Wet Shaving for Women: Ambrosia by Lush
At the end of my shaving stick entry a couple weeks ago I said I would try the “Ambrosia” shaving cream I picked up at Lush. I ended up putting it off so I could get a couple of soap lather shaves in. I wanted to make sure my technique wasn’t deteriorating as I tried new products.
Today I decided to try Ambrosia.
I bought it over a month ago, during an outing to the mall with one of the tots. I was actually looking for badger brushes because the rack we bought doesn’t fit ours perfectly. I had no luck finding appropriately shaped brush handles but I did stop into Lush for a look around.
I’m a recovering Lush addict, so this was risky. At one point a couple of years ago I could have cited the entire ingredient list of every product on their shelves. Entering a Lush store makes my wallet have an anxiety attack.
Jacob was my savior that day. He ran around, overstimulated by smells, huffing every bath bomb and soap block within his 3-year-old reach. Rather than buying everything in sight i was occupied by keeping him out of trouble. In the end I bought him a Ma bubble bar, a Pop in the Bath bubble bar, and at the last second grabbed a bottle of Ambrosia just so I would get something out of the trip.
I should have refreshed my memory of Ambrosia’s ingredient list. Instead I assumed I would lather it with the brush like other shaving creams. If I had done my homework I would have seen that the product’s first claim is that it does not produce lather. Duh.
Silly me, I tried to lather it. Of course nothing happened, except I ended up with a bunch of oil-based lotion all over my brush bristles. So then I read the bottle and decided to follow the recommendation to just smooth it on. Once I complied with product literature things went more smoothly.
The Pros: Ambrosia produces a nice shave. Because it wasn’t a water-based lather I didn’t feel I needed to apply and shave in stages to avoid drying. I covered my whole leg up past the knee and shaved in one go. so that was nice. And when I was done I didn’t feel the need to run the shower and rinse down, since this stuff is essentially lotion. I have to mention that this was the most nick-free shave I’ve done yet. Technique or product? Maybe both?
The Cons: I won’t hold the lack of lather against this product, since it turns out I’m just an idiot. I’d say there are two major cons to using a non-lathering product. First, lather gives you a visual reference so you know when you’ve shaved an area. This lotion all but disappeared when smoothed on so I had a hard time seeing where I’d already been. The risk for razor burn is higher when you don’t know whether you’ve done a pass and could make a second pass over unlubricated skin. The second con is cost effectiveness. Lush products are premium priced and considering the amount I needed to apply for both legs I can tell this is the least cost effective product I’ve tried so far. Lather extends the coverage of products, this one applies in exactly the volume that’s dispensed.
The bottom line: I’ll use it as long as I have it but I’m not sure I’ll buy more because cost effectiveness was one of my motivators when I switched to DE wet shaving. If cost isn’t a factor and you can get your face right down by your ankles to see where you’ve shaved and where you haven’t, this could be a product for you.