Looking for the best shaving gel?
Look no further as this article reviews the top shaving gels on the market today based on our extensive research and testing
These shaving gels are perfect for any skin type or need, including:
- Sensitive skin
- Using a safety razors
- Shaving all parts of your body such as your face, head, chest or pubic area
This definitive list of the best shaving gels will provide you the most effective and comfortable shave.
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We’ve previously discussed in detail just how important choosing the right products are to getting the best possible shave.
Still, the statement begs repeated as whether we’re talking about razors (best DE safety razors) or shaving cream (top shaving creams for men)—having the best products will undoubtedly result in a better shave.
Still, when it comes to choosing a shaving “cream,” finding the best can suddenly become extremely difficult, as there are just so many different options to choose from.
But don’t worry. We have done all the work for you and here is the ultimate list.
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#1 Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Shave Gel For Sensitive Skin
This shaving gel is not only the best overall shaving gel but the best shaving gel for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
It’s one of the most luxurious shave gels you can buy.
It provides a slick shave but does help prevent irritation.
It is the shave gel of choice for a lot of men with skin issues who need to feel protected from their razor.
You’ll encounter significantly less burn and a very comfortable shave.
On top of this, users comment on how moisturized their face feels after use.
Standard gels will often leave your skin feeling dried out thanks to the use of alcohols, but that is something Neutrogena have been able to avoid here.
It generates a thick foam from very little of the product so you can be sure this is going to go a long way!
To our mind, it is the best of the shaving gels on the market today.
The only negative we came up with was that it’s not the easiest to clean from your razor or face.
But that is true of most shave gels so we won’t dwell on that.
#2 EZ BLADE Shaving Gel
A unique shave gel thanks to its oil base, so good if you suffer from skin irritation.
It’s also ‘different’ as it comes in a tub and you won’t get the standard foam lather from it that you do with stuff out of cans.
A clear non-foam gel will leave you intrigued and wondering if you’ve bought a shaving gel or something a lot more expensive!
The clear gel is also suitable for people who want to be able to see what they’re up to, as you won’t have any of your face obscured by lather.
This gel is great for shaping up your beard or any other type of shaving that requires real precision.
We like the waterless shave it offers and, thanks to the natural oils, gives your skin a great scent.
It’s a shave gel we wouldn’t recommend to beginners though, and here’s why.
It does dry fairly quickly.
So if you are still taking your time with your shaving, you’ll either have to hurry up or keep reapplying.
Shaving over dry gel which is sticking to your face isn’t a good idea!
But a great product that’s a substantial investment from the world of shaving gels.
#3 Anthony Logistics Shave Gel
If we had to choose one product for the title of best shave gel, some of us would say this excellent product from Anthony Logistics, who also made our list as the best pre shave oil for sensitive skin as well as our definitive list of the best body washes for men.
While we find that others may be better concerning the quality of ingredients (such as organic products like Dr. Bronner’s), Anthony Shave Gel is an excellent all-around option for those looking for a good product at an even better price.
The use of eucalyptus and rosemary helps to cleanse the skin and prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs, while the carrageenan extract helps to soothe and heal the skin.
All of that would be good enough for us to recommend it, but you can also pick it up on Amazon at a great price.
This one of the most affordable high-quality shaving gels you’re likely to come across.
#4 M Shave Aloe Gel from Clinique Skin Supplies for Men
Clinique has long been one of the leading names in female cosmetics, and if the company’s M Shave Aloe Gel is anything to go by, they may soon be taking the men’s cosmetic and grooming world by storm as well.
This is one of those products that can be worked into a lather, although not near as much as you’re probably used to from those cheap canned gels.
Many men swear by this fragrance-free gel, some of whom claim it softens their skin up so much that they no longer need aftershave.
While we’re not sure about those claims, we can say that it works just as advertised and is surely one of the best shaving gels on the market.
However, it’s worth noting that this product is a bit more expensive than others.
Still, most men find that one container lasts quite a long time and as such is well worth the additional cost.
#5 Every Man Jack Sensitive Skin Shave Gel
If you prefer a product that more resembles those canned gels you’re used to—Every Man Jack is your best choice.
This is the only product on our list that comes in a can, which almost made us not include it.
However, after having tried it out, we can say that it ranks up there with the best shaving gels on the market today.
It works exceptionally well for men with sensitive or dry skin, as well as anyone else looking for a quality gel for a low price.
While we prefer the other products on the list, there’s no doubt that nearly every man can get some benefit from Every Man Jack who also made our list for the best face moisturizers for men.
#6 Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Shaving Gel
If you’re one of those who prefer to use organic products, you’re probably already familiar with Dr. Bronner’s full range of soaps, of which its Magic Organic Shaving Soap Gel is the next in the line.
Featuring all organic ingredients, this is a must for anyone looking for a more natural shave.
That being said, regarding performance, it probably doesn’t do quite as good of a job lubricating the face as most of the other gels on this list.
Nonetheless, we still found it to be entirely adequate, especially if you use a shaving brush to help work it into a lather.
In truth, the biggest issue with this one is that it tends to be too thin, but again, a quality shaving brush should help to minimize this problem.
While you could be forgiven for thinking it was expensive considering the use of organic ingredients, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that it was very reasonably priced.
We also really like the pleasant spearmint fragrance, which both felt nice on the skin, without being overpowering or lingering too long.
It is also available in unscented, Lemongrass Lime, Tea Tree, and Lavender
Dr. Bronner also made our list of the best shaving creams for sensitive skin and best bar soap for men. Check them out!
What Exactly is Shaving Gel?
I think it is necessary to clear up a bit of confusion over what shaving gel is exactly, as many men still confuse true shaving gels with those cheap foams or gels that come from a can.
While many of the products produced by Edge, Gillette and other major brands are often marketed as shaving gel, in truth, these products should always be labeled as shaving foam.
The reason for this is that even though they may come out of the can in a gel form, they quickly turn into a foam when lathered.
On the other hand, a true shaving gel is just that—a gel. Whereas those cheap canned “gel” foams often turn into a lather straight out of the can, true shaving gel is unable to lather and meant to be used as-is, or else turns into a thinner, more soapy lather.
This means that quality shaving gels are much thicker and quite different from shaving creams or other products you’ve probably used in the past.
Still, now that you know that, there’s probably very little chance that you’ll end up confusing shaving gels with any other product in the future, as when these products say gel on the label, that’s precisely what they are.
Who Should Use Shaving Gel?
We’ve already covered the differences between shaving soap, cream and gels in previous posts (shaving cream vs. gel & shaving soap vs. shaving cream), so we won’t get into too much detail on that topic here.
In terms of the end result, all three products are far superior to virtually any shaving product that comes in a can—no matter what claims it might make to the contrary.
In simple terms, if you want to get a higher quality shave, you’ll need to use one of the best shaving gels, creams or soaps.
Still, while all three products serve the same purpose—to soften your facial hair and help lubricate the face to prevent irritation—not all products work equally well for all people.
The biggest problem with shaving soaps (and some shaving creams) is that many of them tend to dry out the skin.
While this may not be a problem for some, it can exacerbate problems for men that already have issues with dry skin.
On the other hand, the best shaving gels not only won’t dry out your skin, but many even offer additional moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, which can help minimize existing dry skin problems.
So, if you often find your face to be overly dry after shaving, we would highly recommend that you switch from shaving soap or cream and instead use one of our recommended shaving gels.
In addition, many men find that shaving gels do a much better job of lubricating the face, as they tend to be much thicker than traditional soaps or creams.
This means that they are an excellent choice for those of us that often suffer from razor burn, as the added lubrication should help to prevent this issue.
For more tips, check out our article on how to get rid of shaving bumps.
Not only that, but shaving gels are also a good option for men who routinely have to shave and trim up around their beard (how to trim your beard) or goatee, as the fact that they do not lather makes it much easier to see exactly where you’re shaving.
Better still, there are many companies that produce clear shaving gels that can help make trimming around facial hair that much easier and hopefully minimize the risk of mistakes that could otherwise force you to shave the whole thing off.
In truth, there are probably many other products that could have qualified as being amongst the best shaving gels on the market.
However, we weren’t able to try them all out.
So, while we highly recommend all of the ones listed above, we have also heard good things about Aveeno Active Naturals and Primal Earth Refresh among others.
At the end of the day, deciding which shaving gel to buy is a matter of personal preference, but hopefully now you at least have the tools and knowledge to help make a better informed decision.
Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert, body grooming aficionado, and skincare guru. His work has been featured on many other prominent men’s publications including AskMen, Men’s Health, and GQ.