What Lush say about Shave the Planet: 'Scritch, scratch, scrape; every morning we attack our skin with sharp bits of metal – no wonder it gets red and sore! Most standard shaving creams might help your razor move more smoothly but do nothing to protect your poor skin from the traumas of the daily shave. Luckily, the Lush inventors have come up with some beautiful shaving creams that work in a different way; protecting against the scratchiness, softening stubborn bristles and moisturising the skin.'
In all honesty, looking at the way this product has been marketed, I'm guessing it's aimed more at the daily shaving routine of a man's, as oppose to a woman's. However, I know that Lush are not a company that would produce a product solely for one purpose. So I felt like I had to give it a go.
Despite shaving my legs for near on 12 years now (wow!), I still manage to scratch, scrape and slice my legs to pieces most times I put a razor near my skin. I've tried almost every style of shaving possible to improve the complexion of my legs, but to no avail. Whether I soak my legs in the bath first, dry shave them, use the razor gently or more rigorously, I still manage to cut my legs to pieces.
Shave the Planet is a shaving cream packed with many different ingredients, all aimed at helping you to have a sensuous, painless shave (I feel like I'm recreating a Gillette advert now!). Lush have added soothing bamboo infusion, antioxidant acai juice, organic wheat germ oil and vitamin rich pumpkin seed oil, all to help create a smooth, calm shave. This product may not have the most alluring of smells, but it definitely does it's job.
I tend to soak my legs in the bath for a while, and when I'm feeling ready, scoop out a small amount of STP and smother it all over my legs. I probably use about a level dessertspoon for each leg, so a large 225g pot normally lasts me about 4-6 weeks.
Almost instantly, your skin feels taut and this makes it rather difficult to cut yourself. In fact, since I began using this cream a few months ago, I have not had a single shaving incident to date.
What I love about this lotion is that it makes your skin feel instantly hydrated and silky, so would make the perfect accompaniment for anyone wanting to spruce up before a night out. It also leaves very little scent on your skin afterwards, so you are able to use your own choice of lotions and creams without the worry of scents clashing.
However, Shave The Planet is a rather thick lotion, and I found that it tends to clog up your razor while you're shaving. Between each sluice, I have to shake it quite vigorously under the water, or bang the razor on the side of the bath to remove the hairs.
I also find that if you leave your hair growth too long, Shave The Planet doesn't work as well; It definitely does not like longer, more softer follicles of hair. So although it does it's job very well, it does need to be used in the right conditions.
It is a very gentle shaving cream, and one that leave your skin feeling fresh and clean. It doesn't leave any bumps or rashes after use, and for this reason, it will remain one of my Lush staples for a long time to come. It would be nice however, if Lush could come up with a vegan lotion that works better with longer hairs, and one that doesn't leave me unclogging my razor after every swish.
Quantitative Ingredients: Bamboo Stem Infusion, Shea Butter, Goji Berry Decoction, Glycerine, Water, Stearic Acid, Organic Acai Juice, Triethanolamine, Fresh Sugar Cane Juice, Lavender Oil, Fennel Oil, Rose Absolute, Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Candelilla Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Salicylate, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.