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I hate when I nick myself, and artificial fragrance seeps into the cut, adding a little extra burn – kind of like insult to injury. And then it smells like candy, which can be weird when shaving your armpits, because deodorant is about to go on, right? Won’t they create a weird combo, one in which candy battles it out with florals?
Maybe these are random thoughts. (Definitely.) But I know I’m not alone in thinking this! If you’re not interested in smelling strongly post-shave, I have 12 unscented shaving creams to keep you smooth, hydrated, and not smelling like a perfume shop.
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Leaf continues to say no to plastic, creating a shave soap bar to accompany their razor. The soap bar lathers up nicely, but skin stays hydrated rather than stripped without sodium lauryl phthalate. Ingredients you will find? Nourishing coconut oil and cocoa butter, as well as detoxifying and moisturizing kaolin clay. Oh, and love. Lots of love.
All skin types and all parts of the body can rejoice: this shaving cream was created with armpits and bikinis and beards in mind as one single thought. It’s fragrance-free, meaning it won’t sting after you slice your chin or inner thigh; you’ve got cooling aloe, hydration-locking hyaluronic acid, protecting vitamin E, and soothing coconut oil to baby the burn.
Look, it’s not just men’s, I promise. This unscented shaving cream isn’t thick enough to clog pores, it’s super hydrating, and it doesn’t exacerbate any skin problems – in fact, the soothing aloe and chamomile extract will calm and treat. Add in olive oil to give you a silky consistency and moisturizing effect, and you won’t deal with dry skin.
The creator took two years and hundreds of prototypes to get this unscented, crazy natural, super soothing shaving cream – and it was worth it. It’s described as “Manly” (like, there’s a strong emphasis on it for some reason, ugh), but it’s unisex, using ingredients like argan oil, aloe, castor oil, and shea butter to nourish your skin throughout the shaving process.
Ya gotta love a company that makes sure to state their shaving cream is for women. (I mean, duh, it always is, but they make sure to be inclusive!) Goat milk is the focus ingredient, and for good reason: it’s filled with fatty acids to repair, vitamin A for gentle exfoliation, and plenty of probiotics to keep the good bacteria and fight the bad.
There is nothing bad in this. No parabens. No sulfates. No fragrance. And a bonus: it’s totally biodegradable! The unscented shaving cream has lubricating emollients in it to help fight razor burn, using dandelion root and carrot. High in vitamins, the two ingredients will give you soft skin and protect you from painful nicks.
Classic Brand makes Classic Shaving Cream. We kind of love this, kind of find it hilariously straightforward. It’s creamy and lathers up nicely, but it won’t dry out your skin. Instead, you’ll find a collection of protecting, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging ingredients, including sunflower seed oil, green and white tea, oat kernel, and a bunch of vitamins.
We love (MALIN+GOETZ) for how gender-neutral they are, from scents to packaging (no pink or blue binary stuff). Their shaving cream is lightweight and won’t leave residue or clog your razor. Squalane and shea butter moisturize; glycerin and sodium PCA hydrate; chamomile extract and allantoin calm; menthol cools and protects; and the magic ingredient – vitamin E – is bursting with antioxidants, helping to protect.
When you have sensitive skin, the products you use matter. The first step is finding a good razor, and finding a solid shaving cream should be next – ideally unscented. Scotch Porter’s fits the bill, avoiding scents and soap and using nourishing ingredients instead – think shea butter, anti-inflammatory cucumber extract, rejuvenating soy protein, and vitamin E.
Oils! Oils! And… even more oils! However, don’t assume I mean essential oils, because they aren’t included. Oils that ARE? Apricot oil, which gives you glow; palm kernel oil, which fights aging and hydrates minus grease; and coconut, olive, and castor oils to give you a soft and smooth foundation. The result: a simple shave that won’t irritate.
Vanicream, yessss. Vanicream is all about creating fragrance-free products for those with sensitive skin, and their shaving cream is a fantastic product in the line. Unlike other brands, it’s not oily, so any shine or residue is a problem of your past. It doesn’t have alcohol either, so you’ll be left soft and moisturized, rather than dried out.
There’s no testing on animals here, promise. And there aren’t any smells. Oh, and it’s clean and vegan. So, yeah, you need to feel good about yourself? Use Pacific Shaving’s unscented cream. It’s full of sunflower seed oil, which acts as protection from redness, while vitamin E forms a protective barrier over your skin. Bye bye, irritation.
Do you prefer unscented shaving creams? Do you use one that you love? Share your secrets below!