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Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Eton College Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Eton College Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Eton College Shaving Cream

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.

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: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Grapefruit Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Grapefruit Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Grapefruit Shaving Cream

When I was a wee lad, my dear mother would cut a grapefruit for my brother and I, giving each of us half, pre-cut so that we just needed a spoon.  Back then, before we knew that it was really good, we used to say “ew” because grapefruit can be quite bitter, and our sense of taste was begging for Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms, or anything loaded with sugar.  So what did we do? We sprinkled some sugar on top to make it taste better.  Come to think of it, “sprinkled” is probably not the right word.  My poor mom.

These days, as a grown man with a manly man shaving routine, I have rediscovered grapefruit.  I rarely get orange juice, reaching instead for the the slightly bittersweet taste of grapefruit juice.  And when I do eat the actual fruit, there are no sprinklings of sugar needed.

And so the news came with a great deal of delight on my part:  Taylor of Old Bond street, who’s avocado shave cream I have fallen in love with, has just come out with a new scent to add to their line of shave creams… Taylor of Old Bond Street Grapefruit Shaving Cream!

Right out of the gate this stuff smells awesome.  It’s what you might expect, a fresh, tart, and zesty citrus note greets you right away.

Now let me just make a note right here that Taylor of Old Bond Street are pretty smart.  If I had not checked, I would have just assumed grapefruit was the only note in the fragrance.  But I am also a smart cookie myself, and I know that citrus scents are top notes, and as such are usually thin and very short lived.  So I took a look, and found that indeed, there is not only an additional orange citrus note, but also “floral and crisp green” notes.

Now knowing this, I took a re-sniff, and indeed they are there.  I suspect that the orange is there to strengthen and round out the citrus aspect, and that the floral and green notes are there only to extend the scent and give it some backbone.  The resulting blend is unquestionably grapefruit, and to the uneducated nose would be grapefruit alone.  However, purely going grapefruit alone would probably result in an adolescent attempt at a grapefruit scent.  Most likely very weak and one-dimensional.  I raise my mug to the individuals who developed this exquisite and smart fragrance blend.  Bravo.

The lather is also top notch.  I do love Taylor of Old Bond Street creams.  Both that I have tried (avocado and Jermyn Street) have delivered ultra-rich, creamy lathers.  Their grapefruit shaving cream is no different.  A small almond-sized dollop delivered enough lather for 5+ passes, and the lather got better with each pass.  For me, the ultimate test is what the lather is like on the second pass.  Some lathers start breaking down, some are just the same, and some improve.  I really like it when they improve.  Very much like Mitchell’s Wool Fat when lathered correctly, there is something about the lather resting that thickens it up and adds to it’s cushioning aspect.  These are the ones to hold on to.  And Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Grapefruit shaving cream did just that.

It wasn’t as slick as I was hoping.  Both the avocado and Jermyn street I felt had a slicker feel to them, when shaving and when rinsing.  But this is a review of just one shave.  The lather is also very clean, meaning it didn’t gunk up in my razor, and rinsed very cleanly off my face.

Also, I should mention that I had a 100% nick-free shave.  Not a single spot of red.  I used my Weber DLC razor loaded with a fresh Personna Medical Prep blade.  Also, I sit here writing this irritation-free, bbs (baby butt smooth) and with my skin feeling nicely moisturized, not dry and tight.

I had a great shave today.

Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Grapefruit Shaving Cream is available at Amazon.com!

Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

So here is a description of the fragrance from Taylor of Old Bond Street’s own website:

A modern fresh fougere fragrance with bergamot, lemon, lime and lavender supported by a heart of geranium, neroli and amber resting on a substantive base of musk, patchouli and vanilla. An allergen free fragrance which contains Patchouli oil.

So, after reading the fragrance list, you might still have to ask what Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street Shaving Cream smells like.  It’s ok.  I did too.  It’s interesting, because its such a simple scent at first, and then once you know that there are many scents going on, you realize how complex it is.

For the simple nose, which I have exactly one of, I would say it starts off citrusy, then gets floral.  For me it sort of ends there.  But if I concentrate and fish for other scents, I definitely can sense the vanilla and patchouli notes.  But, like I said, once you recognize all the scents, they are much easier to notice.

Overall, it’s a fresh clean scent (thanks to the floral notes), with an invigorating zip to it, (thanks to the citrus) that is also well rounded (thanks to the base notes).  Does that help?  Of course it doesn’t!  I know you.  I know you because I know me.  You’re going to have to get some to be satisfied.  Go for it.  You won’t be sorry, unless you hate floral notes.  Then you’ll probably be a little bit sorry.  Until you shave with it.

This stuff is also marketed for folks like me with sensitive skin, which is quite a remarkable feat, considering products marketed for sensitive skin tend to be very lightly scented, if not unscented, because essential oils tend to make the skin very angry.

Alright, you’ve been waiting long enough – how was the shave?  Awesome.

I used a pea-sized dab from my little sample container.  Using my Simpsons Duke II best badger brush, I whipped this stuff up good.  It loves water, so I added a few drops at a time, swishing, flopping, and dabbing the brush in my mug.  After about 2 minutes, I had a super rich, delicious smelling lather.

They call this a luxury shaving cream.  I hate it when people use words and then the words don’t match up to the product they are selling.  Well, no worries here.  This is without a doubt a luxury shaving cream.  From a pea-sized ball, I got enough amazing lather for at least 6 passes.  I’m not even slightly kidding.

So as I lathered the stuff onto my face, the smell was incredible.  I found myself slowing down while lathering, soaking up the enjoyment of how thick this stuff applied to my face, and how wonderful it smelled.

The shave was 100% nick free.  I owe a great deal of it to this stuff and how slick it made my skin.  I had a 3-pass BBS (baby-butt-smooth) shave.  Also I wanted to specifically note how slick and smooth my skin felt as I rinsed my face between each pass.  There’s only a few shaving creams/soaps that I have tried that performed like this.  Mitchell’s Wool Fat is one of them.  That’s a high honor in my book.

I do have sensitive skin.  And my skin feels GREAT right now.  Awesome.

Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Avocado Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Avocado Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Avocado Shaving Cream

Alright.. In the absence of bay rums to try and review, I’m gonna keep the reviews coming, and hopefully give you, the reader, as many options as I can when it comes to all of these shaving products.

I am discovering that I have slightly sensitive skin.  I don’t react too badly to products, but as I go along, I am starting to realize that my face can get a little itchy here and there.  So I decided to go back and pull out this stuff again, because I never had a bad reaction to it.  When I first started shaving back in October, Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream was my go-to stuff.  I bought it on recommendation from other shavers on the message boards, and because it was pretty cheap in comparison to other creams.

First off, a little goes a long way.  First off, I leave my brush to soak in hot water while I’m in the shower.  When I go to load the brush, I first shake out most of the water.  Once I have eliminated about 3/4 of the water, I very lightly swirl my brush in the tub, as if I was trying to load it onto a feather without breaking the feather.  Does that make sense?  So I just swirl it around a few times, until some of the cream is on the brush.  I’m not going deep here, just brushing the top of the cream to get some on the brush.  An alternative is to dip your finger in and get an amount a little smaller than an almond.  Just a little swab.  Just remember a little goes a long way.

So I swirl my loaded brush in my Old Spice mug, adding drops of water here and there, and in about a minute, I’ve got a half a mug full of thick, warm lather just waiting to be slathered onto my face.  So why wait?

As I start swirling the brush around my face there are two awesome sensations going on.  First is the smell.  The smell has grown on me a lot.  There are many reviews from people out there saying they are not sure about the smell, some don’t like it at all.  Personally, when I first tried this stuff, it didn’t smell like avocado to me.  There is avocado in the smell, but also maybe a bit of lavender(?).  Honestly it’s not a strong smell.  It’s a clean smell.  I understand that smell is a personal thing.  Some people hate this stuff, some love it.  A lot of people say it’s grown on them.  I’m one of those, and I really do like the smell now.

The second is the sound.  There is something about using a cream as opposed to a soap.  It has this thick sloshing sound as you swirl it around that feels and sounds just awesome.  It drives you directly into the heart of that zen experience that shaving should be.

So yeah, this stuff lathers amazingly well.  I wouldn’t necessarily face lather with this stuff.  It works really great in a mug though.  And with just a little bit of cream, you easily have enough lather for a minimum of 5 passes.  When I say a little goes a long way, I really mean it.

Oh and the shave?  I shaved with my Weber DLC and Personna Medical Lab blades, and today I had the smoothest shave I’ve had in a long time.  Totally BBS (baby butt smooth).  This stuff lubricates your face so good that the blade just glides across.  And it all rinses clean as well.  Scent and all.  So at the end, you have nothing on your face.  No soap scum, no scent, and no whiskers.

That, my friends, is a perfect shave.

So yeah, Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream is relatively cheap, and well worth the money.  Go get some and try it out!

Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Bay Rum Aftershave

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Bay Rum Aftershave

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Bay Rum Aftershave

Ahhh Taylor of Old Bond Street.  These folks are no newcomers to the game.  Their Avocado shaving cream is one of my two favorites (Mitchell’s Wool Fat is the other), and judging by their luxurious shaving cream, I was excited to try out their bay rum.

Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Bay Rum Aftershave went on very cool and did provide some biting feedback to some of the more aggressive blade strokes from my shave.  Yup, this one has more kick to it.

The scent is delicious.  It’s classic bay rum (classic so far as I can tell), with hints of clove and citrus on top.  As the top notes quickly fade, a warmer and spicer bay rum scent pervades, but it’s as gentle as it is spicy.  This is an easygoing scent that doesn’t last all that long (hour to two hours at best), so you may need some touchups throughout the day if you really want to carry the scent with you.

Overall it’s a delicious scent, and a great performing aftershave.  Of note though, is the fact that this comes in a plastic bottle.  Having seen many bay rums that come in either fancy or vintage looking glass bottles, and even one brand that comes in a metal flask, Taylor of Old Bond Street could (and should) do better than plastic.  But they do have a reputation for the quality of their actual products, not so much the packaging, which is somewhat unfortunate.  If the aftershaves are close in quality, I’d -definitely- go for one with better packaging.

(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.)