I purchased the Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream based solely on the fact that it was an Avocado scented shaving cream. The last thing I needed was another container of shaving cream in my cabinet for my wife to shake her head at each time she opens the cabinet door. But the scent didn’t make sense to me. I couldn’t picture how the smell of Avocado would make me feel as I was shaving my face; to be honest I wasn’t sure I wanted to smell Avocado as I was shaving my face. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Avocado doesn’t have a nice smell or taste for that matter, just wasn’t sure about in shaving cream.
So naturally as soon as I received the package in the mail containing my latest shaving cream I took a smell, and out of the tub it had a nice smell, not too strong, just a subtle hint of Avocado. In fact if anything I would say that I noticed some other fragrances in there as well, with the best way to describe it as refreshing. First chance I had, I broke out my Edwin Jagger Best Badger Brush and I lathered some up to see if the scent was consistent after lathering and it was. In fact, I would have to say that it is a nice departure from some of the standard ‘manly’ scents that we have become use to in our shaving products.
Lathering was quick and full requiring little effort and water. Applying the lather was nice, the scent was refreshing, and the lather applied evenly and provided great lubrication. I did a bit of research and the Avocado apparently provides you with some added lubrication while shaving due to the natural oils from the Avocado. After a couple of passes my face felt great, no irritation, and seemed a bit softer than usual.
If there is a negative it will have to be one of the things I enjoy about Taylor of Old Bond Streets Avocado Shaving Cream – the scent. If you are prefer a scent like sandalwood or the Eucalyptus of Proraso then you will not enjoy shaving with this cream. It is definitely a departure. The only other, minor, negative might be the price. Like most of Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving creams it is slightly more expensive than a Col. Conk puck, or a tub of Proraso. But I believe the added expense may be worth it in this case – softer skin, great lubrication, and a scent that is unexpected.