The Best Shaving Creams for the Smoothest, Closest Shave Possible

Some bearded guys would go ahead and shave were it not for the hassle of finding the right shaving products. Other guys have been using the same bargain-basement shaving foams for decades and still wonder why their skin dries out so quickly. Whichever category you’re in, we suggest getting started by exfoliating with a good facial scrub, opening your pores with a hot shower, and lathering up with a pick from this list of the best shaving creams out there.

Best Shaving Cream

The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream
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When it comes to the best shaving creams, you’re looking for a solution that is going to provide the closest, cleanest shave you can get. The Art of Shaving has been giving men the closest shave they can get since 1996, and its rich shaving cream is to thank for it. The shaving cream’s success starts with the lather’s ability to lift the hair on your face and soften the skin underneath and ends with an irritation and razor burn-free result. The formula contains glycerin and coconut acid, which work together to provide hydration during the deforestation stage, and its sandalwood blend offers a pleasant scent for everyday wear. The Art of Shaving is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2019.

Other Great Shaving Creams

Cremo Original Shave Cream
Cremo Original Shave Cream

This wonderfully rich shaving cream allows your razor to glide across your face, helping reduce the likelihood of nicks and leaving your mug smooth and hydrated. Men who use Cremo are treated to a subtle, refreshing orange scent. You may be pleased to know that the scent doesn’t linger and won’t clash with your cologne or aftershave.

Bulldog Skincare for Men Original Shave Cream
Bulldog Original Shave Cream

Your skin may not be as sensitive as you think. Hear us out. If you skimp on the pre-shave treat, use a dull blade, or rush through your morning shave routine, you might end up with razor burn and irritation. It happens. Now picture adding a layer of shaving cream filled with synthetic fragrance and chemicals to your raw skin. Ouch! There’s a more comfortable way to shave. Bulldog Original Shave Cream soothes with such natural ingredients as green tea, camelina oil, and aloe vera.

Proraso Shaving Cream
Proraso Shaving Cream

If you’re a man alive on planet Earth — or in Italy, at least —you’ve doubtless heard of Proraso. Calen Koenig, Brick and Mortar barber and friend of The Manual, swears by this stuff. Proraso has four lines of shaving products, including red, green, and blue (which nourish, refresh, and protect the skin, respectively). White, the fourth line, is reserved for men with sensitive skin. Which shaving cream you select depends on your skin type and your nose; blue has hints of licorice, red has earthy notes, white smells like oatmeal, and green smells of mint and eucalyptus.

Clarins Men Smooth Shave Foaming Gel

ClarinsMen Smooth Shave

Clarins has created one of the smoothest shaves around with a combination of aloe vera, galanga, and wintergreen in one foaming gel. Each serves a purpose in getting your face to shaving heaven — the aloe vera to moisturize, galanga to revitalize, and wintergreen for that minty post-shave feeling. It’s also alcohol-free, which means less of that notoriously unpleasant burn afterward.

V76 by Vaughn Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream
V76 by Vaughn Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream

If you’re torn between shaving with a slick gel and a rich cream, this nourishing hybrid is for you. It lathers up to lift and soften tough beard stubble for a close, comfortable shave. The added vitamin E conditions your skin while aloe vera soothes and locks in moisture. It has a spicy, sophisticated scent called Desert Lime, made from a blend of basil, lime, thyme, eucalyptus, ginger, and vetiver.

Blind Barber Watermint Gin Shave Cream
Blind Barber Watermint Gin Shave Cream

The name may not inspire much confidence, but Blind Barber makes some mighty fine grooming products. The Watermint Gin Shave Cream works up into a clean-smelling lather that helps your razor glide against your skin with minimal risk of cuts or nicks. Ingredients include juniper fruit extract, shea butter, and mentha aquatica extract, which provide the fresh and subtle scents of mint and gin.

Mason Man Superhero Shave Cream
Mason Man

The best shaving creams do more than just the minimum. Not only should they provide a clean and comfortable shave, but they should also deliver the closest possible shave without any negative aftermath. Traditionally, a mason has similar ideals, to produce something that is enduring and goes beyond merely basic requirements. In this case, a closer shave. Mason Man’s shave cream is packed with argan oil and vitamin E to help nourish and moisturize your skin and protect it from irritation and razor burn.

Taconic Shave Cream Lavender Lime

Taconic offers an all-natural artisan shave cream that uses a highly concentrated solution of organic aloe, coconut oil, and safflower oil to form a high-quality lather with a thick viscosity that provides a layer of protection against irritation, blemishes, and razor burn. Not only will this shave cream deliver one of the most comfortable shaves, but its lavender and lime scent also calms and awakens the skin underneath your beard. Because it’s a highly potent formula, a little of this will go a long way, an should last fir several months worth of daily shaves.

Marlowe Men’s Shave Cream

Crafted with natural shea butter, coconut oil, and deep sea algae, the Marlowe shave cream focuses on delivering a close shave and reducing the risk of razor burn and bumps. What’s the point of a close shave if you have to deal with detrimental after effects, right? The butter and oil blend provides a barrier of protection before cutting away loose hairs, while the algae helps condition and tame inflammation on the face when the cutting is all said and done.

Ernest Supplies Cooling Shave Cream
Ernest Supplies

This low-lather formula makes shaving a one-step process via a combination of jojoba, macadamia nut, and babassu oils, which work together to condition beard hair for easy removal and proper nourishment of the skin beneath to prevent dryness. Meanwhile, the cream utilizes the cooling properties of eucalyptus and menthol to eliminate razor burn and redness.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle
Kiehl's White Eagle

Kiehl’s has always been dedicated to providing men with exactly what they need without all the excess bells and whistles. Its white eagle shave cream follows suit, getting rid of all the B.S. for simplistic yet superior performance by infusing its formula with cooling menthol and emollient sesame oil. This ingredient duo works so well that it has made Kiehl’s shave cream a runaway best seller, as it delivers an effortless and painless shave.

Since all men have different skin and whiskers, there isn’t really such a thing as a universal “best shaving cream.” Still, those listed above are some of our favorites, and trying one or two of them will certainly help you advance in your personal quest for the perfect shave.


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