December 12, 2007

Review of L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm

cadeAfterShave.gifYesterday we shaved with L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream, today we're sealing the deal with L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm.

Continuing the hyperbole from yesterday, here's how L'Occitane describes their Cade After Shave Balm:

Redefines after-shave comfort. Extraordinary blend of Shea Butter and birchwood sap extract helps resist redness, razor burn and feelings of tightness. Our signature Cade complex of juniper, sandalwood, Immortelle and rosemary essential oils purify skin to clean and soothe nicks and breakouts. Light and fluid texture quickly absorbs without a trace of tackiness.

Birchwood sap extract? Immortelle? (The latter is a flower. Had to look it up.)

So I'm sure some people really like this stuff, but it kind of stung, particularly above my lips where my skin is a little raw from blowing my nose. I'm a sensitive man. Lords knows if there's a pea under my mattress I'll wake up all black and blue. But this stuff wasn't my favorite. As an after shave balm it works great. Just wish I didn't have a reaction to it. Your mileage may vary. If you see a tester at a store, try some out. Maybe it's for you.

L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm is $28 for a 2.5oz / 75 ml tube.

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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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July 19, 2007

This Just In - L'Occitane

loccitane-shave-cream.gifDetails for Men has a huge selection of men's grooming products from L'Occitane. 40 products in all (if my count is correct), from shaving supplies to soaps, creams, and foot scrubs.

Inspired by ancestor's traditions over twenty five years ago in the southern Provence's of France, L'Occitane products for shaving, grooming, skincare and haircare are created to preserve the authentic ingredients and traditions of the Mediterranean culture.

We've received tubes of L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream ($28) and L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm ($28). Haven't started using them yet but they both smell great. Look for our review in the upcoming months.

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