It’s all about the Shea Butter!!
Whenever I go shopping with my wife there are always a few aisles I have to go down depending on what store we go to. The shaving aisle is one aisle, no matter what store we go to, that I like to visit to see if I find anything new, or anything I decide I want to try. I decided this year I was going to offer my Bald noggin up for trying over the counter products for a review. This decision is exciting yet worrisome at the same time. I love being Bald by choice, I like buying new products to try, and, I love talking about shaving and living the Bald lifestyle. I try to put a lot of heart and soul into my reviews because its my opinion and I want other Bald Guys to know what I think of certain shaving products or apparel.
We have been shopping at Meijer on and off for a while and I always venture down the shave aisle and look at the same shaving items hoping I spot something new. Most of the time it’s the same thing but one item has caught my eye every time. Shea Moisture groom and shave three butters Utility Soap cleansing bar. I picked this bar up on clearance for about $4.25, it’s a decent price considering the gimmick of this soap is that it’s used for everyday hand soap, used in the shower as a body soap and soap to wash your hair or scalp. This utility soap comes in a 5 oz bar and has a pleasant but strong aroma. The ingredients on the side of the box are as follows
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil* and-or Palm Oil Soap Base, Apricot Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Seed), Honey, Vegetyable Glycerin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color, Essential Oil Blend *Certified Organic Ingredient. The Three Butters Utility Soap Cleansing Bar offers to cleanse, moisturize and shave. It contains several different kinds of butter with some other natural oils as well. The bar has a curved shape to it so it fits nicely in your hand when toting it around from the bathroom sink to the shower. So I bet you’re wondering why I talked about washing my hands with shave soap? like I previously stated above, it says on the box it’s a utility bar soap meaning you can use it as a multi-purpose bar of soap, so I decided to put it to the test. I washed my hands, face, body, and head with it and not all in the same day or all at once.
I spent several days using this soap and yes, I used it to shave my head several times as well. After using this utility bar soap for a couple of day’s my first thought is, this is a great bar of soap, it feels great as a hand soap very smooth and gentle. As a body soap it works well with a loofah, a couple of quick scrubs and it lathers very well. Then on to the bathroom sink for shaving my head and face. This soap has a lot of functional aspects in one bar of soap. One problem that I had right away with this Utility bar soap is that it did not come with in any kind of container for storage. It also wasn’t wrapped in cellophane or plastic. It was just shoved in the box, but as you can see in the picture below its small enough to fit in a shave bowl. I also picked up a cheap travel container to store it in when I wasn’t using it.
I tried this Utility bar soap for shaving in a couple of different ways. First I tried it by applying it with my fingers. It didn’t lather very well but still was a smooth shave. The second application I tried was with a shave brush and had a different experience all together. It lathered very well with just a few drops of water. The lather was rich and thick but sadly the lather dissipated quickly and I had to re-lather once again. I will say this regarding the re-lathering. I might have had to re-lather several times, however, it only took several swirls of my brush on the bar soap itself to get a good re-lather. The result was good, The soap produced a smooth shave even with re-lathering along the way.
One of the good things about utilizing a shave brush is that the lather stays within the bristles of the brush and not on your hands so you’re not washing most of the soap away of your hand after re-lathering your head. Another great aspect of using a shave brush is that while you’re rinsing your razor off with one hand you can use the other hand for re-lathering your dome with the shave brush. For my second shave I decided to go just shave soap all together. No shave oil, no exfoliant before or after my shave and surprising it was still a smooth shave. I use shave oil and exfoliant before and after my shave not to make up for any short comings my shaving products might have. I use the oil and exfoliant because it’s a healthy decision for my scalp.
After spending a couple of days with this utility bar soap this is my final thoughts. The Shea Moisture groom and shave three butters utility soap cleansing bar is truly a Utility bar, you could very easily use this bar soap at the sink to wash your hands and then take it with you into the shower to wash your body and head, and , lastly use it to shave your head and face for a nice smooth shave. From a functional standpoint this bar soap could replace several items in your household and for around $4.00 a bar it’s not a bad choice. I will gladly keep this among my shaving products in my cupboard.
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