Shaving is a daily ritual for most men, and an experience that really warrants the finest products when you think about it.
You're taking a razor to you face, so not only is important to make sure you use the best tools, you should also be using the best skin care products.
I hear a lot of stories from guys who are battling with skin irritation from shaving, and surprisingly, technique is not always the issue — it's the type of shaving products you're using.
Below is a list of my top 10 picks for the best shaving creams on the market. You won't find here any of the over-the-counter shaving products you might be accustomed to. This is a finely curated selection of the best and most premium shaving creams on the market.
These creams will offer you rich lather and a soothing feeling that will create an effortless shaving experience for you. Enjoy!
Top 10 Shaving Creams For Men
1. Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream
Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of the oldest men's grooming grands; it's an English company that's been around for over 150 years.
Their shaving products have quite a loyal following. In fact, their shaving creams rank top of the list among best sellers.
These shaving creams come in a traditional shaving bowl, which many of you younger guys may not be familiar with. You need to wet the soap a little, rub it around with a shaving brush, and then apply to your face. This product offers one of the best lathers you'll ever get from a shaving cream.
Their shaving creams come in a variety of scents like lavender and grapefruit, but their most popular is sandalwood.
Now, for you guys that want to try this, but don't want to use a shaving bowl and brush, you can also get this cream ready-made in a tube.
This product retails for about $14 on Amazon.
2. Proraso Shaving Cream
With over 800+ 5-star reviews on Amazon, Proraso also ranks high among the best sellers for shaving creams as well. Proraso is an Italian brand that's been around a while, 65 years to be exact, so it's a tried-and-true product among men.
If you're new to this line, you'll notice that Proraso has a number of products that are labeled in 4 different colors (green, white, red, blue). Each color product is designed for a different beard type or skin need.
- Green - original formula that made them famous (normal skin, classic scent)
- White - for sensitive skin
- Red - for thick beards and facial hair
- Blue - for men who want super close shave
Guys love the incredibly rich lather this product offers--a little goes a long way. So on a volume basis, it may run more than your regular over-the-counter shaving cream, but you'll likely get just as much mileage out of this as you do a larger tube/can from a competitor.
Proraso retails for about $8 on Amazon.
3. The Art of Shaving - Shaving Cream
The Art of Shaving is an American brand that's quite popular in the US. This is my go-to shaving product on a day-to-day basis.
The shaving creams they offer are incredibly rich and emollient. The unscented version is my favorite. For you guys out there with sensitive skin or just prefer to shave without the added scent, then you'll love this product--it's completely fragrance free.
It's available in both a tub and tube. You don't need a brush to apply, and it lathers easily with just a little bit of water.
One of the best features of this cream is that it's also incredibly moisturizing. There are days I don't even apply moisturizer because this cream has done such a great job in hydrating my face.
This product retails for about $26 on Amazon (tub); the tubes are a little less, and perfect for travel at 2.5 oz.
4. C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream with Eucalyptus Oil
C.O Bigelow is a hidden gem among shaving creams. Sadly this brand is forgotten by many American men, but this brand is to date, the oldest men's grooming line in the USA. The company is over 175 years old.
However, when C.O. Bigelow set out to design a shaving cream, they sought the help of some of the finest Italian barbers (namely Proraso). This particular shaving cream was designed and made in Italy.
It offers a very nice lather and an incredibly close shave. The fragrance is pleasant and subtle. The Eucalyptus creates a cooling effect on the face that's very nice and relaxing.
This product retails for about $13 on Amazon.
5. Cremo Cream
For you guys that tend to frequently nick yourself or struggle with razor burn, then you may want to give Cremo Cream a try. Created by Mike Boone, a Standford University engineer graduate, Cremo Cream is another best seller on Amazon, and quite popular among guys with sensitive skin.
Most of the creams featured in this article are creams that create a lather by a mixture of shaving cream and air (which is believed to be what causes some irritation for men). Cremo Cream is the exact opposite--it doesn't have any air. It contains super slick and slippery molecules that create a smooth shaving surface.
This stuff is regarded as some of the slickest stuff on the market--most men who've tried will tell you that you won't find anything else that provides a smoother glide than Cremo Cream.
This product has a nice, fresh orange smell to it, and retails for about $7 on Amazon.
6. Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather
Jack Black makes a number of popular skin care products for men. This is a premium skin care line, so not something you'd find at your local store most likely.
This is another great choice for guys that have sensitive skin. Men with sensitive skin report that their razor burn and bumps tend to clear up after regular use.
The cream has a pine scent to it and is very light, fluffy, and silky--you'll get a really smooth glide. Plus, it's also very hydrating to the skin without any extra residue.
Full size retails for about $23, but you can get a TSA-approved travel size for about $13.
7. Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave
Lucky Tiger is an American brand that's been around since 1935. Their shaving cream is not commonly found in stores, but it's one of the coolest shaving creams you'll find. It goes on like a lotion, then turns into a really creamy lather on the face.
Because it has the consistency of lotion in the bottle, it makes it a great for travel. You can pour a little into a travel size container and take it on-the-go.
The bottle is small, but you only need a dime-size amount to create a rich lather. This bottle could easily last some guys up to a year. In terms of smell, it's got a light citrus smell to it.
This product retails for about $12 on Amazon.
8. The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream
I normally don't think of The Body Shop when it comes to men's grooming products--though they do have a very comprehensive line of products, and many are very good, including their Maca Root Shaving cream.
I tried this stuff a few years back, and used it religiously for a while. The cream is thick, lathers well, and creates the right balance of hydration on the face, post-shave.
The scent is very light and clean, and nothing that will overpower you. In fact, it fades after a while. I think this is the only cream you'll find with Maca root, which is a Peruvian herb that's know to be energizing.
This product retails for about $14 on Amazon.
9. Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream
Billy Jealousy is another popular men's skin care line, generally found in premium retailers. They have a very unique shaving cream that is different from most others on the market.
First, it doesn't contain any alcohol or menthol. Second, it uses water soluble silicone beads to minimize the drag of your razor so it doesn't foam. The only other product out there that uses silicone (that I know of is Brave Soldier), and it works pretty well. I think silicone is a great lubricant on the skin, and for you guys that have ever used silicone lube for "personal" use, you know how slippery and hydrating it can be on the skin.
It has a natural citrus and mint fragrance, and retails for about $16 on Amazon.
10. Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula
Baxter of California is another popular men's skin care line. Their award-winning shave cream will provide you a smooth, close shave without the irriation.
It features many natural ingredients, like tea tree oil, witch hazel, peppermint, menthol, and a variety of soothing marine extracts. The combination of these ingredients make for a great antiseptic. So, I like to think of this shave cream as more than just a cream, it's almost like a cream and after shave all wrapped into one product.
The only drawback that some guys don't like is that the product comes pre-lathered--meaning it's already fluffed up.
This product retails for about $18 on Amazon.
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream
A well known French brand, L'Occitane is a leader in skin care.
I've used a number of L'Occitane products over the years, and they're all really nourishing to the skin--especially their soaps. They use a lot of shea butter in most of their products, so you'll find them to be very rich and hydrating.
Like many of the other creams reviewed in this article, this too is also very concentrated, so a little will go a long way, and it lathers very well.
This product retails for $28 on Amazon.
MenScience Androceuticals Advanced Shave Formula
MenScience is a men's skin care line. They offer a fragrance free, foamless shave cream made from natural botanicals.
What guys really like about this product is that it's a clear gel, so you can easily see where your shaving--a very helpful feature, especially if you're prone to nicks and cuts.
This product retails for $27 on Amazon.
Anthony Logistics For Men Shave Gel
Anthony is a popular men's skin care line. I use this product from time-to-time, especially when I travel (cause I have a small travel size). It's a simple, basic shaving cream that is fragrance free and lathers really well.
The lather is rich on this one, not as rich as some of it's competitors, but I find that it works really well. The hydration it provides to my face though is really nice and smooth--it's a silky feel.
This product retails for about $16 on Amazon.
Acqua Di Parma Shaving Cream
Acqua Di Parma is a famous, Italian perfumery that's almost 100 years old--it's currently owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy.
They also offer some skin care products that are really good. However, if you're thinking their shave cream is scented with the classic Acqua Di Parma fragrance, well I hate to disappoint, cause it's not. Nonetheless, they offer a great, fragrance free shaving cream.
This is product retails for about $60 on Amazon.
Murad Cleansing Shave
Dr. Murad is a serious skin care line with a full range of products to tackle just about any issue you might have with your skin. Several years ago, Murad introduced a men's skin care line. I have tried all their products and they are wonderful.
The shaving cream is really rich, smooth, and smells fresh. This formulation is designed to also gently cleanse and exfoliate the face while softening the beard as you prep to shave (with a proprietary beard softening complex).
This product retails for about $23 on Amazon.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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Robert H. Davis on August 25, 2015:
Sky by Arbonne is my favorite shaving cream. It is made according to European standard and therefore it really is great for your face. Let me know if you are interested.
Alex Addams (author) from London on August 19, 2014:
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Dan on August 18, 2014:
I always read your entries, I'm from Venezuela. You should make an entry about Face Acne Treatment and the best balms (or creams) for the skin-care routines.
Keep going, greetings