Review of KENMEN Products, part 1
The good folks over at KENMEN sent us a bunch of their products recently and as you're about to read, my wife, herein refered to as "ShavingStuff wife," had about as much fun as I did trying them out. KENMEN has a wide range of men's products which cover the ordinary, like shaving creams and after-shaves, to the non-traditional, like eye gel and skin tints. See our earlier quick introduction for a few more details.
Now let's get one thing straight - these are advanced products. Basically you need to know what you're doing or be comfortable enough to ask. Me, I had to ask. ShavingStuff wife was very helpful, as was the KENMEN site. The KENMEN products all have clever names, like Battlescars, and Ener-C, however the bottles and tubes themselves don't always give the clearest indication of how they are supposed to be used.
Take Flake-Off Facial Exfoliating mask ($33), for example. ShavingStuff wife insisted that "flake-off mask" means you apply it to your face, let it dry like a mask, and then let it flake off. I, on the other hand, thought it was more like a regular exfoliant where you just rub it across your skin in the shower and then wash it off. Somewhat unclear, and since there really isn't enough product in the tub for a full facial mask, we eventually settled on regular exfoliant usage. One thing we could agree on - the stuff smells great - like you're covering your face in oatmeal cookie batter. Yum!
Here's another one I really liked - Hydra-Blu After-Shave Mist ($32) - again in particular for the smell. ShavingStuff wife thought this stuff smelled a little medicinal, but I thought it smelled clean. Clean in a bottle. Kind of like ivory soap, if ivory soap were good for your face. In my usage of Hydra-Blu I found it made a good base for a follow-up layer of after-shave cream. On its own my face felt a little dry after a few minutes, so I wouldn't recommend this to be your only after-shave, but it's a great first layer. On the other hand if you have oily skin this might be all you need.
On to Ener-C After-Shave Moisturizing Balm ($38). This stuff rocks. It's my favorite KENMEN product. It's ShavingStuff wife's favorite product too. In fact, I have a feeling she's using it more than I am. Ener-C is just a great all-around light moisturizer, packed with, as you might guess, vitamin C. I think it's a good follow-up to Hydra-Blu. It's also great during the day or at night when your face is feeling a little tight. The smell is slightly citrus-y and will remind you of an orange. I'd recommend this stuff even for people with oily skin.
Next we tried the Control-o Antiseptic Oil control Pen ($32), a new product from KENMEN. This is basically a zit-zapper in handy pen form, and while I really like the form, I'm not sure the function was up to snuff. Among many natural ingredients this pen contains Salicylic Acid and Benzoil Peroxide, two key compounds in knocking out zits. For my money, nothing beats Clearasil. Actually nothing beats a doctor-prescribed benzoil peroxide cream in a highly absorbant base, but Clearasil will do. Now I know, that stuff's totally harsh and will bleach your clothes and pillowcases, but it works. The one thing I really liked about the Control-o pen was the way you applied it to your face. You twist the bottom portion of the pen as if you were advancing the lead in a mechanical pencil, and out of the foam-tipped top comes the cream. What's great about this is that you aren't applying the cream to your fingers and then to your face, greatly reducing the chance of getting it on your clothes or towels and unintentionally bleaching something. I've got to imagine women have had products like this for years, so here's a hearty thank-you to KENMEN for bringing it over to the men's world.
OK, that's enough for now. Believe it or not KENMEN sent us four more products to review, including their Baby Face Healing Shaving Cream. We'll have those reviews in an upcoming post soon. Stay tuned...
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at November 20, 2005 3:53 PM