April 18, 2017

Best Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin in 2017 – Top Picks and Reviews

best shaving cream for sensitive skin

Looking for the best shaving cream for sensitive skin? You may want to spend the next few minutes going through our curated list of choices before you make your purchase.

Shaving creams have benefits that people are not aware of. Basically, they do three functions:

  • They provide the lubrication needed for shaving.
  • They “open” the skin to allow absorption of water. This ability is due to the high acidity of shaving creams.
  • They desensitize the skin for a less painful shave.

Here are additional benefits:

  • It makes shaving easier to do. The cream will provide extra coating to protect your skin.
  • It makes the daily shave an activity to look forward to. Using a shaving cream can make your skin feel refreshed and invigorated.
  • It will keep infection at bay. Your skin will not be exposed to harmful microscopic organisms because creams will significantly lessen cuts and irritation.

Today, we will review 14 brands. We’ll analyze these creams based on the following factors:

  • Froth
  • Fragrance
  • Skin friendliness
  • Softening ability
  • Ingredients
  • Sensation

At a Glance

  • Prices across brands vary but not too much. Some brands are more expensive even if they have smaller sizes.
  • Consumers are wary of chemical components of shaving creams. Some creams are even lauded for their fragrance-free formulations.
  • Consumers love rich, thick creamy lather. In addition, they like creams with scents that linger long.
  • The ability of the shave to protect skin from irritation, cuts and rashes is an important consideration for consumers.

Reviews of the Best Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

In these reviews, we will mention things that we like and things that we don’t like in each brand. We will also cite the specific benefits that consumers can get.

Product

Editor's Score

Price

Face Skin Care: Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

Zirh Sensitive Skin Shave Cream

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream

The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street: Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin (Editor's Choice-Joint)

Proraso Shaving Cream, Sensitive Skin (Editor's Choice-Joint)

Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Moisture Shave

Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather

Crown Shaving Co. Shaving Cream

Cremo Shave Cream

Clarins Men Smooth Shave

Castle Forbes Lavender Oil Shaving Cream

Blind Barber Watermint Gin Shave Cream

Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula

Taylor of Old Bond Street: Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin​ (Editor's Choice - Joint)

Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Luxury Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

We’ll start with the nice-smelling Taylor cream, which also happens to be our joint-top choice for the accolade of best shaving cream for sensitive skin. The smell is manly, and because of that, one can easily mistake the cream for cologne for men. Long after the shave is over, the smell is still there.

What We Liked

  • The Taylor cream keeps razor burn at a minimum.
  • It is allergen-free and coats the skin well.
  • It is economical. Each shave requires only a small amount.

What We Didn't Like

  • A little pricey
  • This cream dries quickly.
  • Be careful of the container finish. There are claims that they easily fall off. Some people can’t put up with that kind of mess.

Face Skin Care: Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

Face Skin Care: Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin, Lab Series Alternative

Face Skin Care’s best attribute is its being chemically friendly. If you would read reviews about it, people are talking about the Lidocaine in it, which they say is safer than Benzocaine.

What We Liked

  • Improved protection for the skin because of the skin-numbing Lidocaine.
  • Both males and females can use this product.
  • It is concentrated, and therefore, it is also easy on the budget.

What We Didn't Like

  • The plastic tube may be rigid and difficult to squeeze.
  • Tingling sensation when applied, but not enough to sting though
  • No mention of softening ability

Zirh Sensitive Skin Shave Cream

Zirh Sensitive Skin Shave Cream

The Zirh comes in a big packaging. It is contained in a bottle holding an amount that’s two times more than those of other brands. This cream softens hair strands and this will come in useful when it comes to shaving thick and coarse beards. We think that this could be one of the contenders for the best shaving cream for black man.

What We Liked

  • Keeps skin looking smooth and fresh with its special formula that protects skin from irritation and rashes.
  • It has Aloe Vera and Glycerin. These substances are effective moisture attractors.
  • The cream is great in softening beard. Consider telling your African American friends about it.

What We Didn't Like

  • It’s one of the priciest creams, but that goes along with the big size.
  • Specifically designed to moisturize skin, but using too much of it in one application may diminish friction.
  • May not work as well without warm water.

Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Moisture Shave

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Shaving Cream

The Kiss My Face shaving cream is the biggest among the brands that we have covered so far. The package contains 11 ounces of cream. The cream can be applied on other body parts such as legs and underarms.

What We Liked

  • One of the most reasonably-priced shaving creams.
  • They didn’t use animals for testing.
  • It has a special ingredient that protects users from getting nicks and scratches.

What We Didn't Like

  • It’s a little pricier
  • The cream feels a little waxy.
  • Its lather is thick and not slippery.
  • Some users said it is difficult to open the tube.

The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, Sandalwood

The ARt of Shaving Shaving Cream Sandalwood

The Art of Shaving stand out in terms of its ability to make hair strands stand, which is good for people with hairs that cling to their skin. It also beats others in terms of ease of application.

What We Liked

  • Comes with a brush
  • The essential oils makes the cream good to use for people with normal or dry skin.
  • Pleasant and classic scent

What We Didn't Like

  • This cream does not fully dissolve without applying more pressure in lathering.
  • The lather is so thick it can easily dull your shaver’s head.

Note: If you have used the original version and compare it with this newer version, you will see a huge difference in thickness. The original version was way thicker than this version, which is a cause of disappointment among loyal customers. The product comes with a smaller package (directly holding the cream) inside an external container. Some people think the unusual packaging is a deceitful trick on the part of the company.

Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather

Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather

Just like the Art of Shaving, the Jack Black Supreme can lift hair strands for a close shave. It uses what the company calls “triple cushion technology.” With this technology, the cream allows for trouble-free razor glide and gives extra protection for the skin.

What We Liked

  • Can be applied without using a brush.
  • Many creams clog razors. This one doesn’t.
  • It is a cream that makes the razor to glide easier for an efficient shave cut.

What We Didn't Like

  • The lather dissipates quickly.
  • Some people complained about the little amount of cream that it has. 
  • The lather is scanty, so the ability to coat is rather disappointing. That’s not good for people with dry skin.

Proraso Shaving Cream, Sensitive Skin (Editor's Choice - Joint)

Proraso Shaving Cream, Sensitive Skin

Tied for the top spot of the best shaving cream for sensitive skin is the Proraso. It is a powerhouse of natural ingredients. It includes natural oils and botanical extractsto nourish and protect skin. It has glycerin to help the razor have a smooth glide. It also has ingredients acting as skin rejuvenators.

What We Liked

  • With the Proraso, a pea-sized amount is all that’s needed to make an abundant lather.
  • There are no parabens or silicones.

What We Didn't Like

  • It may take many passes to get a good shave.
  • The manual is not written in English.

Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula

Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula

Another top-performing cream is the Baxter of California. This is an award-winning shaving cream. Check the Allure Best of Beauty Award.

The cream’s incomparable cushioning and moisturizing ability might be the reason for the recognition bestowed to this product. This cream is specially designed for wet shaving.

What We Liked

  • Moisturizes the skin well.
  • Thick lather, which makes it really good for people with overly sensitive skin
  • One of its ingredients is peppermint, a good substance for reducing inflammation and combating razor burn.

What We Didn't Like

  • The brush doesn't lather well as claimed
  • Too expensive to be used liberally
  • Little known about the full ingredients list.

Clarins Men Smooth Shave

Clarins Men Smooth Shave

The Clarins is a product with carefully chosen ingredients. As a result of this, this cream allows for an easy glide for the razor and gives the user a close shave. It is one of the creams that help the razor achieve the closest cut possible leaving no stubbles in the razor’s path.

What We Liked

  • Alcohol-free
  • One of the cheapest shaving creams in the market
  • Nice faint smell

What We Didn't Like

  • May need to be used with the Active Face Wash and Moisture Balm for best effect
  • Ingredient list not clearly listed

Note: It is advisable to check the kind of alcohol a cream contains. Fatty alcohols do not dry the skin.

Blind Barber Watermint Gin Shave Cream

Another award winning product is this cream from the Blind Barber. Do check the Askmen.com and the Wallpaper Magazine Design Award for details.

The Blind Barber comes with an ingredient the company described as a natural astringent. This ingredient is Juniper berry, which is also a detoxification agent.

What We Liked

  • Mild and fresh smell of the Juniper berry.
  • Moderately-priced.
  • Desensitizes the skin.

What We Didn't Like

  • Produces lather but it lacks the thickness you can find in other creams.

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream

Where others fail to provide sufficient information about their creams, the makers of the Ursa Major Stellar cream excel.

The company took pains to list down the ingredients and posted the list in the internet for consumer perusal. The ingredients include zinc, shea, sunflower, sea fennel and aloe.

According to the company, this cream doesn’t contain petro chemicals, parabens, sulfates, glycols, PEGs and silicones.

What We Liked

  • Enchanting natural scent which is the result of combining the scents of bergamot, vetiver, grapefruit and ginger.
  • Contains zinc , which is a powerful antiseptic with soothing and healing properties.
  • This product is vegan and therefore you don’t expect your skin to get irritated from using it.

What We Didn't Like

  • Lather is too sticky. You will have to clean your blades often because the lather really sticks and clogs the razor after a few strokes.
  • It is quite expensive.
  • The Ursa Major is not the cream too use if you’re looking for a close shave. It can’t make hair strands stand.

Crown Shaving Co. Shaving Cream

Crown Shaving Co Shaving Cream

It is difficult to awaken our senses in the morning. The Crown Shaving cream is a good solution for that. It has mint and eucalyptus that can help invigorate the senses.

What We Liked

  • Slick and thick. You don’t need a large amount to lather.
  • It is by far the most expensive in the list, but because of the very little amount it requires for a single shave, this 8-oz cream will last for a long time.
  • It gives a close shave without irritating the skin.

What We Didn't Like

  • It has more of the chemical scent than the “mint” scent. For some users, that doesn’t make this cream pleasurable to smell.
  • Its lather is too slippery, so you will have to put more pressure when shaving.

Cremo Shave Cream

Cremo Shave Cream

The Cremo shave cream comes with a formulation that combines only natural ingredients. For this one, you have olive leaf extract, papaya extract, lemon extract, calendula extract, aloe, and macadamia seed oil. The cream is able to form molecules that become slick when in contact with water.

What We Liked

  • The Cremo is not foamy.
  • This cream is super smooth, allowing the razor to easily glide for an easy pass through thick hair.
  • A tube of Cremo last longer compared to other creams. One user reported that it took him 7 months to consume it.

What We Didn't Like

  • It is not foamy, but the lather of this cream is too thin. You need extra care to avoid cuts.
  • This has consistency issues. Reviewers reported that the formulation is different from tube to tube.
  • Because of the thinness of this cream, it can easily dry the skin.

Castle Forbes Lavender Oil Shaving Cream

Castle Forbes Lavender Oil Shaving Cream

Another shaving cream that comes with a brush is the Castle Forbes. It is rich with lavender oil, which was included to provide extra coating and slipperiness for a smooth razor glide.

What We Liked

  • The lavender fragrance of the Castle Forbes is said to have a scent that has a healing effect.
  • The slickness of this cream is unparalleled, according to one user. Reviews took note of how smoothly it makes the razor glide.
  • It has the ability to remove ingrown hairs.

What We Didn't Like

  • The bad of the Castle Forbes is its inability to give a close shave.
  • You may have to add more water to whip a good lather. However, don’t put too much water, because this cream can turn out to be too thin if you will do that.
  • This cream is fairly stiff, so be ready to give it more pressure when lathering.

Frequently Asked Quesitons about Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

In this review, we want to offer more value to readers. We will do this by giving you a list of common questions asked by potential buyers.

What are the benefits of using a brush?

Answer: You have two options. You either use your fingers or use a brush for lathering a cream. You need to check if the cream is brushless or not. In addition, you have to check reviews on the cream.

The first benefit is using a brush is more economical. Shaving creams tend to last three to four times if applied using a brush. Next, the lather will work well when using a brush.

Think about using toothpaste to clean your teeth using your fingers only. But then you have to check if the cream is meant to be used with a brush or using your fingers will do.

The GBS synthetic brushes and also their pure badger are inexpensive brushes with good quality.

What is the best fragrance for sensitive skin?

People with sensitive skin should check if the cream has light or strong fragrance and avoid the ones with strong scents.

They can have the unscented variants, and if they want to have a little fragrance, they can just use an aftershave with a light to medium fragrance that lasts for only about 10-20 minutes and then it’s gone.

Many creams don’t have the percentages of the ingredients written in the packaging. How do we know if they comply with government requirements?

Ingredient listings don’t come with the specific percentages. However, you can have an idea of the ingredients’ concentrations based on how they are positioned in the list.

In the Taylor cream, Lidocaine is listed 4th from the bottom. The positioning tells you that there is a small amount of that chemical in the formulation.

The position also matters considering that there are 26 ingredients in the list. That goes the same for the Benzocaine contained in the Aramis cream.

Are shave creams applicable on other parts of the body?

Yes, they are applicable on other parts of the body, but you need to be careful when doing that as these other parts are differently contoured.

Aside from the parts mentioned above, the bikini area is another where you can use a shaving cream. Creams that make thin lather might be dangerous in these areas.

What is the best time to shave for people with sensitive skin?

This answer is applicable to all types of skin. The best time is just after you get out of bed in the morning. Our skin is most relaxed and in its softest state just after we wake up.

Shave after the morning shower because your skin is soft at that time and hydrated because of the warm water.

What’s the benefit of using a bowl for lathering?

A small bowl is a great container to work up your lather. It also gives you the choice of containing all the cream in one area and whipping it to lather, rather than spreading the cream all over your face with your fingers.

You need not spend too much to buy a bowl. Walmart has a lot of these bowls with most being offered at under $3.

How can I tell the effects of a cream prior to using it?

Besides reading reviews, make sure that you take note of the ingredients and the effects they have on skin.

For example, if a cream contains alcohol-based ingredients, you will have to research on the kind of alcohol that it has and whether or not that type of alcohol will dry the skin.

If a cream has ingredients that attract water, the manufacturer of that product will most likely talk about it with a lot of emphasis on it being a moisturizer.

Since the product is water-absorbing, it is most likely that its lather is thin. You know that it is not a good cream for you because of your sensitive skin.

Conclusion

Knowing how to assess creams according to their performance and ingredients is the best way to find the best one for you. The ingredients alone will tell you a lot about the product.

When choosing a cream, there are questions you need to ask. Ask about the effects or the benefits that matter to you most? Some people give priority to getting a close shave while others put emphasis on having a mild scent out of their cream.

For others, convenience of use is the most important factor. Finally, there are those whose main consideration when choosing a cream is care for the environment or animal protection.

Prices among the brands that we have reviewed don’t vary much. Because of the small difference, you can actually leave the price out of the equation and focus mainly on getting a good shave without hurting your skin.

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