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Our Top Picks For Aftershave Greatness

If you’re going to shave, you’re going to want to have a great aftercare product to keep your skin in shape.

Men that go clean a lot will tell you that the most important thing to remember is that shaving is only half the battle: the other half is sealing the deal with a decent aftershave. The industry is saturated with a huge array of products that all have a purpose to serve, but the problem is that with so much noise, it’s hard to pick out a top notch product at a great price point. That’s where we come in: we’ll do the hard work so you don’t have to!

Let me begin by saying that I’m a massive fan of beards, but it turns out that I’m not so great at growing one, so keeping myself clean shaven is a requirement to not look like a homeless guy with patchy spots of hair all over my face. This list I’ve procured features a total of 8 products and I’ve used 3 of them personally: the other 5 I’ve added to the list based on reviews I’ve found and on the ingredients listed. I’m not an expert on this field, but as far as aftershaves go, I know my way around town.

Note that from time to time, discount offers currently listed by each supplier will change. This means that you might not be getting the same deal that I was able to. I’ve ranked the choices based on current price, quality of product, quantity provided and smell. Some of these will act somewhat as a cologne hybrid: others are just to get everything cleaned out and not much else. Now, let’s get down to business!

  • 1

    Lather & Wood Aftershave Balm

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    A dapper choice with a lot of following from die hard fans. Maintains a great sandalwood aroma for a decent period after use and is free from alcohol. Actively formulated to help fight razor burn and other types of irritation. Has a heap of organic ingredients too!

    • Available in an unscented version
    • Old school vibe
    • Doesn't use alcohol
    • Requires very little balm per shave
    • Relative newcomer to the market
  • 2

    Aqua Velva Ice Sport

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    So I've just given you two great deals for aftershaves that will remind you of the 1800s: now I'm going to hit you with a modern slice of post-cleaning goodness. Ice Sport is actually quite an old product, but it looks relatively new and has a modern smell/feel to boot.

    • No-nonsense design
    • Established brand name
    • Helps with razor burn
    • Available in 3 flavors
    • Decently-sized bottle
    • Contains alcohol - it will tingle
  • 3

    Gillette After Shave Gel

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    While they claim to be the best a man can get, this option for aftershave support comes in at number 4. I should mention that this specific order will ship 6 of the gels or lotions (you can pick which one) - so in terms of cost per shave, this is just insane value for money.

    • Incredible value for money
    • Choice of gel or lotion
    • Established name in shaving
    • Designed for sensitive skin
    • Suitable size for travel
    • Contains alcohol in both gel and lotion versions
  • 4

    Old Spice Classic Scent

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    I mean, does this product need any introduction? Old Spice is all about the nasal experience and with a decently-sized bottle at a solid price, you can't go wrong if you want to draw attention to your superior choice in fragrance.

    • The go-to for a signature smell
    • Comes in a funky bottle
    • Surprisingly well priced
    • Light and clean application
    • Bottle is a little on the small side
  • 5

    Lucky Tiger Aftershave

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    If you haven't worked it out by now, the best products on the market are typically those that have a lot of history behind them. Lucky Tiger's distinctive outer packaging and bottle design will look great in any vintage-style bathroom - old school wins again.

    • Smells just divine
    • Good for instant soothing vibes
    • Established and trusted product
    • Surprisingly good at softening skin
    • Some reviews have reported allergic reactions
  • 6

    Stetson Original

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    Iconic design and product: you're going to pay a little more than usual, but my research suggests that about 70% of the year, this aftershave is on sale. You get a decent amount for the price, even if it is a little more than most of the others I've listed.

    • Great brand-name product
    • Available at a rock-bottom price
    • Good smell and bottle design
    • Will last you a long time
    • Bottle head is a little small
  • 7

    Proraso Aftershave Lotion

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    I go to an Italian barbershop for my cut every few months and this is what all of the guys who work there smell like. Proraso started out over 100 years ago and their no-nonsense aftershave gets the job done. The only choice if you're chasing some Italian tail.

    • Sold for dozens of years
    • Vegan friendly
    • Helps treat razor burn
    • Iconic Italian smell
    • Contains a decent level of denatured alcohol
  • 8

    Clubman Pinaud Aftershave Lotion

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    I honestly don't think there's much competition here for the top spot: Pinaud is a leading brand with a good history of providing quality post-shaving ointment. Cult-like status among those that use it on the regular and for good reason too.

    • Great value for money
    • Heavenly scent
    • Great for sensitive skin
    • Historic and trustworthy company
    • Chick magnet in a bottle
    • You'll be fighting them off on a daily basis

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