Neatly presented shaving cream for your face and/or legs; it works well, smells great and would make a good gift
Rapha Shaving Cream
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I'll put my cards on the table: I'm not a world authority on shaving cream. So sue me... I'm a bike journalist. It hasn't been especially important before. I've used plenty over the years, though, so here's my take on Rapha's version...

First, it comes in a neat little screw-top tin that matches their chamois cream and embrocation tins. Good start. I like that. Looks classy. Just don't get them mixed up.

Next, it smells good. Well, it smells good to me. I'm getting lavender. I'm getting a hint of rosemary.

There are plenty of other ingredients in there 'inspired by the flora surrounding Mont Ventoux', according to Rapha (of course, there's not a great deal of flora at the summit of the Giant of Provence). You get juniper berries, cypress, pine needles, patchoui... Patchouli? It's a minty herb. Didn't you even know that? Tch!

Anyway, the ingredients all have claims to being natural antiseptics, anti-inflamatories, immunity boosters... stuff like that. There's shea butter and olive oil in there too, intended to leave your skin feeling soothed and supple.

This is intended for both your face and your legs and it works great on both. Scoop up a little bit of cream, massage it in and you're away. It's slippery without being greasy and it leaves your skin feeling hydrated rather than dry.... Yes, 'hydrated'; I'm getting into this.

Personally, I think it's a bit posh for your legs. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the hard work my legs do for me but, you know, they have to know their place. I'll be saving the rest for my chinny-chin-chin.

Coming in its own little box with a little map of Ventoux, this would genuinely make a great Christmas or birthday gift.


Neatly presented shaving cream for your face and/or legs; it works well, smells great and would make a good gift

road.cc test report

Make and model: Rapha Shaving Cream

Size tested: 150ml

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Rapha say, "For road riders, shaving their legs is a treasured ritual that heralds the start of the racing season. Rapha Shaving Cream is a blend of natural ingredients and essential oils designed to soothe the skin and leave it feeling supple and hydrated. It has been designed for shaving both the face and legs, with a subtle fragrance inspired by the flora surrounding Mont Ventoux."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Um, it has a soothing blend of essential oils and natural ingredients. That's what Rapha say.

Rate the product for performance:
Rate the product for value:

Well, you can buy 150ml of shaving cream a lot cheaper (and there are more expensive ones out there too) but that's not really the point, is it? This is intended to work well, of course, but part of the appeal is that it's a cycling-specific brand/product. If you want a bargain, go to Superdrug or whatever.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It works well, feels good and doesn't dry your skin out.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The smell, the presentation.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, really. It's pricey.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? It's more expensive than I'd pay on a regular basis

Would you recommend the product to a friend? As a treat

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,


Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.


TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago

nice review - the skincare journalism world doesnt know what is missed.  4

doubt I'll be buying it but out of interest how long would a pot last - given its about 7 times more than a tin of gillette stuff thats pricey even by the big R's standard.

boardmanrider [85 posts] 3 years ago

I have a tine of this stuff and it's fantastic. It's about 3 times the price of Gilette Fusion Pro Glide shaving foam. You only need a tiny blob, say the size of a pea and once whipped up with some water using a brush it produces and excellent foam.

No rashes, no cuts and as the reviewer says, my skin feels smooth, soft and hydrated (hey, I'm getting old and I need all I can get).

Plus, the tin really nicely produced, the contents smell great. This is an excellent buy and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Their soap is also really nice as well

finbar [120 posts] 3 years ago

As sceptical as i am, i might try this. I got some of their chamois cream and it smelled lovely - if it's good enough for my arse it's good enough for my face  3

bendertherobot [610 posts] 3 years ago

It's really very nice, obviously very expensive. And it does go a very long way. It's a pretty good range of stuff they do now, just try and catch them when their doing a discount code and get their "skincare pack."

Honourable mention to the soap as well.

WolfieSmith [1235 posts] 3 years ago

I agree with Finbar. I was sent a free sample of both embrocation and chamois cream as an apology for putting an 'S' t shirt in a packet marked 'XL'. The chamois cream smells like heaven to the point where, post ride, your shorts still have fragrance left to infuse the washing basket with 'the slopes of Mt Ventoux'. I have a big tub under the tree waiting for me and £15 is a bargain. I'm almost tempted to use it as aftershave balm. : )

bendertherobot [610 posts] 3 years ago

MercuryOne, another good shout. It works really well as that, just a tiny bit to rub in.

seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago

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If you want a bargain, go to Superdrug or whatever.

... harsh..but fair