Top 10 After Shave Balms

*Last updated: 31/07/2014

In numerical order of supremacy, this list, compiled from customer feedback, popularity, innovation, ingredients, results, price and Ape to Gentleman’s testers displays the Top 10 After Shave Balms the men’sgrooming world has to offer.

A good after shave balm should have many attributes, be able to rejuvenate skin, soothe, protect, relieve redness and irritation. Not only that, a good after shave balm should leave skin thoroughly hydrated. We expect a lot you say? Indeed, yes. And why not? Ape to Gentleman brings you their Top 10 after shave balms, don’t settle for anything less.

1. Geo F Trumper Skin Food 200ml £22.00 / 100ml £15.00 / 500ml £38.00
Achieving the number one spot in any of Ape to Gentleman’s Top 10 lists is no mean feat, especially when you consider we test… everything! Geo F Trumper Skin Food (link to review) stormed top spot, it wasn’t a tough decision. I want to say it’s a lotion but in reality it’s slightly thicker – the perfect consistency for an aftershave balm. It can be used pre or post shave (ideally underneath Trumpers Shaving Cream) for an amazingly protective shave and after for the ultimate soothing and hydrating effects. Our favourite is the Coral version but it’s also available in Extract of West Indian Limes and Sandalwood. Buy it now, you won’t be disappointed!

2. The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm Unscented 125ml $38.00
An extremely gentle, rich yet easily absorbed after-shave balm with lashings of quality ingredients. A real stand-out product for soothing freshly shaven, sensitive skin. A fairly hefty price but as always, you get what you pay for.

3. Anthony Logistics After Shave Balm 70g £19.50
Everyone at Ape to Gentleman is a big fan of Anthony products and for good reason; their products are ingredient rich and get the job done. The Anthony After Shave Balm is no different with a plethora of decent ingredients, a more than reasonable price to value ratio, it just gets the job done – leaving your shaven skin pleasantly cooled and soothed.

4. Gillette Series Energising Moisturiser 50ml £7.99
Our list wouldn’t be complete without an offering from shaving goliath Gillette. Obviously at £7.99 it scores highly on the pricepoint stakes but additionally, Gillette put plenty of money into research and development to develop a really good product rich in vitamins and moisturisers, perfect for keeping shaven skin hydrated and soothed. Despite having Moisturiser in the title, this product is aimed and delivers as an after shave balm too.

5. Zirh Soothe – Post Shave Healer 100ml £24.50/$32.50
We like Zirh Soothe because it’s light yet effective. The interesting formula containing exotic ingredients such as Irish Moss Extract do a great job at calming redness and other shaving irritation. It’s light enough to use as a facial moisturiser too.

6. Baxter of California After Shave Balm 120ml £18.00
Baxter perhaps don’t have the marketing budget of some of the bigger brands but they certainly know their skin care. Their award winning After Shave Balm with Tea Tree Oil and Menthol helps heal and cool, while Glycerin and Aloe focus on maintaing hydration and calming.

7. Korres Marigold & Ginseng Aftershave Balm 150ml £13.00
Another light after shave balm packing a heavy punch. Korres, Natural Products have created a fine after shave balm without the need for any chemical nasties. Old school ingredients such as Witch Hazel and Aloe provide antiseptic and soothing properties while Ginseng Extract cleverly enables the delivery of water and nutrients to the skin, improving its quality and firmness.

8. Kiehl’s Ultimate Men’s After Shave Moisturizer 125ml £17.00
Kiehl’s is a brand born out of an ancient Manhattan pharmacy and to grow to the size it is today (discounting it’s current owners wealth, L’Oreal) you know it must have and is producing fine products. There’s no surprise we see time honoured favourite ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. This rich cream leaves shaven skin soothed and moisturised. It’s not quite the ‘Ultimate’ but it’s pretty good.

9. Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Post Shave Healer 75ml £16.50
Clinqiue for Men, one of the most active marketing players in the men’s skin care market. Unfortunately for them this means nothing to us but fortunately for them, we like their Post Shave Healer and so do you. Housed in stylish packaging, this light lotion delivers a good amount of post-shave relief. As always, Clinique products are unscented to avoid irritation.

10. Dermalogica Post-Shave Balm 50ml £23.80
A wallet devastating £23.80 for 50ml, we don’t like this! However, Ape to Gentleman’s Top 10’s are not solely about price. The balm is cooling and moisturising, good for calming irritation. We found the Sacyllic Acid in the balm to be slightly irritating for sensitive shaven areas. For those who suffer with ingrown hairs it’s useful and the absence of artificial fragrance or colour is a blessing. More suited toward oily skin shavers.

  • Jude Peterson

    I went out and bought the Gillette series energizing moisturizer, as it’s a bargain at this price for such a well recommended product. However, I was very disappointed to discover, after I had bought it (waste of money), that it is full of parabens. These chemicals are on the watch list for the effect of mimicing estrogen and have been found in breast cancer cells. I know your going to say that they are not banned and further research is needed and so on, but I prefer to use a product without them, because I won’t need aftershave balm in couple of years if I keep using this stuff.

  • Paul

    There is another one that was very popular, not sure if anyone remembers Rilanja Men’s Balm. Its really unique here but you do occasionally find it on eBay.

    Thanks for the great top 10 list!

  • Paul T

    “However, I was very disappointed to discover, after I had bought it (waste of money), that it is full of parabens.”

    Try Village Barber Oil. 100% natural ingredients, full of essential oils, performs brilliantly. It’s made by my local barber, so I could be a bit biased, but for me it knocks the spots off rest that I’ve tried. It’s also been recommended on The Mens Room and Sharpologist.

  • Neil F

    I echo the comment re Village Barber oil and the presence of the Gillette product on this list.
    The Village Barber product nourishes your skin while the artificial elements in the Gillette products and others similar simply can’t.
    Again, I’m speaking from experience – having been fortunate enough to sample the Village Barber products when having a wet shave at Iain’s shop.
    In the past, I’ve also been disappointedby the harshness of Clinique products, but haven’t tried the one on this list.

  • Iain Kane

    Thanks for the positive comments re the Village Barber products lads. They’re very much appreciated!

    If you too want to find out why VB Shaving Oil & Aftershave Balm is causing such a stir among shavers and experts alike, use the exclusive code ‘ATG1′ and receive a 15% discount at checkout on the Village Barber website!

    With a 100% guarantee of satisfaction + FREE shipping for orders over £30 – you simply have nothing to lose!

  • Walter Sasiadek

    Thanks for the article.

    I have been shaving my head for abot 7 years and face for 45 tears. I’ve gone retro and use a Double Edge razor for the best shave of my life.

    The VERY best product I’ve come across is “Aloe 80 Organics” – I get it from Vitacost for less than $5/8oz bottle. One bottle lasts almost 3 months – about the size of an almond in your palm.

  • Wet Shaver

    The VIllage Barber is a great shave balm if you’re in the UK get yourself some. It lasts for ages too

  • Steve A.

    Truefitt and Hill products are fantastic! You can also get a sample pack of their shaving creams, balms, and scents for $20 USD.

    Their aftershave balm is one of the best I’ve tried.

  • renjamolin

    Thanks for this information. It really helped me a lot with regards to decision making. I was actually looking for the top aftershave for men which i can use that would make my shaving experience more satisfactory. Now i already have a lot of choices to choose from. Thank you very much.

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  • Mikkel

    Skin Food is just an awesome aftershave and the Coral Skin Food’s scent fades away rather quickly which is big plus if you use cologne.
    I think Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street Collection Aftershave cream is on par with skin food as an aftershave and the fragrance is sooooo good, and thus deserves a place on this list.

  • Latesha

    Interesting article, I am gonna spend more time reading regarding this subject.

  • Nick

    I have Biotherm Homme after shave balm and Skin Food limes. I’d say Biotherm is as good if not better than Skin Food.

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  • Mike

    I am using Larrikin shave balm with sandalwood oil, its awesome.