A good shaving cream or soap is an essential part of a wet shave. It can be the difference between a rough and unsatisfactory shave, often resulting in itching and rashes, and a smooth and satisfying shaving experience. After our guide on how shaving cream can help, we’ve pulled together seven of our top shaving creams to help you find the perfect product for your shave.
Cream vs Soap
It’s worth pointing out that this guide is exclusively focused on shaving cream, rather than shaving soaps. These products have the same function in a shave, but can be used in slightly different ways. Both are intended to soften your hairs, protect your skin from the razor blade, and to moisturise.
Shaving creams can be a little more forgiving than a shaving soap when trying to create and apply a lather, making it popular with newbies and experienced wet shavers alike. You don’t necessarily need a shaving brush in order to apply cream as it can be done with just your fingers - however, for a more effective shave, we would always recommend that you use a brush. You can find out why with our shaving brush guide!
Choosing shaving soap or cream is a matter of personal preference and will depend on your style of shaving. For achieving the very closest of shaves, there is little difference in the end result provided by a soap or cream. However, shaving creams can be the better choice when you’re still learning your wet shaving technique and preferences. Our advice is to experiment with different producers, styles, and fragrances to find what works best for you.
The Best Shaving Creams
Shaving creams can vary greatly in terms of performance, fragrance, moisturising and soothing properties, ingredients used, and more besides. To help narrow down your options to some of the best shaving creams on the market, here are a few of our favourites...
1. Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Cream
There are a lot of things to like about Edwin Jagger’s sandalwood shaving cream. Firstly (and perhaps most importantly) it creates a great lather along with exceptional cushion and glide, especially when paired with an Edwin Jagger shaving brush. We also love the fragrance. Sandalwood is a classic and masculine smell, and this contains Sandalwood essential oil that creates a really rich and layered fragrance. It’s a pleasure to use!
We also love that Edwin Jagger’s cream is paraben free and full of natural ingredients, making it better for both the environment and for your skin. It’s a win-win.
2. Proraso Shaving Cream Tube
This shaving cream from Proraso is a high end product without the high end price. As a brand, Proraso are well known for their quality and this shaving cream is no exception. One of the key things we like about it is how rich it feels. It’s made from a traditional formula which has then been enriched with natural ingredients. It’s a really concentrated cream that means one small tube goes a long way when you create your lather, giving great value for money and a superb shaving experience.
3. Taylor of Old Bond Street St James Cream
Taylor of Bond Street’s cream from their St James collection is on our list primarily due to lather that it produces. It uses a mix of different oils to create its unique fragrance and make a very moisture-rich cream. After shaving with this cream, your skin not only feels smooth, but also soft and moisturised. It really minimises the dried and tight feeling that can be caused by inferior creams.
We also love the classic design of the packaging and the bergamot inspired fragrance. It’s a complex and masculine fragrance and the perfect way to start the day.
4. Esbjerg Grapefruit Shaving Cream
This Esbjerg Shaving Cream is absolutely perfect for sensitive skin. It’s specifically designed to create a protective layer that minimises aggravation during shaving. It uses ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties to really accentuate its soothing effect, which is certainly noticeable post-shave. It also has a refreshing and subtle fragrance of grapefruit without too many additional ingredients that could irritate the skin. Apparently, the smell of grapefruit is really good for positive thinking -- a great quality when staring at yourself in the mirror!
5. Edwin Jagger Menthol Cream
This is another in Edwin Jagger’s best shaving cream range, but we wanted to include this one for the amazing addition of menthol. It’s perfectly balanced, giving the cream a noticeable cooling effect without being too overwhelming and tingly. Like all the creams in the Edwin Jagger collection, it creates a fantastic lather that softens the hairs and provides excellent glide and cushion.
It also comes in a handy sized tube (as well as a larger pot) that makes it perfect for travelling, not exceeding the maximum 100ml guidelines for flights.
6. D R Harris Rose Shaving Cream
This is a great shaving cream from D R Harris. It’s a glycerine based cream which means it provides a really effective layer of protection and lubrication that ensures your skin feels moisturised and soothed after shaving. The best thing about this shaving cream is its fragrance. The rose is subtle and inviting, making your shave an extremely pleasant experience.
7. Antica Barbieria Colla Almond Oil Shaving Cream
Last but certainly not least, we bring you Antica Barbieria Colla Almond Oil Shaving Cream. A real luxury product, this hard shaving cream is hand-crafted from natural ingredients and fragranced following a classic Italian recipe containing sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Concentrated, rich, and luxurious, this shaving cream is a treat to use - you can almost feel yourself in an early 1900s Italian barbershop.