“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Shave Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes, „
Shaving gel is a bit of a bug bear for me - why is women's shave gel so expensive? Even the cheapest brand isn't that cheap. One of life's little mysteries. I spent years buying men's shave gel before getting fed up of smelling like a man, so now I buy whichever women's shaving gel brand is cheaper/on offer.
At the moment I'm using Boots Smooth Care 'fruity melon and kiwi', which costs £2.85 for 200ml. It's a fairly large can and it lasts for quite a while so I can't grumble really.
The can is metal with a plastic lid. It has the usual pump which you push down to expel the gel. The product comes out as a green-y gel, which turns into a foam when you rub it in your hands/across your body. It smells lovely and fruity, a little artificial but better than men's shave gel! I do find that the pump gets a bit 'foamy' but a quick rinse under the shower and it's fine again.
I would always advise using a shave gel as it allows for the razor to glide across your skin and not cause any nicks, razor burn or shaving rash. It keeps your skin lovely and smooth as you're not stripping off your skin or essential oils.
This particular shave gel is pretty good quality for the cheapest in the shop. It smells nice, it goes on easily and it allows you a smooth shave. It promises a close and comfortable shave and I'd certainly agree with them on that. I've used on legs, armpits and bikini area and I've not had any problems. If you want to smell like a fruity lady, I'd recommend!
I generally prefer to use a shaving gel when shaving my legs, as I find it offers more 'grip' to my razor's sharp edge than some other shaving products that I have tried before. Whilst placing an online order at the Boots website a couple of months ago I added a couple of their own-branded shaving gels to my virtual basket. This review will outline my experiences of using the "Boots Smooth Care Fruity Melon & Kiwi Shave Gel."
The product is a Boots own-branded shaving gel, so it is only available from branches of Boots stores, or you can order online at their website at www.boots.com, where postage costs usually apply. The usual price of the product is £2.85, but I believe I actually only paid around £2. As at the time of writing, (August 2013), the product is available for the promotional price of £1.90 which reflects excellent value for money, I think, particularly as the canister is a generous 200ml in size.
The packaging for the Smooth Care Shave Gel is quite simplistic, but it serves its purpose well. Comprising of a metal canister with a plastic lid on top, the bright colours of green and white offer an eye-catching appearance that is fairly attractive. There is the small image of a kiwi fruit and melon slice at the bottom of the canister so we really are in no doubt as to this product's scent. Removing the plastic lid and replacing it on top of the metal canister is extremely easy to do, and I can manage this by myself, even though I suffer with limited mobility in my hands. Underneath the lid is a large, plastic nozzle, and pressing lightly on the nozzle dispenses the Shave Gel quickly and neatly into my open palm. There is nothing overly fussy or 'gimmicky' about the product's packaging, and this suits me - and my own needs - down to the ground.
Boot's Smooth Care Shave Gel has a pleasant consistency, I find, that smoothens over the skin's surface easily and quickly, so that the required area is covered in a thick layer of gel-like 'paste' in a mere moment. The gel's colour is a sort of pale green shade, but this quickly turns to white as the gel transforms itself into foam, which it does so easily upon coming into contact with wet skin.
As it does so, I find that the gel's scent really takes hold, with its refreshing, fruity aroma being entirely reminiscent of the scent of fresh melon. I can't say that I find it easy to detect the aroma of kiwi fruit, but I do find this particular scent can often be a bit harder to detect in fruit fragranced products, with it adding more of a sort of general sweetness to the overall scent instead. Certainly, this is the case with the Boots Smooth Care Gel, and I do find the overall aroma is really just that of melon, with a sort of heightened sweetness within its scent that is presumably there from the kiwi. The gel's scent is certainly pleasant enough, and although it is undeniably sweet, I never find it becoming over-bearing or sickly. I can't say that I would want to wear the scent as a body spritz or perfume, but for a product like this one, I find it works quite well.
I do find that thicker gel-type products such as this one really help my razor 'glide' through the foamy lather produced by the Boots Shave Gel very easily, allowing for a sort of steady 'grip' to be maintained from my razor's blade that feels quite safe and secure during use. I find too that there is nothing 'slippery' present on the skin's surface once the product has been applied, so I am able to shave quite easily - and safely - once the Boots Gel has lathered sufficiently into its dense, white foam. I think it is this feature of the product's thick gel that has allowed me to shave countless times with it without experiencing a single nick or cut to my skin.
After use, my skin is left completely hair-free, as you would expect, with a noticeable 'close' shave that leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. The reverse of the metal canister claims that the product is "Shave Gel for soft and smooth skin" and I do agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Each time I have shaved with the Boots Smooth Care Gel, I have noticed that my skin feels rather smooth and soft to the touch, leaving me feeling quite impressed with the results.
My legs will often feel quite dry after shaving, and so it is my own preference to apply a good quality body moisturiser or body cream to my legs afterwards. I have found that this practice has still been required after using the Boots Smooth Care Shave Gel, so I don't feel it offers anything extra in terms of adding moisturisation to my dry skin. To be fair, however, this is something that I have found with each and every shaving gel product that I have ever bought, so I don't feel that the Boots product has performed any differently than these rivals - some of which cost four times the cost of the Boots Gel. Certainly, the product has not caused anything in the way of further dryness or 'more dryness than usual' being present on my skin, so I really have nothing to complain about when considering this aspect of the Gel.
Additionally, I have noticed nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity to my delicate, sensitive skin during or after using the Boots Smooth Care Shave Gel, so I do feel that its formula is surprisingly gentle, irrespective of the product's strong aroma, and I would recommend it for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I have found that there is nothing 'fussy' or 'faff-like' from using the Boots Shave Gel, which allows it to slot neatly into my skincare/shaving routine. This is a definite plus-point for me, as I have little stamina - or time - for products that require a lot of effort on my part. I am happy with how easy the product is to use, with no aspect of it feeling difficult for me. In addition, I have found that the product is well suited to my dry, sensitive skin, with it refusing to accelerate the problem or worsen the sensitivity experienced. Based on these results, the product comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in Dooyoo's product rating score.
Last time I ran out of shaving gel, I happened to be in Boots and noticed their own brand of shaving gel was on offer. I've used their brand before, and found it to be really effective, but this time I decided to try the very summery and fruity sounding Melon and Kiwi fragranced one. This is currently reduced from £2.85 to £1.90.
The gel claims to make shaving easier, and to leave skin soft and smooth. Shaving gel is one of those areas I will stick with one or two brands, because I've tried cheaper ones in the past and they tend to give a poor lather. For me, the ideal shaving gel will cover my legs in a rich creamy layer, but not so thick that the razor can't be guided with ease. This one is perfect in my opinion, as it gives just the amount of coverage I need to get a close and comfortable shave, and is also easy to rinse out of the razor blade.
The fragrance is very uplifting. Although it's vaguely fruity I'm not sure I'd walk into the bathroom and say "mmm, melons and kiwis" unless I already knew what it was supposed to smell like! It's perfect for summer though, as it's refreshing, although once I've rinsed it off, used shower gel, and then body lotion, there is no trace of the fragrance left on my skin.
I always apply body lotion after shaving, as my skin tends to itch afterwards regardless of the products I use. For this reason, I can't really comment on whether this shaving gel does in fact leave skin smooth, but I will say that it feels luxurious and moisturising due to the creamy lather it generates. I find the creamy layer really useful because I can easily see where I've shaved and which bits I've missed....a task that is becoming increasingly difficult with a pregnancy bump, but unfortunately still necessary during this heatwave!
I would definitely buy this again, although I do think it's quite expensive at full price, considering you can get a well-known branded product for about the same if not less. This is the only reason I'm knocking a star off, although I see this range on offer quite frequently so it's worth looking out for it.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I mainly use an epilator on my legs but occasionally I need to shave them quickly when an unexpected invitation means my hairy legs, which have been happily hiding under my trousers, will have to make an appearance in a skirt. For these emergencies I like to keep a can of shaving gel or foam in the bathroom.
On a recent trip to Boots I decided to buy myself another can and had a look at the range on offer. I am not brand loyal at all and when I spotted the Boots cans at £1.90 (usual price £2.85) I took a closer look. There were a couple of fragrances at this price but I opted for the Smooth Care Shave Gel in Fruity Melon and Kiwi as I liked the sound of it.
The gel is presented in a standard shaped aerosol can with a white plastic lid. The can is predominantly green with a picture of a slice of melon and kiwi on the front. All of the instructions and general information are printed on the reverse. The product promises soft, smooth skin after a rich, creamy lather that will give a comfortable shave.
When I used the gel I found that the top of the can was actually a plastic dispenser that required pressing to release the gel. It was very easy to depress and quickly dispensed an adequate quantity of a mainly transparent gel with a slight yellow tinge. I rubbed it over my wet legs in the bath and it immediately turned into a foamy lather. I was not impressed by the quantity of lather produced; I found that it was nowhere near as thick or as plentiful as I have seen with similar products from other brands. I seemed to have to work quite hard to produce a sufficient amount of lather to enable easy shaving. Once I had done this however I did find that my razor glided easily across the skin and produced a comfortable shaving experience. The foam didn't really want to stay on the skin so I found instead of being able to cover my whole lower leg in lather and then shave I ended up having to do it in about four sections so that I shaved the foam away quickly before it had chance to slide off my skin.
The fragrance of this gel is supposed to be Melon and Kiwi. In our area we have food disposal bins in which we have to put all our food waste and these can get more than a little smelly in the warm weather. This bin was the first thing that came to mind when I first used the gel. The fragrance was not fruity and fresh, it was more the aroma of fruit peelings after a couple of days, overly sweet and slightly rotten! I really thought it was quite unpleasant and was thankful that it didn't seem to leave any residual fragrance on the skin after I had rinsed it off in the bath. My daughter also tried the gel and was not impressed by the smell either.
After rinsing the product off and drying myself I would have to say that my skin did feel quite soft and the gel had certainly allowed a nice close shave.
This can has been floating around my bathroom now for several weeks and is not yet showing the annoying habit of going rusty that many cans seem to do. It still looks perfect.
I will certainly not be buying the Melon and Kiwi fragrance again and the other choice was Peach which I imagine will also have a hint of rotten fruit about it. I have looked at Boot.com and they make a sensitive, unfragranced product which would probably be more tolerable. The product did give a smooth shave and produced soft skin but it seemed a little bit cheap and nasty and I think I will probably stick to branded products that don't slide off the skin so quickly and which produce a richer lather but for £1.90 I suppose it wasn't that bad!