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PC4Men Shave

Razor, you've burned me for the last time. This shave cream cushions and protects while allowing a close shave. Rinses easily. Leaves skin smooth. Can be used anywhere on the body.
Item #: 871
  • Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness
  • For All Skin Types
  • Can be used anywhere on the body
  • Soothing and effective
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Customer Ratings:

74 out of 100
(Based on 22 Reviews)
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  1. Susanna
    Reviewed on Monday, August 11, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Leaves a film
    • I gave it two stars because it works as a shaving cream, but as at least one other reviewer stated, it does not rinse cleanly. I do not use soap because I hate the film it leaves on my body. This cream does the same thing. My skin feels sticky and tacky after using it, and I have to wash my legs again. If soap does not bother you, then this might not, but if you use body wash like me, then avoid this cream. I wish they would bring the old cream back!

  2. Ginny P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 24, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Meh
    • It's not that this is really bad. It's just not great. I LOVED the original Paula's Choice shave gel, the non-foaming blue gel with bisabolol and azulene. It was so wonderful! There was nothing else like it out there. This new shave cream, while full of nice skincare ingredients, has a very typical and boring base formula. The one really bad thing about it is once you rinse it, it leaves a weird tacky feel to you skin. :-( Please Paula, bring back the blue gel. It was so good!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this shaving cream didn't meet your needs, and are happy to provide a full refund. We're not planning to bring back the original shave gel; proportinately more customers disliked that porduct compared to PC4MEN Shave. However, you may want to take a look at the Zirh brand, as their Shave Gel is a pretty close match to what we used to offer, though it does contain fragrance.

    —Admin
  3. Andrew L.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent Wet Shave
    • Ordered a sample of this cream and used it along with my shaving brush and double edge razor. It offered a very pleasant and irritation free shave. Will definitely be buying in the future, and at $2 per ounce thats a price you can't beat. If any guy on here is sad that Paula's doesn't offer a shave GEL you should have a look at the fragrance free gel from Every Man Jack. As far as I can tell it contains no unnecessary irritants. The Every Man Jack CREAM however doesn't lather or rinse easily.

  4. NATHAN R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    This is a good product.
    • In comparison to the old gel, this is better. In comparison to what I can get at Target, this is better. It's a shaving cream, guys! There's only so much it can (and should) do. I find it cushions nicely, and the coconut oil is a conditioning relief for my skin while it's being tortured by a barrage of 5 blades. Nicely done, PC!

  5. CV
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    This product sucks!
    • The base formula is as generic as shave creams come. Same drying formula that most other companys use and the added soothing ingredients don't couteract it. Would have liked a more high tech gel or gel/lotion with more slip.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry you did not find this formula to be as advanced as we do, but will gladly provide a full refund and you can always look to Beautypedia to find other shaving creams/gels we recommend.

    —Admin
  6. J S C.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Very Disappointed
    • I waited patiently for this product since the discontinuation of the close comfort gel shaving product and am so disappointed in it. Like others have said you have to use much more product. This does not provide nearly as close or comfortable shave as the gel. I used it again this morning and it actually hurt to shave, leaving me all red with razor burn and cuts. This is the only PC product that I dislike. I really hope you guys read the negative feedback and bring the gel back please!!!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We appreciate your feedback. At this time, the previous shave gel won't be making a comeback. Sadly, proportionately more people disliked that formula compared to the current PC4MEN Shave.

    —Admin
  7. FRAN
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good, but not great
    • I have been waiting patiently for this product since PC discontinued its Close Comfort Shave Gel which I loved and used religiously. I had been using PC Smooth Finish Conditioner as a temporary fix and was excited to see this product arrive. It is just an okay product. It does not soften tough hairs like its predecessor. Instead of a soothing gel formulation, it's cream based and feels rather soapy. My skin is somewhat dry & taut after use. I will continue to use, but the search continues.

  8. Kisa D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Women can use too!
    • LOVE IT! I have super sensitive skin. It's fabulous for the bikini area too ladies. I have tried a ton of expensive shave creams and this is by far the best! My husband loves it also. Paula please package for the ladies as well as a 1 or 2 oz travel size.

  9. Jenn
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Prefer the previous gel formula
    • I really preferred the gel formulation and was really disappointed to see it removed from the product line. I have to use more of this new shaving cream and I still get some nicks and razor burn. I'll give it 3 stars because my husband likes it.

  10. Joe
    Reviewed on Monday, June 30, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Breakouts?
    • The cream I was using prior to purchasing Paula's new cream had every that I liked in a shave cream/gel, thick yet light weight, rich moisturizing foam and NEVER left that soapy feeling that make your face squeak when your rub your hands against it. Only problem was it had mint fragrance. So I gave Paula's a chance and after a few uses, I noticed clogged pores and breakouts in my beard area, mostly on my chin. I haven't broke out in awhile so this was a major disappointment. I Miss the shave GEL.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We suspect the breakouts are coincidentla as the shave cream is rinsed off and not designed to leave a film on skin that could potentially clog pores. However, if you feel this product is to blame or are dissatisfied with it for any other reason, please contact our Customer Care Team and they would be happy to assist with a refund or exchange!

    —Admin
  11. NATALIE S.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 27, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not great for legs
    • While I was impressed with the lather and slip during shaving, this left my skin feeling very tight and dry; just as if I shaved with bar soap! I could see how this would be great for a face, but I am not impressed at all for my legs.

  12. Michele
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Stealing this from my husband
    • I bought this for my husband and decided to try it myself. It is honestly, the best shave cream I've ever used. Fantastic product. Leaves my legs feeling soft and a great shave. Oh, and hubby likes it too!

  13. Frank R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    No menthol
    • Being an avid user of shave gel, it's hard for me to use a shave cream. It took more product than I normally use to get the shave. The shave felt good afterward, but I enjoy the menthol-type effect of most shave products on the market.

  14. Dan F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Was a skeptic
    • The shaving cream was actually a lot better than what I currently use. I would use this as my normal shaving cream. I'm used to a foamy shaving cream and was skeptical this product would work, but loved how well it performed, Great shave, smooth, only takes a little.

  15. Brandon
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 14, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It's OK
    • I was excited to try this, but I was a little underwhelmed. Its not a BAD product, but its not up to par with some of my usual shaving creams (Art of Shaving, Kiehls). The lather is rather "wimpy" and isn't as thick and creamy as I like. Didn't feel like my face was totally protected. I will however say its pretty moisturizing. I'll continue to use it but not sure if I'd re-purchase.

  16. LAWRENCE G.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Exactly what I expected......perfection!!
    • This stuff is fantastic!! The consistency is thick and rich enough to be gentle, and protect your face, yet is able to be easily rinsed from your razor! Paula has provided us with another can't live without product!! Perfection!!

  17. RICHARD F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WOW!
    • THIS SHAVING CREAM IS GREAT. UNLIKE THE FOAM SHAVE CREAMS WHICH SOMETIMES CAN BE A LITTLE RUNNY, IT GOES ON THE FACE AS A THICK, RICH CREAM BUT IT RINSES VERY EASILY AND THE HAIR GLIDES OFF SMOOTHLY. IT ACTUALLY CUTS DOWN ON MY SHAVING TIME AND I DON'T HAVE TO GO OVER THE SAME AREA AGAIN AND AGAIN TO GET SMOOTH. LASTLY, IT DOESN'T HAVE LEMON, LIME , LAVENDAR OR OTHER IRRITANTS. WHAT ARE COSMETIC SCIENTISTS IN OTHER BRANDS THINKING. ANYONE FOR A SQUIRT OF LEMON IN THE EYE. OUCH!

  18. Scott B
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I Shave Twice a Day yet No Razor Burn!
    • I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed by the Men's Line launch, since everything is just repackaged existing products—I don't think anyone could honestly say the existing packaging is "too girly" or other such nonsense. So after reading about the products, I was about to yawn when this gem caught me eye. And am I thrilled. Without a doubt it is the best shave cream/gel/goo I've ever used. Due to a heavy beard I shave 2 x's/day, yet my face never burns or stings! Huge diff from old gel.

  19. DEB
    Reviewed on Monday, June 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Shave Cream
    • I love this new formulation. It feels silky and of course, contains no annoying/irritating fragrance. It is easier to use than the previous shave gel, in my opinion. Y'all need to market it to both genders!

  20. Heidi M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My husband says "yes!"
    • I was so excited for my husband to try this product. He is really impressed and says it gives a fantastic shave and leaves the skin feeling smooth and nourished. This is a winner that we will be reordering for sure! Thank you Paula for your great products!!

  21. DUSTIN R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A surprise.
    • I was anticipating that this would be a disaster for my acne-prone, Exxon-Valdez-oil-slick-of-a-face (coconut oil, 3rd ingredient, disaster!), but: this stuff is fantastic. I also thought it was expensive,when there are fragrance free shaving creams at the drugstore for $4. But, a little does go a long way, and this does give a close, irritation-free shave that rivals anything I've ever tried. I have an extremely coarse beard, but this gives a baby-butt-smooth shave. I definitely recommend.

  22. JOSHUA C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Exceeded my expectations
    • This shaving cream is amazing, I couldn't wait to try it out! Lathers well especially with a badger shaving brush. Love that it has only great for you skin ingredients. Ive tried the Art of Shaving and Jack Black and this is by far my favorite. I will definitely be reordering it. Thanks Paula's Choice!

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What makes this product unique?
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.

Who is this product for?
PC4Men Shave is recommended for all skin types and can be used anywhere on the body.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Shave

British Journal of Dermatology, Supplement, March 2012, pages 6–16; Journal of Chromatography, April 2010, pages 2,441-2,446; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, Volume 31, 2009, pages 277–287; Food and Chemical Toxicology, August 2009, pages 2,142–2,149; American Journal of Respiratory and Cellular Molecular Biology, November 1998, pages 836–841; Planta Medica, August 1996, pages 326–328; and Contact Dermatitis, November 1994, pages 291–292.

Key Ingredients: allantoin, coconut oil, burdock root, glycerin, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, carnosine, aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract, licorice extract

Product Ingredients:

Water, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (non-fragrant moisturizing plant oil), Glycerin (skin-repairing agent), Potassium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arctium Majus Root Concentrate (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), Benzalkonium Chloride (antimicrobial agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Apply to damp skin, shave as usual, rinse, and then pat skin dry with a clean towel. Follow with PC4Men Soothe + Smooth and the rest of your PC4Men product routine.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your PC4Men products can be found in ourMen's Skincare article.

How much shave cream do I need for my beard area?

A nickel-sized amount should be plenty to cover the beard area (including the neck and under the chin). A thin, even layer provides the best results. Rinse the razor blade with water after every two to three strokes.

Can I use PC4Men Shave to remove hair…down there?

Yes! PC4Men Shave may be used to shave unwanted or excess hair from anywhere on the body. It will not sting or burn delicate skin areas, though we encourage you to use extra caution when shaving around sensitive parts!

Will this work just as well if I prefer to shave in the shower?

Yes. Whether you shave while showering or at your bathroom sink, PC4Men Shave works to provide a close, smooth, comfortable shave you can see and feel—and best of all, you won’t be dealing with unsightly red bumps or razor burn (but do be good about changing your razor blade as needed; a dull blade puts your skin on the fast track to razor burn).

What type of razor works best with this?

For best results, we recommend using a razor with at least three blades (such as Gillette Mach 3 or Schick Hydro 3) or those with four or five blades, all of which are readily available at drugstores.

Does it matter if I use this before or after washing my face?

No, that’s more about personal preference. Some men feel they get a closer shave if they wash their face prior to shaving, while others find it doesn’t matter if they wash first or when they’re done shaving. Experiment to see which method works best for you!

What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?

No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (re: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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