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I received a Maca Root gift set at Christmas that contained a face wash, moisturiser and a shave cream. I have always tried to take care of my skin but this was a brand which I was unfamiliar with and hadn't tried before.
The shave cream came in a 125ml tube and you can pick it up from The Body Shop for £5.50 or you can also buy a larger 200ml tub which costs £8.00. The cream is white in colour and it has a really nice fresh smell to it as does all the Maca Root range.
To use the cream on your face you just have to squeeze a small amount out and then rub it over your wet skin. I am actually using a shave brush which I bought from The Body Shop and it works perfectly with this. A little does go a long way and a small amount is enough to completely cover my face and neck in the cream. I do use more when I have used it just with my fingers but even then I don't need to use as much as I always think I will need.
I have used oils and things in the past and while they work well I can never get past the feeling that they just don't feel right on my skin and so I usually stick to using a foam. The problem with foams is that they can be really drying or else they can be really thick and while this protects my skin they can clog up the razor and stop me from getting a really close shave.
This cream doesn't present me with that problem because although it is really thick on my skin for some reason my razor has no problem getting through it to my stubble giving me a close shave. It really does protect my skin though as it seems to work with the razor and help it glide on my skin and over my stubble while still leaving a protective layer on the top of my skin so that the razor doesn't feel like it has taken the top of my skin and left it tender and sore.
It also really helps to keep dryness to a minimum and moisturises it while I am shaving and this is noticeable when I wash it off after shaving and can feel how soft my skin is. There is no dryness and it is actually noticeable to the touch and to my eyes how much more moisturised the bottom of my face is where I used the cream compared areas where I haven't such as my nose and forehead. I get really dry skin so I always use a separate moisturiser anyway afterwards but if you are lucky enough to not need to use one then this would probably be enough to keep your skin feeling comfortable after shaving.
My skin is also really sensitive and there are a lot of products which just don't agree with it including some shaving creams and gels. I haven't had a problem with this and in fact I think it has actually helped my skin as I have seen a reduction in redness after shaving since using it along with less stinging.
I have been really impressed with the quality of this as I wasn't expecting it to be so effective coming from The Body Shop but it is as good as anything else I have used and blows cheaper ones out of the water. I will definitely be buying myself it again when I have finished my tube because it is lasting for ages so will work out cheaper than a larger and cheaper bottle of foam and it is making my skin feel much better than it was before using it with the other brand of shaving foam that I was usuing previously.
This Christmas I was bombarded with special offers from the Body Shop through Quidco (they seem to literally have a 40-50% off deal on at all times!) and bought many presents from them... but also treated myself to this.
You can now buy this shaving cream in a tube as well as a tub, I went for the tube version because it worked out cheaper for a slightly decreased quantity of cream.
The smell of this product is very nice, it doesn't smell artificial and it doesn't have the "man smell" that most male shaving products do. Its consistency is also quite hard to compare - its a whitish silver in colour and is almost slightly metallic in its appearance.
You only need a small amount to generate the required lather, around the size of a pea. When first applied it just seems to act like a cream, but after a few seconds of rubbing it in around the face the lather appears and is quite generous considering the amount of product you use.
I use a 3-Blade razor with this product and it provides an exceptionally smooth shave. It causes me no skin irritation afterwards, no rash or razor burn and once you have washed your face with water afterwards it leaves it feeling incredibly soft and smooth.
This product was actually recommended to me by the Body Shop website - they have a skin tester on there where you enter your sensitivity issues, your skin type and then it recommends a product.
I cannot recommend this shaving cream enough for those who have sensitive skin, are prone to a rash or spots after shaving.
At Christmas I was actually bought some more products in the Maca Root range to work alongside this one. I am getting around to trying them now and cannot wait to review these either! This includes the aftershave balm, facewash and pre-shaving face scrub.
To summarise - I read lots of reviews of this before buying, and after trying it myself its pretty clear that there is hardly anyone on the planet who has a negative thing to say about this product. It is affordable and lasts a very long time due to the amount you have to use.
I did use Body Shop shave cream in the 1990s when they sold the older coconut formulation (bring it back!) At the time I was using it with the Wilkinson Sword Classic razor. Amongst the huge variety of shave creams currently available, I find the best two are Body Shop Macca Root, and the Real Shaving Co. Traditional shave cream. I do have some Edwin Jagger for future use.
The Body Shop tub lasts pretty much forever, or at least for 3 to 4 months, and works brilliantly with the razor relief they make. It makes shaving a pleasure - no aerosol slime in a can. Used with a shaving brush the cream will work well with all razors including the dreaded multiblade cartridges, but best with double edge razors.
The smell is pleasant, not overpowering; and the texture can be anything you like - Mr Whippy ice cream texture, or whatever suits - just add the required amount of water to your shaving brush. This stuff is too good to apply by hand.
I decided to first try The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream when it was on offer, at £8 (approximately) I thought it was expensive but because it was on offer I decided to give it a go.
Most "normal" shaving creams have a scent, this one doesn't. It doesn't look or smell particularly appealing, but that is great if you want to apply your own cologne or aftershave without causing a contrast in scent.
I used a cheap Wilkinsons shaving brush (approximately £1) and I must say, this cream lathered extremely well. It is very forgiving that if you can add small touches of water when you need to.
I leave the cream to soak into my face and really soften that stubble.
I did not change anything else in my shaving routine (such as razor, or preparation). The shave was very close!
My skin didn't feel drive, or sensitive. There was no burning sensation that I often get from scented shaving creams and most of all, my skin was actually soft afterwards.
I have since changed to a Double Edge Razor and again, there are huge improvements to my overall shave.
There are more expensive shaving creams out there, but if you are looking for something to change and improve your routine, I would highly recommend this shaving cream.
I have tried many shaving creams, i tried this one as i found the maca root face wash excellent, so why not give this maca root product a go. Its nearly always on 3 for 2, so your get good value for money.
The product bursts into large amounts of lather in my shaving bowl when whipped up with my badger brush, and goes on leaving a slick, cushioned layer. It has an unusual smell, which i have grow very fond of with continued use. Superbly slippery whilst using my double-edge razor, this cream is guaranteed to give you a moisturising and nick-free shave.
I have very sensitive skin, so shaving can be painful at the best of times. I have found this product leaves my skin feeling rejuvinated, hydrated and free from rashes and never sore. As long as this product is out there i will swear by it.
A wonderful product, especially if you have sensitive skin. Check out the whole "Maca Root" range that body shop offers for skincare. I use most of them and have never been dissapointed with any!
This is one of the only rare skin care products that my husband will ever use!
He has always suffered with over sensitive skin and problem acne so shaving can be a real ordeal. He frequently suffers with a shaving rash and sore skin whenever he wet shaves.
I worked for The Body Shop for about 2 years as a consultant and when I was given some free samples to try of the Maca Root range, I couldn't resist giving them to hubby to trial.
Maca Root apparantly is a peruvian aphrodisiac, which gives it some extra appeal!! It smells nice - not too overpowering and goes on really nice and smooth. Although, I have to recommend using it with the Body Shop shaving brush for optimum results - for the two products together you are looking less than £20.
After using the shave cream a few times, my husband's skin condition visibly improved and so did the redness he normally gets when shaving.
Oh, and it works well on your legs as well girls!!
I have long been a victim of horrible razor burn using numerous major shaving brands creams and foams and soaps and everything else that was out there trying to find some way to save my face from the terror that I experienced every morning when I had to shave, to the point that I was spending over £100 a month on professional shaves, then one day I was sent a gift from the heavens in the form of a green tub filled with a off white cream and a faux badger hair brush from the wonderful people at "The Body Shop".
Their maca root shave cream has changed my morning routine from a trial of terror to a ritual of rejuvenation. I have not had the slightest bit of visible razor burn since I started using the brush and soap together in the morning.
This costs £7.80 for 200ml, which lasts me about 9 months, so I think its worth every penny and more.
I will admit I still need a soothing aftershave but my skin is stupidly sensitive as regards shaving anyway but that I only need a small amount of a soothing aftershave instead of a bottle of moisturiser, which says more to me about this wonderful shaving soap than any other form of shaving product I have ever seen or used.