Spending a lot of time away from home creates some new challenges for traditional wet shavers. Travelers rarely have a shaving bowl or their favorite brush. Also, the water in hotel rooms can be unpredictable. Sometimes it’s so hard that no amount of effort can work up the lather I’m used to. In this post I’ll review why I think Cremo is the best shaving cream for travel. Like anything else, the “best” of anything is a personal preference. But Cremo has some unique characteristics that can simplify shaving on the road.
What is Cremo?
Cremo is a thick white paste that looks and acts differently than many other shaving creams. From the back of the bottle:
You are holding an exceptional shave cream. Why? Most shave “creams” and gels are foamy formulas full of air – not the best lubricant. Cremo requires one unusually thin, foam-free layer. It’s concentrated against your skin, not in a cloud that gets scraped down the drain.
Cremo contains unique molecules that become impossibly slick when mixed with water, so your blade glides effortlessly over skin. You’ll enjoy a clean, comfortable shave and astonishingly smooth skin – with virtually no nicks, razor burn, or irritation.”
A 6-oz tube costs around $6 and claims to last 90-days. I’ve never kept track of how many shaves I have gotten from a tube but it does last a very long time. The original version has a citrus scent that actually smells pretty good (I imagine they were going for gender-neutral when they developed it).
Cremo is used differently than other shaving creams
Cremo is intended to be applied directly to the face without a brush. The instructions say to rub an “almond sized dollop” into your wet face with your fingertips until a light lather forms. The key is to keep it wet. When it’s wet this cream is insanely slick, but it starts to get too tacky if it gets dry.
I typically apply it with a brush even though it is not intended to be used that way. Why? I have a thick, coarse beard that grows pretty quickly, and I find the brush gets the cream down to my skin better than my hands. Just a personal preference.
Some people who are used to a thick lather don’t like the fact that Cremo doesn’t lather well. Adding a little water and working it with a brush creates a very thin lather – just like if you used too much water with a traditional soap or cream. But that’s ok – it’s the water that makes the Cremo work well, not necessarily the thickness of the lather.
Why I like Cremo for travel
The main reason I like Cremo for travel is because working up a good lather isn’t necessary. It doesn’t matter if the water in the hotel is hard or if you forget your brush and bowl. Cremo works well just rubbing it onto your face using your hands. Cremo is pretty quick to use, which can be helpful if you are running behind in the morning.
Another reason Cremo is good for travel is because it is forgiving. As long as your face stays wet it will be slick enough to shave on. I find my technique suffers a little in a hotel room – maybe its the fact that I am using different tools than I am used to or the fact that I’m just in a different place. I generally have a little more clean-up work to do and the Cremo lets me touch up areas without re-lathering.
Finally, I like the creamy consistency because I can put it in a travel bottle. There’s no sense in lugging around a giant tube or tub of shaving cream on a 3-day trip.
The purpose of this blog is to share how double-edge shaving can help men get better shaves and clearer skin. Here are some additional posts you may find interesting:
Intro to Wet Shaving – A primer on how DE shaving helps give better shaves and clearer skin
Shaving Technique – A “how-to” guide for shaving with a safety razor
DE Shaving Cost Comparison – Analysis comparing the cost of DE shaving vs cartridge shaving (spoiler: DE razors are cheaper than dirt!)
Gear for Beginners – The low-cost tools that introduced me to DE shaving
Razor Aggressiveness Basics – An explanation of what makes a razor “mild” with recommendations for beginning DE shavers