June 17, 2011

Review: EZ Waterless Shave

waterlessshave.JPGI wrote about the BodyVerde Shaving on the Go contest not too long ago (which is still open), and have since received a review bottle of the EZ Waterless Shave and had a chance to try it for myself.

As a wetshaver, I was pretty skeptical about the product being a truly waterless shaving product, because of the water needed to rinse the razor as you shave. I tried to imagine wiping the razor on a towel between strokes instead, but after an initial attempt, I realized that unless you use a straight razor, you're not going to do that with any effect.

In my trials, I skipped the hot water step of my usual brush and bowl shaving routine, and just applied the EZ Waterless Shave to my face. The consistency is that of skin lotion, and it didn't take a whole lot to cover my whiskers. (And to be fair, I tried this with 3 days of whiskers on my face, as I thought what better test than one which would be similar to my camping routine?)

I was impressed that without a hot water soak (or shower), this shaving cream softened up my whiskers enough, and was slippery enough, that I didn't feel a pull on a single whisker. It had good razor slip and a light citrus scent, and my shave went just as well as if I had used my daily shaving cream. The cream wiped off easily and left a moisturized feeling, so I didn't use any kind of aftershave lotion with it and I got no razor bumps or 'shaving rash' from it.

As far as the water usage for this shave, I didn't shower beforehand or use any hot water on my face, so that's a big water savings right there. I ended up filling a bowl with hot water to rinse my razor in, and I did rinse off my hands after applying it (I probably could simply wipe dry on a towel). If I was using this in a camping situation, I would probably still fill a bowl with water for the razor, but could skip the hot water soak and the rinse, which would save a significant amount of water.

My feeling on the EZ Waterless Shave is that it's a great shaving cream, regardless of whether you use it at home or in the backcountry, as it stands on its own. If you're looking for a shaving cream that will also let you shave with a minimum of water usage, then EZ Waterless Shave is the product for you.

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Posted by Derek Markham at June 17, 2011 1:48 PM

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