*Last updated 22 April 2015.
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.
1. Geo. F. Trumper Shaving Cream – Screw Thread Pot 200g £16.00
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 Cream118ml £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, affordable 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. The Piccadilly Shaving Company 180ml £13.95
Arriving in 2014, The Piccadilly Shaving Company have combined over 25 years of experience in the shaving market – and it tells. An affordable price point, for a quality product which generates a rich, protective lather – finished with a delightful Sandalwood aroma.
8. Floris No.89 Conditioning Shaving Cream 125ml £20.00
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.