12-11-2016, 09:40 AM
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Because I need to avoid tree nuts and coconut, my choices for a shave cream is greatly curtailed. I have been looking around at local big-box retailers near me (CVS, Bed Bath Beyond, Target, etc) and have tried the following three.

1) The Art of Shaving: shaving cream. HORRIBLE! No redeeming qualities

2) Pacific Shaving Co: Caffeinated Shaving Cream. This cream caused me considerable pain when shaving. Luckily I knew it couldn't be my razor.

3) Cremo. Not much of a lather but my face has been very well lubricated but it feels like a very close shave and little to no pain on my face.

Has anyone had any luck with other big box stores and what they carry?


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 12-11-2016, 09:52 AM
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If you're north of the boarder, Nivea has a good shaving cream in a metal tube.....

....If you're in the USA it's discontinued in our market (but you can get it if you travel north; I always stock up during my Canada trips).

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 12-11-2016, 10:05 AM
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Surprised you dislike the AOS cream. In my view it's a pretty solid quality cream, better than TOBS, on par with DR Harris.
Compared to the recommended Nivea, the AOS cream is far superior.
Ymmv

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 12-11-2016, 10:15 AM
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(12-11-2016, 10:05 AM)CHSeifert Wrote: Surprised you dislike the AOS cream. In my view it's a pretty solid quality cream, better than TOBS, on par with DR Harris.
Compared to the recommended Nivea, the AOS cream is far superior.
Ymmv

Yes.

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 12-11-2016, 11:03 AM
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Kiss my Face 4 in 1 moisture shave. I prefer the lavender.

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 12-11-2016, 11:06 AM
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(12-11-2016, 09:40 AM)Thintieguy Wrote: I need to avoid tree nuts and coconut

1) The Art of Shaving: shaving cream. HORRIBLE! No redeeming qualities

The formulations of the several AOS creams differ. I was gifted a jar of the “Ocean Kelp” variety, approached it with low expectations, and was very pleasantly surprised.

Aubrey Organics Men’s Stock Northwoods contains cetyl alcohol, which is derived from coconuts, but otherwise contains no nuts or coconut. Do you know if you are allergic to cetyl alcohol?

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 12-11-2016, 11:07 AM
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(12-11-2016, 11:03 AM)Giorgio Wrote: Kiss my Face 4 in 1 moisture shave. I prefer the lavender.

Excellent shave cream, but it contains coconut oil.

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 12-11-2016, 11:09 AM
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(12-11-2016, 11:03 AM)Giorgio Wrote: Kiss my Face 4 in 1 moisture shave. I prefer the lavender.

KMF Pomegranate Grapefruit and Lavender Shea are excellent products, probably the most underrated creams.

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 12-11-2016, 11:12 AM
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(12-11-2016, 11:07 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(12-11-2016, 11:03 AM)Giorgio Wrote: Kiss my Face 4 in 1 moisture shave. I prefer the lavender.

Excellent shave cream, but it contains coconut oil.


Good point. I was thrown off by OP trying AoS as I'm pretty sure it contains coconut oil too

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 12-11-2016, 12:13 PM
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Bath and Body Works sells the Bigelow Shaving Cream, which is made by Proraso.  I have not checked the ingredients lately, but it is a good value at $10.00.

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 12-11-2016, 01:00 PM
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A shaving cream could hardly get better than Art of Shaving.

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 12-11-2016, 05:13 PM
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Cremo is very good IMO. How sure are you of your nut allergy extending to coconuts? Cremo and AOS creams both contain it (Cremo lists it as sodium cocoyl isethionate) and it's a staple of most shaving products.

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 12-17-2016, 11:42 PM
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(12-11-2016, 09:40 AM)Thintieguy Wrote: Because I need to avoid tree nuts and coconut, my choices for a shave cream is greatly curtailed. I have been looking around at local big-box retailers near me (CVS, Bed Bath Beyond, Target, etc) and have tried the following three.

1) The Art of Shaving: shaving cream. HORRIBLE! No redeeming qualities

2) Pacific Shaving Co: Caffeinated Shaving Cream. This cream caused me considerable pain when shaving. Luckily I knew it couldn't be my razor.

3) Cremo. Not much of a lather but my face has been very well lubricated but it feels like a very close shave and little to no pain on my face.

Has anyone had any luck with other big box stores and what they carry?


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I'm surprised by your review of AoS. I find it a quality cream that's like Truefitt & Hill (famous British brand).  Your description of Cremo sounds like others I've read - it's a brushless cream and designed not to be thick or airy.  Thanks for your review of the Pacific one though, my wife told me she saw it at Target but didn't pick it up. Maybe I won't waste time with it.

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 12-18-2016, 06:55 AM
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(12-11-2016, 12:13 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Bath and Body Works sells the Bigelow Shaving Cream, which is made by Proraso.  I have not checked the ingredients lately, but it is a good value at $10.00.

I agree with this one.  Plus they carry the complete line of men's grooming Bigelow products.

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 12-18-2016, 07:28 AM
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Thanks all for your responses! I don't know what it was with AoS, but my face was left raw after shaving like I tried to shave with a machete. I'm nervous to try again. Annoyed to hear cetyl alcohol is a coconut derivative, but maybe it's so refined that it doesn't matter at that point, similar to how rennet is an animal product but so refined that it doesn't have any semblance to being from an animal. I will look into Bigelow. Funny how two old school Lower Side Manhattan shops are so popular: Bigelow and Kiehl's, both of which I frequented the mother stores when I lived there.


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 12-18-2016, 08:05 AM
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Have you tried an artisan ?

I have no idea if they contain something you can't take, but try Cold River Soap Works, Caties Bubbles, Mystic Waters, Soap Commander, Barrister & Mann and Mike's Natural and look at their ingredient list.
You might be able to use one of them without problems.

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 12-18-2016, 08:07 AM
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(12-18-2016, 08:05 AM)CHSeifert Wrote: Have you tried an artisan ?

I have no idea if they contain something you can't take, but try Cold River Soap Works, Caties Bubbles, Mystic Waters, Soap Commander, Barrister & Mann and Mike's Natural and look at their ingredient list.
You might be able to use one of them without problems.


Thank you. What retail stores carry them?


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 12-18-2016, 10:16 AM
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(12-18-2016, 07:28 AM)Thintieguy Wrote: Thanks all for your responses! I don't know what it was with AoS, but my face was left raw after shaving like I tried to shave with a machete. I'm nervous to try again.

I've used pretty much all brands of shave creams and it doesn't get better than AoS. Matched by a very few, surpassed by none (okay maybe AdP surpasses it).

For any soap or cream- Make sure you use an appropriate amount of product and water (your fingers are usually a good judge of this).
And I basically rub the lather into the skin, not just lay the lather on the face. Makes a MONSTER difference. It gives me anxiety if I watch TSE videos, with all his peach fuzz (not a beard), lightly patting the lather on his skin with the brush, I'm like what is that?!?! Scrub the lather into the beard (with hand or brush). It's night and day.

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