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. Many of these options are also great for men with sensitive skin. 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
Because it spares you from the burning sensation associated with most aftershave, this alcohol-free balm is perfect for guys with sensitive skin. However, every other guy can appreciate the effects of this aftershave. The simple formula is designed to soothe and moisturize, and it won’t leave a greasy sheen on your skin. Fragrance is important when choosing the best aftershave, and we enjoyed the classically masculine sandalwood scent. The balm comes in a two-ounce glass bottle with a nozzle top, but 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. Alcohol-free.
Cons: One of the more expensive options on our list.
2. Proraso After Shave Lotion, 3.4 Fl Oz
Many brands seek to remind guys of old school shaving, when barbers used shave brushes, heated towels and safety razors. Proraso is one of the few brands that actually make you feel like you’ve just gotten up from a barber chair. That’s because the Italian brand was founded in 1908 and has been relied on by generations of barbers. This aftershave has eucalyptus oil and menthol, which provides that classic refreshing feeling after a shave. It leaves your face looking and feeling soft and is free of parabens, silicones, and artificial colors. Finally, while we enjoy the old school charms of this classic aftershave, we promise it won’t leave you smelling like your grandpa.
Pros: Infused with witch hazel for reducing inflammation, can help reduce razor burn. One bottle will last for a long time.
Cons: Scent does not last long, which may be a drawback for some.
3. Pacific Shaving Company Aftershave
Did you know your skin can benefit from caffeine, too? 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 three-ounce tube can easily be taken in your carry-on.
Pros: TSA compliant, made without synthetic fragrances or parabens, soothes skin.
Cons: Thicker than some might prefer. Using too much leaves your hands and face feeling greasy.
4. NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
If you already have sensitive skin, shaving can exacerbate your discomfort. That’s why this aftershave balm from Nivea is a good option. The alcohol-free formula provides soothing relief for sensitive skin, and ingredients like vitamin E, chamomile, and witch hazel relieve and improve skin health. This option is also a multi-pack — three 3.3-ounce bottles are included.
Pros: Good option for sensitive skin. Vitamin E, chamomile and witch hazel provide soothing relief. Three bottles included.
Cons: Twist cap design makes it easy to over-pour and use too much.
5. Clubman after shave lotion 6 fl oz
The throwback design of this bottle isn’t just a bit of clever branding. Pinaud Clubman, along with a brand like Proraso, has a legendary pedigree. This aftershave was has been around since 1810. It has a classic, masculine fragrance offset with citrus and floral notes. Like many traditional aftershave brands, Pinaud uses alcohol, effectively disinfecting any cuts while providing an awakening sensation.
Pros: Classic brand. Refreshing masculine fragrance.
Cons: Some may find the smell too old fashioned.
6. Gillette After Shave Gel (Pack of 6)
If you want a soothing sensation without the burn, Gillette’s sensitive skin aftershave is a great option. The light fragrance won’t irritate or overpower, and the formula is designed to be absorbed quickly, so it won’t leave the skin feeling slick. Six 2.5-ounce bottles are included, making this a good travel and bulk option. You can keep a couple in the bathroom, throw one in your dopp kit when you travel, and still have three left over.
Pros: Six travel-size bottles included. Soothing and lightly fragranced, suitable for sensitive skin.
Cons: Does contain alcohol, so it may not be ideal for those with very sensitive skin.
7. Aqua Velva Mens After Shave
Aqua Velva is another classic brand with over 100 years of history. Like many classic aftershaves, it has a liquid consistency rather than the lotion consistency of many modern offerings. It cleans and disinfects cuts using alcohol, while also helping to soothe and energize skin with menthol. Plus, it has a classic masculine fragrance.
Pros: Classic American fragrance.
Cons: Scent may be too much for some.