As a musician, let me put it this way: this is the “title track” of the Queen Charlotte line of shaving soaps and creams. I have already done two reviews of Queen Charlotte shaving soaps, and was excited this time to try out one of their shaving creams.
Their cream could effectively be called what we in the shaving community call a croap.
Yes, I agree, it is a bit brash of me to use the word “we” just there, as if I am some spokesman of the shaving community which has been around for hundreds of years. However, you are here reading this blog are you not? Ok, yeah that was a bit brash as well. My apologies. Let’s move on, shall we?
Croap is a portmanteau, a word that is a combination of two words. In this case, a croap is somewhere between a cream and a soap. And Queen Charlotte Soaps’ line of shaving creams are just that. Croaps. So they hold their form like a solid soap, but are very soft, and very easily give in to any pressure. Think of butter at room temperature. It’s not quite that, but very close.
This review will have some good news and some bad news. But even the bad news just might be my fault. As with any review, your mileage may vary (YMMV). Regardless, let’s start with a big heap of good news.
This stuff smells wonderful. Now when you first read the maker’s description of this scent, it may be hard to imagine:
A heavenly scent made from only the most rare absolutes and essential oils, Queen Charlotte starts with sweet top notes. As the scent grows, delicate floral notes come through. We have added just the right amount of earthy and woody notes to complete this exquisite scent.
Once you shave with it, you will come to realize that that is exactly what you just experienced. In the shaving mug, as you lather, you will smell that wonderful citrus scent. It was hard to pinpoint exactly, but quite citrusy. On your face, your nose will swim with a light floral scent. As I discovered on my own while reviewing Geo F Trumper’s Rose Shaving Cream, floral shaving cream scents are absolutely nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they are surprisingly refreshing and will up your stud ranking by at least 5 points.
The entire time you will also be experiencing the woody and earthy bass notes. This isn’t a cologne, so it may be harder to detect as you wash each pass of cream off your face, but by the end of your shave you will notice it more and more.
Good News #2: I had a 100% nick-free and irritation free shave. This stuff is fantastic, and being made by a guy who loves his trade, is loaded with moisturizers and other ingredients that your face will absolutely love. Oils and vitamins and glycerins and on and on and on. And to top it all off this is a tallow soap too!
The bad news on this soap, at least for this shave, was that the lather was lacking a little. I have had great lathering experiences with their hard soaps (cayman and key lime), and was excited to try the croap out, but wasn’t as thrilled. But it was still better than other stuff I have tried.
I’d be thrilled to hear from you if you have had better lathering experiences from Queen Charlotte’s creams. Leave a comment below and let me know!