Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shaving Cream Wars

I can't believe it's already June! I have been slacking like whoa. Sorry about that, folks. Anyway, I've been trying to find the perfect shaving cream and I think I've finally found a keeper. However, in order to get to that point, I've had to try a ton and have decided to make an entire post devoted to my experimentation.

"Why shaving cream?" you may ask. "What, the stuff in a can from Walgreens isn't good enough for you?"

Um, no. Not it isn't, and I will tell you why in maybe overly candid terms. See, I don't like body hair. What this means is that I don't like looking like a wookiee in a swimsuit, so I shave my ladybusiness. Unfortunately, I am prone to razorburn and ingrown hairs like crazy, so finding a shaving cream that works for me has been a bitch, to put it lightly. I know all of you are probably all like, "Nooooo! TOO MUCH INFO!" but come on now. Forests are out of style. It's not like most ladies haven't tried to "trim the hedge" at some point, right? Anyway, here are some things I've learned during my hunt for the perfect shaving cream for my over-sensitive skin.

Disclaimer: All of the below apply to me and/or ladies like me with skin that has insane ingrown hair potential. If your skin isn't as sensitive as mine and you can use dollar store canned shaving cream/water and razors with no adverse effects, more power to you. Also, I hate you. :)

First off, regular drugstore shaving creams for women fucking suck for anything but legs. I tolerated the misery for years, because I thought that's all there was. Until my friend introduced me to Pure Romance's Coochy, which is soooooo great. It cut down my razorbumps and itchiness by a ton and comes in a lot of really nice scents. It's very girly and I like. You don't get a lather, though, which was a little surprising to me (it's clear and kinda oily), and it didn't completely get rid of the razorbumps, like I was hoping. Plus, I felt that my shaves were never quite as close as they could be. I would give Coochy an 8.5/10.

After using Coochy for a couple years, I decided to branch out and see what else the women's shaving industry had to offer. I tried Whish Shaving Cream in Blueberry. Nooooo! Never again. If I wasn't super careful, it made the razor drag and I had horrible razorburn after. I relegated that crap to my legs only, and even then, I wasn't super impressed. It smelled amazing (pretty overscented though) but worked on par with the Gillette creams and whatnot. A little worse, actually.  So not worth $20. I'd give it a 3.5/10.

I think I tried a couple more random ones from Target that didn't float my boat enough to even make an impression, so moving on...

I decided to try out men's shaving cream. The fancy stuff.  I use their razors so why the hell not? Best decision ever! Whyyyy did I not do this sooner? The first one I tried was Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream. I got it as a sample from Sephora. Originally, I got it for my boy, but then I stole it and refused to let him use it after I discovered how great it was. Closest shave ever! No bumps, no burn, no itchiness and no manly scent! I give it a 9.5 out of 10. My mind was blown. Sadly, since I shave in the shower and refuse to use products in tubs, I can't buy it from Sephora or Birchbox. Addicted to points, man.  It's going to be my downfall some day.

So, I decided to try out Anthony Logistics Shave Cream, because it was a little cheaper and got great reviews. Also, they had it in-store. It is minty as hell and will give you a case of the tingles, so be forewarned. I got used to it, and it gave me almost as close of a shave as Lab Series. Little bit of itchiness a day later but nothing unbearable and almost no bumpiness. Would buy it again, hands down. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

I also tried Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, cause it was in the deluxe sample selection at the time. At first, I thought, OMG! I have found a Lab Series dupe! Super close shave. But then an hour later I was miserably itchy. It felt like I had a bad sunburn, so another one I will never ever use again. It's great for legs, though! I might have just had a bad reaction, but just in case, I will give it a 6/10. The men can keep this one.

And then finally, I decided to go back to the lady products, because I saw that First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream had hella amazing reviews. I was so leery to try it, because I've had such bad luck with women's shaving products, but I did. And it lives up to the hype! No ingrown hairs, no itchiness, no scent, no  razorburn, and it has a nice, creamy consistency. I think it's the lady's version of Lab Series, and I totally love it. Plus, it's cheaper!!! I would give it a 9.25/10 (the shave is almost as close as Lab Series, but not quite. Sadly, Sephora is sold out at this moment, but you can buy the full-size version here.  Also, a little goes a long way, so the travel size version can last you quite a while.

I'm sure there were a couple that I tried and forgot about, but these were the most memorable. And there you have it! The results of my misadventures in the realm of shaving "sensitive areas." Until next time...

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