It was bound to happen: on a recent trip to visit my family, I left my clippers at home. While I prefer not to shave with a razor, I had no choice but to use my dad's (mainly because mama doesn't like me all scruffy). Luckily, like any other grooming nut, I was equipped with travel-friendly packet samples (quite an extensive variety) in my bag, including Gentlemen's Refinery Standard Shave Cream ($28). I rarely shave with a razor as I believe it's pretty harsh on my sensitive skin (not to mention shaving creams are pretty icky with tons of alcohol and other crap) but once in a blue moon isn't going to kill me.
Gentlemen's Refinery Standard Shave Cream was created by Perry Gastis, who was formerly the master barber for The Art of Shaving, so I had high expectations of his background on shaving. What I initially liked about the product line was that Perry partnered with an organic chemist, due to his dissatisfaction with synthetic additives. Thus, the line is paraben and alcohol free (did I mention natural, certified organic when possible?).
The main feature of Gentlemen's Refinery Standard Shave Cream is coconut oil. It has antibacterial properties and helps promote soft skin and even skin tone. It also helps reduce inflammation of the skin and absorbs into the skin pretty fast so it's an added benefit when shaving. There's also sandalwood oil, which relieves inflammation and itching. The high PH of ingredients help allow a smoother shave by opening the pores (no need for that hot towel on your face beforehand).
Gentlemen's Refinery Standard Shave Cream lathers quite nicely. When I put it on my face, the scent is uplifting and bearable, unlike so many shaving creams out there. And, despite my maladroit tendencies, it was quite a nice shave with no nicks!
Glycerin, *Cocos nuciferus (Coconut) oil, *Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) oil, *Santalum album (Sandalwood) oil, *Lavender-French (Lavandula dentate) oil, Distilled Water, Stearic acid, Potassium hydroxide, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate-water, Sodium Borate