Well guess who has become environmentally conscious? It’s our old earth loving friends at Gillette. The Big G has introduced a line of shaving products labeled “Planet Kind” that are “kind to skin and to the planet”.
What It Is
Editor’s note: Gillette and Target links are Sharpologist affiliates.
They include a five ounce tub of shaving cream, a new razor and cartridge combo, skin moisturizer and face wash. All the products come in “sustainable packaging” with jars made of “infinitely recyclable metal” (aluminum) and even the razor handle is made “60% recycled plastic”. This review will deal only with the shaving cream which I purchased for $7.99 at Target.
I searched at other stores such as Wal-Mart and all the major drugstore chains but, at least in western NC, I could only find it at Target. One can also order it directly from Gillette for $8. with free shipping.
I was initially prepared to be my usual cynical self and say this is a cheap marketing ploy to attract the environmentally concerned demographic. It well may be, but really to be totally honest this is a damn good shaving cream. I figured if they were truly “aware” they would make the jar out of a biodegradable substance, such as chocolate, instead of aluminum which will be around forever (granted that aluminum is lauded for its sustainable properties and is considered one of the most efficient and sustainable materials that can be used. Infinitely recyclable, too).
Using The Cream
It can be used either brushless or with a brush to generate lather. I tried both on a two day growth with a new cartridge and then on a one day growth. I tried both putting it directly on one side of the face and bowl lathering on the other. To be perfectly fair I didn’t tell myself which side of my face had which technique.
Starting on the left side, which I suspect, was the brushless side, the glide and lubrication were very impressive. The residual slickness was top-notch and the cushioning was very good. It cleared the stubble to an almost BBS degree on the first pass and removed the rest with the residual slickness.
Using a Semogue Owners Club boar brush on the other side, which I’m guessing was the bowl lather side, was equally smooth in all spheres. In the bowl it instantly generated all the lather you could dream of by just adding drops of water at a time. Imagine the very opposite of a quadrupled mill hard soap and that is what the lathering was all about. The post-shaving feel was also very smooth.
Looking at the ingredients list I didn’t detect anything that was of obvious animal origin and Gillette says on their website that none of the usual villainous chemicals were included.
The cream is very soft which you would need to keep it brushless.
What did I not like? The fragrance. It is described as cucumber and peppermint. If you don’t mind smelling like a salad then you’re good to go. Peppermint? I hate it in every form that it takes. I would have settled for a mild soapy or powdery scent but nooooooo it was cucumber and peppermint, although I would have to say that cucumber is predominant. What’s next? The lovely scent of kale?
Setting aside the environmental stuff this was an excellent performance, irrespective of the low price. Brush or brushless it works very well to lubricate the shave and remove stubble. My only knock is the fragrance.