Shaving has come a long way for men. In the past, you only get to shave when you pay a visit to your local barber, especially for men who struggled with razor bumps and ingrown hair. Fortunately, technological advancements and modern formulation has enabled men to invest in the best razors and pre-shave oils for the ultimate at-home shaving experience
Plus, some razor creams are infused with natural ingredients to ensure that your newly shaved face feels luscious and buttery, regardless of your skin type. If you want to bring back your skin’s former glory while enjoying our planet’s blessings, we’ve created a list of the best shaving creams for men this 2021.
Best Shaving Cream Overall: Jack Black Supreme Cream
When it comes to finding the ideal shave cream, you want something that lathers easily, smells fantastic (but is not overbearing), and provides an even closer shave. Jack Black’s offering ticks off all those boxes and then some, thanks to its thick, velvety formula of essential oils that lubricate the skin without irritation (unlike some alcohol-based shave gels that can cause redness). Using this felt like a treat, and left our face feeling soft and supple. That’s why it’s one of our picks for The Manual 2021 Grooming Awards.
Best Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin: Bulldog Sensitive Shave Gel
From our best friends at Bulldog Skincare comes this gel formulated with eight essential oils, including baobab, oat, and willowherb. It makes for a smooth, easy shave for anybody, but especially those with sensitive skin. It’s smooth and moisturizing and allows the razor to glide easily over the face.
Best Value Shaving Cream: Barbasol Soothing Aloe Thick and Rich Shave Cream
From a classic name in barbering and beard care, 100-year-old Barbasol’s foaming shave cream creates a rich, thick lather with soothing aloe for an easy shave. We love the retro look of its easy-to-hold can, but also the newfangled rust-proof aluminum bottom that won’t leave rust stains on our wet sink.
Best Luxury Shaving Cream: Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream Tub
Acqua Di Parma has been around since 1916, when Baron Carlo Magnani created his first fragrance, Colonia. Since then the company has focused on creating luxurious grooming products with an Italian sense of refinement. This creamy shave cream includes basil, lemon, pomegranate extracts to prevent razor burn, and moisturizing hyaluronic acid. It’s a perfect accompaniment to your safety razor shave, but is also great as-is for when you’re on-the-go.
Best Natural Shaving Cream: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shaving Soap
Who’s afraid of a little fine print? These days we could all use products that look toward a more unified planet. Dr. Bronner’s shaving soap is certified by USDA Organic, as well as fair trade and vegan. Fair Trade Ingredients include regenerative organic coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and sugar. Its organic hemp oil is sourced in the U.S. It couldn’t be more natural if you plucked it from a tree. Lather it up with a brush for a great shave, then relax and feel good about doing something for the planet today.
Other Shaving Creams We Love
Lab Series Cooling Shave Cream for Men
Like a blast of peppermint for your mug, Lab Series’ luxe cream preps your skin for a close shave, while leaving a tingly, cool sensation. What’s more, this grooming product is perfect for all skin types, from oily to combination. We recommend Lab Series if you want an all-around, low-impact shaving cream.
Fulton and Roark Shave Cream
A trifecta of avocado, tea tree, and citrus oils help keep your skin smooth, supple, and free from ingrown hairs. Plus, it smells like an English forest. A mid-range budget shaving cream, this grooming essential is worth the investment as its 3.4 oz. travel-size bottle is enough to last for about six months, depending on your shaving routine.
Mënaji ClearShave 3-in-1 Formula
You can use Mënaji Clear Shave anytime, but we particularly like it for when you’re on the go. There’s no water required to use the gel, so it’s great for a quick, post-red-eye clean-up in an airplane or airport bathroom, or for camping when the nearest restroom is a hike away. Because the gel is clear, it also allows for some fine-tuned shaving for shaping mustaches, beards, and sideburns. It also incorporates a botanical-based formula for healthy skincare.
Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream
We love this shaving cream because it contains natural ingredients like aloe leaf juice — an anti-inflammatory super ingredient that guarantees a clean, soothing shave every time. Time to kiss nicks, razor burns, and irritation goodbye.
Le Labo Shaving Cream
This plant-based and vegan-friendly shaving cream smells heavenly — it is Le Labo of course, a brand known for its irresistible signature scents. Lather Le Labo’s
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