A few weeks ago I received a couple of cans of shaving cream to try out. Both of them being an Axe product, a can of their Smooth and a can of Chilled. I had two issues with these right off the bat. The first being that I really haven’t used shave cream/gel in a can for years and it is actually a bit contrary to the focus of this blog. The other being that I’m a highschool teacher and for the most part Axe tends to bring to mind teenage boys spraying excessive amounts of Axe deodorant at their locker in a desperate attempt to smell good for the ladies while masking the sweat from PE. But these are not deodorant, and for the sake of giving the cream a fair shake I will try to review them through the eyes of a wet shaver but keeping some focus on its efficacy.
For this review I will be focusing on the Axe Peace Smooth Things Over Shave Gel. The first thing I noticed with the product was the scent – which unfortunately for me – did remind me of walking through the hallways at my school. But if you are not a high school teacher or don’t have a teenage son, it smells, well, young – I guess. I can’t really compare the scent to anything specifically, it has a bit of a spicey lean to it, but ultimately if this scent was used in a cologne or after shave I would feel like I’m heading to a night club and not to work.
Scent aside the Axe Peace shave gel worked well. My shave was smooth with no pulling, no irritation, and I have to say that my face felt soft afterwards.
What I didn’t find enjoyable was the absence of my brush, one of the things I enjoy most about shaving. The official directions on the back of the can are as follows:
1. Wet your face
2. Massage in the foam
4. Feel the love
The directions worked as promised, except for number 4, didn’t feel any extra love while using the Axe Peace Shave Gel. I didn’t get any love from my shave brushes that is for sure. At one point I tried to use one out of curiosity, but didn’t work as well as I had hoped.
In the end I don’t see myself really buying any cans of Axe Peace Shave Gel in the future. In addition to not really digging the scent I enjoy using a brush too much and I don’t like having to wash the gel off my hands before shaving. Having said that, it is relatively inexpensive, and if I was on vacation and needed some shave cream or perhaps didn’t want to pack too many items, I would have confidence in using the Peace Shave Gel.
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By Carmine Sirianni