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Men-Ü Ultra Concentrate Shave Cream

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You can get this shaving cream pretty much in any Boots store here in the UK (and I believe it is available in the US as well). It costs around £10, and comes in a cool dispenser.

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This is what I would call a "modern" approach to shaving cream. The cream is quite 'liquid', not thick like normal shaving creams (such as Taylor, Speick, Palmolive, etc). I have attached a picture below of what it looks like on my brush.

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The dispenser suggests the use of 1-1.5 shots of cream, however, this is aimed at people who will probably only do 2 passes maximum with a multi-blade razor. If you are going to be using a safety/straight razor, I would highly recommend the use of 2-3 shots for sufficient lather. Furthermore, I would like to issue a slight warning here: Don't use to much water! Too much water will result in 'dry' lather, which will practically disappear once applied to the skin. This cream is designed for use on their boar brushes, which will not hold as much water as a good badger brush. As such, if you try to use this with a fully soaked brush, you will not get very good results. Either just hold the brush under flowing water, or just shake it more than usual, if you do decide to soak it.

Here is a picture with my loaded brush in my shaving mug.

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It will give a nice thick lather, and great glide for your razor. Also, I actually like the scent a lot. It is a minty...'modern' scent. I do like it. It is certainly not a bad smell. While I do think £10 is a little steep, it is a great cream, which will remain part of my rotation.

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Pros: Smells nice, Good packaging, Small size for travel, Slick.
Cons: No lather at all. Not enough cushion.
I purchased this product in my never ending struggle to find a brushless cream that provides a good shave. I have to travel often, and sometimes my travel takes me to airports in far flung places and cities overseas where I never know what to expect. Because of this I have tried and tried to find a brushless cream that I like enough to use on my face for a week or two when I am away from home. So far I have come up snake eyes. When I travel in my car, I take my C&E brush and a tube of Nivea Mild, or some other inexpensive but good cream. However, when some guy in Istanbul is throwing my bag around underneath an airplane, I don't want to take the chance that I will have an exploded tub or tube of shaving cream in my dopp bag, or even worse, a dopp bag containing a prized cream that is lost with the rest of my luggage.

For this reason I search and search for that elusive perfect travel cream. Yes I said cream, not stick, what am I a savage? That search brought me to men-u. I love all things British when it comes to shaving, so I had high hopes for this "new" type of cream. I went to their website and saw that they had won all these awards for several years (well done gandy dancer) but I also saw that they were pushing their new synthetic brush. Their attack on my beloved badger made me skeptical, but since it was a perfect travel size cream (being super concentrated and whatnot) and since the site said it could be applied without their synthetic brush, I decided to take the plunge. However, instead of going full monty, I got the small little trial size pack with facewash and all in one aftershave balm/moisturizer.

I am glad I went with the smaller size. I put a pea sized amount into my damp hand and started massaging. Nothing happened. In fact it felt like the product was disappearing. So I put a little more in my hand and started to rub it on my face. I saw nothing. I mean nothing. It looked as though I hadn't even put anything on my face, my whiskers stared back at me as though they were as astonished as I was. However, I knew that I had rubbed it into my face so I began to shave. I will say this, the smell was pleasant, minty but not too minty. Also, the blade glided and there was nary a skip or tug. However, I just couldn't get over the fact that it looked like I was dry shaving. It also didn't give a whole lot of cushion. A second pass found my face stinging.

I finished by applying the aftershave balm/moisturizer to this thoroughly unsatisfying shave. The aftershave was one of those that actually dries you out more than if you didn't use it. I should have taken a better look at the ingredient list to find out why.

Anyway, for the price and the performance, I won't be visiting their website again. I mean, I understand that some people are enraptured with whatever new product comes around, but doesn't there have to be something satisfying about the shaving experience? I will leave this to the new breed of grooming enthusiasts who like this type of stuff, it is just too new school for me. If this were an SAT question, I would say that men-u is to shaving as Axe bodyspray is to cologne. No thanks.
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I use this with a men-u hog bristle brush. Only needs a little bit of water in the brush to get a good lather quickly. I use a pea-sized dollop (as recommended on the bottle) and I get about 3 passes. Big thumbs up for the concentrate which means one bottle will last for ages!

I love the scent! It's a modern minty smell that is not overpowering which is a big plus for me since I don't like strong perfume scents.

Can't say it's super moisturizing, but my face doesn't feel sandpaper dry after shaving either. I also finish the shave with Thayer's Witch Hazel toner and the Men-U Matte Moisturizer, so moisture loss for me is not so big a deal.

In terms of glide performance and skin protection, I would say its adequate but not outstanding. Also noticed that if you leave it for a bit, the lather starts to lose its body.

I love the small profile bottle and the locking dispenser. Very thoughtful and portable packaging that doesn't take up much real-estate in the bathroom (a plus if the missus takes up space with her cosmetics!).
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Free with a wonderfull brush, brush better than cream, did not get on with it at all.
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