The 2nd of the two Scents Of The Month from Al for April is Casablanca. It’s cedar scent with orange, conifers (well, other conifers, since cedar itself is a conifer too!), and spices. It is an absolutely lovely masculine scent. While the cedar is most noticeable at first, the orange caught up within a few sniffs; together the two make quite a pairing, and the spiciness gives just a little bit of kick to back it all up.
I would have liked just a tiny bit more oomph to it. It’s not strongly scented, but not weak either. Once applied, it does manages to last the shave without much in the way of fading.
As for the shave itself, it’s the great shave I’ve come to accept from Al’s. Thirsty cream, so use a fair bit of water. It’s not easy to screw up, having a nice and wide sweet spot for acceptable water content, giving you a good balance of the amount of lubrication you get and the thickness of the cream for your cushioning. Good moisturizing properties as well, giving a nice soft feeling to the face.
- 10/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 9/10 Scent Strength
- 9/10 Quality of Lather
Needless to say, I’m giving this one a 9/10. It could possibly use a bit more scent to it, but all in all I’d say that it could still easily be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
- Cost: This sample was provided gratis for the purposes of this review. The SOTMs are available for $18 for a 4 oz tub.
- Brush: Wee Scott
- Razor: Gillette Old Style with WWI US Service Set
- Blade: Shark Super Stainless
- Scuttle: Robert’s Feats of Clay #4
Ingredients: “The forumula of Al’s Shaving Cream is Triethanolamine and preservative (parabens) free and only contains sodium and potassium salts of fatty acids (stearic, oleic, linoleic, palmitic, myristic and lauric) in addition to water, glycerin and botanicals.”