While Taylor of Old Bond Street – often abbreviated to TOBS or TOOBS in the online shaving community – is a traditional English classic with the earthy Sandalwood as their most popular choice, Proraso offers a fresh eucalytpus soap from the favourite Italian supplier.
If you’re new to wet shaving, you won’t get far without hearing about TOBS. Taylor’s are a centuries-old classic and their shaving cream is somewhere between a soft cream and a harder soap in a sturdy plastic container.
In reality their range goes far beyond sandalwood and into exotics like grapefruit and limes. But the sandalwood is always a classic. It is rich without seeming overly opulent and creates a nice lather quickly with a brush thanks to its softness.
Proraso is most renowned for its fresh eucalyptus scent which is certainly more modern and youthful.
There are plenty of wet shavers who enjoy the superior experience of wet shaving without falling for the “ol’ babershop” nostalgia that can seem excessive in the community of online forums.
But overall bost brands offer fantastic quality at a great price.