“ Brand: King of Shaves / Creams / Gender: for men / Type: Shave Gel / What it does: Protects „
I usually find that by the weekend I can't wait to take a couple of days off from shaving. The Monday to Friday daily scrape causes my skin to become red and sore and the last thing I want to do is pick up a razor again. I have tried numerous brands of shaving gels, foams and oils over the years to try to combat this and the King of Shaves gel was one of the ones I had highest hopes for. It was very pricey coming in at around £4 for a 150ml tube for a but boasted the exact properties I was looking for: calming skin irritation and reducing post shave burn. This menthol version contains tea tree oil and aloe vera which again are supposed to help the skin.
On squeezing the tube you find an odd looking subtance comes out into your hand . It is fairly thick and green - the consistency is more along the lines of hair gel than shaving gel. You will quickly notice that you need a lot less gel than you think as it does lather up quite quickly. I started rubbing it into my face and felt a strong tingling on my skin (I have the same effect from tea tree oil shampoo so guess this must come from the tea tree oil in the product). The gel spreads easily over the face and is somewhat less opaque than other brands meaning that you have a better chance of seeing exactly where you are shaving.
Shaving started well enough - a few strokes and the stubble came away easily and unlike the Gillette gel there were no hairs missed, however the blades on my Gillette Mach 3 were becoming gunked up very quickly. Usually I can dip the razor in the sink to wash it clean before returning to shaving however each time I did this with the King of Shaves gel I noticed that there were still hairs stuck between the blades. For me this is the biggest downfall of the product, with any other foam/gel/oil I get at least 3 to 4 weeks use of a blade but with the King of Shaves gel I would be lucky to get a weeks use out of it. It would simply fill up with gunk and bits of stubble that no amount of banging the razor would shift.
Anyway once I had finished the shave my skin felt great. The tingling was still there - although admittedly it did start to feel a bit weird, and my skin feel far less sore than I had experienced with other products. Over the few weeks I stuck with the gel the post shave redness did start to disappear however the rapid decline in my stocks of razor blades meant I eventually gave up with it and moved onto another product
So every month come pay day my 'darling' husband always manages to mutter those immortal words 'Can you pick me up some razor blades and shaving gel babes?'. Quite how I always cop for this expensive little purchase month in-month out is beyond me but because i'm a nice wife, I comply, buy them, and then... urm.... use them! OK, so I keep a seperate razor blade to him as I quite like his face not cut to shreds, but I have to admit that i've become quite partial to using his King of Shaves.
I'm not entirely sure why I (and hubby) have found it so superior to anything else we've used, but it gives such a smooth finish which i've found much better than any other foam/gel that i've used which comes in a can. The menthol scent is really very pleasant and much more appealing to me than the typical floral smell of the majority of shaving products aimed at women. I *ahem* use it on the three most popular areas women tend to shave/keep neat and its kept my skin smooth, rash free and I don't suffer from any ingrown hairs. For around the £3 mark it gives the finish of having had a wax for a quarter of the price.
A word of warning though ladies - if using it on your more 'personal' areas - watch where you put it - its menthol so it tingles - ALOT! *blushes*
A great product that gives a great finish
I have used so many shaving gels in the past year, but have finally stumbled across one that I love. I have a reasonably sized moustache over my top lip and side burns, along with constant stubble around the cheek area. For me this gel is perfect. It is great for sensitive skin, something that I had a problem with previously, and the menthol and aloe vera creates a lovely cooling sensation on my face. To date, I have never cut myself using this. King of shaves actually produced a razor that the packet sometimes gives a reduced price on, and I have done this. To be honest, I used to use shaving foam, but this produced a coarse and bumpy effect on my face, whereas I prefer to be clean shaven. It also has a low foam formula which means that when you are actually shaving, you can see what your actually doing. Apparently it also says that its dermatologically tested, which I suppose means something, by its also unfragranced, which helps evoke the after shave smell more vigorously after shaving. A great product
The Ging has a problem , a big problem. Not only does his hair need constant love and attention he also has to shave his face on a near daily basis.
As Im sure a few men (and women) know, shaving is not a pleasurable experience and personally Im always on the lookout when shopping for anything that will make the whole shaving experience that little bit bearable. Finally after some searching and putting up with numerous other shaving gels Ive stumbled across a beauty, King of Shaves - Supercooled Menthol.
I bought my can from Bodycare form £2.99 and it is widely available from all good supermarkets although it does cost a considerable amount more.
The can itself attracted me to the shelf. Standing 18cm tall it is on the large side, and it is rather imposing. The gel is held in an aluminium can, metallic and pale green in colour.
On closer inspection the can states that King of Shaves shaving gel will:
Reduce the burn after shaving
Calm any skin irritation
Basically, rather than being just a shaving gel King of Shaves is meant to help protect, care and nourish skin with a blend of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil.
On my first application of the gel I went a bit wild when I sprayed and ended up with enough foam to shave an Army. On second application I discovered that only a small amount of the gel is needed to produce a rich creamy lather. Starting from a subtle smelling green menthol gel after rubbing between my hands the gel turning into a brilliant foam.
The foam is easily applied and it sticks remarkably well to wet skin. Away I went slapping the foam all over my face and then shaving as normal. After finishing it became apparent that this contained some sort of cooler lotion and boy was it super. Rather than the normal burn sensation I get from using Gillette a cool tingling sensation spread across my face. Wow, the cooling lotion was good, nearly too good. After about 5 minutes the cool feeling was far too weird and I had to splash my face with warm water.
After drying my face, my skin felt soft, smooth and there was a very subtle menthol smell to my face.
So, the good points:
Fairly cheap (where I bought it from).
Last for a long time. The 200ml can has lasted well over a month.
Lathers up brilliantly.
Has a great cooling effect.
Leaves skin feeling extremely soft.
The bad points:
It is expensive when bought from supermarkets. About £3.99 for a 200ml can.
The cooling effect could be too much for some people.
Overall this is the best gel I have ever used. It is wonderful and I I will not be going back to using Gillette gels or any supermarket own brands, this is the best a man can get. It truly is the King of Shaves.
King of Shaves is a brand of the KMI Company, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2PX.
Further information about King of Shaves products can be found at wwwshave.com. or you can call 0800 083418.
This product is not tested on animals.
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The gel is enhanced with super cooling Menthol plus Aloe; Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil which are combined with a dual delivery system that protects and lubricates your skin throughout the shave /