A couple of months ago I decided to pick up some new toiletries ahead of a camping trip to Dartmouth. One of the items I needed to stock up on was Shaving Foam/Gel and as I have had nothing but good experiences with Nivea shaving products I decided to try this Moisturising Shave Gel. I do actually prefer Gel to Foam but had used the latter more recently. Having mentioned I was fond of Nivea products I was interested to see if this one was as good as the ones I had used before. The normal price is around £2.
**The Gel & Shave**
Sometimes you get Blue Gel, sometimes Green but this one has a white colour. Upon applying the gel on your face it spreads well and feels good on the skin. Once applied you are ready to shave and this gel works a treat. It allows easy razor strokes and gives your face better protection against cuts than a lot of other gels or foams due to it's smoothness in action. This is a key for me as nobody likes to have shaving cuts do they now?.
It's all well and good if a Shaving Gel or Foam is good during the shave but the real important part begins once you have done. There have been plenty of products that are good with the actual shave but then leave your face feeling a little sensitive but I am happy to report that whatever skin you have sensetive or normal then this will work well and give you a fresh clean feel after use which stays even after the application of an after shave.
As you can get a good shave with a relatively small amount of this gel you will probably keep this for a good few months before needing a replacement. If you use this gel regularly then you will notice the smoothness of your skin especially compared to a lesser shaving gel from a supermarket brand or budget brand. This however is good enough to rival other brands in it's price range, I mean the likes of Gilette, FCUK, Wilkinson Sword and others.
I would recommend this shaving gel to any man who is looking for a change. If you feel your skin could be smoother or you have just been looking for a different shaving gel then give this one a try. I have used many Nivea Shaving products and have experienced excellent results with every one of the products. This is another one of their Shaving range that I would recommend. It gives a great shave and keeps your skin feeling smooth. Check out the offers as you can often get this on some excellent deals.
I was most displeased to see this receive some unfavourable reviews, as I rate Nivea as one of the best shaving gels on the market. I have tried most of the gels and foams in my time, from Gillette to Nivea to King Of Shaves through to Tesco's own! Nivea is perhaps my personal favourite and here is why I rate it highly.
You can buy a few varieties of Nivea, either a moisturising gel or a sensitive one. Both do very good jobs and actually the results are similar, if not identical. When I used this one, I found it a treat to use. Nivea takes some of the strain out of shaving. With Gillette gels they can leave the face feeling dry or tingly, whereas Nivea leaves it softer and supple and much more carefree. I would liken it to using a moisturising cream. There is never any tingling when I use Nivea, just a pleasant refreshed feeling on the face.
The gel lathers up superbly. I find a walnut sized amount delivers a rich lather and you can keep using the same lather to move it around the face. This makes the gel last for ages. A bottle keeps me going for a month and it costs about three pounds from all leading supermarkets.
The gel also does not fade when it is on the face, this means you can take a phone call mid shave and it will still be in ready supply when you return. The retention of moisture is great and it sticks to the face with ease and comfort. If I could change anything at all, I would have a bigger bottle so I did not have to keep buying new ones. Overall, this is a wonderful product, no stinging, a good price, a delicious rich creamy lather and excellent for close shaving.
I came across this shave gel a couple of weeks ago as it was on offer for £1 at Morrison's. I snapped it up as Nivea is such a trusted brand. Needless to say I was not disappointed.
The blue and silver packaging is quite attractive and the dispensing button on the nozzle is nice and wide. However, and this is symptomatic of many shaving canisters, it is difficult to control the amount that dispenses, often resulting in unnecessary wastage.
*Effective razor glide
*Close and extra gentle shave
*Helps protect against cuts and irritations
I feel that all of Nivea's above claims are vindicated after using this product. The gel is nice and thick, yet it still lathers very easily. The firm barrier provided by the product certainly makes for effortless razoer glide and gave me more confidence in going for a closer shave. I have sometimes suffered from razor rash with other brands, but this was not so with this gel. In fact I was able to repeat the shave without any red blotches appearing. It felt as though my razor had been given extra lubrication as it skimmed with friction-free ease over my skin.
The product also has a pleasant and unobtrusive fragrance.
Nivea says it incorporates 'Ultraglide Technology' which, it claims, helps to improve the razor glide, and prevent the cuts and irritation. It is also dermatologically approved. I can vouch for all the above as any recent nicks and cuts have usually been down to me rushing the shave with a dodgy razor! The normal retail price for a 200ml can is a shade under £3 and, providing you can control the free-flowing dispenser, represents good value as it lasts a long time.
Aqua, TEA-Palmitate, Oleth-20, Isopentane, Sorbitol, Isobutane, Gossypium, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Propylene Glycol, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, PEG-14 M, Laureth-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Methyl Benzoate, Parfum, CI 42053.
A Gel that adds freshness to your shave
This shaving gel gives that fresh and exhilarating feeling. "Nivea for Men" moisturising shaving gel gives that smooth glide with an aroma that freshens the skin and air as you shave.
I believe the claim from the company is true, although I respect many other opinions and senses of choice. I like this product and you don't need to use a lot.
I am still a bit of a traditionalist, remembering the old flat blade with heavier metal holder and a cup full of old soaps whisked into a larva with the shaving brush made from badger hair. Many now use a large portion of gel or foam in the palms of their hands which can be rather messy.
However I still use the brush by just dipping it in warm water then squeezing a small amount of Shaving Gel (Size of a 20p piece) into the bristles; Foam onto the parts of face to shave until it feels creamy, then shave with a multi bladed razor (Suggest a Gillette Mac4+1) to get that extra smooth run.
If there are parts that need a re-run for those who don't want to shave every-day with a few days growth; you will find that there will still be adequate gel left in the bristles. You will often find that you will be able to clean the residue of hair and gel from the blades with the brush.
Tim's Tip: Shake all wetness from blade cartridges and blow into dry to help prevent build up of residue.
Shaving & Me:
I can still remember, aged about 13, my English teacher telling the class about her son who had started shaving in earnest as soon as the first wisps of bum fluff had appeared on his face. She then said that he was regretting starting shaving so early because now he was having to do it every day & was finding it a complete & utter chore.
To my teenage mind I could see the sense of what she was saying & I vowed not to fall into the same trap. So, I perhaps started shaving a little later than most lads my age but I wasn't that bothered as I soon discovered that what she said was true ~ having to shave every day is a chore you can well do without.
Nowadays, working for a charity on the admin side & not being required to deal with clients, it means that shaving isn't so important. I quite often just shave once or twice a week which I find much easier than having to do it each morning before work.
The Nivea for men moisturising shaving gel comes in an aerosol can which is predominantly blue although there are some bits of silver on it to. Most of the writing on the aerosol is in white. The gel is dispensed from a small hole at the top of the can by pressing down on a blue "button".
The can claims that you get:-
"An ultra rich gel with Moisturisers and Vitamin Care that helps prevent dry & tight skin. It cares & improves the condition of the skin."
The gel has "Ultra Glide Technology" which:-
+ gives effective razor glide
+ gives close & gentle extra shave
+ helps protect against cuts & irritations
with the result:-
"A perfect shave for fresh and healthy looking skin"
+ Dispense a hazelnut sized amount of gel onto your palm
+ Massage directly onto wet face
For best results use with Nivea For Men Replenishing Post Shave Balm
The can should be protected from sunlight & should not be exposed to temperatures exceeding 50C. It should not be pierced or burned during, or after use, & should be kept out of the reach of children.
The product is made by Beiersdorf in Germany & their addresses in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand & Germany are listed on the can.
Aqua, TEA-Palmitate, Oleth-20, Isopentane, Sorbitol, Isobutane, Gossypium, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Propylene Glycol, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isotearate, Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydroxpropyl Methylcellulose, PEG-14M, Laureth 2, BHT, Methylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 -Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Methyl Benzoate, Parfu, Cl42053
I received this as a freebie so I'm not sure how much it costs. Dooyoo have a Nivea For Men foam listed as costing £2.45 at Amazon.
The button to dispense the gel is very easy to push down so I can't imagine anyone having any problems using this part of the product. The gel comes out of the can as a blue colour although this start to turn to white as it makes contact with the air or when you start to rub it into your palm or face. In terms of texture it feels quite a bit thicker than my usual products:- Gillette foam or Gillette Gel.
Recently I moved from a Mach III razor to a Gillette Fusion. I found, with my previous Gillette Foam or Gillette Gel, that I needed fewer strokes for shaving & that I needed to rinse the razor less to get rid of the collected foam/gel and hairs that collect between the blades during shaving.
Last weekend, as an initial test, I decided to use the Nivea For Men gel. I used my Gillette fusion razor on 6 days worth of stubble growth. Applying the gel as directed I found that it went on less well then my usual Gillette Gel or Gillette Foam. It felt as though the consistency was thicker & that the gel was less even once I've rubbed it into my skin. It looked almost as if I'd rubbed bits of porridge onto my face! Still, the fact that the can said it had the "ultra glide technology" meant that I wasn't overly concerned.
On shaving I found that the razor didn't glide over my skin as well as it did with my usual Gillette Foam or Gillette Gel. I needed to take more strokes to shave & rinse the razor more often to clear the blades of the collected gel & hairs. With my usual products I've found that, after shaving a specific area the shave skin is more or less clear of the gel or foam. With this product there appeared to be much more residue left on the skin with the effect that I felt the need to wash my whole face thoroughly to ensure that all of the gel residue was rmoved after I'd finished shaving. With my usual product a quick wipe with a damp flannel is more than enough to mop up any bits of stray residue. Not so with this product.
So, as you might have gathered, I felt disappointed with this product. It didn't in my opinion, perform upto the standard of my usual Gillette Gel or Gillette Foam.
I then started wondering whether perhaps it had been the 6 days worth of stubble growth that had caused the problem. Maybe I was expecting too much of the gel, or maybe the Fusion blades had started to get a little blunt? I therefore decided to run a second test on 3 days worth of stubble growth. I covered one half of my face with the Nivea Gel & one half with my usual Gillette Foam to see how they compared against each other.
I decided to shave the Nivea gelled half of my face first & found exactly the same issues with this shave as I had done with the previous one. Once again, the razor didn't glide as well as it does with my usual product, the blades "gunk up" quicker with the gel & the hairs & there's the problem of a residue still being left on the skin.
Rinsing the blades thoroughly I moved on to shaving the half of my face that I'd used the Gillette Foam on. I noticed the difference straight away. The blades glide across the face more easily, they get less "gunked up" with foam & hairs & there's a lot less residue left on the skin. A superior shave to the Nivea Gel in every way.
This product may well work on one day's worth of stubble growth but I can't (as yet) comment on that. For anything more substantial such as three days worth of growth (or anything more) it really can't compete with Gillette Foam or Gillette Gel. My advice on this is not to waste your money. I intend to conduct one more shave on a day's worth of stubble growth to see what the results are, but I'm not holding my breath my anything spectacular.
I've just completed another shave on one days worth of stubble. To be honest the gel performed a little better this time from the point of view that I didn't have to rinse the razor so often to clear the "gunk" of gel & hairs that had collected between the blades.
The glide seemed slightly better although, again, the razor glides much better with Gillette Foam or Gillette Gel. And, I was still left with that residue at the end of the shave which left my skin feeling a bit unclean, necessitating a full facial wash with the flannel.
Overall then, I wouldn't recommend this product. It performs less well than other foams & gels whether you're shaving with one days worth of stubble growth or anything longer than that. It may well be good for the skin on the moisturising front ~ I probably haven't used it enough to judge on that ~ but the fact that it appears to hinder rather than assist the razor to glide efficiently across the skin gets a big black mark in my opinion.
Stick to your usual brand & don't be tempted to try this.