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Geo F. Trumper’s Coconut shaving cream seemed to perform better than I recall previous Trumpers creams I’ve tried did.
I’d previously had performance ranging from so-so to, in the case of the violet, downright bad. The coconut was a bump up the rank, to about a “fairly good”. It still didn’t outstanding lubrication or thickness / cushion, but it did the trick, providing a decent middle ground on both. And it was a bit better than average for moisturizing as well. The lather stability wasn’t the greatest, but if you’re a reasonably quick shaver I don’t think it’ll be too much of an issue. Continue reading
Bernard66 on ShaveMyPlace.com some years back pointed out that using N-S for the first past, E-W (or W-E) for the second, and S-N for the final pass was misleading and inappropriate. While some few may have monodirectional beards, most men must contend with contrary patches and areas where the grain slants to some number of degrees—often, on the neck, a “slant” of 180º, so the grain is upward—or even grows in a whorl. (Your only hope for shaving whorls well is excellent prep, a brand of blade that’s very good for you, and—ideally—a slant-bar razor.)
“I just experienced the most satisfying shave in all my life.” That was the mantra repeated throughout my day after test driving a Classic Kokum Butter Shaving Puck that a barber friend of mine had recommended to me over a poker game one weekend. “A shave so memorable it stays with you…” he promised and boy was he right. I had dismissed his statements as gin inspired exaggeration, but something in what he said stuck; kokum butter. I didn’t know anything more than that, but a barber gave it his blessing, and I by golly I was going to check it out, so I googled “Kokum Butter Shaving Cake” and bought the first one I stumbled upon. A week later I found myself dumfounded and excited, almost stopping strangers on the street offering up my chin to be caressed and admired…I was a kokum butter believer and I was ready to spread the new gospel.
First off, let’s get the lather out of the way: it hasn’t changed from any of the others of the same formulation I’ve reviewed. Quite nice. Rather thirsty, but the water gets put to good use in providing a lot of glide without thinning out much. A bit better than average moisturization properties for the skin as well.