though, on this current trip, we stayed in a hotel that left a complimentary linen spray.  In essense, it’s a light aromatic spray to spritz on your sheets before going to bed.  This one was scented with lavender.  And though I was hesitant, I actually liked it.  Maybe I’m growing up and my tastes are changing.  Haha I hope so, I’ll be 40 later this year.

Starting with the burn, like I said, I wasn’t thrilled with the shave because I had really done too much yesterday, and my neck was still a little pissed off.  So I came at my neck with the aftershave, bracing for the alcohol kick.  And you know what?  It wasn’t that bad!  I didn’t really talk about the burn with the original St Johns, and perhaps it’s because it’s a gentler aftershave.  I appreciated it this morning, that’s for sure.  It went on cool and then warmed really nicely.  It was a great feeling.

The smell?  I was expecting not being quite into it because it’s lavender-based, but I’ll tell you what, it’s a -hint- of lavender.  Predominantly, this is a bay rum, and smells like bay rum.  However, it had a very subtle hint of lavender when you toss it on your face, and the blend was nothing short of fantastic.  Honestly.  I get nothing for these diaries, so I won’t lie in them.  It went on great, it smelled great (bay rum with just a perfect hint of lavender in the blend).  And as the top notes fade, the bay rum becomes more of a prominent scent, and like the original bay rum, it’s a soft, but manly scent.

This one was a really nice surprise.  Very very nice.

(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.)