When the folks over at The Bluebeard's Revenge sent me a sample of their shaving cream and asked me to do a review, I was intrigued but not overly enthusiastic. Another shaving cream from the UK? Could there be anything better than the English classics like Truefitt & Hill and Geo. F. Trumpers? When it comes to shaving cream, the British really know their stuff -- I use the traditional shave lathers almost exclusively in my morning ritual and The Bluebeard's Revenge is now one of my "must-haves." This product takes the traditional shaving cream and throws in a little science for a truly outstanding shave.
NOTE: Due to a trademark issue, The Bluebirds Revenge has been re-branded for sale in the United States as Dreadnought Shaving Cream. It's the same product, with similar packaging and a new name.
Although I would normally tell you to avoid slathering your face with a product that has a skull and cross-bones on the label, I can certainly recommend that you try The Bluebeard's Revenge. 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 (just a touch powdery for my tastes) and the product performed exceptionally well -- among the best I've ever tried.
The Bluebeard's Revenge 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 The Bluebeard's Revenge was very good -- 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 The Bluebeard's Revenge and a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor.
A Little Science
The Bluebeard's Revenge contains a blend of ingredients they refer to as "Decelerine" (which sounds like it should be a dangerous green substance in a test tube on one of those SyFy Channel shows). These ingredients, the manufacturer claims, will reduce the beard growth and, as a result, the frequency of your shave. While I can't really speak to that claim as I've only been using the product for a few short weeks, 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 The Bluebeard's Revenge didn't disappoint -- I experienced no razor burn or irritation at all.
The Post Shave Balm
The Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm is also one of the best after-shave products I've tried. The product contains witch hazel and aloe vera and does a great job of moisturizing and soothing the skin after shaving. I've found the product absorbed extremely well and was not at all greasy. It really did help calm and soothe my skin and the effects lasted hours. The balm also contains their proprietary Decelerine formula which supposedly retards beard growth.
The Bottom Line
At around $22, The Bluebeard's Revenge, 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. Highly recommended.
NOTE: Again, due to a trademark issue The Bluebirds Revenge has been re-branded for sale in the United States as Dreadnought Shaving Cream. It's the same product, with similar packaging and a new name.