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Gillette Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin - daddy knows best!
Gillette Series Sensitive Skin Shave Gel
Member Name: QueenM
Gillette Series Sensitive Skin Shave Gel
My friends and family all think I'm nuts, but I completely swear by shaving products aimed at men for the closest, smoothest shave. I tend to find that the shaving products aimed at women are all filled with silly, unnecessary scents and lotions that end up doing more harm than good. I really don't want anything too chemically or scented for when I'm taking a blade to my legs so after a good few years of searching for the perfect thing, I stumbled across Gillette Series Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin. Well, I say stumbled across it, I actually just had to steal it from my dad because I'd run out of my own products and didn't have time to run to Boots for more! It's been true love ever since...
The shave gel comes in a fairly big, pressurised metal can with a pump top cap. There is a small plastic lid to cover the pump so that there aren't any leaks or anything if you need to travel with it. It's not the kind of pump that you'd find on liquid soap, but the skooshy kind of pump that you'd find on deodorant - how do you like that for wording?
The front of the can explains that the gel contains aloe vera and offers triple protection for the skin whilst the back of the can goes into more detail and tells me that the triple protection is to avoid nicks, redness and tightness. The way I see it is if something is good enough to get a smooth shave on the rough, thick skin of a man then it should have no problem in aiding a smooth shave for my smooth skin.
Releasing the product couldn't be easier, just press down on the large grey pump area - perfect for slippy wet hands - and the clear blue gel will squirt out with ease. The scent instantly started filling my bathroom and I was actually very impressed with how it smelled. Again, something my friends think is really weird is that I love the smell of products aimed at men too. This is a very manly scent, but quite refreshing and light at the same time. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what it smells like, but I feel that anyone would recognise it.
You then simply rub the gel between yours hands and watch it transform into oodles and oodles of pale blue mousse. I didn't expect this the first time so I skooshed out loads of gel and ended up with enough mousse to coat my whole body! It takes a bit of practise to get the right amount, but you can always add more if need be - you don't want to waste any product.
Applying the mousse to my wet legs just proved how good quality it was as the bubbles didn't start disappearing as soon as it came into contact with water. Obviously it'd wash off under the stream of the shower, but popping my leg outside of the water stream was enough for the mousse to stay firmly in place. I carried on with my shaving routine and before I knew it, it was time to go dry my self off and lotion up!
I noticed that shaving was much easier with this gel as it has added lubrication to help the blade glide over your skin. I didn't have to go over certain areas two or three times like normal and I didn't nick the skin at all either (those pesky ankles!). I usually do suffer from a little bit of razor burn in certain areas, but I was left smooth and bump free after using this so the added aloe vera really worked with my skin type. I found that the scent subtly lingered on my skin but after moisturising it was completely gone. Although I do like the scent, I'm glad it was easily masked by my lotion as I'm not sure my boyfriend would be too thrilled at the idea of me smelling like a man.
I use this product everywhere that I shave and haven't had a problem with any sensitive areas or irritation, so that's always a bonus! I do find that I run out of this quite quickly though. It seems that the can goes from full to empty straight away, it's never just sitting in my bathroom half full. This is probably due to the light consistency of the gel, but it is kind of irritating when you think you have quite a bit left, go to use it and find out it's all gone. The can is slightly weighted too, so that doesn't help in guessing how much you have left.
I often find that after a week or two of using a new product my skin has some kind of reaction to it - especially on my shins. However this has had absolutely no ill effect and has left me with consistently smooth, fuzz free legs.
All in all I think it's a great little product and I'm glad I borrowed it from my dad when I did, it's made shaving take up much less time and left me with smoother skin and a closer shave than any other shaving gel or cream has every allowed me.
This shave gel is again, like most of my reviews, available from Boots. I bought it in a buy one get one free offer recently (April 2012) but I'm unsure if it's still going on in store. The 200ml can alone will cost £2.99 and is usually on some kind of offer - whether it's buy one get one free or 3 for 2.
The £2.99 price is great for such a high quality gel, even if it does feel like I'm always running out. I shave all over every 2-3 days (I have very fine, slow growing blonde hair so I don't need to do it any more often) and find that a can lasts me roughly 3 weeks.
I'm going to remove one star for how irritating it is to not know how much product is left, but it 100% deserves the four stars I'll be awarding it. I really recommend it to anyone with anything to shave!
Thanks for reading! All of my reads and rates are currently being saved for my trip to New York so I really appreciate it.