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XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:02 pm
by brothers
This one has been around a while, it went offline to be reformulated a couple of years ago. It bounced back and now it's in V2 and going strong. I got a big tub of Unscented from my son for Christmas. It'a a good cream. They make a scented version, but when I had it before, it wasn't my favorite scent. Unscented has absolutely no discernible scent according to my nose. This is one of the top shaving creams, and it's made in Italy.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:33 pm
by gregkw1
It's a great performing cream but the regular scented smells like urine with some lemon in it

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:11 pm
by brothers
Thanks! I couldn't quite put my finger on it, until you made the connection. You've broken the code. :D

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:18 pm
by BPman
Yes, but the $65 approx. price is enough to scare damn near everyone away!! :shock:

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:48 pm
by blantyre
So the unscented sounds like the way to go, maybe add a shot or two of nice EO or an eau de parfum. I'll skip the Lilac Vegetal scented version - especially at $70 with shipping!

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:19 am
by brothers
Today was the day I started using the XPEC for as long as I can. It's an enormous 8.6 ounce barrel, so I'm not going to guarantee I'll use it all up in one single months-long period of time. (I wouldn't be surprised to see 100+ days.) That's a long time for a completely scentless cream.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:40 pm
by churchilllafemme
The original unscented (with parabens) is an excellent cream for me, but I always add fragrance to the lather with Acqua di Parma Colonia or Domenico Caraceni 1913.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:43 am
by brothers
I've thought about adding fragrance, and have tried it a couple of times. For the time being, I've decided to go unscented for a couple of weeks just so I can get an accurate feel for the best way to get the lather I'm looking for. Maybe after that happens, I'll experiment a bit more with the fragrance.

After finding the most appropriate brush today I know I can stick to face-lathering the XPEC. One of the most important features I am hoping for in any soap or cream is the slickness that is left behind after the first and only lather-pass when I splash tap water on my face and go for the overall touch-up and smoothing. XPEC has one of the best slickness factors I've found so far. Onward and upward! :lol:

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:20 am
by brothers
After about 24 days using the XPEC, I'm getting quite accustomed to having no fragrance. Don't miss it at all.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:23 pm
by brothers
30 shaves in now. The next 60 or so before it runs out are going to be good.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:37 pm
by blantyre
I bought this but accidentally ordered the scented by mistake. It is quite good - reminds me of the older version of Hammam Bouquet which along with Blenheim are the only two Pens scents that don’t give me a headache. As far as the lather is concerned it is excellent and easy to generate. Overall a great, if pricey, cream.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:10 am
by brothers
More than 60 shaves so far and a little more than half gone. Still looks like at least 100 total shaves might be within range. I'm not trying to be a miser, or to be wasteful. I use about an almond-sized portion at a time and the synthetic brush makes a lot of lovely lather for me.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:44 pm
by brothers
I figure I've used up about 4/5 of the XPEC. Getting through the next 20 or 30 daily unscented but otherwise excellent shaving cream lather gives me a challenge. Today I decided to add menthol to the remnant of the pot and send it off with a blast of cold refreshment. Something to remember it by. A bit of excitement perhaps. Bon voyage XPEC!

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:14 am
by brothers
First shave with the newly mentholated XPEC today. It turned out OK. I was hoping I hadn't added too much menthol.

Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 pm
by brothers
Today the XPEC finally ran out. It lasted through 101 excellent lathers. Before today, the record was 100 for the MdC Fougere soap.

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Re: XPEC Shaving Cream

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 9:46 am
by Bill_K
brothers wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 pm
Today the XPEC finally ran out. It lasted through 101 excellent lathers. Before today, the record was 100 for the MdC Fougere soap.

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What a sad picture that is. Much like seeing the bottom of my glass of Scotch.