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Back to Basics: The Best Shaving Creams

These shaving creams worked for my dad, and they still work for me. When I began shaving in my early teens, I used these with a single blade razor. Nowadays, I use a four-blade razor for sensitive skin, and these creams work even better without breaking the bank. I’m a firm believer in splurging in some areas and saving in others, and these drugstore brands have never let me down. Do you have a brand preference when it comes to shaving creams?

Edge Advanced Shaving Gel For Sensitive Skin ($3.23) OK, so this isn't the most feminine product that I own, but I've been using this gel-to-cream formula for ages and I love the texture and the masculine scent. Also, this slightly new and improved formula contains aloe to help soothe even the most sensitive skin.

Barbasol Shaving Cream ($2.49) is the one, the original, the very first shaving cream I ever used. Not only did I love using this thick and creamy formula on my legs, but while at Summer camp, I'd write my bunk number on the lawn outside of the mess hall. I was a happy camper.

To check out another one of my favorite shaving creams,

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Wow, I used to love the smell of this Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel For Dry Skin ($3.14). I still use the product because it's gentle and provides a smooth shave that never skips and causes nicks. It also leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and moisturized. It's like I'm wearing pantyhose, when I've got nothing on.

m0readventur0us m0readventur0us 9 years
Barbasol is my favorite cuz it lathers so well! I'm always stealing my boyfriend's...But in a pinch, I'll use Aveda's Rosemary Mint Conditioner too, it's nice and cooling and smells great.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i have to agree, coochie cream is KING!!
nibbie17 nibbie17 9 years
pfft...i use my dad's shaving cream all the time. $1.99 for barbasol beats $5.99 for gilette for women ANY DAY
BeautyChick101 BeautyChick101 9 years
I love using men's shaving creams! I swear by Gillette's one for sensitive skin. It's way cheaper than women's versions and you get a lot more in the can!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I have to have a gel formula, I can't use a foam. Right now I have a Intuition with the soap already on it and I don't need shave gel at all. It's a little harder in the summer when you're sweaty and sticky because my legs are more sensitive.
verily verily 9 years
I use whatever is on sale or conditioner in a pinch. This might freak some of you out, but I used to shave with just water in the shower and never got razor burn or cuts. However, my current shower makes it difficult to hike up a leg in the shower spray, so anything to put a barrier between my skin & the razor works.
ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 9 years
Men's shaving cream makes you smell like a man. Not in a good way.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I normally use Noxzema's Cucumber Melon scent. Recently I tried out Satin Care's Alluring Avocado. I'm not a fan of the brand, but it smells really good leaves my legs soft.
raieven raieven 9 years
i use the Trader Joes shave cream, no parabens etc.
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
Coochie cream? :ROTFL: :ROTFL: :ROTF:
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
skintimate is my fave!! its all I will buy, if its not in stock, I go to another store for it!
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I love skintimate (the mango one) and I just switched to the Venus Embrace for sensitive skin. This razor is amazing!! I love it. Very few nicks and it gets a nice smooth shave.
Sunny2 Sunny2 9 years
I started using shaving creams for men not so long ago. My favourite one for ladies unfortunately changed its formula. I couldn't relate to the others on the market ;) so why not try out the ones for men? Nivea for men sensitve shaving gel was my second try and I will stay by it. I love it. The texture is quite compact and it stays on your skin very well. The smell is nice and very discreet which I prefer. It is sensitive enough for my dry&sensitive skin - for every zone. I also like its convenient to use package.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Cmill38, I love coochie cream, I used it if I haven't shaved my legs in a while or on my underarms because it's sensitive skin. I love using mens shaving cream, it works wonders but cheap conditioner is fantastic in a pinch- same stuff as coochie cream. I agree with ElisabethRae, exfoliating before you shave cuts back on all the problems that come with shaving and also gives you a closer shave- I work at BBW and I recommend women to use the oil based scrubs from the Aromatherapy line, good scrub/moisturizing.
mahalobeauty mahalobeauty 9 years
I don't use shaving cream. I find using cheapie conditioner (Suave) works best for my dry skin.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
oh and there's this stuff called coochie cream! It's amazing for shaving bikini lines and i even know guys that use it for their face! while using it i've never once had a dry spot and any smidge of razor burn. it's like using conditioner to shave your legs but more protective.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
I love skintimate! but I used it with a crappy razor when I was in a hurry and it didn't protect my legs from getting torn up. Now that I have a venus embrace i don't think itd matter what shaving cream or lotion i use!
lisseth0221 lisseth0221 9 years
Wow! I have sensitive skin and have always wondered about men's shaving cream. I figured it should work b/c guys use it on their faces... Guess I'll have to steal my brothers from now on lol!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I like Aveeno.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Yeah I don't use shave creams, I put conditioner on my legs, let it sit for a few minutes, then get to it. It really, really works well for me and helps you cut down on all the bottles in your shower. Out of the shower, I finish with some dry oil and I'm good to go.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
hey spazzydana, is that normal? because I want my body hair to be lighter - it's really dark brown. anyhoo, I actually got turned off shaving cream and now only use soap - it leaves my skin a lot more smooth...
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 9 years
I LOVE SKINTIMATE TOO! I USE THE ANTHONY SHAVE CREAM I GOT FOR MY BOYFRIEND. THAT'S LIKE THE GREATEST THING EVER BASICALLY. I'M ADDICTED. ONE OF THE REPS DID A DEMO ONCE FOR ME THAT INVOLVED PUTTING SOME OF THE SHAVE CREAM IN THEIR HAND TURNING IT PALM DOWN THEN STICKING A PENCIL IN THE SHAVE CREAM. IT TOTALLY STUCK. IT PULLS YOUR HAIR AWAY FROM YOUR SKIN SO YOU GET A REALLY CLOSE SHAVE. MAYBE IT'S CRAZY BUT I CAN'T GET ENOUGH! :-)
ffxgirl1 ffxgirl1 9 years
sorry i didnt mean to post a bunch of times :(
ffxgirl1 ffxgirl1 9 years
i use nivea for men....its one of the few drugstore brands that don't test on animals...plus the scent is great
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
i can't use the mens stuff. The mint or menthol in it makes my skin break out plus when I shave my bikini line it makes it really sensitave and lets just say it doesn't have a good feeling lol. I use skintamate
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