Sensitive Shave Cream

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$19.50 - 3.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels
Last Updated:
8/28/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Labeling this a sensitive shave cream is like calling Bruce Willis or Jason Statham wimpy. The amount of irritating plant extracts in this product is enough to choke on. Although those ingredients might be natural so are fire and arsenic and we certainly don't want you using those on your skin! Perhaps that's too strong an analogy but you get our drift.

The base of this shave cream is the same as any you will find at the drugstore but the ones there that are identified as being good for sensitive skin actually do leave out the irritating ingredients this one includes. The lemon oil, peppermint oil, citronellol, and eucalyptus this contains makes us breakout in red bumps just thinking about them getting near your skin.

If you want to avoid razor burn and reduce and eliminate redness there are far better shave creams to consider and many that cost far less.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains a disturbing amount of irritating fragrant plant oils that can cause make razor burn and redness worse.

Offering you a clean, close and smooth shave thanks to our ultimate glide formula, Sensitive Shave Cream helps to prevent razor burn and contains naturally active ingredients to soothe and calm. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Equisetum Arvense (Shave Grass) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Virginian Cedarwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Myrocarpus Fastigiatus (Cabreuva) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Liz Earle began her United Kingdom-based cosmetics company in 1995 with her name affixed to the label, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care. Originally located on the Isle of Wright, the company their products were inspired by the natural foliage of this part of the world’s rainy, cold environs.

A prolific writer of more than 30 beauty books along with a background as a beauty journalist and broadcaster, Earle became a diehard believer in all things natural. One of her books even suggests you can beat cellulite with scrubs, creams, and massage oils. We wouldn’t bet on it any more than the allure of all natural holds the answer to having beautiful skin, but even Earle’s products don’t follow that philosophy wholeheartedly as they are not all natural in the least. In fact, you could say they are about as natural as polyester. Labeling the line “naturally active” is a clever play on words; it makes you think the products are natural without really saying they are.

After 15 years of being one of the biggest independent UK-based personal care companies Liz Earle was bought by Avon in 2010. That has certainly changed the face of the company! It’s interesting to point out that despite Avon’s home consultant business model, Liz Earle stopped the home consulting side of their business shortly after joining the fold at Avon.

Business decisions aside, the products are what matter and what’s inside those products matters most. We were first struck by the line’s lack of sunscreens. The company’s convoluted explanation for this is how the weather in the UK doesn’t warrant it (though we’re not sure how that factors into the brand’s U.S. distribution) and also because synthetic sunscreens are bad for skin. None of that is true. Daylight (as in UV light, which is present whether the sun is shining or not) in any amount causes immediate and long-term skin damage. Only a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day causes premature aging, though you won’t see these effects until years later. Numerous studies have shown how regular use of sunscreen with all types of active ingredients, including synthetic and mineral, makes skin look significantly younger, longer—and reduces risk of skin cancer.

The company does say mineral sunscreen ingredients are good yet that only shows up in their Daily Eye Repair with an SPF 10 (SPF 15 is considered the minimum by medical and regulatory boards around the world) and it appears this product is only be sold in the U.K. There is no explanation why there aren’t other mineral-based sunscreens in the line.

Although we find the lack of sunscreens a sign of bad (or at least shortsighted) skin care, we are also highly skeptical of skin-care companies that sell bust and neck treatments. Earle’s Superskin Bust & Neck Treatment claims the natural ingredients it contains can plump skin around the bust. Again don’t count on it, but we admit the application description will arouse something! Ironically, the description for the product explains how sun exposure ages skin, but then we’re going back to the lack of sun protection in the line. Now that’s contradictory! Regardless skin on the neck, chest, and face benefit from the same state-of-the-art ingredients and there is not a shred of unbiased research to the contrary.

Despite the reservations mentioned above, there are some interesting formulations in Earle’s line with great price points. But even the better formulas suffer from too much fragrance, dubious and overblown claims, and prevalent use of irritating plant extracts. Oddly enough, the fragrance-free formulations in this product line have some of the more ordinary formulations when it comes to antioxidants or soothing emollients—two categories of ingredients those with sensitive skin really need.

In short, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care is nothing to get all that excited about, whether you’re a fan of natural ingredients or simply want skin care from the U.K.

For more information about Liz Earle, visit www.lizearle.com or call 1-800-515-5911.

Member Comments

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Peter S
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 16, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Terrific
    • I have very sensitive skin, this is simply the best there is, it leaves your skin soft & cool, provides a good lather especially if applied with a good quality shaving brush. A piece the size of a pea is all that's needed I put it in the same bracket as L'occitane - but better

  2. Carrie L
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Excellent shave cream
    • My husband says this is the best shave cream he`s ever used, it lets his razor glide over his face and neck, no dragging or irritating. He has soft skin but very hard stubble so shaving is usually a nightmare for him. He feels very smooth afterwards and none of the usual red marks or cuts. Only a little is used - much less than other brands - so it`s actually very good value. I don`t understand why you have given it such a bad rating - have you tried it yoursleves?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Hi, and thanks for your question! The reason we gave it a "Poor" rating is because it simply contains too many irritating plant oils to be considered a good option for sensitive skin, as its name implies. But we are glad to hear your husband is having success with it!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team

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