Zach Madison Shaving Cream: Jon’s Review
By Jon Ribiero
Generally, I shave every three to four days, five days if a full shadow beard is what I’m looking for, and when I do, I find my hair not exactly on even lengths. With my left hand dominant, the right side of my face doesn’t get the full strength of a precise stroke from my disposable razor. If you’re anything like me, you’d believe a well-groomed man sends a good message: you can take care of yourself. It shows that no one has to take care of you, and that you’re the one in control of your life.
But when it comes to an uneven shave, say the non-dominant side is sporting what looks like a faint sideburns, this bothers the piss out of you. At that point, you got to re-evaluate the way you shave. Some razors and other shaving items can hit your wallet, but if you’re willing to spend money knowing you’ll look good, then I would recommend Zach Madison Shaving Cream.
I have tried many name brands, and since the skin on my face is sensitive, I’m picky about what I shave with. The most popular ones on the market are the foam shaving creams. The issue with this foam is that it’s mostly illusion than affect. Foam shaving creams have a number of issues, the first being the build-up. Your razor collects the foam since the general idea of current foam creams is to put it on thick. That’s unnecessary. Why would you put in a thick amount of foam to cut the tiny hairs? You’re just creating resistance, which is worse for your skin. Another thing is the issue with the stroke. The foam collecting on your razor builds up the more surface you get through. That reduces the effectiveness of your razor and leaves the hairs uneven. Another gimmick is the fact that the foam creams comes less expensive for a reason: They make you paid more for a lot less in the can as oppose to the bottle. The majority of content in the foam can and on your face are preservatives for the foam and chemical content (especially in shave gels) to produce the texture once it is released from the can. Pay for the real thing, and you’ll get more out of it.
Zach Madison Shaving Cream is an all-natural, non-foam shaving cream that is true to its description: “formulated to nourish your skin to prevent irritation and razor bumps from flaring up.” It did just that. There is no sensitive option since this cream is for all skin types, and that’s because it removes the aspect of needing it since it is hydrating your skin as it sits, and not leaving you begging for an after shave that’ll do that for you, or leave you cringing at the after shave that’ll act as your cologne for the day/evening and feel like a bad acupuncture session. Since it’s a cream and not a foam cream, it is applied on the face differently. You take a small amount, dime size, and spread it on an area of your face, and repeat that process. You only want a thin layer, not a thick one (this isn’t a foam shave, remember!), and that way the cream can reduce friction on the blade rather than create it.
I was so surprised after my first shave with it, because it did something I have to do with other creams, even completing ones like Neutrogena for Men’s Shaving Cream: I had my disposable razor catch every hair so perfectly, I didn’t need to re-apply the cream. There were some spots I missed only due to the fact I didn’t glide over them, and a fantastic advantage to this cream is the ability to not mess up on line-ups, goatees, beards, and mustaches (none of these things I’m a fan of on my own face, but to each his own).
When it comes to other shaving creams, you shouldn’t have to work around for them, rather the shaving cream for you. With an all-natural, non-foam, little-to-no razor burn or bumps shaving cream that lets you get a decent shave with just .25 oz. of cream, you can get a great shave every time with the Zach Madison line.