Men have thicker skin than our female counterparts so often men need products that strike a balance between being tough and non-damaging for sensitive or dry skin. Boots No7 Men aims to strike that very important balance.
I’ve recently had the chance to try out the Boots No7 Men skin care products. Check out my review below:
Energising Face Wash: Made with a combination of traditional surfactants (cleaning agents) like sodium laureth sulfate and more recently developed ones like cocamidopropyl betaine, the hypo-allergenic wash leaves you with a refreshed feeling. After using the wash several times, I didn’t find the product to be drying despite the ingredient list. The consistency are scent are mostly what you would expect from a face wash although I must admit that the scent is a little artificial for my taste. All in all, it works well and gave me that “squeaky-clean” feeling that many of us might be looking for. 3/5
Energising Face Scrub: Much like the Energising Face Wash, Boots No7 Face Scrub has a pleasant, if not slightly artificial, clean smell that bodes well for early morning showers. The refreshing feel from the wash is here too, but with the added benefit of castor oil which provides a little bit more lasting moisture. While the product does a pretty decent job at cleaning, I don’t think the scrubbing beads are tough to effectively lift beard/facial hair in preparation for shaving. The scrubbing beds dissolve pretty quickly and unfortunately few are far between. In my opinion, there are simply better scrubs near this price point, or lower, that will get the job done. 2/5
Calming Anti-Friction Shave Gel: I’ve tried many shaving gels and creams over the past few years here on MANE MAN so I find it difficult to find one that stands out from the pack. Unfortunately, the Calming Anti-Friction Shave Gel is not a home run but it’s a solid double and works relatively well for the value. The gel’s consistency is medium to thin, and clear, which makes it especially visible during a daily shave. The gel also has castor oil which makes it silky and smooth and helps the razor blade glide across your skin while causing little irritation. It has worked pretty well with my safety razor and would likely fair well with most razors on the market too. 3.5/5
Calming Post Shave Recovery Balm: Unfortunately I don’t have much to say about the Calming Post Shave Recovery Balm. The product consistency and scent are pretty average among the company’s competitors. It does an OK job of reducing irritation and providing much needed moisture after a shave. My big qualm is that when I tried the balm it tends to sit on top of the skin versus readily absorbing into the skin which is definitely important to me as the more humid months are quickly on their way. 2/5
Overall Impression: As a whole, I think there are plenty of reasons why the Boots No7 Men skin care line would work. It’s affordable, hypoallergnic and makes for a simple, no-fuss morning routine. The Calming Anti-Friction Shave Gel and Energising Face Wash are standouts while I personally feel the Calming Post Shave Recovery Balm and Energising Face Scrub leave a little to be desired. But at a moderate price point, its hard to imagine that most guys wouldn’t want to give the products a try. 2.5/5
Disclosure: Products were provided courtesy of Boots No7 Men for the purpose of this review. All opinions represented herein are mine and mine alone. Boots No7 products are available online at Walgreens.com.