Cremo Lathering Shave Cream: Sandalwood

First, let me start with a disclaimer. This, and several other products, were sent to me from Cremo direct. That being said, I’ve tried my best to remain objective as possible. However, that being said, I’ve always been a fan of Cremo products. Their original cream was a happy discovery at my local Wal-Mart. I was happier still when they released a coconut-mango scent as well. During this “delightful” Central New York winter, the vibrant freshness offered by the tropical scent was welcomed. 

When I saw folks posting “look what I found at Target!” through various grooming groups on the interwebs, I was keen to learn more. So, I visited the Cremo website and sent them a message inquiring about the availability of the new products in my area. Thus began my conversations with Fred, their customer services director. Upon finding that I’m somewhat unhealthily obsessed with grooming products, Fred graciously sent out one hell of a care package*.

*Said care package

After a goodly chunk of time of solely using the sandalwood cream, I gotta say, Cremo, to me, has done it’s best work yet. The scent is light, but refreshingly masculine in this day and age of watery “fougeres”. As an added bonus, the woody scent comes from ACTUAL wood! Not like, bits of bark hiding in the cream, but ACTUAL sandalwood and cedar essential oils, instead of the more commonplace synthetics. As far as performance, this is a smidge better than their tube offerings. After using it with a variety of razors (DE, Gem, Schick, and a straight), it held up quite well, with minimal dissipation of lather. The only time I had issue with any sort of dissipation was with the straight, as all my other razors I shave with while I shower (the “science” behind that is probably due to the excess moisture in the air in the shower [please note, I said “science” in quotes, noting that I have no clue what principles, if any, are behind that {I’m guessing there’ll be one comment telling me why I’m wrong or right, hopefully with an explanation, because knowledge is power <Man, this is one hell of a tangent>}]). 

As far as post shave feel, my skin feels great. By great I mean well hydrated, not overly moisturized, nor overly dry. Neutral is good; it means it’s leaving your face balanced and healthy. Up till today, I’ve been using alum as an aftershave, as I’d found some forgotten cologne s and didn’t want a clash of the scents. After a scrape with my straight, I opted for my traditional post straight shave splash, the hallowed Pinaud Lilac Vegetal. I must say, it goes together quite well. 

In conclusion, if Cremo keeps up this level of quality with their products they release, they will rival Creighton as the premier shave cream manufacturer. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. A great cream, at a very budget friendly price.


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