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Would Admiral Lord Nelson Enjoy This Shave? Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar

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The Battle Of Trafalgar

The battle of Trafalgar was the most decisive British naval victory of the War of the Third Coalition.  It was a sea battle fought between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy: 27 British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated 33 French and Spanish ships of the line off the south-west coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar.  Truefitt and Hill celebrates the victory with it’s Trafalgar line of products.  This is my review of the shaving cream.


Truefitt’s site describes Trafalgar’s scent as “top notes of cedar and sandalwood complemented by subtle hints of jasmine and spice.”  However basenotes describes it as top notes of jasmine with a spicy middle and basenotes of cedarwood and sandalwood.  For myself, I get the jasmine and spice notes.


Trafalgar lathers well, though it perhaps needs a bit more mixing time than other creams in my hard water.  It tends to stay a bit on the foamy side for me so I often start with a dryer-than-normal brush and add a few drops of water at a time to get the ratio right.


Performance is very good: lubrication is excellent though cushion may be just a tad less than comparable creams.


Trafalgar is one of Truefitt’s premium creams and is priced comparably to other high-end creams.  A tub of Trafalgar (6.7oz.) lists for $30 (, $22).

The Bottom Line

Truefitt and Hill Trafalgar shaving cream is one of my favorite creams, perhaps my top favorite scent.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, Mystric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben


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7 thoughts on “Would Admiral Lord Nelson Enjoy This Shave? Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar”

  1. Mantic, doesn’t Mr. Taylor of TOBS smell just like the Trafalgar? I’ve heard people mention that on forums.

    1. I’ve smelled Mr. Taylor and I think it doesn’t smell like Trafalgar at all. I guess everyone’s nose is different. 🙂

      1. I think AFC12812007 meant Grafton, not Trafalgar. I took advantage of Mantic’s T&H coupon code and got a Cream Sampler. The first time I lathered Grafton it immediately reminded me of TOBS Mr. Taylor, which I happen to have. I lathered up some Taylor’s and reviewed the creams side by side; they share some similar fragrance notes, but are distinctly different upon comparison.

      2. Mantic59:
        I too agree. These two are very different. I happen to like both of these shave cream scents. TOBS – M.Taylor has a very clean talc like smell, very nice. The T&H Trafalgar has more of a light peppery/ fruity note. I know, this is not wine but both are very different indeed. You can’t go wrong though; they Both have very nice scent and lather too.
        We have both in stock:
        This reminds me, I’m personally out myself.
        Happy Holidays to All,
        Joseph Barber & Company

  2. I think they were trying to see how many parabens they could put in a cream. If the argument for parabens is that they are inexpensive preservatives, then why does the cream cost so much?

    1. They use the because that it’s “concentrated”. Also they inflate the price because of the scent.
      Parbens are a big no, no for me. I’m avoiding whatever cream has them at all costs.

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