We all know that Shaving Cream and Shaving Soap are supposed to achieve the same purpose; soften your stubble, moisturize your face when shaving, and help prevent nicks and cuts. As a result, you'll be able to shave more closely and comfortably. However, the methods used by the two products are vastly different, and the topic of which is better for your face frequently arises, particularly among those who are new to the wet-shaving game. Before we go any further, let's clarify that we're not talking about the foam in a can from the drugstore when we say “Shave Cream”. If you're still using a product like that, do yourself a favor and stop using it. Most drugstore shaving creams contain substances that can cause itching and dryness in your skin, as well as longer-term issues including premature aging and persistent acne from clogged pores.
Shaving Creams that are more traditional or of higher quality will have components that are gentler on your skin and will provide a close, comfortable, and consistent shave. The option to include extra substances that are not possible in a soap-type product is the main way that these products differ from straight-up Shaving Soaps. We may include numerous additional substances in our Shaving Creams that will protect and moisturise your skin as you shave, as well as providing excellent lubrication. These Shaving Creams are ideal for those who experience sensitivity, redness, or irritation during shaving, as the added chemicals allow us to more directly target those issues.
Shaving soaps, on the other hand, are made using traditional soap-making procedures and are known by a variety of names, including triple-milled, double-milled, semi-hard, and even cream soaps. However, the concept is usually the same: vegetable or animal fats are combined with a basic solution and treated until the oils saponify and the final soap product is formed. Shaving soaps are preferred by more experienced wet-shavers, but they have their own set of considerations. For individuals who aren't used to using shave soaps, creating the desired lather requires some skill, and it takes longer than using a shave cream. Some types can be rather costly, making the barrier to entry significantly greater.
In terms of the actual products, there are some fundamental distinctions, but the end user's level of experience ultimately determines the choice. Shave creams are typically considerably easier to use than Shave soaps; simply apply the cream onto your face to create the desired lather, then begin shaving. They're a wonderful choice for someone who is new to wet shaving.