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Best Shaving Cream For Men

Updated on February 11, 2015
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What Type of Shaving Cream Do The Best Barbers Use?

In this article we check out the best shaving cream for men available in the market today. I think the best place to find that out is by a visit the barber's shops who do this for a living. So that is what I did, and then I checked out their choices on the many forums, and websites for men's grooming.

My first huge surprise was the wide array of shaving cream products that were available. I was also surprised by the way they tried to advertise their products. Each one claimed to be unique and also to be the best. That type of marketing always interests me as I like to get past they hype and into the details of the products.

The number one thing for me is that they have to work, be good quality and also value for money. I hate paying for brand names just for the sake of a name. (It is a pet hate of mine)

I also wanted to have a look at the difference between using a shaving cream, a shaving soap and a shaving stick. If you have been wet shaving for a while you will probably have come across all of these. If however you are new to this, then it is really tough to know why there are three different options, and indeed, which option is the best for you.

I hope that you enjoy the read and find the information on the shaving creams useful and informative.

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Shaving Creams vs Shaving Soaps vs Shaving Sticks? - Which Is Best?


Proraso Italian Made Shaving Soap

PRORASO Shaving Soap in a Bowl Refreshing and Toning, 5.2 oz.
PRORASO Shaving Soap in a Bowl Refreshing and Toning, 5.2 oz.

Proraso claimed 2 of the 3 spots which gives you some indication of just how good this shaving cream actually is.

It is Italian made and is used all over Europe by many men


Shaving Cream vs Shaving Soaps

I know when I made the decision to move from electric shavers to wet shaving, this was one area that was initially confusing for me. It appeared in terms of getting a good lather on your face you could use soap, cream, sticks and even gels. The key question is clearly which is the best. Let's have a quick look at each so as we understand exactly what they are. That way you can make a better decision as to which one you prefer.

Shaving Creams

I would assume that most men start off with one of those foam tin shaving creams. They also have it in a gel format both scented and unscented. That is the kind of shaving product that is widely available in supermarkets, drug stores, and pharmacies up and down the country. My opinion, and that of many professionals, is to run a country mile from using this type of product.

Honestly, if you care anything about your skin, then stop using these as they are packed full of chemicals and various other ingredients that part numb your skin. The reason they are so popular is really twofold:

1. Convenience

2. Price

Like most things these days they come in an attractive tin, are well advertised and suit most people's pockets. That however does not mean they are any good.

Proper shaving creams are actually very soft and they produce an excellent lather without a great deal of effort. Many people use these with a good quality shaving brush, but they can also be used without needing a brush. What is different about these proper creams is that they are made to allow a blade to glide easily over the skin. That reduces friction and prevents irritation, redness and inflammation, especially under the chin.

They do this by having moisturising agents in them and also a product called glycerine. The difference between this type of cream and the tinned rubbish is astronomical.

Yes you do pay for this quality and a tub usually lasts for about 6-8 weeks and can cost on average $20. A key point to note is that shaving creams tend to have strong scents such as sandalwood, eucalyptus, menthol etc.

Shaving Soaps

These also give a great lather to the face for shaving. However, it takes a bit of practise to master this, and some men get frustrated trying to get it right. You do have to use a good stiff badger hair shaving brush to work up the lather and some men just can not be bothered doing this. So why would you pick a soap instead of a cream?

There are two main reasons:

1. They are usually less scented

2. More protection for your face

Let's say that you have an expensive after shave you like to use. You would not want that scent impacted by a scent from a shaving cream. That is why most men opt for the soap. If that is not an issue then the cream is simpler to use. I tend to find that men flick about from one to the other to get what is right for them. In truth, it is a bit of an experiment until you find the very best balance that works for you.

Men who like to use a straight razor will typically pick a soap as I mentioned earlier it does offer slightly more protection to the skin on your face.

A typical shaving soap lasts about 3 months and costs on average $7-10

Shaving Stick

You begin by wetting your face and then rubbing the shaving stick around you face. A light lather should begin to form and when this has happened, you then use your shaving brush to build up the lather. The shaving sticks would be popular with men who use straight razors. The disadvantage for some men is that they are what is called "sticky." That just means when using the stick on the face, some men find it a bit sticky.

Some men dip the end of the stick into warm water first before applying it. The main advantage of using a shaving stick is that it is superb for travelling as it is small and convenient.

They are really cheap at under $5 and last for about 3-4 months.

So there you have it folks, the creams the soaps and even the sticks explained.

Have You Been Converted To Real Shaving Creams?

I hope by now that you see the real benefits of using creams or indeed soaps made for that specific purpose. Believe me when I say, you will never walk into a barbers, and have spray can foam or gel squirted on your face.

They are professionals and take great pride in their work. They are also trained how to look after skin and how to protect it. I asked these barbers which creams they used. To be honest most of them used a shaving soap, but some at the higher end used only cream.

I then took these creams that they used and checked them out at men's grooming sites and forums. Based on their reviews I have put together a list of what are in my opinion the best three shaving creams on the market today. I have listed them in order.

Positions 1 & 2 were almost impossible to split so either works well. The first one scored 92 out of 100 and the second one scored 90 out of 100.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce

Now this is the one that I use so delighted it came so high in the research that I did.

I just personally prefer this make to the Italian Proraso option.


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Proraso Tube of Shaving Cream

Proraso Shaving Cream, Refreshing and Toning, 5.2 Oz
Proraso Shaving Cream, Refreshing and Toning, 5.2 Oz

This one simply gets amazing reviews which are well worth checking out.

You can find this one in some of the higher end drug stores but not a huge number stock these types of good quality soaps and creams.

In almost all cases it is easier to find these online.

The good news is that if you buy a couple of them, you will have more than enough to last you a year.


Video On How To Lather Properly With A Shaving Cream

I found this really helpful video on exactly how to lather up using a shaving cream. This is well worth a quick watch.

The second video is a review of the cream that came third in the poll.

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If you wet shave, which do you prefer?

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Did You Know....

The average man takes between 100-200 strokes of a razor to fully shave his face!!!

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      Love 2 years ago

      Regarding Parker silvertips,mine (chromium? or some metal anwayy handle) Parker silvertip is exceedingly soft, with the softest badger hair I have ever seen. However, it is also, as a result, very floppy with no backbone. The handle has pleasant heft to it. The hair absorbs moisture like nothing I've seen, but it takes two days for the knot to dry completely even if towel-dried and fluffed.The combination of a heavy handle and a large, floppy, soft knot give it a very unique feel when lathering in a bowl. I am left missing more backbone, but I like the sturdy built quality. The brush also not shed hairs.Compared to the Parker, my Plisson with White European Badger hair is very harsh and scratchy with significant backbone. With a hollow wooden handle, The Plisson is also very light in comparison. My next brush should be something in between these two extremes, I guess.