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The Best Shaving Cream For Men: Nivea, Zirh, Anthony Logistics, or The Art of Shaving New York?

Updated on March 20, 2013
A great shaving cream can make this razor a little less scary.
A great shaving cream can make this razor a little less scary. | Source

Great Shaving Products Can Make Shaving Less Painful

Looking for a great gift for the bearded man in your life? Or perhaps you just want a better shave for yourself? To get a great shave you need a great shaving cream, and maybe a great pre-shave oil.There are many companies vying for a place on your face, but not all of them are worth the price tag. Zirh, Anthony Logistics, Nivea, and The Art of Shaving have competing shaving creams that promise to provide a comfortable shave.

What is the best shaving cream for men? Zirh Aloe Vera Shave Gel. Sorry to ruin the suspense. Read on to compare Zirh to other shaving products.

If you are like me and have a thick beard, you know that shaving can be a painful chore. I used to use cheap shaving creams like Colgate shave cream or Gillette shave gel. I have since discovered that using great shaving products, high quality razor blades and the best shave cream can make a big difference in reducing irritation, reducing in grown hairs, and preserving sensitive skin.

There is a huge difference in cost between the shaving creams available at the grocery store and those available at specialty retailers like Sephora. I would never have even known to try those higher end creams if they hadn't been given to me by girlfriend.

The most highly promoted shaving cream is not necessarily the best. Anthony Logistics has snazzy packaging that includes a label that says, "Objective: a smooth shave for the first time in your life, a truly smooth shave." Any product that is that emphatic must be good right? Not really. While Anthony Logistics Shave Cream is good, it isn't much better than its grocery store counterpart, Nivea.

Nivea for men shaving gel is a fine shaving gel. It is economical and is easier on sensitive skin than Colgate or Gillette. The main difference between Nivea and higher end shaving creams is in he ingredients. Nivea's first ingredient? Water. Both have long lists of unpronounceable ingredients. Both have some cooling agents. Nivea uses menthol–the same stuff that makes Kool cigarettes that much cooler. Anthony has peppermint extract, eucalyptus oil, and other seemingly natural ingredients. These are all buffered with much more menacing-sounding chemicals.

The Art of Shaving New York doesn't just offer a shaving cream they have a 3-product system of which the cream is just one. Their cream is rich and thick similar to Anthony Logistics'. But like, Anthony, the cream is prettier than it is effective. It literally shimmers in your hand when go to apply it, but all that shimmers is not gold. Their pre-shave oil, however, is wonderful. It makes shaving much smoother. For those who have lighter beards, it may even obviate the need for shaving cream. With this oil on, the blade glides across the face like figure skater. Additionally, The Art of Shaving is a mom and pop company started in a New York kitchen. So if you are looking to avoid Big Chemical when it comes to things you put on your skin, they are an option.

The best shaving product is from Zirh. Their Aloe Vera Shave Gel seems like it actually has Aloe Vera as the main ingredient. It also has ginseng, glycerin, and seaweed extract. As such, it is pleasantly soothing. I have never felt any harshness or irritation from the product.

Zirh is hardly a boutique company. It is owned by Procter and Gamble. So why isn't it more widely available? Perhaps because it is not cheap. At $22 a jar, it appeals to a more discerning clientele. Use the location finder to find a place near you.

Serious beards need great shaving products.
Serious beards need great shaving products. | Source

Do Razor Blades Matter?

When you are looking for a great shave, most people start with their razor blades. Do blades matter? Yes and no. Obviously the difference between a disposable Bic and a Mach 3 Turbo is huge. But the difference between the top blades, Schick, Gillette, 3 blades, 5 blades, 37 blades, is negligible. Find one you like and buy in bulk. They're not getting any cheaper. Here's a tip: if you bathroom gets humid, store your extra blades in another room. They can rust.

Giving the Gift of a Great Shave

Shaving products make a great gift for the bearded man in your life. A lot of men might not spend the extra money to buy themselves a great shaving cream, but that doesn't mean they don't want it. That's precisely what makes it a great gift.


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