Best Shaving Soap for Sensitive Skin 2020

Some men just have trouble finding a great shaving soap for their skin type.

It can be a hassle due to burning, irritation, sensitivity, and razor bumps.

There are a lot of factors to consider, and it is not just using the correct soap.

First, there is more to choosing the right product for sensitive skin.  In addition to using the best product, you must have a proper pre and post shave routine

We will provide you with some helpful information in addition to the most awesome products you can use.

Think about this, when you shave, you are taking a razor blade across your face.  When you do that you remove hair and some skin.  You are actually exfoliating your skin which is the process of removing the superficial layers of the skin.

For those with sensitive skin, it is extremely important to choose the right products, but it is more important to take care of your face before and after you shave.

Best Shaving Soaps For Sensitive Skin

NameBrandRating
HYPOALLERGENIC RUSTIC SHAVING SOAPWSP4.9
DONKEY MILK SHAVING SOAP, BARE NAKEDWHOLLY KAW4.9
ALOE VERA SHAVING SOAPHaslinger4.5
Proraso BLUE ALOE AND VITAMIN E SHAVING CREAMProraso4.5
PRORASO SHAVING CREAM FOR SENSITIVE SKINProraso4.7
PRORASO SHAVING SOAP FOR SENSITIVE SKINPRORASO4.7
JERMYN STREET SHAVING CREAM FOR SENSITIVE SKINTOBS4.6
SCOTCH PORTER SENSITIVE SKIN SHAVING CREAMSCOTCH PORTER4.5

Best Sensitive Skin Shaving Soaps and Creams

WSP Hypoallergenic Rustic Shaving Soap

Look, there is nothing flashy about this soap, but for sensitive skin, it is perfect. 

It is handmade in small batches in California.  It has a very simple ingredient profile which is similar to a lot of vegan artisan soaps. 

It is basically stearic acid and coconut oil, that’s it.  This soap does have glycerin in it, which should help add moisture to your shave.

Of course, this is a traditional shave soap, so you will need a shaving brush to go with it.

All Natural Small Batch Artisan made shaving soap

Unscented, No Dyes, No Preservatives

Simple ingredient list:  Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin.

Wholly Kaw Donkey Milk Shaving Soap, Bare Naked

Wholly Kaw Donkey Milk Shaving Soap, Bare Naked

Wholly Kaw (pronounced Holy Cow) has one of the best formulas on the market.

The lather is insanely thick and incredibly slick. The stuff is the bomdiggity!

They make some incredibly complex scents that smell amazing, but that’s not what we are going for here.

Luckily for us, they make a Naked version of their Donkey Milk Soap. The only thing to consider here is that it does contain Lanolin.

So, if you are sensitive to it, or if you are not sure, there are plenty of other shaving soaps listed here.

If you have no issues with Lanolin, then you’re in luck. This added ingredient will help sooth your skin.

Haslinger Aloe Vera Shaving Soap

Haslinger Aloe Vera Shaving Soap

Haslinger of Austria has been creating grooming products for men for over 100 years.

This is a small puck which can be used in bowl lathering, or you can wet your face and rub it directly on your stubble, then lather with a brush.

This is a very simple soap, yet it is remarkable in its ability to produce extremely thick lather that has great glide.

We have always loved Haslinger shaving soaps, and we will continue to use them.

Proraso Blue Aloe and Vitamin E Shaving Cream


Proraso Blue Aloe and Vitamin E Shaving Cream, 150ml Tube

This is one of the best selling shaving creams on the market.  It is perfect for sensitive skin because it is loaded with Vitamin E and Aloe.

This Italian made brand has been widely known for decades as one of the premier cream brands, and you will not be disappointed in this one.

It is available at West Coast Shaving and they have tons of reviews on how well this product performs.

Proraso Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin

We love the Proraso Brand, and it made our list of Best Shaving Soaps, so it is no surprise that we are including one of their products here.

This product provides a close and comfortable shave, and is far superior to aerosol shaving creams.  Any time you pack air pockets into your lather, you are not helping your razor find a close angle on your hair.  Check out the reviews on amazon.

  • No parabens, no silicones
  • No mineral oil, no SLS
  • No artificial colors
  • No ingredients of animal origin
  • Over 95% natural

Proraso Shaving Soap For Sensitive Skin

This is the same product as the shaving cream listed above, but it is a shaving soap instead.

If you prefer to use a shaving brush with a more traditional soap instead of cream, then this would be the better option for you.

Taylor Of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

TOBS, has been around for a very long time, so they understand how to make a good shaving product.

This is an English product, and it does have a scent to it, but it is intentionally lightly scented.  It is a very pleasing, subtle scent.

It does contain Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Allantoin, which will be very helpful for sensitive skin.

What is Allantoin?  Allantoin is in a lot of cosmetic products as an anti-irritant and skin protectanct.

This ingredient is perfect for those who have irritation issues when shaving.

Scotch Porter Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream

All natural and fragrance free.  Need we say more.

This Cream is chock full of skin loving ingredients like Shea Butter, Oatmeal, Aloe, Cucumber, and Vitamin E.

In addition, it is free of skin drying detergents and harsh ingredients.

What Is The Best Pre-Shave Routine For Sensitive Skin?

You need to clean and exfoliate the area before you shave.  This will help to prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.

The type of face cleaner you use is also important.  Do not use regular bar soap.  It is designed to strip away dirt and your natural oils from your skin, and most commercial soaps lack natural moisturizers like glycerin.

Find a great facial cleaner for men that is mild and does not contain synthetic surfactants.  At Beardedblade, we like Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser.

It will also help you greatly if you can get moisture on your whiskers.  A nice hot shower will help tremendously.

Your facial cleanser will wash away the natural oils on your whiskers, and this will allow them to absorb a lot of water.  This makes them much easier to cut, which is exactly what you want if you have sensitive skin.

Use a good razor with new razor blades and make sure the blades are not gunked up with soap and hair.

A sharp blade will cut cleanly through your hair, is less likely to cause razor burn, and is less likely to cause ingrown hairs or razor bumps.  You have sensitive skin, remember, you don’t need to add problems to it.

A dull blade can tug at hairs and pull them out, and it just makes for a bad shave.

What Is The Best Post-Shave Routine For Sensitive Skin?

man post shave

Look, you have sensitive skin.  You will need to do more than most people in order to keep your face happy.  A proper post shave routine will do wonders for you over time.

You have now washed your face, and even with a mild cleanser like Jack Black, you still have stripped beneficial oils from your skin.  You need to find a way to replenish that moisture.

In addition to stripping away your natural oils, an extremely sharp piece of metal has been dragged across your sensitive skin on your face which has removed superficial layers.

Your skin is screaming for moisture to be returned, so give it what it wants.

We like Proraso Sensitive Skin with Oatmeal Extract and Green Tea to help soothe any irritation.

Also, take a look at our article on witch hazel.  It is a great all natural post shave product that is excellent for sensitive skin.

Other Tips For Dealing With Sensitive Skin From Shaving

If you are using aerosol shaving creams, you may have better luck using a product like a brushless cream, or better yet, a shaving cream or shaving soap that requires a brush. 

Many people with sensitive skin have reported much lower irritation by switching to using a shaving brush in a shaving bowl over the canned foam products.

Some things to look for in shaving creams and soaps if you have sensitive skin:

  • Fragrance Free-most products on the market contain fragrance and it is usually synthetic.  Synthetic fragrance can contain 100’s of chemicals in them.  It is possible that a fragrance oil could be causing you issues.
  • Contains Natural Oils and Butters- These would be ingredients like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, you know, things you have heard of before.
  • Contains soothing ingredients-These would be Aloe, Chamomile, Green Tea
  • No Dyes-These may cause irritation

Summary

We listed some great products, but, we really feel that there are other things that you can do to help.

The steps we mentioned before you shave and after you shave are really going to benefit you in the long run.

You need to look at the overall process of shaving and grooming for your face to determine what can be done to improve your irritating shaves.

If you have not been using a proper pre and post shave routine, it may take a while for you to see the benefits, so do not give up after a shave or two.

Some things to consider:

If you are using shaving foam with cheap disposable razors, then you may want to get a better razor like a double edge razor along with some of the products we mentioned above.

If you are using great products, but you are using a 3-blade cartridge razor, try using a single blade DE razor with some Personna Reds or Derby blades.

For sensitive skin sufferers, you need to look at each and every thing that can impact your face.

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