December 11, 2007

Review of L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream

loccitaneCadeShaving.gifBeen 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
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