[Updated May, 2019. This wonderful shave cream has been discontinued. Mantic59 mourns.] Wm. Neumann has expanded their shaving product line to include shaving creams as well as shaving soaps, and one of their first is “Old Fashioned Soda” Shaving Cream. To me the scent reminds me of a combination of cola and root beer, with maybe some cream soda thrown in. My wife gets more of a citrus cream soda scent. In any case it’s highly evocative to me and I can almost feel the carbonation tickling my nose. And the scent sticks with me throughout the shave.
Neumann describes the scent as “Orange, Lemon, Nutmeg, Coriander, Neroli, Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Clove, Birch, Star Anise, and Vanilla.”
Of course a great scent is no good if it does not perform. But Neumann delivers performance as well. In a previous review of one of their shaving soaps I said that it was perhaps slightly less cushioning than I would like. That’s not a problem here: in fact after learning from the first few uses I now”dilute” the cream a bit (use more water than normal) to create an exceptionally lubricating lather that still cushions well.
Speaking of lather, a single squirt from the pump-head bottle is enough for plenty of lather when using a brush. The 8oz bottle will last for months and months of daily shaving.
After the shave I find my skin feeling soft and nicely moisturized.
This is a “wow!” factor product for me that is now in my regular rotation.
Ingredients: Stearic Acid (Tallow Source), Myristic Acid (Coconut Source), Shea Butter, Oat Straw, “Premium Oils” (specific oils not listed), Marshmallow Root, Chickweed, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Allantoin, Slippery Elm Bark, Green Tea, Blue-Green Algae, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Nettle, Milk Thistle
Just received this yesterday, and tried it out last night. Great scent of root beer and cream soda, with clove also standing out. Really like it, but did it perform well? Absolutely.
Just a single pump onto the wet brush generated enough lather for 3 passes and I had some left over at the end. The 8 oz. jar will last a long time. Very nice, easily worked creamy lather, with a good amount of slickness to it. No irritation after shaving.
I’m a regular user of TOBS and I put the Wm. Neumann right there with it. Recently I purchased several creams I had yet to try including Castle Forbes and Trumper, as well as EShave. The lather wasn’t quite up to CF & Trumper, but equaled the EShave IMHO. I like the scent much better than the CF scents which seem overdone to me (but it really does have the best lather). Wm. Neumann will now definitely hold a place in my regular rotation.
Definitely worth a try. They sent me some nice aftershave and soap samples with my order as well, so looking forward to trying those. I will be purchasing the Old Fashioned Soda aftershave balm now that I know I love the scent.
Thanks Mark for turning me on to this product!
John S says
Ordered this stuff on Sunday, came in on Tuesday. Used it with an EJ89 and an Astra SP blade. Smelled great and provided an excellent shave. Definitely worth a look if you’re even the slightest bit interested.