First, I should mention a couple things.
1) This product is marketed as C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream, but in reality this product is essentially identical to Proraso Shave Cream, and is made by Proraso using the exact same ingredients.
2) The product I am using is known as the “new formula” and therefore does not include the parabens that were found in the “old formula”.
So for Christmas I received a Bath & Body Works gift card from my girlfriend’s mother. It was a lovely gift, and afforded me the opportunity to try out a shaving cream that I have heard a lot about, and one that receives almost constant glowing praise: C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream. My girlfriend and I have been visiting her family in Florida for the past week, and I have shaved with it every day, and it has been awesome.
As with other creams, you only need a small, almond-sized dab. Whip it up a little with your brush, add some drops of water, whip more, add more water, whip more. Eventually within a couple of minutes, you will have a rich luxurious lather that whips up super-thick and creamy on your face. A small dab will give you enough lather to last 10 passes. And the cream does not age. My last pass is just as luxurious as the first pass. It is an AMAZING latherer.
On the face, it smells fresh and clean. The camphor-eucalyptus smell is an invigorating scent, and the menthol cools your face more and more with each pass. It will moisturize your skin, with the included glycerin. But the way this stuff works as a shave cream is the best part. It allows the razor to do exactly what it wants to do, and that is to glide on your skin while removing your whiskers. In the entire week I used it, I needed my styptic pencil only one time, for one weeper, which was my fault anyway! Seriously, this stuff is awesome.
And when you go to rinse off after your shave, your face will feel amazing, glowing in a menthol breeze, with that clean feeling still lingering, though thats not to say the soap is clingy. No, the soap will rinse right off, and leave nothing but that menthol trace on your skin, a great way to start the day.
Oh, and if you have sensitive skin, as I am discovering that I probably do, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about with this stuff. I had zero rash or anything using this product. It totally rinses clean and was super gentle with my skin.
I wasn’t sure when I bought this if I would like it that much. I was wrong. I love it.