Geo F. Trumper Coconut Oil Soft Shaving Cream

This is my favorite shaving cream to date, I am not stating it is the best, as you will read in some of my future reviews I have several items that I find to be excellent, this is just a personal favorite.

Used with a good brush it produces a thick luxurious lather, that enables a very pleasant and smooth shave. I have found that it works best with my silver tip brushes, it does seem to have a somewhat dryer lather and the added water in the brush seems to help if you prefer a little more fluidity in your lather. This my no means effects the quality of the product either dryer and thicker or more wet and watery, both provided an amazing shave.

My first concern was of course what kind of coconut smell are we going to find. To my pleasant surprise the scent was light and fresh coming from the coconut oil used in the cream and not from added fragrance or essential oils. This light scent lingers for hours after shaving. I found this to be very refreshing. The oil in the cream leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized and provides a very slick, gliding surface for the razor.

I will explain now why I have stated above this is my favorite cream. This is my go to cream following any day when I have tested an exceptional harsh product, it always seems smooth, even if I am recovering from a serious case of razor burn. It helps my skin to feel better when it is feeling a bit abused. It is also the only cream that I apply any residue onto my face following my final pass and let sit and soak on my skin. I have a very specific ritual for my shaving process and this particular cream is the only one that sees an exception. Following my final pass I wash my face then apply alum, at which point I clean all of my equipment and put everything away. For this cream I apply the residue to my face and clean and retire my equipment , followed by washing the face of remaining cream and then applying alum. This allows for a few extra minutes for the coconut oil to absorb into the skin. It really does leave my skin feeling good.

Form: A

Delicious smell and consistency. In fact my 2 1/2 year old daughter is constantly asking to smell it and then pretends to eat it.

Function: A+

This is a great all around cream, as long as you like coconut. Luxuriant lather, extremely smooth and slick shave. Leaves skin feeling smooth, refreshed and moisturized.

Style: A

Style to be expected from a one of the classic British companies that embodies style. Attractive and functional packaging. A must have in my rotation of shaving cream.



The Art of the Classic Wet Shave

The Art of Wet Shaving or what I usually refer to as “Classic Wet Shaving” to distinguish the cartridge and can wet shave to the more classic straight/cut throat razor or Double edge Safety razor, brush and soap/cream.  My blog will be in reference to the Double Edge safety razor as I myself am not skilled in the art of the straight razor shave and will  not endeavor to venture here until my very young children are a little older.

My hope with this blog is to share some of my experiences: trials, errors and successes with those of you who may gain from this information.  It is also to share with you the many product tests I do.  All the product tests are done independently by myself.  This is more due to my obsessive nature and searching for the optimal shave or shaving combination.

Many people are now turning to the Classic Wet Shave as a low cost alternative to the expensive cartridge razors. Many switching because of the benefits to their skin: Shaving bumps, acne, etc.  I personally wet shave because I find it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience, in an otherwise busy and exhausting day (I did mention very young children didn’t I? :-))  While I do enjoy that my favorite soaps/creams will last quite a long time, I also don’t feel the desire to wait several months emptying my current cream to try another.  This often results in my having quite an assortment of products that I test.  As economy of the wet shave is not my primary goal I do test many premium pre and post shaves, creams and aftershaves as well as not so premium brands that have had decent reviews from other users.  To my wife’s delight she is happy to accept all of my discards, as they are all better than the shower soap she insists on using for her legs.

As stated above my obsessiveness leads me into trying a plethora of products, in my search for the perfect combinations for my own face. While this is not necessarily the best combination for others it may be helpful, in that I believe most people won’t go to the extremes that I do as far as purchasing and testing products. As you may know, shaving products can be expensive and the cost can add up rather quickly, especially if you are buying 5 or 6 tubs of cream for every one you use :-). As you yourself may know, aside from the initial outlay for razor and brush, the Classic Wet Shave can be much less expensive than that cartridge razor and can of cream (my technique of purchasing being excluded of course).

I hope that this site can offer some aid to those wishing to find the right shaving technique or those who desire to try different products but do not necessarily want to lay down the money for  a product they may not like, but will last for months or years.