Tested on animals:No
We all know that the act of shaving in and of itself can cause skin irritation (hello, razor burn and bumps), so to reduce or even eliminate that problem it is critical that the shaving cream you use be gentle and contain no irritating ingredients. The best shaving creams also provide moisture and some anti-inflammatory ingredients to cushion your skin and reduce the potential for irritation. Sadly, this one from Beautycounter is not among them.
First, there isn't anything particularly special about the formulation; it includes moisturizing ingredients, skin-repairing agents, and some antioxidants. Those are all good, but there's nothing present that's truly unique to this cream.
If that was all the formula contained it would have deserved our best rating, but the potent amount of irritating ingredients in this shaving cream makes us cringe. We're not talking just an ingredient or two; there's witch hazel water, orange oil, tangerine oil, lemon oil, and peppermint oil, all of which pose a strong risk of irritation, especially given that shaving abrades skin enough to allow unwanted penetration! Ouch!
Beautycounter claims this can help soothe skin—but, in fact, it can do quite the opposite. For the sake of your about-to-be-shaved areas, consider one of the options on our list of Best Shaving Products.
- Contains some emollients and skin-repairing agents.
- Contains witch hazel water, which contains potentially skin-damaging alcohol.
- Orange, tangerine, lemon, and peppermint oils pose a strong risk of irritation.
This shave cream is specifically formulated at a milder pH than traditional shaving creams to minimize irritation and ensure a clean, close shave for both men and women. Ingredients like witch hazel minimize irritation and razor burn while emollient and fatty acid-rich coconut oil and shea butter condition and smooth skin.
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearic Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Bisabolol, Diheptyl Succinate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Alcohol, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.