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    I saw Cremo Shave Cream on the shelf at CVS a couple weeks ago. I'm pretty new to wet shaving (I'm using both DEs and straights at the moment, and still have a lot to learn with the straights) and am still experimenting with different soaps and creams, so when I Googled Cremo and found mostly good-to-excellent reviews, I decided to try it out. I bought a tube last night and shaved with it this morning, and I thought I'd throw in $0.02 for anyone who's interested.

    The bottom line is that I'm impressed.

    My shaves have improved a great deal since I started wet shaving, but there are a couple spots that have given me trouble for the past 25+ years, and continue to do so: the area immediately under the point of my chin, and a little patch under each corner of my mouth. Something about those areas has always required aggressive, ATG blade buffing to get a really close shave, and the price has always been irritation. I've never been able to get a shave in those spots that was both BBS and irritation-free, regardless of what razor or blade I used, or what kind of beard prep I did. Or at least I hadn't until this morning.

    The only new addition in this morning's routine was that I massaged a dab of Cremo into my beard before I lathered up with Palmolive Sensitive, and a just tad more between the first and second passes. Cremo is advertised as being incredibly slick and protective of the skin, and the package claims that it dramatically reduces nicks and allows many people to shave ATG. So I went ahead and pushed for the closest shave I could, to really put it to the test. (For the record, I was using a '54 Gilette SS with a not-quite-new Feather Hi Stainless blade. I'm trying out my first package of Feather blades, and I have drawn plenty of blood with them.)

    I ended up with a fantastic shave even in the problem spots, but the really good news arrived when I applied the alum block: I hardly felt a thing. I did have one small nick very low on my neck due to sheer stupidity, but no nicks, weepers or razor burn anywhere else. I spent most of my commute rubbing my face and grinning.

    Of course one shave with a new cream doesn't necessarily prove anything. Maybe I just got lucky and had a really good day. All I can say for sure is that I used Cremo for the first time this morning, and I happen to have gotten one of the best shaves of my life. YMMV. (If my opinion changes with further experience, I'll come back and update.)

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    A few months ago I was up near one of the Canadian Forces Bases, and on a day off stopped by one of the barber shops there, and the guy swore by Cremo. It gave a great shave, and I just happen to order some today from Fendrihan, it was even on sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thisisclog View Post
    A few months ago I was up near one of the Canadian Forces Bases, and on a day off stopped by one of the barber shops there, and the guy swore by Cremo. It gave a great shave, and I just happen to order some today from Fendrihan, it was even on sale.
    You could have saved the postage and went down to Rexall I picked some up over a year ago and it is a good product. Even though it says it's brushless, I use it with a brush and it performs quite well. Has a nice fresh, citrusy scent as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrentshaving View Post
    You could have saved the postage and went down to Rexall I picked some up over a year ago and it is a good product. Even though it says it's brushless, I use it with a brush and it performs quite well. Has a nice fresh, citrusy scent as well.
    Really? Crap. I'm shopping at the wrong rexall, all there is here is some Williams mug. At least the shipping was free.
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    OK...based on this thread I just bought a tube today. You guys better be right! (Just kidding ... )

    I read this thread last night and since I was already taking a trip to Walgreens today I decided that while there I would pick up a tube. Interestingly the tube I purchased came with a '100% money refund Coupon'...Just send it in and they'll send me back a check for $9.00. Not bad ...and NO Risk to boot!

    I'll let you know what I think next shave...

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    I've used it several more times and I'm still pleased. I've done a couple shaves with just Cremo (instead of Cremo under another lather) and it works just fine by itself. One thing to note with this stuff is that after you make a pass, if you apply a little water to your face you'll find that there's still some residue. The water will sort of revive it. A little really does go a long way.

    Yeah, the rebate is nice.

    I'm not thrilled with the smell. It's not bad; it's just not great. But it washes away at the end of the shave.

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    Well....

    I just finished shaving using Cremo for the first time. Two day growth of whiskers...a nice FR 7/8 wedge; Cremo applied to the face per instructions, and then a very full Uber lather brushed on over it. I must say I was quite surprised! It really felt 'slick' as my blade simply glided over my face. Two passes (although one was enough!) and my normal trouble spots no trouble with this shave.

    After 1 shave I have to rate it two thumbs up and quite impressive! Impressive enough that I intend to go back to the store and buy another tube tomorrow...

    Thanks for the tip Matt!

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    BTW...didn't really notice much of a smell either way, which was fine with me. I used a nice homemade Sandalwood scent soap to make my lather so maybe that's why.

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    Glad you liked it!

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    I just picked up the Cremo Cream and Cremo Wash both with refund labels attached.

    I'm interested to try both. Maybe, tomorrow.

    NOTE: YOU MUST BUY IN STORE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE REBATE!!

    btw-I got my cream from Harmon's for $5.97 with a BedBathandBeyond expired coupon that they honor. The Wash was $6.99.
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