I am a huge fan of the shop Lush and am trying to sample all of the products that they make. Though I am not a man (obviously) I still use shaving cream when I am shaving my underarms and legs.
I have used Lush shaving creams in the past, including Prince and Dirty, and I like them because, although it is tricky at first to get used to the idea of using a cream that doesn’t foam, on balance I prefer this as I find it more moisturising. This is particularly true of Shave the Planet as the formula is based on the Handy Gurugu hand cream. This contains lashings of shea butter which makes it incredibly moisturising; in fact it is the richest and thickest of all the shaving creams that Lush make.
It has rather an odd smell, slightly herbal and fresh, unisex and pleasant. It is a very faint green in colour. I scoop some out of the tub – only a small amount is needed – and smooth over my skin. The cream helps me to shave without getting any nicks or cuts. It helps the razor to glide over the skin easily without drying out my skin.
After use, my skin feels incredibly soft with no irritation. I can often get away without using moisturiser. It’s worth noting that the smell does linger so if you can’t stand it, this is a product to stay away from. Also, it is slightly too thick for me as it can sometimes be hard to use with a razor.
The cream costs £10.85 for a 200g pot and £5.45 for 100g. Although it is pricey, it is such a good product that I feel it is worth it. Also, only a very small amount is needed. The fact that it is so moisturising is a big plus considering it is likely to be used by men, many of whom I would assume don’t habitually use moisturiser, and this will help keep the skin on the face soft and moisturised. For women, it helps to prevent shaving rash and burn. Although it is a little thicker than I would prefer, it is an excellent shaving cream that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
It's fair to say that I am quite a fan of Lush products and over the last couple of years I have slowly converted my partner towards using Lush products. He now uses their shampoos, shaving products and loves their bath bombs also. He really does love nothing better than a gorgeous bath filled with Lush products when he gets home from a long day at the office. It's for this reason that we keep ending up with half used pots of things as each time we go in store he ends up getting talked in to trying whatever new products they've got aimed towards men. It's not really a problem though as it means I'm never short of extra products to try if mine are running a little bit low, it's for this reason that I have ended up with half a pot of Shave The Planet for my own use.
When we first purchased this product it was available in a 45g pot as well as the larger sizes but it appears that this is now only available to purchase online in a 225g pot which costs £12.25. I'm not sure how long this has been the case for as the last pot I was using up has just expired so was probably purchased a year ago in store. I still think the price is reasonable as this is a very long lasting product with a little going a long way.
This product comes in a screw top pot and when you open the lid it has a thick consistency, like butter, and it's an off white colour. All you need to do with this shaving cream is rub it in to wherever you want to shave, legs for me, then shave the area ensuring you regularly sluice the razor in soapy water. I have actually found it very simple to use this product in the bath, doing half a leg at a time, and then rinsing the razor off in the bath before finishing off by washing myself with shower gel. I find that this method is quite effective and my legs are left silky smooth afterwards which is often commented on by my partner, yet this still doesn't persuade him to defect back to this shaving cream from others in the range that he has since tried.
The consistency of this shaving cream is wonderful, it doesn't foam which may take a little bit of time to get used to with regards to shaving. It sinks in to the skin quickly and without leaving residue on the surface. It's hard to put my finger on the scent that lingers from using this product but it's gorgeous (like most things from Lush I would say!), it's a scent that's got a lot to it and there isn't really one distinctive thing that stands out for me. It's just a mixture of scents but I'm informed by the pot that this contains lots of different oils including pumpkin seed & lavender so it's fair to say it's not the bog standard shaving cream kind of scent. My skin is left wonderfully soft and smooth after using this and I have not been suffering with any shaving rash or redness at all. I use this in conjunction with a shower gel and a body cream after use to ensure that my skin is kept moisturised. I think that this is a worthwhile product and it's one that I'd be happy to use again, however, once this pot is finished (with half the pot lasting me three months and just a tad left!), I don't think I'll be buying this again but I'd happily recommend it. My other half has used this occasionally lately when he's been having a lazy day and he's still happy with the results it's just that he's flitted on to his next fad product now leaving me with the remnants of this pot!
To kick things off, I am not the sort of person who thinks artificial=evil, natural=good, as its often a view point that leads to contradiction and usually has no scientific basis. Hence, when I recieved a pot of this shaving cream for christmas I was sceptical, but intrigued and vouched to give it a fair trial.
The first thing I noticed was the texture, it was difficult to put my finger on, but it seemed as though it didn't lubricate the skin as well as many 'artificial' creams. However, not to be put off I continued and managed a fairly good shave, although I would not say it was up to the standard of something like Gillete. On a positive note, there wasn't any skin irritation afterwards, which I do sometimes find a problem.
All in all, I would have to give a fairly mixed review of this product; while I applaud Lush for standing by its principle of all natural productsa and no to animal testing, the price doesn't imply a premium quality that could be ethically sourced elsewhere.
I'll be the first to admit that when I receive something with a Lush label on it I am less than enthralled about it, but in recent months I've had a few bits and pieces and with this particular product am liking them a little more.
What is it?
As the name implies it's a product for shaving. It has the consistency of a body butter, kind of melting with water but without such a greasy sensation or such rapid skin absorption.
Does it work?
I struggle to find shaving products that don't cause problems with my skin, I usually end up sticking with a few favourites that are tried and tested. This product, whilst not one I will probably seek out to buy in the future did not cause me any problems at all.
I found that a lot of the product is needed to get a good razor glide and you'll need plenty of warm water on your face first to ensure it works at it's best. Normally I would moisturise post-shave but this product stays in the skin leaving it feel conditioned and smooth.
The aroma of the product is not too strong, it's actually a light version of the smell in some of the other men's products I've tried in the past. It makes me think of unsweetened cinnamon and is actually quite pleasant.
Value for money
At over £10 for a 250g pot it's not cheap and a pot will not last you anywhere near as long as a tin of £2 shaving gel if that's your usual product. Personally I'd be happy to receive it as a gift but I won't be regularly splashing my money on it.
For me this is one of the best Lush products I have received and one I would not be disappointed to receive again. But, it's too expensive for me to buy all the time, despite the fact that I like it.
What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' which went bankrupt and quite appropriately changed its named when it re-emmerged as Lush which I think suites 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 Shave the Planet?
Shave the Plant is a shaving cream, designed for men but used by both men and women. It was initially created for co-founder Mark Constantine when it was discovered that he was actually using hand cream instead of a shaving cream.
What makes it so special?
It contains a bamboo infusion to soothe the skin, antioxidant açai juice which smells nice too, organic wheatgerm oil and sugar cane juice produce natural AHAs which protect against skin damage from the sun, pumpkin seed is very rich in vitamins which help repair the skin and keep it looking great and rosehip oils is used to keep your skin soft and smooth.
100g costs £5.60 and 250g costs £11.10. The tubs can be recycled but if you save any 5 black pots from Lush, no matter what size or from which product you can exchange the empties for a free fresh face mask worth £4.95.
This product actually came in my boyfriends Lush xmas box. He started using it and then I stole it and tried it after running out of Prince shaving cream. To me, this product has a nutty scent which is quite pleasant. It is quite a thick consistency compared to standard shower gels and creams so you do need to wash your razor. It goes on really creamy and protects my skin whilst shaving. My only issue is that when I washed it off my skin my legs felt a bit gready and oily like I had a thin film of product covering my legs. I really didn't like the feeling at all. maybe its because its designed thick for mens stubbly chins. I much prefer Prince shaving cream.
It's weird how life works out sometimes.
Just the other night I was clicking around here on dooyoo and a review came up for a couple of the Lush shaving products. "ooh", I thought to myself, "I didn't know that lush did men's stuff..." - I made a mental note to try and find out more...I've always been a fan of their soaps and often give their gift boxes to my gf for her Christmas and birthday presents...They're a brand I trust.
Anyway, like most things I make a mental note to do something about - I promptly forgot all about it. Until the next day, when I met the gf's sister at the pub to watch the footy - and, as a belated birthday present, she gave me the "cosmetic lad" gift set from Lush. Very coincidental.
Anyway, as I've mentioned in previous reviews, at the age of 27 I've finally decided the time is right to start wet shaving - and so far I'm loving the experience - for three reasons:
1) I just feel so pampered after a shave...I guess that's because I'm new and "doing it properly", so I'll exfoliate, heat my skin with a towel, shave, then balm, then moisturise - and by the end of it, I feel happy and relaxed. It's not often I spend 20 minutes just preening myself, so I'm enjoying the novelty.
2) I didn't think I'd notice the shave being closer, but I really do - such soft, smooth, skin after each shave....brilliant.
3) I get to call my dad and have long-overdue father-son chats with him about it. Very "bonding".
As such a newbie, I've played things very safe - got all my products from the same brand (nivea) and got the "sensitive" one of everything...the idea of venturing out on a limb to try "Shave the Planet" was therefore quite daunting...But I was quite excited about my new toys, so decided to go for it.
My first concern with Shave the Planet is the packaging. It comes in a small, nice-enough black tub...No different to the girls stuff in terms of styling - which I guess is an issue for me...It feels like those jean shops you go into where they have the women's section, then the unisex....I just want to scream "where are the men's!". The Shave the Planet box is probably not overly feminine, but it's certainly not what I'd call masculine. I really think a slight re-branding to make it a little more "manly" might help to put Lush on the map in the men's market. Another annoyance with the packaging was the complete lack of application instructions.
"Never mind", I thought, "this big 'what's in your box' guide will help" - nope ...Shave the Planet is not mentioned once in the whole book. "Oh well", I thought, "I'll just look on the lush website". Sadly, the lush website, whilst having a full list of ingredients, a nice flash animated cartoon about the product and a mini-bio, makes no mention of *how much of the stuff to use*. This seems to be a recurring theme with shaving stuff - my shaving foam says to use a "hazelnut sized blob" or somesuch, but that's it....my moisturiser, my balm, my exfoliator - no hint at all as to how much of the stuff you're supposed to use. Just adds to the mystery, I guess - and the idea that wet shaving is some dark voodoo art, only suitable for those "in the know".
So, having got no help, I decided to do what I've done with the rest of my products and use "a blob" - which is a standard measure I now use for exfoliator, balm, moisturiser, toothpaste and hair product.
Upon applying "a blob", the cream felt really quite sticky on my face - I'm no expert, but I'm sure that's not a good thing (especially as I'd read many reviews on the Lush website stating that the cream causes clogging in your razor) - so I did the only logically thing I could think to do - stick another blob on.
Two blobs, as it turns out, is around the right measure for my face - the cream was slick and easy to shave through. I was a little unsure of using a transparent fluid - I like being able to see where I've shaved...but I found it fine, in the end. I wouldn't say it was any better than using regular foam, but certainly no worse.
The scent of the cream is really nice...I'm horrible with smells, so won't attempt to describe what it smells of - I'll just say it's a little tangy, but definitely not girly - and quite pleasant to smell whilst shaving.
The resulting shave was very good, nice and close - and effortless. No hint of razor burn or irritation, so ticks in all the right boxes, I guess.
My final concern with Shave The Planet is the cost. Thankfully, as I got this tub as a gift, I didn't pay the £11.10 the tub would normally cost. Ouch. The stuff smells nice, it works well and it left me with no ill effects - but sadly exactly the same can be said of my Nivea foam - which is 25% of the price. I really don't see a whole lot in the Shave the Planet product to justify paying that much extra...
I love all things Lush and Shave The Planet shaving cream is no exception!
The cream comes in 2 sizes, there is the 100g pot which costs £5.60 and the 250g pot which costs £11.10.
At the prices it needs to be a good product right! Luckily ( for me ) I purchased mine very cheaply from someone who had been given a pot as a gift but did not want to use it, she sold me a 250g pot at the bargain price of a fiver!
The cream comes in one of the black pots which Lush uses for many of its products such as hand cream, moisturiser, fask mask etc... it is just a black plastic pot with a scre on lid.
The pot has a black label and on the label is the Lush logo and white writing - it says the name of the product, a little bit about the product and the ingridients. There is also a little sticker on the pot which tells you when it was made and who by.
The cream itself is unlike most shaving creams, it is not runny nor foamy like other creams I have used. This product is very thick and set in the pot, when I put my finger in to pick up some of the product I was surprised by how solid it is.
As you apply the product the heat from your body melts it a little bit so it can glide on smoothly. The product also feels a little bit powdery as it is applied - it has a very strange texture.
You really do not need to use much of this, just take a small amount and glide it over your skin in a thin covering. Tjis does clog up the razor so using is sparingly will help with that.
I had to give my razor a good swish around in water after each stroke to get rid of the product that was clinging to the blades!
The scent of the shaving cream is very similar to handy Gurugu, it is an odd scent and Im not really sure that I like it, I think for me it is the lavender in it that makes it smell not quite right to me. The scent is a mix of lavender and rose.
This cream is great for your skin, whenever i use it my skin is left feeling very soft, if i cant be bothered to moisturise then it doesn't really matter because my skin is nice and soft anyway!
I always shave just before getting out of the bath or shower and one thing I have found is that when I get out there is lots of greasy marks around the bath from using this product - unfortunatly the same is tru of many Lush products as they use lots of butters and oils in their products. So you do need to give the bath a wash after use.
I do really like this product, but would I pay the prices Lush charge? Unfortunatly no, I wouldn't pay those prices, I just can not afford to. I was lucky getting this at the price I did and from the same person I bought a 100g pot of Prince shaving cream, so I should have enough to last me a good while yet as you need such a little amount, but with my finances the way they are right now this is just too expensive for me when I could just use shower gel like I have always done in the past - it is a nice luxurey for me right now but in the future unless I can get it on some sort of offer I will go back to using shower gel or a cheaper product.
The ingredients in Shave The Planet 9 taken from the Lush website ) are -
Bamboo Stem infusion (Bambusa arundinacea), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Goji Berry Decoction (Lycium barbarum), Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Organic Acai Juice, Triethanolamine, Fresh Sugar Cane Juice, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil (Rosa canina), Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita pepo), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma grandiflorum), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben}
I have given 4 out of 5 stars because despite me not being keen on the scent personally many people do like lavender so its not really a product fault it has however lost a star because it is expensive.
"Lord, I could not endure a husband with a beard on his face!"
(Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare)
My mother is of the same opinion as Beatrice when it comes to the subject of shaving, so my dad always tried to ensure his chin was as smooth as a baby's bottom!
I stayed with my mum during the recent festivities. We were getting ready to go to my sister's New Year's Eve party, when I said to her, "I don't think I'll bother shaving tonight." I received 'the look', head bowed, eyes boring into me, lips pursed, one eyebrow raised, which sent me scurrying to the bathroom, like a chastened teenager, to remedy the situation.
I was so glad that I'd received some 'Shave The Planet' cream for christmas. In the past, these Lush cosmetics (all full of fresh, natural ingredients) meant that I could shave without bleeding and suffering a painful rash, so I was looking forward to using it.
'Shave The Planet' comes in two sizes, 100g and 200g. The packaging is the familiar, unfussy black pot with white writing. This makes the list of ingredients, directions for use etc. clear and easy to read.
They are also recyclable; a little label states that if you return five clean pots, you get a free face mask.
Lush uses the simple, practical design of these black pots for quite a few of it's products. I like it. They're easy to stack on top of one another, which I find useful when travelling or touring. You can slot quite a few (shaving cream, foot cream, moisturiser etc) into a relatively small space.
When you open the container, the first thing that hits you is the scent. To begin with, it reminded me of pine needles on a forest floor, but it wasn't long before I could detect a strong undertone of soothing lavender, which was a good sign for my sensitive skin.
The contents are much thicker than the other shaving creams, with a rich, buttery texture and a surprisingly refreshing feel on the skin. Like all Lush products you don't need to use a lot, it doesn't foam up and get messy, but still provides you with a gliding, smooth shave.
I found I could even use cheaper, disposable razors with it and still get a decent result. (This is also true of all the Lush shaving creams)
The only slight niggle I have is that the blades do get clogged up very quickly, so you have to rinse them a lot. The directions on the pot tell you to sluice regularly with soapy water, while you shave.
(To add to this, I always use an old toothbrush to clean my razor blades, always making sure to dry them thoroughly afterwards, so that they last longer.)
Overall, I highly recommend this product. It's good value for money, what with only needing a small amount to shave, plus being able to use cheap razors with it. Above all else, it's kind to your skin and smells wonderful. I felt as though I'd just applied moisturiser instead of scraping away all my stubble.
Maybe my mother and Beatrice are right. A nice, clean shave is...Lush!
Lush 'Shave The Planet' shaving cream 100g - £ 5.60
Lush 'Shave The Planet' shaving cream 200g - £11.10
The first time I ever shaved my legs,I sliced a big bit of skin off my shin. Shaving,for me,has never been a pleasant experience. Once I'd worked out how to do it without cutting myself to bits,I always seemed to end up with stubble coming in a few hours later or a horrible,bumpy rash.
Shave The Planet has put an end to this nonsense,and now I can shave without a care in the world.
As usual,Lush has come to my aid,like a valiant,ethical Knight,and solved my problems.
It smells lovely,actually,though my boyfriend dosn't like it (I still force him to use it,cause it leaves his skin lovely and soft!). The smell is so hard to describe,I'd rather not try - but,it reminds me of holidays in Blackpool!
It's quite thick,and does clog the razor up a bit if you don't rinse it between swipes.
But,god,to be able to shave then not have legs that look like I've been through a pile of stingy nettles? Worth the extra effort to keep the razor clean!
So,basically,for a bargain price (remember,it's all natural and made with the best ingredients!) you get skin that even Photoshop in the most masterful of hands can't give you - soft,scented and un-irritated.
My husband has used all of the shaving creams that Lush make. (Ambrosia, Prince triple orange blossom, Razorantium) and this is the newest addition. It is £10.85 for a 200g pot and £5.45 for 100g. It is based on the same ingredients/formula as Handy Gurugu hand cream. It is the thickest of the shaving creams and feels very rich and emulsified. It smells similar to the hand cream too. None of the Lush shaving creams lather like ordinary creams/gels but that is not a detriment as it is usually the ingredients that make the lather that dry the skin out. The razor needs rinsing/sluicing with water more often when shaving with a lush shaving cream. We have found that if you squirt a little bit of shower gel into the sink with the rinsing water, that it helps to stop the shaving cream leaving a residue on the sink. It makes the skin the softest of any shaving gel ever tried and hugely reduces shaving rash/burn too. It is also wonderful for shaving legs too if you can nab some! It is expensive but it is natural, ethically sourced and made and the best shaving cream around. Treat yourself!