Getting the best shave really comes down to two factors: the type of razor you’re using and the shaving cream you’re using. Too many people focus exclusively on the first part of that equation and don’t think enough about the second part. Unfortunately, that’s a recipe for disaster because buying the right shave cream is a necessity in getting the best shave possible.
It doesn’t matter if you’re shaving your beard or your hair. A good cream will help you achieve the results you want. That’s why we’ve decided to list ten of the creams that we feel are the best ones currently available. These are creams that will help protect the skin as your shave and will result in an overall better shaving experience.
10. Rocky Mountain Barber Co. Sandalwood
This premium shaving cream is made in small batches using only the highest-quality ingredients. This results in a product that is capable of not only reducing razor burn but also reduce the overall irritation that some men experience during the shaving process. It’s manufactured using essential oils such as Sandalwood, so it has a scent that’s highly masculine. It’s also made with both glycerin and coconut oil, so the shaver’s face is left moisturized and feeling smooth. And another great thing about this product is that it can be applied either by hand or with a shave brush, so the shaver has the versatility to shave the way they want to shave.
9. Pacific Shaving Company Natural
Made in the U.S.A using high-quality and all-natural organic ingredients, this product is designed to give the shaver a great shaving experience. It’s manufactured using plant-derived ingredients and has never been tested on animals. The ingredients found in this product will not only allow the razor to glide smoothly over the shaver’s face but also helps reduce razor burn and skin irritation. And because it’s manufactured in a concentrated formula, it’s available in TSA friendly sizes and can easily be carried in carry-on luggage. This product also has a pleasant scent and will leave the shaver’s face nice and smooth.
8. Nivea for Men Sensitive Shaving Gel (3-Pack)
This shaving gel is designed for men who have had problems with razor burns and red bumps in the past, and are looking for something that will allow them to shave their skin without irritating it. It’s made with both Chamomile extract and vitamin E, so it soothes irritation and conditions while the man is shaving. It also contains aloe to ensure that redness is kept to an absolute minimum. Since it’s not made with alcohol, this product won’t dry out skin like other shaving creams. This product has been tested by dermatologists and has been approved for men with sensitive skin.
7. Proraso Sapona de Barba
Made in Italy and a barber’s choice for 70 years, this product is designed to take care of men’s skin as they shave. It’s acceptable for just about any skin or beard type and doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens or silicone products. It also doesn’t contain artificial colors of ingredients derived from animals. This means that this product delivers a wholesome, clean shave that isn’t burdened with ingredients which aren’t natural. This product contains Eucalyptus oil and other natural oils that protect the man’s skin before, during and after they shave. All of which allow men to enjoy a rich, luxurious shave and do it without the fear of razor burn.
6. Edge Sensitive Men Shave Gel (6-Pack)
Enhanced with aloe and other lubricating products, this shaving gel is designed to protect the man’s face from annoying skin irritation, red bumps, and razor burn. It’s designed to take care of the man’s face as he shaves and moisturizes the skin so that the man’s face is protected from redness and skin drying after he finishes shaving. This product goes on smooth, never requires a shave brush and has a nice pleasant scent to it. Men can use it to not only shave their faces but also their heads, and it moisturizes the skin so well that women can use it to shave their legs or armpits.
5. HeadBlade Head Slick Mentholated Cream
Anyone who hasn’t used mentholated shaving creams to shave their head or face is missing out. That’s because nothing can compare to the cool, refreshing feel of a mentholated shaving product. And nothing proves this more than this product. It leaves the shaver’s skin feeling tingly and refreshed and is a good product to use during the summer months. It’s also a water-soluble product, so it’s easy to clean off shaving brushes and blades when the user has finished with their shaving. But best of all is that this product doesn’t contain any artificial dyes or perfumes and is completely cruelty-free.
4. Cremo Original Shave Cream (3-Pack)
This 3-pack of shaving creams is a great gift for women to give the special man in their life or for men to give themselves. This cream was designed by an engineering graduate who was sick of the shaving products that he could buy, so he created his own. This product is designed with water-activated molecules that seem impossibly slick and help to give men the smoothest shave possible. During shaving, it greatly reduces the instances of nicks and cuts, as well as skin irritation and red bumps. And once the shaver has finished shaving, this product is designed to leave their skin refreshed and smooth.
3. Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Collection
This classic English shave cream comes in a handy jar and is ready to enhance any man’s shaving experience. When used, it produces a compact lather that’s smooth and helps to eliminate red bumps and razor burn. This product has a nice smell to it that contains notes of oranges and is blended with warm patchouli notes and lemon oil. This fresh invigorating fragrance is a siren’s call to the opposite sex and leaves the man feeling confident all day. This modern smelling scent can be used by anyone looking to use a product that does a good job of reducing razor burn and still smells good.
2. The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream Sandalwood
This cream produces a rich, luxurious lather that allows razors to glide smoothly over the shaver’s skin and helps protect the skin from razor burn and red bumps. As this product is used, it softens the beard and provides for a comfortable shave. It also hydrates the skin and leaves the shaver’s skin feeling soft and smooth. And since it’s made with Sandalwood oil, it leaves a very masculine scent that lingers after shaving is done. Other quality ingredients which can be found in this product include coconut oil and glycerin, as well as a variety of other essential oils.
1. Geo F. Trumper Almond Barber Cream
With a creamy, barbershop texture that lathers up very creamy, this shaving cream produces a quality shave lather that’s just can’t be beaten. And since it produces a nice luxurious lather, only a little bit is needed for shaving. This product comes in a little-threaded bowl that holds 200-grams of the product that’s easy to keep on a sink or a shelf. It leaves a light and sweet fragrance that is a little bit nutty, too. This is a great product for any man to buy themselves or to give as a gift. Anyone who’s looking to up their shaving game will want to see if this product suits their needs.
How To Use Shaving Cream
It doesn’t matter if you use the best shaving cream and the best razor if you don’t know how to use them. That’s why I’ve decided to list some of the steps needed for the best shave possible. While the steps below are intended for men who are wet shaving with a shaving brush, the steps can be slightly changed for men who use aerosol shaving creams.
Using a Shaving Brush
Buy a Good Shaving Brush – Obviously, if you use an aerosol cream, you’re not going to have to use a shaving brush. But if you don’t, then you will want to buy the best brush possible. Generally speaking, boar hair, badger hair or horsehair brushes are usually the best, but some synthetic brushes have really become a good value over the past few years. Just be sure to buy one that’s easy to use, has the bristles you like and will hold up to daily use.
Break in a New Brush – If your current brush is already broken in, then go ahead and skip to the next step. If not, then make sure you read the instructions that came with the brush and follow them. That’s the first step. The second step to breaking in most new shave brushes is to clean the brush, let it soak for 30-minutes in hot water, rinse the bristles off with hot water and then move on to the final step. The final step is applying shaving cream to the brush and then leaving it to sit overnight. In the morning, rinse off the shaving lather and let it completely dry before using it. Your new brush is now broke in.
Getting Ready to Shave
Soak the Shaving Brush – Get a shaving cup or other container of warm water and soak your shaving brush in it. This will ensure that the natural bristles soak up some of the water. Soak it for a few minutes, or if you prefer, hold the brush under running hot water for a few minutes.
Have Your Razor Handy – As you’re waiting for your brush to soak, it’s a good time to inspect your razor and make sure that it’s in the best condition possible. If you’re using a disposable razor, be sure that you have a fresh blade on it. You don’t want to reuse an old blade because it can be dull and lead to skin cuts and can harbor bacteria, so it’s best to use a new blade. If you’re using a straight razor, be sure that it’s sharp and ready to go.
Wet Your Beard – The next step is to make sure that you apply warm or hot water to your beard and thoroughly wet it. Hair can absorb a significant amount of water, and this can have a serious impact on the quality of the shave. A beard that has absorbed water is softer and more supple than dry beards, and therefore, are easier to shave.
Apply the Shaving Cream to Your Brush – If you’re using a brush, then apply the amount of shaving cream as recommended by the instructions of the product you’re using. That’s usually about three-quarters of an inch of cream. If you’re using an aerosol product, be sure to put the appropriate amount in your hand.
Warm the Shaving Cream – Shaving creams can generally be warmed by placing the shaving cream cup in a sink full of hot water or by using a shaving cream warmer. You can do this until the cream is the appropriate temperature. However, some products, particularly aerosol shaving foams, can’t be warmed up, so always be sure to read the instructions before warming up your cream or foam.
Work up the Lather – If you’re using an aerosol cream, you can simply work the later in your hands before applying it to your face. If you’re using a brush, then you’ll want to lather the cream in a shaving mug until it has the appropriate amount of lather. You should be able to tell when it’s ready just by looking at it after a few moments of working up the lather.
Apply it to Your Face – Either use your hands to apply to your face or use your shaving brush. Make sure that you cover all of your hair and let it sit for a few moments for maximum effect. Now you are ready to shave with your favorite razor.
Which Type of Shaving Product Should I Use?
While the above article concentrated mainly on shaving creams, there are other products available to the modern man. These include shaving foams and shaving soaps. Since so many men are confused about which product they should choose, we’ve decided to do a quick rundown of these three types of shaving products.
Shaving Creams – This type of product provides the highest quality lather currently possible. They help to prevent drying of the beard and have a luxurious feel to them. However, they ten to be a little more expensive than other shaving products.
Shaving Soaps – While this type of product doesn’t produce the high-quality shaving lather that creams do, they are generally placed in the same category. They are good for people with sensitive skin because they usually don’t contain a lot of added ingredients.
Shaving Foams – This type of product is usually the cheapest option. While it produces a decent foam, many of the inferior quality brands tend to dry skin out, so it’s important to choose one with the utmost care.
Cleaning Up After Shaving
Now that you’ve successfully shaven, it’s time to clean up, so you’re ready for next time. If you’re using a disposable razor, then discard the blades and put a new blade on it. If you’re using a straight razor, then you’ll want to do one of two things depending on what type of straight razor you use. You either want to replace the blade or sharpen it. Either way, make sure it’s dry when you put it away.
Also, make sure that your shaving brush and mug is clean. Rinse you shaving brush under warm water to remove all of the shaving cream. If you want, use a mild unscented soap to clean the brush off. Some men place the brush in a glass of warm water with just a touch of vinegar and let it sit for five minutes. Then they take it out, rinse it and let it dry before storing it away.