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I don't really use a shave gel when it comes to shaving my legs, I prefer to just rely on the little moisture strip you get with fancy razors these days and tear strips off my legs but when I was offered one for free in Boots the other week for buying some new razors I decided to go for it and try it out.
The shave gel in question was Gillette satin care shave gel in the avocado flavour. The gel comes in a can and has a nozzle at the top which you press and the gel comes out. This is actually my favourite part of the whole thing because within a few seconds of you pumping out the gel it turns into a lovely white creamy foam, it's so much fun to watch it do that, simple pleasures, I know. Gillette say that you should, "treat your curves to Satin Care shave gel, infused with the inviting aroma of aloe, jasmine and rose. This enticing gel, in a beautiful avocado green turns into a rich lather that helps leave your skin soft and satiny smooth every time you shave.
I have to say I was really impressed with how well this gel works. I do tend to think that these are sort of a bit of a waste of money and that I can shave my legs just as well without them but I was really pleased with the whole experience of using this gel. Firstly, I applied the foam to my legs in the bath. It is best to apply it to wet legs as it smoothes over them much better when they are wet. I find you don't need much of the foam to cover all your legs, really only a little blob will do. Then when you start to shave the foam off you get a wonderful comforting sensation on your legs, like they are really being protected by the foam and that it will be quite hard to nick and cut your legs when this foam is on.
It has a wonderful, fresh smell to it but subtle enough that you do not have the smell on your body for the rest of the day. Once my legs were dry and I was out of the bath I thought they really did feel extra smooth and better than before without this gel so I think this may be something I use for quite a long time to come.
Like I said I got mine free this time but a 200ml bottle in Boots will cost you £3.22 and as you only need a little bit per leg the bottle will last quite a while and be quite a cheap beauty product.
Satin Care Avocado Twist
What is it?
A shaving cream.
It's for ladies only! Well, I think men can still use this...
It's also one of the new ones on the market - 'avocado twist with 'silk'...formulated to ensure that your legs stay satiny smooth after the shave and also gives you the aroma of jasmine and orange blossom.
What do I think?
I have actually been using Gillette Satin Care for a long time and I generally get no problems with it. I do find that my skin feels okay after shaving, not drying, stinging or any flaking. Although not getting the same effects of a moisturiser, I do still feel my skin is being protected by the gel after using it.
With this new 'avocado twist' version, everything is still the same, only a little bit of gel is needed to create a lot of foam when it is rubbed into the skin, during shaving the foam stays definitive and makes shaving the applied area very convenient, it also washes off quite well. So what is the difference with the others? I wondered this myself, with the calm relaxing pastel colours of the bottle, it just looks so appealing on the shelf, echoing a sense that shaving should be stress free, which it always with Gillette.
Squeezing some of the gel out, the colour is a pastel lime greenish colour, personally not too keen on this as it reminds me of something else not so pleasant. The smell, well, I expected some kind of fresh avocado smell, but there is none of that. Though still a nice smell I didn't manage to work it out until looking on the bottle - jasmine and orange blossom - jasmine, probably yes, not so sure about the orange bit, and definitel don't know why the gel ended up being called 'avocado' twist.
This usually costs about £3.99 for a 200ml bottle, though I would prefer it much cheaper - £2.99 is about right.
Worth a try, though the smell, colour and name of it will confuse you a little...
Thanks for reading.
I got this a few months ago as part of a set with the Gillette Venus razor but i dont think its really worth the money and even though its a well known brand its no better than cheaper shaving gels i have used before.
It sells in Boots for about £3.00 but i have seen in for £2 in Bodycare and Semi Chem so i would shop about for a deal on it. There are a few different fragrances of this and i have tried the apricot one but it has the same effect but doesnt smell as nice.
It comes in a 200ml tin and is a shaving gel not a mousse. Aparantely gels are better for your skin and help to mouisturise after shaving more than a mousse will and this one hass added silk to make it even better. However i found that actually my skin was really dry and itchy after using this to shave, even when i was using the Venus razor which is recommended. I dont have sensetive skin or anything so i dont know why my skin reacts this way. When i use shower gel or soap to shave, my skin is in better condition than when i use this which i was really dissapointed about considering how much it cost.
The good thing about it is the smell though. It says its avacado, but on the back it says it also has jasmine and orange blossom and even though i cant smell it on my skin after using it, its still nice and summery so makes the dull task of shaving a bit better. It took a few goes to get used to getting the right amount of gel to get out and not waste any. This is because you have to very gently press on the nozzle to get the gel out and you only need a small amount to get a good lather that covers a large area. Its not really runny so even if you get a bit of water on the part you are shaving then it wont totally wash all the product away.
I was quite dissapointed in this as it does everything right but the rash and dryness i get after using it just isnt worth it no matter how great it smells and how long it lasts.
Throughout the years I've been shaving, I must've tried about 50 different shaving products at least! Having only been employed a year and before that I was a student, I was on a small budget for a long time of this 'research'!
Finding cheap shaving products is practically non-existent, and if on a rare occasion you do come across a bargain, chances are the razors you've brought are blunt or only last one use, or the shaving gel you've purchased doesn't protect your delicate skin from the wrath of the aforementioned blunt razor!
I knew Gilette was a good name having seen the brand around supermarkets and drug stores for a while and seeing TV adverts but the products always seemed expensive. When I spied this shaving gel on sale for £1 in Tesco's, I leapt at the chance to try it out for this bargain price.
I used it straightaway when I got home. When I squirted a bit of gel out of the can into my hand, I was relieved that it had a delicious fruity smell, as I've tried out a Gillette Shave Gel before and it did not smell enticing. I've never tried Avocado-scented beauty products before, but if they all smell this good I'd definitely buy more! It was a light fruity smell and I knew that it would make my skin smell nice.
I rubbed the gel between my hands to lather it up and was pleasantly surprised to see that even just a small amount of gel produced a lot of foam! It didn't take long or very much gel to smother my legs in the gel/foam and when I used the razor, I was impressed to see that I didn't experience a single nick or cut as I usually do. (The amount of times I've had to stick plasters on my legs right after bathing due to cutting myself with cheap razors or by using rubbish shaving gel!).
Afterwards, I was pleased with the outcome. I had smooth legs (and had only used a medium-quality throwaway razor) that lasted at least a couple of days before stubble grew back, and as I said before, my legs smelt really nice. I normally moisturise after shaving but felt like I didn't need to after using this, because it left my skin really soft.
The can is really pretty, in light blue, white and green, and does not look unpleasant when sitting in your shower rack or around the bath as some cheap cans of shaving foam do. It has the Gilette logo across the front so is easily spotted on a supermarket shelf. The packaging is ergonomically-friendly, with a plastic lid that has carved ridges into it so it is easy to get off when you've got wet hands from the shower/bath. The pump which you use to get the gel out is easy to use too, which is handy when, again, you've got wet hands.
I find that the normal price of this gel is between £2.70 and £3.00, but often Gilette products like these are on offer in Superdrug, Boots and in supermarkets, so I suggest keeping your eyes peeled for sales and offers. As I said, I picked this up for £1 and it was definitely worth it.
Now that I'm in employment I do continue to buy this. It is a little more than what I'm comfortable spending on shaving gel, but it is definitely worth it if you're after super smooth legs and no cuts. The fact that I don't need to use very much means the can lasts longer anyway, so it's possible that I do actually save money.
All you girles I recommend you try this out because it is great :D
I always like to buy decent brand shaving gels because I find that cheaper ones just don't cut it (pun intended) - they tend to be more of a light mousse than a foam and this doesn't seem to provide my skin with enough protection from the razor, and it tends to wash away too easily before I'm finished so I end up having to squirt more on to finish the job - thus making the cheaper gels a bit of a false economy. So when I spotted this new variety of Gillette Satin Care on my last shave gel shopping trip, and this was before the summer turned out to be a washout and I was all giddy about the sun having his hat on, I didn't hesitate in giving it a go.
Gillette Satin Care Avocado Twist Shave Gel comes in a 200ml light blue, green and white can with an image of a cut avocado in a puddle of water on the front with text advertising that it contains silk and an invitation to "treat your curves to Satin Care Avocado Twist Shave Gel infused with the inviting aroma of jasmine and orange blossom and get soft, satiny smooth legs!" The colours are all fresh and light to reflect the fruit content of the gel I suppose. It is a pump-action can rather than a spray type, and it's easy to use and not stiff. There doesn't seem to be any need to shake the can before use either (I always forget to but it makes no difference).
The product itself comes out as a pale green gel which lathers easily (though most things lather easily here as we have lovely soft water) into a thick and substantial white foam which stands up to a bit of spray from the shower without rinsing away too eagerly. Remember not to over-squirt as a little really does go a long way (you'll only need a pea-sized amount for both underarms for example). It does smell lovely and fresh and fruity, not at all cosmetic-y and perfect for summer.
I find that this shave gel really does make for a more pleasant shave - I find that one stroke of the razor is enough so I'm not having to go over and over the same area, irritating my skin. And because the foam stays put, you don't end up dragging the razor across bare wet skin, the thought of which is enough to give me the shivers! Although I feel this gel does have moisturising qualities and certainly doesn't dry skin out excessively, my skin is always a bit sensitive after shaving so I always need to follow it up with body lotion. It's almost a shame that I do because the scent of the lotion overpowers the subtle lingering scent of the shave gel.
The one bad thing I have to say about this product is something I find is a problem with all shave gels: the collecting of water in the top. Even when I diligently remember to replace the lid after use, and put the can at the other end of the bath away from the direct spray of any water, water still manages to get in under the cap and under the squirty top bit. Of course after some time this water goes cold and the next time you want a shave, you pick up the can only for it to spew icy days-old water over your vulnerable naked body - eeeeekks!!
I paid about £2.80 for my can, which is expensive I know, but worth it for not having any of the discomfort that shaving brings (surprise cold water deluge notwithstanding). I have noticed however on the Boots website that it is currently on offer at £1.59.
Gillette Satin Care is a range of shaving gel for women designed to complement gillette's venus razor range. The avocado twist gel was brought out with the venus embrace 5 blade razor. I got mine free when I bought the razor.
The gel comes in a pressurised pump top metal can with a lid. The can is is attractive, with a minimalistic "front" and usage/warning/ingredients details on the back in multiple languages. The lid has texture in the form of raised lines, obviously intended to have the dual purpose of attravtiveness and ease of grip in the shower or bath. The pump top is also slightly textured and easy to use with wet hands. However, the gel comes out quickly, with a singly push there will be a large amount of product in your hands, about the size of a marble. This is more than enough product for me to shave both legs, arms and underarms, so a gentle push will be enough.
The gel is a pale lime green in colour and has a sweet, slightly floral scent. I can honestly say it doesn't smell like avocado, but I have to admit that is not a bad thing. I can't imagine enjoying the lingering stodgy scent on my clean shaved underarms...
The gel foams into a dense white layer when rubbed onto the skin, you can either have a thick white layer or a thinner layer, both of which I find to be equally effective. I tend to leave the layer on for a couple of minutes before shaving, I've been told this softens hairs and makes the shave better as to prevent ingrowing hairs. I can't really say if that is in fact the case because I will happily do extraordinary things to avoid the discomfort of an ingrowing hair.
With the gel, my razor glides smoothly along my skin, but I don't think it does any more than soap to prevent razor cuts, in my opinion that has more to do with the blade. I have used this with venus embrace and with cheap tescos own razors, and I have found the better the razor the less cuts with either this gel or soap.
After shaving I find I need to use soap to remove all traces of the gel-there is often a layer that doesn't rinse off and it prevents effective moisturising afterwards. This might appeal to some people though. Also, the scent lingers if not soaped off.
I'm giving this two stars because I think it an expensive waste at nearly £4 a can when it's effectiveness is not better than a soapy lather. It will appeal to some people though because it's nicely fragranced and give the mindset of a "proper" shave.
Another negative point is the pump plastic. There is a gap in between the plastic of the pump and the metal of the tin, and I find that after a few weeks this easily get build up stuck between that can't be removed. It is probably preventable by daily rinsing but who has the time or forethought to do that?
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.