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Cremo Cooling Shave Cream

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The weather is getting warm again…OK, hot…and it’s time to bring out one of my favorite mentholated shave creams, Cremo Cooling.

Cremo Cooling Shave Cream

From the Cremo website:

“Crisp and refreshing, our Cooling Shave Cream contains a lively blend of peppermint, menthol and tea tree oil to leave your skin cool and invigorated while fighting razor burn and irritation. Cremo contains unique molecules that become impossibly slick when mixed with water, so your blade can glide effortlessly over skin. You’ll enjoy a clean, comfortable shave and astonishingly smooth skin.”

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Menthol, Polyether-1, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, BHT, Perfluorodecalin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid.

My Experience With Cremo Cooling Shaving Cream

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This is actually my favorite version of the Cremo shave cream lineup.

I like to use it during the Summer months on those hot, humid Texas days when I decide to go brushless for some reason (though it is usable with a brush this is a low-lather product so a brush doesn’t do a whole lot for me).  I find it to be not only a nicely cooling brushless cream (a bit more intense than Proraso though not by much in my opinion) but an excellent over-all performer as well.

What Others Think Of Cremo Cooling Shave Cream

Skinsafe gives Cremo Cooling a 91/100 for ingredient safety.

There aren’t too many “independent” reviews of Cremo Cooling shave cream: most are on”megamart” sites where I never know if they’re “gilding the cage” by not showing negative reviews.  I do have reasonable confidence in the Influencer and Amazon reviews (below) though.  Here’s one independent review I did find:

“This formula is brilliant for preventing and healing any irritation. It soothes any soreness from razor burn while creating that protective layer for your razor to glide through. It also contains menthol to really help your skin shine and reinvigorate.” [LINK]


I have sensitive skin, prone to razor burn, dryness, and irritation. Aftershave just roasts my face. This cream is so nice though, lordy it’s good. Cream is thick and smooth and lets my razor just glide all over. But that’s not the best part. It’s the peppermint. That’s my jam! Gives that cooling sensation without the dryness of aftershave and I feel reduces irritation. My face isn’t razor burn free, but it’s definitely better than it’s ever been.

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It is way too menthol for me. Because I’d have other areas, it’s way too cooling. If the lavender was available to rate, it would get a 5 star rating. Now I’m seeing there are other options so I’ll have to order them and give them a try. 

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I shave in the shower and have tried lot’s of brands of shave cream from foams to “butters” and this just seems to work best. I alternate between the original and this peppermint menthol for a little variety. 

Amazon (affiliate link) rates Cremo Cooling shave cream a 4.7 out of 5 with almost 17,000 ratings (and a 92% positivity):

I have been using a single blade safety razor for 60+ years. I have tried many, many shave soaps. Some applied directly to my face and others mixed in a bowl with my brush for a good lather. But Cremo is not only easier to use but it provides the best lubricating solution for shaving. I don’t need much. Just a little and rub it into a THIN lather in my wet hands, spread it on my beard and shave. If it is necessary to go over an area, just wet your face and rub. it keeps the blade sliding smooth. I use the Cool version and it leaves my face cool and moist throughout the day, like using shaving balm. I will buy again and again. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Does not make any foam. Really hard to shave with this cream. And this was much more expensive than other drugstore brand. I rather buy cheaper ones at the store.

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If you like menthol/mint shaving cream for that bracing, refreshing cold feeling, look no further. Cremo shaving cream is my absolute favorite. The mint shaving cream is shockingly refreshing and leaves your face feeling like you had an intense makeout session with a block of mountain ice. I’m not brave enough to use it down South, but hey, no judging here.

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I tried different consistency, with and without a brush, safety razor, and straight razor. Over 25 or so shavings I couldn’t find a method that worked well. I usually do a cold water rinse after, then aftershave. This doesn’t rinse well with cold water, which left rinsing with warm and it would leave me irritated. Even with warm water it left this slick residue. I cut myself every other shave, so more in this last month than 15 years before. Going back to Taylor of Old Bond Street or Art of Shaving.

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I wanted a sandalwood scented shaving cream, and Cremo delivered that. At first the smell is pleasant, but once on the face, and spread out to shave, the smell changes to an old moldy musty scent. I really found the smell terrible.
But, on the other hand, this is a wonderful shaving cream. I put a little bit on my finger, apply to the skin, and repeat until my whole face has shaving cream. I then use my shaving brush with a little bit of water in the bristles, to spread around the cream. Shaving is better than any shaving cream or soap I have ever used. My razor (1939 Gillette Butterfly with Feather double edge razor blades) glides right through the whiskers and leaves a nice smooth clean face. No razor burn, no pulled hair, just glides right through.

Summing Up

Cremo Cooling shaving cream is widely available in the US through many “brick and mortar” outlets plus a wide variety of online sources.


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3 thoughts on “Cremo Cooling Shave Cream”

  1. I happened upon a free tube of Cremo Cooling Shave Creme. Not knowing what to expect, I use it every day. Unfortunately, the peppermint oil is too concentrated and make my eyes water. Yes, it does feel good on my skin afterwards, however less % of essential oil might work better. Lemon grass oil would also balance the skins sebaceous glands. (Lemon verbena,Lavender, yang yang, rose)

  2. I have used the menthol Cremo on a couple of occasions and I found it irritated big time both in the smell and “coolness” (I have never been a fan of menthol or eucalyptus). The original Cremo however I enjoy mixing with the soap of choice to give both that added slickness to my lather and the feel after the shave.

  3. I tried it only once when I forgot to pack a shaving brush on a trip. It was OK for me but not something I would buy again (I now keep a travel shaving brush in my travel kit so I don’t run into that problem. My two complaints: (1) the lather was very thin, and (2) I had to apply the same amount for each pass.

    As an emergency product, it is OK but I would never put it in my everyday rotation.

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