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Alba Botanica - Mango Vanilla

Once again unto the breach, with a “cream” that was never intended to meet either someone’s face or a shaving brush.

The scent was nice; the vanilla was clearly distinguishable, whereas the mango wasn’t quite as recognizable as mango, more of a muddled fruity sweetness. Which, having had a glance at the ingredient listing, kinda makes sense, since it does have other fruit extracts in there as well.  Still, it smelled nice, and was fairly strong, without fading noticeably.

As for the performance of it as a cream, that was far more of a so-so result. Like most non-lathering products out there, I tended not to be able to get quite the balance of cushion and glide as I like, since I couldn’t adjust anything to my liking by fiddling with the water content. This one seemed a bit low on the glide. It also did cause some clogging of the razor, which can be hard to clean away with a blast of water, since it’s not water soluble like most soaps are. Finally, while I generally have rather resilient skin, this did end up causing a bit of a burning sensation.

  • 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 9/10 Scent Strength
  • 5/10 Lather Quality

Overall, I suppose I can consider bumping it up to a 6/10. Definitely can’t say I’d go out of my way to use it again.

  • Cost: I purchase this at iHerb.com, where the 8 oz tube shown currently goes for $5.04.

Gear used:

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum).