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Afta...."By Mennen!"

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I got this when I first started DE shaving. I had my bride take a whiff. The wife was repulsed, said it reminded her of her Granddad, and it had to go! I fished it out of the trash when she wasn't looking and promptly forgot about it.

Thought about it again when I had a rough shave weeks later. On went the Afta. It was soothing, after some mild initial burn, and the irritation on my neck went away. There was something to this drugstore stuff.

It's pretty goopy, certainly not a splash, and the first impression I got on application that it was greasy and that I'd regret putting it on. The greasy feeling faded quickly, and it wasn't noticeable to the touch after a couple minutes. The scent, love it or hate it, fades in about an hour or less on me. A little goes a long way, and when I do use it it usually goes only on the neck.

If you like natural stuff, look elsewhere. The ingredients read like a chemistry textbook, with the first two being water and alcohol. That PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate sounds mysterious, and the Diazolidinyl Urea just doesn't sound good at all. Maybe it's best not to read the ingredients.

Surprisingly, the wife has decided she doesn't despise the smell, she merely dislikes it. Oh, well.

I'm not an Afta fanatic, and I have since acquired some other balms that I reach for first.

Every once in awhile, however, I find myself putting on the Afta. Maybe it's the goofy name, maybe it's the, er, nostalgia of the scent, maybe it's because I can still hear the little "By Mennen!" jingle in my mind when I see it, or maybe it's because it does work as a balm, afta all.

I'm a little curious as to why this classic hasn't had a review yet, and I suspect that Afta has a reputation in the wet shaving world akin to the girl in school who was a hard on the eyes but easy otherwise. It's not something you'd brag about, but by golly, it's there.

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Pros: Feels good and the Wife loves the scent.
Cons: NONE
I had seen it for years but never tried till this Summer. Found it on clearance at my Dollar General Store for $1.25 a bottle I bough all they had. Wife really likes it scent and after about a Hour you can put on other scent and there is no clashing.

It comes in standard and Menthol. All I have used has been the Standard scent.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
5.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
4.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
5.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
4.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
5.00 star(s)
This is a product I have used off and on since my cartridge days (when I am not in the mood for Nivea Replenishing Post Shave Balm.) It is a low-cost, fairly accessible post shave lotion but with that comes some flaws.

Besides the low-cost and accessibility, the main positives are the scent and moisturizing aspect. The scent is very good and even though it's old, it's classic, which is part of the reason some of us went to DE shaving in the first place.

The cons of the product includes alcohol burn, the ability to combat razor burn and the cooling sensation. I find the alcohol burn and cooling sensation the two main negatives of the product as it does sooth the pain but it's like getting the initial sting of iodine on a fresh cut. Immediately, it stings and don't feel good. For fighting razor burn, it does it OK but I rather combine it with the Nivea Replenishing balm for that aspect. It gives the best of both worlds, a soothing and replenishing touch with a very good, classic smell.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
4.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Efficacy
3.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
4.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
2.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
2.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
3.00 star(s)
Pros: Price, scent. moisturizing
No alcohol burn, scent is different but I like it. You can't beat the price. It is kind of goopy but that just means a little goes a long way. Keep your face a little wet and it goes on just fine. Leaves your face super soft and moisturized. I laugh at the guys who think they need to spend $20+ dollars a bottle on aftershave. This, aqua velva ice blue, and skin bracer work just fine for me. I guess if you have the extra money to blow on other products go ahead. But they're all the same except for scent.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Scent
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Efficacy
4.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
5.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
0.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
0.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
4.00 star(s)

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