Best Shaving Gel
We wanted to have a look at shaving gels and try to figure out, which of them are actually the best ones to use. As you may know if you have read any of the articles here at the Emporium, you will know we are not big fans of those aerosol spray cans containing foam. We much prefer to use a good quality, long lasting, shaving soap or cream.
There are however quite a large number of gels on the market, that are made to help make wet shaving a smoother experience. They are not that expensive with a price range of around £2-6, and the average price is about £2.50. These are typically the sort of products that you can pick up in any supermarket, or in a chemist like Boots, or in the cheaper stores like Superdrug.
Best Shaving Gel for Sensitive Skin
We have completed a detailed article on the best types of gels to use on sensitive skin. You can read that by reading these tips on how to shave sensitive skin. In that you will find that skin like this needs a great deal more care and attention. It most certainly can not handle the normal types of gels that you would find on the High Street.
If we had to pick just one it would be the Bump Patrol Cool Shave Gel 4oz Tube (Sensitive) (6 Pack)
This 6 pack costs around £45 or you can buy as an individual shave gel for about £4.50-5.
This product does get really good reviews though we have personally not used it here at the Emporium. Buyers who have taken the time to leave reviews do appear to like this one though.
Shaving Gel for Acne
Likewise anyone suffering from acne should avoid these types of shaving gels completely. The chemicals inside these will cause a lot of irritation to acne prone skin. Again we have done a very detailed article on how to shave if you have acne.
They are made by the usual shaving manufacturers like:
- King of Shaves
- Geo F Trumper
Quite a few people seem to like and rate this one from Geo F Trumper. It is a lighter gel and is good for anyone who has either oily skin, sensitive skin and even acne. The reason for this is that like many of the better quality creams and soaps, this one is also glycerine based.
That makes it ideal for those of us who suffer from any type of delicate skin. It is also a good gel for shaving the head, so that is worth bearing in mind, if you like to do that.
If like us, you are used to a good quality soap or cream, do these gels really work as well? Or are they really a waste of money? We would always recommend using a soap or cream. Some people do however simply want to have the convenience of a gel that they can use quickly without any fuss. The one shown in the picture above has a light scent of lime, but that company do a number of light scents.
Soaps vs Creams vs Gels
It can get confusing for sure as to which of these you should use. We are pretty traditional and prefer a nice clean, non-chemical based soap or cream. We admit that gels are more convenient, but if you are going to use one of those, then buy a good quality one such as what we have recommended above.
The one to the left from the brand Elemis is a very good product for anyone than has skin which is easily irritated.
The typical problem with these types of quality product is always going to be the price. As an example this one has 150 ml but will set you back around £22-25, depending on where you make your purchase. So it isn’t a cheap option but it does offer great protection to the face and neck when shaving.
According to all of the reviews that we have read this is probably the best gel for an electric shaver and it gets great reviews for that.
Now again this is not a product that we have tested but it does come recommended on many of the shaving forums where we are members. that is worth noting and if you can afford it, you will not be disappointed at all.
They also do an Elemis Ice Cool Foaming Shaving Gel which does get pretty amazing reviews and is slightly cheaper at just under £20.
The Ingredients of Shaving Gels
You can always tell a product by the ingredients used to make these types of products. In a tin, like the one above, you get 200 ml of gel and it costs £2.00. That works out at £1 per 100 ml. So let us have a look at the LIST of ingredients:
- Aqua – this is a fancy name for water
- Triethanolamine – also used in producing detergents, dish washing liquids, general cleaning products, paint and inks
- Palmitic Acid – this is a fatty acid used in cosmetics and soaps
- Stearic Acid – another waxy fatty acid that gives a shiny effect to shampoos etc
- Isobutane – a chemical compound used to propel or push the gel out of the can
- Laureth-23 – a clear colourless product that acts as an emulsifying agent – helps disperse other ingredients
- Dimethicone – acts as a moisturiser, but with certain akin types can cause redness and rashes
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A long name for sure, but it is a detergent and an emulsifier. There have been over 16,000 case studies about the use of this and its effects, which you can read by clicking here. To save you the trouble is is a toxic substance
- Propane – a gas used to push the gel out
- Sodium Benzoate – a chemical normally used in processed food so for shaving gels it helps preserve the life of the cream
- Parfum – the posh name for perfume or scent
- Stearyl Alcohol – As you can see and alcohol based product
- Lauryl Alcohol – and another one
- Hydroxyethylcellulose – a thickening agent that adds strength to soaps
- Dimethiconol – these are silicones
- Chondrus Crispus – A red algae known better as Irish Moss or seaweed
- Dimethicone PEG/PPG-20/23 Benzoate – more polymers and silicones
- DMDM Hydantoin – a releasing agent
- Coceth-7 – a form of coconut alcohol
- PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether – a newish ingredient in cosmetics and again alcohol based
- Benzyl Salicylate – another chemical compound that gives off a musky scent that has a restriction standard by the International Fragrance Association
- Limonene – a liquid that smells like lemon and oranges
- BHT – an organic compound used as an antioxidant
- PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – sounds natural but it is not. It is a chemical by-product
- Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – used to stop mould appearing in creams or gels
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – a form of aloe
- Sodium Nitrate – salt preservatives
- Glyoxal – yellow coloured organic compound that evaporates into a green gas, used in paper coating and textile finishes
- Polysorbate 60 – an emulsifier used in food additives for preservation
- Disodium Phosphate – solid white powder that stops coagulation
Now I am not sure if that makes you nervous or not, but we think that it should. There is no way on this planet that I would put anything that contains all of these ingredients anywhere near my face. Now if you look at the best shaving creams, they too will contain a number of ingredients. However, none of those will have anything in them that would cause you any major concern.
I am afraid to say that here at the Emporium, we would put these canned gels in the same bracket as foams in a tin and we would not use them. We know that many people do and would advise those men to read a little more about them. That way they can develop their own opinion.
Almost every day you hear that chemicals and compounds that are used to make different types of cosmetics are appearing in the news. You can also find a ton of research online about these type of ingredients and we would encourage you to check that information out.