Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Eco Warrior Shaving Bar Review

Hello everyone, bit of a content change for today's post but it's something I've wanted to do for quite a while and that's product reviews! More specifically, eco-friendly and sustainable product reviews. One of my 2020 goals was to reduce unnecessary waste, especially plastics - so I figured I could share with you guys my thoughts on the things I try and buy.

Around February, when my can of shaving foam finally ran out, I came across this little bar in Boots when I was looking for some more. Never having seen a solid shaving bar before, I decided to give it ago, and I am so glad I did!

The price

At £4.50, this product is a fair bit more pricey than a standard can of shaving cream, such as a £1-something can of Radox. But the price may seem more reasonable when I tell you that this thing lasts. Even though I purchased it in February, and we're now nearing the end of July, I've hardly made a dent into the bar! Granted the whole Covid situation has left me free to roam the house with fuzzy legs, but in my final month of working before that, shaving was a weekly necessity as a swim teacher and I believe it will hold out for the next few months minimum as I return to the working world.

Eco warrior shaving bar. Sustainable beauty product next to another sustainable body-shop bar.

This photo was taken today, so after 5 months of use! It certainly is thinner than when I first bought it, but still hardly broken into!

The ethics

Naturally I was very happy to see both the Vegan and Leaping Bunny stamp on the packaging, meaning that all ingredients are plant based and cruelty free. With 99.8% of the ingredients being naturally derived, this is a refreshing change from the much more harsher, synthetic products you may find on the shelf. Making sure that all products I buy are cruelty free is a must for me, and with the beauty industry being notoriously bad for animal testing, it's always great to see another product on the ever-increasing animal-friendly products list. And obviously, being a soap bar packaged in cardboard, both the product and the packaging are eco-friendly and biodegradable.

The scent

Initially, the bergamot and lime essential oils provided a very refreshing scent that isn't too overpowering. But I'm now finding the scent is sadly quite faded and not as noticeable. If I were reviewing a bar of soap, that would be a big negative, but seeing as it's only for shaving I'm not too bothered.

The texture

There are both good and bad aspects of the general feel of this product. Starting with the positive, it doesn't take much to create a really strong lather. The picture below is what I got after simply wetting my fingers and rubbing the top of the bar. It truly lathers up into a thicker consistency, and isn't watery at all as you might expect with a bar instead of a cream or foam. As it is quite thick, it can clog the razor pretty quickly, but this is quickly resolved by rinsing it under the shower or in the bath as you go along.

Review of eco-warrior shaving bar.

The downside however, is that it's quite sticky. Personally I do not mind the texture, but possibly for someone with sensitive sensory processing they may find the sensation a bit too much, compared to a lighter and fluffier foam. The other problem with this, is that despite feeling "sticky" it is also remarkably slippy! When shaving my underarms I have to thoroughly rinse the remaining product from my hand before picking up my razor, as even the slightest film left behind makes it incredibly difficult to hold onto the handle. This isn't a major setback of course, but certainly did take me by surprise when the tiniest bit of left over product on my hand resulted in my razor being launched to the other side of my bathroom!

How effective is it?

Combined with just a standard, pretty good quality razor like mine (I have yet to invest in a reusable one, and am currently using a Gilette Venus Swirl), the shaving bar helps provide a really good shave. The razor glides effortlessly along and leaves my legs and underarms feeling very soft and moisturised. 

I imagine even with a single or double blade disposable razor, this shaving bar would still help create a much nicer shave than a standard foam. Also as someone with sensitive skin, I have yet to experience any irritation from the shaving bar, and have even noticed my legs are far less red and patchy from irritation than they were with other creams.

Overall impression

Though the price is slightly off-putting, the experience and longevity of the product certainly makes up for it. The Eco Warrior Shaving Bar is an excellent addition to my bathroom cabinet, and I will definitely be trying some more of their products soon!

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