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Panasonic Arc5 Review: Electric Razor Review And More

Panasonic Arc5 Review: Electric Razor Review and More

If you’re shopping for a new electric razor, you might be considering the Panasonic Arc5. This top of the line razor sets out to combine functionality with the appearance by being one of the best looking razors we’ve ever seen.

Looks are great, but does it work? You want a close shave, and you fork over a good amount of money to get that silky smooth shave the women love. If the Panasonic Arc5 can’t leave your skin looking like a baby’s butt, what good is it?

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What Is The Panasonic Arc 5?

First, we want to talk about what you get when you purchase a Panasonic Arc5. Some electric razors come with a lot of accessories, and this one is no exception.

And let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. Sometimes when searching for the Panasonic Arc5, you might see it spelled with the “5” all lonely and out by itself: Panasonic Arc 5. But the Panasonic Arc5 actually has that “5” snug with the Arc.

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So, let’s get to it.

What’s In The Box?

When you first open the box, you’ll get greeted by a bunch of paperwork. You have a 71-page manual in 3 different languages, cleaning data sheet, how to clean guide, warranty information, and a registration card.

We checked to see if there was any advantage to registering your razor and there really isn’t unless you like an inbox full of spam.

Next, you have a zippered carrying case for the razor and accessories, which is a nice touch. That’s useful if you are a frequent traveler or someone who likes to store their razors in a safe location.

The only downside with the case is that it doesn’t have any ventilation, so you need to make sure you completely dry the razor before storing it.

It also comes with an easy to snap on protective foil guard.

The Cleaning Dock

With the Panasonic Arc5, you have the option of buying a cleaning unit with your electric razor. If you opt to splurge and get the dock, all you have to do is put your razor inside and let the cleaning take place.

The cleaning dock also serves as a charger, which is pretty convenient but based on our research; this dock is not as functional as some of the other premium options available in this price range.

That said, it’s nice to be able to get everything done in one place.

The Opening Act

Without further adieu, we present the Panasonic Arc5 electric razor. This razor looks incredible at first glance. When you stack it up alongside your traditional throw-away razors, there is no comparison.

When you first take this shaver out of the box, you will be impressed by all the chrome, but that will be short-lived once you get fingerprints and watermarks all over it.

Right in the middle of the shaver is a big round button. This button serves as the on and off switch, and it also has a lock that prevents the razor from coming on in your travel case.

The Panasonic Arc5 has three different things happening on the razor grip. You have a textured rubber area where you will hold onto it. Next, you have a white plastic seam that connects the two sections of the razor. Lastly, you get a smooth rubber section that makes the rear portion of the shaver.

The Shaving Head

Let’s take a look at the design of the shaving head on the Panasonic Arc5. The first thing you’ll notice is that they decided to go with a foil head on this razor. This shaving head has five cutting blades with each of them covered by a foil guard.

In the middle of the head, you have a comb blade for longer beard hairs. On the outsides, you have four blades that lie flat against the skin, and these are there to cut hairs that sit just above the skin.

The thought behind this design is that you can shave any beard using this razor. You have the blade in the middle to shave the longer beard hairs with the ones on the outside for the short stuff.

Mobility And Pivoting

Most premium-priced razors have quite a bit of pivoting action. The Panasonic Arc5 has what they call a multi-flex head. This feature allows the head of the razor to maintain contact with your skin continually, so you don’t miss any spots.

On the back of the razor, you have three different settings. There is a free setting that allows the razor head to pivot freely. There’s a lock setting that forces the shaver head to stay in a stationary position. Finally, the last setting pops up the detail trimmer.

The trimmer is nice, and it’s ideal for shaping and trimming sideburns. Personally, I love detail trimmers, and I find myself using them frequently when shaving so I do think this is a nice add-on that not every razor has.

Unfortunately, the trimmer is so small that I wouldn’t recommend throwing away your full-size beard trimmer. You’d have a heck of a time working with a large beard with this trimmer because of its size.

How’s The Shave?

We’ll keep it simple and straightforward here. The shave is great. You can get nice and close to your skin with the five-blade design and the pivoting head on the razor works nicely up against contours in your skin.

One primary downside with the foil head is that it gets hot when you’re shaving, so it causes you to get some intense razor burn.

This issue is not exclusive to the Panasonic Arc5 though; this is something you could experience with any razor.

Panasonic Arc5 Specifications

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Now you have a thorough understanding of how the Panasonic Arc5 works, it’s time to get into some of the boring stuff. For all you numbers people out there, here are some of the specifications of the Panasonic Arc5:

  • Features five blades
  • Uses a pivoting head
  • 14,000 CPM motor speed
  • Wet/dry feature
  • 30-degree inner blade
  • Comes with a pop-up trimmer
  • One hour to full charge
  • Operational for up to 45 minutes
  • Dimensions: 6.5 inches by 2.8 inches by 2.1 inches

What Are Customers Saying?

Whenever we review a product, we put a lot of time into researching what customers are experiencing with that item. The Panasonic Arc5 has an excellent reputation online as a premium electric shaver.

Customers state that this razor is lighter than that of the competition and that it’s also more comfortable to use.

Some people also say that they feel the shaving head on the Panasonic Arc5 contours to the skin better than some of the other premium electric razors out there.

Lastly, during our research, we found that the extra speed of the Panasonic makes a considerable difference in the comfort users feel while shaving. This razor has 14,000 CPM, which is 4,000 more than the competition.

That results in a more comfortable shave and fewer passes required to get a clean shave.

Panasonic Arc5: Compared

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Next, it’s time to take a look at how this razor stands up to the competition. The best way to tell if an electric razor is right for you is to see how it compares to some of the others on the market.

That’s a premium offering, so we attempted to compare it to other premium electric razors only.

How We Reviewed

We use only the most reputable sources. We use manufacturer websites, consumer advocate sites, and customer reviews to decide what razors to recommend to the consumers. We only provide honest and concise information based on facts.

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First, we’re taking a look at how the Panasonic Arc5 compares to this razor from Braun. Both of these razors are premium quality, and they also come at a premium price. Compared to Braun, the Panasonic is lighter and a bit more comfortable to use.

The head on the Panasonic is also larger and more flexible, so it works well around the neck and areas that are more sensitive.

One primary difference that separates these two razors is the vibrations per minute. The Braun razor has 10,000, and the Panasonic has 14,000.

These numbers have a significant impact on the feel of your shave. The more vibrations you have the cleaner the shave you get with less work.

Lastly, Braun offers several accessories with their razor as well. You get a cleaning unit with a cleaning solution, a travel case, and a charging cord. They also guarantee your razor performs for as long as seven years.

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Here we have another high end wet/dry shaver with a flexible shaving head that moves in eight different directions. The first thing that stands out about this razor compared to the Panasonic Arc5 is its flexible head design.

This shaver contains more flexibility than both the Panasonic and the Braun razor because it flexes in all directions.

This razor comes with five different length settings and a three-level battery indicator and travel lock. Within one hour of charging you’ll be ready to go and you get a full two-year warranty on the Philips razor.

Many customers of this razor are pleased with the shave. They say the razor works quickly and doesn’t miss a beat, but they are disappointed by the longevity of the shaving heads.

They state that you need to replace the heads regularly, which is not cheap.

Lastly, we wanted to compare the Panasonic Arc5 to a much lower tier razor to see if the features are worth the premium price.

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This razor from Remington features a stationary rotary head with a slight pivot that allows you to contour to the shape of your face and neck. It also features anti-microbial blades that will enable you to cleanse and soothe your skin with every shave.

Right off the bat, there are some definite issues with this razor. It doesn’t have the same flexibility as some of the more premium options. It also doesn’t have a pop-up trimmer or a cleaning dock.

The Remington also doesn’t have variations in the size and shape of the blades on the head, which means you’ll find yourself pulling hairs that are longer rather than cutting them.

This razor is also for dry use only, and it only comes with a six-month warranty.

Panasonic Arc5: Pros And Cons

When shopping for an electric razor, you want to make sure you are doing your research and finding out as much as you can. It can be difficult to read long articles of information sometimes so if you’re looking to get straight to the point, here are the pros and cons of the Panasonic Arc5.

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PROS

  • 14,000 CPM for a clean shave
  • Pivoting head
  • Wet/dry use
  • Optional cleaning dock available

CONS

  • Can cause razor burn
  • Shaver is aggressive without shaving cream

It’s Shaving Time

Overall, we are highly impressed by the Panasonic Arc5. We think this is an excellent electric razor for people who shave frequently. The five-blade design is perfect for your five o’clock shadow, as well as longer beard hairs from a few days of neglect.

Additionally, we love the wet/dry feature, and the pivoting action of the head is perfect for getting a close shave every time.

The razor gives you everything you need and a little more. You get a perfectly close shave, an easy to use razor, and a sexy design that you’ll be happy to pull out of the drawer every day.

Have you used the Panasonic Arc5? Let us know what you think of this shaver in the comments section.

Your Guide On How To Use An Electric Razor

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If you’ve never used one, you might not know how to use an electric razor. Some people swear by the traditional method of using some shaving cream and a good old straight razor. While that might give you the closest shave known to man, sometimes you need something quick and easy.

An electric razor is always there when you’re looking to get in and get out. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cutting yourself and sticking little pieces of toilet paper all over your face. Who needs a close shave anyway?

What’s In Your Razor?

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When we look down inside our electric razor, it looks like a bunch of spinning belts that quickly rip the hair out of your face. In our efforts to explain how to use an electric razor we’ve discovered quite a bit of information.

The electric razor does not require shaving cream or water. Usually, razors are powered by a tiny DC motor using a batter or direct electricity.

There are two main kinds of electric razors, foil, and rotary style. Which type you prefer depends entirely on your preferences and your face.

The great history of manscaping

The first U.S. patent for electric razors was filed in 1898 by a man named John F. O’Rouke. Soon after, a man named Jacob Schick patented the first electric razor like we are used to seeing today.

Since the 1960s, battery operated razors have grown in popularity and this paved the way for rechargeable batteries as well. If you don’t use one and don’t know how to use an electric razor you might be uncomfortable with the way it feels on your skin.

Electric razor versus blade

As we said, the feeling of an electric razor is much different than the feel of a traditional straight or guarded blade. With electric razors, they tend to pull the hairs up and then cut them. That results in a feeling of your skin getting pulled on, and many people stick to disposable razors to avoid this.

Another advantage of a straight or guarded razor is your ability to get a close shave. With shaving cream and a razor, you can get right down to the skin and get that silky smooth feeling a lot of men desire.

Of course, it does take quite a bit more work to get to that point, but if you’re looking for the closest shave possible, straight razors are the way to go.

Pros of electric razors:

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Quick to set up
  • Doesn’t require shaving cream or water
  • Harder to cut yourself

Pros of straight razors:

PROS

  • Closer shave
  • No battery or power required

How To Use An Electric Razor: The Art Of The Close Shave

Just as people all over the world can appreciate the taste and aroma of fine wine, some can appreciate the feel and appearance of a close shave. It’s an art form that takes many years to master, so we understand if you don’t know how to use an electric razor.

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Most of us understand the basics of using an electric razor, but not everyone knows what to do to get the most out of the shave. If you pick up your electric razor and start going at your face without preparing, you’ll quickly find yourself with a prickly face and missed spots.

There are a few steps you need to take to guarantee yourself a close shave every time.

Prepare your face

Getting your face ready for a close shave is the most important and often overlooked step. You need to wash your face and get rid of all the dirt and oil. When you do this, you also open your pores, which allows for a closer shave.

If possible, use an exfoliating soap to scrub away dead skin cells and prepare your skin for the shave. When you use warm water on your face, it softens the facial hair, which makes things easier on the razor as well.

If you want to go the extra mile, many people use alcohol-based “pre-shave” to help remove skin impurities and get the hair standing tall. You may have heard of products like Lectric Shave. These pre-shave facial cleansers will help people who are unsure of how to use an electric razor.

If you’re using a wet shaver that allows you to use cream or gel, we suggest that you use the gel — using the gel on your face with the wet shaver results in less pulling of the skin and ultimately less pain. You’ll provide your face with better lubrication, which results in a better shave as well.

Against the grain

The second most important step of learning how to use an electric razor is knowing how to attack your face. Shaving is a lot like cutting grass. When you’re mowing the lawn, you find a strategy and a plan for handling it, and you go at it. You don’t mow the grass aimlessly with no direction or strategy, right?

The same goes for your face. If you have some stubble, take your hand and run it along your face. When you go in one direction, it should feel somewhat smooth like you are pushing the hairs down. When you go the other way, the hairs should feel rough like they are getting in your way.

You want to go against the grain when you are shaving because that results in the closest shave. If you shave with the grain, you’ll find that you miss spots and go right over certain areas because you are using the razor to press the hairs down.

Going one handed

You have to make use of everything you have. You’ve got two hands, so you need to use them. When you’re trying to learn how to use an electric razor, the best thing you can do is pull your skin tight with one hand while shaving with the other.

Following this important step allows your hairs to stand up tall so that you can cut them easily without having to pull on your skin with the razor. When you go over your face without pulling the skin tight, you may also have imperfections like wrinkles and ripples to shave over.

Shaving over these areas without pulling the skin tight is a guaranteed way to cut yourself, even with an electric razor.

Avoiding the burn

You’ve most likely heard of razor burn, right? Those painful bumps usually occur in sensitive areas like the neck. Razor burn is commonly associated with straight or guarded razors but did you know you can burn yourself on an electric razor as well.

The burn is not quite the same because it happens as a result of the razor getting too hot. To prevent this from happening to you, if possible, shave your neck first before the razor has a chance to heat up. That is the most sensitive area where most people experience irritation.

How To Use An Electric Razor: Putting Your Best Chest Forward

So, you want to shave your chest hair? If you don’t know how to use an electric razor you’re going to be in for quite a trip.

First things first, you want to decide how much shaving you plan on doing. Most men don’t want to shave their entire chest but instead, trim it a little. That is where your electric razor comes in.

The first thing you need to do is get in the shower and lather up your chest area with a nice shave gel. Since you’re using an electric razor, you obviously can’t shave in the shower. Washing your chest first helps open up the pores and prepares your hair for shaving.

Once you get out, you want to start shaving with your electric razor and pay extra close attention around the nipples. With your chest, it’s hard to go against the grain because the hair often goes in different directions.

Going Bald? Why Not Shave It All Off?

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If your hair is thinning out and your scalp is popping out all over the place, it might be time to face facts. Learning how to use an electric razor is important when shaving your head. A standard straight razor will give you a closer and longer lasting shave on your head, but the electric razor makes things simple and safe.

When you first start shaving your head, it will be more susceptible to irritation as the skin adjusts. You want to use an electric razor first and then follow with a straight razor. Using an electric razor alone will give you approximately one week before you need to shave it up again.

You’ve Been Doing It All Wrong

For all you shaving aficionados out there, there are a lot of useful tips here to help you as well. Shaving is something all men need to deal with at some point in their life, so why not make it easier on yourself?

Learning how to use an electric razor will allow you to get the job done much faster and in an easier way. Traditional straight and safety razors may offer that quick close shave, but there is a lot more work involved.

Electric razors are perfect for men looking to get the shave over with and move onto other manly things.

Be sure to leave us a comment about your shaving routine. Also, leave any tips and tricks you might have.

Barbasol Shaving Cream review

Barbasol Beard Buster Shaving Cream

Barbasol shaving cream. Three words that cause my face to flush and my memory to burst into giggles. I'm pretty sure my first experience with Barbasol shaving cream was totally different than yours.

When I was growing up my family's right of passage, after elementary school, was flying to St. Louis (without a chaperone) to spend the summer with Grandma and Grandpa. As long as you finished elementary school with good grades, of course.

My Grandpa was a safety razor and Barbasol guy who liked to shave in the shower. And my first Barbasol experience coincided with my first shower at my grandparents' house that summer.

Grandma was always into fancy new things, and I thought that can of Barbasol was some new kind of fancy soap. So I picked up that can, squirted a great big blob into my hand, and lathered up -- all over, even behind my ears.

What did I know? I was 10 -- and a girl! I still remember how slick and rich that Barbasol shaving cream was, it's a miracle I didn't slip and break my neck.

Needless to say, I was the butt of many jokes that summer. Ok, you're right, that summer and years beyond.

The biggest lessons I learned were, always read the can first, and there's a difference between soap and cream.

Shaving: Cream or Soap?

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Shaving: Cream or Soap?

If you're like most guys, your first shaving experience was with guidance from your father. Your young impressionable self knew that the way your dad shaved was the right way. And that was exactly how you should shave too.

If he was a traditional dad, and was raised by a traditional dad too, I bet he was a soap and brush man. Then most likely, you became a soap and brush son.

If your dad was the busy, adventurous type, he most likely used a can of shaving cream. And your first lathering experiences came from a can, too.

But a lot has changed in the years since you first shaved those tender young whiskers from your face. And since then you have probably tried the other side of that ancient debate, cream or soap.

But ultimately, you have to choose. Are you going to use a bar of traditional soap and brush? Or do you choose cream because you don't have the time or energy to deal with soap and a brush?

Or maybe you'll choose both. Do the convenient quick shaves during the week. Then on the weekends when your pace is a bit slower, enjoy the experience of a brush and soap.

Whichever you choose, you should know that today's soaps, shaving creams, gels, and lotions are all manufactured under strict quality control and regulated by various federal agencies, including the FDA.

Soap

Even if you've always been a can guy, at some point -- especially with its recent resurgence of popularity -- you may have been convinced you to buy the brush and the soap. And admit it, that first time (or 10) was almost enough to send you back to the can.

The obvious difference between soap and cream is that soaps are firm, or hard when you compare them to the soft consistency of shaving creams. That means they'll generally require more water, and time, to build a lather. Then when you've finished shaving, there's the cleaning of the brush.

But traditional shaving aficionados consider shaving soaps to be the only way to get not only the best shave but the best shaving experience as well.

The closest shave requires the hair to stand up as straight as possible. The best way to accomplish this is with a brush and soap. The action of the brush causes the hair to stand up as the brush distributes the lather.

Another plus is that most of the time, they use natural ingredients to make the soap. Those natural ingredients work to nourish, hydrate, and protect the face. And they typically provide better lubrication to allow the razor blade to glide gently over your face.

If you’re into scents, you’ll want to make sure your soap scent doesn’t clash with your aftershave or cologne. While we're talking scents and natural products, you’ll want a soap made with natural scents (essential oils) rather than chemicals.

If you've been paying attention, you already know the downside of soap is time. It takes more time to whip up a lather, brush it on and then clean the brush. If you’re a busy guy, you may have to wait for the weekend to savor that soap and brush experience.

Cream

But I bet if your shaving journey began with a brush and soap you were quicker to try the canned cream. Because there are times when it's either a quick shave or dealing with stubble.

Aerosol shaving cream first appeared in 1950 and immediately captured one-fifth of the shaving preparations market. In today's fast-paced climate, it's easy to understand how aerosol preparations dominate the shaving cream market.

Here's an interesting bit of information. Aerosol containers were first invented during World War II to deal with insects carrying malaria and other diseases. The patent for this "bug bomb" was released to American industry after the war.

The ingredients for most shaving creams are pretty standard. The differences in products lie in the quantities used and the choice of substitutes for the few variable ingredients.

Triethanolamine (TEA) is usually the third or fourth ingredient listed in shaving creams. Its primary use is to adjust the pH of the cream to match the pH of your skin more closely. TEA has been shown to be toxic in mice at extremely high concentrations and has been linked to irritation, contact dermatitis, and allergies.

But before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, be aware TEA is in most cosmetic and personal care products in small amounts.

While it takes less time to shave with cream, this is also one of the downsides of using cream. The quicker the shave, the less time for hair to plump up, making a smooth shave harder.

Another downside is the chemicals in shaving cream compared to natural shaving soaps.

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A full century ago (1919), Frank Shields invented Barbasol shaving cream, the first shaving cream. Because aerosol cans were not yet invented, the first Barbasol shaving cream was in a tube.

Frank designed that first shaving formula to provide a comfortable shave for men with tough beards and sensitive skin, like his.

There seem to be discrepancies on how Barbasol got its name, but most believe it's a combination of the Latin for beard "Barba" and a shortened version of solution "sol." However it got its name, Barbasol shaving cream has helped slick the whiskers off a lot of faces.

In 1962, Pfizer purchased the Barbasol brand and then in 2001 Perio purchased the company from Pfizer. Perio quickly re-energized the brand by expanding product lines, developing new products, and renewing brand awareness through advertising.

Their efforts are working because today Barbasol shaving cream is second only to Schick's Edge in sales of shaving cream in the US. Of everything Perio has done to re-energize Barbasol, their new rust-proof aluminum bottom has to be near the top of the list.

No more of those unavoidable rust rings.

Today Barbasol has five different "Thick & Rich" shaving creams. The Original, Sensitive Skin, Pacific Rush with Caffeine and Menthol, Extra Moisturizing with Vitamin E, and Soothing Aloe.

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Barbasol's Original Thick & Rich Shaving Cream is formulated to protect skin while you shave. Barbasol shaving cream is available in 5-ounce, 7-ounce, and 10-ounce sizes.

The ingredients in the aerosol can include water, stearic acid, triethanolamine, isobutane, Laureth-23, sodium lauryl sulfate, propane, and fragrance.

How We Reviewed

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This Barbasol shaving cream review is an independent analysis of six comparable shaving creams available for today's consumer. In our review process, we compared the ingredients of each shaving cream as well as consumer comments and reviews.

We have no business or financial ties to any of the companies mentioned in this review.

The goal of this Barbasol shaving cream review is to provide you with sufficient factual, unbiased information so that you can make an informed and effortless decision on your next shaving cream purchase.

The Competition

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Before we take a look at the competition, this may be a good time to remind you that no matter how you shave, or what you shave with, if you want your blades to remain sharp, rinse your blades often.

And according to those in the know, an aftershave is necessary and has a purpose. Use aftershave to prevent infections from cuts, as well as an astringent to reduce skin irritation.

That aftershave will clear your pores of any bacteria that might have been on your razor. It also seals up your pores to prevent any additional dirt or bacteria from gathering on your skin.

Now let's check out the competition.

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NIVEA Men's Sensitive Shaving Foam soothes and protects skin from shaving irritations, thanks to their Skin Guard Technology. And the dermatologically tested formulation, tested by men with sensitive skin, has no drying alcohol.

This sensitive formulation combines 18 ingredients plus fragrance to give you a close and comfortable shave. The main ingredients in this aerosol can are water, stearic acid, isobutane, triethanolamine, Laureth-23, and glycerin.

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Gillette Foamy Regular shaving cream spreads easily and rinses clean. And its Comfort Glide formula and rich lather reduces friction, leaving you with a close shave and a smooth face.

It comes in an aerosol can, and its ingredients include water, stearic acid, triethanolamine, isobutane, Laureth-23, sodium lauryl sulfate, propane, fragrance, and BHT.

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The very popular CREMO Original Shave Cream, with its unique, impossibly slick molecules, allows your razor to glide effortlessly over your skin.

One almond-sized squeeze from the tube of this concentrated formula will give you a close, comfortable shave.

This shaving cream contains 23 ingredients plus fragrance. And the main ingredients are water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, glycol distearate, and Cetearyl alcohol.

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The Italian made Proraso shaving cream with its nourishing botanical and natural oils, protects the skin, and helps the blade glide smoothly, reducing razor burn and rashes.

This cream, in a tube, contains 19 ingredients and fragrance. In addition to Eucalyptus oil, menthol, and glycerin, the main ingredients are water, stearic acid, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, and lactic acid.

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Marlowe.™ Men's Shaving Cream is a conditioning cream with shea butter and coconut oil to soothe while forming a barrier on your skin.

In this tube, Marlowe. has 23 ingredients, including fragrance. As well as shea butter and coconut oil, the main ingredients are water, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, stearic acid, polysorbate 20, and willow bark extract.

In addition, Marlowe. has a "Do More Good" program. For every Marlowe. item purchased, they distribute soap to people at risk for hygiene-related illnesses in partnership with Clean the World.

Slap on the After Shave

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In this Barbasol shaving cream review, we've discussed the differences between shaving creams and soaps. And we've learned a bit about Barbasol's history and looked at five of their competitors.

Not to mention, sharing my first Barbasol experience.

If you are wet shaving, remember to rinse your razor often to keep your blades sharp. And don't forget to pat on that aftershave, especially if shaving gives you a rash or acne.

The consensus is you will spend a total of 45 days of your life shaving. Whichever you choose, here's to making those 45 days smooth and free from razor burn and bumps.

So which kind of wet shaver are you, cream or soap? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if you have used Barbasol shaving cream.

The Norelco 4100 Electric Razor: Your Path to a Clean Shave

Electric Razor

Electric shavers, such as the Norelco 4100, have a unique place in the annals of U.S. innovation.

Jacob Schick was a retired U.S. Army soldier when he received the first patent for an electric razor back in 1928.

His first electric shaver went on sale in 1931, and he parlayed its success into one of the most recognizable brand names in personal care. Schick razors (electric and otherwise) are a mainstay in the shaving section of your supermarket.

Electric razors help take the pain out of shaving. They eliminate the risk of nicks and cuts and the expense of replacement blades and shaving cream.

They also bring a level of convenience, allowing you to shave anywhere in your house rather than standing in front of a half-filled sink of cold water scraping your face with a disposable blade.

Not all electric razors are created equal, though. Some come with heftier price tags than others. You can also buy packages that include different grooming accessories.

The truth is: The Norelco 4100 sits in a crowded market of electric shavers. Is the Norelco 4100 your path to a smooth shave? Maybe. But first, you need to know more about electric shavers in general.

Evaluating Electric

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Electric shavers offer two different designs.

The first is the foil shaver, built with opposing oscillating blades that alternate directions at a high rate of speed. Some foil shavers come with three and four blades and are best for straight-ahead shaving over larger areas (such as shaving your head.)

The other type is the rotary shaver, with blades aligned around a rotating disk. The blades spin in a tight circle as you move the razor over your face. Many say rotary shavers provide closer shaves.

Beyond design, there are some practical considerations in deciding which shaver is for you. Perhaps the most important is battery life. Look for shavers that offer upwards of an hour of run time.

Consider also cycles per minute. The more times the blades rotate or oscillate, the sooner you’ll be done with your shave.

Finally, consider what else comes in the package. Some razors differentiate themselves by adding certain accessories, such as trimmers for nose and ear hair.

Once you’ve factored in design, speed, lifespan, price, and accessories, you’ve got all the information you need to decide.

Introducing the Norelco 4100

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Today’s electric shavers offer a wide range of features and price points. You can find no-nonsense, just-give-me-a-shave models up to highly engineered razors with sensors and unique materials for improved performance.

The Norelco line of shavers, including the Norelco 4100, reflect this comprehensive set of options.

For instance, for several hundred dollars, you can get yourself a shaver from the Norelco Prestige line with Nano-technology blades, metallic pigments, and sensors that judge beard length. But you can also find basic rotary shavers.

The Norelco 4100 is part of the brand’s 4000 series of wet and dry shavers. It’s more toward the lower end of the line. Let’s look at what it offers for shaving comfort.

Performance

The Norelco 4100 rotary shaver promises a run time on batteries of 50-plus minutes if it’s run continuously. (If it takes you 50 minutes to shave, we have a different problem.)

The razor re-charges after about an hour. (That’s a huge step up from the prior model in the line, the Norelco 3500. A previous reviewer found that model took eight hours to charge fully.)

The system uses the standard lift and cut approach. The rotating blades first lift your small facial hairs before the blades come around to do their assigned duty.

The Norelco 4100 includes an integrated pop-up trimmer for some of the detail work you might need on your beard, mustache, or sideburns. You also get a protective cap, cleaning brush, and charging cord in your package.

Norelco recommends changing shave heads at least once a year. You can stock up on extra shaving heads and additional protective covers.

If you’re a traveler, you can also purchase a handy hard case to keep the shaver intact in your suitcase.

How does it do on your face, though? The Norelco 4100 offers what it calls a “dual-precision system” to allow the shaver to get at both short and long hairs. This system consists of slots and holes to help the razor maneuver between the different hair lengths.

The Norelco 4100 allows you to shave with your face dry and wet. For wet shaves, you can use shaving cream or gel.

Combined with the fast charge times, this makes the Norelco 4100 an excellent workhorse razor for your stubble or beard.

Customers and Comments

The Norelco 4100 is one of the most widely reviewed electric razors online. The reviewers who love the razor frequently cite its long battery life, with several reviewers commenting that they can get almost a month of shaves on a single charge.

One interesting observation was that the razor is waterproof, so he’s able to use it while showering. Many praise the razor for the close shaves.

How We Reviewed

Let’s be honest: No one really likes to shave. It’s a thing we do as a matter of proper grooming and better looks. There are plenty of resources out there to help us make the best of a bad situation.

For this review, we started by digging into the Norelco website. That, we felt, was the best site to give us an understanding of the types of electric shavers in their line and how the Norelco 4100 fit in.

We also looked at lifestyle writers who put together best-of lists for electric shavers, in publications such as Business Insider, Gear Patrol, and Men’s Health.

Then, we looked closely at the features and benefits and spec page for the Norelco 4100 to tell you what the razor does for you.

Finally, to round out our resources, we looked at reviews from people who have bought and used the razor.

Product Comparison Table

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Alternatives to the Norelco 4100

Our research on electric razors wasn’t confined to the Norelco 4100. As we alluded to earlier, electric shaves represent a big market.

We examined three competing razors in greater depth for comparison purposes. Whichever choice you make, stay focused on the basics of battery life and shave closeness.

Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor

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To provide a contrast, our first alternative to the Norelco 4100 is a foil razor. The Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor is a wet or dry shaver for use in or out of the shower.

The unit offers 5 blades, angled at 30 degrees, which Panasonic believes will provide an optimal shave experience. The Arc5 is also designed to pivot as it moves across your face.

The price is a bit higher than the Norelco 4100, but not the highest we saw on the market. For the extra money, you’ll get the benefits of an embedded sensor that adjusts based on the length of your beard on a particular day.

Accessory packages are similar to the Norelco 4100 — the shaver includes a pop-up trimmer for fixing mustaches, beards, and sideburns.

Happy customers have commented on the quiet nature of the razor. They also appreciate the information-rich LED screen, which shows how much time the shaver has been in use and the battery life left. Several users said the speed of the razor is particularly impressive.

Venyn Rechargeable Electric Shaver

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As an alternative to the Norelco 4100, the Venyn Rechargeable Electric Shaver offers quite a bit of value based on what else is in the box.

Besides the shaving unit, Venyn also provides a precision trimmer, nose hair trimmer, and a rotary brush. (The brush is for cleaning your face.) The price for all of this is less than what you’ll pay for the Norelco 4100.

Venyn’s razor is also available for dry or wet (in the shower) use, with or without shaving cream or gel. It’s fully washable to keep older hairs from creating further problems down the road.

Unlike other shavers, the Venyn unit is charged via a USB cord. The company promises an hour straight of run-time and a full charge in 90 minutes.

The nose trimmer is a useful addition and it’s easy to clean. The shaver also runs very quietly.

EUNON Electric Shaver for Men

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We looked at some of the biggest brand names in electric shavers for our Norelco 4100 review. But you don’t necessarily have to, as there are well-regarded products with less recognizable brand names.

For instance, we liked the EUNON Electric Shaver for Men. This shaver charges in an hour and promises 90-minutes of continuous use on battery. That’s among the best battery specs of razors we reviewed. You can also use the razor while plugged in.

One of the features that struck us as unique was the ability to mute noise from the motor (so you don’t wake the kids in the early morning hours.) This rotary shaver offers a shave head that flexes in four directions.

We also like the smart LCD screen. The screen displays battery status in percentage terms, which is easier to act upon when needed.

This razor also falls into the wet and dry category. It’s available for use both in and out of the shower, with and without gel or shaving cream.

Users feel the EUNON shaver offered great value for the money. They found it as durable and practical as shavers from some of the better-known brands.

Smooth Skin

Shaving is a chore that we all, men and women alike, contend with daily. And the competition for you to buy one, for the sake of convenience, is fierce.

Given the affordability of razors today, we’d suggest you dive in and give one a try. But don’t worry about finding the perfect shaver right off the bat.

Start at the lower end. The Norelco 4100 will let you get a sense of the world of electric shaving without requiring a significant investment.

For us, the key is value. We liked the razors we reviewed that offered extra attachments for nose hair and other grooming tasks.

But at the end of the day, it’s going to all be about the closeness of the shave. Given one a try and see how it works.

Let us know what you decide, and how you like your new purchase, in the comments below!

EOS Shaving Cream Review: Is It Worth Trying This Year?

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EOS is known for taking over the lip balm market, so the fact that they also sell shaving cream can catch you off-guard. With their lip balm success, why would they make other products? We took a look at EOS shaving cream to find out why the company wanted to branch out from lip balms — and if it’s worth giving it a try for yourself.

Whether you have a favorite shaving cream or are looking for a new one, EOS shaving cream is an intriguing option. The company is known for giving you smooth lips. So it would make sense that they would branch out to give you a smooth shave.

Exploring EOS Shaving Cream

EOS, which stands for Evolution of Smooth, may be more well-known for their egg-shaped lip balms, but that’s not all they sell. You can also buy EOS shaving cream.

Like the lip balms, EOS shaving cream aims to soften your skin. Of course, it’s also helpful for shaving. EOS shaving cream can soothe your skin and make it easier to get a clean shave.

There are many benefits to using shaving cream, but you should still use one that works best for you. So if you’re looking for a new shaving cream, consider an EOS shaving cream.

Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream

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The Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream is the standard EOS shaving cream. This shave cream can brighten your skin and even your skin tone.

It also works as a moisturizer for up to 24 hours. You can use it to shave when your skin is wet or dry. The shave cream is also paraben-free and phthalate-free.

This shave cream comes in four scents, and each of them is slightly different. The lavender jasmine has shea butter and vitamins B3, C, and E. Those nutrients help soften and nourish your skin.

Instead of vitamin B3, the pomegranate raspberry cream has aloe to help soothe your skin. The vanilla bliss cream contains aloe, oat, and antioxidants in place of shea butter and vitamin B3.

Finally, the tropical fruit cream has natural shea butter and aloe. All four scents contain vitamins C and E. Each bottle is seven fluid ounces.

Sensitive Skin Shave Cream

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If you have sensitive skin, it can be challenging to find products that won’t irritate your skin. Luckily, there’s an EOS shaving cream for you. The Sensitive Skin Shave Cream is a good alternative to their standard shave cream.

This shave cream contains shea butter, coconut oil, and mango butter. The formula is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-GMO, and dermatologist tested.

The shave cream also contains aloe and wild oat as well as lavender butter, all of which help moisturize your skin. Another soothing ingredient is cucumber seed oil. This shave cream doesn’t contain any added fragrance.

Unlike the regular shaving cream, this EOS shaving cream works best on wet skin. And since this cream doesn’t have an added fragrance, there aren’t other varieties.

One bottle of the shaving cream is seven fluid ounces.

Sensitive Skin Shave Cream for Dry Skin

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Maybe your skin is sensitive, but it’s also dry. If that’s the case, try the Sensitive Skin Shave Cream for Dry Skin. This EOS shaving cream is very similar to the other sensitive skin cream, but there are some differences.

The dry skin cream has coconut oil, shea butter, and mango butter to hydrate and nourish your skin. This shave cream also has fragrance notes of coconut and mango.

Like the other shaving creams, this EOS shaving cream is paraben-free and not tested on animals. However, this formula isn’t exactly the same.

The formula doesn’t foam up much, which helps you get a closer shave. Along with moisturizing your skin, the shaving cream can restore your skin.

A bottle of this shaving cream is seven fluid ounces.

Shaving Cream Tips

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Not only do you need the best shaving cream for your skin, but you also need to know how to use it well. While it can be difficult to misuse shaving cream, it’s not impossible.

Of course, there are tons of products for shaving. You can use shaving cream, gel, or foam. And you can even use your standard soap.

If you want a clean shave without nicks or razor burn, we have some tips you can use to choose the best shaving cream for you.

Skin type matters

One of the most important factors in choosing a shaving cream is your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you want to find a shaving cream without added fragrances or irritants.

People with dry skin should use shaving cream with extra moisturizing ingredients.

If you have normal or oily skin, you can get away with other types of shaving creams. However, you should still look for a cream that doesn’t dry out your skin. A natural formula is also a better choice than one filled with chemicals.

It may take some experimentation, especially if you aren’t sure about your skin type. Luckily, the EOS shaving cream comes in different varieties, so you can try a couple of them.

Creams, gels, and more

So far, we’ve only mentioned shaving cream. However, there are shave gels and foams, too. The first shaving cream you used probably came in a can.

Well, that cream is actually a shaving foam because shaving cream doesn’t come in a can. Canned shaving foams have a lot of air in them, and that makes it easier to get a lather.

The problem with these foams is that they can’t hold hairs away from the skin. That can increase the chance of razor burn. There are also canned shaving gels, which are a little better.

However, these canned shaving products contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin.

Instead, you want to look for a shaving cream or gel that comes in a tin or tube. These products are more expensive than those in a can, but the quality is much better.

Shaving creams and gels don’t lather, but they do work to pull the hair up from your skin. That helps you get a close shave. These creams and gels use one or more natural oils as a lubricant.

The difference between creams and gels is that creams mix with water, whereas gels work without water.

To smell or not to smell (good)

Another thing to consider is whether or not you want a shaving cream with a fragrance. And added fragrance can make your skin smell nice. However, they aren’t necessary.

If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid added fragrances since they can irritate your skin. Natural fragrances are less irritating, so they aren’t as bad.

If you decide to go with a fragrance, many shaving creams come in different scents. For example, the EOS shaving cream comes in four fragrances, including lavender, jasmine, and tropical fruit.

The Need for Smooth

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A good shaving cream can make shaving easier, and it can help you get a close shave. While each EOS shaving cream works well for some people, we wanted to compare it to other options.

So for this review, we found a few other shaving creams to compare to our picks from EOS.

Shaving cream can dry your skin or moisturize it, and the right shaving cream does what your skin needs. But regardless of your skin type, you probably want a shaving cream that smoothes your skin.

The Closest shave

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To give our best review of EOS shaving cream, we explored a few of their options. Specifically, we looked at their standard cream as well as creams for sensitive skin and dry skin.

We also wanted to figure out if EOS shaving cream is the best. To do that, we looked at a few similar shaving creams from competitors.

After looking at formulas, fragrances, customer reviews, and more, we were able to get a clear picture of EOS shaving cream. From there, we were able to give our final review.

Cremo Moisturizing Shave Cream

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Cremo Moisturizing Shave Cream can give you a close shave while avoiding nicks and razor burn. Their formula allows your razor to move over your skin smoothly.

This shaving cream contains aloe, calendula, and papaya extract to nourish your skin. It can leave your skin feeling smooth, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.

Other ingredients include macadamia seed oil, lemon extract, and olive leaf extract. This shaving cream is paraben-free and not tested on animals. It does require water to work well.

You can choose from scents like French lavender and coconut mango.

Gillette Satin Care Women’s Shave Gel

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Gillette’s Satin Care Women’s Shave Gel is another option for shaving. This shave gel works well for sensitive skin, and it can prevent irritation from shaving.

The gel is free of fragrances and dyes. This gel is easier to shave with than regular soap, and it helps the razor glide over your skin.

The shave gel works best on wet skin, and it can produce a rich lather. When wet, the gel turns into a foam. It does come in a can, so it may not be the best quality.

However, it’s safe for your legs and face. You can also use it under your arms and in other commonly shaved areas.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Shave Cream

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Alba Botanica Very Emollient Shave Cream is yet another option worth comparing to EOS shaving cream. This cream is 100 percent vegetarian, and it’s not tested on animals.

It doesn’t contain artificial colors, harsh sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. The cream is also soap-free. This cream is hypoallergenic and hydrating, which makes it suitable for normal or dry skin.

You can use the cream on your legs and face, and it can reduce razor burn, nicks, and irritation. The cream contains aloe vera, coconut, calendula, and lime. It also contains vitamins to nourish your skin.

If you don’t like coconut lime, other varieties include mango vanilla and aloe mint.

Evolution of Smooth

Whether you have normal, sensitive, or dry skin, you should be able to find a shaving cream that works for you. Luckily, EOS shaving cream comes in different varieties to suit each of those skin types.

The Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream is perfect for normal skin. EOS’s Sensitive Skin Shave Cream works for sensitive skin, and there’s even a cream for dry skin.

What’s more is that these creams are actually creams, not foams. If you want a clean shave, you should avoid canned foams that masquerade as creams.

We think that anyone, regardless of skin type, should give EOS shaving cream a try. After all, smooth is part of their name.

Have you tried EOS shaving cream? Let us know in the comments!