Shaving creams have been around for as long as men have been knocking themselves with razor blades. Selecting the right cream can mean the difference between a clean and refreshing shave or the opening scene of a horror film. With so many creams on the market, how do you know which one is for you? At Hair Projekt we have tested creams and recommended our five best.
What criteria did we use to select these creams? 1) The type of hair and skin that each cream is designed to address 2) The ingredients - essential oils and organic ingredients vs. synthetic substitutes 3) The style of cream - brushless, brush cream, or shaving soap.
Taylor of Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Taylor of Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream. This brand is the standard for old-world shaving cream. It’s been around since 1854 and was founded in the West End of London. What makes it the standard aside from its age? Its consistency is like a lotion, but when worked you create a lather that allows for a close nick free shave. Sandalwood smells a bit like cedar and has been used in shaving creams long enough to say that it smells like man. If you’re not really into sandalwood don’t worry, Taylor of Bond Street makes creams in
- Lemon & Lime
The cream alone can’t provide a rich lather - technique and tools matter. This cream requires a good brush. To apply you have 2 options:
- Dip your hot damp shave brush in the Taylor of Old Bond Street bowl and get just the tip (don’t snicker!) of the brush wet and then rub into the palm of your hand in a circular motion. After 60 seconds you should have a rich lather that you can apply to your face.
- Get a scuttle (a ceramic bowl - not that awesome walking vehicle from Lego Batman) that you can use to mix your shaving cream in. Now you may think mixing your cream like Picasso on a ceramic pallet is a bit much, but your face and partner will thank you later when you have a smooth face.
This cream is best suited for double edged and straight razors, but can be used with cartridge razors as well.
Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Art of Shaving has been around since 1996 and was acquired by Procter & Gamble back in 2009. The sandalwood shaving cream has an old world feel about it and may remind you of a barbershop or your grandpa. It’s a very classic sent and has some added benefits:
- Natural antiseptic agent
- Helps to heal scars and skin spots
- Natural anti-aging properties that tighten and smooth skin
- Relief from inflammation
One of the unique benefits of this shaving cream is the fact that it can be used with or without a brush. However, in addition to being more classic there is something to all the ceremony of a brush – it helps your skin exfoliate.
The product contains glycerin which helps your skin retain moisture and creates a cushion between the blade and your face. The shaving cream can be used with cartridge blades, double edge safety razors, and straight edge razors.
It’s made out of beeswax, which creates texture between fibers and structure around individual fibers. Bed Head styling polymer, which forms a fine, firm film on the hair, helping you hold and mold your style. Synthetic Lanolin, which acts like tiny micro-sponges to trap water from the air.
Cremo Cool Shaving Cream: Astonishingly Superior Shaving Cream for Men
Cremo shaving cream breaks tradition with the shaving purists by not focusing on a thick foamy lather. In fact, the cream is extremely slick and provides a thick lubrication while helping to provide a close and comfortable shave. Most importantly it leaves your skin free of irritation and dreaded razor bumps.
Unlike many of the established names in shaving like Taylor of Old Bond Street or Poraso, Cremo is a contrarian that doesn’t leave a rich lather. Cremo goes as far to say that the air pockets within the lather actually have a propensity to cause nicks and irritation. In other words, Cremo believes that its cream allows the only barrier between your skin and the blade to be the cream itself.
No brush is necessary with this product. In fact, you need only warm your hands with hot water and apply the product to your face after just 30 seconds. According to Cremo a coin sized should suffice for a single shave – with one bottle yielding about 90 shaves.
This cream can be used with a brush If you are so inclined. It will also work with cartridge razors so long as they are 3 blades or 4 present. If you have an electric shaver that can handle a wet shave, then Cremo will work well as it is a bit thinner than other creams on the market.
The scent has subtle citrus notes as it is comprised of a mixture of lemon and papaya. The cream also contains aloe and other oils that should leave your skin feeling moisturized after your morning shave. However, we do recommend using an aftershave to keep your pores free of any bacteria post shaving.
Proraso Men's Refreshing and Invigorating Shaving Cream with Eucalyptus Oil & Menthol
Proraso is an Italian brand of 1930’s vintage. It was founded by Ludovico Martelli in Florence and is one of the more well-known shaving creams on the market. The brand is generally available in specialty shaving stores or online via Amazon. The brand compares against Taylor of Bond Street.
The cream contains eucalyptus and menthol which leave your skin feeling rather soothed. The menthol in particular leaves a fresh cooling feeling that lasts long after your shave. More importantly the cream does not include any parabens, silicones, or artificial colors.
This cream is meant to be applied after developing a lather on your hand or in a scuttle after about 30 seconds of circular motion. It does not require more than a coin sized amount to work up a decent lather.
The lather is quite smooth and does not allow for large air bubbles which ensures a nice smooth cushion between your face and the razor blade. The eucalyptus and menthol help keep nicks and cuts to a minimum.
This shaving cream works well with a cartridge razor, double edge safety razor, or straight edge razor.
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