Product Review: Jack Black Grooming Products

The products from Jack Black will make the skin on your face so soft, it’s a virtual guarantee that if you use them and go to Florida, someone will eat 75% of your face. And who could blame them?

The Electric Shave Enhancer is composed of Natural Witch Hazel, Oat Kernel Flour, Lavender, Linseed extract, Sunflower Seed Oil and Glycerin. Marketed as unscented, I was able to detect the scent of lavender. As a man who has lavender growing in his garden, I locked onto that scent right away and was immediately relaxed. And BTW, it’s a very manly garden, with shit that will poke your ass.

The enhancer was smooth, not gloppy, and smelled good. I followed the directions and added a small amount to my face, with a small amount of water as well. Once I began to shave with my electric razor, I found it difficult to get a clean shave with one swipe.

Instead, I had to go over the same area multiple times. In general, something like that can cause a lot of irritation, but the Electric Shave Enhancer really did a great job of moisturizing the skin and kept it soft as well. That said, it was somewhat arduous to go over the same area again and again. Based on the thickness of the shave enhancer, I actually thought it might be more suited for a shave with a razor, so I put it to the test.

I lathered up my face and then proceeded to shave half with the electric and the other half with the razor. The side I used with the electric just didn’t feel as clean afterwards. Because the Shave Enhancer is rather stout, I had to keep going over the same area again and again; it was difficult for the electric to cut through the Shave Enhancer and get to the skin.

With the razor, the Shave Enhancer was great; maybe for someone with a thicker beard it wouldn’t have been sufficient, but for me it was. The Shave Enhancer almost functioned as a mixture of shaving cream and soothing after shave lotion. My skin never felt ripped open or vulnerable.

The following day, I tried the DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads. Think of them as a more astute, successful version of the Noxzema acne fighting pads you and all your friends were using in high school. Functioning as a facial scrub, the pads exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells, improve texture and even help reduce wrinkles and dark spots. The other cool thing is that these babies are so powerful you only need to use them 2-4 times per week.

Upon applying the pad to my face, there was a slight, refreshing tingling sensation immediately, but it was very smooth. I thought my skin was clean prior to using it, but after swiping the Power Peel over my face, it was covered in residue I couldn’t see or wash completely with a wash cloth. And even though it opened my pores, my skin felt as though it was coated and protected. The following morning, I woke up and my skin felt great, and it looked clearer and felt especially vibrant.

For more information or to order either product, check out the Jack Black website at www.getjackblack.com.

  

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Product Review: eShave Orange Sandalwood Collection

I got a box in the mail from eShave and it contained the Orange Sandalwood Collection, which was comprised of three crucial components for an enjoyable shaving experience: Pre-Shave Oil, Shave Cream and After Cream Soother.

The Pre-Shave Oil was really thick, like a balm, rather than a cream type that a lot of companies use, and it softened the skin immediately. After a minute or two of applying a layer of the oil and then rubbing it in, I literally felt like I could shave even without the shaving cream — my skin was loosened up and felt soft. The pre-shave could’ve easily been a moisturizer. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the Orange Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil was named the Best Pre-Shave Oil of 2011 by Men’s Health Magazine. The only thing I didn’t like was the scent — Orange Sandalwood. It was too purfumey and was trying really hard to be equal parts aromatherapy and Pre-Shave Oil, when the latter was sufficient.

Speaking of thickness, the Shave Cream was exactly that — cream — not some crappy gel that would dry out the minute the air hit it. It was actually very similar to the shave cream offered by TwinLuxe that I reviewed a few weeks ago. Both were high quality and coated and protected your skin, greatly smoothing the act of shaving. Though I favored the TwinLuxe product, if you’re on a tight budget, the eShave version is $22 for a 4 oz. bottle, while Twin Luxe charges $34 for a 5 oz. bottle. Both are very high quality and are vastly superior to any gel-based shaving cream on the market.

The After Shave Soother was probably my favorite of the three products I received from eShave. It was at least the one that distinguished itself the most from other similar products. So many after shaves on the market are not sufficient with just one application — after you put it on once, some of them even dry your skin out even further and you’re forced to apply some lotion or an additional product. But the eShave version was thick without being gloppy and felt great. I only had to apply one coat and I was good; my skin wasn’t dried out 15 minutes later, it was still firm and moist. It just felt good.

But seriously, the Pre-Shave Oil is so versatile that you could even use that as an after shave soother or post shave cream. It will leave your skin looking a little glossy and moist, so you may not want to use it before you go out. But it’s easy to see why Men’s Health was so enamored with it. The Sandalwood scent was a little much at times, particularly with the Pre Shave Oil and After Shave Soother. I like Sandalwood as a scent (I actually have a bar of sandalwood soap next to my sink right now), but felt like it was somewhat overpowering and unnecessary for a product that was already solid even without the added scent. Overall, eShave’s shaving products put them on the top tier with any other big name product on the market.

  

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