Shaving Soap vs Shaving Cream
… is there actually a difference? Yes, in fact, there is.
It’s true, shaving cream and shaving soap both work hard. Their purpose is primarily to soften the hair follicle, moisten the skin, and create a protective layer for your skin via lubrication.
The difference lies mainly in the preparation and lather. Before we can properly answer this question, we need to look at the differentiating qualities of both. Let’s do this, read on.
Don’t confuse real shaving cream with the disgusting, chemical-ridden foam that squirts out of an aerosol can. That ‘shaving cream’ should not even exist in your man-grooming arsenal. If you own and use it, STOP IMMEDIATELY!
You are prematurely aging and drying out your skin. Take a quick sec to go to your bathroom and throw it out right now… then come back and finish the article. Done? Good, let’s continue.
Traditional artisan shaving cream does not contain any of the harmful chemicals found in modern low-quality aerosols. Instead they contain beneficial ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, and natural oils that help soothe the skin. You can purchase traditional shaving cream in tubes or in tubs.
Due to shaving creams’ naturally moist texture, they are extremely quick and easy to lather. This makes shaving cream a good option for amateur shavers who are still learning the art of a good shave.
Shaving soaps are most often found in a triple milled, semi hard, or croap (which is a cream-soap) form. Triple milled soaps tend to be the most expensive, followed by semi hard soaps, and lastly croaps.
Because all shaving soaps are denser than shaving cream, it takes more effort to produce a suitable lather. However, created correctly, it provides a more luxurious shaving experience. Also, due to the denser quality of the shaving soaps, they tend to last much longer (triple milled the longest, followed by semi hard, and lastly croaps). In this sense, you may be getting a better bang for your buck.
Deciding whether you prefer shaving soap or shaving cream is completely up to you. Here are some things you may want to consider:
Depending on your lifestyle and what you are looking for from a lather, either soap or cream could be a suitable option. For instance if you are constantly on the go, then a shaving cream may be better, because it takes less time to lather. Shaving creams are also a better option for a first time shaver.
Learning to properly wet shave in and of itself takes a lot of practice and skill, so save the difficult lathering process that shave soap offers until you’ve mastered shaving. Oh, and don’t forget to use a killer good wet shaving brush.
Whichever option you end up choosing, the most important factors are the ingredients the shaving cream/soap contains. Avoid any shaving creams or soaps that include propylene glycol, petrolatum, paraffin, butane, propane, isobutane, and mineral oil.
So who wins the epic shaving soap vs shaving cream battle? Chime in the comments below.
Stay classy, modern gentleman, and happy shaving!