Before we delve in and delight your senses with what might be an entirely new discovery when it comes to an aftershave brand that you’ve not yet tried out, we thought it might be useful just to clear up what aftershave is. We mean as opposed to an eau de toilette, cologne or perfume as there’s a bit of a misconception that the terms are interchangeable when in fact they are entirely different products. What it basically comes down to is the strength of the products and also their application and principle function. An aftershave, our focus for today’s review, is the weakest of them all and typically will be made up of around 1-3% perfume oil only. It’s primary function being to sooth and hydrate the skin post-shave rather than to make you smell irresistible! It will likely have a carrier product to soothe skin, like Aloe Vera for example and unlike perfume that lasts for hours and is sparingly applied to pulse points only, an aftershave can be more liberally applied and will last for about two to three hours. So now we’ve got that bit of men’s grooming education out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the Best Men’s After Shave that are certainly not to be sniffed at!
The Best Aftershaves For Men
First up we have a Balm from Lather and Wood which is superlatively refreshing and cooling with the uplifting scent of Sandalwood. It’s totally alcohol-free so won’t sting or burn the skin post-shave but instead will calm and soothe it. This makes it an excellent option for any of you who have more sensitive skin that’s easily irritated. It’s especially great for gents who prefer the old school shaving action of a safety razor and is a perfect finale to a classic close shave, Barbershop style but performed at home. It goes on smoothly and has a hydrating but non-greasy formula that quickly absorbs and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. Re-discover the traditional ways of a vintage wet shave with Leather & Wood Shaving Co products and learn to re-love the art of shaving. It’s supplied in a 4-ounce bottle.
- BrandLather & Wood Shaving Co.
- Weight4 ounces
Prorarso After Shave Balm is another one great for those of you with more sensitive skin and the balm-like texture is protective and moisturizing just like a face cream but in a lightweight formula that is great for post-shave. It contains natural extracts of Oatmeal and Green Tea which deliver a soothing and emollient effect and refreshes and revitalizes your skin without the use of alcohol. There are no paraben or silicones either, and over 95% of the ingredients are entirely natural. It’s made in Italy, and the brand has been around since 1908 in the Martelli family. Their principle ethos being to bring barbershop style and quality products into the home for personal grooming use. It features the fresh and uplifting scent of lime and apple and is the perfect product to conclude an impeccable shave. Apply directly after your shave by massaging into the skin liberally for immediate and soothing relief.
- Weight9.1 ounces
Up next in our Best Men’s After Shave products we have another Balm from Baxter of California. This has a lovely nourishing texture and contains actively moisturizing properties of Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil which are naturally hydrating and antiseptic. There’s no need to worry about shaving irritation, dryness or redness if you add this Baxter Balm into your grooming regime. It has a refreshing menthol scent which is totally invigorating on the senses along with that Tea Tree Oil. Alcohol-free, it won’t cause any irritation and can be used to treat the entire face post shave. It’s part of a comprehensive and hard-working range of products from Baxter of California, developed to meet the demands of men’s specific grooming requirements and works great in harmony with their other superior skincare and haircare products. The product packaging looks great, the products themselves work superbly and they just so happen to be award winning too. Be sure to also check out our list of the best colognes for more great items like this.
- BrandBaxter of California
- Weight3.2 ounces
Not so much an Aftershave, more like a complete multitasking solution to men’s post-shave and everyday skin care needs. This Skin Fuel for men is an anti-aging as well as damage defending facial hydrator plus soothing aftershave all in the one soothing product. It contains advanced peptides to help boost collagen and elastin production. If you’re not entirely sure what all of that is about, well basically they help to keep the skin plump, firm and minimizes those wrinkles. For the man who fancies himself as looking a bit ruggedly dapper already, then this is the perfect range for you! It’s fragrance-free and made from all natural and organic ingredients so although it won’t make you smell manly, it will protect your devilishly handsome good looks not just post-shave, but every day. It’s great for all skin types including normal, sensitive, oily, dry, combination and also acne prone and contains over a dozen deeply nourishing plant-based botanicals. Used in conjunction with the rest of their range, you can start and end your day looking and feeling great and love the skin you are in.
- BrandRUGGED & DAPPER
- Weight4.6 ounces
Everyone has heard of Nivea, right? They’re a power brand when it comes to skincare and grooming products, and with affordable prices and literally years of proven skin soothing formulas under their belt, it would be hard to do any review about men’s grooming products without something from their range getting a significant nod of approval. Today it’s the turn of their Sensitive Post Shave balm that comes in a 3.3 fluid ounce bottle. It’s clinically proven to help protect even sensitive skin from shaving irritations and over time should also actively improve the condition of your skin. There’s no alcohol which can lead to dry skin, and it has that lovely light and instantly recognizable Nivea fragrance that is loved by so many. It’s dermatologically tested and certified compatible with sensitive male skin types. Fancy it’s not but reliable it certainly is, and sometimes the old classics are the best. Our handy guide to the best men’s body sprays features more great products like this.
- BrandNívea Men
From the fabulous skincare brand Lab Series, next up in our Best Men’s Aftershave guide, we have a 3-in-1 product that has been specially formulated to work on all male skin types, even those you are more sensitive. You can use it directly after shaving but also last thing at night before you go to bed. It has a breakthrough formula that not only moisturizes and hydrates, it also actively treats in-grown hairs and prevents unsightly bumps from razor rash. It’s fast absorbing, and over time it can help to refine facial hair ultimately meaning that you might be able to shave less frequently. It’s packed with all kinds of fab ingredients including Sea Whip, Chestnut Seed and lots of fruit extracts plus it also has menthol, caffeine, and peppermint all of which help to pep up as well as protect the skin. Use it in conjunction with other products from this innovative and hard-working skincare range, and you will achieve super smooth and silky skin for years to come.
- BrandLab Series
- Weight1.76 ounces
Barbary Coast products are all loving handcrafted with the finest and purest ingredients, and their Bay Rum Aftershave is aged for a minimum of 30 days. It’s a splash style tonic which will instantly liberate and awaken all your senses while simultaneously moisturizing and toning the skin. Bay Rum is actually one of the oldest recorded aftershave scents so wearing this delivers warm waves of nostalgia and brings to mind the traditional old Barbershops with a heavy dose of the Caribbean. You might just go all Jack Sparrow on use wearing this heady blend! It’s the perfect way to finish off a clean, close shave and will have you looking back like a civilized Captain of the Navy rather than a marauding Pirate of the Seven Seas. Barbary Coast Bay Rum, rather ironically we think, doesn’t contain any alcohol. Shame! Not for your skin of course though. No alcohol is very much a good thing. It’s a blend of natural and exotic spices and citrus and other essential oils along with fresh bay leaves from the West Indian islands. It’s an intoxicating and uplifting splash that’s skin friendly and leaves the skin revitalized, toned and totally refreshed. Love this product? Check out our review of the best solid colognes for our top picks.
- BrandBarberry Coast Shave Co.
- Weight5.6 ounces
Now we really are talking! Aramis is up next and who else used to secretly steal a splash of this from their Dad? The brand feels nostalgic, but the range has been brought right up to date with the addition of this advanced moisturizing balm. It still has that lovely scent of Aramis, albeit in a lighter blend, but it’s now been combined with an alcohol-free, moisturizing lotion that you can apply directly and liberally all over the face for a post-shave pick me up. It comes in a 4.1 oz bottle so should last for quite a while too. Originally launched back in 1964, there is something very “manly” about Aramis with its warm and distinct scent. The classic splash is a mix of lots of different complex notes including citrus, sage, clove, sandalwood, and leather and you get a soft blend of that in this deeply hydrating balm.
- Weight10.6 ounces
Burts Bees is a popular range with products all strongly derived from nature. This men’s aftershave is no exception and is 99.0% all natural and formulated without any nasties like Paraben, Phthalates or Petroleum. What it does include instead is skin-soothing Vitamin E, Sunflower Oil and hydrating Coconut Oil which also gives it a lovely scent. Rich in nutrients, it’s easily absorbed into the skin but doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It also has essential fatty acids like Linoleic, Palmitic and Stearic acid which provide that soothing and nourishing texture. The product comes in an easy to dispense 2.5 oz squeezable bottle and is perfect for generously applying all over the face and neck to re-hydrate the skin following a shave. It’s also super budget friendly as well as skin friendly and is well worth a look if natural grooming products feature high on your priority list. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best deodorants for men.
- BrandBurt’s Bees
- Weight0.16 ounces
Fancy a shot of coffee to wake you up? Well, now you can, for your ugly mug, AKA your face, with this Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Aftershave that will seriously perk up your skin. This antioxidant-rich, outstandingly moisturizing aftershave balm is packed with all natural and certified safe ingredients including caffeine. Alongside that, there’s also Alow to help soothe and ease irritated skin and reduce the appearance of redness and essential oil of spearmint for a really exhilarating and uplifting sensation. A little of this stuff goes a long way, and it’s supplied in a TSA friendly size, so it’s cool to carry on. Flying can be so dehydrating, so this Pacific Aftershave will give you a surge of in-flight hydration. It’s perfect for post shave and will leave your skin looking and feeling great all day. It’s great on sensitive skin too and will reduce bumps, razor rash and help your skin feel altogether more moisturized and softer to the touch. This small but might Men’s aftershave should last for up to 100 shaves and will fast become your skins new best friend.
- BrandPacific Shaving Company
- Weight4 ounces