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Shave creams, soaps that need brushes, oils etc, stick ’em up your butt, I don’t have time. On a morning, when I’m half awake, grumpy and impatient, I don’t have time to make shaving a leisurely experience, with cut-throat razors and an armoury of tools and gadgetry. For me, it needs to be quick and effective but there’s no reason that this shouldn’t be a luxurious experience.

The Refinery Shave Gel 3

The Refinery Shave Gel

So I always revert to shaving foam gels, they’re softening, quick, full of lather and stick to the skin, but sometimes lacking in that extra luxury.

You may have read my review of the eye gel from The Refinery, well this is part of the same collection, all lovingly produced by Aromatherapy Associates. The Shave Foam Gel comes in the same neutral, understating packaging that I just love, it’s so tactile and looks stunning in any bathroom.

Now the scent is just to die for, spicy clove and fresh peppermint. It spouts from the canister as an amber gel that immediately begins to erupt into an abundance of silky, rich foam. It adheres to the skin with ease and as you begin to massage in, hair is immediately softened, lifted and primed. I know I’ve already mentioned but that fragrance! My gosh! This is what makes it a truly luxury experience.

Washed off, skin is left tingly, soft and cleansed. Aloe Vera acts as a coolant, anti-inflammatory and moisturiser plus it’s completely alcohol and SLS free which otherwise can lead to dryness and possible irritation.

At £14 this is great value and Refinery Shave Foam Gel is available here, direct from Brummells of London.

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:16 March 13, 2013
Nik
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Sounds good. Brummell’s of London. Is a great site by the way, really want to try the Shiseidio men’s range on there (if only it were a little cheaper…)

Talking of shaving, three products I’ve found recently really work: the clarins men 2 in 1 exfoliating cleanser smells great, lathers well and although they say you can use it every day I use it only when I need to shave. The L’occitan shave gel again smells amazing and lasts forever. And Geo F Trumper’s Skin Food is a great soother. It feels like cool water not a thick lotion so you’re fine using a moisturiser over the top of it.

On the subject of exfoliaters, if you have oily sensitive skin, is it best to use a dedicated exfoliter once a week or a combined cleanser/exfoliating wash (Decleor Men/ Lab Series) more regularly?

Cheers!

Nik

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:47 March 12, 2013
Ali
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That does sound nice. Hubs has dry, sensitive skin so I’m always on the look out for something that won’t make matters worse.

Ali

Harvey Specter
Posted at 16:32 March 10, 2013
Pampered Prince
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I’m more of a shave cream guy but rarely use a brush to apply. I did like the Elemis shave gel though. Is this SLS free? The SLS shave foams are too irritating on my skin & I get shave rash.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 19:05 March 10, 2013
    Thom Watson
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    For me, shave creams just aren’t enough. Yes this is SLS free. It’s free from most nasties as you would expect from Aromatherapy Associates.

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