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Boys get an all natural skin care company of their own (but don’t mind if we share).
The hubby is a big fan of shave creams. I mean the fancy stuff in a tube, not the aerosol cans that pervade a drug store aisle. He’s got sensitive skin that always borders on dry; so he needs something a little more nurturing, a little more pampering. He considers himself something of a shave cream connoisseur – at one point he even used the fancy shave soap with the brush that I’ve only seen in old timey movies and television.
So I was excited to receive a “fancy” shave cream from Ursa Major for my latest wht review. The hubby would love checking out a new brand and get a kick out of playing beauty team tester.
Named after the northern constellation (meaning ‘Great Bear’) Ursa Major the company is based in Vermont. At a time when products that are “Made in the U.S.A.” are all too scarce, which earns them bonus points from this reviewer. Specializing in men’s skincare, the company takes pride in producing all-natural products.
Their Stellar Shave Cream ($22) boasts being 99% natural and containing good-for-you ingredients such as aloe, birch, sunflower, willow bark and oat protein. The super natural formula is also free of parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or color and a bunch of other chemicals that are probably best avoided.
As expected, once I handed the Stellar Shave Cream over the husband, he dutifully and thoroughly tested out this manly shaving cream. Though you know I couldn’t resist checking it out myself, so check the comments for my (and the review team’s) thoughts. For now, here’s the hubby’s.
My first impressions were that this is a thick and lightly scented shave cream – I’ll generically describe it as “herbal”. For me, this is a big plus. There’s nothing I hate more than using the “air-in-a-can” shave cream that smells either like musk or chemicals. (There is a hint of ginger in this, which cuts the overtly herbal tones to the fragrance ~ Krista) Stellar Shave had a very good consistency in the hand and a the light scent didn’t overpower on the face.
I followed the instructions exactly. The packaging directs you to use a nickel-sized dollop and to work it into your whiskers. At this point when applied to a damp face the cream started to thin out noticeably. I was sure this was going to be like dragging a dry razor across my face, but thankfully that was not the case. The small amount allowed my razor to glide across without any hang-ups. When finished, I did the hand test and decided I needed to go over my stubble again. I followed the directions again and on the second pass, my face was smooth. My face was left feeling smooth, but a bit dry.
The need for a double shave could have been a result of my typical shaving habits. I am not a daily shaver, I shave three days a week. For this test I used a fresh Gillette Mach 3 razor.
Overall, this was good, but there are several other brands below this price point that offer a smoother shave that leaves your skin feeling more hydrated. However, if you’re looking for something that has fewer chemicals, this may be worth the trade-off for you.
• Nice consistency
• Light smell
• All natural ingredients
• No potentially toxic ingredients
• Required a double-shave to attain smoothness
• Slightly dry skin afterwards
Ok, we’ve heard from a boy. Review Team – Did you find Ursa Major’s shave cream to be “Stellar”? And we heartsters – Do you ever “borrow” your husbands shaving cream? Or does he “borrow” yours?
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…
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