Shaving creams are all the same, right? Wrong. They vary in scents, and most importantly ingredients. Finding the best shaving creams for your skin type is the difference between getting a nasty ingrown hair or a flawless, smooth shave. However, quality doesn’t always have to mean expensive. To help, we have developed a list of that won’t leave a hole in your pocket. The shaving creams have all been tried and tested by Male Standard, and whittled down to the top five we’ve tried this year. Leave a comment below if you want us to do more of these lists, so you can see what we’re using!
Lab Series Skincare for Men has a history of making quality products, and this maximum comfort shaving cream is no exception. Suitable for all skin types, the creamy formula softens and prepares your skin for a closer shave. The texture is rich and feels soothing on even the most irritated skin; we switched over on the great advice of a friend after another brand tore up our skin. We were impressed with it’s ability to tackle sensitive skin, but Lab also offers a unique and patented formula that helps prevent cuts and ingrown hairs. If you suffer from any shaving afflictions, this is a great choice for you!
Packed with Vitamins A, C and E, this cream from Anthony Logistics is a solid choice for men who have hair that gets a bit rough. Using a combination of soothing Aloe Vera gel and Squalene (a wheat germ derived ingredient), it helps nourish the skin from within and also helps lubricate the epidermis to prevent razor burns and cuts. This is a great choice for those with thick and coarse hair, or ethnic skin. The cream will help soften the hair and prepare the skin for a close shave with less irritation. It’s also fragrance-free, adding to the all skin types buzz.
If you want a product that moisturizes and preps your skin for your daily shave, Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream is it. Jojoba seed oil and Shea butter locks moisture in the skin whilst Comfrey leaf extract reliefs the skin of any irritation shaving may cause. The elderberry scent is masculine and features a subtle tart and fruit undertone. We found this to be a great mid-price point product that really performs like a top-shelf contender. Dermalogica is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin especially, but any man can enjoy this natural range.
For men who want a no-fuss, vegan product, The Body Shop does it just right. Brazil nut oil prevents the skin from drying out whilst the coconut oil gives it a great slick texture. This product uses ingredients sourced ethically from Community Trade – so you know that when you’re having your morning shave, your money is going into the right hands. The Body Shop never test on animals, and always use quality, natural ingredients. If you’re looking to get back to basics, then we highly recommend you check out their Pour Homme collection.
With a sandalwood aroma and a luxurious lather, Geo F. Trumper leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft, as if you were fresh out the barbershop. This classic style cream works best with a shaving brush and shaving bowl, and is whipped into a fluffy, nourishing foam that softens facial hair for a close shave. The best part is that you don’t need to use much product to get a great result. As they say, a little goes a long way. The whipping action of the shaving brush, with a dash of water makes this incredibly economical. You’ll use less and less every time, and still have a thick foam to work with.
So there you have it, guys. The best shaving creams for under $50 – turns out there’s a lot on offer. Leave a comment and let us know what shaving cream you’re digging!