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Groomed Cool It! Post Shave Balm : Shave & Review

Groomed Cool It! Post Shave Balm

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Groomed Cool It! Post Shave Balm

This is one of Creighton’s own brands. Although it appears identical to their newer For Men range.

1st shave

This states it includes peppermint and menthol, and the minty scent certainly dominated when I first applied it. Any cooling was very mild and I didn’t register it.

The ingredients are identical to the For Men balm. The fragrance left behind seemed the same as well, very different from the shave cream.

Quite thick, it benefited from a little water to help it spread.

This comes in a tube rather than a bottle and I found it very easy to dispense and see how much I had.

2nd shave

I didn’t use water to thin it this time. In fact a little squeeze was enough to project it out of the tub and I had plenty.

It spread easily and was quickly absorbed, without any greasy feel.

My face was left soft, but a little dry still.

The floral notes are subtle, but hung around after application, although I had to hunt in order to pick them up.

3rd shave

No water this time and it smoothed over my chops without effort. A slight squeeze was enough for it to eject out of the tube.

It was absorbed quickly and didn’t leave any greasy feel.

The fragrance definitely differs from the cream. For starters, when applied, the peppermint and menthol is the strongest components and these affect everything else.

It wasn’t the softest or most conditioned finish, but pretty good.

4th shave

It again proved easy to spread and massage in, disappearing without leaving a greasy feel.

My face was left soft but quite dry.

The peppermint seemed to be the dominant fragrance when I applied, which isn’t ideal — it’s not a great scent and overwhelms the more natural floral tones.

Verdict

Although it comes in a top down squeezy tube, the removable cap and small size make it simple to see and control how much you’re dispensing, unlike some other products with flip-top lids. That said, the packaging reflects the price.

Aside from the first use, I found it easy to extract, easy to smooth over my face and it was absorbed quickly without leaving any greasy residue.

The cooling is non-existent as far as I can tell, but the peppermint and menthol do dominate the fragrance profile, which didn’t entice me. The associated shave cream smells good, but this was overwhelmed by those two.

It did the job when it came to moisturising, although I found I was still left a little dry. This does seem to be a common problem for me.

Personally, I think there are better options out there, even those this is insanely well priced.

Filed under: Balm, Post-Shave

These reviews are updated based on ongoing experience, so ratings and opinions may change.

Last updated: October 16, 2018