Shaving has come a long way for men. There was a time when getting the best shave involved a visit to your local barber. Even now, men who struggle with razor bumps and ingrown hairs can choose to put their face in the hands of an expert. Fortunately, advances in technology and modern formulations have allowed men to invest in the best razors, pre-shave oils and after-shave treatments to create the ultimate at-home shaving experience. Shaving cream itself has also come a long way from your grandfather’s old foam spray: the modern man can now choose from creams, gels, butters, oils and even sticks to get the best shave for their skin type or shaving situation. Many of today’s products are also infused with natural ingredients to ensure that your freshly shaved face looks luscious and smooth, regardless of your skin type. Lucky for you, we’ve already researched the best shaving creams for men in 2022 so you don’t have to. Check them out below.
Best Shaving Cream Overall: Dollar Shave Club Shaving Butter
There is a lot of shaving products, but we liked how Dollar Shave Club’s Shave Butter goes on with a smooth, virtually invisible layer. It doesn’t feel “gloppy” or slimy at all like some creams, and makes for a surprisingly light and easy shave. Its transparency also made it easy to trim the edges of a mustache or other facial hair. Make your life easier and include it in your Dollar Shave Club membership or find it at Walmart or Target. That’s why it’s one of our picks for The Manual 2022 Grooming Awards.
Best Classic Shave: Olivina Shave Gel
Olivina men’s shaving gel was like a classic mid-century piece of furniture: the perfect balance of old and new. Right out of the box, it’s fluffy, slippery, and slips on easily like a classic. shaving cream, but it is balanced with natural and organic ingredients like yerba mate, elderberry extract and aloe vera. Testers found it gave a nice, smooth shave, even without the 2-in-1 prep and beard oil that Olivina recommends. The Black Oak perfume also smells amazing.
Best Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin: Grooming Lounge Beard Destroyer Shave Cream
For a product with the term “Destroyer” in the title, we were a little nervous, but Beard Destroyer Shave Cream, used in combination with the brand, delivered a smooth, refreshing shave with superior control and glide. (This tester’s face was refreshing and tingling at the end!) The very pleasant natural scents were just the top notes of several botanical ingredients included in the product formulas that help protect sensitive skin. After all, Grooming Lounge is done by barbers, so expect nothing less.
Shaving icon Gillette takes center stage here with its new line of sustainability-focused Planet Kind products.
Perhaps the original entry in what seems to be a growing trend in clear shaving products, Mënaji Clear Shave offers superior control, especially if you have carefully manicured facial hair like a mustache, goatee, Van Dyke or a trimmed beard. The product also incorporates herbs to keep the skin healthy. Plus, there’s no need for water to use the gel, so it’s ideal for a quick clean-up after red-eye in an airplane or airport bathroom, or for camping, when the nearest toilets are a few steps away.
Best for Travel: Pacific Shaving Co. Ultra Slick Shaving Stick
This might be our new favorite thing, a shaving cream disguised as a deodorant stick. Say goodbye to heavy cans and messy tubes; the Ultra Slick Shave Stick was designed to slip easily into a gym bag or travel kit – not that you wouldn’t be perfectly happy using it every day in your own bathroom. The stick creates a nice lather (try it with a beard brush at home) and provides a smooth glide while shaving. Of course, it is also TSA compatible.
Looks aren’t everything, but if we were to award prizes for packaging design, Port Products would definitely be a winner. As it is, the contents of this beautiful tube of Face Saving Shave Formula also shines, providing comfort shave, clean scent, and great natural ingredients like coconut oil for glide, avocado and apricot kernel oil for moisture, and willow bark and aloe vera for calming and soothe.
Lab Series Refreshing Shave Cream for Men
Like a peppermint blast for your cup, Lab Series’ luxurious creme preps your skin for a close shave while leaving it feeling tingly and refreshed. In addition, this grooming product is perfect for all skin types, from oily to combination. We recommend Lab Series if you want a versatile, low impact shaving cream.
Stellar Ursa Major Shaving Cream
We love this shaving cream because it contains natural ingredients like aloe leaf juice – a super anti-inflammatory ingredient that guarantees a clean, soothing shave every time. It’s time to embrace nicks, razor burns and chafing.