Top 10 Shaving Creams

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 Shaving Creams the male grooming world has to offer.

A good shaving cream allows a razor to glide over the skin easily cutting hair with minimum irritation, leaving smooth and calm skin. It should be easily washed off your face and blade. This list will evolve as newer and better shaving creams are launched. As always, your comments are welcome for debate.

*Last updated 12 June 2014.

1. Geo. F. Trumper Shaving Cream – Screw Thread Pot 200g £15.50
Established in the 1850s by George Trumper and offering barbering services ever since to the Mayfair (London, UK) faithful. Trumpers shaving cream is rich lathering meaning a little goes a long way. It contains Glycerine and is ideal for dry and sensitive skin. With a tried, tested and proven product spanning 3 centuries who could argue that Trumpers isn’t the finest shaving cream on the planet? Our top choices are Sandalwood or West Indian Limes.

2. Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream 150g £7.95
Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving creams are rich and luxurious creating a unique, smooth and creamy lather. Applied with a good quality shaving brush the shaving cream will provide excellent shaving protection. Made in England without all those nasty ingredients and at an incredibly reasonable pricepoint for such a fantastic product.

3. D. R. Harris 150g £16.50
A concentrated shaving cream available in a plastic jar or tube for travel. This rich formulation will not dry the skin. Best lathered with a brush to create a thick and creamy, protective barrier – for an irritation-free shave. Deserving of the Royal Warrant.

4. The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream Unscented 150g $22.00
As part of The Art of Shaving’s 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave offering, the new pretender to the ‘old school’s’ crown comes in at number 4. A firm favourite across the board, ticking every box including; essential oils, fragrance free, rich lathering, protective with smooth and moisturised results. Ideal for the super-sensitive shavers amongst you.

5. eShave Shave Cream 118ml £19.00
A late entrant to the shaving cream party but eShave are gaining in popularity. Our pick is the Verbena Lime Shaving Cream which performs in key areas such as protection and lather. A great alternative to the main stream offerings.

6. Proraso Shaving Cream Jar 150ml £5.50
For over 80 years Proraso has been the leading Italian barber shop shaving brand. Their famous shaving cream contains Eucalyptus and Coconut Oils, Glycerin and Lanolin to give a close, comfortable shave whilst protecting even sensitive skin. Proraso shave cream should be applied with a brush.

7. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless White Eagle Shave Cream Tube 150ml £14.50
Hugely popular with our US fans and gaining credit in the UK, Kiehl’s White Eagle Shave Cream is the pick of their bunch. As the title suggests it’s not essential to use a brush, ideal for lazy Apes.

8. Floris No.89 Conditioning Shaving Cream 125ml £18.00
Floris No.89 Conditioning Shaving Cream was first introduced in 1951 and has been a favourite with gents ever since. Despite only 125ml a small quantity of this rich shaving cream lathers particularly well and employs olive and coconut oil to help the razor glide. The result is a smooth and soothed finish thanks to aloe vera, perfect for sensitive skin.

9. Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream – Unscented 171ml £15.00
Established in 1805 and purveyors of a Royal Warrant, Truefitt & Hill’s Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream – Unscented is fragrance free making it ideal for those sensitive shaving areas. Shaving stalwart; Lavender Essential Oil, famed for it’s antiseptic and healing properties helps ease the effect of shaving on the skin. A good thick, rich lathering traditional shave cream.

10. Acqua di Parma Soft Brush Shaving Cream 125ml £37.00
Acqua di Parma Soft Brush Shaving Cream is ridiculously expensive but… it looks fantastic, the epitome of luxury. The shaving cream is good too, a thick and rich lathering affair with a host of fine ingredients such as wheat protein, mallow and almond oil to refresh and soothe following a close, irritation free shave.

  • Joseph

    Really enjoy this list and have used most of ‘em. But a little bit surprised to see Proraso so far up the list. I gotta add Grooming Lounge Beard Destoyer Shave Cream from my time in Washington, DC and also (Malin+Goetz) Vitamin E Shave Cream, too. But great list and I hope to learn more in the future from ATG.

  • http://apetogentleman.com Ape to Gentleman

    Two great suggestions, thank you Joseph. Malin+Goetz do some great products and narrowly missed out on the Top 10.

    We will give the Grooming Lounge offering a try – this list is not exhaustive and will be constantly changing. We have tried many shave creams and constantly look for innovations, to improve the shaving experience for all our readers.

    Proraso is a great cream and a very reasonable price point – have you tried it with the pre and post shave cream? The combination delivers great results.

    If you haven’t tried The Art of Shaving’s cream then please do, it’s truly magnificent.

  • Teiste

    I’m missing in that list some of the best creams ever made: Acca Kappa Almond, Santa Maria la Novella and Acqua Di Parma.

  • http://apetogentleman.com Ape to Gentleman

    Thanks for suggestions Teiste. Please remember that we selected the above on the following criteria: customer feedback, popularity, innovation, ingredients, results, price and Ape to Gentleman’s testers.

  • Steve

    What is your opinion on Edwin Jagger? I am in S. Africa, and a lot of the above list are
    difficult to obtain, if at all…

  • http://apetogentleman.com Ape to Gentleman

    Steve, we rate Edwin Jagger products in terms of lather and protection + natural ingredients and an affordable price point. If you can’t source any of our Top 10 in SA then we would recommend Edwin Jagger. Their razors and accessories are their strength.

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  • Michael Mantell

    If you haven’t used MEN-U shave cream, you have not used the best. I’ve used your entire list including Santa. Maria Novella and by far MEN-U beats them all in smoothness, glide, healing, foam with or without a brush, and the tiny amount needed.

  • RazorSharp

    men-u!? Seriously!?

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  • Lewis Harper

    Al’s Shaving Creams hands down, much better than 80% of the names mentioned and equal or slightly superior than the other two. This cream lathers effortlessly and produces a pile of very cushioning and moisturizing lather. Highly recommended. Lewis

  • Arthur Lester

    The problem with these smaller creams is that they are hard to find. I have tried to find Al’s everywhere without success. Where do you buy it?

    A.

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  • http://www.tavsfoto.lv tavsfoto

    Thank you, great suggestions!

  • Mud

    You May Or May not Have Heard of Pro-Shave , Its Been In New York and The Tri-State for About 60 Years, and Appears to Be Primarily Sold on The East Coast. I’d Love to see This Product All Over The World when I Travel, It’s The Only thing I will Ever Shave With and It Does Wonders For the Skin, I Would Pay more than Triple What I am Paying Now Thats How Good it is, Its Cheap To Buy, But If the Price Ever Rose Dramatically, I would Buy it More Often, Yes I mean This. If you Haven’t Tried this Magnificant Product, Type it in on Google and Buy Some, Deffinatly Worth Getting for Any Man or Gentleman, and Could Be Seated at Number One in your List ! Try it Out , You will not Regret it. . .

  • Dean

    The Art of Shaving on second place, really?

  • http://apetogentleman.com Ape to Gentleman

    Are you agreeing or disagreeing Dean?

  • Mike

    Considering GFT, TOBS, and Truefitt are all made by the same company, it is weird that they are all spread out on your list.

  • http://apetogentleman.com Ape to Gentleman

    Thanks Mike, but your information is wrong.

    “I can confirm that TOBS products are not made by the same company as GFT and Truefitt.” TOBS.

  • http://LibertarianReport.com Jordan B.

    As some of you might already know, this list is identifying the top creams from around the world. Just because Geo. F. Trumper is listed in the #1 slot, doesn’t truly mean it is the greatest cream of all time. What is right for some, might not be right for others. I personally didn’t like the Trumper brand creams, I found they didn’t allow the razor to glide on my skin as well as others. I see some think Proraso isn’t as high quality as these others, but again, it works great for me and I allow that others might not enjoy the product. Don’t take these things so seriously. Find what is right for you and enjoy your shave!

  • Taradise

    My husband Loves Afifeh’s Exfolishave.

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Thanks for the feedback Jordan B. – wise words.

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Are you agreeing or disagreeing Dean? As in, should it be higher or lower?

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Steve, we rate Edwin Jagger products in terms of lather and protection + natural ingredients and an affordable price point. If you can’t source any of our Top 10 in SA then we would recommend Edwin Jagger. Their razors and accessories are their strength.

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Thanks for suggestions Teiste. Please remember that we selected the above on the following criteria: customer feedback, popularity, innovation, ingredients, results, price and Ape to Gentleman’s testers.

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Two great suggestions, thank you Joseph. Malin+Goetz do some great products and narrowly missed out on the Top 10.

    We will give the Grooming Lounge offering a try – this list is not exhaustive and will be constantly changing. We have tried many shave creams and constantly look for innovations, to improve the shaving experience for all our readers.

    Proraso is a great cream and a very reasonable price point – have you tried it with the pre and post shave cream? The combination delivers great results.

    If you haven’t tried The Art of Shaving’s cream then please do, it’s truly magnificent.

  • Dan

    I really like Face Skin Care’s Ultimate Comfort Shave Cream. I’ve always had problems shaving, but this gives me a super comfortable shave.

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Never tried it Dan – will have to track some down and test it. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Face Skin Care

    Hi Ape to Men

    We’d be happy to provide a sample for you to test. Go to http://www.skincarebyface.com and click on the contact us button.

    Best Regards
    Face Skin Care

  • Stuart

    What do you think of the Baxter of California super close shave formula? I’m wondering why it didn’t make it to the top 10

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Have you tried the 10 above? Baxter’s offering is good – and the brand overall tops our Top 10 Men’s Grooming brands lists, but there are better shave creams (in our humble opinion).

  • Stuart

    I’ve only tried the Kiehl’s, which works very well for me. In my personal experience Baxter performs quite equal to Kiehl’s White Eagle shave cream (might work out differently for other people). Only shaving product I’ve tried so far which performs better than the Kiehl’s White Eagle is Aesop Moroccan Neroli shaving serum, although its scent is too strong to be able to wear an Edt/Edc after shaving

  • http://www.apetogentleman.com/ Ape to Gentleman

    Interesting feedback, many thanks Stuart.

  • jason Baker

    Nothing compares to Al’s Shaving Cream

  • Matt

    Actually the best shave creams are:
    1. XPEC
    2. Acqua di Parma
    3. Santa Maria Novella
    4. Castle Forbes
    5. Art of Shaving
    6. Valobra
    7. Al’s Shaving
    8. Penhaligon’s
    9. Proraso
    10. either DR Harris or Truefitt & Hill


    101. Trumpers


    10001. Taylor of Old Bond Street

  • samTexan

    Gentleman my two cents,
    I have been looking for the best shaving cream for a long time due to my sensative skin and rough bird, so far I have tried 60% of the products mentioned here and no one has yet comes close to Clinique’s shaving cream and Origins Blade runner. Both cost over 15 dollars but worth every penny. Thank you all for your suggestions keep them coming.