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I'm not a fan of shaving. Being in the military I have to be clean shaven everyday so when I'm on leave a razor goes nowhere near my face (despite my wife's protests!). With this in mind I needed a shaving gel which was just as effective with a week's worth of facial growth as a day's worth. I first purchased King of Shaves Alpha gel due to its compact size and the fact that it fit nicely into my wash bag when I travel. Since that initial purchase, it's been my shaving gel of choice.
The gel comes in a plastic container with a flip lid. Each tube contains 150ml / 5fl.oz of gel which I have found is more than enough to last a good months' worth of shaves. The gel is light blue in colour and contains Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil which accounts for the smell which is pleasant enough.
My experience with the gel has been nothing but positive. I find that when I use gels that come out of a pressurised container I struggle to judge exactly how much gel I need. This generally results in me dispensing twice as much as required and having to wash most of it away. With the King of Shaves there is much more control when dispensing the gel and I also find that a tiny amount goes a long way. The gel doesn't really foam up like other shaving products on the market. Once it's on your face it provides a clear, lubricated layer which the razor just glides over, resulting in an extremely clean shave. Also, after the shave I have found that I no longer need to use any moisturiser as the gel keeps my face hydrated throughout. I've found that a lot of products claim to rehydrate the skin during shaving however this is the only product that I have found which actually delivers on this promise.
Expect to pay a bit more than you normally would for other shaving gels on the market, however this extra bit of cash is well worth it. I would definitely recommend this product and go as far as to say that, in my opinion, it's the best shaving gel on the market.
As someone who does not need to shave every day I would usually just pick own brand products or whatever is on offer when I run out.
This time i decided to treat myself to a whole new regime and as part of it I opted for the King of Shaves Alphagel.
This 150ml squeeze bottle is is green with a clear section at the bottom allowing you to see when you are running low. It stands vertically on its cap so any remaining gel is ready to use and at the right end of the bottle when stored.
The gel is designed for those with sensitive skin for two reasons. It is made with aloe vera and tea tree oil to sooth the skin and it is designed not to foam so you can see where you are shaving.
The gel doea just what it says, with a zesty mint fragrance it helps to wake you up in the morning and leaves you with a fresh menthol feel after. The gel itself is silky smooth and requires the merest amount to cover the face. It does not feel oily but is incredibly slick. With a new blade it offers virtually no resistance to the shave and makes the whole affair effortless.
To me there is a huge difference between this and own brand versions. In the future I will be picking this up, even with a price tag of up to £3.50 its absolutely worth it.
Until I discovered 'King of Shaves' Shaving Gel I held the opinion that all shaving gels were pretty much the same finding that the cheaper, supermarket brands were on the whole just as effective as the premium brands such as Gillette. I tended to switch from brand to brand only ever buying a new can whenever I had run out or basing my purchasing decision on whatever was on offer or what was cheap. Shaving gel was a 'no-brainer' as far as I was concerned it was simply a necessity purchase that I had to buy to facilitate a wet shave so on the whole it wasn't something that I particularly thought about.
A while ago in Tesco I noticed that this particular brand was on offer giving away a free razor with every purchase, and at only £2.00 for a can of shaving gel plus a razor this struck me as being a great offer so I decided to part with my cash and buy a can. I have now been using this shaving gel for the past few weeks whenever I need to have wet shave and am now fully converted to the King of Shaves range and wanted to share my reasons why:
**The 'Bumf' on the can**
As there is no picture supporting this product I will briefly describe the can and the product description, it is simply designed predominately in black with the 'King of Shaves' (from now on known as KoS for the remainder of this review) name and logo on the front. I am told that the can contains shaving gel which is formulated for sensitive skin and has cooling properties in its ingredients. Unlike other canisters of similar product I am informed by the rather odd use of initials that the formulations of this product are "SSE" and "ALS"...
These are, apparently, "Skin Surface Enhancing" properties which according to the back of the can means that the product will "deliver our best shave ever with ALS (Advanced Lubrication System) that helps protect, moisturise and lubricate your skin throughout the shave giving superlative razor performance and glide. Your face will be left amazingly smooth, supple and moisturised"
As well as promising amazing results I am also reassured that the gel contains cooling menthol for a 'refreshing sensation' which is ideal for sensitive skin and that the product has been 'Dermatologically tested' and is unfragranced.
**Big claims I'm sure you will agree, so does the product live up to its self-generated hype?**
Well, actually, yes it does I'm happy to report. The first thing that I noticed when I dispensed a pea-sized amount onto the palm of my hand was that the gel had an aqua blue tinge to it which gave off a fresh, minty aroma. Generally shaving gel doesn't smell of anything other than a mild soapy fragrance so I was initially very impressed that this actually did smell of something other than soap. Gently rubbing my hands together I was alarmed at the amount of thick, white foam I had generated and straight away I realised that 'less is more' with this product. With cheaper brands I find that I have to dispense a lot of gel to generate a decent amount of foam, so assumed that this would be the same.
First lesson learned I applied enough foam to my face to allow me to use my razor and disposed of the remainder into the sink. The gel did feel cool on my face and made my skin tingle which was a pleasant experience and the minty aroma was still evident. Using my razor I noticed that it did indeed glide over my face and neck area with ease removing the gel plus stubble and the thick, creamy consistency definitely did aid the whole shaving experience. Unlike other brands that I have used in the past I found that the gel remained where it was supposed to and didn't slip down my face and neck or become patchy when allowed to settle for a few minutes.
Shaving is a tedious affair at the best of times and isn't a 'job' I particularly enjoy doing, however a clean , stubble free appearance is necessary at times so it is something that I inevitably have to do on a semi-regular basis. I do often suffer from razor rash on occasion too especially if my razor blades have become too blunt to be properly effective and sometimes find that my neck area can end up being sore after a wet shave. Happily for me the cooling and moisturising properties in KoS Shaving Gel has completely eradicated this issue and since using the product for the past few weeks I have had no reoccurrence of this annoying shaving related hazard.
After completing a wet shave and drying my face I have been left impressed with how my skin looks and feels, sometimes shaving can dry out my face leaving it feeling tight and looking patchy with red blemishes, Kos manages to moisturise my skin and leaves it smooth and supple; exactly what it claims to do! The minty component of the gel definitely removes any feelings of soreness that I used to be left with and overall I have found this to be a reliable and impressive purchase.
**Not just for men...**
Incidentally my wife has now taken to pinching my can of KoS gel for her legs and underarms and has also mentioned how much she likes it too. She claims that her legs feel smoother after she has used it and also rates it very highly. Luckily because you don't need to dispense a lot of the product to generate a decent amount of foam we have both managed to get plenty of applications out of a single can before needing to purchase a replacement otherwise there may have been some cross words in the Rooster household!
** Final Words***
It still amazes me that something as simple as shaving gel can actually be so complex and whilst all gels may look the same the practical use of the product reveals just how different they really are. A 'couldn't care less' attitude has always been my approach to shaving gels in the past but I am well and truly converted to KoS now and at around £2.00 for a can containing 200mls the price isn't that extortionate anyway.
For me then King of Shaves Shaving Gel has been an utter revelation and although that may sound like a grandiose statement when you consider that I no longer suffer from razor burn or any annoying rashes that made wet shaving such a hassle before I put the differences squarely down to this product. Nothing else has changed, I still use the same tap water, the same razor and the same shaving routine but now I use a different shaving gel and the results are noticeably different.
**Conclusion and Rating**
A worthy 5/5 dooyoo star rating from me and a product that I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone, even if sensitive skin isn't an issue for you the other benefits of using this product will be made clear the first time you use it.
Thanks for reading my review.
At the age of 31, I have finally succeeded in a 15 year quest to find a shaving aid that doesn't just contain spots and a shaving rash, but actually prevents them too.
Unfortunately, I have a job which requires me to be clean shaven every day (so you can rule out me being a male beard model) (is there such thing as a female beard model? Comments please!) which means that shaving, for me, is a neccesity, not just something to do before job interviews or every four months or so to avoid being entered into Harold Shipman look-a-like competitions.
This means that I have tried many different foams/gels/sticks/oils etc, and compared to these, King of Shaves Alpha Gel really is, as the label boasts, the king of shaves.
It's quite expensive when you could buy 4 or 5 Asda smart price tins of shaving foam for the same amount, but if quality is what you want then it is sometimes worth paying the extra amount. Your skin will thank you for it.
The gel is a very appealing, almost clear, Man City blue (although not appealing if you live in Surrey / Cornwall and therefore a United fan) which has a collection of bubbles hanging throughout the substance, visible through the plastic tube container. My geeky mate, "Zanussi" (named after his planet of origin. A very clever lad, he can write joined up and doesn't move his lips when reading!) informs me that the way the bubbles hang in the solution is known as a "colloidal suspension". In my opinion, Zanussi should get out more and stop using words about shaving gels that are worth a fortune in Scrabble.
FEEL - APPLICATION
When sqeezed into your hand, the gel has the feel of thickened shower gel. It rubs onto the skin of your face easily enough and has a curious "see through" lather effect. This doesn't imply that there is no lather, you will feel it - trust me! Apparently the lather is see through so that you can see the skin where you are shaving. A very clever idea, my mate Zanussi was grinning for weeks.
Think tea tree, then add a bit more Tetley's. A very clean smell, and the antiseptic qualities of the the tea tree are invigorating and refreshing.
HERE COMES THE SCIENCE:
The label should be read in conjuction with a healthy dose of salt. There are lots of acronyms and scientific terms - in parts it reads like the script to an american world war two film - " Sir, the SSE (skin surface enhancing) is approaching the DDS now (dual delivery system), permission to proceed with shaving it's butt off".
I won't list every ingredient or expand further on the label contents, I'll just say that I think the gel is PDG. (pretty damn good - get it?!)
King of Shaves gels are kinder on your skin than being tickled with feathers plucked from the boa's of a coach full of Miss World contestants.
King of Shaves Sensitive Skin is a must if like me you wet shave every day and have problem skin. It's great to use as it lets you see where you are shaving, as opposed to a thick soap or cream. It's fragance free. This particular one has Aloe and Tea Tree which makes your skin feel fresh and airy! It's great as a pick up with a hangover! You don't have to use a lot of it at once either. A little does go a long way. If you can't use scented products on your face or soap drys your skin too much, then you've got to give this a try. I've tried the other ones also and still find myself picking this from the shelf! I think the price is affordable also. It has an antibacterial formula which helps clean the skin and leave you smooth and supple!
For many years I'd been using Gillette shaving gel. Two points had annoyed me for a while. The cap was poor and, although the design had recently been improved, it was difficult to remove with wet hands or dry. More serious was the fact that there was constant leakage from the nozzle, which was wasteful and unsightly. Worst of all, though, was that I realised I couldn't find any statement on the canister that the gel wasn't tested on animals and this nagged my conscience. It was time to try something different. King of Shaves Proshave is more expensive than the Gillette - £2.99 against Gillette's £1.99 in Sainsbury's at the moment - for virtually the same amount of gel, but it was one of the few gels on offer which had a formula for sensitive skin. The dark blue and yellow canister was a little bright on the eyes, but I decided to give it a go. The first thing that I noticed was that the nozzle gave a lot more control than the Gillette. It was easy to spray a smaller amount and there was less wastage but it still produced an adequate rather than excessive amount of lather. I have one minor complaint about the spray and that is that it can be difficult to operate. Pressure has to applied in exactly the right place. The gel is massaged onto the face after it has been wet with warm water. As the gel contains menthol the lather produces a cooling (and very pleasant) sensation on the face. The smell is faintly, but not unpleasantly, antiseptic as the gel includes tea tree oil. The smell does linger on the skin for quite some time, but is not so strong that it would argue with any aftershave. Using the same type of razor - Gillette Blue II disposable - I've found that I get a closer shave than with the Gillette gel. My wife has commented that my face looks "fresher" and it certainly feels more comfortable and there is a less-obvious shadow by the evening. The razor glides more easily and t
here seems to be less chance of nicking the skin. In terms of value for money I would say that this is better than the Gillette as the can lasts longer. There is some leakage from the nozzle after use, but it is minimal compared to the Gillette. The closer, smarter shave alone would make the extra £1 per can reasonable, particularly as it is spread over a few weeks. Logos on the can show that the gel has received several awards. I'm normally sceptical about such matters, but they would seem to be well-deserved in this case. Perhaps the most important statement on the can for me though was that the gel is not tested on animals.
I first came across this product about 12 months ago when surfing the web, I found a freebie site promising free shave gel. I duly registered with this site called www.shave.com and low and behold, a week later I had a free sample of this stuff called Kind Of Shaves Alphagel Shaving Gel. Once I’d tried it I was well and truly hooked, it produced the best shaving experience I had ever had. It dramatically reduced the amount of razor burn, something to which I am particularly prone. It also helped the razor to glide effortless across my face resulting in a very close and very smooth shave with minimal irritation. Once my free sample had run out I went straight to Boots and paid £3.95 for a 175ml replacement, which at the time I thought was very expensive, but I was so impressed I just had to. The gel itself comes in a squeezing plastic tube, which has a hard plastic lid at the base so you can stand it on the shelf in the bathroom. Half of the bottle is see through enabling you to see the blue gel inside. I prefer the un-mentholated “blue version” but it is also available in a “green” mentholated version. The gel itself is very gloopy and you only need a blob about the size of a 5p piece. Upon massaging this into you face, unlike other shave gels it doesn’t foam as much as you’d expect. This is how it is supposed to be, this low foam ensures that you can always see where you are shaving. Months of cultivating perfectly pointy sideburns too much foam and before you know it they are skew wiff. Another thing, which sets this gel apart from its competitors, is the micro-capsules. These little critters are what helps keep the shave so smooth and the skin well lubricated. After rubbing the gel into your face these remain intact and burst as the razor glides over them, ingenious. The gel also includes Aloe, Vitamin E and Tee Tree oil all of which I am told help to maintain healthy skin, all I know it my
face feels nicer after a shave than it used to. If any of you have read my last opinion in the health and beauty section you know that rather than listing all the ingredients in a bid to gain extra brownie points I like to pull out a couple of the most weird sounding ingredients. Here goes: Diazolidinyl urea, now it may be just me but isn’t urea something to do with wee? Now for the long one Methylchloroisothiazolinone, that’s a massive 27 letters, excellent. King of Shaves produce a complete range of shaving products, including oil, post shave moisturisers etc. full details can be found on their website www.shave.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the good old dog and bone 0800 0838416. Thanks for reading
Well, I hope you all a great Xmas and Santa brought you just a bit more than a pair of Boxers with some holly in - or even some lightly scented margarine aftershave balm! Yep, for us men, it's usually the same old stuff - smellies - or socks - or undies - or shaving stuff, of course. Right then, with that seemless link let's cast my beady little eye over a product that is widely used by male shavers, and of which there is a huge variety in both price and effectiveness - SHAVING GELS. The single most important element of a good close shave is, of course, the razor. Us men - especially us who shave not only their beards/face, but also their heads (!), usually will swear by the excellent Gillette Mach 3 razor. (I would not knock any one who has gone out and bought their loved one a Gift set containing all the Gillette shaving products based around this razor). But hold the bus there a minute. King of Shaves are - in my humble opinion - just about the best at producing trouble and stubble free shaving gel and oils. Of that there is no doubt Quick pointer to a link here - go to www.shave.com and register to get a free trial size of several of their products, plus buy a range of items on line. King of Shaves have two gels that they make - Alphagel and the one I am writing about here, KINEXIUM. Sounds really 'State of the art' doesn't it? Well it's good - but how good? Basically, it's a low foaming gel which after you apply it to your already wet face, with glide your razor across your stubble effortlessly. Leaving you a smooth as a baby's bum and thankfully free of cuts, nicks or razor rash. > NICE AND SMELLY It does have a huge plus point for me. It has a strong menthol smell to it and does actually make you feel cleaner after shaving (as you should anyway). It is a manly smell, not one of these 'namby-pamby' pseudo designer smells. It's a good idea thoug
h, if using it in the shower - NOT to get it in your eyes!..OUCH! - Stingy!! ~~ (Nice quote from another member's op on this product - 'the odour is fine as long as you want to smell like a packet of cough sweets'....!) > CLOGS QUICKLY It does have another disadvantage for many people. Being a low foam gel, you find that the blade you are using will get clogged with stubble and gunk quite quickly. If you are using a good razor, that's no problem - if not - WHY NOT? After all if you are able to afford this gel, you should be able to afford a Good razor. > NOT CHEAP However at a price of around £4.85 for a 150ml tube, it's not cheap. And, after extensive 'test-driving' of a number of shaving foams, gels and oils over the past XX years (yes, XX means any number you care to pluck out of thin hair - oops 'air!), it is good - but not necessarily 'good value'. Personally I would select the 'Alphagel' that King of Shaves make or alternatively go for any number of the Gillette gels on offer. > REVOLUTIONARY According to the King Of Shaves 'blurb' on the package, this gel is the 'next generation' of shaving gels and takes shaving to a 'new level of performance'. It certainly gives you a smooth, comfortable shave, but as far as 'revolutionary' goes....well Che Guevara was a 'revolutionary?'and he had a beard! ...nuff said
Well this is not going to be the longest or most intresting opinion you will ever had read but I am going to tell you that this product is absolutlely fantastic. King of Shaves have got it spot on with there brilliant shaving oils and gels which by the way lads the ladys will steal for their legs and arms if left unattended,I found my empty afet about two weeks and I don't shave all that often. Just a little of this magic oil rubbed into your hands and onto your growth and you really will feel the difference in ease of removal and no more stinging or missing bits. I had been using for years all those foams but it was really annoying because yes they helped but never really solved that burning after shave feeling and I always seemed to miss bits but this oil almost removes that completely and smells nice too leaving your skin feeling refreshed. What's more you can also see all the bit's you have missed as you have gone along unlike foams that tend to cover bits missed and then get washed away leaving annoying little tufts which can be really embarrassing in a meeting. It is very reasonably priced as well and goes a long way providing you hide it well enough from the your partner and for those wishing to sample it you can go to their website at www.kingofshaves.com and get loads of free samples of all of their products for men and women so girls this one iWell this is not going to be the longest or most intresting opinion you will ever had read but I am going to tell you that this product is absolutlely fantastic. King of Shaves have got it spot on with there brilliant shaving oils and gels which by the way lads the ladys will steal for their legs and arms if left unattended,I found my empty afet about two weeks and I don't shave all that often. Just a little of this magic oil rubbed into your hands and onto your growth and you really will feel the difference in ease of removal and no more stinging o
r missing bits. I had been using for years all those foams but it was really annoying because yes they helped but never really solved that burning after shave feeling and I always seemed to miss bits but this oil almost removes that completely and smells nice too leaving your skin feeling refreshed. What's more you can also see all the bit's you have missed as you have gone along unlike foams that tend to cover bits missed and then get washed away leaving annoying little tufts which can be really embarrassing in a meeting. It is very reasonably priced as well and goes a long way providing you hide it well enough from the your partner and for those wishing to sample it you can go to their website at www.kingofshaves.com and get loads of free samples of all of their products for men and women so girls this one is for you too.
Thank god for King of Shaves, their gels, oils balms, active moisturisers and whatnots. I'm a recent convert after recieving Gillette Gels in my Christmas stockings ever since the first traces of bumfluff appeared on my face at the tender age of 21, spoiling my youthful good looks (I can hear laughter behind me). Like most people who turn away from the dark side (Gillette) and embrace the King of Shaves, I found the holy grail of shaving (www.shave.com). Once entered into the site I was immediately enticed by the offer of free samples. I waited a week, my stubble growing in anticipation. On that magic day when I arrived I flew up the stairs and entered my bathroom. I left it a changed man. Armed only with my trusty mach3 (OK, Gillette do have their uses), a fresh blade and my King of Shaves samples I proceeded to shave. After spending what seemed like hours massaging the gel into my face trying to muster some foam, I read the packet and found out that the gel was a special no foam formula. Feeling like a complete muppet I proceeded to remove the offending fuzz with my razor. It was a revelation. The razor glided so easily over my face, with no burn or a resulting rash, that I thought I was witnessing a miracle before my very eyes. After shaving I applied the KL24 active moisturiser and though I felt like a tart for using it, I must admit that my chops felt great and I had just had the closest shave of my life (except for that time when I was 15 when my girlfriends dad nearly walked in on us in a revealing position in her bedroom). Suitably impressed by these fine products I went back to their website and ordered the Kinexium Advanced Shaving Gel (I chose the mentholated variety) and the KL24 moisturiser. The Gel comes in a very attractive blue and green container and comes with plenty of blurb on the back about it's advanced silicon formula and all that jazz. It also hasn't been tested on anima
ls so I rubbed some into the eyes of my loved one and after a few days her sight had returned to normal (Sadly, I had to apply the ice pack to my groin for slightly longer and am only now recovering the ability to speak). You don't have to use much gel to ensure good razor glide so it should last for quite a few shaves. It smells nice and the menthol left a nice cooling sensation on my face, the ideal wake-up call on a drowsy morning. The only disadvantage with this is now that my skin is so silky smooth, she-who-must-be-obeyed insists on extended bouts of foreplay since she doesn't have to worry about stubble rash on her face or 'other places'. Consequently I'm seriously thinking about growing a beard. I've also caught her using it on her legs, the bitch!
Ok, so here’s my King of Shaves trio. My 3rd opinion on their rather good shaving products. This one’s the Gel which is just as good as the oil, so you’ll be spoilt for choice ladies and gentlemen! Firstly, what’s the difference between the oil and the gel? Well firstly, we have probably all use Gillette gel and other gel shaving products, you know the ones, the type that foam up on your face and make you look like a scary monster from a very cheesy horror film. This gel is different, it has a low foaming formulation (well infact, it doesn’t seem to foam at all unless you really go for it and rub it in vigorously). This is for a reason though before you all start thinking ‘oh it’s crap then’. If you think about it, if a gel doesn’t foam, you’ll be able to see where your shaving, so instead of shaving your ear (I’m trying to be humorous here, anyone who shaves their ears by mistake must just be, well…they must just be. If you have a hair problem and shave your ears on purpose, then good on you, KoS Shaving Gel can be used on ear’s I should think) you can see where your shaving. Excellent if you have a precious goatee or your 13 and have been trying to grow sideburns for 2 years and don’t want to accidentally shave off your 3mm’s of growth. The gel also contains little microcapsules which release stuff (never say’s what it releases does it!) to protect and moisturise your face when shaving (you wuss). You can actually see these little bubbles too, I thought it was just trapped air but apparently they burst on your face, a bit like rice crispies snap crackle and pop, just without the sounds! Whether this actually does something or not is another matter, it could just be a selling technique which makes you think it’s great but actually isn’t! I doubt it though, the KoS products seem to be of a very high standard and I’m extremely pleased wi
th them too. I might actually buy some soon instead of claiming the free samples all the time! The gel also contains Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe to nourish and care for the skin. You’d think there wouldn’t be any room for any gel what with all these extra’s in it! The tea tree oil makes the gel smell rather strange, a kind of minty smell, I can’t really explain it. It does however make your face feel very fresh when your applying it. So what’s the shave like then Graham? Well I must say, I’m impressed, as I was with the oil. It all depends on your razor obviously and KoS recommend the Gillette machIII (they probably have some sort of advertising deal set up there!) which I would agree with, this being probably the best razor that I have found on the market so far. The low foam formula lets you see where your shaving so it does allow for a closer shave. I presently don’t have any spots (thank goodness) but I used to look like a pizza, so I know how hard it is shaving when you have huge great spots. If your using this, you can see your spots (not that you want to mind) and carefully prune around them. If you’ve got loads of spots though, you may aswell just go for it, otherwise you’ll be hanging over the sink for an hour trying to delicately shave around your thousands of ‘skin blemishes’. Afterwards you will feel fresher, better in yourself because you look that bit better and also relieved that the gel helped you stop cutting yourself. Theres nothing more I can say on the product without boring you really, so I’ll wind it up here. I will end by saying this is a great product and I really couldn’t choose between the gel and the oil, I suppose it comes down to personal choice. To pick up a free sample for yourself pop along to: www.shave.com
After just waiting a week for my free sample of King of Shaves gel for Women, I finally tried it one day this week. I applied for the sample from 2001freebie site, most of the stuff arrives quite quickly. In my envelope I got a shaving gel for women, and a shaving oil. The gel is in a sachet, which i thought was difficult to open. It had a tab which said twist to open, after doing a Chubby Checker dance round the bathroom I then realised they meant TWIST the tab open. not do the twist dance.LOL. Once I got into the sachet with a pair of scissors, I applied the gel to my armypits. At first I thought it was rubbish as the gel is very thin in consistency. Apparently this is to help you see where you are shaving. Normal foam or gel lathers up and you can't see where the hairy bits are. There were little bubbles in the gel which are released on contact to the skin, these deliver essential oils to your skin helping it to moisturise and protect your skin. The ingredients are Aloe, Vitamin E, Chamomile, tea Tree and loads more. The gel smells Menthol, the first thing I thought of was Mouth wash in Peppermint. It was a very pleasant experience shaving with this product, my armpits were very smooth afterwards. Sometimes after shaving they can feel a little bit dry and I get flakey patches, but not this time. This little sample will probably last me about three shaves, I shave regularly so don't need so much at a time. I'm not sure how much the full size product is, I've read it's about £3.49, normally i wouldn't pay this much, but because it didn't make me itch or cut myself, I will invest in some.
With a title like that you’d think I was writing about female mud wrestling, which has occurred to me, just don’t tell the wife. But no, I’m talking about a product that really could change your life, which I suppose could be over egging the pudding but hey, I’ve written about so many personal hygiene products, which are mediocre at best, allow me to get a bit excited about something which is actually really good. Why is it good? Because it is a cure for one of the miseries of male existence, Shaving rash. Sure women have periods but shaving rash can be really sore and itchy. OK periods definitely beat shaving rash hands down, but it is uncomfortable. Now King of Shaves (what a terrible name for a company, only one step away from Toys’r’us (shudder)) have been making shaving products since 1993. The whole thing started from a bedroom with Will King, (hence the terrible company name) and his wife filling their first 10,000 bottles of oil by hand and convincing Harrods and Boots to take it. From that you can assume the oil is pretty classy stuff and has a price tag to go with that. Both are pretty safe assumptions, but it is extremely good stuff and quite frankly worth the extra few bob. The strength of their product and a rather nice website (shave.com) has made them the number 2 best seller in the UK behind Gillette. It’s not surprising that they have won awards and commendation from both Maxim and FHM. So what kind of questions can you ask about this? So what does it look like? A clear blue gel with what I thought were bubbles in it, until I put it on my face and found they were actually little microcapsules. This apparently is part of the “dual delivery system that protects and lubricates your skin throughout the shave”, nifty eh!! At least it would be if the capsules burst. I think you have to give them a good rub into the stubble to pop them but I suppos
e it helps. What does it smell like? Well since there is Spearmint, Eucalyptus, Camphor and Tea Tree in the mix the overall effect is something a bit minty with a herbal undercurrent, which is quite pleasant. Most of the above ingredients make the skin feel pretty fresh and cool; it’s not altogether unlike the feeling you get from the original source mint products. What does it feel like? Slimy, this has to be one of the slimiest things I’ve ever put on my face, safe to say I’m not going to elaborate past that point, the slimy things that come into contact with my face or indeed any other part of my body are probably a little too personal to print here. Of course when you start to shave slimy is good. The reason that is I expect is the Aloe and Glycerin in the mix. How does it shave? The difference between KoS products and your usual Gillette types. Is they are low foaming, you don’t actually need foam to shave, just lubrication. So the gel is very slimy and pretty much see through which means you can see exactly where you are shaving, not just where you have shaved, a distinct advantage if you have a crop of spots that you don’t want to go under the blade. Not that I have spots of course, honest. The shave itself is very smooth and very close (if you use a decent blade that is) and it doesn’t cause skin rash. Or at least minimizes it. The other nice thing is it leaves the blade clean, the stubble you’ve shaved off doesn’t block up the blade. How does it feel afterwards? The gel as I’ve said is very slimy, it does tend to stick to your hand and face post shaving, but a good rinse with water is enough to get rid of it. The skin, depending on how good you are at shaving, is smooth and it gives a remarkably close shave. Jeesh I sound like an advert…. The Aloe, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil all serve to help moisturize the skin post shave too, which I’ve ne
ver really been into the idea of but I suppose if it stops my face from looking like a saddle bag in years to come I suppose it’s a good thing. What is in it? Well at the risk of being accused a plagiarist I’m going to cut and paste this one in, because quite frankly I can’t be bothered to type it out. You’ll forgive me if I have no idea what some of it does, but as a whole they all mix together to form the magic that is the King of Shaves Alphagel DDS. “Contains: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Sodium laureth sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Tocopherol, Benzophenone-4, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed extract, Acacia Senegal extract, Eucalyptus Globulus leaf oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) leaf oil, Camphor, Gelatin, Mica, Titanium dioxide, Propylene glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methyldibromo glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Violet 2 (CI 60725), Blue 1 (CI 42090)” What else do you know? My Granddad always used to say, “What do you know?” to me and it always stumped me, clearly I had a long way to go. What else I can tell you about this is that the Gel was tested on animals, human animals, which is a good thing. Visions of well-groomed prisoners and students come to mind. Also the packaging is recyclable, which is also a good thing. Oh and it can be used to shave legs, (ask my wife about this one) which as long as she uses her own blade is a good thing. They were pretty good questions…. Now if you want to get your hands on this you could do worse than to go to the website www.shave.com and get yourself a freebie. The download is limited to one every six months but it’s worth it, the pack contained a sample of the gel and a sample of the oil, both with enough in t
o keep me going for at least a couple of weeks. If you want to part with cash for the privilege then the gel and probably a fair few other things are stocked at Asda, Boots, Co-op, Harrods, House of Fraser, Lloyds, Safeway, Sainsburys, Selfridges, Superdrugs, Tesco, and Waitrose. The price for a 170ml tube (which is probably about six months worth of shaving) is about £4.20. Not surprisingly the website sells the product too for about 40p less.
I HATE SHAVING!!! There I said it, so according to some psychiatrist type people next time I have to shave I will not hate it so much! Good, glad that is off my chest, I feel so much better. Thank you DooYoo. OK I am going now. Opps, what was that. I am supposed to be reviewing a shaving product. No, I don’t think so, I hate shaving, why would I want to doo that. Aha, to share my knowledge with other similarly affected people, to help them beat their hatred of shaving. OK then, here I go. I hate shaving, (oi you have said that already). Ok then here is a product to make your shaving hell feel, well not so bad. King of Shaves produce a wide range of products associated with the male shave and as the lubrication (No titters, this is serious) element of the shave goes this is the best product I have come across, both within the King of Shave range and globally amongst all the other manufacturers. As there are so many different King of Shaves gels I better tell you exactly what this one is, so this is the King of Shaves Sensitive Skin formula, alpha gel shaving gel. What a mouthful! So what is it? Well this is a light green coloured shaving gel and thus after you have washed your face in preparation for the daily face torture, you apply (in fact you massage it into the skin) just a little of this lubricating gel. Then you shave and boy is it easier, as regular readers know, I use a Mach 3 blade and the combination of these two products mean that shaving is bearable. You want detail, OK. This gel is designed for sensitive skins, it does not foam up (which is great as in my experience any kind of shaving foam provides about as much lubricant as sandpaper, well maybe a little more), where was I, oh yes the gel. So no foam (apparently it is a low foam formula, but I have not seen any foam from this product), you just spread the gel on your face in a thin coating. Now this product does not feel great in your hand and
it is a fairly thick gel, in fact it almost feels like that weird toy slime (but not quite so bad and it is a much thinner in its consistency). But strangely once the gel is applied to the face it feels great (now I do not suggest walking around all day with it on your face, for a start people might wonder where your face had been)! Why does it feel great? Well is refreshes the face, it makes it feel fresh and tingly and this feeling lasts after the shaving business. Now this tingly feeling must come from the menthol, but it is great and refreshing. Not only is it refreshing, but it has a nice smell, of menthol and tea tree oil which is even uplifting to your senses through the smell. So there we are the gel is on the face and it is time to take the plunge and apply the razor blade. There we go, nice and smooth, in fact you will hardly feel it. The gel comes off with the stubble leaving your face as smooth as a very smooth thing. You will need to rinse the residue off, but I am telling you this is far better than the Santa Claus experience that shaving foam gives you and the horrible gunk that foam leaves behind. Now for the extra special bit. This gel is a moisturiser to, the gel has these little bubbles in it (yes they look quite pretty) and these are supposed to release moisturising agents (including aloe vera, I am not sure that I like having something called vera on my skin, it makes me think of grannies. Nothing wrong with them, but not on my face). Do the bubbles do this? Well on the whole I think they do, my skin is always very dry after a shave and having used this product I have noticed a marked difference, yes my skin on my face is left in better condition. (I really am soft aren’t I.) Apparently this gel has a special system called DDS (standing for Dual delivery system) that sounds a bit pretentious if you ask me. But it works, the blurb on the back of the tube says that the DDS protects and lubricates, throughou
t the whole shave, thinking about it something in this gel does the job so I think the claim is correct. COST. Well this is not that cheap, a tube costs around £5, but it will last you for a couple of months (at least) unless you start using it for other purposes girls. No don’t be rude, my girlfriend nicks it for her leg shaving business. She says that it is great, I agree with that, but come on, you use so much more on legs. Let me quote you something “Alpha gel DDS Super cooled Menthol shaving gel redefines the way you shave. It significantly reduces razor burn and skin irritation, with the menthol leaving your skin super cool and refreshed.” Is this right? Hmm, I still shave in the same way I don’t now do it standing on my head, or whilst going for a walk or any other weird way that you want to “redefine” shaving, (marketing people heh, what rubbish they come up with). I still use a razor blade cut the bristles in the normal fashion, but I suppose there are no cuts now. But no this gel has not redefined the way I shave. But yes, I do not have any razor burn or skin irritation after shaving (although I can still feel grumpy even after a shave) and my skin is left feeling refreshed and less dry than after using other shaving products. So yes this is a good product and having used it, I do not hate shaving quite so much. For those that have allergies, here are the ingredients. Aqua; Aloe Barbadenis leaf juice (what! Leaf juice!); sodium laureth suffate; glycerin; acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer; menthol; cocamidopropyl betaine; tocopherol; benzophene-4; vitis vinifera (grape seed extract); acacia Senegal extract; eucalyptus leaf oil; melaleuca alternofora (tea tree) oil; spearmint leaf oil; camphor; gelatin; mica; titanium dioxide; propylene glycol; diazolidinyl urea; methylparaben; propylparaben; benzyal alcohol; methylcholroisothiazolinone; methylisothiaz
olinone yellow 5; blue 1. Well what a mixture heh. Some of it seems nice and natural and the other stuff, well right over my head. But it works and works well and is completely recommended. In fact psychiatrists that make their living from distressed shavers, may find themselves out of a job. I am off to shave! Info: You can get free samples of the mens and womens range from King of Shaves at www.shave.com. So go on get some and bannish that fear.
A low foam formula which allows you to see exactly where you're shaving, aims to protect and lubricate your skin throughout the shave