Jack Black – Beard Lube

The too long; didn’t read (tl;dr) for this review is simple: there wasn’t a single aspect of this “shave cream” that I particularly liked.

It’s a non-lathering cream. Actually, it touts itself as an all-in-one pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and skin conditioner. Anyways, as creams go (and I think “cream” is stretching it, it’s really more of a gel), it’s a relatively thin one, which only provides a minimal amount of cushioning. It also doesn’t seem to provide too much in the way of lubrication, certainly less than the vast majority of soaps and creams that I’ve tried. It does have a fair bit of peppermint oil and menthol, which do provide a cooling sensation to the face as you shave (and a fair bit afterwards). Whether or not that’s a plus is up to your own tastes.

The peppermint is also the predominant scent of the Beard Lube, which I suppose it pleasant enough, but it’s relatively weak, as I was mostly straining to smell it once it was applied to my face.

  • 8/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 6/10 Scent Strength
  • 3/10 Lather Quality

Unfortunately, the sample pack I got this tube in is no longer available, but other sizes are still available, with the best value being 16 oz / 480 mL for $32. Which brings me to another point that I didn’t like all that much; I had just enough to wrest 2 shaves at 3 passes each out of the 30 mL sample tube, and that was being rather stingy with the stuff too. So that would seem to average out at about $1 a shave, which is pretty bloody expensive in comparison to any latherable soap or cream.

Anyways, I’m sure you can guess my verdict here. 3/10, not recommended unless you like over-paying for an inferior product.

Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Menthol, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lecithin, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone.

[Note from Mantic59: For another perspective on Jack Black Beard Lube, see THIS post from last year.]

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  1. mistermuleboy says

    And yes, I do realize how random the query is, and how unable I am to provide details. I age too quickly. . . .

  2. mistermuleboy says

    Mantic, Palpz, anyone: Before the birth of Sharpologist, Mantic and/or a forum pointed me in the odd direction of a brushless shaving cream crafted by some kinda rocket scientist that touted its amazing chemical composition as being the tip-top brushless cream. It came in a white tube dispenser — almost reminded me of that “Udder” hand-cream packaging.

    An almond-sized application, after being re-wetted for each pass, really did get me through a three-pass shave. I wouldn’t have used it every day, but I dug it on occasion.

    I have also LOST it on occasion, and cannot fore the life of me remember its name. Does any of this ring a bell? I’ve surfed through B&B, and old emails, with no luck.


  3. Charlie says

    I like using this as a preshave. Doesnt affect my skin like an oil does, but provides just enough of something to help prevent irritation.

  4. SethH says

    I agree with the first reviewer where he said it works well as an undercoat for some other shaving cream, that’s exactly how I’ve used it and it’s quite effective at improving the shaves I’ve gotten in that regard. Also, when using it in this way you use way less than you’d use if it was functioning as the shaving cream itself so the price per shave comes way down.

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