Once in a while I’ll review a shaving cream that wasn’t really ever intended to be used on anyone’s face. Wetshaving? Not quite, but still.
On occasion, creams which are intended to be non-lathering still manage to lather up quite fine, often yielding better results. This? Well, this is not one of them.
The performance of this cream had good sides and bad sides. The good side? It provided great lubrication. And whatever it’s made of left my skin feeling pretty nice afterwards.
The bad side? It’s not water soluble, and really thick, so as a result it is very difficult to clean up. Which admittedly did help with the shave, providing a decent cushion, but then in order to rinse it off my razor, I needed to unscrew the flow aerator on my washroom sink’s faucet, just to get enough pressure to blast it away. For anyone who doesn’t shave shirtless, I’d suggest avoiding it, as I imagine it would be a real pain to get out of clothing. A pain to get off of your razor, and even to rinse off the face once you’re done.
Also, since it’s non-lathering, you end up needing to use a lot more of it. After all, the lather you get from most soaps and creams is mostly air and water by volume. Using something like this will end up costing a fair bit more just because you use a lot more of the product per pass.
The scent however, I found to be quite pleasant. I mean, it’s not surprising, I love pomegranate, and I love grapefruit. The combination is great, it’s perhaps a bit heavier on the grapefruit than the pomegranate. The strength is pretty decent as well, not what I’d call strong, but it’s got good staying power.
- 10/10 Scent Pleasantness
- 8/10 Scent Strength
Overall, the annoyance of the cream and its lack of solubility is bad enough that it scent barely makes up for it. 6/10.
- Cost: I picked this up from iHerb.com, where they’re selling the 7 oz tube shown for $4.89 (hrph, it was $5.36 when I bought it!).
- Razor: 1966 Solid Nickel Gillette Tech
- Blade: Big Ben Super Stainless
Ingredients: Water (Purified), Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polysorbate 60, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethycellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Acai (Euterpe Oleracea) Fruit Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (USDA Certified Organic), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract (USDA Certified Organic), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract (USDA Certified Organic), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (USDA Certified Organic), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (USDA Certified Organic), Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract (USDA Certified Organic)