Hair: It’s a natural part of being a human. But when the temperature climbs, and skin is exposed, it’s one of those things that a good many of us want to control. This week, we’re tackling hairlessness, not just the process of hair removal (electric shavers and ingrown-hair treatments and such) but also what to buy when you’re losing your hair, and even how to take care of a sphynx cat.
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about a fantastic, cheap shave butter for women, raved about a certain long-lasting shaving cream (that also ended up on this list), and even talked about the best ways to prevent razor bumps, here we’re going deep on the best shaving creams and shaving gels on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Shaving Cream for a Closer Shave
“This cream has given me the best shaving experience I have had in my adult life. I have always had a 9 a.m. shadow after shaving, and it takes forever to get this basic grooming done. I’ve tried electric shavers, gels, special soaps, artisan creams, the five-blade flexing swivel head monstrosities; none of these compare. I tried this on a whim. It shaves buttery smooth, it shaves super close, and it’s not a mess; this is now my standard cream. Now if I can find a good blade, I might be golden.”
Editor’s note: We’ve written about this before.
Natural Shaving Cream
“At first I hesitated to buy this product, but I was amazed by the results. You only need to add a bit of paste on your fingertips and it will make a nice foam when mixed with a little bit of water. After shaving, you feel a fresh sensation. As written on the ingredients, it is made totally from herbs and caffeine, which gives you this fresh. When I am shaving, the blade runs very smoothly without any cuts or wounds. This product is excellent. I will definitely buy it again.”
Premium Shaving Cream
“For years I used regular shave cream, then I received a small tube of this as a gift. I gave it a try and loved it. I believe it’s the eucalyptus oil that makes my skin feel so good. To wipe away the excess cream with warm water when I’m done shaving, I bought a set of 100 percent Turkish-cotton washcloths. As a construction worker getting ready for battle with the winter weather of the Northeast, my new routine starts my day off with that ‘spa luxury feeling.’ I wish I’d discovered this simple pleasure years ago.”
Pre-Shave Shaving Cream
“I have to say I LOVE IT. First off, it’s a cream, not an oil. It’s a small jar, but for a moderate shaver it will last you A LONG TIME. I showered, wet the face, put three small dabs of the Proraso pre-shave cream on my finger (one for each cheek, then one for chin and around the mouth), then rubbed it in real good. It’s a nice icy-hot feel on the face. The shave was nice and close and my skin felt moisturized even after I wiped my face off with a towel. I highly recommend this product.”
Shaving Cream for the Bikini Area
“The name is pretty ridiculous, and I’m hoping visitors don’t spot it in my shower. But this stuff is awesome. As I’ve gotten older, I get more of the red and itchy bumps after shaving down below. With summer upon us, and my kids eager to hit the pool, I took a risk and ordered this cream. I AM THRILLED. Immediately, things were smooth, without any redness. No itching, even days later.”
Unscented Shave Gel
“This is a perfect addition to anyone’s bathroom, regardless of gender. Most of the normal men’s shaving gels have very strong scents, but not this one. My husband uses it to shave his face on a weekly basis, at least, and it soothes his skin and it really does create a great barrier between the skin and the razor. I use this every other week to shave my face — I have PCOS and tend to have random facial hair, and on my legs. My face and legs are both silky smooth after use, and my skin’s never had any irritation or razor burn when I use it.”
Moisturizing Shave Gel
“I am a swimmer, so I wear a bathing suit at least three to four times a week, and never skip a day of shaving. I wasn’t sure if I had to use a shave gel to get a closer shave, but I did a test of regular soap on one leg and this shave gel on another. It made a difference! My soap leg was more stubbly by the end of the day and my shave-gel leg was smooth and definitely softer! Works well on underarms and bikini line, too. Never going back to soap.”
Cooling Shaving Gel
“This product is the bomb. I will tell you why. You will never need aftershave ever again if you use this gel. The gel has tea-tree oil and aloe, which disinfect and soothe the skin during and after shaving. No razor bumps, inflammation, or itchiness. This stuff feels like magic on the face as well and has prolonged the life of my disposable razors; they glide so effortlessly on my face. I am not one to go for luxury often, but in this case, it is worth it, especially since you save somewhat on aftershave and razors.”
Shaving Gel for Sensitive Skin
“I usually buy sensitive-skin shaving cream, but this is the first time that I have bragged about it. As a lifelong sufferer of plaque psoriasis on my face, I have grown accustomed to seeing angry red marks on my face after shaving, bad enough that people thought I was having an allergic reaction. But those red marks are greatly reduced with Nivea for Men Sensitive Shaving Gel. I don’t know why, maybe it is the witch hazel in the gel.”
Bulk Shaving Gel Pack
“Reasonable price and comes in a six-pack, probably enough to last a year. I love Edge-brand gel for wet or dry shaving. I wet shave with my electric shaver (previously Norelco rotary blade shaver) and now my new Panasonic shaver. It works super well at providing the lube for shaving without getting skin rash or irritation. Getting a six-pack for a great price just means I don’t have to shop for this for a long while.”
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