Doing things the right way typically involves following-through, whether that’s a baseball swing or a business plan. But many men seem to neglect the follow-through when it comes to their shaving routines. Aftershave is a crucial part of a grooming routine, but it doesn’t get as much focus as the shave itself.
Even if you’re experienced and take your time with every shave, you’re bound to suffer from the occasional nick. That’s one of the reasons aftershave is so important; many aftershaves have alcohol to help disinfect cuts. And yes, aftershave stings. But it’ll reduce itchiness and discomfort throughout the day by moisturizing your skin. A good aftershave will reduce razor burn and make your face feel refreshed.
These options include balms and splashes with classic scents like sandalwood, invigorating ingredients like caffeine, and inflammation-reducing witch hazel. With more variety in aftershaves than ever before, it’s easy to find one you’ll actually like. We can’t guarantee it, but they just might make you look forward to your morning routine.
1. Lather & Wood Shaving Co. Aftershave Balm
This alcohol-free aftershave balm is designed to be soothing and moisturizing. Reviewers found that it absorbed well and didn’t leave a greasy sheen. It has a classically masculine sandalwood scent. The balm comes in a 2 oz glass bottle with a nozzle top, and it comes out as a lotion, rather than a spray.
Pros: A small amount goes a long way, has a classic sandalwood scent, can relieve razor burn.
Cons: Most expensive per ounce out of the options listed.
2. Proraso After Shave Lotion, Refreshing and Toning, 3.4 Fl Oz
Many brands seek to emulate old school shaving, but Proraso is one of the few that actually does it. The Italian brand was founded in 1908, and has been relied on by generations of barbers. It has eucalyptus oil and menthol for a crisp, refreshing feeling. It leaves your face soft and is free of parabens, silicones, and artificial colors.
Pros: Infused with witch hazel for reducing inflammation, can help reduce razor burn.
Cons: Scent does not last long, which may be a drawback for some.
3. Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Aftershave
Sometimes, a regular cup of joe doesn’t cut it. That’s why this aftershave from Pacific Shaving Company has natural caffeine, which can help reduce redness and irritation, in addition to giving a little kick. It has soothing aloe and spearmint essential oils as well. The 3 oz tube can be taken in your carry-on.
Pros: TSA compliant, made without synthetic fragrances or parabens, soothes skin.
Cons: Some found it thicker than they preferred.