GROOMING TOP 5: Shaving Creams, Foams and Gels
It can be the bane of every man’s morning routine, but a good wet shave is the surest way to look and feel your best.
We’ve tested some of the best shaving products available in the market place and discovered that choosing the right shaving foam, gel or cream is the key to a nick-free, burn-free, invigorating shave.
★ EDITOR’S CHOICE ★
L’occitan Shaving Gel transforms into a thick silky foam which glides easily onto the areas which you are wanting to shave. Its gorgeous masculine smell is evocative of summer evenings, woody but fresh. Boasting an incredible staying power whilst on the face as you shave, it allows easy passage of the blade as it cuts your hair. Just a small amount is needed as you smooth the silken gel onto your face. Skin feels refreshed and free from dryness after use. A little amount goes along way, making this our ‘must have’ shaving cream. Packaged in a classic brushed aluminium can, L’Occitane presents an impressive shaving product.
ClarinsMen have long been a brand of choice for many men who love its reputation and quality and their shaving gel is no exception. In classic Clarins packaging,ClarinsMen Smooth Shave is light and with Clarins’ distinct fragrance. The gel texture doesn’t foam until you lather in your hands or directly on to your face, so you don’t get great big dollops of it on the floor or on your clothes as you apply. It’s cooling and very soothing to the skin and allows your razor to glide naturally through your beard and moustache. Ingredients include Aloe, Wintergreen and Bison Grass, for a soothing, energising and purified shave. Ideal if you’re short of time, as the foam is thick and luxuriant adding protection to your skin in a rushed environment. We love it.
Close Shave Cream by Neal’s Yard Remediespromises, like all NYR products to be: organic and contain no parabens, silicones, carbomer, phthalates, propylene, glycol, EDTA, mineral oils or synthetic fragrance or colours, leaving you with an irritation free shave cream for a closer, smooth shave. As there is no propylene in NYR’s shaving product so it’s not a gel like the other products we tested. The cream has a distinctive, earthly, natural scent, which when rubbed onto your face with water creates a thick creamy lather. Made with red clay to deeply purify your skin drawing out impurities, apple which is a perfect astringent and uses olive oil to soften your skin. Leaving you with a natural and organic high. Our skin felt renewed and fresh.
Simply Skin is a company which hand-makes all of its products. Lovingly created by the owner, Vivienne McAlister, her goal is to create products that are ‘carefully and thoughtfully designed to bring you pleasure and enjoyment’.
With a base of frankincense, myrrh and amber this shave cream is luxurious. This shave cream doesn’t use a propellant and you lather with a little water onto the face, either with your fingers or with a shaving brush. Good old fashion values come to mind as you open the jar, which comes all the way from Weeps in the Netherlands, and spread the woody oriental cream ready for the ‘Ultimate’ shaving experience. Rather than creating a mountain of lather, the cream spreads a thin but protective layer over the face and the shave is wonderfully smooth and close. The pre and post shave oils are perfect partners for Simply Skin’s Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream.
Original Source is a strong brand in the supermarket and not many of us haven’t picked up one of its gorgeous shower gels before and been enlivened with 7927 tingling mint leaves, well the bods at Original Source have created an Aloe shave gel which at £2.80 for 200ml is our least expensive purchase, by far. Made with Avocado oils and Aloe this foaming gel is perfect for re-energising skin and according to folklore Avocado’s benefits include the speedy healing of wounds. Perfect if you should nick your skin with the razor. The fragrance is soft, subtle and pleasant, and the shave is close and skin feels refreshed after use. The Aloe Vera serves as a natural antibacterial, to keep your face looking a feeling great all day. Vegan society approved, not tested on animals, and ‘packed with natural stuff’ Original Source is our Best Buy choice for shaving creams.