A Little Scent History
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It wasn’t too long ago that TAOS limited itself to four scents: Sandalwood, Lavender, Lemon, and Unscented. A few years ago they added a seasonal Peppermint “candy cane” scent around the gift-giving holidays. They also tried an “Ocean Kelp” line. When The Kingsman: The Secret Service movie came out they launched a limited edition “Kingsman” scent (which has since been relaunched as Bourbon).
Apparently those experiments were successful because TAOS has since added several additional scent lines including a Bergamot Neroli line. I decided to pick up a tube of Bergamot Neroli to try.
The Art Of Shaving Bergamot Neroli Shaving Cream
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum, Triethanolamine, Citrus Aurantium, Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Methylisothaiazolinone.
TAOS describes the scent as:
“The Bergamot Neroli shaving cream contains a distinct blend of an uplifting, cold pressed citrus, rounded with the sweet floral and fragrant bitter orange tree blossom.”
What does Bergamot & Neroli smell like? Me, I get much more of a floral scent, followed by some citrus. There are a number of “Bergamot Neroli” shave products I can compare it to, such as Don Marco from Italian Barber (which I find more “tarty” than the TAOS product), Tcheon Fung Sing, and Mondial (from both of which I get more of a sweet citrus scent).
The The Art Of Shaving Bergamot Neroli shaving cream lathers up quickly (even in my hard water) and voluminously, with a consistency of a cross between a meringue and yogurt. It is quite tolerant of different water hydration ratios for me–I think this could be used brushless pretty easily by massaging a little more of it than usual into a wet face with wet hands.
And I think the cream’s performance is pretty solid! In my experience TAOS shave creams generally perform as well as many of the top-shelf British brands. Both lubrication/glide and cushion/protection are excellent. TAOS creams are on Sharpologist’s “best shave creams” list for a reason.
TAOS gets knocked about in the wet shaving enthusiast community sometimes for being the “corporate sell-out” but their relatively wide availability and the number of brick and mortar outlets give them the advantage of being a “gateway drug” of old-school shaving.
You can get The Art Of Shaving Bergamot Neroli shave cream in a tube or a tub along with several other grooming products in the scent, including a pre-shave oil and a shave balm. Take a whiff of it if you’re near one of their outlets: if you like floral/citrus scents I think you’ll enjoy this one, too.
Have you tried a Bergamot Neroli scent in a shave product? What do you think about it? Leave a comment below!