It’s good to be back! I’ve had a few rough weeks, that started with packing up for a move, then moving, then unpacking and finally getting so sick that I lost my sense of taste and smell for a week. Well folks, I am back, ready to shave, and better yet, ready to write about it!
While I was sick, I decided to sell some of my shave den supplies that I don’t use much, and replace them with things I have not yet tried. I recently picked up a bundle of barely used shaving creams that are new to me, and they arrived today. First up? Green Irish Tweed Type Shaving Cream by Queen Charlotte Soaps.
Let’s talk scent. The scent is light and fresh. Citrusy up top, floral in the middle, over a mysore sandalwood base. I know that it’s hard to imagine the scent. Those of you who know Creed’s Irish Tweed scent will know what I am talking about. I would also hazard to say it smells a bit like Irish Spring soap. Maybe a bit warmer to the nose. It’s not heavily scented. You have to go really close to the soap to smell it out of the tin, and even when lathering and shaving it’s still a light-handed approach to a scent. Personally it’s not my favorite scent. But I wanted to give it a try. That said, it’s not a powerful scent, and is quite clean and provided a nice little spark to my morning.
As for the lather, it was great! First off, the shaving cream made by Queen Charlotte Soaps is frequently described as a “croap”, somewhere in between a cream and a soap. It’s hard but softens to pressure. And it didn’t take much to whip up a this tallow cream into a nice thick yogurty lather. Some cream lathers I have tried recently have disappointed me in that the lather whips up a little light and foamy. Not QCS. This lather, like I said is nice and thick. It provided a nice cushion and plenty of slickness for my razor. The lather also rinsed clean, leaving just a slight hint of the sandalwood base for me to smell after the shave. And on top of that, it did that thing that I love: it got better and better with each pass.
- Scent – 3
- Lather Performance – 4
- Lather Life – 4.5
- Overall – 3.5
I gave this cream a 3.5 rating only because the scent is not for me. Otherwise, it was a really great shave.
Oh and Queen Charlotte Soaps gets a big hi-five for ingredients too. Almost entirely natural, and with great stuff for your face, especially aloe vera and vitamin E. If you have not tried any of their soaps or creams, do yourself a favor and give them a shot. They have a wide array of fragrances and their creams and soaps perform exceptionally well. I even love their shampoo bars!