Monday, June 11, 2012

Product review: Taylor of Old Bond Street

Product review: Taylor of Old Bond Street

Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of those old school traditional men's grooming company's. Founded in 1854 in London, Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of those company's whos product do all of the talking. They are also known in the shaving world as one of the "3 T's". The 3 T's are the 3 big London shaving company's known as Geo F. Trumper, Taylor of Old Bond Street, and Truiffit and Hill. While their products are just as good as it's competitors, one of the best things about TOBS is the price, seeing as how they come in at about half as much as the others.
TOBS's products are high up on my list because they are some of the best shaving creams I've ever used. I've got a few of their creams and their lavender scent is exceptional.

TOBS comes in a hefty tub filled with 150 grams of cream. The screw top tub is wonderful for many reasons. It's simple. No fancy curves or graphic designs. Looks and feels big and hefty like a man's product. Also, the design of the screw top lid makes it great for not leaking all over your other products, and with it being air tight, there no chance of it drying out and getting old and sticky. And since it's in such a large tub, you get plenty of shaves with it and should be able to make it last for a long time.

Not only does it comes with a screw top lid, it also comes with a plastic air seal lid inside for added protection.
The cream itself DOES contain dye's, which I'm not a fan of. However, its very light. At least it's not neon purple or blazing bright.
The cream itself is rich and light. Almost fluffy, I would say. And the scent is wonderful. I wouldn't say it's faint, but I also wouldn't say that it's really strong. I think it's got a fair amount of scent to it, but not enough to knock you down or make you question if it's got a scent at all.

I would say it smells like...well...lavender! lol Not too sweet and floral. Think of the smell of saltwater taffy and you're getting close to the scent. It's great and has a wonderful smell that I find extremely relaxing.

Like the other TOBS creams I've used, it also has no problem with building a great lather. Whether you face, hand, or bowl lather with a badger brush, you'll always come out with a great slick and protective lather which helps against your razor blade dragging against your skin. You CAN use it without a brush, but we all know about the benefits of using a shaving brush, so just don't go there a'ight?!

I haven't tried the whole range of scents like I have with the Trumper's samples, but the few I have make it on par or better than those. And again, the best thing about TOBS products is the price! Coming in at around $12-16 a tub, it'll last you a LONG time. I would even venture to say that using it every day, you could probably get 6-8 months out of it ('s just a guess people). Unfortunately, I won't have the patience to try that theory out, seeing as I have other products that I enjoy encorporating into my rotation.

If Taylor of Old Bond Street looks so good that you just have to try it, hit up my man John over at West Coast Shaving and order you some! I got my tub for $14.

Thanks for reading!

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