Which is better, Shaving Soap or Cream?
We take a look at the pros and cons of shaving soaps and creams to discover which is the best. Everyday millions of men all over the world apply one of these products to their face wondering if it is the best thing for it. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most wet shavers prefer the traditional shaving experience and tend to opt for soap, but as with most wet shaving choices it really boils down to personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer. We recommend experimenting with both of these products to see which one works best for you. So, which one do we think is best? Read on.
Advantages of Shaving Soap
Soaps normally provide a fluffy lather that cushions the face against the blade and prevents irritation. The solution is slick so it will glide across your face with ease.
The main advantage of shaving soaps over creams is the amount of control you have over the mixture. Before use, soaps require whipping up to activate them. This means that you are able to control how long and how aggressively you whip it for, allowing you to change the thickness, aeration and volume of the solution. The obvious disadvantage here is that it takes time, experience and experimentation to learn how the mixture will behave when whipped in different ways. It also takes time to learn what is best for your face.
As shaving gels come pre-whipped they take up more space. Soaps are packaged in a denser form without all that air. This means that you get more in the container and it will last longer.
A good shaving soap will also provide that traditional shaving feel – it is part of the experience. A great straight razor shave would not be the same without soap. Would you drink an expensive wine out of a plastic cup? The wine is still the same but using the proper glass adds to the experience. It is the same with shaving.
Types of Soap
Glycerin – Glycerin soaps are formed using glycerine, a component extracted from oils and fats. As these soaps are not milled part of the solution is water. This makes them softer and allows manufacturers to add a strong scent. This type of soap is cheaper to produce and buy, but will not last as long as milled soaps.
Triple Milled – These are soaps that have been milled three times. This process adds colour and fragrance, extracts water and hardens the soap. Triple milled soaps will last longer than glycerine soaps.
Here are some great options to go for if you’d like to buy soap:
Advantages of Shaving Cream
Men’s Shaving creams are soaps that have been infused with water and have been pre-whipped into lather. This means that you can save time by not whipping it yourself; it is more convenient. You can just buy a tub and you are good to go, no effort required. This is great if you want to save a bit of time or if you are a beginner and you and not yet sure what consistency you should create using soaps.
Types of Cream
Traditional – These are essentially just pre lather soaps. They are water soluble and are prepared and stored in cream form.
Pressurized – These are creams stored in pressurized cans or aerosol sprays. They do not last as long but they are really convenient – you just spray it on. That is why they are still popular today.
Gel – Gels are heavily marketed products that are available everywhere. Most wet shavers stay well away from these, but some people still buy them as they are really convenient and scented.
Here are some of our favourite creams:
As you can see, our answer the age-old question “shaving soap vs cream, which is best?” is that we prefer soap. However, just because we think it is best, does not mean it is right for you! You should try both and see which one you like.