Product Type: Nivea Hair Removal
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Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel
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Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel
Advantages: Nice close shave. No irritation or snagging.
Disadvantages: The dispenser can be quite messy. More expensive than some other brands.
Now obviously Nivea are a very well known brand in the personal beauty product market for both men and women, and so you can be pretty sure that you are purchasing a good quality brand. The cost in my local supermarket is £2.90 for a 200ml can of it; however as I said it is regularly on special offer at £2 which I don't think is too bad an asking price.
The can itself is an example of less is more design, being all white except for the prominent Nivea logo at the top. Directions for use and a list of ingredients is provided on the side, however I am sure the vast majority of people will have some knowledge of how shaving gel works, and without a doctorate in chemistry, the ingredient list is probably going to be of no real use. It is worth pointing out however that it is there for anyone with specific intolerances to check out.
I really don't have a preference when it comes to actual shaving between a foam and a gel, however in my experience, and this is particularly true of this product, that the same sized cans of foam and gel cost around the same price, but the gel goes a lot further than the foam and so in these tough economic times if I can make a saving anywhere then I certainly will. In addition, I don't suffer from excessively sensitive skin, but have been prone to a lesser extent to some soreness and redness especially if I haven't shaved in a couple of days. The reason I bought the sensitive one is down to my reasoning of "Why should expose my face to a potentially harsher one if a sensitive one is available." Possibly not Freudian philosophy but logical non the less!
The mechanism for dispensing the gel is very straightforward and common, simply depress the centre and the gel will come out. I have to say that my one major bugbear with this product is that the gel comes out quite slowly due to its thickness and doesn't really clear the side of the can, meaning that the area around the dispenser can become rather messy after a short while and needs to be constantly cleaned. Not a disaster and nothing a dampened cloth or paper towel can't solve, but annoying all the same.
I have found with this product more so than all other gels that I have tried is that a little goes a very long way, adding to the economic benefit to your wallet. The gel is more viscous than most on the market, and I can get a very decent lather going with only a very small squirt into my hand. It also applies very nicely, is easy to rub on without becoming very thick on your skin, which also helps when you come to shave. The gel has a slight floral scent to it, which is quite pleasant without being too overpowering or feminine, and as you apply it to your face, you do feel a soothing sensation that reassures you that it is relaxing your bristles ready for shaving.
The acid test for any shaving product, gel or foam is how easy it is to shave and how it feels afterwards. I have to say that although I have never had any particular issues with shaving, with some brands you do notice the odd tug especially if shaving against the grain. This is not an issue that I have noticed with this Nivea sensitive shaving gel and I'm impressed at the ease in which the razor glides across my face. In addition the shave is always very close, meaning you don't have to constantly shave over the same places time and time again which again will lead to a reduction in irritation afterwards. The easy and closeness of the shave means that the whole process is speeded up which also has to be a bonus.
It also has to be said that your face feels refreshed after you have finished shaving and rinsed off. I've already said that I don't notice any kind of irritation, and you are left with the cooling feeling from the gel for a good while after you've finished shaving leaving your skin feeling in a good condition. I've also noticed with the product that when applying aftershave you don't get the stinging sensation immediately after shaving that you do with some other brands of foams and gels.
So to sum this one up, I would recommend it to anyone out there who wants to try a good gel product from a well-known brand that leads to a very satisfying close shave. The issue with the dispenser is annoying, but ultimately is one of design and not one that detracts from the actual shaving experience, and if you can get it on special offer somewhere then it is well worth a couple of quid of anyone's money.
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Summary: This shaving gel provides a very close shave without any irritation.
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