When you start your daily shave, do you reach for a shaving soap or a shaving cream? You might not have a preference, or may wonder if it really matters or if there is even a difference between the two.
Shaving soaps and shaving creams can be used interchangeably. There are subtle differences between the two but for the most part, traditional shaving soaps and creams, formulated with quality ingredients, are comparable.
Shaving soaps, the more traditional option, have a hard consistency and measure about three inches in diameter. Formulated with either a glycerin or tallow base, shaving soaps provide a lubricating cushion for a close, smooth shave. Their nourishing formula will also help keep skin hydrated long after a shave and minimize post-shave irritation.
Shaving soaps require slightly more effort to create a full and rich lather. If you’re partial to a richer lather, higher quality soaps, those that are triple-milled, will be your go-to as they create an exceptional lather, similar to those you’d find in barbershop experience.
To get the most out of your soap, pair it with a shaving brush.
In shaving creams, you’ll generally find glycerin, lanolin, and some formulation of sodium and/or potassium hydroxide. Such ingredients help give the cream its soft consistency and rich lubricating properties.
Shaving creams don’t require much work to form a generous lather. If you’re on the go and looking for a quick shave, a cream is a better option. They are easy to use and come packaged in convenient tubs or tubes and are ideal for travel.
Unlike shaving soaps, shaving creams can be applied with or without a shaving brush. Many apply shaving cream without a brush for convenience. If using a brush to apply cream, it’s recommended to directly soak the brush to formulate a fast, rich lather.
Which to Choose?
Whether choosing a shaving soap or a shaving cream, be sure to choose one that is appropriate for your skin and hair type, like sensitive skin or coarse hair. Choosing between a shaving soap and a shaving cream depends on your personal preferences. Consider this convenient quick breakdown of the differences between the two when selecting your next shaving soap or cream.
|SHAVING SOAP||SHAVING CREAM|
|Texture||- Hard||- Soft|
|Lather||- Requires more effort for a stable, rich lather||- Easy to generate, more proofs lather|
|Longevity||- 6 months (approximately)||- 12 months (approximately)|
|Fragrance||- Stronger scent that fades quickly||- Milder scent that lasts longer|
|Application||- Shaving brush is recommended||- With or without a shaving brush|