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    Default What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    My Top 12

    Have to edit this post since I just got the Acqua Di Parma shavecream on offer for 50% off last week - and have now tested it twice and love pretty much everything about it, except the price

    I'll give it a 10/10.

    So my revived list is:

    Acqua Di Parma ShaveCream 10/10
    Castle Forbes Lime & Lavender 9.75/10
    Fitjar Folgefonn Mint & Citrus Kick 9.5/10
    Penhaligon Endymion & Blenheims Bouquet 9.25/10
    Art of Shaving Lemon & Sandalwood 9/10
    Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort & Sandalwood 9/10
    GB Kent Mint 8.5/10
    Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street 8.25/10
    Dr. Harris Arlington & Marlborough 8/10 (had a bit of rash reaction when I used my 2 DR Harris last time, so they went down my list because of that)

    What's yours
    Last edited by CHSeifert; 5th November 2011 at 06:22 PM. Reason: Upgraded my Shavecream den a bit ;)
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    Rive Gauche PH

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    Quote Originally Posted by JON RODGERS View Post
    Rive Gauche PH
    Didn't know that came as a ShaveCream :lol:
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    Default Re: What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    Trumpers Sandalwood
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Gillette Foamy Sensitive Skin

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    Caron pour un homme. I wish they'd made a Troisieme homme shaving cream.

    cacio

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    I've recently started using Proraso shaving cream with a badger brush and am really enjoying the experience.

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    I'm a soap man all the way.
    Never could get on with creams.

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    The L'Occitane one and recently been testing the Kiehl's.
    for swap/sale:



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    The usual ones by Nivea Men or L'Oreal Menexpert


    Looking forward to try shaving creams by Avene and by Vichy Homme
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Just shaved with my new Fitjar Citrus Kick ShaveCream and what an awesome ShaveCream. Almost soap like in thickness but lathers like crazy

    This stuff is better than Penhaligon, Aqua Di Parma and Castle Forbes ShaveCreams.

    Nice glass jar in organic Norwegian Eco look too, price £25/$35 for 200 ml.



    9.5/10 overall, no 9.75/10
    Last edited by CHSeifert; 24th September 2011 at 02:18 PM.
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    I love Castle Forbes but they don't love me. I always get a rash. Same with Trumpers. Domenico Caraceni makes a GREAT shave cream. I've ever used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Trumpers Sandalwood
    Also very nice choice !

    My fav Trumper SC is Coconut.
    I find the lather of Trumper not to be on par in thickness with Castle Forbes/Penhaligon/Fitjar/Truefit&Hill
    - but Trumper is Trumper, a renowned Shaving brand, probably even more respected than Truefitt & Hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverJag View Post
    I've recently started using Proraso shaving cream with a badger brush and am really enjoying the experience.
    Proraso ShaveCream is a classic. Will always be a part of my ShaveCream wardrobe
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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    I love Castle Forbes but they don't love me. I always get a rash. Same with Trumpers. Domenico Caraceni makes a GREAT shave cream. I've ever used.
    Have you tried all 3 castleforbes ?
    I know someone on a shaveforum ( The Shave Den) who had rash trouble, when he used the Lime. The Lavender edition didn't cause him any trouble.
    The Lavender CastleForbes ShaveCream is made for people with sensitive skin.

    You should try Fitjars scentless ShaveCream also - magical stuff

    Just shaved with GB Kent ShaveCream this morning and WOW it's really high quality stuff too !
    Not quite in the Penhaligon/Fitjar/CastleForbes league, but darn close in performance - and love its mint smell !
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    I've been using the Dior Homme DermoSystem shaving cream (nothing to do with the fragrance) the past year and overall i am pleased. Zero irritation, close shave, leaves the skin looking good, smells nice. Only issue is that it can clog the razor.

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    Speaking strictly of creams; does anyone have a view about:

    Acca Kappa - 1869; Aramis - Lab Series; The Art Of Shaving; or Zirh International shave creams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Rudi View Post
    Speaking strictly of creams; does anyone have a view about:

    Acca Kappa - 1869; Aramis - Lab Series; The Art Of Shaving; or Zirh International shave creams?
    I do

    Lab Series - crap
    Let me explain - the lather ability of this product stinks, the skin healing properties are quite average - but the price is HIGH = CRAP !!!

    Instead get the Acqua Di Parma shave cream If you want high $$$ ShaveCream - it's the best I own and I own Castle Forbes Lime + Lavender, Penhaligon Endymion + Blenheims Boquet, several TF&H, 2 DR HARRIS, 2 TOBS, 2 AOS, 2 Fitjar and a Kent, Proraso & Speick ShaveCream.

    Art of Shaving on par with Truefitt & Hill, Trumper and Harris. Or better. I own AOS SANDALWOOD AND AOS LEMON both in tubs.
    Last edited by CHSeifert; 5th November 2011 at 05:41 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Rudi View Post
    Speaking strictly of creams; does anyone have a view about:

    Acca Kappa - 1869; Aramis - Lab Series; The Art Of Shaving; or Zirh International shave creams?
    I agree with CHSeifert that the Art of Shaving creams are top drawer...many moons ago, before my shaving brush ephiphany, I used to use the Aramis Lab Series cream, IMO, it is also a great product but not designed to work w/ a brush. I know that there was recently a bit of a backlash from users of this cream when it was reformulated without the desensitizing benzocaine which set it apart from other creams...can't speak to the others you've mentioned - only used the Zirh shaving gel...

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    ...oh, I guess I should respond to the original question . I still think my absolute favorite cream is the much loved Trumper Violet - very addictive stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nouveau Nez View Post
    ...oh, I guess I should respond to the original question . I still think my absolute favorite cream is the much loved Trumper Violet - very addictive stuff.
    So you prefer the Trumper Violet over the AOS creams then ?

    I feel the AOS creams I own - Lemon & Sandalwood - are on par with my Truefitt & Hill creams. They are made by the same manufacturer, so maybe this is why

    I have an order for 2 Trumpers, the Coconut and the Lime.
    But just found out the Cconut oonce again is sold out, so have to wait and wait.......

    Ohh well I have already close to 20 shavecreams now in my Den, so can live with this waiting

    What's your favorite trumper shave cream of the ones you have tried ?
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    Well...from the standpoint of shaving comfort and performance, I think there is really no difference - for me, the appeal of Trumper Violet is purely a scent preference. Based on the huge love online for Trumper's violet, it was the first one of the line that I tried. I actually, just bought a tube of the Trumper rose but haven't even opened it yet. Not sure why I'm so intrigued these floral scented ones since it isn't my typical preference in fragrance - possibly because they are so novel/uncommon to the the usual U.S. shave cream offerings...but I also enjoy the eShave range, especially their Orange Sandalwood...
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    I`ve been using canned Vichy Homme foam, but as I like to do things the hard way, I´ve recently started using Taylor´s Sandalwood cream. Really looking forward to trying other creams as well.

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    So far, it's CF Lime but I've just started trying out creams. Queen Charlotte Soaps makes great smelling creams too.
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    As a new addict, I´d like to know if there´s a dramatic difference with applying the cream directly onto your face or using a brush?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhild View Post
    As a new addict, I´d like to know if there´s a dramatic difference with applying the cream directly onto your face or using a brush?
    Yes. A brush serves two main purposes:
    Firstly, it transforms your base cream / soap into a lather. When lathered, a good quality cream/soap will be able to hold a fair amount of water and won't dry out too quickly. A good lather provides a cushioning effect and slickness, allowing the razor to glide easily over the skin without any tugging or pulling.
    Secondly, using a brush lifts the hairs up, allowing the lather to really get underneath. Better coverage affords a much closer and much more comfortable shave.
    Once you become skilled in making your lather (either in a bowl, or directly on the face), you can judge, at any point during your shave, if the lather is becoming too dry. Simply dipping the tips of your brush in some warm water and re-lathering your face will remedy this.

    Using a good quality brush also acts as a gentle exfoliator, buffing away any dead skin cells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    Yes. A brush serves two main purposes:
    Firstly, it transforms your base cream / soap into a lather. When lathered, a good quality cream/soap will be able to hold a fair amount of water and won't dry out too quickly. A good lather provides a cushioning effect and slickness, allowing the razor to glide easily over the skin without any tugging or pulling.
    Secondly, using a brush lifts the hairs up, allowing the lather to really get underneath. Better coverage affords a much closer and much more comfortable shave.
    Once you become skilled in making your lather (either in a bowl, or directly on the face), you can judge, at any point during your shave, if the lather is becoming too dry. Simply dipping the tips of your brush in some warm water and re-lathering your face will remedy this.

    Using a good quality brush also acts as a gentle exfoliator, buffing away any dead skin cells.
    This man knows what he's talking about !!

    +1, quoted for the EXACT truth

    A good Brush is a necessity and a must with all great shaving creams (and soaps)
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    Default Re: What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    Who am I to argue, ordering a brush right away.
    How should I make the lather; should I put some cream in a bowl and then add some water into it?

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    I usually use a soap but for a bit of luxury the Acqua di Parma cream is lovely. Funnily enough I'm using Santa Maria Novella cream now, the store just opened in HK so thought I'd give it a shot. Very nice but AdP is hard to beat if you've been wearing Colonia for nearly two decades

    With the soaps I generally grab any sandalwood going but it's fun to try stuff from the various houses - GIT was nice one summer a while back and Villoresi's Uomo is also great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhild View Post
    Who am I to argue, ordering a brush right away.
    How should I make the lather; should I put some cream in a bowl and then add some water into it?
    Two things (well, three):
    1. Get the best quality badger hair (rather than boar hair) brush you can afford. It will make a big difference in the amount of water that the bristles are able to retain and will produce a superior lather.
    2. Mixing up a good lather is a noble art, one that takes some practice. Some people 'face-lather', i.e. load up the brush with cream / soap, then start building the lather directly on the face. Others (like myself), prefer to mix up the lather first in a small bowl, and then apply the lather to the face. Take your time to experiment, see which you prefer. Don't get disheartened if things don't work out perfectly straight away. Practice makes perfect and soon you will be making mountains of whisked egg-white like lather.
    3. If you haven't done so, then check out Mantic59's youtube channel. This man is the guru of wet-shaving, and a super nice chap. He has very informative videos on choosing a brush, mixing lather etc. which you should find helpful.

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