Lush Razorantium

Razorantium’s label states, “use hot water for sluicing your razor. Admire when done.” I’ve never sluiced, but I have admired when done!.

Lush’s cosmetic team has been working together since 1978, originally established as Cosmetics to Go stationed in Poole, England.  They immediately developed a reputation as a hip new cosmetic shop.

Due to a series of unfortunate events the company, Cosmetics to Go, went under.  But the group of cosmetologists gathered up the pieces and regained their footing to become and developed Lush.  Reclaiming their original location in Poole as well as over 370 more shortly after the company has grown to iconic proportions.

Be advised, this is NOT your dad’s shave cream. Packaged in a three inch high by three inch wide tub it’s packaging is very reminiscent of the little Haagen-Dazs ice creams you might pick up at the mini-mart off Piccadilly in Mayfair.  Fabulous little tub.  I bought it from http://dapperbeard.com.

Editor’s Note:
Lush products are packaged or filled by hand. All ingredients are fresh, and few preservatives are used to ensure you’re getting the freshest youngest products in the cosmetic industry.

The cream is hand-packed and has a decal on it that says, “Made by Nicky” the date that she made it, and a “best use before” expiration date on it. I was tempted to call Lush and find out if “Nicky” actually exists, but I have a hunch she does.

Product:
Enough about the package, it’s a great product. Lush currently offers two shave creams; Razorantium and Prince. The primary difference between the two is Prince’s Triple Orange Blossom scent. You want unscented, Razorantium is your choice

A little goes a long way. Don’t expect lather, it’s a rub-in cream.  Use your fingertips.  Apply about a quarter’s worth of product to your face.  Razorantium has tons of moisturizer ingredients in it.  (Almond Oil, Cocoa and Shea butters to name a few.) It’s very similar to the look and feel of kind of an old-fashioned cold cream.

It’s got a great scent to it.  It gives me a little numbing effect in prep for the traditional shave I’m going to get.  I am left with very little, if any, razor burn on this.  If I’ve got dry, sensitive skin, I’m getting tons of moisturizer out of it.

Usage:
Your face should be wet, but use a minimal amount of water while shaving.   As with most shave creams, you don’t want to dilute what’s already on your face.  Rinse your blade to avoid razor clog. I was left with a clean refreshing shave with little or no residue when fully rinsed. Finished off with another great Lush product; Cosmetic Boy

I think the packaging and “cold cream” consistency is a challenge a stretch for the average guy. We’re just not accustomed to dipping our fingers into our cream. It’s also short and squat, so you may have some difficulty finding a home for it in your medicine chest or sink-top.

On the plus side, you open the lid you see, touch and smell EXACTLY what you paid for; a great shave from a great product. That’s very rare in Men’s shaving product. From an environmental standpoint, it makes sense.

 

Solid 4 out-of-5 stars. LUSH’s corporate philosophy is fresh is better and green is good.  A must have on the minds and faces of green shavers.

If you’re a guy, you’re going to be freaked out by the look and feel of this product line.  By design it’s untraditional. No fancy sexed up packaging or ad campaign. Don’t judge the shave by the trappings, it’s a great product.  You won’t be disappointed.

Editor’s Note:
You may find your Lush Razorantium mysteriously disappearing. I busted my wife using it to shave her legs.The only con that I can see is it has a somewhat generic scent to it.  So if you’re scent-averse, you’re going to bump this to five out of five.  It’s kind of what I’d call an unscented version of it created, inspired by the ladies from London; and it’s manufactured and comes to us from Canada.

 

 

This is the shaving cream for stubborn stubble, that strong, tough stuff that beats razors into submission and makes shaving foams look like Graham Norton trouncing Mike Tyson (at conversational skills, obviously). Razorantium’s allied forces of linseed mucilage, almond oil, cocoa butter, glycerin and shea butter make your bristles soften and surrender to your razor blade. This one is so thick and mucilaginous that your razor can slide right out of your hand; the best way to handle with it is to have a bowl full of bubbly, hot water (put some Slammer in there) to sluice the oils off the razor blade. Shaving with Razorantium may be an acquired skill but it’s one worth learning; as with most things in life, you really appreciate the ones that don’t come easy.

 

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