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The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Surya Brasil Sapien Men Shaving Cream


Surya Brasil Sapien Men Shave Cream – 200ml (17.00)

This is my debut review for Surya Brasil. Founded in Brasil in 1995, this mother and daughter business have based their ingredients on Ayurvedic and organic living.  I was fortunate enough to meet and introduced the company founder Clelia Angelon to Del Brown Approved in 2014, she was keen for me to try out this shaving cream for myself. I’ve been using their Sapien Men Shave Cream for months as the 200ml tube is SO big!

I’m going to start by describing this as a shaving ‘gel’ rather than a ‘cream’.  Formulated using ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest and natural botanicals from around the world.  This shaving gel boasts being certified 100% vegan, 98.81% of the ingredients are from natural origin, 13.73% of which are certified organic by EcoCert.

The base of the shaving gel is a mixture of natural emulsifiers, foaming agents, high concentration of organic aloe vera leaf juice, coconut derived cleansers and lubricating emollients.  Then we see orange, cedarwood, bergamot and clove oils mixed with macadamia nut oil, rich Cupuaçu butter sustainably harvested from a nut from a tropical rainforest tree, properties similar to that of shea butter.  Then Malpighia Glabra, a potent antioxidant tropical fruit.

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The primary task of a shaving cream or gel should be to assist the smooth glide of a sharp blade across the skin.  The gelatinous texture, thick viscose gel has a light natural orange hue and an unusual exotic aroma.  It looks, smells and acts unlike most shaving products I’ve ever used.  Starting off thick and semi transparent, the gel doesn’t bubble up giving you a face full of synthetic foam.  Instead it builds a naturally lubricating cream that sits comfortably on the skin, allowing the razor to glide effortlessly without clogging the blade.

The cleaver use of natural ingredients leaves the post shaved skin feeling moisturised, comfortable and smooth.  The masculine fragrance of cedarwood, bergamot and clove, also leaves the skin slightly scented and fresh.  An unusual and unique product that is a pleasure to use and thoroughly Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sucrose Cocoate*, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citrus aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Extract (and) Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Theobroma Grandiorum Seed Butter*, Dextrin and Malpighia Glaba Fruit Extract* and Saccharomyces Lysate Extract. 

*EcoCert Organic


Red Clay shave cream from Neals Yard

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Neals Yard Close Shave Cream – 140ml (£13.50)

As you’d expect, I’m not a fan of traditional shaving creams/foams with their synthetic foaming agents, fragrances, colourings and preservatives. This shave cream from Neals Yard however, ticks a lot of boxes.  It doesn’t contain any SLS foaming agents, no propylene glycol or paraben preservatives.

The ingredients consist of a large amount of Olive Oil, Apple Juice, and Red Clay.  Followed by extract of Yarrow and Lavender oil.  It has the consistency of a grey clay, smells good and foams up well.  Good slip and slide aids a sharp razor blade.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium cocoyl isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic acid, Coconut acid, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Pyrus malus (Apple) juice*, Lecithin, Montmorillonite (Red clay), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract*, Avena sativa (Oats) extract*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Copaifera officinalis (Balsam copaiba) resin*, Levulinic acid, Xanthan gum, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. * Organically produced ingredient + Nut-based ingredient Natural constituent of essential oils listed