With so many shaving products on the market it is important to make sure that you buy a decent one that will help with protecting your skin from the daily assault it receives from shaving. The Clinique M shave gel is a spin off from their M lotion moisturiser which is fantastic and something I buy regularly. The M shave gel is priced at £13 for 125ml which is too expensive in my opinion for a shave gel and I only got it as it came as part of a set with the M lotion.
The M shave gel contains aloe vera to help calm and comfort skin and it does a good job at this and even with my sensitive skin it helps protect it and stop it from becoming too irritated.
It is a gel that transforms into a thick cream when you wet it and massage it onto the face. The lather really stays close to the skin and helps the razor to just glide through to give a close shave without scraping too much skin off.
The feeling of the gel when it turns to a cream is quite luxurious and you can tell it is a premium product as the lather isn't weak and runny like some cheap gels to cream can be. The only problem with the cream being so thick is that it does clog the razor quite quickly which means that you need to rinse it every few seconds.
You only need a tiny amount of the gel to get a good lather so I suppose the bottle is quite economical and it did last me a couple of months.
When the shave gel had been washed off it left my skin feeling soft and as if it had been moisturised. Irritation was at a minimum and although it didn't stop me from getting ingrown hairs it did stop me from getting a shaving rash.
All in all I really liked the M shave gel and if it hadn't been for the price I would definitely have bought it again.
I usually don't mind paying extra for products that are good at what they do and whilst this was good there are just so many excellent shaving products from cheaper brands such as those from Nivea, Gillette etc that are just as good as this that in my opinion it just isn't worth paying the extra for the M shave gel just for the Clinique name.
One of the shaving gels I am using at the moment is the Clinique Mens Aloe Shave Gel. This product was voted 'Best Shaving Lotion by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2008 and costs around the £13 mark for the 125ml bottle. Being 100% fragrance free this works well for me, as I don't often get along too well with strongly scented shaving gels. The gel is oil-free and soon converts into a rich lather in your hands. This rich lather is then easy to apply to your face and allows for an easy shave.
Unlike some of the more well known shaving brands, this one doesn't come with claims of 'the closest shave yet' but it has my approval due to the rests I have had. I use it with my other Clinique Men products and I find it leaves my skin feeling soft and gentle. Once I have shaved I also find it easy to rinse from the sink - this has to be a consideration as one never wants to be in trouble with other members of the family.
This gel comes in what can only be described as a dark shade of silver, with the classic Clinique design of the product details on the front in white text. The simple look of the bottle is mirrored inside with such a simple product. I would be more than happy to recommend this product to anyone looking for a broduct that is gentle on the skin and who is looking for a fragrance free product. The Aloe helps to cool and calm the effects of shaving.
I bought a pack of CLINIQUE skin supplies for men M shave aloe gel as a special offer along with face scrub and post-shave soother. It cost me £17.00 duty free. I have to admit that I have never paid that much in my life for shaving products but I thought I'd give it a try as I had nothing to lose and nothing to compare it to.
I don't think I have a sensitive skin. I don't know if I have a dry skin. I just know I have skin. I hardly ever use sun cream. I do have light coloured hair yet tan quite easily. Obviously, if I think I'm burning I sit in the shade for a bit and put sun cream on except once when I stood up to my neck in water in a swimming pool on the banks of the Nile drinking Bacardi & Coke. The waiters panicked and tried to coax me out...I didn't know I was poaching myself! Apparently water amplifies the sun's rays by seven times or something. Anyway, after I was pushed under a shower and all my skin dropped off I lay on the bed whilst a thin cotton sheet hovered over me as I shivered. I was fine the next day.
I've used soap to shave with when I've run out of shaving cream or been in a rush but usually end up with a few spots on my chin. My dad told me about a barber who told him that it doesn't matter what you use as long as you use lots of water.
I use disposable razors because I travel a great deal and they are handy to use and throw away but I have even used one for up to a month before changing it. I grew a beard when I was younger because I hated shaving. I ended up looking like Rolf Harris and in the mornings it stuck up and out from my chin and took ages to flatten using lots of water...and the pain. Aaaaargh! So I shaved it off.
I now tend to shave when I have to but on my days off I usually leave it to let my skin heal...it's just a habit but it works for me. So, as you can guess I've never been into wimpy, puffish, girly facial creams and lotions....until now!
This stuff is amazing. I actually had some shaving gel in the bathroom cabinet that I'd been using for about a month and it's still almost full (I think) but I ignored it so I could try the new stuff. I wet my face and put about a 2 centimetre 'worm' onto my hand and started to spread it into my stubble. It was like a very creamy bubble bath. I'd never seen so much foaming creaminess. I spread it all over my face and it kept growing...the foam...not my face. I had to wash loads of the stuff off my hands.
The razor, an old one that I'd left behind on the shower shelf, slid over my face as though it wasn't there...the razor...not my face. I even checked to see if it was a new razor that may still have had the cover over the blade. It wasn't and I never felt a thing as it glided smoothly through the stubble. No scaping noises. Just a very quiet 'ssshhhhhhh' like a ski over snow. I shaved quicker, more thoroughly and, I hate to say this, but my face was the smoothest that I've ever known it to be and I've known it a long time. I couldn't believe the difference. That was two days ago and I haven't had a shave since. I'm actually looking forward to using my CLINIQUE skin supplies for men M shave aloe gel tomorrow. I'll use half as much as I did initially and I reckon it should last ages.
In fact, I am now a convert to Clinique products for men and I'm going to look at all the other stuff in their range. It's brilliant! My plastic bottle is 125 ml but on the Clinique website (clinique.co.uk) it's a 100 ml tube and costs £19.50 and the same at Boots (boots.co.uk)...reckon I got a Billy Bargain then! Shop around if you fancy trying it, look out for special offers, sample packs or wait until you can get it duty free...I bet you become hooked...I am. So much so I'd now buy it at the full price as it's that good.
© John Groom 2005
Rich in Aloe Vera the Clinique Aloe Shave Gel is designed specifically for men and works to nourish and replenish the skin after shaving. It prevents irritations meaning that your skin is left super soft and supple with you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. K.D. Directions for use: Apply thin layer on wet face. Massage into beard shave. Rinse blade often under warm water towel dry. Follow with Post-Shave Soother as needed.