Palmolive for Men – Classic Shave Stick

I will admit, I was somewhat leery when I first decided to try this shave stick. But I guess I needed a reminder that inexpensive is not the same thing as cheap.

It’s also the first shave stick I’ve ever tried; I’ll admit that I ended up using wayyyy too much the first time I tried. Still, it worked quite well. I was able to easily work up a wonderful lather; nice and thick for the cushioning, and plenty of glide. And it left my face feeling great; the moisturizing properties were quite good.

The scent isn’t much to write home about. It frankly mostly smells like soap, with just a hint of something I’d call a “clean” scent. And it’s rather weak; essentially undetectable once lathered up, although the shave stick itself can be smelled at a bit of a distance.

  • 6/10 Scent Pleasantness
  • 3/10 Scent Strength
  • 8/10 Lather Quality (note: I recently re-vamped my lather quality scale, since I was giving out too many 9’s and there was too much variation within that score. This one has been bumped down to an 8 as a result.)

It appears to be most commonly available in Europe. Apparently it’s readily available for as low as 49p in Great Britain; in North America the lowest I was able to find it for is $3.75, but of course, that’s still fairly inexpensive compared to most brands out there.

Now, while I said above that I was pleasantly surprised, that doesn’t really mean that I like it per se. After all, anyone who follows my reviews knows that I consider the scent of a soap to be an integral part of the shaving experience. It completely falls flat on that front, and I can’t really justify giving it overall any more than a 5/10 as a result.

But… if you’re not like me, and if you don’t care what it smells like, then I could definitely recommend this soap, especially if you’re looking to keep your costs down. It performs quite well for the price.

Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Parfum, Olea Europaea Oil, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Cl 11680, Cl 74260, Cl 12490, Cl 77891.


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  1. says

    I never consider the scent to be a big part off the actually rating when I would review a shaving soap. Because for me its more about the performance and value from a shaving soap.

  2. Chaucer says

    I tried La Toja stick for this morning’s shave. It was a home run from first stroke to last. More to come after a few more shaves.

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