Review: Bluebeard’s revenge – Shave cream
New kid on the block Bluebeards revenge has made some bold announcements since the launch of their new range of shaving products. The ‘world’s manliest shaving brand’ is a claim that may have some truth behind it. Bluebeards ran a competition to find the pinnacle of manliness. That competition was won by Pro Rugby player Sacha Harding who is now the face of Bluebeard’s. It’s the claim that by using Bluebeards revenge on a regular basis, the rate of growth of your hair will slow down that really caught my attention. Does it live up to the hype? Here is my review:
I would usually stick with traditional brands, but there is something really fun about the whole Bluebeard’s Revenge concept. The big skull and crossbones make for a very eye catching logo so there is no mistaking this product for anything else. There has been a lot of effort put into the details in the packaging like having the logo stamped in the lid. Why is this important? Well it might not be for you, but for me – even my bathroom has to look right (0r my wife would have killed me!). It could have looked gimmicky and childish, it doesn’t. It looks classy and fun – not the easiest of combinations. It passes the WAG (wife and girlfriends) test with flying colours.
I have been using fragrance free shaving soap for as long as I can remember, someone once told me it helped reduce razor burn. That maybe true, but a good shaving technique and quality soap will do a better job. So it was a bit of a shock when opening the jar to find a really nice (but quite strong) scent. I am not going to try and describe the smell here for fear of sounding daft – you will just have to try it for yourself, but it is seriously good.
No amount of fancy packaging or marketing will help if you can’t get a decent shave. Bluebeard’s revenge has given me an incredible shave, but it is not without its nuances. My first shave was ok, but not spectacular. It didn’t lather up as I’d hoped and it felt a bit thin. I didn’t mind because I was in this for the long haul, I wanted to see if it would reduce growth if used long term as claimed. Had I not been testing the claims, I might have given up on it and that would have been to my detriment because this really is a fantastic shave cream.
It was only after I had been using Bluebeards revenge for a while that I really worked out how to get the best from it and the results are really incredible. You have to use a quality badger brush and you need to really work the lather up and spend at least a couple of minutes. Patience is a virtue and you will be rewarded with one of the best shaves of your life, but you have to work for it. Once I worked out how to get the best of it, my shaves have been flawless every time with no razor burn or irritation. It doesn’t dry your skin like some soaps can, and left my skin feeling really fresh.
Post shave balm
If the shave cream had been a tale of two halves, the post shave balm was no different. It has the same great scent, and goes on really easily. It does a great job of moisturising you skin and it even appears to offer some long lasting protection as my skin still felt good at the end of the day. Where is the catch? Well for me there isn’t one, but it does have an unusual effect. When applying the balm, my face tingled in a really nice way. If you have ever used a product with tee-tree oil in it, you will understand the sensation. I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it, but it is really refreshing in the mornings.
How long will it last?
The box says it will do 50 great shaves, if like me you shave every day, that is just under two months. The website however, suggests it will last 3-5 months. Judging buy the rate I am using it, I would say 2-3 months is realistic.
Long term growth
So did it stand up to it’s claim of reducing the rate of growth? My test was no more scientific than just using it every day. Can I see a difference? um.. no.. sorry, I can’t. That is not the end of the story. I can feel a difference. My stubble is easier to shave so something has happened. Bluebeard’s revenge do say that it may take longer in some cases. I’m sold and will stick with it for a while so expect a follow up and I will let you know how I get on.
Bluebeard’s revenge is a great product. The fun marketing aside, I think they undersell the greatest strength of the shave cream – It gives an amazing shave (all be it, with a little work). Try some and let me know how you get on by posting a comment.
To order Bluebeards Revenge, visit their website at http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk/
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