The Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream is a glycerin-based shave cream that is made specifically for sensitive skin. Notice the word “specifically,” which is different than “exclusively.” I don’t think of myself as having sensitive skin, and it worked out pretty well for me in the end. Let’s take a closer look.
The packaging continues on Kyoku’s black and white simplicity theme, and I think it works out pretty well. There’s no need to use that ridiculous “extreme” marketing pitch to guys, but that’s another story. The jar says that this shaving cream contains silicone beads, but they were not listed in the ingredients list. Go figure. Unless the beads are made out of something else, or they go by another chemical name, I didn’t see them. I’m not a chemist.
Real talk: this stuff smells really, really bad. That’s just a fact. There’s no hiding the natural scent by piling on lots of artificial scents or more chemicals than are needed (which is a good thing). Kyoku apparently felt the need to go au natural with this.
However, we’re not using this as cologne, we’re shaving with it. This is where the Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream redeems itself. You can’t really see the silicone beads in the formula, but you can definitely tell something is in there. It doesn’t lather as much as other glycerin-based creams, but that might be a result of the sensitive skin formula, or the silicone beads. Have I mentioned I’m not a chemist?
The shave is pretty good, but not the best ever. What’s good is that it really only took me one pass (I always do two for good measure) to get a real close shave, so all you sensitive skin-types out there can rest assured knowing you won’t drag a razor across your face for 30 minutes in order to get a nice shave. If you can look past the smell, a great shave shall be your reward.