You’ll Want To Ditch Shaving Cream For These Amazing Alternatives

Keep your options open and try these shaving cream alternatives for a smoother shave. Who knows — they may end up making you ditch your shaving cream for good.

Have you ever tried shaving with anything other than shaving cream? — Probably not.

Shaving cream has been a staple in our shaving routines for decades. You know it’s important when an entire isle is dedicated to it at Target. The Barbasol can with the red and white stripes is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you they think of men shaving, right? Ladies, you’re probably picturing those pastel-colored Skintimate or Venus bottles (Did the “I’m your Venus, I’m Your Fire, Your Desire” commercial song pop into your head like it just did mine?). Although we are forever grateful to the inventors of shaving cream, it’s time to try something a little more alternative. Who knows —you might be surprised by how well these new options work out.

Aloe Vera Gel: You probably only associate aloe vera gel with sunburns — unless you have a grandma like mine that believes it can heal any skin issue. The truth is aloe vera can be used in place of a number of skin care products, including your shaving cream. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, not to mention Vitamin C and E which makes it easier to avoid razor burn. When you shave with aloe vera gel it also doubles as a natural moisturizer — one that doesn’t leave your skin oily. This incredible plant has a number of qualities that can benefit your skin, so try using it instead of your regular old shaving cream. I’d suggest even buying your own aloe vera plant. That way you save cash and make it easy to get a hold of.

 Try: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, $6.51 on Amazon

Body Lotion/Shea Butter: The next time you shave think about using body lotion / shea butter instead of your shaving cream. These products can create a nice protective barrier between your skin and razor. Just remember not to rub the lotion in way too much or else your skin won’t have anything to protect it from your razor. Sensitive skinned people be warned— don’t use lotions with fragrances in them. It will end up irritating your skin which is what we’re trying to avoid. Since body lotion can be a little thicker than shaving cream, make sure to rinse your razor between strokes. Use something like the 3-in-1 Razor Unclogger to ensure that your razor is clean and sharpened for your next shave.

Try: Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter, $11.82 on Amazon

Hair Conditioner: I’m sure many of us have reached for it in the shower when we ran out of our normal shaving cream and were surprised by how well it worked. Like body lotion, hair conditioner can give you a great consistency to shave with. It might feel a little more like slime than shaving cream, but give it a try. It still creates a nice barrier between your skin and razor while also leaving your skin moisturized after the shave.

Try: Whatever conditioner is in your shower right now.

Honey: I know—you’re probably rolling your eyes. Naturally, you’re thinking this is a recipe for disaster and you might be kind of right. Shaving with honey can be messy, but this natural alternative has been known to have amazing results for your skin. If it can do great things as a face wash, why not give it a try as a shaving cream?

Peanut Butter: Okay, if you want to get really alternative then go to the kitchen and pull out a jar of creamy peanut butter. Many say that peanut butter gives an extremely smooth shave, but of course there’s a catch — it’s messy. If peanut butter is your “shaving cream” of choice make sure to prepare your bathroom for it. It may take a little longer to shave because of the thickness of peanut butter, but you’ll have smooth skin in no time. Rinse out your razor more often to avoid it getting clogged, so like we mentioned, you might want to get something like the Tap -- a 3-in-1 Shaving Razor Unclogger, Sharpener, & Holder -- to avoid a dull razor. This probably goes without saying, but if you have a peanut allergy please steer clear of this option.