Shave Like a Pro Without Emptying Your Wallet: Cremo Cream

Cremo Cream

Times are tough, but shaving doesn’t have to be a wallet-breaker! This is the next review in my series on affordable shaving creams. From my first review:

Like many wet shavers, the temptation to buy product is always looming, tantalizing. Such a cruel yet satisfying mistress. In an attempt to quench that thirst, I started combing the online shaving stores and reviews for some of the better rated, inexpensive shave creams.

Previous Review: La Toja (Sensitive Skin)

Next up…

Cremo Cream

For my shaves I use the same prep and post-shave products each time.

Pre-shave: Hot shower, leaving beard wet; Truefitt & Hill pre-shave oil (but to be honest, I’m not sure it really helps); lather beard for at least a full minute.

Shave: 1948 Gillette Superspeed with an Iridium Super blade.

Post-shave: Warm/hot rinse, cool rinse; blot major drips of water with towel but leave beard moist; Pre de Provence after-shave balm.

Scent

The manufacturer lists the scent simply as Citrus (Bergamot), which I do believe describes it well. To my nose it is a one-note scent, but it is refreshing.

Lather

A strange beast to say the least. According to the instructions adding less water is better. I don’t believe it was formulated for the brush, so I wasn’t able to produce lather with the usual consistency. Even though the cream itself is fairly dense, the lather consistently has a more open structure; slightly more foamy than creamy. I feel like I need to use a bit more product to achieve the same amount of lather to which I am accustomed. Seems to take about 60-90 seconds to produce the lather.

(View their FAQ about using a brush and bowl).

Performance

This stuff is super slick! The razor glides absolutely effortlessly over my beard. You know the feeling you get when you move the hand-mallet over an air hockey table? Yeah, kinda like that. The hair that gets shaved off appears to have a much finer cut than with other creams. The shaves I get from Cremo Cream are fairly close, but I’ve never gotten a really consistently good shave. I feel like it’s missing some richness, whether using a shaving brush or not.

However…

When used as a slicking agent with another cream, like AoS unscented, it’s incredible. I wish it came in an unscented version just for the purpose of adding slickness to other creams.

(View their FAQ about why there is no unscented shaving cream)

Value

The 6 oz. (177 ml) tube of Cremo Cream has been in my arsenal for a while, so I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but the price seems to average $7-9 (US) online.

The Bottom Line

I give the cream a 6.5/10 (9/10).

Why two ratings? On its own, I think it’s a fair-to-good cream, but using it as a slicking agent with another cream is where this product really shines. Also, for the money, you just can’t beat the price. Miles above canned “goo.”

Ingredients: 

Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyether-1, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit and Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Linalool, Limonene, BHT,Perfluoromethyl-cyclopentane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)

Mens Shave Cream is paraben free.
Not tested on animals.
Made in the United States of America.

(Read more about the ingredients on the manufacturer’s product page)

Kenny Haberman (9 Posts)

A San Fernando Valley, CA native, musician, husband and father of a beautiful boy. I came into wetshaving after being sick of razor burn (and being penniless) with my multi-blade cartridge razors. I'm so grateful for the Mantic59 videos!


Comments

  1. John Lucas says:

    Bought yesterday, shaved my head with it this morning with excellent results. I have a long grey beard but the noggin is shaved smooth as a billiard ball thanks to Cremo! Good stuff!

  2. I revisited Cremo and have a different opinion now. If you follow the directions you will get the best shave: period. Using it “off label” hides its true nature, which is lubrication. Used alone and as directed you will lose the “pleasure” of brush shaving, in exchange for much better shaves. Using Cremo on the road means you can leave the brush, other cream and aftershave balm. Cremo replaces all three. It cuts 20 minutes and a third pass from my every shave, and no shower needed to pre soften whiskers. I use it at home as well. Time for a 21st Century shave./

  3. Bought it with rebate offer. By itself it is more like a shave gel, or other non lathering creams, which I do not like. Added to a soap…or better another cream as a lubricating agent, and it really shines. I forgot after shave balm because it makes such a slick and protective lather with other agents it gave a BBS and left my skin feeling great. Used by itself, it will gum a brush up big time, so beware.

  4. Ted Tyszka says:

    I saw this product at Walgreen’s (or was it CVS?) yesterday. The company is offering a rebate of 100% of the purchase price. I may have to go back and get some.

    • Yes, I just bought a tube of this tonight at Walgreen’s and found the rebate.

      You begin the rebate process online, so no need to find a tube with a special rebate form. Just go to cremocompany.com/rebate to start the process; you’ll need to print out a form and send that with your receipt.

      The rebate offer is good up to $9, and is valid until 1/1/2015. The gotcha is that the rebate specifically EXCLUDES buying it online, so you do have to find and buy it in a retail store.

  5. I read this review a while back, after I bought Cremo and found it didn’t play well in my mug by itself. Once my Taylor of Old Bond st. came in, I’d add about a quarter sized daub in the mug, load my brush, and whip my lather that way. Works like a dream.

  6. I’ve been using Cremo for several years now. It’s very good on its own, but REALLY shines when used as part of a superlather.

    I apply a thin layer of Cremo to my wet face using my fingertips, and then apply my favorite soap or cream with a brush. This combines the best features of both into a slick and effective lather. I particularly like using MWF or Tabac with it.

    On its own, Cremo is a non-lathering product. No matter how much it’s whipped with your favorite brush, it will NOT lather. It is not meant to. In combination with a lathering soap or cream, it’s a joy to use.

    Cremo has become a staple in the field kits of active military member because it is so simple to apply using only water and fingertips.

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