“ Brand: Lush / Creams / Type: Shave Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Lush Prince - Shaving Cream
I do like Lush and not only their unusual bath products but more in fact their fabulous cream and potions as well as their perfumes. I was looking around in the shop one day and despite the fact that I have not suddenly grown a beard and begun shaving, I asked if I could try a sample of this shaving cream for when I shave my legs. I have to admit I usually use soap or shower gel but in the interests of trying as many of Lush's products as I can I thought I would give this a try.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Because no girl wants to be prickled by her prince
Our most exquisite and sophisticated shaving cream, to make shaving in the mornings a pleasant experience.
We've crammed this cream full of things to help soften your bristles, help the blade glide and protect and cushion the skin."
They say that this is designed to be indulgent and moisturising as well as helping the blades ride smoothly over the skin when shaving. These shaving creams are newer products in the range and this is one of the most recent
WHAT IS IN THIS SHAVING CREAM?
"Linseed mucilage and rose water soften the skin. Cocoa butter, almond oil, flaxseed oil and shea butter moisturise the skin. Beeswax will lock in moisture and provide a light coating for the skin to cushion it from the blade."
As you can see there are lots of lovely natural softening and moisturising ingredients in this.
Cocoa butter we all know is a wonderful natural moisturiser and particularly good for relieving dry itchy skin. It also has a lovely subtle chocolate like scent.
Almond oil has almost no scent and is very good for your skin. It feels lovely and smooth when applied and is full of vitamin E which is good for the skin too.
Shea butter - Lush get their Shea butter from fair trade contacts direct from women who collect and process the nuts for their oil. Shea butter is rich in vitamin A often known as retinol) and this helps maintain healthy skin. Shea butter is also thought to be a little protection against UVB rays. Shea butter contains Oleic acid which is very similar to human skin sebum and so is absorbed by the skin easily.
Beeswax Beeswax is great for dry skin as it is a deep moisturising, it also creates a waterproof barrier on the skin which is handy in a shaving cream as it helps the blade glide over the skin.
Linseed Mucilage - when linseed are added to water they create a gel like substance and this is the mucilage. Linseed is said to be good for acne and sore skin. In this shaving cream it helps to protect the skin during shaving and gives a nice slippery texture to the cream.
Glycerine - good too know that Lush's glycerine Is now palm free and is included as it is a carrying agent carrying the active ingredients and helping them become absorbed in the skin.
Witch Hazel Extract is distilled from hazel twigs and is included in this because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
The other ingredients mainly essential oils and rose water are there both for their scent and their benefits to skin . We have my favourite rose water, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sweet Orange Oil, Mandarin Oil, Tincture of Benzoin, Rose Absolute all add to the aroma and are floral and sweet citrus scents. As well as these Lush have added my favourite Vetivert Oil which gives a lovely earthy scent to the sweet fresh citrus aroma. All of these are also beneficial to the skin as well as adding scent of this gentle skin pampering shaving cream.
Less good is that Lush have also included:
Stearic acid - Sadly despite the controversy about palm oil according to the lush website "it is currently impossible to source stearic acid that is completely segregated from palm" Which is not so good as palm oil is destroying the home of the beautiful Orang-utans in Borneo but I guess some estates are so old that the land has long been used for plantations. Many oil palm estates are now on former rubber estates in Malaysia so they do not need to destroy any further rainforests. This stearic acid is added to this cream as an as an emulsifier.
Lush have also used something called triethanolamine as an emulsifier which means that is helps mix the water based ingredients and the oil based ones..
Sadly they have also added Methylparaben and Propylparaben which Lush say are safe but have been questioned re their safety by many so I leave that one for you to decide for yourself how you feel.
I did find it really easy to shave my legs without cutting myself using this cream. It smells really lovelt with its earthy citrus aroma. It feels lovely as I apply it to my legs and after I have shaved my legs feel soft and well moisturised and no shaving cuts either. My skin feels well nourished and pampered after I apply this.
This shaving cream is quite a light cream and doesn't feel greasy at all as I applied it or shaved it off. It is a creamy colour and smells really lovely too with quite a subtle yet distinctive scent. The sweet fresh citrus aromas blend with the earthy vetivert to give it a deeper more masculine air to the smell. Obviously you wouldn't buy this cream just for its scent but the fact that it does smell nice as well as being an effective shaving cream is a big plus in my of view.
This comes in a 100ml for £5.50 and 225ml pot for £9.95 so it isn't a cheap shaving cream by any one's rating. I can't see me buying a tub of this despite the fact I enjoyed my generous half tub sample so about 50ml in my pot.
This is a nice gentle luxurious shaving cream with a lovely earthy citrus scented shaving cream but it is expensive I think. Although I did like the way my skin felt when using this I really think it is a product I can live without.
I trust this has been of some interest and use to you and thanks for reading.
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If you read my reviews regularly you will know that I am trying to sample every single Lush product. This becomes slightly more difficult when it comes to the products designed for men! Having said that, most products from Lush, even if designed for men or women, are pretty much unisex.
In the case of the Prince shaving cream, it's pretty explicit that it's aimed at men. However, I shave too - albeit not my face! - and I saw no reason why I shouldn't give this product a go myself.
Lush state that this is their most "exquisite and sophisticated" shaving cream. Its full name is Prince Triple Orange Blossom: orange flower absolute, sweet orange oil and mandarin oil are three of the ingredients and they are designed to help the shaving cream smell delicious and uplifting. Other ingredients with a similar purpose include neroli and vetivert oils, while rose water, almond oil, cocoa and shea butter help the shaving cream soothe and moisturise the skin. Linseed mucilage softens the skin, while beeswax helps to lock in moisture and cushion the skin against the razor. The downside of using beeswax, however, is that the product is not suitable for vegans.
The shaving cream is quite thick, and has a pleasant citrus scent that is neither especially masculine nor particularly feminine. I normally use it in the shower for shaving my underarms, turning the spray around first to prevent it rinsing off the cream. The thickness of the cream means that it is easy to spread on to the required area and the razor gives a smooth, close shave without irritation. Only a small amount of cream is used at a time so the pot does last for a while.
I used the cream to shave my legs a couple of times and wasn't quite so impressed. The consistency of the cream means that it's slightly tricky to spread it over a larger area, but I can't really hold that against it seeing as it was designed for the smaller area of the face.
I've noticed a positive difference since using this shaving cream. My underarms feel very soft and smooth and the cream doesn't irritate my skin in any way. I imagine men with sensitive skin, especially those who have to shave every day, would benefit from using this as it is moisturising and good for the skin. I used to suffer from occasional dry skin under my arms, not wanting to use moisturiser there in case it got in the way of my deodorant, but since using this cream I haven't experienced any problems.
The only negative thing about this cream is that because it is so thick, it can sometimes clog the razor a little, a problem that doesn't really occur with shaving gel. I can usually get round this by holding the razor directly under the shower head - the force of the water usually dislodges any residue. Also, I think it's a small price to pay for having soft, smooth underarms.
Prince costs £5.50 for a 100g tub and £9.95 for a 220g tub. This is pricey, but in line with other products from the Lush range. It is sometimes possible to get smaller 45g tubs in gift sets. All tubs count towards the "return 5 black pots and get a free Fresh Face Mask' offer.
On balance I think I prefer the Dirty shaving cream, which I have also tried, as it isn't quite as thick as this one. However, the Prince cream would be ideal for anyone with especially dry skin. It's a great quality shaving cream, and I do recommend it.
I usually just buy some cheap shaving foam from Wikinsons or Poundland but I decided to treat myself to some Lush shaving cream on a recent shopping trip.
I picked up the Prince shaving cream which was more expensive than I would normally pay at £5.25 for a tub which had 100g of cream in it but it smelt gorgeous and I hoped that it would make shaving my legs and arm pits a bit more pleasant and less of a chore to do.
The cream is really thick and gloopy and you only need a tiny amount to cover the area you are shaving. Anymore and the cream goes on to thick and it becomes difficult to remove and it tends to clog up the razor but this is the same for all shaving creams.
The benefit of it being a cream is that it leaves my skin feeling really moisturised and not at all dry and irritated.
As long as I make sure and only put a thin layer on then I get a really close shave and the cream cushions my skin enough that it doesn't scrape my skin and leave it feeling as though I have taken off several layers of skin with it.
It really helps me get a closer shave than when I use foam as the razor gets closer to the skin than it does with foam.
The smell was what really sold this to me. It is marketed as a mens shaving cream but it doesn't smell masculine and is more of a unisex scent. It is called Prince triple orange blossom and the smell of oranges is lovely and really strong. It also contains neroli which is one of my favourite smells. One of my favourite perfumes is neroli from the Body Shop and this could easily be a part of their range and it has a lovely light summer fragrance which stays on my skin for hours.
I really like this shaving cream not only does it smell gorgeous but it is really good at helping me get a close shave and not irritating my skin. It might be more expensive than a pound shaving foam from Poundland but it seems to be lasting for absolutely ages since I only need to use so very little of it at a time.
I bought this shaving cream a couple of months ago as I thought that it would be an interesting product to try after I ran out of my normal gel.
It claims to help moisturise your skin while you shave which I thought was a bonus, and it smelt really nice. I tried some on my hand in the shop and it had a nice silky feel.
When I next shaved my legs, I rubbed a small amount of the cream onto my calves - I kept the amount small as I've used other Lush moisturisers and a little tends to go a long way. The first thing I noticed was that it was kind of 'sticky' and resistant to the water, a bit like vaseline.
I am a bit of a cheapskate with razors and use men's Bic Sensitive disposables. With these razors I only managed a couple of strokes before the blades were totally bunged up. The sharp edge didn't seem to be getting very near my skin as it was fighting to keep itself clear of the cream. I had to throw the fresh razor away after one use as it was far too hard to unbung it.
Afterwards my skin felt more tacky than moisturised, and I could still see hairs here and there.
In the end I gave it to my husband who uses old fashioned razor blades that come in paper wrappers in an old fashioned razor holder. He seems to have had a bit more luck than me, but this I think is down to better blades, and that his beard is very thick and coarse. The product probably is more right for his skin than mine which is much softer. Also, he uses better quality razors which may make the difference. I use the cheapest I can get as my hair is quite fine and light, so I don't need a heavy duty razor.
Verdict - maybe one for the boys?
Having turned a quarter of a century old a couple of days ago I didn't give any ideas as to what I wanted for my birthday - as usual! One of the gifts i did recieve was the Lush Prince Shaving Cream. According to Lush themselves 'Prince is an aristocratic shaving cream, scented with orange blossom, rose, smoky vetivert and luxurious neroli.' For me, it was a bit of an unexpected gifts, but what do you expect when you give no indication as to what you want for your big day?
The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped the gift was that it came in a plain black tub with white text written onto it. 'Prince' was the first word that stood out to me, and then I realised that it was in fact shaving cream. Apparently this is the one type of shaving cream that women are most likely to steal, so I won't divulge as to where it is now kept. Upon opening the pot I discovered a thick cream which is an off-white colour. When I walk past Lush shops I can always smell the different aromas that fill the air, but I cannot for the life of me describe exactly what this shaving cream smells of. It is safe to say that it isn't the most masculine scent, but that is really part of the appeal for me. The orange and rose are certainly there, although i wouldn't have a clue what 'neroli' is so I can't suggest I can detect that one!
priced at £4.99 for the 100g tub or £8.95 for 225grams I think it is reasonably priced - perhaps a little on the high side. The shaving cream is designed for use on all areas of the body, although for prevention of embarrassment I will suggest I use it on my face at all times! The cream is easy to apply and after just a couple of uses I am sure it will last a little while before I need to buy more. I wouldn't say my shaving experience has vastly improved, but my skin certainly feels softer afterwards.
I would definitely recommend this product to any male or female, I can now see why the packaging suggests 'Goldilocks' might be on the prowl for this one!
I don't normally use shaving foam, as I find it dries my skin, but on one of my frequent trips to Lush, I was recommended a shaving cream for my legs. There were four different ones to choose from and I went for 'Prince' because I liked the smell best. I was told that as this is a cream and not foam, it would moisturise my skin rather than have a drying effect, I bought a 100g tub at a price of £4.99.
The tub it comes in is one of Lush's standard black pots, and it can be purchased in the 100g that I went for, or a larger size of 225g at a cost of £8.95. As with all Lush's black pots, if you collect five of them you can return them to the store in exchange for a fresh facemask. This is good because Lush will recycle the pot (and you get something free!) As always, the tub has the product name on it, as well as a list of quantitive ingredients, and a picture of the person who made it.
One of the main ingredients in Prince is cocoa butter, which makes sense as it has a very thick, buttery, creamy texture. It feels nice and smooth to the touch and it gave me quite high hopes for the product. The smell isn't too strong but it's nice and fresh, with the main smells I could detect being orange and lemon. According to the ingredients there is actually no lemon in this product, but there is orange oil and mandarin oil which is obviously where it gets the fresh citrus scent.
As you can tell, I was impressed with the product thus far, and it was time to see if it actually worked. Once I was in the shower, I scooped a small amount of the shaving cream out of the tub, and smoothed it onto my legs. Now as the product is so thick, this wasn't too easy. The only thing less easy than this was actually keeping the cream on my legs, as most of it slid off. After a lot of faffing about I managed to pretty much get a layer of the cream on my leg, ready to shave it off. Unfortunately my experience with the product only continued to get worse, as I found that every time I shaved a bit of leg the razor got completely clogged with the shaving cream. This turned a normally quick and easy process into an annoying and time consuming one!
After I had finished with the product and dried my legs, I did think my legs felt nice and smooth, and the shaving cream did work as a moisturiser. However, due to the time consuming and awkward process of actually using the product, there hasn't been a repeat use for me!
I did make my boyfriend try it on his face, and he had quite a thick amount of facial hair at the time. It was quite difficult to use again, but it did do quite a good job on his thick hair, although it was still a nuisance and he didn't continue to use it after trying it once. After looking on the website, it does recommend that Prince is good for thick stubble, so maybe this is a more suitable product for men's faces rather than women's legs!
As I said before, Lush did have a range of four different shaving creams, but they have since discontinued two of them, leaving only Prince and Ambrosia. Prince will never be discontinued as a number of years ago, a man who invested a lot of money into the company did so on the condition that Prince would never stop being made as it is his favourite product! So that's good news for any fans of this shaving cream.
In conclusion, I won't be buying/using Prince again as it's just too much bother. If you have read my Gillette Venus review you may have seen that I said their razors are very moisturising and I don't really feel that 'Prince' adds much to that. On the up side it does smell nice, leaves skin a bit softer, and worked well on my boyfriend's face. I do think that judging by the name of the product and the fact it is good for thick stubble that it is aimed more at men anyway!
I received some of Lush's excellent men's products for christmas in a hamper and one of those products was a tub of Prince shaving cream.
It comes in a 100g pot and is black in colour so it does manage to look ever so slighly masculine even though it comes from one of the girliest shops around.
Inside the pot the cream is a light beige colour and it has a very thick and gooey consistancy. The smell coming from the cream was quite nice and a bit ususual for a man's shaving cream. It was citrusy and almost flowery but it wasn't overpowering and I really liked it.
To use the cream you just need to get some and slather it across the areas you want to shave.
Being the useless man that I am on occassion I run out of shaving foam and my mother once told me to use conditioner on my face and that is exactly what this felt like on my skin. I reall wasn't keen on the feeling of thick cream on my skin and it doesn't foam or even lather which just felt strange to me.
After shaving I also found it difficult to wash off and was left with a slightly greasy layer to my skin which was only removed when I rewashed my skin with a facewash. I am sure this layer is supposed to be there to probably help with moisturising but I didn't like the feeling.
I will say though that even when I washed all the cream off my skin was left feeling really soft and much less reactive than it usually is.
he closeness of my shave was also good with the cream and I liked that I could see whee I had shaved clearly unlike with say a shave oil.
I like the idea of applying all natural ingredients to my skin and for this I think Lush are fantastic but unfortunately I just didn't like the fact the cream didn't foam or lather and I soon gave up using the Prince shaving cream and donated it to my sister instead.
This isn't really the fault of Lush however so I can't mark them down for it too much so if you like shaving with a cream then I think you will be happy with this one.
Prince shaving foam is available from Lush stores up and down the country and also online. I had a look to price it and for the 100g pot it is £4.99 which I think represents good value for money as the few times I used it I only needed a tiny amount for my whole face.
Horrid! Like spreading lard on your face. Wish I hadn't bought it.
Now, not that many men step foot inside "The Soap Shop" but I'm sure glad I did. My dad firstly recommended this to me and I'm extremely happy that I bought it to see for myself. I literally have no complaints. Although it retails at around £9.80 a pot, it lasts for around a 4 months (if you shave about twice a week). The smell of sweet orange oil and neroli smells really attractive but not feminine (which is always good!). Although not many men may be familiar with shaving with a cream it goes a long way as only a thin covering is needed for a smooth shave. As it's a cream it also moisturises your skin at the same time leaving you nice and smooth for afterwards. It leaves you kissably smooth and smells great. A must buy for all wet-shaving men. Can also be used on legs as my mum even stole some!
What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed its named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packaging. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.
What is Prince?
Prince is a shaving cream for both men and women as it tackles stubborn stubble on chins, legs and underarms. It has special ingredients to tackle hard stubborn, to be gentle to sensitive skin and one to smell and feel gorgeous. It is described as a Prince amongst other shaving creams. It is scented with orange blossom, neroli, vetivert and rose.
What makes it so special?
It contains Linseed mucilage which swell when in contact with water releasing vitamins and minerals, protein and oil onto your skin.
Rose water is relaxing and produces a lovely fragrance.
Almond Oil is very moisturising and soothing.
Shea Butter is one of natures best moisturisers. It is creamy and rice and will leave your skin so soft.
Beeswax will protect the skin whilst leaving it smooth.
Orange Flower absolute is believed to soothe nerves and has a gorgeous aroma. It is found in many cosmetic and spa products and is one of the most expensive to buy.
Orange and Mandarin Oil also add to the great scent and help to revive and refresh your skin.
There are other special ingredients so check them out on Lush's website www.lush.co.uk.
A 100g pot costs £4.75 and a 225g pot costs £8.60. It may seem very expensive but if you read the full ingredients list from www.lush.co.uk you will see that your paying for the high quality ingredients rather than buying a standard shop bought moisturiser where 90% of the cost is for fancy packaging. Lush use plain black pots so the money can be spent on the best ingreidents to make the products stand out from every other on the market.
Plus you only need a small ammount as it goes a long way. One pot will easy last 6 months used once a day. Then when your finished with your pot, wash it out and save it until you have 5 (can be from any lush product) and swap it for a free fresh face mask worth £4.95 !
I loved the smell of this product, I could definitely make out the orange scent amongst a general fresh fruity smell. I had previsouly only ever used Gillette Shaving gel which foams so changing to a thick cream was really strange. However it took no time getting used to and i grew to really like the thick creamy texture. It smoothes onto my skin really easily. The only down side is it can clog my razor, however splashing it under or into hot water sorts this out fine. My skin felt really smooth and soft afterwards and the shea butter content helped to keep it moisturised and stopped my skin from feeling dry or irritated. The scent seemed to stay onto my skin for a long time too. I honestly love this Shaving Cream and althought it is more expensive, i feel good knowing it isn;t tested on animals, it's suitable for vegetarians and that Lush actually use the money for the finest fresh ingredients, whereas most other companies waste 90% of the cost on fancy packaging. Plus when I save 5 pots i can get a free fresh face mask of my choice too!
Having previously used the 'Lush Razorantium' I was recommended to try Prince. On a visit to Lush I bought a small 100g pot, and then had to finish off the Razorantium.
Taking off the top the first thing you notice is the fresh orange smell. The product is a smooth, off-white creme, which spreads easily. Most people might find it a bit odd that it doesn't froth up into a foam, and might try to slop it on too thick. All that is needed is a blob on the fingertip which you rub all over your stubble, it spreads around well, and is enough to soften and lubricate the shave. The small amount needed means that a pot will last ages, I think my last pot lasted about 9 months, although I only usually shave about 3 times a week
Wash your face with hot water, then rub the creme into your stubble. The good thing about being a creme is that you can see where you are shaving. Sluice your razor in hot water as it'll clog up with cold water. Then rinse your face with cold water. The creme leaves a smooth and moisturised face.
Being a Lush product you know it is a natural product and won't have been tested on animals, there are also no harmful propellants which are used to make squirty foams. Once you've finished with the pot, you can save up a few and get a free face pack, the other half will be greatful at least!
Lush advertise as being all natural or as close as dependent on the product you are buying, they also claim to have really good shaving products for both men and women, now not being a woman I cannot speak for their feminine products but what I can speak for is their "Prince Shaving Cream".
I have to say this is one of the biggest money making rackets I have ever had the misfortune of falling victim to. This was the worst shave I have ever experienced, and I've shaved dry. The blurb on the tub reads "Conquer your stubble with our ultra-smoothing, extra-soothing orange, mandarin and neroli shaving cream". Terry Pratchett would have trouble writing a more comically false blurb. This is without a doubt a less useful lubricant for shaving than if I was to shave with sand and with a blunt razor.
I had to use a 5th of a tub just go cover my face and neck enough to shave without ripping off my skin as it is actually a cream as opposed to a foam or soap. And considering its around £8 per 100g tub then I had to pay £1.60 for one shave. To be honest if I'm going to pay that kind of money per shave I'd rather do it once a week and go to a professional barber.
The only good thing about shaving with Lush "Prince Shaving Cream" is that, eventually, your done using it and can go and put on some form of moisturiser to make the pain go away, which if you've been in Lush will probably be their surprisingly good "Cosmetic Lad" moisturiser.
So if you have to buy something in Lush and you are a bloke who shaves, dodge the shaving cream and buy a regular tin in Tescos, and go for the moisturiser if you get razor burn like me...or else buy something for someone else (treat for the missus always goes down well) cause this is one you will definitely want to miss.
For fathers day I bought my Step-dad a pot of this stuff. Loving Lush as I do I love buying stuff from there to try and impress people with! However he hated it and didn't mind telling me so! He complained it never foamed/frothed/lathered up and felt like he was going to remove his face with it when shaving if he wasn't careful. So I inherited it and although it's meant and designed for men I decided that as it's Lush I could give it a home.
100g black and recyclable pot with a screw on/off lid to the top of it and on that lid I'm told it is Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Prince Shaving Cream 'Conquer your stubble with out ultra-smoothing, extra soothing orange, mandarin and neroli shaving cream' and contact details for Lush are listed. On the main pot itself again I'm told that it's Prince and ingredients are listed as well as a little stamp on there telling me who actually made the product and when. It's a simple dispose with ease pot or you can take 5 pots back to the shop (clean) and get a fresh face mask free in return so we're encouraged to help the environment by Lush!
The Shaving Cream....
An off white thick cream which is glossy and when you smear it on where you want to shave it gives a layer of greasy gloss to the skin. My Step-Father was right it doesn't lather up at all and you can either wet and then apply this or just apply this and then shave it off. I do think that adding water is a good idea though and I found that it helped me to spread the cream further thus making it more economical.
When on the skin there is a lovely unisex smell to it and Lush themselves (according to their website) say this is the shaving cream most women pinch from the men that they make!). It has a nice creamy, slightly sweet smell of oranges to it that is delicate and very invigorating to the senses indeed.
So once applied you shave it all off. You can see where you've removed it from and it's simple to use. When done it's easy to remove any residue and your left with smooth, soft and very hydrated (plus hair free) skin. It's simply a very luxurious shaving cream but if your a fan of gels and foams you won't like this or it will take some getting used to as it's so different.
I got a really close shave from it after not using very much of it at all and my legs felt so hydrated and supple afterwards! No nicks or cuts, this is simply a rather nice nourishing cream and don't be put off ladies that it's called Prince if you want to use it, simply sniff it in the shop first and I think your mind will be put at rest!
Only available in Lush stores priced at £4.40 for a 100ml pot. (Only size it's available in).
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