Pevonia Botanica is a well-known brand in the spa world and has been around since 1991. It specializes in some pretty unusual natural ingredients (see the caviar product
review by our colleague Jimmy), including marine collagen and elastin, marine DNA, hyaluronic acid, and a host of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Pevonia also has lines of products aimed directly at consumers and Truth InAging is planning to be carrying them in our new store very soon, so we decided to try two products from the men's line, the Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion ($38) and the Soothing After Shaving Balm
. This post covers the first product.
Truth be told, it has been a while since I was asked to cover the excellent Dermologica
shave cream, and I am starting to be wary of Marta coming to me with new shaving stuff that I just know is going to do my skin evil. When she brought me the Pevonia Botanica Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion, I left it on a shelf for two weeks while waiting for Dermologica to restore my face from a bad experience with other products.
But, once I got to it, I immediately realized Pevonia Botanica’s Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion is an excellent product and three weeks of studious daily usage have confirmed this. It is not quite perfect, but nearly so. Read on.
For me, the most important thing is whether a product works or not (sorry, I should say “whether the ingredients are good” because I am a member of the Truth In Aging team, but that is not the way I first react in the real world…). Anyhow, Pevonia Botanica Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion works very well.
By the way, let’s not get excited about the word “emulsion”, it refers to a solution mixing one “dispersed” liquid into the other (the “continuous” one), like water and oil; this applies to vinaigrette, margarine, photo products and to many cosmetics products. Nothing special here.
The bottle is designed to stand upside down when idle, so the cream is immediately and easily flowing. Lathering the face is very easy as the emulsion is very liquid; it is white, slightly but lightly scented and does not feel greasy at all. One of the few criticisms of the product relates to this light, easy to spread liquidity texture of the emulsion: it is actually too liquid for its own good. On these rare mornings when I am not quite awake at shaving time I end up with lotion on the mirror or the floor, I am stuck with emulsion in one hand and an opened container in the other and, because it requires two hands to close the bottle, it creates a creamy mess out of the whole shaving experience. The packaging could definitely be improved, but I fear it might be a lost cause as I noticed that they have the same shape of bottle for many of their products – different color for each line - (all advertised as fully post-consumer recyclable and biodegradable packaging), so I do not think they will change this on my mere request.
More to the point, the fault does not reside with the bottle’s shape, but with the product itself which is too liquid. Indeed, this also shows when I spread the emulsion on the shaving areas of my face. The emulsion does not lather, does not stick around and is absorbed so quickly that it is quickly transparent to the eye. As a result, it is difficult to determine whether I have well covered everywhere or whether more is needed. I am no chemist but looking at the included ingredients, I would assume Pevonia has skimped on carbomer
, a thickening agent that helps control the viscosity and flow of cosmetic products. It also helps distribute and suspend insoluble solids into liquid, preventing the oil and liquid parts of a solution from separating (think salad dressing). Carbomers have the ability to absorb and retain water, and can swell up to 1000 times their original volume when dispersed in water.
Coming back to the shaving experience, one soon appreciates that the name “Easy Glide” is fully deserved. The light texture and coverage really enabled a great shave. The razor slides well over the skin, with few cuts. The shave is already good in the first passage of the blade, but the amazing thing is that the glide is not only excellent but resilient. In other words, it stays on the skin for a little while so I could have two, three and even four blade passages without cuts or skin abrasion. As a result, I could make sure that the hair was cut close enough not to have to shave twice a day. This is a remarkable and relaxing experience.
Unfortunately, the official website is fairly vague when it comes to information about individual products. There isn't a full list of ingredients available for each product. Instead, it only give general descriptions of what is in each of the different antiaging lines. We had to do more research (by merely looking at the back of the package!!).
This glide effect may be due to multiple ingredients but I could note near the top of the list glyceryl stearate
, which is derived from palm kernel, vegetable or soy oil and is also found naturally in the human body. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance (Source). It easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It has been shown to protect skin from free-radical damage as well and is recognized as safe. Likewise, polysorbate 20
is used in cosmetics and skin care products as a surfactant, emulsifier, and fragrance ingredient and it is a low hazard ingredient.
As an aside, for what we could see, the ingredients making up Pevonia’s Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion are all excellent, mostly botanical. They deserve huge credit for doing exactly what they preach.
Back to the shaving, Pevonia Botanica’s Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion is effective at preventing razor burns, skin sensitivity and folliculitis, an inflammatory condition which can arise from shaving. It leaves the face fresh, cool and clean feeling. You boys reading this, but also you, the ladies of the boys who are not yet reading, should know my pleasure when my wife recently made a positive comment about my face and neck having lost any redness and even saying something like I was “looking good”!
Last but not least, you get five ounces of the Emulsion for $38. This is not cheap, but not crazy expensive either. And I am nowhere near having used up my bottle after more than three weeks of daily testing.
In conclusion, Pevonia’s Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion is a remarkable product that just need a bit more texture to perfect.
Check back early next week for my review of the Soothing After Shaving Balm, but, and I hope the folks at Pevonia Botanica are reading this (!), I can't wait to also try their Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser!
Water (Aqua), Cathamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Carbomer Sodium Citrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lippia Citriodora (Lemon Verbena) Flower