This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on bathroom products. Series titles and links are as follows.
Part 1 shower gels.
Part 2 soap, deodorants and toothpaste
Part 3 shaving creams and foams, and female condoms (this blog)
Part 4 toilet rolls
Part 5 predictions on new bathroom products
Note: Part 6 on hair care products may never be written. I never use them and it’s a vast subject with more pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo than you can shake a stick at.
Part 3 Shaving Cream and Foam
I accept that women shave. They shave their legs, their armpits, and if they originate from Brazil or Hollywood, or perform in adult movies, their pubic hair. They also may be tempted to shave off unwanted facial hair but a quick Google search reveals many other ways to do this such as using tweezers, an epilator, waxing, a depilatory cream, threading or trimming, all of which sound somewhat gruesome. But, back to shaving creams and foam. Are there separate men and women products? Certainly. Men have a plethora of products, always have, always will do—foams, cream, oils, soaps. Will these products work for women? Yes, but women can buy their own women-only products and thus save bathroom arguments plus add clutter to the bathroom cabinet. Here are some such products: Pure Silk’s Rich and Luxurious Raspberry Mist Shave Cream (what man would be seen buying this product after browsing in the shaving section of a supermarket?); Eos Ultra Moisturising Cream in a variety of wholesome nutritional flavours—Cucumber Melon, Pomegranate Raspberry, Vanilla Bliss, Lavender Jasmine, Island Blue, and Fragrance Free for sensitive skins; Rasierseife für die Dame; Velvet, a Shaving Soap for Women; Tierra Mia Organics’ Shaving Soap for Women (with raw goat milk!); and don’t let us forget Catie’s Bubbles’ Irish Coffee French Style Shaving Soap with sweet fresh brew coffee and some Irish whiskey. I might give that one a shot with a biscotti on the side!
As a bonus item for this discussion, let’s take a look at female condoms, more a bedroom product than a bathroom product but what the hell! Female condoms, I hear you exclaim. Surely that’s an oxymoron? But no. Google “Female condom” and up comes (no pun intended) femidom. (Note: not femdom. That’s something very different—female domination.) Femidoms are similar to what we used to call diaphragms but are nowadays a soft plastic pouch (sheaf) rather than a vulcanised rubber cap. How and when femidoms were so named I don’t know but I suppose if a copulating couple want to be extra cautious, he could wear a condom and she a femidom in which case the subsequent merging of the two prophylactics might be called a femicondom?
Ah well, we live and learn. Part 4 on genderised toilet rolls will follow shortly. Stay clean and stay seated.