Everywhere we look at, the benefits of the traditional wet shaving are being praised. From the shaving brushes to natural aftershaves together with botanical and double edged razors. Well, but what about the shaving soap or the entrant of the shaving creams which is now the center of the debate.
When preparing for a close shave there are two options that are available in the market; that is cream and soap. Although the cream is technically soap, both of these materials are very beneficial for lubricating facial hair while protecting the skin during a close shave.
However, their slight differences can be confusing and thus in comparing cream and soap, you will begin to understand the difference of them. If you are not conversant with wet shaving, trying to draw the line on which is the better one can prove very challenging.
It is clear that the main difference between soap and cream is in their physical state or in their consistency. Shaving soaps are typically solid in state while the creams are semi solids that are almost liquid like but foamy in nature. Thus, the main reason as to why soaps require some water during its application, to bubble it up.
Creams however, do not need to be added with water or any kind of liquid during application. With the cream all that you need to do is simply to place it on your skin, and then you can immediately shave after just a few minutes. On the other hand, there exists a difference in the quality of lather that is made between cream and soap.
Soap produces inadequate lather that is inconsistent and less viscous, conversely, the cream produces a lesser runny and consistent foam that is easy to control. This is therefore the reason as to why the cream, although newer in the market, their popularity emerges due to the fact that they softens the user’s skin and helps to moisten the hair to be shaved. This gives a more comfortable more pleasant and a softer overall experience. Nevertheless, both the shaving soaps and the creams are applied to cushion the shaving action.
As far as ease of use, cost, the scent and the value as well as the old school factor of these both products are concerned, the cream is regarded to be higher in its cost, strongly scented and easier to apply as compared to the shaving soaps which are rather cost effective, and last longer than the cream. However, the soap is regarded as old school and more masculine that would instead help to draw you to the past. Some of the renowned products in the market include the following:
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Luxury Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin
This is an English classic, modern fresh forger’s fragrance with lemon, lime, bergamot and lavender. It is allergen and Paraben free light fragrance, designed for ultra sensitive skin and thus agrees with most types of skins. With various ingredients such as Aqua, stearic acid, Aloe Vera, Mystiric acid, glycerin, coconut acid, patchouli oil and many more.
This cream is recommended for wet shaving, for preventing ingrown hairs, razor bumps and razor burns. It comes in various convenient packaging which are portable and further, the cream can be applied even without the use of a shaving brush.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream
This is a rich woody blend of exotic, sweet scented Sandalwood and cedar, combined with lavender and Rosemary for a subtle floral as well as Jasmine and Rose for an enticing, vivacious and a confidently masculine bouquet. This is a cream that not only whips up an amazing lather, but it also helps to prepare your beard for shaving while at the same time helping to moisturize your face and comes in a package of Sandalwood bowl.
With Taylor of Old Bond Street, you will have an offer of some of the finest range of shaving products and materials such as brushes, razors and shaving accessories, manicure sets, talc’s, soaps, oils, sponges, deodorants, combs, shaving mirrors, their own brand of aftershaves, cologne and various men’s shaving gifts. All of these you will find at a cost of about $14 which is relatively a fair cost as far as the quality of product is concerned.
Proraso Shaving Soap, Eucalyptus & Menthol
Considered as one of the most recognized names for wet and smooth shaves since long ago, for more than 50 years. This shaving soap offers the pleasure that can only be found from your most trusted barber. This is an excellent semi solid soap that helps to moisturize and to protect the skin from a smooth comfortable shave.
It contains ingredients such as water, coconut oil, stearic acid, Potassium hydroxide, menthol’s, Boris acid, Eucalyptus globules and many more that helps to soften even some of the thickest beards while giving a fresh and a refreshing menthol and a eucalyptus scent. It has an excellent lubrication with a pleasant scent with an invigorating single.
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set
This is a kind of a soap which is made through kettle process, whereby some of different types of ingredients are used during the process. However there are premium shave brushes which also offer gentle, exfoliation whereby monogrammed ceramic bowl brings out efficiency and quality in the product.
All of this has different sets which includes; Hypo-Allergenic shave soap whereby each specialist formulates shave cakes which contains 40 percent humectants moisture which helps in softening all sorts of tough beards hence making a comfortable shave to the person.
And the premium shaving set includes; hypo- Allergenic deluxe shave soap with also 4o percent moisturizers which are combined with (Aloe Vera and Shea butter) hand dipped two toned ceramic shaving bowl and a shave brush handmade. All this ingredients when combined they end up resulting to a perfect and quality with more comfortably to the users.