I picked up a puck of Geo F. Trumper’s Eucris Shaving Soap via a shaving swap – he got a very lightly used Wilkinson Sword Classic razor and I received, after a significant Canada post delay, a new in package, puck of Eucris shaving soap. After a few weeks of waiting I was ready to get down to it. My only other experience with Geo F. Trumper products was with a sample of their Rose Shave Cream, which I quite liked outside of the smell, you can read about it here. So I was more than interested to give another one of their soaps a spin.
The Geo F. Trumper Eucris shave soap was sealed in plastic but it didn’t prevent the scent from making itself known once I opened the box, it was quite strong considering, and removing the wrapper only intensified the scent. If you prefer your shaving soaps to have a subtle fragrance, stay away from the Eucris. I am not trying to suggest that it smells poorly, just that the scent is rather in your face. As for the scent itself, I would have to describing it as having a ‘masculine’ fragrance, along with a sense of freshness. As for how to actually describe the scent I was a bit stumped, so I headed over to their website which didn’t provide me with much; at least not under their shave soap listing. However, a quick look at their Eucris Eau de Toilette description provided me with this:
The warm, sensual beauty of sandalwood, musk and moss is enhanced by a heart of rich, honey-like jasmine and exquisite muguet. Rousing, peppery top notes of cumin and coriander radiate with the fullness of plump blackcurrants.
I found it a bit difficult to identify any one of those items – but I’m sure they are in there.
When it came to lathering the Geo F Trumper Eucris I was a bit disappointed. My experience with their Rose shaving cream, albeit it was a cream and this is a hard soap, was one of full rich lather that was easy to build. I can’t say the same for the Eucris. I was able to build a nice lather, but only after some work, and a bit more water than I would say is ‘average’. As for how the lather performed, the Eucris did a nice job of providing a slick surface along with a close shave.
When I finished my shave the scent seemed to be all but gone as well. I did find that my skin felt a bit dry after the shave, something that I don’t usually experience, so it caught me by surprise. Overall I would have to say that I was slightly disappointed with the Geo F. Trumper Eucris Shave Soap; maybe my expectations were a bit too high because of the price (the Eucris is available with a hard wooden shave bowl or as a refill), but if you are going to pay a premium for shave cream you really shouldn’t settle. For the same cost I would rather pick up a tub of Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado shave cream.