I spotted The Real Shaving Co amongst the small, but ever growing male grooming products. It boasted to contain no parabens, SLS or SLES and is made in the UK. Both aspects of my Boots mini haul challenge satisfied.
Firstly a little bit behind the brand. They have been established since 1953 and offer a complete men's skincare regime, which is split into 3 steps.
- Step 1 Pre Shave - which includes facial washes and scrubs
- Step 2 The Shave - shaving creams, foams, gels and oils
- Step 3 Post Shave - Soothing balms and moisturisers plus SPF
My purchase, The Traditional Shave Cream falls under Step 2 in their range.
Ingredients wise, it's a very similar composition to other shaving creams I've used in the past. Except for the addition of cocoa butter, which is there to moisturise and condition the skin, while minimising razor drag or burn. I've explained before, the reasons I prefer a shaving cream over something like a foam or gel, is I have quite sensitive skin so I'm prone to razor burn / razor bumps.
Straight from the tube, texture wise this shaving cream is very similar to others I have used. However when added to water, it doesn't feel quite as creamy and doesn't lather quite as much.
This has it's positives and negatives.
I use a wet and dry electric shaver, which can clog with too much foam. The fact this shaving cream doesn't lather quite as much as others I've used, means my shaver doesn't clog. Therefore doesn't slow down and need rinsing half way through a shave.
However, the downside to a less creamy texture, I have seen a slight increase in razor bumps.
Fragrance wise, it's a light and fresh scent. Which makes the product a pleasure to use in the morning. It's not an overly masculine fragrance, so guys, don't be surprised if the women in your lives pinch this for their legs or where ever else they choose to shave!
Retailing at £4.59 for 125ml tube is a great price and definitely one of the most affordable shaving creams I've used. Personally, I need something a little more conditioning for my over sensitive skin, but I reckon it would be great for most men with normal skin.
You can find more about The Real Shaving Company here