Top 10 After Shave Balms
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’s grooming world has to offer.
The best after shave balms should have many attributes; it should be able to rejuvenate skin, soothe, protect and relieve redness and irritation. Furthermore, it 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.
*Last updated: 2nd March 2017
1. Geo F Trumper Skin Food
Achieving the number one spot in any of Ape to Gentleman’s Top 10 lists is no mean feat, especially when you consider that we test…everything. Geo F Trumper Skin Food (link to review) stormed to the top spot – it wasn’t a tough decision. Slightly thicker than a lotion, it’s the perfect consistency for an after shave 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!
£22 for 200ml at MANKIND
2. The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm
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. With the inclusion of essential oils, Shea Butter and Grape Seed Extract, this balm is formulated to deliver the highest level of moisture. A fairly hefty price but as always, you get what you pay for.
Unscented, $40 for 100ml at THE ART OF SHAVING (US Only)
3. Anthony Logistics After Shave Balm
Everyone at Ape to Gentleman is a big fan of Anthony products and for good reason; they are ingredient rich and get the job done. The Anthony After Shave Balm is no different, with a plethora of decent ingredients and a more than reasonable price to value ratio. It just gets the job done – leaving your shaven skin pleasantly cooled and soothed.
£22 for 90ml at SPACE NK
4. D.R. Harris After Shave Milk
D.R. Harris’ Arlington Aftershave Milk combines a subtle, fresh aroma with a natural mild antiseptic in this dense, milky lotion. Perfect for dry skin, this milk is packed full of moisturising properties, while the inclusion of the natural antiseptic means it’s great at soothing any irritation caused by shaving. Made in England, it has been a favourite for over a century.
£27 for 100ml at MR PORTER
5. Aesop Neroli Post-Shave Lotion
Calming and moisturising, this lotion is ideal for sensitive skin. It has been specially formulated to ensure it works rapidly to counteract any irritation. Moreover, it absorbs into the skin fast, making it a quick and hassle-free way to replenish and calm your skin after shaving.
£35 for 60ml at MANKIND
6. Baxter of California After Shave Balm
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.
£18 for 120ml at MR PORTER
7. Korres Marigold & Ginseng After Shave Balm
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.
£16 for 200ml at MANKIND
8. Kiehl’s Post-Shave Repair Gel
Kiehl’s is a brand born out of an ancient Manhattan pharmacy, and to grow to the size it is today (discounting its current owners’ (L’Oreal) wealth) you know it must have, and is producing fine products. This post-shave repair gel contains Aloe Vera and Peppermint Leaf Extract, which create a soothing, clean feeling, and ensure full protection of the skins’ moisture barrier too.
£24 for 125ml at SELFRIDGES
9. Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra
Delivering instant relief and comfort, this after shave balm works at soothing and cooling the skin, whilst banishing any redness, burning or stinging. In addition, it provides moisture to irritated areas to overcome any signs of razor burn. When used frequently, it provides long-term moisture and comfort, and helps at speeding up the skin’s natural healing process.
£30 for 100ml at MANKIND
10. Dermalogica Post-Shave Balm
A wallet devastating £27.35 for 50ml, this product is undoubtedly pricey. However, Ape to Gentleman’s Top 10’s are not solely about price. This balm is cooling and moisturising; great for calming irritation. We found the Sacyllic Acid in the balm to be slightly irritating for sensitive shaven areas, but for those who suffer with ingrown hairs it’s useful, and the absence of artificial fragrance or colour is a blessing. This balm is more suited toward oily skin shavers.
£27.35 for 50ml at FEELUNIQUE