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VeloSkin Post Shave Lotion works well to create smooth, protected-feeling skin and reduce irritation. The ingredients are all natural and the subtle fragrance is a nice touch – it's gentle enough in every way to use on either your face or legs. While cyclist-specific competition is scarce, it's expensive compared to everyday generic products – and really cheap compared to premium High Street brands.
The Post Shave Lotion comes with VeloSkin's signature scent of orange blossom and bergamot oil. This natural fragrance is pleasant rather than overpowering, and works well on either your face or legs.
It leaves no residue – despite being pretty thick, it's absorbed well into the skin and leaves only a fresh feeling behind. I found this lotion not only helps soothe away irritation from shaving, but helps seal up small cuts and stops you bleeding everywhere.
At £15 for 150 ml of lotion, it's a premium product, though it exactly matches Rapha's Post Shave Lotion, which is £20 for 200ml. Compared to supermarket options such as Harry's Post Shave Balm (£7 for 100ml) or Bulldog Sensitive After Shave Balm (£5 for 100ml) though, the VeloSkin is expensive (roughly £5-£7 more). But... compare the VeloSkin to premium non-cycling products such as Clinique For Men Post-Shave Soother or Liz Earle Mens After Shaving Moisturiser and it's cheap – they work out as £42 and £66 per 150ml respectively.
Since this Post Shave Lotion is designed to be used sparingly, it lasts rather a long time anyway. Over a month, I used only a third of a pot.
VeloSkin Post Shave Lotion is effective at reducing irritation and bleeding from shaving cuts on legs or faces. It smells good, leaves no greasy residue and lasts well too – plus the ingredients are all natural. There are cheaper options, but for a premium product this is actually well-priced.
Effective post shave lotion that's cheaper than regular premium brands
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Veloskin Post Shave Lotion
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?
VeloSkin says: "Complete your pre-ride shave ritual with VeloSkin's soothing post shave lotion. Containing active natural ingredients to soothe irritation, this rich and silky lotion leaves your skin hydrated and super soft. Made without the addition of harsh additives or drying alcohol, it's gentle enough to use on your face, as well as your legs."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
VeloSkin says it contains:
Good solid metal tin.
Helps a lot to reduce irritation and sore skin.
Lasts well – at the current rate of usage, one pot will last up to three months.
Leaves your skin comfortable after shaving.
Works well, but there are cheaper alternatives.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. My legs feel sublime afterwards – it's a pleasure to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The smell is pleasant.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
There are few cycling-specific post shave lotions out there, and generic ones come a lot cheaper. That said, this does feel like a premium product – and premium lotions are WAY more expensive – so it's actually middling.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This lotion leaves my skin feeling protected and soothed, without leaving any residue – it works very well. The only real drawback is the price, as regular post-shave balms can be had for 30-50 percent less cash. For instance, Harry's Post Shave Balm is £7 for 100ml, and Bulldog Sensitive After Shave Balm is £5.49 for 100ml (£10.50 and £8.24 per 150ml). On the other hand, premium products such as Clinique For Men Post-Shave Soother and Liz Earle Mens After Shaving Moisturiser work out at £42 and £66 per 150ml respectively!
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCR My best bike is: Giant Trinty
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, club rides, the occasional bit of track