Speick is a fairly popular shaving cream (also available as a soap… and a balm, and a deodorant, and an EdT, etc) made out of Germany. The company’s gimmick is the Speick plant (Valerina celtica), which they say helps calm the central nervous system while stimulating the autonomic nervous system. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly able to verify the veracity of any of those claims.
Its predominate scent is lavender, augmented by a bit of something else. I’d say it’s a bit of a woodsy aroma. That might be the Speick, or it might be some of the other added fragrances; I can’t say I know what Speick on its own smells like. All in all, it’s a nice blend. The strength is pretty decent; comes on at a medium strength, without much in the way of fading at all.
The performance is likewise pretty good. I did find that it was fairly easy to over-water the mix, so I’d suggest going slowly when whipping it up. But if that’s avoided, it provided a good blend of glide and thickness. I did however experience a bit of irritation from something in it, which is fairly rare for me.
- 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 8/10 Scent Strength
- 8/10 Lather Quality
Overall, it performs solidly in all areas (or at least all areas I consider to be most important), for a fairly reasonable cost. I’m going to give it a 7/10.
- Cost: As mentioned, it’s fairly widely available, and goes for about $7 for the 2.5 oz tube.
- Brush: The Colonel
- Razor: Merkur 45 Bakelite
- Blade: Shark Super Stainless
- Scuttle: Robert’s Feats of Clay #4
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Potassium Stearate, Potassium Palmitate, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Potassium Myristate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Valeriana Celtica (Speick) Extract, Fragrance (Essential Oils), Potassium Laurate, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Thiosulfate, Cl 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Limonene, Linalool.