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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of shaving products — including the best women’s facial razors and the best shaving creams for men — here we’ve rounded up the best shaving creams and gels as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated shaving cream
Hundreds of reviewers mention that this shaving cream takes them back in time. “I’m 50 years old, and I can still remember what an old-tyme barber shop (not a hairstylist) smells like, and it smells just like this,” one writes. Another says, “This is exactly what I would expect an old barber shop in 19th-century England to smell like.” Many reviewers apply this shaving cream with a brush and use a double-edged safety razor, which several admit is time-consuming, but reviewers think it’s worth it. “Yes, it’s old-fashioned … but well worth every minute,” one writes. “Slow down, savor the ritual, and treat yourself to a delightful shaving experience. Consider letting go of the ‘scrape the face with a disposable as fast as possible’ rush, and make those moments yours again, to enjoy and ready yourself for … life.” Dozens say this luxurious process is still pretty simple, even for double-edged razor novices. “This stuff lathers for days,” one shopper writes. “If you’re new to DE shaving and haven’t quite mastered how to lather other soaps, try this one. It’s very, very easy to get great results by adding a few drops of water at a time. You could use this and a cheap badger brush and get the best shave of your life.”
Best-rated (less expensive) shaving cream
The consensus among reviewers is that this shaving cream is moisturizing. “It’s 100x more moisturizing than any cream I’ve used before, and the smell is so much better and less chemically than Skintimate and other top competitors,” one enthusiastic user writes. “I received a bottle from a friend who swore by it and wanted to ‘change my life’ and [I would] ‘thank her later.’ I totally did. This stuff will leave your legs as smooth as the day you were born.” Another compares the non-foaming formula to a “smooth and silky lotion,” which is “easier to see your legs [through,] and it’s actually preferable since you can see the hair underneath or anything you miss.” One shopper who admits to using their “husband’s reject shaving cream” before Eos is also sold. “This is the first shaving cream I’ve bought in 10 years, and I love it! So smooth, easy pump, and container doesn’t get too gross over time.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of shaving cream you might be looking for.
Best men’s shaving cream
Just like the men’s-grooming and shaving experts we polled, the everyday user also believes this is the best shaving cream. Many reviewers praise the soothing eucalyptus as a big selling point. “The cooling sensation of the menthol combined with refreshing scent of eucalyptus is just too nice for me to want any other product,” one writes. “The lather is also superb on this. Other products go on seemingly thick but seem to dissolve into thin air, but this always stays nice and thick on my face and neck.” Another notes, “This stuff results in no stubble or ingrown hairs and a silky-smooth, close shave.” While Proraso is marketed to men, ladies have found it works just as well on their skin. One review, titled “LADIES, this will get your pits SMOOTH AF,” reads, “Stop buying ‘women’s’ shaving cream. This stuff is the real deal. You know how when a guy shaves and his skin is tight and smooth but also soft and smells like the dad you never had? You can have that … on your pits.”
Best shaving cream for cheap razors
Many reviewers say this cream is so good you even get great results with cheaper tools. “Finally,” one writes, “after shaving for 20+ years, I finally found a cream that helps even the cheapo disposable razors glide smoothly across your face.” Another said, “Even with a cheap razor, I had the best shave of my life.” Those who practice the traditional art of shaving recommend using a brush to apply the cream, which is another expense, but one reviewer finds this one lathers up perfectly when he just uses his hands, remarking, “I like that you don’t necessarily need that fancy badger brush to agitate it into a fine foam.” A majority of the 70 percent of reviewers who gave this cream five stars love the sandalwood fragrance, best described by a shopper who writes, “The scent is light enough to not be bothersome in any way yet good enough for my wife to absolutely love it after I shave.”
Best shaving cream for ingrown hairs
One user thinks this shaving cream has the power to start a movement: “No messy foam. Cleanup is no longer a problem. If more men tried this product, there could be a revolution in the shaving world!” Others are fans of the non-foaming formula. “I discovered that I prefer it to shaving cream because there isn’t a large amount of foam on your face and it’s easier to see where you’re shaving,” one writes. A majority of reviewers praise this shaving cream more for its ability to neutralize ingrown hairs. “I’ve been using this for years, after a family member sent it to me while on deployment,” one writes. “I always had issues with razor burn, ingrown hairs, and blemishes. But this cream reduced those issues.” While many reviewers have been fans of the product for years, you don’t have to wait that long to see results: One who “suffered bad razor burn and some ingrown hairs” has already noticed “massive improvement” after just two shaves.