Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aubrey Organics, Men's Stock, City Rhythms Shave Cream – Product Review

* This is a post by my first guest blogger, my husband Jason, who has wonderfully taken the reins while my carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up. I thank him for sharing my passion with living a greener life and for his "guy" insight on this product review.

This past week my wife spoke with me and asked if I would make a guest appearance on her blog. We have been making the change to green hand in hand, and I believe it is the best thing: having someone to take the steps with you and test out new products.

In our quest to be more earth-friendly we have been experimenting with products there is no doubt in that. I believe some of the items are easy to find and don’t take much adventure, like dish soap, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. Then there are the personal hygiene products, this is where the adventure in green living comes from sometimes I think. It takes a thick skin to try out a new deodorant while at work. Really who wants to be known as the onion in their place of work? Or another good trip is toothpaste and mouthwash; I mean we have all grown up thinking mint is what makes your mouth clean, just the scent of it makes me think it. Then you go and look at the natural and organic products and that first leap of putting algae based product in your mouth, I don’t think anyone knows what to expect. There is not a doubt in the world there has been success and failures along the way. The adventure into green has not been a dull one that is for sure.

Time to get back on track with what this post is all about. One of the things that I was worried about when making the step to a greener lifestyle was shaving cream. I am a very sensitive skinned guy so finding something to use that is not going to leave me with razor burn all over my neck was something I was a bit worried about.

I must say though it did not take long to find something that worked; actually I believe I hit the nail on the head the first time. It is a great little product called Men’s Stock City Rhythms Shave Cream from Aubrey Organics. This product is completely vegan friendly, not tested on any animals and is organic. When you pop the top you are invited to a smooth shave with scents of Cedar, Sandalwood and Bergamot. Now this is not your normal shaving cream with the super lather either, it is almost more of an actual cream. Not too much is needed either, an amount about the size of a “Tooney” (Canadian 2$ coin the size of a silver dollar) should cover.

Some other benefits that are found in the cream are Organic Avocado and Wheat Germ Oil, which help with razor glide. Witch Hazel Extract to soothe irritation along with Camphor, Menthol and Organic Eucalyptus that provide a cool invigoration during the entire shave. Personally I feel no need for after shave with all these goodies, but they do offer such products if you are interested. Price is not too bad either at around under 7$ US, it will not break the bank. You can go directly to the Aubrey Organics site and order it; they have great deals on product lines, but will not ship to Canada. We have found a great little online company called that has all the Aubrey Organics product and ship not Canada for very little. They have some great deals too. This shaving cream sells for under 6$ US.

Personally I can last about 6 weeks on one tube by shaving once every 2 days. So if asked would I recommend this to other people I most certainly would. This is not to say there may not be other companies out there; I just haven’t felt the need to explore.

What products have you changed lately that you really enjoyed?