I recently had the chance to review The Bluebeard's Revenge Shaving Cream
-- a product which, hands down, is my favorite shaving cream ever. Then it happened. POOF! The Bluebeard's Revenge disappeared. Due to a pesky trademark issue, they were prohibited from selling the stuff in the United States. Luckily, they found a workaround and are now selling the product in the United States under the brand name Dreadnought Shaving (pronounced dred-nowt). Same product with a similar look and new name.
Although the logo looks a little dangerous, I can certainly recommend that you try Dreadnought Shaving Cream. The shaving cream is marketed as an ultra masculine product designed to tackle the toughest beards and the packaging is certainly not something your wife is likely to pick up and try to use on her legs. The fragrance is clean and light and the product performed exceptionally well -- among the best I've ever tried.
Dreadnought Shaving Cream can be used right out of the jar without a shaving brush
. Of course, I highly recommend using one for maximum effectiveness and lather. In my tests, I tried the product both with and without a brush and the performance and lather were similar. I enjoy the ritual of shaving, so I used the product with a brush and my trusty double-edge razor
. The results were amazing.
The lather created by Dreadnought Shaving Cream was excellent -- it was rich and creamy and held up during my entire shave. The cream created a very slick surface on my skin and I experienced no razor drag at all. The shave was incredibly close and I got an excellent shave with just one pass of the razor -- not something that happens all that often with other shave creams I've tried. The product left my skin smooth and moisturized to the point I didn't really feel the need to use a separate moisturizer afterward. I also got an excellent, irritation free shave using Dreadnought Shaving Cream and a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor.
I should also note that they also make an amazing after-shave balm as well, which I also highly recommend.
A Little Science
Dreadnought Shaving Cream contains a blend of ingredients they refer to as "Decelerine" which sounds a little science-fictiony (is that a real term?) but these ingredients, the manufacturer claims, will reduce the beard growth and, as a result, the frequency of your shave. While I really haven't noticed any reduction in my beard growth over the past six months or so, I can say for certain that the product produces great lather, provides outstanding lubrication, and leaves me with a close, irritation free shave -- exactly what I want from a shave cream. I've got fairly sensitive skin, and Dreadnought Shaving Cream didn't disappoint -- I experienced no razor burn or irritation at all. Hands down, this is the best shaving product I've ever used.
The Bottom Line
At around $22, Dreadnought Shaving Cream, is certainly fairly priced considering the quality of the product. A single jar should last you around three months.
Would I recommend this product? Absolutely. The performance was on par with some of the best shave creams I've tried (in fact, it now tops that list). Great performance, cool packaging, paraben-free. What's not to love? I've used the product for a few months now and haven't noticed any reduction in my beard's growth as the product marketing claims. That said, it is still the best shaving product I've encountered and I'm glad the folks at The Bluebeards' Revenge have found a way to get this product back on the shelves in the United States as the re-branded Dreadnought Shaving Cream. Highly recommended.