The Traditional Shaving Co. out of England has recently added their own shaving creams to their product line! I got a chance to try all four versions.
According to the company’s website,
“This traditional shaving cream uses the finest ingredients and is enriched with Prickly Pear oil which has exceptional moisturising and anti-aging properties….”
“Our signature fragrance opens with fresh and fruity top notes of sweet and zingy bergamot, mandarin and green apple which intertwine effortlessly with a heart of fragrant cardamom, lavender and rosemary with just a touch of spice. This signature then drifts into a distinctive base characterised by precious woods, warm amber and musk.”
Ingredients (paraphrased): water, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, parfum, triethanolamine, prickly pear seed oil, sodium hydroxide, limonene,linolool, butylphenyl methylpropional, benzyl salicylate.
My favorite scent of the line, sweet and fruity when in the jar, picking up the wood scents when lathered.
“This luscious fragrance opens with a medley of sparkling lime, pink grapefruit and juicy mandarin that parts to reveal a heart of fresh basil leaves and comes to rest on a base of earthen moss and skin musks.”
Ingredients (paraphrased): water, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, parfum, triethanolamine, prickly pear seed oil, sodium hydroxide, limonene, linalool, citronellil, apha-isomethyl ionone, butylphenyl methylpropional
I get a quite tart grapefruit note primarily followed by the other citrus out of the jar but lathered on the face the lime starts coming through too.
“A flurry of fresh citrus notes and crushed peppercorns gives way to a heart of earthy patchouli and a touch of jasmine. The base revolves around warm sandalwood and amber which is offset with cedar, vanilla and musks.”
Ingredients (paraphrased): water, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, parfum, triethanolamine, prickly pear seed oil, sodium hydroxide, limonene, coumarin, citronellol.
This one has a scent combination from the jar that’s difficult for me and my poorly-trained nose to pin down. There are so many different versions of the “sandalwood” scent that it was probably a good idea for them to combine it with other, complementary scents. Lathered on the face I get a woody/musky vibe. Not unpleasant to me at all!
“This woody aromatic composition combines bitter citrus accords with fresh air and delicate pink pepper on top. The aromatic heart of geranium, piquant juniper, cypress and thyme settles on a base of dry woods, and musks.”
Ingredients (paraphrased) water, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, aloe leaf juice, prickly pear seed oil, parfum, sodium hydroxide, limonene, linalool
This sensitive skin shaving cream is only very lightly fragranced to reduce irritation. We then add natural aloe vera extract to help reduce razor burn, skin irritation and to help skin repair after shaving.
I get the reverse: citrus-y with a woody undertone. But mild and pleasant to me.
All these creams have a “looser,” “stickier,” creamier consistency than other British shave creams (“the three T’s”). Loading and lathering with a shaving brush for me is a snap, even in my hard water.
I find these creams exceptionally “cushioning” compared to their peers. Lubrication is excellent as well: I think you should be able to get excellent shaves from these creams under most any razor/blade combo’s.
Traditional Shaving Company Badger Brush