Review of L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream
Been shaving with L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream for the last few weeks. Now I'm used to some flowery language when describing shaving creams, but I think this is just slightly over the top:
Transforms into a cushioning mousse on skin. Purifies with Cade complex of Provençal essential oils; tones skin to a supple texture with Shea Butter and glycerin. Formulated for sensitive skin prone to irritation. Earns a loyal following worldwide.
Cushioning mousse? Loyal following? Am I missing some weekly gathering in major worldwide cities to celebrate L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream?
Me and L'Occitane got off to a skeptical start. But the truth was, the misstep was mine. I started out applying L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream with just my hands and was getting mediocre results. Then I switched to applying the shaving cream with a brush, and started seeing signs of cushioning mousse. This shaving cream was made for a shaving brush. You'll get a uniform coat on your face, and those tough hairs will stand at attention.
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream is a thick cream with a pronounced scent which is half floral, half medicinal. It's definitely a clean scent, but might be a little strong for everyone. It's quite possible that this is the smell of cade - AKA Juniperus oxycedrus. I don't know. In fact, before this I had never heard of cade before.
Characteristic of the Mediterranean coastal region, cade, which has exceptional longevity, is a shrub of the Conifères family. Its persistent foliage is presented in the form of fine-pointed, prickly needles. The flowers form cones which gradually take on the appearance of berries. These, the cade seeds, reach maturity after two years.
(Side note - C is for Conifer is an awesome children's song by They Might Be Giants.)
So overall I thought the shave was very good. Use a brush when applying. Not only will you get a better shave, but you'll use far less cream with each shave.
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream is $28 for a 5.2 oz/150mL tube.
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at December 11, 2007 8:27 AM