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I bought some Boot's No 7 men's products when they were on a 3for2 offer and I had a 5.00 off voucher too so they worked out pretty good value. One of the products that I bought was this Post Shave Recovery Balm. I find that sometimes shaving can be an uncomfortable experience especially on my neck area and it can feel tender and raw after shaving so I bought this hoping that it would soothe my skin after shaving. The one that I got is different to the picture Dooyoo has as that is the old formulation and it has been changed now. It now comes in a black tub which looks better for a man's product but they must have also changed the actual balm too as it no longer contains any SPF protection. Overall I liked the No 7 products that I bought but this one was a big disappointment as it didn't really do anything to relieve the pain associated with shaving. It smells nice but that's about it. This balm is really more a lotion and that's all it really does is give light moisturisation to skin. It doesn't really do anything special to skin to help soothe it nor does it cool skin down like it claims on the tube. I also didn't like how this felt on my skin as it left a greasy looking layer just sitting on the top of my skin which didn't seem to absorb. To be honest this had no calming properties whatsoever as far as I could tell and I would recommend that you save your money and just buy a decent moisturiser instead as it will give you better soothing qualities than this so called calming balm will. It isn't even as though this is cheap as it costs 8.00 when bought on its own with no special offers which I think it over priced for what is effectively a light lotion that won't really moisturise enough or give you any protection or relief from razor burn.
The wife got me a tube of this to fix my weather beaten craggy face, as she keeps calling it. I admit I was never into using all this face stuff, but being outside for work and obviously the cold and wind then I sort of see where she is coming from.
This is obviously from Boots and although I always thought No7 was all about make up, I am clearly wrong. This is in a 150ml tube and the wife said she got this for £7.50.
So you just use this after you shave. This will moisturise the area, and also I think this is meant to soothe any roughness and redness that may have ocurred while shaving. The balm is a medium thickness and even just a blob the size of a 10p will cover the area that you need to cover and this will give a generous covering as well. There isn't really much of a scent to this. It just smells of a Creamy scent. It is more of a Cream and not a Gel, so this isn't sticky feeling.
This is a plastic tube, so easy enough to hold and squirt a bit of this out as well.
This dries quick enough and afterwards my face looks a bit shiny, but in a alright sheen kind of way - not an oily shiny way. It feels soft enough as well.
I've been using this for about 5 months and there still seems to be a good enough amount left in here.
A good Balm which will look after your skin and the price isn't too bad either.
I have used a number of post-shave balms in the past and the Boots No7 For Men Post Shave Recovery Balm is one that I use regularly. The balm comes in quite a basic and plain plastic tube with a hard plastic flip cap for simple dispensing. The tube and cap are silver and the tube contains a lot of information about the benefits of using the product.
The recovery balm is suitable for sensitive skin, which I think is almost essential with this type of product because generally the kind of people that use these products have sensitive skin and want to protect it from the elements. As you shave you remove layers of skin aswell as its natural defences against loss of moisture. This post shave balm is most effective at giving all day hydration and once applied to the skin it offers a calming effect. The cool, soothing sensation is most welcome after shaving and it keeps my skin feeling supple all day. The balm itself has quite a muted scent and doesn't smell too masculine so it could be used by both sexes. The balm is easily absorbed into my skin and I only need a small amount on my fingertips.
I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a post-shave balm - either male or female. At £8 from Boots it is quite expensive, but the 50ml tube will last quite a while. With a SPF of 15 this balm offers a little more protection than most of the cheaper brands.
I have used the Nivea post shave balm for years and have been very happy with it however last Christmas I received a Boots Number 7 gift pack including a tube of post shave balm so I decided to give it a whirl. You can buy it for £7.50 for 150ml in Boots which compares well with the Nivea product which sells for around £6.75 for 100ml. After shave balms are a wonderful invention and my dad gives them full credit for allowing him to stay clean shaven when he shaved off his beard after 25 years! They work by moisturising the skin thus helping to reduce the soreness that men feel post shave.
The product comes in a squeezable tube which balances on its flip top lid. This means that when you open the lid all of the balm is already near to the lid and can therefore be squeezed out quickly even when the tube is nearing its end. The Nivea balm comes in a glass bottle which does make it look at lot posher but is also far less useful. I loved the fact that the Boots product had a small exit to the tube so you could squeeze out exactly the amount of balm that you needed - no more waiting for the balm to pour out of a glass bottle and then panicking when it all came out at once!
The balm looks and feels very much like sun cream (and I have used it as an effective after sun lotion) and has a fresh smell to it although this is fairly faint.
Once you have finished shaving and dried off your face you squeeze a small amount of balm into your hand and rub it into your face in the areas that you have shaved. It's better to underestimate how much you need as it spreads very easily. The balm is non sticky and will wash off your hands with a minimal amount of water. The effects are immediate and you will notice that the coolness of the product as it touches your skin really does reduce the after shave burning sensation.
Prior to discovering after shave balm I would often have red skin on the more sensitive parts of my face, in particular around the neck. Come the next day my skin would still be a little sore which would only be made worse by shaving again. I found that using after shave balm dramatically reduced the post shave redness and my skin was far less sore the following morning when I was ready to shave again
This product works and it works well, also the tube is great and I much prefer it to the Nivea bottle but despite that I am still going to go back to Nivea. The reason is that the Boots No. 7 product works just as well as Nivea but is no better. Where Nivea wins hands down is the scent. I have had so many compliments whenever I have used the Nivea balm - the scent is similar to an aftershave but much less overpowering and will last for an hour or so after application. On the other hand the scent of the Boots product is very subtle and is all but gone after a couple of minutes
"No7 For Men Post Shave Recovery Balm soothes, calms and delivers all day hydration. When you shave, you actually remove a layer of skin, as well as stripping the skin of its natural defences against moisture loss. No wonder it can feel irritated and raw."
Despite being a little sceptical about male grooming products I was reassured by the Boots name behind this NO7 post shave recovery balm. The brown and orange packaging is neat and the light fragrance is pleasant and mildly invigorating. I found that the balm dispenses easily from the soft,free-standing squeezy tube. I have to say that my skin felt refreshed, slightly tingly and invigorated on application. It got to work in dispelling any imminent irritation as the calming effect on the skin kicked in quite swiftly.
Another bonus is the fact that it prevents skin damage from the sun, as it incorporates a barrier of SPF15.I would particularly recommend this product if you, or the intended recipient, suffer from razor rash or have sensitive skin. NO7 Post Shave Recovery balm is exclusive to Boots and is priced at £8 for a 50ml tube, which represents sound value as a little goes a long way. It certainly seemed to keep my skin hydrated all day long, which vindicates the manufacturer's claim. This balm has also undergone rigorous tests to ensure that it is hypo-allergenic.
How to use
-After every shave, squeeze a fingertip sized amount into you palm and rub your hands together to leave an even amount on each.
-Smooth into your face, paying more attention to areas of redness and irritation.
-This will help close your pores and calm your skin.
Other products in the range
There are three other products if you are keen on the full skincare regime. These preparations cover the pre, during, and post shave experience:
No7 For Men Energising Face Scrub
No7 For Men Face Wash
No7 For Men Anti Friction Shave Gel
Price and availability
At the time of writing this balm costs £8.00 from branches of Boots.
I continue to use this balm as it does the trick in calming my skin and keeping it supple and hydrated. Gone are the days of slapping stinging aftershave on my cheeks. After all, alcohol should be purely for internal consumption!