Shaving Cream vs Shaving Soap
Shaving cream and shaving soap lubricate your skin in preparation for shaving. They both moisturize your skin and hair. Moist hair is soft and easy to cut. Don’t dry shave or use water only. This will harm your skin.
There are some chemical differences and application differences between shaving cream and shaving soap but both can do an excellent job at preparing your face for a good close shave. Typically shaving soap is more natural with less ingredients. Shaving creams have more chemicals in them but they are the ultimate in lubrication.
Shaving Cream Ingredients
Cremo Shaving Cream Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyether-1, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower extract, Xylitol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract and Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Linalool, Limonene, BHT, Perfluoromethylcyclopentane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum).
Van Der Hagen Shaving Butter Ingredients: Shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, glycerine, macadamia nut oil, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol.
Shaving Soap Ingredients
I like shaving soap and have several bars that I use. They are natural with few ingredients. Let’s take a look…
Williams Mug Shaving Soap – Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Cocoate.
Van Der Hagen Shaving Soap – Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Stearate, over 10% glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine. Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Mangifera indica (Mango Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance
How to Use Shaving Cream
Shaving creams come in tubs/cans or tubes. They are very easy to use. The shaving creams in tubes or tubs are applied directly to your face or skin and messaged in. You do not have to make a lather or foam. I like Cremo shaving cream and Van Der Hagen Shave Butter. They are the most slippery.
First wash your face with warm/hot water to soften the hair. Then take a small amount of shaving cream in your hand and massage it into your skin. When you you rub in into your skin, it will create a slight lather. Massaging it into your skin will lubricate your skin and moisturize it. This prepares it for shaving. It will also raise the hair out of the follicle which will make it easier to cut with a razor.
Now start shaving.
How to Use Shaving Soap
Using shaving soap for shaving is for those who like the process of “Old School” shaving. You take your time and enjoy the process. It’s not speedy by any means. You also need more stuff like a shaving soap cup and a shaving brush. Shaving soap requires about 2-5 minutes to prepare a good lather and then another minute to apply it to your face.
Here is how I create a thick lather with shaving soap. My favorite shaving soap is GBS Sandalwood. Check out Gents Barbershop & Spa here
- First place one shaving soap puck in the bottom of a shaving soap cup or bowl. It is perfectly sized to fit in the bottom of most shaving soap cups…about 3″ in diameter
- Now fill the shaving soap cup to the top with very hot water. The hot water will soften the soap and shaving brush. Soft soap makes it easy to produce a thick soap lather.
- Now sit a shaving brush in the shaving soap cup to soak in the hot water. The shaving brush will absorb some water which will help create the lather. Let the shaving brush and soap soak for about 3-4 minutes.
- After 3-4 minutes, drain the hot water from the shaving soap cup.
- Now swirl the shaving soap brush on the soap puck in a circular motion while applying a little downward pressure. Swirl in one direction for a while and then change directions. Do this for about 3-5 minutes or until the lather is very thick and will not drip on it’s own.
- Now gather a good amount of lather on the shaving brush and swirl it onto your face is a circular motion. Try to exfoliate or lightly scrub the skin while applying the lather. Take your time. The warm lather will help soften the hair.
- Now, shave as normal using short slow strokes. Rinse frequently.
Benefits of Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is much more lubricating than any shaving soap I have used. Cremo shaving cream and Van Der Hagen Shaving Butter are they most lubricating shaving creams I have used. They make any razor glide over your skin effortlessly. It is amazing. They both prevent nicks and cuts and razor burn.
Shaving creams also moisten your skin like a lotion. I massage shaving cream into my skin before shaving. Then after the shave, my skin is soft, moist and feels great. I never have to use a post-shave lotion.
Whenever I use a shaving soap, I have to use a post-shave lotion to moisturize my skin otherwise my skin feels dry and tight. Soap tends to remove oil from your skin.
My dad used to always shave with Noxzema Skin Cream. He never used shaving soap or shaving foams. Now I know why.
Benefits of Shaving Soap
Shaving soaps typically have only a few ingredients and they are mostly all natural like bath soaps. If you want to stay away from synthetic chemicals then shaving soap is the way to go. Some synthetic chemicals can damage or dry out your skin.
Shaving soap cleans your skin just like any bath soap would do in the shower. It removes dirt, dead skin, bacteria and particulates. It’s a good therapy to help your skin stay healthy. It also makes your skin feel clean and tight and smell great.
Shaving soap also provides a lubricant that will help a razor slide over your skin without scraping or nicking the skin. The lubrication is not as slippery as a shaving cream. Shaving creams are very thick and lubricate very well. Soap lubricates better than just water but not as good as a shaving cream or shaving gel/foam.
Shaving soap is very economical. A shaving soap bar or puck will last for many months. Just think how long your bath soap bar lasts? And you use bath soap for your entire body. Shaving soap is only used for your face. I have used a GBS shaving soap puck for 3 months and it hardly looks used. It will likely last 6 months.