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Over the years I have tried various mousses, foams and lotions to help me shave my legs both safely and efficiently but there always seemed to a problem with most that I tried. Either the contents were not thick enough, too foamy, too runny or OK until the nozzles on the cans decided to clog up. I ended up using a very thick layer of handmade soap and gritted my teeth whilst going through the shaving process.
Since finding this Avon Skin So Soft Shaving Gel I actually look forward to de-fuzzing my legs and I actually look forward to my sessions. Not only is it easy to use and the results are so good but I find it has saved me a lot of time too.
There is not a picture of the tube so I will just give you an idea what it looks like - basically it is a blue tube with the Avon's SSS on the front and the directions for use plus a list of ingredients is to be found on the reverse. The tube sits on its lid and is clearly shown as being for hair removal which is useful if, like me, you tend to own a few Avon products in similar packaging and have poor eyesight.
The product itself is a blue gel which has a good consistency in that it is not too thick so you can't spread it, nor too thin that you 'lose' half the application down the shower. I find my razor just glides through the nice smelling gel giving me a really good, even shave. I have not found any 'missed' areas nor irritation either which I unfortunately have done when I have used other hair removal products.
The smell is quite nice too - a little on the chemical side but certainly not unpleasant - and it disappears quite quickly. My legs feel nice after I've used this because there is no dryness, no irritation plus there are no signs of snagging or open pores. I would not say they were exactly supermodel's legs but I am happy especially as this was a gift from my friend and I did not have to pay the RRP of around £4 for it.
I am awarding 4 stars for this gel only because I did not see any evidence of the claim 'silky moisture' and the fact that the writing was nigh on impossible to read because of the tiny print on the reverse of the tube.
I bought this shaving gel absolutely ages ago from an Avon catalogue, and tried to prolong it's use until recently when I squeezed the last drop out to desperate shave my legs quickly and efficiently before a night out!
Although there is not picture, the shaving gel came in a blue, 150ml transparent tube which has an upside down, flip top lid so it stands upright and the shaving gel can be easily squeezed out through the hole in the bottom. I find this fiddly as the lid somehow broke quite easily allowing the gel to seep out of it's own accord and I really hate waste! Nevertheless, it is easy to use and proved to be quite hassle free when I wanted to do a quick shave in the bath.
The shaving gel itself is a blue, gel liquid with quite a lot of air bubbles in it and this can be seen when it is in the tube but once squeezed out, it is much more noticeable just how un "gel" like it really is. It's actually really thin and runny and quite hard to neatly apply to my legs as it seems to slop about and makes shaving harder than it should be! (This is also the reasoning I don't even bother to use this for shaving any other area e.g. underarm/bikini as it's so sloppy it'd just make a mess and be a nightmare!).Nevertheless, once it is on, and I use it with my disposable razor it actually works together for a neat, clean shave and allows my razor to glide, and cut close to the skin whilst protecting my skin from cuts and scrapes.
The packaging proposes it is "enriched with shea butter for smooth, silky sexy skin" which I must say the after effect is not necessarily sexy and silky, but my legs are smooth and hair free, which I guess it the main point! Scent wise, it supposedly has a cherry blossom fragrance, however, the smell is much more reminiscient of a fruity jelly bean sweet. It's quite artificial, and can only really be sniffed if you stick your nose right in the tube, as this does not linger on my legs nor can it be smelt if applied to my legs by just opening the tube, I really need to inhale deeply and closely to smell anything!
This is a nice shaving gel, and despite the annoying consistency of it the gel it has actually served me well and been brilliant at assisting shaving my beastly legs lol. I think I bought it from the Avon catalogue for about £2 and so for my money's worth it has been excellent value and although I haven't seen it in the brochure for a while, were Avon to bring it back I'd buy it again!
I first bought this a few months ago after seeing it on a good offer in the Avon rep's brochure. I'd previously tried other Skin So Soft products and knew that they were quite reliable so thought I'd give it a try.
The product comes in a long pearlescent white tube with the Skin So Soft logo on the front, and the product information and directions for use in small writing on the back. The tube contains 150ml.
The shave gel is a dark blue colour which reminds me of the gel stripe that you find in some toothpastes. It's quite a thin gel, and I've found that it comes out of the tube really quickly if you put just the slightest pressure on it. The tube stands on the lid, meaning that it is already near the opening and making it easy to use all of the gel with no waste.
Before buying this, I didn't bother with shave gels and just used to shave using a lather of shower gel. I didn't realise what a difference this would make and now having tried it, I would hate to go back to how I did it before. A little bit goes a long way and although the gel feels thin in your hand, it creates a sort of extra layer over skin so that when you shave your skin is really protected and the razor glides over it with no trouble. Although it's blue in colour, when it is spread over your skin it is transparent so you can see what you're doing, unlike with foam from soap. I would definitely recommend this.
This shaving gel is not cheap at £4.80, but as with most Avon products it can normally be found on some sort of offer and is well worth getting when it is.
I have always just pinched my husbands shaving foam if I wanted to use a razor as I generally use an electric shaver but I decided to get myself one as his always smells so manly - obviously. Knowing that I could trust Avon products to be kind to the skin I was having a look through the latest Avon book when I found an offer on the skin so soft range giving you 3 products for £5 which considering this shave gel alone costs £4.20 is a really good deal, so I purchased some.
The product comes in a squeezy tube which is a pearlised white in colour with the skin so soft logo on the front in blue and some writing on the front in blue and black. The tube has the cap for dispensing at the bottom so that the tube can stand up and it holds 150ml of product, the cap is a flip top rather than a screw on making it easier with wet hands. On the rear of the tube you're given information that it is formulated with a soothing complex and soft touch formula and the directions for use, apply evenly to wet skin and gently glide razor over the skin. The information is in numerous languages and then there is a list of ingredients and the shelf life of the product which is 12 months.
The product is a thick gel blue in colour and reminds me of the smell of a peel off mask I used to use, it is a very clean fresh smell. The gel is that thick that it does sometimes clog the hole for dispensing and makes it difficult to get the lid to shut. The shave gel foams up easily with a gentle rub between your palms and gives a nice close shave without cuts, your legs do feel soft afterwards but the smell doesn't linger like with a mans shaving foam.
This is a lovely product that I would buy again although I would never buy it at full price and wouldn't order it off Avons website as their standard delivery is £3.50. The product being in the skin so soft range is very apt as that's exactly what it does leaves your skin really soft.
I do tend to have a lot from the Avon just lately, the fact that it has cheapened up dramatically and it gets delivered to your door is one of the many reasons! I haven't been too disappointed with some of the previous items....well ok, occasionally, but unfortunately this was one of the things that I deem as being on the bottom end of the crap pile!
The product I will now review is - "Skin So Soft - shave gel".
This particular product comes within an upside down tube. By this I mean that it stands on it's lid, perfect to drain every last dreg from the tube without too much effort, not that I have even got to using half up yet!
The tube is blue and holds all the relevant information, brand name, product name, product description and amounts (150ml).
The lid is a flip design, but still quite fiddly to open, especially with wet hands!
The gel itself is very thick and dark blue in colour. The scent is indescribable, quite clinical to smell, not what I would deem as pleasant.
Instructions for use are simple, smooth over wet skin then slide razor over....that's it!
After wetting my legs in the shower, I gently smoothed a thin layer over, then proceeded to shave.
I would like to state that initially I was impressed by the gel, it smoothed onto my skin lovely, not foaming or changing dimensions at all, this being the case it didn't wash off my skin without help either, meaning this was the perfect stuff to be using in a shower environment.
I started to shave my legs and thought nothing of it until I had rinsed the gel from my skin and realised that the hair was still actually there!
Not only that but this irritated the hell out of my legs, meaning that not only was my skin not "soft and smooth" as promised, but felt like they were on fire also.
The final straw came when, after I had dried my legs, they went so dry, that even a good moisturising session made little difference.
Thankfully I got this product as a free gift with something else I had purchased, full price this is available for around the £3.00 mark.
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Thanks for reading x
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I work as an Avon representative when my poor health allows, and have done so for a number of years now. This means that I have great access to any new products or ranges introduced to the Avon range, and I can take advantage of said offers if and when it suits.
One long-running range from the Avon brand is the 'Skin so Soft' range of toiletries. The range covers everything from bath and body oils to body lotions and sprays.
The skin so soft range has been given a bit of a 'face-lift' recently, and most of the items are now supplied in sleeker looking packaging. I think (from memory) that there are also a few new additions to the range and a few new products can be found lurking amongst some of those old favourites!
One product that caught my eye recently was the 'Skin So Soft' "Soft and Smooth Silky Stay Shave Gel". (Phew... What a mouthful... Try saying that when you've had a few Sherries!)
I was instantly attracted to this product as I knew I needed a shaving gel to take on holiday with me, and most of the other ones I had seen in the shops and drugstores here were supplied in a metal canister, similar to an aerosol. This offering from Avon, however, was supplied in a plastic squeezy tube, which I thought was very appealing, given my limited luggage allowance for traveling and my inability to lift said luggage, I did think that this would be much lighter to carry with me on my travels!
When the tube of shaving gel arrived from Avon, I was quite impressed with the overall look of the packaging. I thought it looked quite sleek and not at all 'cheap and nasty'. Supplied in a sort of off-silver coloured plastic tube, there is a blue rectangular design down the front of the bottle with the brand's logo (SSS for Skin so Soft) across the front. All in all I thought it gave the impression of being a half-decent product.
I thought that the 150ml bottle would be far too much for my 'shaving needs' on holiday, so decided to use a bit of it before I left, to reduce the amount of product in the bottle. I therefore used it for a couple of weeks before I went, and had a good half of the bottle left to take on holiday with me.
The shaving gel itself is bright blue in colour. I thought it was really quite attractive-looking, and it did put me in mind of a shower gel or something similar. The consistency of the product too, was similar to a shower gel, to my mind at least.
The shaving gel had a bit of a 'clinical' scent to it, which wasn't altogether unpleasant, but I did find that the scent was really quite strong. This wasn't a huge problem for me personally, as I always rinse my legs after shaving anyway, and then apply body lotion or something similar to my skin, so any traces of the scent were long gone by the time I had completed my 'shaving regime'!
The best point for this shaving gel in my opinion however, was the amount needed to shave. I did find that I needed to use a LOT less of this product when compared to other shaving gels that I use on a regular basis. I can't really work out why this is, but I do think that the design of the packaging has something to do with it?? I personally find that the 'spray' aerosol gel type shaving gels cause quite a lot of waste, as they generally squirt out of the bottles far too quickly. This wasn't an issue with the Avon Skin so Soft shaving gel as it is supplied in a plastic squeezy tube... This meant that I had much better control over how much of the product I wanted to use.
Furthermore, I found that the product itself was of a slightly thicker consistency than that of the regular gels I have used before. I think that this meant that less of the product was needed on my skin when applying. I found that the thick consistency of the gel meant that it could be spread around quite easily on my legs, which meant that less of the product was required, when compared to other gels. I did find that a blob of the gel that was roughly the size of a fifty pence piece was sufficient to cover each leg with the gel.
In terms of the 'Silky Stay' element to the product's name, I was quite surprised to realize that my legs didn't seem to need shaved as often when I was on holiday. Now, whether this is indeed down to the use of this product, or is just a mere coincidence, I cannot say.
It is worth noting though, that some of the other products in the same brand from Avon have "Hair Minimising" properties. For example, there is a Hair Minimising Body lotion and an Anti-Perspirant deodorant available to buy. Perhaps Avon have included some of their magic ingredients in the "Silky Stay Shave Gel" too? Who knows, but the gel is certainly not marketed as having hair minimising properties!
The 'down side' aspect to the product was rather unfortunately, quite an important one. In my experience, the gel didn't protect my skin as well as other gels do, and I did suffer quite a few little 'nicks' when scuffing my razor across my skin. This does happen from time to time with any gel that I use to be fair, but I did think that the Avon Skin so Soft gel was slightly worse for this, and on more than a few occasions I noticed that I had cut myself. I was really surprised at this, given how thick the consistency of the gel is, but it happened nevertheless.
I tried applying more gel to see if that would alleviate the problem, and I also tried applying slightly less gel, as I had a bit of a theory that perhaps my razor was getting a bit 'clogged up' as the gel is so thick. Nothing seemed to help though, and more or less every time I used the shaving gel I found a little scuff mark on my skin after I had rinsed the product off. Nothing major, in terms of cuts and razor 'nicks', but there was usually a little cut to be found somewhere or other.
Back to the plus-points of the Avon shaving gel, and I did find that my skin was not overly-irritated after shaving with the product. This could not be said for every shaving gel that I use on a regular basis, so was a welcome bonus to this particular product. My sensitive armpit area is generally a bit 'scratchy' after shaving, regardless what product I have used, and I didn't find that the Avon shaving gel made this sensitivity any worse. It didn't make it any better either though!
All in all, I would recommend this product on the whole. The packaging in particular is what made this shaving gel a bit of a winner for me, although the product itself was reasonable enough. I do feel that I need to deduct a couple of stars for the fact that I mentioned earlier about the little nicks whilst shaving, as this is obviously a big consideration when purchasing a shaving gel type product! I'm not sure if this problem is relevant to me only - perhaps my shaving technique is wrong, or the problem is due to my less-than-superb razors? Who knows? Other than this particular problem though, I could not really fault the product, and I would award it three stars.
I purchased the shaving gel in Campaign 14, when it was on a 'half price' offer and I got it for the sum of £1.75, which I thought was really good value considering it lasted for quite a long time.
The Shaving gel can be purchased from your local Avon representative, or alternatively you can buy it online from www.avonshop.co.uk, where the normal price is £3.50.
The Avon 'Skin so Soft' Silky Stay Shave Gel gets a well- deserved three stars from me!
Avon Skin so Soft / Shaving gel for ladies from Avon /