Cremo is one of those brands that everybody seems to know. Their products cover a wide range, some are awesome, and some, well, not so much. The cool thing about Cremo is their products are available pretty much anywhere that men's grooming supplies are sold (I happened to pick up this wash while out grocery shopping). But just because it's easy to find, is it worth owning? Lets check it out and see...
A good minty scent that isn't terribly strong, pretty straightforward, nothing too exotic...doesn't come across as very "high end", I smelled this next to a little bottle of pure peppermint essential oil, and it definitely didn't have that same fresh mint smell that the oil had. There is also a weird medicinal/chemical note hiding in the background, not enough to be unpleasant, but definitely there. You'll find the scent doesnt hang around too long after washing (I didn't even notice it a little bit as I towel dried my beard).
How does it work?
Okay, why somebody would need an all-in-one beard and face wash is a little beyond me, but whatever...The first time I used this, I tried it as a face wash too (even though the performance of this product will not be graded on how it works to that capacity...just as a beard wash), as somebody who regularly keeps a couple of different face washes in rotation, I can say definitively that this could not be sold as a stand-alone face wash, it's super watery, and whatever theyre using to give it the mint scent is not something you want to get in your eyes (I, uh, may have managed to get some into both eyes, and ended up flailing around, knocking down about half a dozen of my wife's shampoo bottles in the process of trying to rinse my eyes under the shower head). So, performance as a face wash notwithstanding...how does it work as a beard wash? Sadly, not very well...it hardly creates any lather at all, which in-and-of itself isn't necessarily the worst thing in the world, but it doesn't seem to clean very well either, just sort of lingering on the surface and not really getting inbetween the hairs of the beard. It is also extremely difficult to rinse out (there is a definite residue still detectible after drying). When you hit your beard with the blowdryer and comb, you'll notice that it feels lifeless and has quite a few tangles. A bit of a disapointment on all levels.
The bottom line
I'm not really sure who this product is for...maybe guys with shorter beards that dont require as much cleaning? People who really like stuff that stings their eyes? Either way, one of this product's few redeeming qualities is that it is super affordable...but that being said, there are other options in the same price range that outperform this stuff.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MIPA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glycerin, Prunus Amygladus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-150 Distearate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glycol Distearate, Steareth-4, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum).
$12 at cremocompany.com (although the product used in this review was purchased at my local Fry's supermarket for $8.99)