“ Brand: Boots / Care Shave Gel / Type: Shave Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes, „
Often I will just use an ordinary cheap hair conditioner when I am shaving my legs as I found that in particular the value brands are so cheap and provide a great barrier between your skin and the razor. That said I do find that purpose made shaving foam is the best option and so when I was in Boots I bought their own branded sensitive smooth care shave gel and this is my review of the product.
The shave gel comes in a metal aerosol as many of these kinds of products too. The container says please recycle when empty so I presume you can but it doesn't show the recycling symbol. The packaging is pretty clever I think given that it is a sensitive product as it uses calming blues and greens along with some white flowers which just gives that feeling of calm for me. The product name and the brand name is featured on the packaging as well as instructions for use should anyone not know how to use it!
Removing the white plastic cap you have a large button to press which releases the shave gel on to your hand for use. The gel is blue in colour and matches well with the sensitive theme I think. Basically to use all you do is rub the gel on your skin that needs shaving and the gel foams up and spreads really well over the skin turning in to a white colour.
This shave gel has been designed for those whose skin can be sensitive to shaving and this is most definitely my skin. I like how this gel spreads so easily on the skin and how it contains aloe vera which is soothing for the skin. When I shave with this product on my skin I find that the razor moves smoothly over the skin and that as I go from stroke to stroke I can rub the gel over the skin some more which really helps in giving a close a shave as possible! Let's face it we all want a close shave because I certainly wouldn't want to shave my legs but still have stubble because it wasn't a close enough shave! I do think that this product really helps to get a close shave.
I find that after shaving when I have used this product that the skin on my legs feels quite smooth and soft and certainly more so than when I have shaved using hair conditioner or nothing at all! This alone is a reason for me to continue using this product but another reason is simply that my skin has suffered no itching or other such side effects with this sensitive gel.
A 200ml of this product costs £1.90 currently at Boots where it is on offer at 1/3 off. I would definitely recommend this product. A little goes a long way and as such a tin is sure to last me quite a long time making it value for money too.
Thank you for reading my review!
With shaving being my preferred method of hair removal, I find that I seem to get through an awful lot of shaving gel. It seems to be one of those items which varies massively in quality, so it's something I tend to have one or two favourite brands rather than just settling for whatever is on offer or the cheapest. "Holland1" I hear you cry, "Have you won the lottery?!"
Recently, however, I was looking for some shaving gel in Boots and they were running low on stock. I ended up bringing home this Smooth Care Sensitive shaving gel, which was from the same range as the razors I am currently using. I try to opt for the sensitive skin options where I can, as I find regular shaving can irritate my skin and make it a bit dry and sore if I don't give it enough post-shaving TLC.
The gel is only available from Boots (obviously, don't go embarrassing yourself by asking for it in Tesco), and currently retails at £2.85 for 200ml. The packaging is quite plain being white with green/blue writing, but who cares about the packaging. The only downside to this is that it doesn't jump out at you on the shelf, so amongst the other brighter (and dare I say it, "exciting" looking) brands, it doesn't seem to sell itself particularly well.
However, as with most things, it's what's on the inside that counts. And this shaving gel is ideal for my needs. It is packaged in the usual way, with a pump on top to dispense the gel, and it comes out blue as do many shaving gels, I'm not quite sure why the manufacturers feel the need to colour shaving gel products so much but there you are. Once applied, it turns white as it foams up, and I'm pleased to say it does leave a very thick, luxurious feeling layer of foaminess to the skin.
A little of this product goes a long way. I tend to dispense around a ten pence piece size, which adequately covers one leg. It doesn't slide down the leg like some of the cheaper shaving gels can, but instead foams up really well, although you do have to rub it in a bit to make it turn to foam. The thick layer protects the skin so that when you're shaving, you're much less likely to cut yourself. It also contains aloe vera which is well known for its moisturising properties.
I don't really notice the smell of this shaving gel, it has some kind of fresh smell to it, but this disappears as soon as you've shaved your legs so I'm not really bothered about the fragrance of my shaving gels. According to the product description it is "lightly fragranced with Cotton Flower". I have no idea what cotton flower smells like, but I'd agree with the lightly fragranced claim as it's not at all overwhelming.
The only downside I can think of to this product is that the thickness of the product means it doesn't go down the plughole as quickly as I'd like. Sometimes I find myself swishing the water about trying to get the suds to go down the drain. To complain about this would be splitting hairs (no pun intended!), so I'm going to award this product the full five stars.
(This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
In the past I have suffered with quite sensitive skin when it comes to shaving, particularly on my legs. As I am not a fan of waxing, I have always stuck to the method of shaving and endured the pain of bleeding legs and dry skin, and I had never really thought about using a shaving gel until I was in Boots the other day picking up some razors, when I saw their own branded shave gels. There was a few to choose from but I picked up the sensitive one as I know my skin can often react to certain body care products.
One of the main reasons why I picked it up was because it was only £1.00 as it was on offer. The retail price of it is £2.85 and I will happily repurchase it again at this price because it is so much cheaper compared to some other brands. You get 200ml worth of product and this is quite a decent amount and means it will last you a good few months if you use sparingly, whereas some of the other brands only offered you a small amount.
The bottle itself is nothing special, but who really cares what the shave gel is going to look like? To use it, you need to apply to wet skin, therefore I use it when I am in the shower or in the bath. I wouldn't recommend applying it when directly under water as this makes it just run off quickly and you can end up wasting quite a lot of the product. To use it, you simply have to remove the cap and press down on the lid. A decent amount comes out with one squirt, and I usually find that this is enough to do at least half of the leg. It comes out in a very strange blue colour, however once you rub into your skin it turns white and frothy.
I have to admit that it has made shaving such an easier job, as you can see which areas you might miss without it, and it just makes shaving an overall much more enjoyable experience. I have not experienced any problems relating to this product, and it is designed specifically for sensitive skin by having added aloe vera within it which really helps. I am extremely happy with how well the product lathered up, and just how easy it was to use. I will never look back from using shaving gel again!
Another thing which I have to note is that it left my skin feeling silky smooth, and I did not feel the need to moisturise or apply body lotion after use which is excellent. This is an overall excellent shaving gel for an own branded product, and not only does it help to provide a close and comfortable shave, it leaves your legs looking and feeling great after use. I would recommend this product to everybody, and it is definitely worth picking up when on offer! Thanks for reading.