Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Smooth Moves

Author: Napoleanita

On a recent trip to Trader Joe's, I was wandering around just taking in the pleasure of being in a Trader Joe's again after living without one for years, when I spied Trader Joe's Honey Mango Moisturizing Shave Cream on the shelf.

I have distressingly dry skin that I'm constantly trying to find ways to moisturize. This is complicated by the fact that my skin is also ridiculously sensitive and will regularly up and decide that it's going to start having a reaction to a product that I've been using just fine for months. Most recently it was shaving cream, even though I was using the special cream for sensitive skin. The shave cream has vitamin E and aloe, both of which have treated my skin well before, and it was definitely a good price at a little over five dollars for an eight ounce tube.

Now I have to make a confession. Due to the prior skin rebellion against the shaving cream I was using before and the minor even of moving from Florida back to California (I drove!), I hadn't shaved my legs in about three weeks. Gasp! Additionally, I had forgotten a razor and had to call up the hotel front desk to ask them for a spare razor. I was provided with one of those super cheap single blade disposables. Oh yes. This Trader Joe's shave cream was getting put to the ultimate test.

After I cracked it open in the shower, the first thing I noticed was the scent. It didn't smell bad, it just didn't smell like anything I would call Honey Mango. It smelled to me more like Malibu Rum, which I did not care for, as Malibu Rum is an affront to all I believe in and hold sacred. Fortunately, the smell does not linger on the skin. The second thing of note is that the cream doesn't lather much at all. It's more like smearing conditioner on your legs than the nice fluffy foam I was used to. That didn't concern me much, but it might bother others.

I braced myself and slid the razor up my shin, anticipating searing pain or profuse bleeding or something equally dramatic. What I didn't anticipate was a perfectly smooth shave. But that's exactly what I got. Even though I had three weeks of hair and I was using the cheapest razor ever, I came out with a pair of the smoothest shaved legs I've ever had. And my skin was moisturized. I didn't have to put on lotion all day, and that NEVER happens.

I give Trader Joe's Honey Mango Moisturizing Shave Cream 7.5/8 tentacle. (I had to knock off half a point for the scent.)

Don't have a Trader Joe's near you? Don't worry, you can get it on Amazon!

Rating: 7.5/8 tentacles


  1. Do they have other scents?

  2. I haven't seen any other scents, but I'm keeping my eye out for them.