JC Hillhouse reviews Suavecito Premium Blends Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Shaving Creme.
Hey there gents! I’m checking out a brand new shaving cream today. This stuff just dropped a couple days ago in fact. Yep, that kind of new. The folks over at Suavecito have been working on some new products they are calling their “Premium Blends.” They and my good friend Edgar over aka Mr. Pomade sent me out a little care package with 3 of their new products. Since I’ve already reviewed their new water based pomade, and yeah it’s actually a pomade, not a ringing gel, I’m gonna start with their shaving cream first.
It comes in an old timey brown cardboard box with a black center area for the labeling. The writing on it is white and yellow. In the center is their new “S” logo with the name and city around it, and “Premium Blends” below it with the weight info. To the right of that is, the product name and info. And to the left of it is some aspects of the product. The back of the box has all the company info, ingredients, directions, warnings, and barcode. Very cool looking box and design I think.
Pulling the tube out you see that it is a metal tube, as they left much of it unpainted/unlabeled. The labeling on it is basically the same thing as the box, but vertical instead of horizontal. And the back has all the same info that the box has too. This tube has a black plastic lid, with the little spike in it to open the tube. I absolutely love metal tubes like this. They are such awesome containers, and they really bring you back to a time when things were different. I wish more people would use tubes like this these days. However, I get why they don’t anymore.
When you unscrew the cap you can see the metal tube really well and the spike on the cap. Now some caps have threads on them where the spike is, so you screw them on to puncture the opening in the mouth of the tube. This one happens to not have any threads on it. So all you do is press it firmly onto the mouth of the tube to create the opening. Personally I like the threads better, because it just gives you more interaction with the product. But not having threads isn’t a big deal at all.
The thing about metal tubes too, is you have to be careful how much you squeeze them. As they don’t bounce back like plastic/vinyl tubes do. So the product only stops coming out when there is no more pressure behind it. Even if you aren’t squeezing the tube anymore. So, you only press them a little at a time, so as to not extrude too much product from them. This aspect is really cool in my opinion, and teaches you to not over use your products at the same time.
When I got some of the cream out I could tell right away this cream was gonna be awesome. It has a very similar look and texture to it as Proraso shaving creams do. And you guys know how much I love that stuff! The scent of this stuff is really awesome! Tea tree and eucalyptus are some of my favorite scents, so I knew I was going to like this shaving cream. But the scent is much better than I was expecting. They really did good job with this scent and balancing it the way they did. It came out really well. Whoever you guys had make up this scent should definitely be your go to scent person from now on. They really did a good job with this one!
I proceeded to put the cream in my new bowl with a few drops of water and start working up the lather. I decided to use my best badger brush since it’s a cream. I find that I get better lather when I use my softer brushes with shaving creams. And I usually get better lather when I use my boars hair brushes with shave soaps. There are some exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, I get the best results doing it that way.
After just a few seconds of working my brush around the lather started to form. At first it looks kind of like the lather that comes out of the lather machines in barber shops. Or even like the foam that comes out of Barbasol cans. It starts out as. Very foamy and frothy lather. This made me think I may have had too much water in my brush, or that I put too much water in my bowl. I kept on working my brush around for the full time that I usually allot for building my lather. As time went on, the lather did gain a little bit more substance to it. One thing I really like about this cream, is the way the scent kind of wafts and fills up the room as you are building the lather up. And it kind of changes a little bit too. It’s hard to explain, but the best way I can describe it is that it aerates. It doesn’t stay so concentrated somehow. Even when I smell right into the bowl.
Then once I had worked up the lather for 60 seconds the lather did gain a little bit of thickness to it. However, it was still very foamy and light feeling. Not quite as light and frothy as it was in the beginning, but still pretty light. It still reminds me a lot of the lather that comes out of the machines at barbershops. It’s not as wet feeling as that stuff is, but it does have that light fluffy and frothy feel to it. I actually like it quite a bit. This isn’t the type of lather I was expecting from this cream, but I do like it. I like when I get stuff that kind of differs from the norm and what’s expected from it. That makes for a nice collection and variety when it comes to shaving products and routine. As much as I love my favorite products, it’s nice to change things up and have different experiences from time to time. I get bored when I use the same stuff over and over again. Even thought I like that stuff, it just gets to be mundane and not as much fun after a while. So I’m definitely happy that this stuff wasn’t what I was expecting.
Applying it to my face felt just like a less wet version of a barbershop’s lather. It was really awesome. Nice and soft and smooth, very light and easy to spread around. I like the way this shaving cream applies very much! Even looking at it, you can tell it’s very similar to the lather from a machine. It has that nice light, frothy and foamy look to it on my face. However, this stuff doesn’t feel as wet as the lather from a machine does. That’s probably the only thing I don’t like about machine lather, but the nice and hot feel of it makes up for that in my book.
Shaving with this stuff is super smooth. It has some of the best cushion and glide out of any of my creams. I was super pleased with it on the very first pass with my razor. I knew right away that I was going to love this cream and that it will be one of my go to shaving creams for sure. And for being as light and frothy as it is, this cream does a fantastic job of trapping all my whiskers in it. My razor didn’t clog up at all, and the cream builds up really nicely under the bar of my razor. I kind of expected it to clog up my razor a bit, and make a little bit of a mess, because of how light it is. However, this stuff acts like it’s a super puffy, cloud-like lather. It keeps all my whiskers tucked in it nicely, and collects perfectly on the underside of the bar.
Once I was done shaving, I felt my face and noticed that this cream leaves my face really smooth. I don’t know if it softened my skin much, but my face felt really smooth. And it didn’t leave my face feeling dry either. Sometimes with creams and soaps, my face is left with almost a talc feel to it. Where it’s really soft, but dry at the same time. This cream didn’t do that, my face felt nice and moisturized. That is definitely a plus in my book. While I enjoy the dry feel some creams leave my face with, this is a nice change up.
I decided to take a picture one of the other days I used it when I didn’t add quite as much water. This time, the lather was a little bit thicker and more like how Proraso’s creams, or Arko’s creams are. It wasn’t much thicker, but I could definitely tell the difference. So I did in fact have a little too much water in my brush the first time. And that’s ok, it allows me to get various types of lather really easily. And I definitely like that about this cream. Makes it that much more versatile, and makes me like it even more!
All in all, I have to say, this shaving cream is one I highly recommend for all shavers. For you wet shave enthusiasts like me, it’s a must have in your collection and regular use line-up. For you moderate wet shavers, this is a must have shaving cream. It’s priced reasonably, so you won’t feel like you’re spending too much on a shave product too. And even for your cartridge shavers or guys that only shave every once in a while, this is definitely a cream I recommend you try out. It’s much better than a can full of chemicals and gas for sure, and will last you a lot longer. Plus, you don’t have to have a shave brush to use it. You can put just a little bit in your hands and work up the lather that way.
Huge thank you again to my friends Justin and Edgar for sending me this shaving cream to try out and review. I’ve been using it, and only it, since I got it in, and I have to say I absolutely love it! I will definitely be needing more of this stuff when I run out! And I for sure I have to get the sandalwood one in to review as well! If it’s as good as this stuff, I know I’m going to love it! To get a tube of this shaving cream, and I highly recommend that you do immediately, you can either head over to http://www.pomade.com and pick some up. Or you can go onto Suavecito’s website to get some. Edgar has all their new premium blends up on his site, so check them all out, and get a few things. Mainly this cream, and their new pomade, but check out their other stuff too! I know they have to be good products based on how this stuff performed, and how the pomade was when I reviewed it back in the formulation stage. Catch ya at the next premium blend stop guys!