“ Brand: Lush / Shaving Cream / Type: Shave Cream / What it does: Smoothes, „
I have the most insanely sensitive underarms so shaving is always a big panic. I usually have to choose between hiding in long sleeves in summer or exposing angry, red, half shaved armpits... I went into my local Lush store and checked out their range of shaving products and tried some samples and this one was a definite winner! You don't need to wet the arms first (it works better if you don't I've found), just apply it straight on which is great and time saving. Then a quick rinse to get any hairs that a stuck on and away you go. You can even just use a wet wipe or towel it off, brilliant if you're camping or at a festival and need a little trim but find yourself without a shower! It leaves skin amazingly moisturised and I haven't seen redness, rashes or rawness since I've used it! I then bought my boyfriend some as he often experiences angry red shaving rash (guess he's a sensitive guy!) and he loves it too. It smells lovely on and leaves his face wonderfully soft because of the moisturising element. It's like shaving and moisturising all in one! It may be raining at lot this summer, but that won't stop me going sleeveless! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I am often cutting myself when shaving my legs, partly due to dodgy razors and rushing but it's also due to not using a proper shaving product. I decided that it was time to buy a new one and invested in the Ambrosia Shaving Cream by Lush.
What does the product do?
The purpose of the product is to protect your skin while shaving. It promises to help the razor to glide over the skin while also protecting the skin. It promises to soothe the skin and to reduce inflammation caused by shaving using Oatmilk. The addition of Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter helps to hydrate and nourish the skin while Linseed helps to soften the skin. It comes with the addition of chamomile and marigold oil to help to heal the skin if you manage to get any scratches. It has been designed specifically for use on men but it can be used by girls too!
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained with a clear plastic bottle and you can see the product inside. The bottle has a black label stuck on the front and there is some extra information given about the product on the label. The bottle has a black flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when you hands are a bit slippery. The bottle comes in two sizes. I got the larger 250 gram bottle for around £10 and a smaller 100 gram bottle which will cost you around £5. You can buy the product from your local Lush store and also from their online website.
Application and Performance
The product has the consistency of a really light cream as opposed to the soapy, foamy consistency which you normally find in products of this type. It has a cream colour and despite it containing some lovely ingredients, it has somehow ended up smelling like play dough or putty. It isn't sweet or strong which I supposed allows it to be used on both men and women but I was hoping for a nicer scent. Nevertheless, it isn't a horrible aroma and it wouldn't put me off using the product at all. I applied the product to my skin and left it to sink into my skin a little bit before shaving so that the natural ingredients could get to work and do their job. It does glide easily over the skin and it has a very light texture. It doesn't bubble or foam, and it is almost like having a lotion on your skin.
When shaving, the product does help the razor to glide over the skin without snagging my legs. The product allows you to shave and for the razor to do its job but the product does build up on the blades quickly so you have to rinse the razor a lot as you go along which is a bit of a pain. I didn't cut myself while shaving or get any nicks which is unusual for me but then I was taking it a bit slower than usual because of the build up. Once you're done, it's easy to rinse the residue away. The product feels gentle on the skin and it didn't irritate my legs or cause them to experience any discomfort. Once dry, I noticed my skin wasn't as red as usual and my legs weren't stinging as much as they can do. The cream is really moisturising and my legs did feel much softer and smoother than usual.
All in all, this is an unusual shaving cream which does get the job done but that clogs up the razor quickly which slows down the process and is a pain when you're in a rush. It has a bit of a funny smell but it leaves the skin soft, smooth and protected, and it stopped me from getting any cuts. I wouldn't think this would work on men's faces if they have blemish prone skin as it contains oils and its quite greasy. I do like this and will continue to use it but the results don't justify the price so I probably wouldn't repurchase.
I'm a huge Lush fan and decided to try this shaving cream after a sales assistant recommended it to me. I've got very dry skin and am prone to getting ugly, sore patches of eczema on my lower legs and ankles which tends to flare up after shaving. I was advised that this stuff is great for protecting the skin and reducing any inflammation caused by shaving and was told that it's super moisturising as well. It's aimed at men but the female sales assistant said that she uses it herself and loves it, and I figured that if I didn't like it I could just give it to my boyfriend!
It sounded brilliant so I decided to buy a small 100 gram bottle to try, which I paid around £5.00 for and there's a larger, 250 gram version available too which is around a tenner. While there's no doubting that this is one of the more expensive shaving creams available, I do think that it's worth it. It's kind of like an all in one moisturiser and shaving cream - it leaves my skin feeling really soft and allows the razor to glide over my dry skin without any dragging. It's so much better than the shaving cream that I was using previously and the quality shines through.
As a little goes a very long way, it doesn't work out as expensive as I initially thought it would and it is excellent value for money in my opinion. I've had my 100g bottle since late September and use it once a week and there's still over half a bottle left, which in my opinion is pretty impressive. Like all Lush products, the shaving cream is made from very nourishing, natural ingredients including: honey water (helps to soothe the skin), oat milk (moisturises, reduces inflammation and cools the skin), jojoba oil and cocoa butter (moisturise the skin and act as a slight barrier, helping the blade glide smoothly over the skin).
Another ingredient is linseed mucilage, which softens the skin. The ingredients aren't all natural and there are a few safe synthetics including perfume, alchohol, propylparaben and stearic acid. None of the ingredients have been tested on animals, which is always an advantage in my opinion. Packaging wise, the shaving cream comes in quite a basic plastic bottle, which looks a little like a shower gel bottle. It is black and slightly rounded and due to the simple white and black colour scheme it will appeal to both men and women.
The bottle has a label wrapped around it with all of the relevant information such as the brand and product name written on the front as well as a brief product description. The list of ingredients is written on the back. The bottle has a black flip lid, which when flipped up exposes a small hole which the product comes out of when the bottle's tipped upside down. This stops too much from coming out at once which I like as it prevents waste. As soon as I open the lid, the scent is instantly noticeable. I wasn't keen on the smell at first if I'm being honest.
It's quite a herbal and masculine smell with quite a chemical tone to it, which is odd as it contains mainly natural ingredients. I've since gotten used to the smell though and as it isn't overpowering and doesn't linger on my skin, the not so yummy scent is not a huge disadvantage. I was actually expecting this to smell like custard because there's a brand of custard called Ambrosia haha - it definitley doesn't, though! The cream itself is very thick, a bit like shower gel but rich and creamy and very luxurious feeling. It smoothes over my skin well and rather than rubbing it in I just leave it sat on the skin.
It doesn't lather even when it is rubbed in and instead sits on the skin like a thick, protective barrier of moisture. I use disposable razors and am able to get a very close shave when using this. After one swipe I need to wash it as it can easily block up the razor, but it is easy to wash off as it isn't sticky. After shaving I wash off any excess and my legs are always left feeling amazing - soft, smooth and not at all red or irritated. My legs still feel amazingly silky soft the day after using it! I've got very sensetive, problematic skin and haven't had any nasty reactions to this in the few months that I've been using it and will definitely be purchasing another bottle when I'm next in Lush.
I absolutely love Lush products and have tried almost all of them at some point or another. Some are better than others ovbviously but their shaving creams are either love them or hate them products. I personally love them and would use them more often if not for the fact that I find them too expensive to use on a regular basis. However I have friends who generally like Lush but absolutely detenst their shaving creams.
Gor me out of all the one's they have my personal favourite is the Ambrosia one.
I can't be the only person in the world who has resorted to using conditioner to shave their legs when they have run out of shaving foam and that is similair to what using Ambrosia shaving cream is like.
Unlike traditional foams and gels Ambrosia is a thick creamy liquid that doesn't lather up and you just spread onto skin and then shave.
The cream itself is very luxurious and creamy feeling and provides absolutely fantastic moisturisation. It is so rich that it can be difficult to actually get the blade through the cream and you need to make sure that you constantly wash your razor as it will quickly clog up with the cream.
However if you do regularly wash the razor blade the cream helps in giving you a super close shave and after I have shaved with it my skin is incredibly smoothe and stubble free.
I have quite dry skin and I need to moisturise after shaving as this makes my legs even drier and depending on the foam I use they can become scaly. Ambrosia is the only shaving product that I have ever used where my legs feel more conditioned than before I started and smooth and comfortable with no irritation at all afterwards.
As fantastic as Ambosia is there is a reason it isn't my usual shaving product and that is because of the price. It is supposed to be a men's shaving product and comes in a small size and the larger 250g bottle that I get as a treat. Now these sizes may be all well and good for a man who only needs a small amount for his face but for the amount I need to use to shave my legs the bottle runs out far too quickly and as it is £8.45 for the larger one it unfortunately makes it too expensive for me which is a shame as I would love to use it all the time.
As much as I like the smell and the idea of Lush products, I don't use them often as I find them too drying for my skin. However, following a chat with my favourite gal-pal during which I lamented shaving my legs due to their horribly sensitive nature, I took her advice and bought a bottle of 'Ambrosia' shaving cream. Well that was 4 years ago, and I'm glad to say I've never looked back.
Ambrosia is aimed at men, but I don't know why it isn't just marketed as a unisex product as I'm willing to bet at least as many women use it. Shaving is always an ordeal for me. I always end up with a rash afterwards, even if I haven't shaved for a while and my skin's had a chance to recover. If it's been less than a few days then the razor barely touches the thick stubble, instead constantly scraping and nicking the skin, leaving it in such a messy state that I wish I'd just let the hair grow - it would be less unsightly and certainly less sore. This is despite using rich, lathered shaving gels such as Gillette.
I've found that Ambrosia is not like any of these normal shaving gels, it is rich and creamy and doesn't lather, and allows me to shave again without too much irritation even if its only been a day or two. I still can't exactly get a smooth finish, but I think that's just down to the ridiculous thickness of my hair. At least I don't get so red and sore. In a way Ambrosia is quite a difficult cream to use, as it collects in the razor with the hair and needs hard tapping against the bathtub after every couple of strokes to clear the blade. But even though it's slower and a little fiddly, I'm just grateful to have a product that allows me to shave at all.
I'm now much more into epilating for my legs, but find some areas, such as my armpits too painful for this technique. Ambrosia is an invaluable product for shaving in this area, particularly if I'm holiday and need to shave more than normal.
The smell of this stuff is really good, a typical Lush aroma, and contains ingredients such as honey water, linseed, oatmilk, cocoa butter and jojoba oil. It's quite expensive - I get the 250g bottle for £7.75, but there are a couple of smaller sizes.
This really has made shaving a bit less of an ordeal - I just wish it wasn't so expensive!
I first got a sample from Lush of the Ambrosia shaving cream when I went to buy myself some soap in there. I though this might be something my husband could try but he really does not care for things like that in general, you know how men are.
But one day he ran out of shaving gel and he eventually tried this sample. In the sample it was enough for 3 uses and when he finished the sample he came to me and say that this is the best thing he has ever tried and wants to go an buy some more. My husband has really thick facial hair that is really prickly, even after he shaves he is still not smooth and gets irritated after shave. Since he uses Ambrosia he never gets irritated after shave.
Anyway I could not remember how much it costs but is quite pricy stuff compared to his usual things but he said he does not care because is that good. Now that was shocking, my husband is not high maintenance.
Over an year has passed and my husbands uses exclusively this product, he even goes to the shop to buy it which I can't complain as he takes me with him and I get a nice treat too.
I once have use it too a few times to shave my legs and indeed I can say it truly good stuff. It only takes a small amount of product to cover a large area. But I prefer to leave this product entirely for him to use.
He also tried the other shaving products from Lush but he always said that nothing compares to Ambrosia.
When it comes to shaving I usually use a nice soap such as my ones from Lush or I have a nice razor with a conditioning block on it, I have never really been inclined to use any sort of shaving cream however I recently bought some Ambrosia shaving cream as part of a set of Lush on EBay.
I bid on a little set of Lush bits which included some Bohemian soap which I am not overly keen on but its okay for hand washing, King of the Mods hair gel, I don't use hair gel but my partner does and the thing I was really after was the Beer shower jelly. I paid a great price of just under £4 for the 4 items which is brilliant because the combined value was around £14.
My partner never uses any sort of shaving creams and refused to even try the Ambrosia, so I though there was no harm in giving it a try myself.
Ambrosia comes in a little black bottle which has a flip up lid and a little hole to squirt the cream from. The label is quite simple and tells of the gentle nature of the product along with ingredients. As on the majority of Lush products there is a little sticker with a picture of the person who made that bottle and the date it was made along with the use by date. My bottle is 50g and retails for £2.75 and larger bottles can be purchased for £3.75 for 100g and £7.75 for 250g.
As I went to use the Ambrosia I was a little nervous because if I do not use a good quantity of soap when I shave with a normal disposable razor I find that I get an angry red rash which is very sore, I was very keen to ensure that I wouldn't suffer any ill effects from using this cream - I needn't have worried though!
I spread the cream generously onto my skin and began to shave. The razor glided easily and I was very pleased. As I washed the excess cream from my skin it felt very silky and once removed my skin felt so nice and soft, there was not even a hint of irritation.
In future uses of Ambrosia, I have used less cream as I am now confident that this brilliant shaving cream protects my skin very well and upon checking the ingredients I can see why, it is full of soothing and calming nourishing ingredients. I usually apply some moisturiser after shaving but when I use Ambrosia there is no need because it contains copious amounts of cocoa butter.
The ingredients in Ambrosia shaving cream, as given on the Lush website are -
Honey Water (Aqua)
Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum)
Oat Milk (Avena sativa)
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis)
African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta)
Having found that the results of using Ambrosia are so good I quickly purchased some more of the Lush packs as I will definitely be using this for the foreseeable future as it is great for my skin, which is very sensitive. I am unsure if I would buy this at full retail price as it isn't cheap but I have stoked up very well and will not need to buy any more for some time yet, saying that, this can be used with cheap disposable razors which means I do not have to buy the expensive aloe infused razors which would actually make using Ambrosia quite economical.
Ease the pain of shaving with Lush Ambrosia / Blot out redness and razor rash during your morning ritual and let the blend of oatmilk, linseed, chamomile, marigold, glycerine and honey calm soften the skin for a smooth, clean shave /