Yanno how I said it's hard to find American Crew aftershave? Well my better half went out yesterday and found a place in lil'old Te Awamutu that sells their shaving range: Team Seven, beside Viands. She bought me a bottle of my favourite "Post-Shave Cooling Lotion" (oh my god that name), but also got me a tube of their "Moisturising Shave Cream" to try. For shiggles.
Clearly, American Crew are better at chemical formulation than they are at coming up with names. But I digress.
Whelp I whipped out my trusty DE89, popped in a fresh Derby Extra blade, soaked my shaving brush and gave it a go.
Firstly - no. This is absolutely not made for a shaving brush. It's hand-application all the way. It's also not really a foam like what I'm used to - it's very much a cream style, and it's quite stubborn about remaining a cream, thankyouverymuch. In contrast, my Proraso or TOBS creams froth up quite heartily when I whip them with a brush, but this really resisted that.
Okay so, without making it frothy, it definitely takes more product to shave. I'm going to say double, but it might even be more. At about $32 a tube, that is definitely verging out of my price range. 2/10 on price for this.
The feeling, however, was really divine. There's not a whole lot of scent, but there's significant menthol action going on here, and it really gave me a refreshing zing that dwindled on my face through the shave and rinse. Delight rating 7/10.
Efficacy - this is hard for me to judge, since I was using a brush and thus really didn't have enough on there for my second pass. So I kinda mucked up my shave, but it was much more my fault than the cream's. Aside from that it left a beautiful coating of light avocado oil and aloe on my skin, meaning even though I under-catered on the product, I didn't entirely munge up my face. For this, I'm giving it a decent 7/10 on efficacy. (See update below, though)
These ratings seem kinda low, but honestly this is going to be my favourite shave cream through the summer, with that nice refreshing menthol coolness. However with the price and sheer quantity needed for a good shave, I expect I'll gravitate back to my Proraso creams once this is gone.
Update 2018-12-31: I've had another shave today without the brush, and just applying the cream directly to my skin. Definitely a better result, but once again I under-catered on the second pass and got myself some irritation happening. It's certainly going to be at least double what I previously used. However once again my face feels actually quite good, and geez the menthol is nice.
Since I've under-catered twice now, and both times I've actually still had a decent shave, I think I need to upgrade this to 8/10 efficacy.