Best Aftershaves For Men: The 12 Best Products for Heal the Burn

When considering the best aftershaves, the first thing to keep in mind is that there are many reasons you might get razor burn after shaving. You’ve got to be meticulous with your shave regimen: warm water to open the pores, by a pre-shave oil or lotion to soften the hair and skin. Make sure you’re using a high-quality shaving cream to keep things friction-free. And most important of all, be sure to use a clean, sharp razor. Even the best aftershaves in the world won’t undo a sloppy shave.

But that last step, the aftershave, soothes the skin and makes you smell amazing for the rest of the day. It restores moisture, helps prevent ingrown hairs, and razor burn. It’s the finishing touch on a careful, irritation-free shave.

There’s a dizzying variety of shave products out there, so we tested them all. (Well, most of them.)

Best Aftershave Balm

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Claus Porto after shave balm

These Portuguese heavy hitters make some of the best products for every step of the shave. This post-shave balm combines shea butter and allantoin to soothe and nourish skin, along with essential oils to help fortify cells and neutralize bacteria. It carries the brand’s classic barbershop scent, too, which is a blend of vetiver, patchouli, tonka, and vanilla.

Best-Smelling Aftershave Balm

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Leave it to Le Labo to deliver a refreshing post shave, with notes of bergamot, lavender, violet, and tonka. More importantly, though, it utilizes extracts and oils of avocado, sunflower, and rosemary to deliver a fast, fortifying recovery to your skin.

Best Post Shave Lotion

Marlowe after shave lotion

Lotions are lighter than balms, though their defensiveness is no less effective. Marlowe’s post-shave lotion utilizes willow bark and algae extract to soothe irritation, plus passionflower and green tea extract to help repair skin and boost defense against toxins.

Best Aftershave for Sensitive Skin

Enriched with vitamins, allantoin, and aloe, Anthony’s post-shave cools, calms, and nourishes all skin types—but particularly has the more sensitive types in mind.

Best Aftershave for Ingrown Hairs

If you’re prone to ingrowns, then you need a post-shave product that keeps pores unclogged and encourages healthy recovery. Bevel’s post shave balm is packed with exfoliating alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (kind of like an exfoliating serum) to maintain harmony after each shave. It uses tea tree oil to neutralize bacteria (also a key cause of bumps) and has a nourishing shea butter base.

Best Aftershave Splash

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Thayers alcohol-free witch hazel and rose water splash

Witch hazel is what alcohol splashes wish they could be: It neutralizes bacteria without drying out the skin—so you don’t get the painful burn as it works, nor any redness after the fact. This product also works as a toner for oily or overstressed skin. Oh, and it includes rose water too, which helps cool and calm skin while tightening the pores after a shave.

Best Aftershave Cologne

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Sanborns water orange blossom cologne

You don’t need a fresh shave as an excuse to apply an aftershave cologne—that’s because you’re not applying it to your face at all. This cult-favorite splash (hailing from the Mexican department store Sanborns) is so overwhelmingly invigorating you’ll want to splash it on after every shower. Target your pulse points, as you would with a cologne. Like a typical barbershop cologne, it doesn’t wear long, but it’ll boost your spirits as you head out for work, or home from the gym.

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Harry’s after shave balm

If your skin’s prone to redness or irritation post-shave, a denser balm will help. This guy’s infused with aloe vera for cooling and hydration—a one-two combo that’s crucial to walking away from the bathroom sink with that telltale aaah feeling every time.

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Aesop Moroccan neroli post-shave lotion

Blessed with skin that never seems overly dry or oily? A lighter lotion will tone and soothe without clogging your pores. Aesop’s is packed with botanical oils that absorb fast, leaving the subtle smell of sandalwood in thier wake.

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Susanne Kaufmann after shave balm

For everyday shavers (there really should be a rewards program), making sure your skin stays in tip-top shape after each go is critical. Susanne Kaufmann’s balm incorporates marigold extract to stimulate cell regeneration—science!—and expedite the recovery process.

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Proraso after shave lotion

Proraso’s barbershop favorite is the type of after shave you’d remember seeing on your pops’ bathroom counter…if your pops was an Italian mafiaso in the ’50s. (Or liked to think of himself as one.) It’s alcohol-based formula is as classic as they come, and best suited to oilier skin types that can handle a little sting. If you dig the old-school vibe, there’s few better drugstore buys.

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Origins Mega-Mushroom relief & resilience soothing treatment lotion

Origins’ lotion uses a medley of ‘shrooms—including reishi, chaga, and coprinus—to reduce redness and ease lines, leaving your skin looking soft and ready for the rest of your post-shave regimen. It usually costs 35 bucks, but right now you score one in our latest Best Stuff Box—along with a whole host of spring-ready goodies—for a measly $50.

A man stars down at his cheek, which is neatly shaved, and razor burn free.
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