What’s the Best Aftershave for Electric Razors?

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What's the Best Aftershave for Electric Razors?

Applying a hydrating, soothing aftershave balm is likely the most beneficial thing you can do for your skin upon completing your shave.

And yes, this still applies in the case of electric razors (I wrote an extensive article detailing why following-up your shave is still necessary, even if you’re using an electric shaver).

But to put it briefly:

  • your skin is most vulnerable right after shaving;
  • razor burn, irritation, and micro cuts can still occur when using an electric razor. A quality aftershave will have a calming effect and will reduce the discomfort;
  • a light and spotty exfoliation still takes place as a very thin layer of skin cells is scraped off, particularly the tissue around the hair shaft;
  • keeping your skin hydrated and nourished, especially after shaving is highly recommended.

With that said, let’s see what are some of the best aftershaves out there if you’re using an electric razor.

What are the hallmarks of a good aftershave?

Here are the main things to look for in a quality aftershave balm:

  • Alcohol-free. You should avoid alcohol if possible as it just dries your skin and it stings.
  • No nasty chemicals and preservatives. I’m talking about things like parabens, phthalates, BHA and so on.
  • Lightly scented. A heavy fragrance can irritate sensitive skin and can be overpowering. You may opt for a fragrance-free aftershave as well.
  • Soothing ingredients: witch hazel, aloe vera, vitamin A, shea butter, coconut oil, etc.

What’s the best aftershave for electric razors?

I’ve noticed that somehow this idea of an aftershave specifically geared toward electric razors has sprouted. It’s safe to say that there isn’t such a thing.

In fact, any quality aftershave will do. If it’s good enough for traditional shaving, it’s definitely up to the task here as well. Let’s not forget that shaving with a razor blade is generally more taxing on the skin compared to using an electric razor.

While there are tons of excellent aftershaves out there, here are a few personal favorites of mine to get you started.

Proraso Sensitive Aftershave Balm

Proraso Sensitive aftershave balm

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This is an excellent inexpensive aftershave balm that I use quite often. It’s my go-to aftershave balm and a permanent stay in my shaving cabinet.

It is very lightly scented, has excellent moisturizing and calming properties and gets absorbed very fast into the skin, without leaving it greasy. Highly recommended.

Nivea Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm

Nivea Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm

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Another excellent product that offers great value for money comes from the German manufacturer Nivea. I find it similar to the Proraso balm in terms of calming and moisturizing properties, but its fragrance is a little more potent.

It has a very nice classic, masculine, barbershop scent that I quite enjoy. But if you have extremely sensitive skin I recommend choosing the Proraso aftershave as it’s very lightly scented.

Truefitt & Hill Authentic No 10 Post Shave Balm

Truefitt & Hill Authentic No 10 Post Shave Balm

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This was actually my first experience with Truefitt & Hill products and it lived up to my expectations. While it is pricey, it contains a host of wonderful ingredients that will make your skin feel amazing after using it. It’s also paraben free.

The fragrance is another highlight of this aftershave: a discreet, citrusy and masculine scent that’s not overpowering and won’t clash with your fragrance.

Blaviar Sigma After Shave Balm

Blaviar Sigma After Shave Balm

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Blaviar is a new player on the men cosmetics market that uses only quality, skin-friendly ingredients. Their aftershave balm comes in two variations, Omega and Sigma.

I have only used the Sigma variation and it has a wonderfully woody scent. It has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and leaves no oily residues on the skin. I also enjoy using it as a daily face moisturizer.

Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm

Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm

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This is a fantastic choice for men with dry and sensitive skin. It is one of the most hydrating and moisturizing balms I have ever used and it’s particularly well suited for dry skin.

It has a thick, creamy consistency, so a little goes a very long way. I enjoy using it in the winter as it’s very hydrating and keeps my face feeling great during cold, windy weather.

Among its ingredients you’ll find witch hazel and aloe vera, two components that I always like to see in a post-shave balm. The scent is fresh, clean and very pleasant.

Final word

Post shave treatment is one of the staples of men skin care. Considering that we don’t put a lot of effort into taking care of our mugs, I think this is a very important step that shouldn’t be skipped.

Even if you’re one of the lucky few that can get away without using an aftershave, it’s still a good idea to follow up your shave and apply some. Keeping your skin hydrated on a regular basis is highly recommended and the benefits will be obvious as time passes.

20 comments on “What’s the Best Aftershave for Electric Razors?

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  1. Thomas Nielsen

    Can you recommend a product without a scent?

    I prefer using Eau De Toilette’s and often not in contact with the shaved skin. Would be nice if the scent from the two products mixes.

    Thank you! 🙂
    Thomas

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Thomas,

      The only fragrance free aftershave I’ve used so far is Ultimate Comfort from Truefitt & Hill and that one is pretty good, but very pricey. As an alternative, the Proraso sensitive aftershave mentioned in this post has a very subtle fragrance and I don’t think it will clash with your cologne.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Scott Stambaugh

    So many shaving websites seem to focus on men that have either dry or sensitive skin. I have oily skin, it’s not sensitive and I cannot use aftershave balms or anything without alcohol. They make my skin feel warm and greasy, and they don’t refresh at all. I use Aqua Velva in the winter and Mennen’s Skin Bracer in the summer because it has a drier finish. To me, nothing feels better than a nice burning/cooling sensation. Just wanted to speak on behalf of the men who have different needs. I enjoy your site a lot and it’s very informative!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Scott,

      Thank you for your comment. You are right, I completely overlooked that scenario. I have both dry and sensitive skin and during hot summer days even I sometimes use an alcohol based splash. The one from Speick works great for me as it doesn’t seem to dry the skin and in my case that’s probably a good thing.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Tammy Smith

    I’m a woman who has facial hair, thanks to a metabolic disorder. I have sensitive skin, and am prone to ingrown hairs. I actually get thick, coarse, dark hairs, especially on my neck and jawline. Is there a very calming aftershave product that has a scent not too overpowering or masculine for a woman?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Tammy,

      From this list the Proraso Sensitive Aftershave Balm gets the closest to your requirements. However, the perception of scent is very personal and you may still find it a bit too masculine or potent. An alternative would be to go for a fragrance-free aftershave balm like the Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Kelechi

    Thank you for your useful Info. I have always used Nivea aftershave balm for my sensitive skin and it’s fantastic, can I use same for my head after shaving? If no, what would you recommend for my sensitive scalp. Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kelechi,

      You are very welcome. The Nivea aftershave should also work for the scalp. You can try the sensitive balm from Proraso, I find it even better than the one from Nivea — more soothing and has a very mild fragrance.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Jack

    I’ve just moved to using an electric shaver and dry shave before I shower. I usually then use a face wash/exfoliator in it. Using an aftershave balm beforehand therefore seems pointless, but would it still be beneficial to use one afterwards? Or would it better to just use a standard moisturiser after showering?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jack,

      That is a very good observation. I recommend applying any aftershave products after showering, in my opinion it would still be beneficial. Feel free to use whatever works best for you, be it an aftershave balm or a simple moisturiser. Also, I would try to avoid washing my face with hot water in the shower as it can cause some irritation.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Dan

    Any experience with Blaviar Epsylon? It claims to add some musk smell to the mix. Appears to be sold mostly on Amazon and not possible to try in stores…Any insight is appreciated.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dan,

      I haven’t tried that one, so I’m afraid I cannot answer your question.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  7. Nigel Harwood

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Great website; very informative.
    Can you recommend any organic, vegan after-shave balms, please?
    Thanks
    nk

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Nigel,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. Jack Black has a very good aftershave balm that corresponds to your requirements, it’s called Post Shave Cooling Gel. Haven’t personally tried this particular one, but I’ve only heard great things about it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. EDINSON RESTREPO ALIZANDRE

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I’ve been shaving with electric shaver for the last 30 years, I normally use dry shaving and I have had a lot of aftershaves to keep my skin calm, moisturized and hydrated after using my electric shaver; I have some good aftershave lotions like ARAMIS and QUORUM but for my surprise, I have found a very cheap and wonderful aftershave balm that for the price it works like the most expensive ones; FRESHWOOD from BOOTS, this balm is super good quality and for the price you won’t find better balm aftershave, it does the work and will keep your skin feeling fresh, hydrated and irritation-redness free; this is really an excellent aftershave with a no strong scent (the scent will disappear in less than 5 minutes) so it won’t clash with your cologne or Eau de toilette, I can recommend this aftershave balm to anyone as it’s so thick and well prepare you will need just a small amount to put on your face to see the results.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Edinson,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. It sounds like a great product. Unfortunately I live in Europe and I won’t be able to get it, but I’m sure this info can be very useful to users based in the USA. So thank you again for the detailed feedback.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Robert

    I just made the jump to electric and your site has proven invaluable! You’ve mentioned Freelette as a good pre-shave lotion. The product description (and comments on Amazon) say that it can act as both a pre-shave AND aftershave. Has that been your experience? If so, that would seem to be a great way to save some time/money (apply once before shaving and be done). Or do you still recommend a separate aftershave balm?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Robert. I’m glad you could find some useful bits of information on this website. I personally have only used Freelette as a pre-shave lotion, but it is indeed marketed as an aftershave balm as well. I prefer to have a standalone aftershave, but you could give it a try and see how it works as an aftershave. It would indeed be less of a hassle to have a 2 in 1 product.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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