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We have previously reviewed the best safety razor blades. Now we are reviewing the perfect accompaniment to the blades - the best shaving creams for men. In my search for the best shaving cream, I tested all the creams with different lengths of beard, after showering when the beard has been pre-softened and straight shave without any pre-softening. I have sensitive skin, particularly around the neck, so these tests were of particular interest and help to me.
There are literally hundreds of shaving creams and soaps to choose from, so for practical purposes we could not test them all. What we did was make a selection of creams based on popularity and users opinions. When we had this selection, I carried out a series of tests. The same tests were carried out for each cream and the results recorded. This repeated testing enabled me to make as an objective an assessment as possible and led me to the top 3.
Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Fusion ProGlide Clear Men's Shaving Gel 5.9 Oz (Pack of 2)
( 4.1 out of 5.0 )
A shaving cream is much more than just for softening your beard before you shave. The best shaving creams will also moisturise and tone your skin as you use it.
A good quality shaving cream, together with a good fine razor will leave you with a smooth face without any dry skin.
Shaving creams come in many different formats, so be careful to check that the cream you are buying suits your needs.
Two of the three recommended shaving creams are traditional shaving creams. If you are unused to using this type of shaving cream, this video has a few tips on how to get the best application.
Using a brush can take a little longer to apply but I find the shaving results are better. A cleaner shave with no irritation to the
When I started shaving, many years ago, shaving foams were just being introduced. I started shaving with foam and some of the new design razors that were also newly available. I thought that shaving was a necessary chore and having irritated skin was just part of life.
It wasn't until much later that I started using good quality shaving creams and a shaving brush that I realized what a difference a little quality can make (especially when using a kit with a straight razor). The fact that it takes a little longer to apply the cream gives it time to work, softening the beard and at the same time looking after your skin. Having a good quality shaving cream is one of the essential elements in achieving a good close shave.
The cream, especially when it is brushed in, softens the beard and helps condition the skin but without a good quality shaver with sharp blades the benefits of the shaving cream can be lost. For these tests, which included several daily shaves and several shaves after leaving the beard to grow for several days, I found the best results by using a standard safety razor.
A multi-bladed razor worked well on one day of growth beard but tended to get jammed with the longer hairs from my three days of growth beard. I also found that it was easier to get a clean edge to my sideburns with a single bladed safety razor.
Below are details of exactly why the particular shaving creams were chosen, what is good about them and why. There are also some areas, that I felt, where they could be even better.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream is eaxctly what you would expect a traditional shaving cream to be. It produces a fine lather and leaves your face feeling moisturised after your shave. The cream has a subtle blended masculine scent.
Firstly the shaving cream arrives in a bowl, so it is ready to use straight off. The bowl also keeps the cream clean and easy to store. I found that it readily produces a good amount of lather very quickly. When brushed into the skin, it is very effective at softening the bristles leading to a clean shave without any tugging of the beard. The lather washes off the razor very easily. The result is a very clean shave which leave your face feeling moisturised and slightly scented. Although the main scent is sandalwood, there is a varied combination of different scents blended to give the full effect, including Cedar, Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine, and RoseThe Sandalwood shaving cream is paraben free. Parabens are used to preserve creams are are unpopular with some users.
Although the Sandalwood shaving cream worked well for me, some people have commented that they did not like the sandalwood scent. Others have occasionally mentioned that it leaves their skin a little dry.
I found that the Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation produced as good results when shaving as the Sandalwood shaving cream did. The only reason that the Sandalwood shaving cream had a slight edge for me, and was therefore selected in first place, was the shaving bowl. I preferred using a bowl to that of squeezing the cream from the tube to make the lather. I also preferred the scent of the Sandalwood shaving cream to that of the Eucalyptus and menthol in the Proraso shaving cream, although that was a minor issue.
The results shaving with Proraso shaving cream were first class and judged on shaving results alone it would have been a tie with the Sandalwood shaving cream. Both gave a good clean shave without and razor burn. The Proraso shaving cream comes in a tube rather than a mug, which some people will prefer, but my preference is for a mug. I can get a better lather more easily. The Proraso formulation is paraben free, Parabens are used to preserve creams are are unpopular with some users.
The main area for improvement, I believe, would be the inclusion of instructions in English. This would be a definite aid for new users of shaving creams.
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide clear gel offers a different option to that of the Sandalwood and Proraso shaving creams. It is a clear gel, this makes is a lot easier if you have any facial hair that you want to shave a clean edge to. There is no need to wash off the soap first to see where you are shaving. As many people like to shave while in the shower, the gel provides a great option there. The gel does not wash off with the inevitable splashes that occur while trying to shave in the shower. The shave that the results
The clear gel is very quick and easy to apply. Just squeeze a small amount on the tips of your fingers and massage it in. When used for the first time, it can seem a little strange as it is almost invisible on your face. The clear gel is ideal when shaving next to facial hair. There is no need to clean any foam away so that you can see exactly where you are shaving. Gillette suggests that the ProGlide clear gel is equally good for shaving body hair as well - although this was not tested for this review.
My only negative thoughts on the Gillette Fusion ProGlide clear gel is the price. It is a very good product but can work out relatively expensive if used daily and a whole tube or more could be used if shaving any amount of body hair.
The quality of the shave achieved when using both the Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce and the Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation was very similar. Both softened the beard whether is was a day of growth or three days of growth, and gave a clean shave. After shaving, my face felt fresh. I went with the Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream as overall winner because I preferred the bowl of soap rather than the tube that you get with Proraso shaving cream.
I also felt that the sandalwood scent felt fresher than the eucalyptus and menthol scent after the shave. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Clear Men's Shaving Gel I felt offered a very good alternative option to the creams as it made it easier to shave close to any facial hair to get a good clean edge. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide clear gel is a good choice for those who prefer to shave in the shower or if you have facial hair that you want to shave precisely without having to wash off the shaving cream before you shave the edges.
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