Friday, June 23, 2017

Taylor Of Old Bond Street Lemon Lime Shave Cream in a Bowl

TheLemon and Lime Shaving cream from Taylor Of Old Bond Street (often abbreviated to TOBS) was the first Taylor of Old Bond product that I’ve tried.  Taylor Of Old Bond is popular name in wet shaving. I had heard good things about it, so I was happy that it lived up to its reputation.  It is a light greenish colored cream and has a very soft consistency. 

Taylor Of Old Bond St. Lemon & Lime Shaving Cream in a Bowl
As with most creams that I’ve tried, the TOBS Lemon and Lime shaving cream was easy to lather and it didn’t require a tremendous amount of water.  For me, a wetting my brush under the tap and then giving it a rigorous shake leaves it damp enough for use.

The thing that like about The Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream bowls is that I can apply it one of three ways:
Swirl the brush in the bowl – like it sounds, just run the brush over the shaving cream in the bowl to load it.  Unlike a soap I don’t swirl it for too long.  Otherwise, I wind up loading too much and wasting the excess.
Applying Cream to the brush: I may scoop about an almond sized amount and place it on the brush.  Then start face lathering.
Dot the face: This is where I take small amounts of cream, dab them around my face, and then and then use the brush to lather.

The TOBS Lemon and Lime is also available in a tube.  As expected, it smells the same and performs the same.  So the only drawback (if one could even consider it a drawback) is that I don’t have the plastic TOBS bowl to load it.  I suppose I could always take my old bowl and fill it with the cream in the tube. But that’s neither here nor there.
The scent of the Taylor of Old Bond St. Lemon & Lime reminds me of a can of Sprite or Sierra Mist.  Personally, I really like the aroma.  But, having brushed the cream over my lips on occasion, I can certainly say that it doesn’t tastes as good as the soda … even if chilled.  To my nose, the scent isn’t overpoweringly strong.  Though, it is noticeable when applied and I am aware of throughout the duration of my shave. The cream washes away easily and I find that the aroma doesn’t linger after the rinse.  I think it provides a good, protective, and slick lather.
TOBS Gives me a protective and slick lather.
Taylor Of Old Bond Street’s Lemon & Lime Shaving Cream is packaged in a plastic bowl.  I really like the containers.  Though, I don’t find them to be very durable.  I’ve dropped a couple on my tile floor and wound up cracking the bottom.  This is also a cream that should probably should be stored in a cool dry place.  I had it shipped to me on a summer day when it was in the mid to high 80’s and found that when exposed to the hot temperatures it tended to get bit runny.  It didn’t affect the performance and when allowed to cool down, it got back to a nice consistency.

One of my Taylor Of Old Bond St Bowls didn't survive a fall to my tile floor.
Overall, the experience with the Taylor Of Old Bond Street Lemon and Lime shaving cream has been great.  I find the aroma to be very appealing, it’s easy to lather and apply, and it offers good protection.  So, I could see why Taylor of Old Bond St. is a favorite name among wet shavers.

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