After several hours of research, intense scrutiny on shave performance, lathering ability, scent, and ultimate results, we found that the Billy Jealousy Super-Slick Shave Cream was the best currently available on the market.
This guide has an in-depth write-up on all the shave creams we reviewed, what exactly makes a shaving cream good, different types of razors commonly used with certain types of shave creams, and tips on how to generate the perfect lather every time you go to shave.
Let’s take a look:
Comparing Several Shaving Creams
|Ranking||Shaving Cream||Scent||Type||Country of Origin||Lathers?||Requires Shaving Brush?||Size||Price||Price per Ounce||Award||Rating|
|1||Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream||Clean/Unisex||Latherless||USA||No||No||8.00||$20||$2.50||Best Overall||98.5|
|2||Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream||Sandalwood||Traditional||England||Yes||Yes||5.30||$17||$3.21||Traditional||97.9|
|3||Nivea Men Shaving Gel||Sandalwood / Fresh||Gel||Thailand||Yes||No||7.00||$9||$1.29||For Sensitive Skin||97.3|
|4||Cremo Shave Cream||Citrus||Latherless||USA||No||No||6.00||$8||$1.33||Drugstore||96.4|
|5||Jack Black Beard Lube||Relatively Unscented||Latherless||Canada||No||No||6.00||$17||$2.83||Natural Base||95.1|
|6||Anthony Shave Cream||Peppermint||Latherless||USA||No||No||6.00||$23||$3.83||Designer Label||94.7|
|7||Aveeno Shave Gel||Unscented||Gel||USA||Yes||No||7.00||$5||$0.71||Oatmeal Base||93.8|
|8||Barbasol Shave Cream||Sandalwood||Foam||Thailand||Yes||No||10.00||$2||$0.20||Classic Foam||93.2|
|9||Proraso Shaving Cream||Menthol||Traditional||Italy||Yes||Yes||5.20||$10||$1.92||Bright Scent||92.4|
|10||The Art of Shaving Oud Shaving Cream||Woodsy||Traditional||USA||Yes||Yes||5.00||$26||$5.20||For Gift Giving||92.5|
|11||V76 by Vaughn Clean Shave Gel||Fresh / Crisp||Gel||USA||Yes||No||5.60||$14||$2.50||Upgrade Pick||91.9|
Best Shaving Creams in 2022
Here’s our list of the top shaving creams of 2022:
Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream
It’s one of the best shave creams on the market. While we wish the price were a bit lower, you really get the quality you pay for out of this shave cream.
Super slick and latherless
Balanced ingredient profile
Pricey, but long lasting
For men looking for the perfect shave cream, it doesn’t get much better than this one from Billy Jealousy.
Known for its award-winning products, Billy Jealousy is quickly setting the gold standard across the men’s grooming world by making stellar beard oils, face cleansers, moisturizers, and more.
After profusely testing their Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream, it was undoubtedly one of the best shave creams we ever tried.
Not only did it provide an incredibly close and comfortable shave, but its excellently balanced ingredient profile will allow for great-looking skin once you are done shaving.
While the latherless nature will undoubtedly be a barrier for some men coming from more traditional shave cream backgrounds, after one use, you will see why this cream will be your new favorite going forward.
The latherless cream will not only make the shaving process much cleaner, but it will allow you to easily navigate the contours of your face without the problem of having shave cream build up on your razor head or handle.
Now on to scent:
Like the beard oil we recently reviewed, the scent is again top-notch. Delivering a subtle orange scent (due to the inclusion of natural orange peel oil), you will feel invigorated when applying this to your face in the morning.
It’s one of those rare products you will look forward to shaving rather than dreading the process.
As great as this shave cream is, there still is one significant downside:
While costing a bit more than more popular brands like Cremo or Nivea Men, Billy Jealousy will be a bit tougher for some men on a tight budget.
However, to quell those fears a bit, rest assured that in the 8oz bottle, you will be able to get several months of shaving.
But if you are a man who wants to look good and values a quality performing shave cream, then you will want to go with this.
The results are reliable, and your skin will thank you.
Taylor of Old Bond Street
A well-rounded shave cream that serves its purpose extraordinarily well. We previously awarded this shave cream best overall, however, we now recommend this to men using straight or double edge safety razors. The prep required to use this shave cream may be a turn-off to some who shave regularly with a cartridge, disposable, or electric razor.
Old school shave cream
Perfect for traditional razor systems
Requires shave brush for best results
Lengthy prep time
The de facto standard for shaving creams, Taylor of Old Bond Street is typically the go-to shaving cream for many men taking their first step into the wet shaving realm, and with good reason.
With its near lotion-like consistency yet impressive ability to whip up a luxurious lather, Taylor of Old Bond Street simply sets the standard for high-quality shaving creams.
Established in 1854 in the fashionable section of West End London by Jeremiah Taylor, Taylor of Old Bond Street was your grandfather’s shaving cream.
To some, sandalwood is a “manly” scent giving a very earthy tone close to cedar with perhaps a light after note of vanilla.
If the scent of sandalwood is not your thing, don’t worry, you’re in luck. Taylor of Old Bond Street also makes the shaving cream in the following scents:
- Lemon & Lime
Scents aside, the performance of this shaving cream will leave an extremely rich trademark lather without feeling too airy.
In addition, the texture of the cream, when lathered properly, will feel incredibly slick.
When applied to your face, you should have an ample cushion that will deliver a comfortable shave that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and extremely smooth.
The smoothness of your skin is amplified in this shaving cream due to the addition of glycerin in the ingredients. Glycerin is a simple sugar alcohol compound that is a humectant (provide moisture) primarily used for folks with dryer skin or skin easily irritated and found in many luxury shaving creams.
A shaving brush is a required product for this shaving cream.
While some men might try to scoop out about a dime-sized amount and rub it in their hands to create a lather, this simply won’t deliver the high performance you expect and will provide relatively flat results.
While the price point of this shaving cream may seem a bit on the higher side at $15, the long-term value is well worth it.
With some men reporting that they were able to make a bowl last for nearly six months, you won’t be left feeling like you wasted your money on this shaving cream.
While this shaving cream can be used on the cartridge and wet electric shavers, it’s reserved for double-edge safety and straight-edge razors.
Related: Taylor of Old Bond Street Review
Nivea Men Shaving Gel
For men with sensitive skin, Nivea Men’s shave gel is the best choice. It contains chamomile, witch hazel, and vitamin E, which all work together to soothe and protect the skin. The gel has a consistency that is easy to apply and spread, and it lathers up nicely.
Perfect for men with sensitive skin
Works on most razor types
Extremely affordable given the performance
Large can not travel friendly
Like the Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel, we reviewed, this offering by Nivea Men focuses on serving men with severely sensitive skin.
However, unlike the colloidal oatmeal used in Aveeno’s shave cream, Nivea Men uses different ingredients to produce great (and highly effective) results.
The key standouts of this shave gel will undoubtedly be the chamomile, vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), and witch hazel.
Also, earning the top rank of best overall aftershave balm, it’s clear that Nivea Men knows a thing or two about shaving comfort.
First off, the chamomile found within the gel is a terrific anti-inflammatory ingredient. Men with sensitive skin or acne won’t exhibit that familiar burning sensation when using this shave cream.
Secondly, chamomile doubles as a natural anti-fungal ingredient as well. Therefore, if you have any residual bacterial resting on your face once you are done shaving, the chamomile coupled with the witch hazel will ensure that there will be complete comfort.
Witch hazel, a common ingredient in quality aftershave balms, displays fundamental astringent properties.
Why does this matter?
While your pores don’t open and close (a common myth), the astringent property will relieve general skin irritation by constricting the blood vessels.
Again, this use of critical ingredients shows so many men with sensitive skin love Nivea Men. It simply guarantees a much more comfortable shave.
What makes this shave gel unique from others is that it takes on a’ wetter’ consistency when you begin to rub it into a lather.
This will make it adhere to your skin quickly (which is excellent if you are shaving in the shower) but will also ensure that the shaving cream stays on so you ultimately get a much closer and more comfortable shave.
Adding all this up, Nivea Men walks away with top marks for men with sensitive skin. It’s the perfect marriage of ingredients and form that will ensure total comfort whenever the blade touches your skin.
Cremo Shave Cream
It’s an affordable shave cream that can be easily used on any part of your body. The slick formula ensures total comfort and a close shave. Rivals Barbasol to being the workhorse shaving cream of the 21st century.
Provides a super close shave
Low price point and widely accessible
May be a bit too thin of a layer for some
Cremo Shave Cream is a renegade compared to the other popular shave creams we reviewed.
With its solution not creating a thick foamy lather nor requiring a shaving brush for application, it’s breaking a long-standing tradition that wet shaving enthusiasts have adhered to for several years.
Primarily applied to your skin with just your hands, it’s an extraordinarily slick shave cream that helps to provide a comfortable shave that leaves your skin free of irritation and razor bumps.
Regarding the scent of the Cremo Shaving Cream, it comes in three main varieties:
The Original and Cooling scents are gender-neutral, while the Sandalwood scent is perfect for the men who crave that classic barbershop smell when shaving.
Although the bottle of the shaving cream may be a bit smaller in its 6fl oz packaging, a little will go a long way. If you are accustomed to spraying an ample amount of canned shaving cream into your hand, you may currently have trouble restraining yourself with Cremo.
Per Cremo’s advice, an almond size amount of shaving cream should be more than enough to serve your entire shave.
One shaving cream tube should last about 90 shaves (or about four months if you shave every business day).
Should you use a cartridge or disposable razor, this shaving cream shouldn’t cause clogging issues that would hinder the blade’s performance. Therefore, you can and should use this cream if you want to replace a canned razor sitting in the medicine cabinet.
Including aloe and some key oils within the cream, your skin should stay well moisturized long after your morning shave.
Given its moisturizing base, those who shave daily won’t experience any flaking of the skin as you might otherwise experience with shave gels that have nasty drying alcohols.
Jack Black Beard Lube
Jack Black sets the gold standard when it comes to high-end men’s grooming products. If you want a latherless shave cream that relies on the essentials, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Made from natural ingredients
Moisturizes skin for greater comfort
Made in the USA
Premium price point can be a dealbreaker
If there was one company that sets the standard for being both a luxury grooming and natural learning product company, 9 out of 10 men would say, Jack Black.
Their Beard Lube that we reviewed perfectly carries on the Jack Black legacy.
Flipping over the tube, you will see some stellar standout ingredients, which include the following:
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Jojoba Oil (also known as Simmondsia Chinesis oil)
The key ingredients help to invigorate your whiskers and deliver a decadent splash of moisture and nourishment to your skin after you are done shaving.
Given that this is a latherless shave cream, unlike the more traditional gels and creams we reviewed, you will be able to see the areas you need to shave when making the passes across your face.
The latherless solution itself is incredibly slick. While you could technically use this with a safety razor, given its smooth base, we still feel it’s better suited for men who use cartridge or disposable razors.
When it comes to natural shaving creams, it doesn’t get much better than Jack Black. Compared to all the others we researched, we could not find a cream that displayed nearly the same level of quality ingredients.
Sure, the price of this Beard Lube may be a bit higher than some men’s budget, but the quality you get for the amount paid indeed does make this a worthwhile investment.
Anthony Shave Gel
The fresh and bright tones of Anthony are second to none. Absent of a lot of nasty ingredients yet still delivers great performance.
Thin and clear solution is a non-foaming agent and will give you total visual control over the shaving process.
Largely contains natural ingredients
Guaranteed close shave
The scent might be too strong for some people
Like V76 by Vaughn, Anthony is a relatively new entrant to the men’s grooming world and was founded in 2000 by Anthony Sosnick.
Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Anthony delivers a new take on the shave gel.
Fully embracing the ‘gel’ aspects, the thin and transparent solution is a non-foaming agent and will give you total visual control over the shaving process.
Perfect for men who don’t like dealing with large clumps of foam temporarily clogging their sink, this shave gel by Anthony will allow you to see every whisker you missed while shaving.
While consistency is one key aspect of this shave gel, the other will be the ingredient profile.
Much like Jack Black’s Beard Lube, this shave gel by Anthony primarily contains natural ingredients that will do more for your skin than just provide a close shave.
Flipping over the tube, you will find all sorts of good stuff like aloe vera leaf juice, agar, carrageenan extract, orange peel oil, corn mint oil, and many others.
The result is not only a guaranteed close shave time and time again but also well-nourished skin once you are done shaving.
Secondly, for the men who are a bit more conscious of their labels, you will find that Anthony’s shave gel is also absent of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, triclosan, DEA, and GMOs.
The scent of this shave gel is just as refreshing as Cremo’s.
You will quickly awaken bright spearmint notes when you put this on in the morning.
Aveeno Shave Gel
If you are looking for a great (yet affordable) shave cream designed for sensitive skin, then the Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel will provide great results. Perfect for men who are on a tight budget but want non-irritating results.
Contains natural colloidal oatmeal to help soothe sensitive skin
Provides extra moisture to the skin to reduce irritation from shaving
Lack of fragrance prevents further irritation
Shave gel can be runny and difficult to control
Fragrance-free formula might not be appealing
Containing natural colloidal oatmeal, Aveeno’s shave gel is an excellent solution for the men out there that are looking for consistent results from a big-name manufacturer.
The colloidal oatmeal found within this can help men with overly sensitive skin.
So, how does the oatmeal help to provide a more comfortable shave?
This key ingredient helps to provide additional moisture to the skin.
While this might not sound like much, when you take a cartridge razor across the surface of your skin, it does quite a number to the skin and will dry it out and make it feel quite irritated.
But beyond increasing shave comfort, the colloidal oatmeal will also help to ward off dry skin post-shave by making you look a bit more vibrant and youthful.
Beyond oatmeal, another significant aspect of this shave cream is the absence of fragrance.
The fragrance has been known to cause quite a bit of discomfort for many men, and those with sensitive skin welcome the lack of this ingredient.
Of course, given that this shave gel from Aveeno is mass-produced by a large conglomerate (Johnson & Johnson), there are parabens found within the shaving cream itself, including:
But as we covered later in this article, parabens are used as preservatives and aren’t a known carcinogen per the FDA.
Barbasol Shave Cream
If you are a man on a restricted budget then Barbasol can work. While not rich in the moisturizer category, it’s a workhorse shave cream that can help get the job done.
Foams up nicely
May be too drying for some
Does not contain any nourishing or moisturizing ingredients
The workhorse of shave creams, Barbasol, has been around for nearly a century. This USA-made shave cream has been (and continues to be) a staple worldwide in men’s medicine cabinets.
But does it withstand the test of time?
It depends on who you ask.
Men who use a double-edge safety razor may find the performance of Barbasol to be quite lacking.
Given that this is a highly aerated foam, the Barbasol shave cream just doesn’t deliver enough moisture for some men to get a comfortable and close shave should they be using a safety razor.
However, for the men out there that use a cartridge or disposable razor, the thickness of the Barbasol foam, even if it is a bit dryer compared to the traditional soaps and creams, still does do a great job at providing effective results.
Containing only a fraction of the ingredients (8 total), compared to most other shave creams, Barbasol is a value cream without all the extra bells and whistles.
Don’t expect to find chamomile extract, colloidal oatmeal, vitamin e, or any other moisturizing or nourishing ingredients.
But the chemically derived fragrance sure does smell good!
Proraso Shaving Cream
It’s a great and affordable shave cream perfect for men who shave with either safety or straight razor. The wide lineup of offerings will allow any man to find their perfect shave cream variant.
Rich and luxurious lather
Ample cushion for razor
Fragrance may be too strong for some
Developed in Florence, Italy, in 1908, Proraso is a traditional shave cream serving men for over a century.
They offer up stellar shave creams for particular uses:
- Sensitive skin (white label)
- Moisturizing and nourishing (red label)
- Protective and moisturizing (blue label)
- General use (green label)
In this review, we are concentrating on their most popular label, general use.
Best suited for men who shave through traditional means (straight or safety razor), Proraso shave creams rely on a conventional shaving brush to whip up a rich and luxurious lather.
But when you peel apart the nuances and history of this shave cream, performance will be the essential feature to consider.
Like most traditional shave creams, the Proraso general shave cream will provide an incredibly comfortable shave (assuming you whip up the perfect lather). Still, it will also provide ample cushion for the razor to glide along.
Now technically, nothing is stopping you from using this with a cartridge or disposable razor. However, you will truly see the benefits of this shave cream when using a double-edge safety razor or straight razor.
Performance aside, the Proraso shave cream continues to compete with much more modern shave creams of today by providing a product that contains none of the following:
- Mineral Oils
- Artificial Colors
If one suspect ingredient stands out on the list of their ingredients, it’s the inclusion of parfum (fragrance). As stated over on the EWG website, the term “Fragrance” on skin and beauty products can contain over 3,100 different types of chemicals.
Touching on scents a bit more, when you first squeeze this shaving cream out of the tube and begin to generate your lather, one of the first things you will notice is the smell of menthol.
The addition of menthol to this product will deliver what seems like a strong scent at first; however, during our testing, we found it to dissipate after an hour or so. Therefore, if you regularly wear cologne, you shouldn’t have any clashing of fragrances when using this shaving cream.
Related: Proraso Shave Experience
The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream
Art of Shaving provides a terrific shaving cream. However, the price commanded for it can be a bit too much for some men to swallow. But don’t be deterred by the price alone as a single tub can outlast several cans of shave gel or foam.
Offers a wide variety of scents
Contains natural ingredients with skincare benefits
Can be used with a shaving brush or without
Very expensive compared to similar products
May not last as long as some cheaper options
While still a newcomer (founded in 1996) to the wet shaving field, Art of Shaving is quickly making inroads through the world of luxury shaving.
Acquired by Procter & Gamble (who also owns Gillette) in 2009, Art of Shaving is likely one of the most familiar names on this list.
While many wet shaving fanatics may give a lot of flak to Gillette, P&G’s Art of Shaving brand is an entirely different beast.
If there is one common complaint about the Art of Shaving products that many wet shavers share, it will be the costs of their products.
Weighing in at a hefty price tag of $23, it’s double the price of the Proraso Shaving Cream and substantially higher than Taylor of Old Bond Street’s flagship Sandalwood shaving cream ($15) for about the same amount of volume.
The ingredients found in the shaving cream are pretty standard for most luxury shaving creams. Regarding scents, Art of Shaving offers the following lineup:
- Ocean Kelp
Another critical point of consideration on this product is that it’s dubbed a brushless and shave brush-capable shaving cream.
Given the great exfoliation benefits realized when using a shaving brush, we would only recommend that you use this product with a proper badger hair brush for maximum performance.
Like most traditional shaving creams, a little will go a very long way with this cream.
Although this shaving cream is priced considerably higher than similar products in this arena, it should last several months – even if you shave daily.
This brings us to the next point, performance.
From the initial loading to the peaks you experience when testing out the lather on this shaving cream, it performs just as well compared to the other heavyweights in this industry.
Most importantly, the glycerin in this product will help provide a slick lubricant that will help retain the moisture in your skin when you make the appropriate passes with your razor of choice.
In addition to the lubrication, the cushion of this product, when appropriately lathered, is what you come to expect when using luxury shaving cream products and doesn’t fall short.
This shaving cream can be used with cartridges, double-edge safety razors, and straight razors.
The cushion and the lubrication provided by this cream will allow for repeatedly comfortable shaves, even if you do multiple passes in one shaving session.
V76 by Vaughn Clean Shave Gel
Marketed as a ‘Professional’ shave cream and used by celebrities, V76 has a top-notch cream that equally has a top-notch price tag. If you are looking to splurge and shave just like the pros, then you will want to check this one out.
Relies on aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E to keep skin smooth and moisturized
Perfect consistency for cartridge and safety razors
Price tag may be off-putting for some
V76 by Vaughn is quickly making its name known in the men’s grooming circle by delivering top-notch products.
Developed by Vaughn Acord, a famed men’s grooming expert that has served the likes of Tom Brady, Ashton Kutcher, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few, it’s safe to say that V76 by Vaughn knows a thing or two when it comes to styling.
Formulated to not rely on parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, or petroleum, all V76 products will be vegan/vegetarian (i.e., not depending on tallow) and are manufactured cruelty-free.
So, what makes this shave gel unique and worthy of the high price tag?
First off, the reliance on some great ingredients.
When flipping over the muted-green can, you will find the inclusion of rich moisturizers like aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E to ensure that your skin stays smooth throughout the shaving process and remains soft and well moisturized once you leave the house.
Given that this is classified as a shave gel, the consistency coming out of the can will be a bit gooey/slimy at first but will generate a thicker lather that will coat your skin and whiskers perfectly.
This thick consistency makes it perfect for not only cartridge razors, but even some men who use safety razors daily love this shave cream.
Lastly, the scent.
Like their beard oil, the scent in this shave gel is downright unique.
Unlike many that heavily depend on that classic barbershop scent, V76’s shave gel is more refreshing and crisp.
It’s a luxury shave cream that also feels and smells like one.
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Shaving Creams Come In Many Different Forms
Shaving creams are available in various forms, including gels, foams, soaps, and latherless. If you want to learn more about their fundamental differences, we wrote a comprehensive guide on the types of shaving creams along with their key advantages and disadvantages.
What Type Of Razor You Use May Determine Preference
When it comes to razor selection, men have no shortage of options.
You may want to pick one shaving cream over the five types of razors you have at your disposal (straight razor, double edge safety razor, cartridge razor, disposable razor, or electric razor).
While we won’t dive into the nuances of each razor system as it goes beyond the scope of this article, here’s a quick run-down:
For men using a cartridge or disposable razor, the biggest issue you will have to deal with is clogging.
Therefore, you may want to steer clear of some of the thicker creams on our list. Instead, you will want to go with gels, foams, or latherless shaving creams.
However, if you use a safety razor, some of the more traditional (and thicker) creams like Taylor of Old Bond Street or The Art of Shaving will be better for your blade.
Not only will these traditional creams provide a well-insulated layer on your skin, but they will ensure that your skin bends to the safety razor blade to ensure a smooth and close shave.
For the straight razor-wielding men out there, you are likely better off going with a shaving soap as you have more control over the lubricating properties of the shaving cream and can strike that delicate balance. Of course, traditional shave cream can work just fine, but in most cases, men using straight razors like the results of shave soaps more despite their lengthy setup process.
Lastly, the electric razor. For men who shave daily with an electric razor, your best bet is to go with much thinner shaving cream. In particular, the latherless options by Jack Black or Cremo will be great picks.
The thinner consistency of these shave creams will ensure optimal performance from either your rotary or foil electric razor.
How To Lather Any Shaving Cream
Want some tips on how to whip up the perfect lather with any shaving cream? Then be sure to check out our detailed lather picture guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does skin type matter when choosing a shaving cream?
Yes, your skin type matters when selecting a shaving cream. For example, if you have sensitive skin, we recommend avoiding shaving creams with menthol or other ingredients that can irritate your skin.
Does facial hair density or thickness matter?
No, your facial hair density or thickness does not matter when buying a shaving cream. However, what you will want to look for, especially if you have thicker facial hair, is a thicker shaving cream that will retain more moisture and heat to help soften your hair before shaving.
We hope that this guide has helped you understand the different types of shaving creams available and how to pick the right one for you. Always keep in mind your own individual preferences when selecting a shaving cream as what works great for one person may not work as well for another. And as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we would be more than happy to help. Happy shaving!