Women’s Shaving Creams

Wednesday, 30 March 2005 | Tags:

A quick way to achieve silky smooth legs is with a razor and some shaving cream. But does foam, gel, or cream work better? We find out.

The Basics

  • If you have sensitive skin, avoid products with fragrance, which is the number one irritant in beauty and skin products.

  • Men’s shaving products are generally less expensive than women’s shaving products, even though they have many of the same ingredients. Men’s products can also be heavily perfumed.

  • The type of texture you choose can make a difference to the result:

    • Foams are the most common men’s product, and are often soap-based. They use aerosol cans to dispense the product.

    • Gels appear in liquid form at first but lather up quickly with some rubbing. They’re usually thicker and richer than foam and are meant to offer more protection from nicks and cuts with moisturizers and lubricants. They can come in aerosol cans or pump bottles.

    • Brushless creams are a cream that works into a lather with some rubbing, similar to the gels. They come in tube or jar form.

  • Fancy ingredients like aloe and soy may not provide as much moisturizing benefit as you think because they are in such low quantities and don’t spend enough time on the skin to make a difference.

  • Many people think the more a product lathers, the better it’s working, but the surfectants that create lather can often be very drying to the skin.

Other Considerations

  • Hair conditioner can work in a pinch.


We enlisted the help of a synchronized swimming team to test a variety of shaving creams for men and women. We tested:

  • Generic hair conditioner
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  • Barabsol Beard Buster foam for men
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  • Gillette foam
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  • Gillette Satin Care Gel 
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  • Nivea Gel for men
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  • Alba Mango Vanilla Cream for men and women.
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(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)


Leg-Shaving Test

  • The gels seemed less heavy and less likely to irritate.

  • The fragrance of the Alba Mango Vanilla cream was a winner for some, but it was harder to see where you’d already shaved.

  • The hair conditioner was quite slippery, but more effective than plain old soap and water.


Our top pick was the Satin Care gel, which seemed to have the most moisturizing effect.


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