Shaving cream – and why it is better than shaving foam out of the can

Two years ago, I stumbled upon the traditional way of shaving. It changed my view on that formerly tedious task, and now I enjoy and embrace it. It is my Zen garden.

Especially shaving cream, with its many aspects, has become a strange passion for me. Let me tell you about some of the things I have discovered.

For me, shaving foam out of the can is not pleasant. It doesn't feel very good on the skin and has a lot of chemical ingredients. The choices are very limited, or at least they are where I live. There are the big names, some cheaper ones, summing up to about 8 brands you can choose from. That's it.

Shaving cream out of the tube is, from my perspective, much better. The choices are so broad, I can't even put up an estimate of how many products there are. You can try as many creams as you want until you find the one that works for you. You can get them in any scent that you like. You can mix them with water in the way you want it, to get the consistency that you want. To make it easier for you, I will provide a 5 point list outlining why cream is better than your average foam out of the can:

1. It can come in a lot of different scents

You are not as limited when it comes to your personal preference. Where I come from, most products you get in the supermarket are unscented. Creams can have the smell of avocado, eucalyptus, lime, sandalwood. There is no way I could list all of the scents. Just pick your poison.

2. It is better for your skin

Since the standard foam is catered to a very large audience, even the products that are labeled “for sensitive skin” may not be for the type of sensitive skin you have. In the shaving cream market, the variety of brands gives you the possibility to try out as many products as you want until you find the right one. And I am sure you will. This should be especially interesting for people who get a lot of skin irritation after shaving.

3. It will last longer

Even though the initial price may often be higher, the overall price over time is much lower. Here in Austria, a moderately priced can of shaving foam sells for about 5 Euros. The average person will use it up in about three months, given that you shave every day. A shaving cream in the tube can last you up to six months. This can vary a lot since some of us just use a little bit of lather for each shave, others like to have a lot of it. But considering that with proper shaving cream, you will not have to buy some fancy skin moisturizer, in the end, you will definitely spend less.

4. It provides you with an easier and better shave

Foam out of the can is very dry. This may not make much sense at first, but when you have tried shaving cream, you will understand what I mean. The dryness leads to worse gliding of your razor, and thus much more irritation and nicks. Also, your beard gets soft with a good shaving cream, making it easier for the razor to cut your hair.

5. It has fewer chemicals and is more fun

As my last item on the list, I just have to point out how fun shaving cream is. I think it already came across, but having the ability to choose from different products, and work up your own lather really is satisfying. To add another very important point, shaving cream has fewer chemicals. Since it does not have to come out of a pressurized can, and in the form of ready-to-use foam, a lot of chemical ingredients can be left out.

I hope I may have spiked your interest, and sent you on your way to start using shaving cream instead of canned foam. Don't be shy, just try something out, and I am sure you will soon be as enthusiastic as I am.

Shaving cream basics

Shaving cream is one of the most important elements for a nice shaving experience. Many people relate shaving cream to the foam that you get in every super market. This is kind of true, but what you put on your face can be so much nicer than what you get when you go buying your groceries.


I discovered the world of shaving creams when I started reading about double-edged razors and the traditional way of shaving. After I shaved with normal cartridge razors for a long time, I stumbled upon the other way of shaving on the Internet. It revolutionized that tedious process for me.


I discovered that you do not have to go with the standard shaving cream out of the can, which is very dry, does not work well with my skin type even though I thought i matched it well (sensitive skin for example), and generally provides an unpleasant shaving experience. I am sure some of you can relate.


Just the creation of your own lather (shaving foam formed by cream or soap) based on shaving cream out of a tube can be a revelation, and that is why I dedicated an entire page to it. Firstly, it is something you create yourself, without anyone manufacturing the final product for you. It is in your hands what kind of shaving cream touches your face in the end. Shaving cream also comes in a variety of scents. You can get anything from unscented, to avocado, lime, green tea etc. The possibilities are endless. Do not get intimidated by all of the choices you have. Just choose a cream and get started!


You can start with a cream that is in a tube, and then mix it with water to get a nice end product. It will feel good on your skin, and provide the best shave for you.


Of course you will need some practice, but the learning curve is not very steep, and it is a lot of fun! You can experiment with more water, more cream, less water, distilled water and so on. The possibilities are endless. It is not difficult to find a basic shaving cream that works for you.


Furthermore, the prices are very moderate. With one tube of shaving cream (price: about 10 Dollars), I can shave for about 2 or 3 months. Shaving foam never lasted that long for me.


Of course, this is all a bit more time-consuming than just pushing the button of a shaving foam can and putting it on your face. But when you get good at it, you will not need much time to create a lather that works well for you. It will just be second nature.


I can’t emphasize the fun factor of all this enough. Just stick with it, and you will see that you will love it. You could possibly change the way you are shaving, and maybe even switch from cartridge razors to double-edged or single-edged safety razors!


Some nice resources to read and get more information:


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