When it comes to shaving, I’m a no-frills kind of gal. A little soap, water and a razor, and I’m all set. My boyfriend, Matt, on the other hand, has sensitive skin and scoffs at the idea of using anything other than name-brand shaving cream in an aerosol can. Recently, we agreed to meet in the middle and try out eco-friendly shaving creams, lotions and foams. We were tickled to find that these aerosol-free, all-natural products moisturized our skin and left us razor-burn free.
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave
($7.95, 11 oz. kissmyface.com)
Peaches and cream might seem like a sickly sweet scent for shaving cream, but thanks to the sage, horsetail and orange flower, it was pleasantly refreshing. If you aren’t into fruity shaving creams, though, KMF offers a variety of other scents (as well as an unscented version).
Tom’s of Maine Natural Conditioning Shave Cream
($6.69, 3.6 oz. ediblenature.com)
I was immediately drawn to the minty scent of this shaving cream — and the soothing tingle it gave my skin — but Matt was initially disappointed by its lack of lather. Whipping up the cream with a shaving mug and brush worked wonders and transformed it into a luscious foam.
Alba Moisturizing Foam Shave
($6.95, 5 oz. albabotanica.com)
With its (aerosol-free) pump, cologne-like scent and foamy texture, this formula is most reminiscent of traditional shaving creams. It’s much better than the old standbys, though: a little goes a long way, it doesn’t dry out your skin and the peppermint helps relieve the “burn” of shaving.
Earth Science Moisturizing Shaving Creme
($6.55, 4 oz. shopearthessentials.com)
This shaving cream was a favorite for both of us. The subtle scent of chamomile is nice, but what really won us over was the smooth shave. A light layer of this silky cream delivers friction-free razor strokes, and the vitamin E and aloe left our skin feeling moisturized.
JASON All Natural Shaving Lotion
($6.07, 8 oz. jason-natural.com)
The jojoba beads in this thick shaving cream are supposed to lift the hair shaft and exfoliate without drying the skin, and they certainly seem to work. Matt liked the close shave, and I enjoyed a fresh-scented shave that didn’t irritate my skin.
Story by Alisa Opar. This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2007. The story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.