COMPARATIVE TESTING OF SHAVING CREAM

For most men, even today, the day begins with a good shave which is also linked with a good shaving cream.  While many opt for a shaving cream based on fragrance,  some opt based on the skin texture. Shaving creams also have the very important function of ensuring that you get the least, if any, nicks and cuts in the act of shaving. All of these attributes are determined by the composition of the shaving cream, for which the national standards have specified parameters and limits. Consumer VOICE has compared brands of Shaving Cream  as per national standard in an independent, NABL accredited laboratory.

Products Compared: Axe, Park Avenue, Godrej, Detoll, Reliance, Old Spice,Vi John, Gillittee

Parameters Compared: Total fatty substance, Lathering power, Water content, Free caustic alkali, Stability, Consistency, Homogeneity, Heavy metals, Microbiological safety

What is Shaving Cream?

Shaving cream is used by men prior to the shaving to wet and soften the beard. Shaving Creams are basically soaps composed of sodium and potassium stearate, mixed with water and glycerol to give a creamy texture.

What are the types of Shaving Cream?

As per the relevant Indian Standard there are two types of shaving creams namely; Type 1 – Lather, Type 2 – Brushless.

Now a days gel type are also popular especially to attract young.

What are the ingredients in shaving cream?

Aqua (water), stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, triethanolamine, parfum (fragrance) and sodium hydroxide.

Which brands are tested?

VOICE Society conducted comparative testing on 8 brands of Shaving Cream  as per national standard in an independent, NABL accredited laboratory. The brands tested are Axe, Park Avenue, Godrej, Detoll, Reliance, Old Spice,Vi John, Gillittee .

What test methodology being used for comparative testing?

The test program for comparative testing is mainly based on relevant national standard IS:9740 to evaluate the 8 popular brands of Shaving Creams (Lather Type).The testing was conducted in a reputed NABL accredited laboratory.

What are the key findings?

The key test findings on various qualitative and performance parameters are available in August 2019 issue of “Consumer VOICE” magazine. Please watch out for top performer brands as well as value for money.