Body Shop Maca Root
This morning I’m reaching for an old staple in my shave den, The Body Shop Maca Root shave cream and aftershave balm. Both the shave cream and aftershave balm include the interesting maca root ingredient that is beloved by native populations living in the peruvian Andes and also by many practitioners of new age healing arts worldwide. From what I read on the Internet, maca root is claimed to treat and sometimes cure just about anything from anemia and cancer to tuberculosis and osteoporosis. It’s also reported to enhance athletic performance, boost your immune system, and increase fertility. The Body Shop even claims that Incan warriors consumed maca root prior to battle to make them fiercely strong. The validity of these claims is unclear at best. Nevertheless, Body Shop Maca Root certainly has label appeal, and who knows, maybe maca root is something more than simply ginseng grown in Peru. Let’s give Body Shop Maca Root a go.
Preparation: Hot shower, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Cleanser
Razor: Edwin Jagger Kelvin Double Edge Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Double Edge Razor Blade
Finish: The Body Shop for Men Maca Root Razor Relief Aftershave Balm
Certainly a fierce shave. Loading with the damp Body Shop synthetic brush took little effort as a swift swipe across the top of the Body Shop Maca Root shave cream plastic tub picked up the little amount of cream necessary for at least a three pass shave. Just a touch of cream on the tips of the synthetics fibers, and I was ready to whip-up a lather. The Body Shop synthetic brush handle is made of trade community Russian birch wood that has a lovely natural wood grain and is also heavily coated with what looks to be a crackled finish of polyurethane for water protection. The handle has a rustic look and is ergonomic to hold while lathering. Upon placing the Body Shop Synthetic brush to my freshly showered and hydrated face, I could feel the firmness of the synthetic fiber along with the scrubby nature of the tips. I began a face lather with a swirling motion of the brush, and the lather seemed to erupt immediately from the fibers. The Body Shop Maca Root lather started off slightly dry, but after I had worked the cream around my face, a few dips of the tips of the brush into the hot water reserve added the water necessary to mix a moderately dense and quite slick lather. The Body Shop synthetic brush has an exfoliating face feel not unlike a new boar bristle brush. This is quite different from the current Plisson-like synthetics that have recently taken the shave brush market by storm which have a much softer, teddy bear fur face feel. I enjoy variety in my shave den, and the Body Shop synthetic brush fits the bill when I desire a firmer face feel and a more exfoliating face lathering experience out of a synthetic.
I completed the standard two pass shave, one pass straight down my face, then one pass straight up from neck to cheekbone. I rounded out the shave with a bit of freestyle touching-up to slay the rogue whisker. As usual, the exquisite Edwin Jagger Kelvin safety razor matched with a keen Polsilver Super Iridium blade made short work of any stubble providing for a close and irritation free shave. It’s been awhile since the last time I reached for the tried and true Edwin Jagger Kelvin razor. I still appreciate it’s fine chrome finish and perfectly knurled short, dexterous handle. The Edwin Jagger Kelvin glided nearly effortlessly atop the Body Shop Maca Root lather which provided above average slickness for a cream. Like many creams I have experienced, the Body Shop Maca Root lather was dense enough to hold its structure, but really did not provide the cushion that I’m used to with quality artisan shave soaps. I have yet to experience a shave cream that can rival even the average shaving soap when it come to lather quality. However, I would put Body Shop Maca Root even with, if not a bit better for the price when compared with the popular Geo. F. Trumper or Taylor of Old Bond Street creams regarding lather consistency and slickness. While initial passes of the razor glided nicely, I noticed little residual slickness from the Body Shop Maca Root lather making any buffing or mid-pass repeat strokes a no-no. In between passes, the Body Shop Maca Root lather felt neither drying nor nourishing to my facial skin. After a bit of touching-up, the Body Shop Maca Root lather rinsed clean away leaving my face feeling slightly stripped and in need of moisturizer. The lack of skin nourishing characteristics is the norm when it comes to shave creams for me, and Body Shop Maca Root did nothing to change my opinion on the matter.
The scent of The Body Shop Maca Root shave cream out of the plastic container is mild and clean. The fragrance seemed to hold steady throughout the shave with a green, chlorophyll-like aroma and hints of more earthy, damp wood scent. Not any kind of aromatic wood fragrance like sandalwood or juniper, nor resinous like an evergreen. The woodiness seemed more similar to a damp, hardwood bark. The strength of the scent was strong enough that I received wafts during the shave, but it completely dissipated after the final rinse. In sum, the green, earthy scent was pleasant and felt clean to my nose adding to the overall enjoyable shave experience. However, the mild scent experience was not central to this shave.
I finished the shave off with a dose of The Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief which has a consistency similar to Nivea Post Shave Balm. Upon initial application, there was no stinging or burning associated with alcohol as the feel was more nourishing as my skin soaked up the balm. The scent of Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief is similar to the shaving cream but with more of a wet cardboard aroma and less of the green chlorophyll scent. The scent was mild and somewhat pleasant and left plenty of room for a more strongly scented cologne if desired. During the dry down, my face felt fairly tacky which is standard with most balms. After approximately five minutes the balm had soaked in and dried leaving my face feeling quite soft and supple. The Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief balm felt healthy and moisturizing, and I would return to it when in need of a mildly scented, skin nourishing post-shave product. With that, I was ready to face the day.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.66 I think I feel more virile, vigorous, and potent today.
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