L’Occitane en Provence Cade Shaving Cream

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L'Occitane Cade Rich Shaving Cream

Another French manufacturer with roots in an area long connected with fragrances and cosmetics.

Used with: Personna Med Prep (3rd shave)

I scooped a small amount out and applied to my stubble before working up with my badger brush. I didn’t use any additional water on my first pass, which left me with a lather thick enough to clog my razor. I then had to use water to work up my second pass. I had plenty for all three though. Slickness felt very good. The only nicks I picked up were low down on my neck, where the cream ran out, and even these were sealed by cold water. My neck was left nice and smooth. I did have some roughness in the usual places (mainly my jawline) but this was lessened compared to usual. No problems WTG on my face. ATG wasn’t bad either, though I had more resistance on my cheeks than I’d have liked. No real rough spots but nowhere made it to BBS either. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but not as soft as some and slightly dry. I got a whiff of the scent each time I applied the lather, not potent but enough to register. It’s very sweet but quite rich too. Very pleasant. A very good shave.

Used with: Lord Super Stainless (1st shave)

I took a blob of cream and used my boar brush to work it up. I added a bit of water to help create even more volume and I had plenty for my whole shave. Slickness felt okay. I picked up a couple of nicks low on my neck but these were sealed before I finished. My neck wasn’t bad, but wasn’t especially close either. I had some mild roughness in the usual places. WTG my face was good. It wasn’t especially close ATG but neither did I have any rough patches. A couple of spots on my chin were BBS but nowhere else. Post shave feel was okay, reasonably soft but a bit dry. I don’t remember the fragrance particularly this time, it was far more subtle. A good shave.

Used with: Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus (2nd shave)

I again appliedĀ a small blob of cream and used my boar brush to build a good lather. I did add a bit of water to help thin it out, despite not using much. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks, though I did get some irritation. My neck wasn’t especially close and I had some roughness along my jawline. WTG my face was fine. ATG it was similar to my neck; nowhere was particularly close by the only actual roughness was at the corners of my mouth. Post shave feel was pretty nice though maybe a little dry. Aside from the faintest hint I didn’t pick up the fragrance at all. A pretty good shave.

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (4th shave)

I scooped a small blob of cream out of the pot and used my badger brush to build a lather. I had to add a bit of water to thin it out. Slickness was very good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was nice and close. Not perfect but even the usual trouble spots were lessened. WTG my face was smooth. ATG was pretty good too, but I had some resistance in a few places. Nowhere made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was soft but a little dry. I got a whiff of the fragrance at the start, but don’t remember it after that. It’s pretty subtle, but a nice sweet scent. What I could get was nice. A very good shave.

Used with: Voskhod (3rd shave)

I rubbed a bit more than a pea-sized amount into my stubble and worked it with my badger brush. I had to add some water and it was still thick enough to clog my blade. I got a lot of pulling on the first pass. Slickness felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was very good and because I had so much lather I spent longer tracking down all the rough spots so even my jawline was much improved on the usual. No problems WTG on my face. ATG was only spoilt by a few stray hairs at the corners of my mouth. Nowhere quite made it to BBS though. Post shave feel was very nice, soft and supple. I got a good whiff of the fragrance at the start and it stuck with me throughout. It’s a pleasant, complex scent but not the sort of thing I’d want to smell of all day. A very good shave.

Verdict

Cade is a type of juniper and the essential oil extracted from it is supposed to offer protection from the elements and moisturisation (as well as healing, disinfecting, insect repelling and anti-allergenic properties).

Not sure if there’s a difference between this cream (in the bowl) and the one in the tube, the bowl seems to include the word ‘rich’ in the name, where the tube does not.

The fragrance isn’t strong, but it’s pleasant. Quite sweet but complex, with a woody heart. It’s enough to stay with you during the shave but doesn’t linger, which is no bad thing (it’s not the sort of fragrance I’d want to smell of all day). It’s invigorating but would become tiresome if exposed for too long.

Slickness was always good and it seemed to help stave off nicks. As with any product it needed to be paired with a good blade to get the best results. The post shave feel was always good though.

It’s not the cheapest product, but it’s far from the most expensive either. The bowl seems to offer better value for money. That said, it’s also a dense cream so a little goes a long way (I found myself using water to thin it out and it still clogged my blade).

All in all I was very impressed with it and the reputation is well-earned. One to recommend.

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Last updated: September 23, 2016