The Body Shop – Maca Root Shave Cream. This one is an enigma.
First of all, I didn’t have to order this stuff online. As if I was living in a dream, I was actually able to go to my local mall, hit the Body Shop store, take a tube of this off the shelf, and go home with it. Ahh the wonders of the world pre-internet.
This stuff is also unique in it’s scent. Well, I should say, unique for me. Because having hand-picked the items I’m reviewing, I tend to stick to a few categories: bay rum, citrus, floral, etc.
Also unique in this product is something called maca root. I still have no idea what maca root is, or why it’s good. But I checked the Body Shop website and read this:
Peruvian maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is renowned in South America for its energy-giving and libido enhancing properties. It helps energize and help boost skin vitality.
Listen, I’ve watched the Discovery Channel. It seems every culture has that thing they eat/drink/soupify that makes your penis better/stronger/longer, or “enhances the libido” in some way. Sometimes I just feel sorry for those people. But sometimes, though not very often, they are right. I decided to hit up wikipedia on maca root, and found that there have actually been several double-blind studies that it can increase sperm count, boost libido, improve sexual desire, and alleviate sexual disfunction.
Yup. Alright, so now that we’re all listening, let’s talk about the shave.
This stuff lathers extremely well. It foams up in a very dense lather, with very little water needed. It’s actually one of the best latherers I have encountered so far. Definitely on par with Taylor of Old Bond Street creams. It’s a different lather, maybe more dense. It provides a heck of a lot of cushion for your razor.
The smell at first was not what I wanted to smell. My first thought was, “uh oh, cologne counter”. But very quickly I realized it was in essence a very clean, almost linen type of scent. It’s a cool scent that for the morning was quite refreshing and not cloying. It rinsed away clean and doesn’t interfere whatsoever with anything that might go on your face afterwards.
Post shave, my skin is definitely moisturized and conditioned. And my shave was really smooth.
I can’t say that this is my favorite shaving cream. I really do find myself to be more a fan of creams that have more of the classic scents, like citrus, bay rums, and even woodier scents like sandalwood. However, if you like a clean/linen type of scent, then I very highly recommend this stuff. Not only is it very easy to acquire, but it is an excellent latherer, provides excellent razor cushion, and is relatively inexpensive to boot! And it just might improve you’re libido (YMMV for sure).
And you don’t have to take my word for it. As of this writing, there are 84 reviews on the Body Shop website, resulting in a 5/5 star rating. Oh you think they are biased? Well go to this product’s page on Amazon and you’ll find another 9 reviews resulting in another 5/5 star rating.
It really is a great product.