Editor’s Note: I (the Joe guy) haven’t been clean shaven in two years. So when the makers of Bluebeard’s Revenge contacted us asking if I’d like to try it out, I said: “No. But Ben, our Arts & Culture Correspondent has to be clean shaven every day. So send it to him.” So they did, and his review is below Heads up: Bluebeard’s was created for guys w/ especially rough beards and contains an ingrediant inteded to slow stubble growth.
By: Arts & Culture Correspondent Ben Madeska
I’m really not a good shaver. Learning to shave, my goal was always how to make it as quick and easy as possible while minimizing blood loss. It has been something I do reluctantly, a rather unnecessary step slowing down my morning routine. I also think blades are overpriced, but that’s another issue.
Eventually I accepted that razor burn and frequent cuts along my jaw were as unprofessional as two days of growth. I don’t like the results of electric razors and I wasn’t planning on entering the world of brush and lather because I didn’t want to add more time and complications. So, I was ambivalent about trying Bluebeard’s Revenge. After a few weeks of use, though, I’m a convert. This is a great product and it gives me a much better shave than I ever got with the various foams and gels I tried. Razor burn is non-existent and I don’t remember the last time I nicked myself.
Bluebeard’s Revenge is a cream, not a soap, and it lathers up extremely well. A little goes a long way and gives a thick, long-lasting cover. It has a nice, simple, clean smell too (I’ve been told I smell like a barbershop after using it). About the only thing I don’t like is that it has an ingredient that is supposed to inhibit hair growth.
I’m still not a good shaver and I’m sure I’m not using this entirely properly, but Bluebeard’s Revenge is forgiving enough of a product that I’m still getting excellent results.
Time to turn the shave connoisseur community loose. What’s the best entry-level upgraded shave cream for the money? And if you have an extra thick beard, would you want something that slows growth? Leave it all below.