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Review: Truefitt & Hill – Trafalgar Shaving Cream

Truefitt & Hill - Trafalgar Shaving Cream

Truefitt & Hill – Trafalgar Shaving Cream

As I started getting into traditional wetshaving, I initially ordered a lot of samplers of creams, soaps, and aftershaves.  It’s the move that spawned the very website you are reading right now.  Initially I was really into bay rums, and things scented with pretty obvious ingredients like Lime, or orange, or straight up sandalwood.  But these samplers from Truefitt & Hill I just wasn’t sure about.  They smelled musky to me.  Maybe a little old man smelling, maybe a little bit like a Macy’s perfume counter.  I used to hate the perfume counter but I find that in my journey trying out all these scents, I have grown.  A lot.

And that brings us to today.  I finally reached over and picked up the little sample of Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar Shaving Cream.

Trafalgar is one of Truefitt & Hill’s signature scents.  Perhaps their most signature scent.  At first sniff, it smells clean yet complex.  It is not a simple scent, and I think that is what threw me a little when i first picked it up.  If you sniff around Truefitt & Hill’s website, you will find the exact description of the scent:  “top notes of Cedar and Sandalwood complemented by subtle hints of Jasmine and Spice”.  While it may be tough to make out what that smells like in your mind, I can tell you that the combination really is wonderful.  Its a clean (cedar), slightly sweet (jasmine) but very distinguished scent.  It’s manly, but playful.  It yells out “gentleman”.

On the shave end, it’s a glycerin soap.  I have lately been going deeper and deeper down the tallow road, thouroughly enjoying the pleasures of the thick and rich qualities that tallow brings to a shaving cream/soap.

I started with a dollop of cream that was slightly smaller than an almond.  It whipped up into an amazing amount of lather, and I hardly needed much water to make it explode.  It’s pointless to say how many passes this lather could have been used for, because it really just would have kept going and going and going.  The lather was rich and creamy, but I found that I am spoiled by tallow-based soaps and creams, because I found the lather wasn’t as slick and cushioning as other lathers I have tried.  It does last though, as each pass got better than the last, with a little whipping with my brush before each application.  I found that by the time I got to the last part of each pass, the lather was starting to fade on my face.  Not bad, but not as good as I have had with other soaps.

Of course, I sit here with a super smooth face.  I had a nick-free shave, and my skin feels smooth and moisturized.  Glycerin is great stuff for your skin, and as I mentioned, this cream is glycerin-based.

Overall, while it didn’t quite measure up to some tallow-based soaps and creams, the scent carries this glycerin-based cream to a height far above other glycerin-based soaps and creams.  And if the scent doesn’t do it, the brand sure should.  Truefitt & Hill is the world’s oldest barbershop, and these scents have been around for a long long time, and are even used by royalty (if that matters to you).  Whether or not it does doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that this is a time tested brand, a time tested scent, and there are many many people out there that love it.  I personally think you owe it to your face to try Truefitt & Hill’s Trafalgar Shaving Cream.

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

Review: Truefitt & Hill – West Indian Lime Shaving Cream

Truefitt & Hill - West Indian Limes Shaving Cream

Truefitt & Hill – West Indian Limes Shaving Cream

As some of you may know, I have had samplers of several of Truefitt & Hill creams sitting around for a while, waiting for me to get over the hesitation I have of trying them out.  It’s partly because I am not sure about the scent when I sniff the sampler, and partially because of the fact that so many people love this company’s products, that I feel too small to be a reviewer.

But I am over it.  And today, I shaved with Truefitt & Hill West Indian Lime Shaving Cream.  And it was awesome.

Let’s start with the lather performance.  I have been spoiled a bit lately by tallow soaps and they have set a very high bar for me when it comes to slickness and cushion.  T&H’s West Indian Lime Shaving Cream is not a tallow-based cream, so as such it’s not quite what one would find in a tallow counterpart.  But, Truefitt & Hill does not disappoint.

The lather was very thick for a cream.  I took the time to whip it up really good, and got a lot of cusion and some decent slickness.  It went on thick on my beard, and allowed the razor to do exactly what it needed to do.

As for the lather life, I feel it felt just slightly short.  While in the mug, the lather got better and better with each pass, with easily enough lather for 5 or 6 passes.  However, I found the lather was starting to die on my face while I was performing each pass.  So If I started shaving my neck, by the time I got to my moustache, I found the lather was thinning and needed a little touchup.

As for the scent, it is delicious limes.  Now looking at Truefitt & Hill’s description, you will find it contains notes of lemon, lime, and other citrus scents.  I totally get that.  Before I read that I did pick up a slight hint of orange, and felt overall that it was a citrus scent that was a little bit of a darker lime.  Now lime, as everyone knows, is a zingy citrus scent.  Very acidic, sharp, and usually lasts a very short time.  I think this is a brilliant take on the lime scent.  It’s rounded down a little with the other citrus scents, and I wouldn’t doubt that there are other deeper fragrance notes buried underneath the top citrus notes to draw out the scent a little more.  I can’t say it’s my favorite lime scented product, but I can say it’s a very unique and good one.

I shaved with my usual setup:  Weber DLC with a brand new Personna Medical Prep razor blade.  I finished with Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel, and Geo F Trumper’s Extract of Limes Skin Food.  BBS (baby-butt smooth) shave with only one weeper from a careless move on my neck 😉

So for Truefitt & Hill’s West Indian Limes Shaving Cream:

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

Review: Truefitt & Hill – Sandalwood Shaving Cream

Truefitt & Hill - Sandalwood Shave Cream

Truefitt & Hill – Sandalwood Shave Cream

You bastards.  I wasn’t going to write a review today.  I was just going to check out this sample I’ve had sitting around for at least a couple months now.  I’ve been trying all kinds of shaving creams and soaps, and going back to some favorites in between reviews, and I kept looking at my sampler pack of Truefitt & Hill Shaving Creams going “nah, not today”… Well, finally today was the day.  But let me explain my hesitation.

It’s pretty simple really.  Simply smelling the samples of the Truefitt & Hill line didn’t excite me.  They all smelled somewhat “old man” to me.  I can’t tell you where I got the idea, but maybe it’s an extension of my disdain for the department store cologne/perfume counter.  For those who are not well versed in my tales, I distain them.  I distain them a lot.

Now Truefitt & Hill don’t exactly smell like that.  But, since I started this wetshaving chapter of my life, I for the first time ventured away from the can of goo.  Actually I did that a long time ago, and since then just used a cartridge razor in the shower and the natural oils on my face with no shaving cream.

Then I found bay rums.  Then I found citrusy scents like orange and lime.  Then I found the splendor of proraso, tho Im not terribly fond of the scent.  Then I ordered the Truefitt & Hill samplers, and discovered they had no sweetness to them.  No exciting bay feel.  “Boo” I booed.  And in my drawer of samples they sat, untouched, since then.

Then today came, and I reached in and randomly pulled out the Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood Shaving Cream sample.  I smelled it and thought, “I dunno”.  But then I thought, “you wrote a review yesterday, you don’t need to write one today, so just try this out today and see what you think of the cream itself.”

Am I ever glad I did.  What was I thinking waiting so long to try this stuff?

Truefitt & Hill are renowned for their scents and the quality of their lather.  I was dissuaded by the smell out of the sample tin, but I should know by now that shaving products smell different in the tin/tub/bottle than they do on your face.

This sandalwood scent was just awesome.  As I was lathering, it kicked up into my nose.  When I put it on, it was like a 6th sense, just swimming around in the air.  Not too strong, mind you, but strong enough.  And at the same time, it was light enough to take a bit of a back seat while I focused on the incredible shave.

The lather is as advertised and reviewed.  Super rich.  I used the typical almond-sized dollop of cream, and with 2 minutes of swirling and adding drops of water, found a super-rich lather that honestly was enough for at least 6 passes.  And with each pass (and just a little bit of whipping) the lather was better and better and better.

It contains a glycerin-based moisturizing formula, according to T&H, which provided one of the slickest and cleanest shaves I have had in a long time.

And the whole while, I was admonishing myself for calling this stuff “old man” because the scent and experience made me feel, even if for a moment, like I was in another time, a time before cartridge razors were invented.  It honestly whisked me away for a moment there.  I can’t say there were that many creams that did that for me.

Truefitt & Hill.  Damn you for being so unexpectedly good.  I have a few other scents that I have had sitting there, a little bit afraid of the “old man” scent.  Those will be getting a fair shake (or a fair shave?) for sure.  Awesome.

Check out Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood Shaving Cream on Amazon.com!