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 men’s grooming world has to offer.
The best shaving creams allow 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 27th February 2017
1. Geo. F. Trumper Shaving Cream
Established in the 1850s by George Trumper, 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.
£16 for 200g at MANKIND
2. Murad Cleansing Shave
A patented antioxidant-rich cleansing formula features a Beard Softening Complex and Mushroom Enzyme exfoliants to raise stubborn facial hairs and prepare skin for shaving. It feels cooling on application and prevents infection itself rather than relying on a post-shave product.
£25 for 200ml at JOHN LEWIS
3. D.R. Harris Shaving Cream
A concentrated shaving cream; this rich formulation will not dry out the skin. The extracts of natural oils such as Eucalyptus, Clove and Vetiver means that the cream has a masculine, fresh scent. It is best used lathered with a brush to create a thick and creamy protective barrier for an irritation-free shave. Deserving of the Royal Warrant.
£18 for 150g at MR PORTER
4. The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream Unscented
A firm favourite across the board, The Art of Shaving’s Unscented Shaving Cream ticks every box; incorporating a fragrance and alcohol free, rich lathering formula, with added essential oils for a protective shave and smooth results. Ideal for the super-sensitive shavers amongst you.
$25 for 5oz at THE ART OF SHAVING (US only)
5. Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream
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 cream will provide excellent protection for the skin, helping to prevent redness, irritation and ingrowing hairs. Made in England, this cream is an incredibly reasonable price for such a fantastic product.
£10.95 for 150g at TAYLOR OF OLD BOND STREET
6. Proraso Shaving Cream Jar- Sensitive
For over 80 years Proraso has been the leading Italian barber shop shaving brand. Their famous, affordable shaving cream for sensitive skin contains aloe, green tea and glycerine to give a close, comfortable shave whilst protecting the skin. This cream is best applied with a brush.
£5.50 for 150ml at MANKIND
7. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream- Blue Eagle
A veteran luxury skincare brand, Kiehl’s brings their 150 years knowledge in the industry into this Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream. Perfect for oily complexions, this cream incorporates Menthol and camphor cool, alongside sesame seed oil which absorbs easily into the skin to help combat any irritation. The cream glides on, no brush needed, making it a quick and easy way to have a smooth and fresh shave.
£16 for 150ml at SPACE NK
8. Floris No.89 Shaving Cream
Floris No.89 Conditioning Shaving Cream was first introduced in 1951 and has been a favourite with gents ever since. Although its small in size at 100ml, a little goes a long way with this rich shaving cream. It lathers particularly well, and the aloe vera and chamomile employed within the formula ensures that skin stays soothed and comfortable throughout and after a shave.
£20 for 100ml at MR PORTER
9. Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream
Established in 1805, Truefitt & Hill’s Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream – Unscented is a fragrance free, thick and rich lathering traditional shaving cream. Laced with lavender essential oil, renowned for its healing and antiseptic properties, this cream eases the effect of shaving on the skin, making it ideal for those who suffer with sensitivities when shaving.
£17 for 190g at MANKIND
10. Acqua di Parma Soft Shaving Cream
Acqua di Parma Soft Shaving Cream is expensive but… it looks, and performs, fantastic; the epitome of luxury. The shaving cream is thick and rich lathering, with a host of fine ingredients such as Eudermic oils and Hyaluronic Acid which help to reduce redness, irritation, and stress on the skin caused by shaving. Apply the cream in a swirling movement to lift the hairs before shaving, as this helps to prevent ingrown hairs and ensures a smooth, close shave.
£27 for 75ml at JOHN LEWIS