*Update as of Jan. 21, 2015 – I have had to move EOS to the “grey zone” list as I cannot guarantee their cruelty-free status. They claim to be, yet their products are sold in China, where by law they must be subjected to animal testing.
Finding a great cruelty-free shaving cream was harder than I thought. There are lots of options, but some are quite pricey, and some definitely work better than others. I narrowed it down to 3 and have finally made my decision.
Let’s discuss the 2 runners-up first. I really loved the scent and texture of the vanilla mango cream by Alba Organics, and you get a lot for the price of $5.99. But, as the reviews warned, it has no colour to it. It is totally clear. So it is very difficult to see where you’ve shaved and where you haven’t. This is a deal-breaker for me.
I also tried a cream by Aubrey Organics and it’s not bad – goes on nicely, is white enough to be able to see it. I tried 2 scents and they were both very strong. I can see some people not liking that. But the real sticker for me was the price sticker! $6.99, which at first doesn’t seem terrible, but once you realize it contains HALF of the Alba product but costs more… well, let’s just say I kept looking.
And…. drum roll….
The winner is… EOS Shave Cream. I personally went with the Vanilla Bliss scent and it’s nice and light. BONUS: they offer a fragrance-free version for sensitive types. This shave cream is a bit liquidy as mentioned in the reviews on well.ca, but I got used to that. You don’t need to use too much, and I just think it’s the best value out there. At just $4.79, it’s almost the same size as the Alba tube. It’s also the only one that came in a pump, which I loved, and the container is recyclable. Okay, I’m not gushing over this shave cream, but I have no complaints, and that says it all, doesn’t it?
Where to Buy: Well.ca, and drug stores across Canada that carry EOS products.