If You Like Pina Coladas

Corey Greenberg’s unique brand of hyperbolic infotainment can be a bit much at times, and needs be read with salt and reality-checkbook firmly in hand. That said, for some reason, his review of Cremo Cream seemed somehow more trustworthy. I don’t know why; perhaps the elusive Mrs. Greenberg just has more credibility than her husband – or can reasonably be expected to be a little more realistic where toiletry supplies are concerned.

Either way, I felt compelled to try Cremo. After all, if it wasn’t as good as Proraso, my current favorite, my partner can always use it to shave her legs, right?

The good thing is, Cremo lubricates well; very, very well, even. And the shaves I’ve gotten over the last couple days have been absolutely top-notch. It’s not terribly impressive in the lather department, but I’m coming to discover that voluminous lather is rather more of a marketing gimmick than a quality metric, where shaving soap and cream is concerned. Truth be told, the coconut aroma really isn’t that strong, nor objectionable.

The tube – which I’m ashamed to admit I like a lot better than Proraso’s seriously-retro oversized-metal-toothpaste-tube, proclaims “dramatically reduces cuts, nicks, scrapes, and razor irritation”; I’m not sure about dramatically, in comparison to other quality shave creams, but it definately seems to be true. This morning, my face is perfectly whisker-free, the proverbial “baby’s butt smooth” shave, without irritation anywhere at all, or that distinctive feeling of an almost-too-close shave.

The tube also promises it “leaves your skin astonishingly soft and smooth”, and here I must grudgingly concede a point – it really does, even more so than Proraso. It doesn’t leave you with that fresh, medicinal tingle, but the impression that your now-hairless skin has been, I dunno, moisturized and enriched, or something.

Is it better than Proraso? I don’t really know. It’s a touch more expensive, and – when Proraso is now widely available at Target stores – I’m not sure the “last 5%” it provides compared to Proraso is worth the cost, or the hassle, or the almost two-week wait.

In an ideal, shave geekery world, Cremo would be available at Target, as well, or perhaps supermarkets, and advertised, and market forces could decide which is superior. In our world, though, only time will tell whether Cremo Cream can compete against the Big Green Giant.

It might be an excellent gift, though, to try and introduce friends and relatives to the wide world of wet shaving. That’s because it’s very modern, in it’s plastic lotion-style squeeze tube, and it makes no pretensions at being anything but new and modern. That, I think, might make it attractive to people who can more easily believe in a small, niche product that’s “new and improved”, but who would be otherwise skeptical of the performance of something with an old-school feel to it, like Proraso. Too, it has all the convenience of a modern shaving gel – just slather on and shave, without messing about with brushes and bowls and things. I’m not saying any of these qualities make it better – just more attractive to people who still believe in the sweet, sweet illusion of progress.

Even if you don’t like pina coladas, you should try Cremo, at least once. Your face will thank you, and, who knows, you might even come to love it. 🙂

Published in: Geekiness, Wetshaving | on September 2nd, 2006| Comments Off on If You Like Pina Coladas

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