Although wet shavers in the USA are largely reliant upon the internet for their gear and information, it does not necessarily have to be this way. Not long after getting into wet shaving I discovered that there were a lot more locally available products than I realized. A little research and some scouring of local shops revealed a treasure trove of soaps, creams, and other gear. One of my favorite locally available products turned out to be the Kiss My Face line of shaving creams.
Kiss My Face shaving creams come in either 3.4oz. tubes or large 11oz. pump bottles and are usually available in health food stores for excellent prices ($5 for the tubes and $8 for the bottles). Kiss My Face (A.K.A. KMF) is known for its amazing scents, easy lather, and ability to pump up other difficult products when used in superlathers. KMF creams are also frequently sold by online retailers, making them one of the most widely available shaving creams around.
My favorite of the various KMF creams is the Green Tea & Bamboo shave cream. This particular cream has a nice fresh green scent that works well with other “green” scented products such as L’Occitane Cade, Pre De Provence, and Proraso White. I often use it to help bulk up a lather, but I also use it by its self. This cream requires a bit more water than many other creams, but rewards you with copious amounts of ultra slick, cushioning lather which lasts for a long time without drying or thinning out. KMF’s skin care qualities are there, but are not significant enough to really tout them as a selling point for this cream. Overall, I would say that KMF Green Tea & Bamboo is an excellent cream which performs well above its modest price tag. This cream deserves a spot in every wet shaver’s rotation of products.
Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):
Scent Quality: 9
Scent Strength: 7
Lather Quality: 9
Skin Care: 7
Aqua, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Saponaria Officinalis (Soapwort) Root Extract, Nasturtium Officinalis (Watercress) Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Natural Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose