This morning I’ve decided to try out a newer arrival in my shave den in the form of a shave cream. This one is an Italian import version of Palmolive Cream, a standard shave cream for many, especially the European audience. I must be honest that I really don’t get excited for shave creams. In my experience they come up rather short when compared to quality shaving soaps. That said, I quite enjoy the Palmolive tallow soap shave stick that is one of my favorite classic, mass produced, shave soaps. Perhaps the Palmolive Cream will similarly please? My face is feeling somewhat healthy today, perhaps a bit on the dry side and with an uncommon blemish forming under my chin that I’ll have to mind. Let’s see if Palmolive Cream can get the job done.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Muhle R41 Open Comb Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Double Edge Razor Blade
Soap: Palmolive Classic Shaving Cream (Palmolive Cream)
Finish: Fine Accoutrements American Blend Aftershave Splash
That was a decent shave. Lathering with Palmolive Cream is a simple task. I placed a small amount, about thumbnail size, in the center of the moist Plisson brush, then simply began the swirling process on my freshly showered face. In a near instant, foam sprung forth from the brush like magic. After about 15 seconds of swirling and a couple of dips of the tips of the brush fibers into the hot water reserve, I had built an adequate lather. It seems that Palmolive Cream cannot take on much water, so I had to be careful not to over do it. In quick time, the Palmolive Cream lather whipped-up to a moderate density and above average volume. The lather did exhibit the tell-tail sheen atop the surface that is an indicator for me that the lather is shave ready.
I completed my standard two pass shave, one straight down my face, then one up from neck to cheek. I finished out the shave with a bit of freestyle touching-up to pick-up any stragglers. The Muhle R41 gives a no nonsense shave. It is perhaps the most aggressive of my razor fleet and really puts the blade to flesh. I appreciate the fine detailing and finish of the razor along with the weight and face feel. Paired with a first-rate blade like the sharp and smooth shaving Polsilver Super Iridium, I routinely achieve some of my closest shaves with the Muhle R41 with the cost of a nick and/or weeper from time to time. Palmolive Cream performed adequately allowing for the Muhle R41 to glide atop the moderately slick lather. The Palmolive Cream lather was no so protective throughout the shave as it did not maintain it’s density throughout the shave. In fact, it creates more of a loose foam rather than a quality lather that I’ve grown accustom to with shaving soaps. Additionally, upon the initial pass Palmolive cream was adequately slick, but residual slickness was not present mid-pass, post razor traverse or between passes. I felt that Palmolive Cream lather was adequately slick to get the job done, but didn’t offer much more. Nearly every cream I’ve experienced performs similarly, somewhat slick, but not particularly dense or protective, and their lathers loosens up rather quickly into the shave. After the final rinse my face felt a bit dry and irritated in spots likely due to the lack of lather protection and aggressive razor combination. I also noticed that I had opened two weepers, one near a chin blemish and the other under my bottom lip. The Palmolive Cream rinsed cleanly and allowed for a quick application of alum to tend to my wounds during the rinse phase of my shave.
The scent of Palmolive Cream is mild and clean. Upon initial lathering, the Palmolive cream scent is strongest, then it seemed to fade relatively quickly during the shave. The overall scent is a nondescript clean aroma that is both masculine and fresh. I felt that the Palmolive Cream fragrance experience was pleasant and mild, perhaps good for a shave where you desire your aftershave to stand out.
I finished the shave out with a healthy dose of Fine Accoutrements American Blend. Upon initial application, I felt the searing alcohol fueled jolt which quickly subsided into a soothing mentholated chill. The scent of Fine American Blend is a classic mix of Old Spice and Barbasol with a healthy measure of oakmoss. It’s a solid recognizable fragrance that lasts through the day. With that, my face was shaved and ready for the day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 4
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4 An adequate shave if nothing else.
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