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Men have been shaving for centuries, although the process has evolved a great deal throughout that time. No matter what razor you use, it’s often the shaving cream that makes the difference in overall experience and results. Since so many men are doing it themselves, they’re going to need to know what options are available.
Much like skincare, it’s beneficial to pay attention to ingredients and formula. Not all shaving creams are made the same and results will vary. Hopefully, this list can make your search a little easier. And you'll be thanking us; once you find the best shaving cream for you, it'll change your grooming routine for the better.
Here are our picks of the best shaving creams for men.
Best Overall: Cremo Original Shave Cream
Cremo’s Original Shave Cream is a go-to for a reason. It’s a thin and non-foamy cream that creates a slick and smooth shave. This cream is perfect for line-ups with a straight razor—you just have to add a little water. We love that it has a skin-protecting glide that lets you get a close shave.
Best Budget: MARLOWE. M BLEND No. 141 Shave Cream
Marlowe is a men’s focused skincare brand offering quality yet affordable options. Their shave cream is designed to soothe, condition, and protect frequently-shaved skin. This simple formula contains shea butter and coconut oil, which help to provide a smoother glide while shaving. These ingredients also work to add hydration to the skin.
Best Classic: The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream
This foaming shaving cream comes courtesy of the now staple men’s grooming brand. It works to improve razor glide on the skin for a closer shave. Thanks to the high concentration of glycerin, this shaving cream hydrates the skin while helping to soften beard hair. Bonus: The sandalwood scent adds to the shaving experience.
Best for Curly Hair: Bevel Shaving Cream
Bevel’s uniquely formulated shave cream uses aloe vera, shea butter, and comfrey extract in place of water. The lather is soothing and moisturizing, making it suitable for even sensitive skin. Vitamin E helps to keep the skin soft and protected from razor burn. This can also help reduce the appearance of shaving-related bumps, which are never fun to deal with.
Best for Dry Skin: Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Shaving Cream
Unlike some shaving creams, this one won't irritate or dry out your skin. It's made with vitamin E and hydrating amino acid proteins, along with squalane and shea butter to keep the skin moisturized. But—in true shaving cream fashion—there's a cooling element as well to refresh the skin, and that comes courtesy of chamomile and menthol.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Proraso Shaving Cream
This is a good option if your skin is easily irritated while shaving. Oatmeal and green tea are used to soothe and protect inflamed skin. This rich cream can be applied with hands but work best when applied with a damp brush. This product is also cruelty-free and uses 95% natural ingredients—yes and yes.
Best Drugstore: Gillette Pure Shaving Cream
We're fans of this alcohol-, sulfate-, and dye-free option from Gillette, the household shaving brand. It contains aloe to help with razor glide to protect your skin from razor burn and irritation. It has a slightly cooling effect that helps to soothe the skin while in use, and the affordable price point is a definite perk.
Best Non-Foaming: H.I.M.-istry Naturals Pre Shave Wash
This non-foaming shave cream can also be used to treat common skin concerns associated with shaving, like razor bumps and blemishes. Vitamin C is used to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, while green tea soothes and protects against irritation.
Best Natural: Pacific Shaving Company Natural Shave Cream
Pacific Shaving Company is a newer brand offering vegan and cruelty-free products for the shaving community. They use natural and organic ingredients that don’t compromise on a good shaving experience. Organic aloe and shea butter help protect the skin while giving you a low-lather shave. The cream also comes in a caffeinated version (view on Target).
Best Fragrance-Free: Paula's Choice PC4MEN Unscented Shaving Cream
Paula’s Choice created a men’s shaving cream that leaves out the scents found in most shaving products. It’s also sans any menthol, if you're trying to steer clear of it. Bottom line: This is a rich cream that protects the skin from razor burn while allowing you to achieve a close shave. It's a great pick for all skin types and is ideal for those sensitive to fragrances.
Most Popular: Burke Avenue Moisturizing Shave Cream
Founded by Craig The Barber, this cream is popular among shaving aficionados. The moisturizing shave cream was formulated to also treat and repair the skin. It’s a creamy formula consisting of 11 rich butters and essentials oils, all helping to repair skin and balance skin tone while shaving. This one sells out fast, so keep your eyes on it.
Best Scent: Supply Ultra Lather Shaving Cream
Supply offers its “super concentrated” shave cream in three signature scents—Calm (Blue Sage, Lavender & Eucalyptus); Coastal (Bergamot, Cedar & Oakmoss); and Crisp (Juniper, Bergamot & Jasmine). Made with food-grade ingredients, there’s an emphasis on quality. It’s safe for all skin types and uses kaolin clay, shea butter, and jojoba oil to protect and moisturize.
Since this is a rich lathering cream, it works best when applied with a brush.
Best for Head: Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula
Ok, so you can technically use this shaving cream anywhere you want, but we think it's just the right texture for shaving hair on the head. Why? For starters, it doesn’t get overly foamy so it works well for close straight razor shaves. Secondly, it hydrates with coconut extract and uses peppermint oil to treat and soothe razor burn.
Leave this formula on the skin longer to soften long or coarse hair before using your desired razor.