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What Are the Different Types of Shaving Cream Products?

Alex Tree
Alex Tree

There are many different types of shaving cream products, including women's shaving cream, men's shaving cream, and shaving cream warmers. Women's shaving cream tends to be colorful and scented, while men's shaving cream is usually white with fairly basic containers. Shaving cream warmers are often marketed toward men, because warmers are primarily used in barber shops. In addition, some people use shaving soap, which lathers into a creamy substance but takes up less room than cream and comes in a solid form.

Women's shaving cream often comes in many colors and scents, like tangerine and raspberry. The container itself frequently comes in pastel or bright colors. It is often advertised as moisturizing or skin-softening, unlike a lot of men's shaving creams. In addition, sometimes women's shaving cream is specifically formulated for the legs or sensitive body parts, like the upper thighs. Shaving soap is also available for women, but it is less commonly used than men's shaving soap.

Shaving cream.
Shaving cream.

Men's shaving cream is usually formulated to be used on the face. It is often advertised as being easy on the face and capable of preventing razor burn. A lot of men's shaving creams also boast that they help give a close shave. A less commonly used shaving cream is formulated specifically for the head for people who prefer the bald look. Following a shave, men typically use aftershave to prevent post-shave irritation and close pores to reduce any bleeding.

Men often use shaving cream when shaving their face.
Men often use shaving cream when shaving their face.

Another kind of shaving cream product is a shaving cream warmer, also known as a cream heater. Warmers are basically shaving cream products that are containers slightly bigger than the average shaving cream bottle. An entire bottle of shaving cream is placed in the warmer and warmed. When a person is ready to shave, he or she presses a button on the warmer, and warm shaving cream comes out. Many people like to use these shaving cream products because they provide a similar experience to barber shop shaves, and some people believe the warmth opens pores, allowing a closer shave.

Some men still use a straight razor to shave.
Some men still use a straight razor to shave.

Shaving enthusiasts and traditionalists often prefer using shaving soap. Soap usually gives more moisture than shaving cream in a can, because it removes the skin's natural oils from a person's whiskers, allowing water to penetrate. It is used with a shaving brush, which is buffed into the soap and then onto the face. These shaving cream products tend to be more expensive than the average throw-away razor and shaving cream in a can.

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My favorite type of shaving cream is the gel type. It's so soothing and works well too. Some people say that gel shaving creams get stuck in the razor and make the razor dull. But I clean the razor several times while I shave so I haven't had this problem.


@ddljohn-- I think that many of the shaving cream products we have today exist for convenience only. They're not necessarily the best products to use.

I use a regular store bought razor because I'm sure I would cut myself with a straight blade. But I do use the good old brush and mug. I think I get a better lather with it. For shaving cream, I use an all natural one that's formulated for sensitive skin and I follow up with some face oil.

If you're not happy with the results of your shaving products, you need to change them. Do what works for you.


Do you guys think that aerosol shaving creams and three blade razors are good?

When I was young, I used to spend summers with my grandfather. The razors we have now were available then, but he was old-fashioned and stuck to his straight blade, brush and mug. It used to take him a lot longer in the morning to shave. He had a tube of shaving cream that he lathered up with warm water and shaving brush. I think he really liked it, he would tell me that it's like therapy.

I'm in my thirties now and have been using an aerosol shaving cream and three blade razor my whole life. But I don't get the closest shave and my skin is usually irritated. There are so many new shaving cream products but I don't know if they match up to what our grandfathers were using.

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