Maine Shave

April 12, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer

maineShaveMoisture.jpgWelcome to day four in our four-day review of Maine Shave products. We've cleansed, shaved, and toned. Now it's time to moisturize with Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer.

Packaging
Oh! What's that in the picture? A pump? Yes indeed! I am pumped. So easy to use. Need a little more? I can get that for you.

Ingredients
Time for the all-natural ingredient roll call:

It contains allantion to heal and soften skin by rejuvenating skin cells. Sweet almond oil, olive oil and shea butter preserve skin from moisture loss. Lemon and orange extract reduce inflammation and rehydrate skin by increasing circulation. Chamomile soothes and heals skin due to everyday shaving.

Scent
I am once again at a lose to describe the scent of this cream. There's only the slightest hints of citrus from the lemon and orange extract. I feel like I can sense the chamomile, but only because I know it's there. It might be floral, but only in the really natural pollen-like sense. Definitely not a fake flowery scent.

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April 11, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Facial Toner

maineShaveToner.jpgStep three of Maine Shave's Four-Step Shaving Ritual is Natural Facial Toner. Tonify yourself. Tonification across the nation.

Our facial toner is a natural astringent that refreshes skin as it tightens pores and controls shine, while it brings skin's pH back to normal.

See, you've got all that shaving cream on your face, and while it's great for softening up your beard and skin, you really don't want to leave it on forever. Toner is a great way to start shutting things down.

Ingredients

Linden petals, (an anti-inflammatory) leave skin feeling fresh and calm. Birch extract soothes irritation caused by shaving and increases skin elasticity, leaving it feeling more supple. Rose petals leave skin feeling soft and cool to the touch.

Thoughts
I've tried a lot of toners from a lot of different companies, and I'll be honest - I really don't know if they help or not. I can tell a great shaving cream from a lousy one. I can identify an exfoliant which is too rough. But I haven't found the right way to judge a toner. So my recommendation is this. If you're curious about Maine Shave, get the Four-Step Shaving Ritual which includes the toner. If you want to pick a cream here or a cleanser there, you'd be ok to pass. I really enjoyed splashing the toner on my face after a shave, but partly because it seemed so decadent. My skin seemed to like it too, but I didn't notice a marked improvement over when I didn't use it.

The Skinny
Maine Shave's Natural Facial Toner is $18 for a 6oz. bottle, or comes as part of the Four-Step Shaving Ritual for $80.

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April 10, 2007

Review of Maine Shave All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream

maineShaveCream.jpgDay two of Maine Shave review week and we're ready to shave with Maine Shave's All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream.

Ingredients
Maine Shave's shaving cream is all-natural because it doesn't contain any of that poly-zantac-60 or mono-lipitors. Just oils and extracts from shea butter, sea kelp, grapefruit seed, coconut, olive, castor, jojoba, and more. Sounds delicious and nutritious as well.

Smell
I've had a hard time characterizing the smell of this shaving cream. It's manly but not Old Spice. It's soapy but definitely not floral. It verges on old-school without smelling like grandpa. I like the smell, but I can't describe it too well.

Application
It may be a little hard to tell from the picture but Maine Shave's All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream comes in a short wide jar, perfect for use with a brush. The instructions on the side of the box say

Take a dime size amount and work it into a lather using a shaving brush or your hands and a small amount of water.

I found that the easiest way to shave with this shaving cream was to actually put the brush in the jar. I'd start with some warm water on my face. Then I'd get the tip of a shaving brush slightly wet, and swirl it gently around the wide jar getting a surprisingly small amount of shaving cream on the brush. After that I'd use the brush to apply the shaving cream to my face, which lathered up nicely after working it in for about 30 seconds. If you use this method you will be amazed at how little shaving cream you'll use and still get a uniform covering on your face. In my opinion this shaving cream is meant for a brush. I got a much better shave when using a brush and I used far less shaving cream. If you're not into applying shaving cream with a brush, I don't think you'll get the full benefits of this shaving cream.

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April 9, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

maineShaveCleanser.jpgWelcome to Maine Shave review week! We've been using Maine Shave's Four Step Shaving Ritual - which includes a facial cleanser, shaving cream, toner, and moisturizer - for about a month now, and the verdict is in. We'll profile one product each day over the next four days, so be sure to check in throughout the week.

Natural Ingredients
First up is Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser. Natural. That will be a common theme this week. There may be some big words on the ingredients list, but they're always followed by a friendly source. For example - "Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein." My spell-checker had a little trouble with those first couple words, but it did fine with "wheat". Hey wheat - thanks for making my face clean!

Packaging
As you can see from the picture Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser comes in a handy pump. Love the pump. I've said it before. More products should be packaged like this. Two or three squirts and you're off to the races.

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February 22, 2007

This Just In - Maine Shave

maineShave.gifJust received a big shipment of products from Maine Shave. For him they sent Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser, All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream, Natural Daily Toner, Natural Daily Gentle Facial Moisturizer. For her they sent All-Natural Intimate Shaving Cream and a couple Pink Bikini Razors. Naturally, we can't wait to get our skin on these. Sensing a theme here?

Our all-natural products are beneficial to both men and women. Simple, safe and easy to use, Maine Shave products contain only the finest natural ingredients and are derived from plants and 100% natural blends of botanical extracts. And best of all, Maine Shave's natural ingredients are nourishing and beneficial to all skin types.

Now don't think being natural means they've had to sacrifice efficacy. Ever been to Maine? In the winter? It's nature at its most unforgiving.

[Maine's] biting cold winter, and the locals’ year-round passion for everything outdoors can rough up skin. That's why we created the Maine Shave Ritual for Men and the Maine Shave Total Body Care System for Women. It's everything you need to pamper and protect your skin from start to finish.

So it sounds to me like I need to take a little winter vacation to really appreciate this product. Maybe a little downhill skiing, some ice-fishing, snowmobiling. Oh, the things I do for this blog... We'll have our review soon. In the meantime, click on over to Maine Shave and see what they've got for yourself.

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