What are the key ingredients for a good shaving product?
  • I have been using the Close Comfort Shave Gel from Paula's Choice for quite a while, but unfortunately it is not available anymore. Now I have been experimenting with different other shaving creams but nothing is as good as the PC product. Most are drying, stinging or don't give sufficient protection from the shaving blade. Some people advice to use hair conditioners, or just mild facial washes when you have sensitive skin, trying to avoid the fragrance, foaming and drying effects of normal shaving creams.

    But if a facial wash or conditioner could work, what ingredients are essential to make the product a good shaving product? And are there other things to consider, pH maybe? Looking at the Paula's Choice product I should be looking at something like glycerin I think, could the facial wash I use at the moment be something which could work as a shaving cream for example only looking at the ingredients? 

    Paula's Choice Close Comfort Shave Gel:
    Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20 , Ethoxydiglycol, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, PPG-12 Buteth-16, Glycol Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Copper PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.

    Face Wash I use at the moment (pH 5.5):
    Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sucrose Polystearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, p-Anisic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Citric Acid.
  • Something like a face wash might work ok, but I generally prefer products designed specifically for shaving because they offer a bit more protection for your skin and help the blade glide more easily. A face wash or conditioner might start to dry out and lose slickness while you were mid-shave.

    I'd recommend you look into the shaving cream by Nancy Boy, a small company from San Francisco that the Beauty Brains had previously praised for their honesty about what their products can and can't do (see the description of their eye cream for an example.) You'd have to order from them online, as their products are only sold from their California location. 

    I have very sensitive skin. I often use their Replenishing Shave Cream and I love it. It does have a scent but it's very mild and not irritating for me.  The ingredients are: 
    Distilled water, potassium stearate, sodium myristate, sodium stearate, glycerin, coconut oil, organic aloe leaf juice, natural cucumber hydrosol, lemon essential oil, avocado oil, allantoin, pistachio nut oil, extracts of yarrow, burdock, calendula, chamomile, bitter orange, sea kelp, elder flower, comfrey and cucumber, methyl gluceth-20, polyquaternium-7, sorbic acid, hydroxyethylcellulose, vitamin E.

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