Shave Like a Pro Without Emptying Your Wallet: Palmolive for Men – Classic (with palm extract)

Palmolive Classic

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: Proraso Green (new formula)

Next up…

Palmolive for Men – Classic (with palm extract)

For my shaves I try to 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) I ran out and can’t afford more right now; lather beard for at least a full minute.

Shave: 1948 Gillette Superspeed with an Iridium Super blade a Feather Yellow blade (used my last Iridium and can’t find any more).

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

Before I start the review, I would like to quote the reply I got from Colgate-Palmolive requesting a list of ingredients and a more detailed description of the scent. Here is what they had to say:

Thank you for your recent inquiry about Palmolive Shave product. We appreciate your interest in our company and are pleased to have the opportunity to respond.

We are sorry to tell you that the product you are interested in is not currently being manufactured. In response to decreased consumer demand, we sometimes have to stop making a product. Unfortunately, we do not have any remaining stock to offer you directly. Even though we cannot help you at this time, it is important for us to hear from consumers, such as you, so that we are aware of your continued interest. We will be sure to share your comments with our Business Development Group.

We do not have any information available to send to you over the Internet. We hope you can understand that each week we receive hundreds of requests from students at all educational levels and others who are working on a variety of projects. We are unable to provide detailed responses to them all. We recommend you go to your library where there might be relevant information on your topic. We wish you the best of luck on your project.

Once again we appreciate the time you took to contact us and regret any inconvenience this matter may have caused you. We hope you will continue to use and enjoy our products in the future.


Very fresh, clean. To a co-worker it reminded him of Irish Spring (zesty!). I detect a fairly wintergreen type of note with underlying hints of lemon. The aroma is definitely more commercial but better than the average goo.


This stuff can be a bit finicky, at least with our hard water. Definitely go easy on the water to start with. Twice I ended up with a more foamy lather because of adding too much water too soon.


Lubricity is where this cream is lacking a bit. I noticed that the razors (both my Superspeed and Muhle open-comb) dragged on the beard more, and I ended up with a couple of weepers, where normally I rarely cut myself. The end result wasn’t bad. Not terribly close but fairly smooth, and my face seems to be nicely moisturized.


I paid $8 (US) for a 100 ml (3.4 oz) tube. For the perfomance, I would say that is a bit much. A fair price for this cream might $5-6 (US).

The Bottom Line

I give the cream a 5/10. A perfectly average cream.


Ingredients: Aqua, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Silicate, Cocos Nucifera Extract, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Cl 15985, Cl 42051, Cl 45350, Cl 47005.

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  1. Vince says


    Thanks for the review. I’m running low on my Proraso and will need to order more online as no stores in the Northeast US (that I’ve found locally) carry it. In fact, the only cream I’ve found is Real Shaving ( at a local Rite Aid pharmacy. Not stellar, but it gets the job done.


    • Dr. K says

      Go to Bath and Body Works for the C.O. Bigelow cream which is the same formula as Proraso (at least the old formula).

      I haven’t used the Palmolive cream, and I guess I won’t be since they’re not making it anymore. But the Palmolive shave stick is excellent, cheap, and I would highly recommend it. Great shave, great value.

  2. Ken P says

    I just got back from Ireland and this was recommended by a barber at Waldorfs. He told me to look at their version of the dollar store (he scored some there for €1 a tube) but the best I could find was €1.68 at Tesco. After seeing how much it costs to order online and now that I know they are not making it anymore I wish I would lave bought more than two. I am kicking myself.
    I am making the move from using soaps so I don’t have any other comparison but I have enjoyed using it for the past week. Once these tubes are gone it will be back to the drawing board.

    • John says

      I have for sale, one tube of the product aforementioned, i.e., Palmolive Classic with Palm Extract for sale. I have used it twice and prefer my other products. This particular tube came from Germany where I presume Colgate is still manufacturing the product OR where they still have large quantity to sell. I will part with this product for $15 via Pay Pal.

  3. says

    I agree with your assesment. I found it to be a mediocre cream, that smells nicely but I was unable to create a good lather with it, and it doesn’t lubricate as well others.

    It’s main pro is that it’s the only one available in my local supermarkets. The rest are mainstream canned creams and gels. I usually buy my supplies online because it’s the only way to get quality.

  4. Ad says

    I use this cream almost daily. Here in the Netherlands they sell for Euro 1,99. Last year a collegue bought me 10 tubes in Germany for Euro 0,85 a piece! Which gives it a whole new price/quality ratio. And hey, I’m Dutch :-) I’ve used more expensive creams but the result is not very much better, but at a much higher price. Sometimes I buy some for luxury. When its warm during summer I use Proraso cream with the Proraso Pre-aftershave cream in jar (sometimes I listen to Marc :-). I use a Gillette Tech I bought on EBay and Derby Blades, also from EBay Euro 17 for 100 blades.

    Stay razor-sharp! Greez,


  5. says

    My wife bought me a tube of Palmolive Classic For Men last Valentines Day. I like it a lot; it is in my regular rotation. The scent is mild, clean, and masculine. It performs very well for me; I tend to face lather when using it. I also highly recommend the Palmolive Shave Stick! I’m disappointed that it is being discontinued; I’ll pick up an extra tube. For performance and value, it’s a winner.

    • Larry says

      Totally agree. It’s inexpensive and effective. If your water is hard, like in L.A. add some glycerine soap to the mix.

  6. Neilo says

    Presume the comment about the item no longer being manufactured refers to the US market, as in the UK Palmolive in every supermarket & Chemist over here & is made in Germany, I find it to be quite good stuff !

  7. jed says

    It smells of nappy bags, empty ones mind! I think its a good product though, especially for the price in the uk

  8. says

    As far as I am informed, it is still in production. However, it has been taken off the shelves in the US (for reasons unknown).

    It can still be purchased throughout Europe. I just checked the Danish Colgate/Palmolive website this morning – and it is still there. (

    In fact, it is one of the only shaving creams available in supermarkets in Denmark.

    By the way, I agree mostly with the assessment. It’s a good, mid range shaving cream with a neutral scent. However, the cream does contain a few ingredients known to cause allergy, like the Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde and Limonene.

  9. Peter S says

    I like this cream and do use it once in a while.
    As Ad stated above, here in Germany it sells *a lot* cheaper, such as .79 Euros at many stores (roughly 1 US$).
    I still see it at many supermarkets and drugstores, so it does seem it is not discontinued over here.
    To be safe, I might pick up an extra one next time. ;o)

  10. Voltimax says

    Well everyones opinion is different, but i would say you didn’t get it lathered correctly. When you get it right, it’s a fantastic cream and it leaves a great slick residue, which allow touch ups without relathering. I have hard water too, but all it means is you have to use more product.

  11. Kenny Haberman says

    @Voltimax: Thanks for the feedback. Just recently I got some tips from Al at Al’s Shaving regarding lathering. Even though I had been making good lather, these tips have really helped me make better lather. I’m going to revisit this cream on my next shave. This may be a case of GARBAGE IN -> GARBAGE OUT.

  12. kenstee says

    Was 1.50 Swiss Francs this past summer. Works just great and goes a long way. Glad I bought a couple to bring home to the US. A nice lather, satisfactory cushioning. But, do be careful with adding water. Do it slowly or can become too watery. I did try the stick and didn’t like it at all. Had trouble getting a good lather going. Way too much trouble and effort when the cream version is so good. If you’re visiting Europe don’t bring shaving cream. Just buy this upon arrival at first drug store or market.

  13. Johann says

    I buy this cream each time I go visiting my parents in Germany. It’s only 85 cents a tube there (less than a dollar?), so I always make sure that I am well stocked.
    It may not have the best scent, but the lather it creates is very pleasant. And you cannot beat the price/performance ratio.

  14. Kenny Haberman says

    Ever since I wrote this review back in 2012, my lathering technique has improved quite drastically. I am happy to say that Palmolive Classic is now one of my inexpensive go-to creams, and I get great results from it now.

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