I bought this from Birchbox purely on a hunch... the description, the packaging and the reviews sounded good to me. It looks really cool... it's an irredescent, metallic aqua color and goes on smooth. I like the smell pretty much, but there's something slightly off about it. Maybe it's the sake, but I don't think so. Not that it matters, but my jar is black. I would buy it again, but I think there are better products.
Great but small
I have had nothing but good times using this shave cream. I'd recommend it to anyone. I did find that I had to use more than I thought I would as it tended to absorb into my face quickly. (That tingly feeling though... it's nice!) So I ended up going through the whole container in about 2 months. I'm buying a second one but at around $30.00 I'll probably be looking for something else 2 months from now.
Also, this isn't really something that Birchbox can control but it is worth mentioning. I bought my product in June and it spent most of it's travels on a very hot UPS truck. I was home when the box arrived and took it inside immediately to open it but the product was like a soup when I opened it. I don't know if that affected my experience with the product at all but once it had been inside for around 24 hours it had regained a bit more cohesion and was easy to use.
Doesn't lather well, but I like the product
Interesting appearance texture and scent. I find myself using more than my standard go-to shave cream because it doesn't lather well. Leaves a pleasant tingle. Did I say, interesting appearance and texture?
Because I also shave my head, I've used every shave cream known to man! This includes the Art of Shaving as well as what I considered the best with Truefitt and Hill's Ultimate Shave Cream and this SAKE stuff is the BOMB! Do yourself a favor and use John Allan's Pre Shave Oil, and then apply this cream using a badger brush and shave then, BOOM! Enjoy!