I'm a double air sign so I have the tendency to be a little spacey. I'm also easily distracted and my friends say I have the attention span of a gnat. While this may have absolutely nothing to do with my star sign or living in NYC (where there's so much stimulation vying for your attention), it definitely contributes to flaking on brand loyalty, which I often do considering I'm always finding great new products that rival the one I'm currently using.
One such product that temporarily distracted me is TheraNeem Men's Shaving & Complexion Botanical Cleansing Bar ($5.35).
First, let's talk about neem. It's an evergreen tree grown in exotic countries (aside from Florida, the only state it currently grows in the US) and, for thousands of years, it has been used for medicinal purposes as it's an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and helps support in the immune system is various ways, from digestive health to dental problems. I like to think of neem (leaf, bark, oil, seed) as the the indie of the organics: it's not overly exposed or hyped (like tea tree oil) but packs quite a punch.
Topically, it helps prevent skin damage caused by aging or over exposure to the sun. Why? As an antioxidant, it combats free radicals which is one of the main causes of aging. There's no gimmick or unnatural chemical ingredient involved... it's totally all natural.
The first thing I noticed about the cleansing bar was its scent—very refreshing and 'earthy'. Most of all, it was pretty masculine (the scent is oakmoss and cedarwood), so I know my roommate is not going to use it all up. When lathering on my face, it felt... well, like something used by man hundreds of years ago before fancy lines started taking over. Of course this makes sense considering it's all natural and there's no preservatives or chemicals. 90% of the soap is certified organic, including shea butter, oakmoss and, obviously, neem (about 10%). I actually think this is the first time I have used any of these top three ingredients facially. The most unusual to me is shea butter as I generally associate it with hydrating the body. While I doubt a metrosexual will race to the store for this (even after applying, it doesn't feel like something for the modern man), it's fine for someone who's on a budget, health-conscious and maybe a little bohemian.
The bar does come to a light lather (you need to work it) so guys can kill two birds, one stone, if you're not picky about your shaving cream (the lather is quite mild). As my roommate put it, the packaging is a little too "I was a bought in a family-run health food store" (we, as guys, are a little weird about this, I have no idea why). My thoughts? It's coming out of its package anyway.
Ingredients in Thera Neem Men's Shaving Soap
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Water, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil*, Wild Crafted Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, (Cedarwood) Essential Oil, Abies Sibirica (Fir Needle), Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Absolute, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.