“ Brand: Original Source / Type: Shaving Gel / Texture: Cream / Subcategory: Shave Oil / Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
As a bloke I bought the 'Original Source For Men Aloe Shave', as a change from the Nivea range of shave gels. It's promoted as 'natural' although its long list of ingredients includes some with long and unpronounceable names that would not sound particularly natural to most people. On using the product the first thing you notice is what emerges from the spout: a watery milky-coloured, semi liquid substance. I tried shaking the can first but that made no difference. Having said that, it does foam up reasonably well and gives a comfortable enough shave. The second thing that strikes you is the smell. It is certainly highly distinctive, reminding me of some kind of strange perfumed cleaning fluid. I didn't take to it myself, it's not a particularly masculine smell or a feminine one, just odd. As Miss Jean Brodie remarked in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, "For people who like this kind of thing this is the kind of thing they like". True, it's cheaper than many other shaving gels, so if cost is a factor then you might think it's worth giving it a try. It does announce on the can 'Tested on us'. I don't know if that means it's not tested on animals though.
I usually don't bother to use a shaving gel cos I'm a lazy bones to be totally honest with you. I prefer to use a shower gel in the shower and wipe a razor over my by bits and bobs and rinse to save all the faffing about really. However of late I have been nicking my legs whilst shaving in shower cubicles on holiday sites so decided to try use something that may prevent me bleeding all over the place and then use a shower gel afterwards! Costing me £2.49 in Boots for a 200ml can I thought it was worth a go though didn't notice it was designed with men in mind! The Packaging: Like I say this comes in a 200ml cylinder silver coloured can and on the front I'm told it is Original Source 'Men' Sensitive Shave Gel With Avocado Oil And Aloe Vera. On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and contact details for the manufacturer are given and of course the size is stated. A Bit About The Product: Original Source Avocado Oil and Aloe Vera Sensitive Shave Gel contains an anti-irritation formula to banish burn. Using It: Well like I said I didn't realise till using this and taking a double take at the can that I had picked up a shaving gel designed for men! I first twigged it by the smell which to me smells more like expensive spicy aftershave opposed to aloe and avocado but it is a nice enough smell and quite manly. The transparent light blue gel squirts out and then quickly and in front of your eyes foams up into a white thick soft lather. You then simply rub/wipe it on to damp/wet skin and shave over it, rinsing the razor as you go of course! The razor clears away the foam with ease and you should notice a lot less drag with the blades. I did notice a more comfortable and cooling shave and didn't get any nicks at all. The fragrance of this though is really directed at the male of the species cos the only drawback for me is that the smell stayed lingering on my skin for hours even though I had made sure I rinsed it off and used a floral shower gel over the top of it to try rid me of the macho smell! Verdict: Not one I would buy again because of the masculine fragrance however I can recommend it as a shaving gel wholeheartedly as it helps to give a really safe and close shave! It works really well and it works out economical too as you only need a small amount per application and I used very little indeed to become hair free in seconds! Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc.