“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Shave Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
About a year ago, Lush introduced a new range into their stores: the Dirty range. Most of their ranges are unisex, a few are quite girly, but this was designed as more of a masculine range.
The philosophy behind the range was the idea that spearmint is an aphrodisiac, and it has been used in the range along with other fresh herbal notes. Different aspects of the scent come out in different products, and you can use one or all of them to layer the scent. The Dirty Shaving Cream was an addition to the store's shaving cream range. Though the Dirty range was designed for men, I loved the smell and wanted to try the products so bought them anyway!
The shaving cream comes in one of Lush's black pots which are made from recycled materials, and can be returned to a Lush store after use as part of the "bring back 5 pots get a free face mask" offer. It costs £4.95. The cream is made from oatmilk which helps to calm skin, safflower oil and shea butter which moisturise, honey which is known for its antibacterial properties and lanolin (made from wool) to hold it all together. The scent is made up of lavender, sandalwood and tonka absolute, as well as the perfume that makes up the Dirty scent.
The scent is designed to go well with the rest of the Dirty range, and there is a hint of the minty Dirty scent there, but the overwhelming impression is of a lavender herbal smell. It is sweeter and less 'woody' than the smell of the hair cream, but very calming and relaxing. I love the scent and feel that it is neither especially masculine nor particularly feminine, so though it is designed for use on men's faces, it can be used by women too.
I epilate my legs, but still shave my underarms in between laser hair removal appointments (you need several to completely remove the hair and I'm nowhere near the end as yet). I've used this shaving cream both in the shower and over the sink. I normally scoop out a piece of shaving cream not much bigger than a pea, rub it between my hands and smooth it onto my armpits before shaving. I find that the cream can clog the razor a little if too much is allowed to build up, but I can easily solve this problem by rinsing it frequently. The cream is white and about the thickness of a moisturising body lotion. It isn't as thick as the Lush Prince shaving cream which I have also tried.
After use, the cream rinses off easily leaving no residue. It leaves behind a faint scent on the skin, but nothing too over the top. My underarms feel incredibly soft, smooth and moisturised, even though I use strong antiperspirants which can be drying. I am very impressed with the effect the cream has been having on my skin, particularly as shaving can be drying.
I did try the cream on my legs just for the purpose of this review, and found that it worked just as well as it did on my underarms, but of course you need to use more cream and would therefore get through a pot much more quickly.
I would definitely recommend the Dirty shaving cream as it is effective, smells amazing and has a positive effect on the skin. I would recommend it to men too, as if it has the same effect on the face as it does on the underarms it will do a brilliant job. For large areas of skin, such as legs, it isn't such good value for money because it gets used up more quickly, but I only use it on my underarms anyway so that's not a problem. Definitely something I'd purchase again.