06.27.2014
118
PC4Men Shave
6 fl. oz. for $12
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:06.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

The problem with most shaving creams is that they contain too much fragrance or problematic, irritating ingredients like menthol, various forms of mint, citrus, or eucalyptus. All of these can lead to redness, razor bumps, and other signs of irritation most men might associate with being normal side effects of the daily shave. Guys, it doesn't have to be like that, which PC4Men Shave ably proves!

This fragrance-free shaving cream offers a concentrated formula that produces a low lather and is easy to smooth over the beard area. Applying a thin layer to damp skin leads to a close shave without irritation, and the formula rinses easily from your razor blade and face, leaving skin feeling smooth.

We've added plant-based anti-irritants to provide extra soothing benefits and coconut oil for its natural moisturizing properties.

If we have any hesitation about this formula it's that the pH is a bit higher than we would ideally like and what we typically recommend. But because we've made this shave cream so gentle in every other regard, the benefit of the higher (more alkaline) pH for softening the hair follicle in order to make shaving easier seems a fair tradeoff.

Pros:
  • Protective, fragrance-free formula.
  • Easy to apply, easy to rinse.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth.
  • Anti-irritants reduce redness from shaving.
  • Concentrated cream formula reduces the risk of razor burn and bumps.
Cons:
  • This has a higher (more alakline) pH than what we'd typically recommend for other rinse-off products like cleansers, but can be acceptable in a shave product.
Community Reviews
Claims

This innovative, ultra-soothing, and effective shave cream has a cushiony texture that protects skin and ensures a close shave. The light, irritant-free formula rinses easily, leaving your skin comfortably smooth with an unbelievably close shave. This product contains no added dyes, is 100% fragrance-free, and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Myristic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (non-fragrant moisturizing plant oil), Glycerin (skin-repairing agent), Potassium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Allantoin (plant-based anti-irritants), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritants), Arctium Majus (Burdock) Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritants), Carnosine (antioxidant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster/stabilizer), Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid (skin-conditioning agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzalkonium Chloride (antimicrobial agent).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.