Just some of the herblore keys in The Body Shop's For Men line.
Soya oil? That's just a fancy word for Crisco. Anyway, I am trying out the Wash Off Shave Oil, Shave Cream, and the Energetic Face Protector to see what they're about.
First impression: fragrance very incense-ey, but, this is The Body Shop, so no surprise here.
Second impression: I am much more of a fan of mineral oil than any botanical, so I was a tough sell on the shave oil, but it is pretty cool. Not too viscous, but not too watery either. I would make it a tiny measure thicker. Not bad, though I don't use shave oils often. I typically over-glob moisturizer and shave, leaving a very unclose shave, of course, but I telecommute (work from home), and my dreamy lover, though not crazy about it, kind of sees the cool in my perpetual facial scruff.
Third impression: I hope they come up with a cool marketing plan for the energetic face protector, like Nivea and L'Oreal and others have. Face energizers, all-in-one body washes, and after shave balms are the three vanguards most likely to penetrate the recalcitrant male grooming routine and permanently expand the traditional product range.
Final impression: routine complete. Products absorbed, fragrance processed, packaging fawned over, efficacy to be determined. If you prefer a decent male grooming product with an earthy crunchy vibe, then you cannot go wrong with The Body Shop's For Men range. It actually almost crosses over into an outdoor sports resonation, especially in the banner ad featuring, I think, James Brown, very Gillette-style, with showerhead water raining down, a look of defiance and triumph melded. Something very decathalon and cross country about it.
Perhaps we will soon sample the Balancing Face Protector and the Face Scrub, if they are gentle.