I was first introduced to Cremo Shave Cream about 7 years ago when the founder started selling it on an online grocery store. He worked it out that if you ordered a tube, you got free shipping on one item. I used it, I liked it OK. But I was a little bit of a traditionalist snob at the time. Cremo Shave Cream really isn’t a soap for using a shave brush. They don’t claim it to be either. The 365 Shaves team was approached by someone in the Cremo Company to review their products. Jim, Aaron and myself all received packages and this is the first set of reviews, Cremo Shave Cream.
Cremo Shave Creme
As I do this review I am asking a few questions. Is Cremo Shave Cream better than the canned goo you find along side it a Walmart? Is it better, or at least on par with the other brushless shave creams that can easily be found like Nutrogena or King of Shaves.
Cremo Shave cream comes in a plastic squeeze tube like most modern creams. The label is simple and classy to my eyes. It doesn’t look out of place along side my more traditional products. The flip cap feels sturdy and just the right amount comes out with a little squeeze. My tube is rather large a 6 oz. They also sell a travel sized tube at 3 oz.
To my nose, Cremo has a lemon citrus smell. It’s not strong, or complex, but pleasant. The scent has no lasting power and should not noticeably effect your aftershave or cologne. According to Cremo, they try to avoid using fragrance, but the pure formula of their soap has a somewhat bitter smell so they use a little fragrance to make it pleasant. I think they succeeded.
Cremo is a brushless soap. They make no indication that it is to be used with a brush. They do say to create a lather by rubbing it into your face with your fingers. I would like to see what they call lather. All you really get is a slight whitening effect. Very thin and not much different than when you first apply. I will not give them a negative mark on this due to the fact that this is a brushless cream.
Note: Cremo suggests you use lots of water. What I agree with this, be careful, especially on your head. The lack of a thick lather allows over hydrogenated Cremo to run and drip. Cremo hurts in your eyes like an SOB.
The next two categories are really where Cremo Shave Cream shines.
Stretch is basically the ability to continue reusing the lather that is on your face. I use this technique very much on my head. My left hand fingers glide just ahead of the razor blade. This spreads the lather right where it needs it and also lets me know when to stop if it’s not slick enough. This technique only works on very slick soaps with lots of stretch. The downfall of soaps with stretch tends to be they are a little harder to rinse off. Not a big deal to me. I find they also tend to be the ones that moisturize the best. More on that in a bit.
If Cremo Shave Cream has a reputation, it’s for being slick. I will agree it is up there with the slickest soaps I have tried. I would only rate Rise Shave Cream and Pre de Provence Shave Cream slightly above it.
Like I started to say under Stretch, soaps with lots of stretch tend to be a little harder to rinse in my experience. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. Especially when it leaves a moisturizing layer behind. Cremo does just that. When I finish shaving, I rinse most of the Cremo off with cold water and my skin is left very moisturized and soothed.
Cremo Shave Cream retails for $7.99 US. Even at this price I think its not a bad buy. Walmart sells it for $5.97. Now at that price it’s a must have. Especially if you head shave or are just looking for a brushless soap to put in your travel kit.