10 Best Smelling Aftershave Balms and Lotions for Men

Updated: July 18, 2020
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An aftershave balm is an essential grooming item for every man. Nowadays, there are also women’s aftershave balms or products available in the market (this is not my today’s topic). Their products often contain fragrance. But, men avoid scent in their skincare items. Here I will introduce you some good quality smelling aftershave balms for men. The smell is not overpowering, just masculine, stays no longer, and does not interfere with your cologne.

Why you should use an aftershave balm or lotion

The skin of the face is very subtle. It may be dry, oily, or sensitive depending on everyone’s skin types. You may have also acne-prone skin. And shaving adds some extra problems to the skin that needs extra care to tackle.

Razor burns, bumps, redness, swelling, irritation, and dryness are common to face and neck after shaving beards. After that, you need such a product that can soothe, hydrate, and disinfect your skin. An aftershave balm or lotion can do those things away smoothly and give you clean, moisturized, and healthy skin.

Even some aftershave balms are rich in anti-aging ingredients like green tea extract to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sagginess, dark spots, tan, and acne scars on the face.

How to choose a good quality aftershave balm?

When you buy any smelling product, avoid artificial or synthetic fragrance as it may cause irritation. Naturally scented aftershave balms are always safe to all skin types from normal to dry to oily and sensitive skin. The aroma should be light clean but crispy.

Some common male smelling herbal notes are essential oils, lavender, sandalwood, sage, mint, bergamot, anise, rosemary, geranium, tonka bean, clary sage, and cedarwood.

When you buy any aftershave product, it should have no alcohol, dye, mineral oil, sulfate, SLS, silicone, paraben, cruelty (need more animals for a better world), and other harsh ingredients because the skin becomes more arrogant after shaving that needs to be cool down quickly.

Some gentle, hydrating, and soothing ingredients in men grooming are mint, aloe vera, green tea, birch sap, baoba oil, shea butter, bisabolol, oats, vitamin B5, menthol, camelina, and chamomile. Keep reading on – hope, this list will help you to find out your favorite aftershave.

The best smelling aftershave balm moisturizer to calm and hydrate the post-shave skin

  • Our Choice: Dove Men+Care Post Shave Balm Hydrating+
  • Budget Pick: Cremo Cooling Formula Post Shave Balm
  • Luxurious: Calvin Klein OBSESSION for Men After Shave Balm
  • Value Pack: Duke Cannon Ice Cold After-Shave Balm for Men
  • Best Hydrating: The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm for Men
  • Best Natural: Viking Revolution Sandalwood After-Shave Balm
  • Best for Dryness: L’Occitane Moisturizing After-Shave Balm for Men
  • Best Gentle: Proraso After Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin
  • Best Scented: Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave Balm
  • Best for Oils: Bulldog Mens Original Aftershave Balm

1. Duke Cannon Ice Cold After-Shave Balm for MenDuke Cannon Ice Cold After-Shave Balm for Men

Item Weight: 6 oz
Price: $20.00 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.7/5 (*at the time of updating)

It will help reduce bumps, razor burns, and redness. No sulfate, alcohol, cruelty, and paraben. This aftershave is suitable for all men with any skin types. The fragrance of sandalwood and bergamot keeps you scented all day long. Duke Cannon Ice Cold After-Shave Balm contains superior soothing ingredients – shea butter, aloe vera, allantoin, and baoba oil that lessen irritation and moisturize the skin. Tamanu oil, tea tree, and menthol cools down the skin and minimize pores, acne, and scars.

2. The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm for MenThe Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm for Men

Item Weight: 3.3 FL. OZ.
Price: $32.00 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.7/5 (*at the time of updating)

It is a light clean smelling aftershave moisturizer for anti-aging, alleviated, and hydrated skin. After shaving, use it to refresh your skin. It replenishes dry skin, minimizes razor burns, bumps, and irritation. The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm is combined with a unique blend of essential oils, botanical ingredients, and sandalwood that work nicely for all skin and beard types. Its premium sandalwood brings you back to the past days of natural fragranced shaving.

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3. Viking Revolution Sandalwood After-Shave BalmViking Revolution Sandalwood After-Shave Balm

Item Weight: 2 oz
Price: $9.88 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.4/5 (*at the time of updating)

It is a premium quality luxurious aftershave lotion for men to moisturize and soothe both face and head after shaving. It gives you a silky smooth finish with sandalwood scent and diminishes razor burns, ingrown hairs, and bumps. Viking Revolution Sandalwood After-Shave Balm is rich in some natural ingredients to make the skin smoother and younger without chapping out. It eliminates sensitive skin, even ideal for all skin types.

4. L’Occitane Moisturizing After-Shave Balm for MenL'Occitane Moisturizing After-Shave Balm for Men

Item Weight: 2.5 Fl Oz
Price: $34.00 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.6/5 (*at the time of updating)

This aftershave balm contains the woody L’OCCITAN perfume (not too strong but ok) that won’t interfere with your cologne. It is made with birch sap extract, soothing bisabolol, vegetable glycerin, and shea butter that leave the skin comfortable and soft. L’Occitane Moisturizing After-Shave Balm eliminates tightness and soothes irritation. Its lightweight content melts into the skin quickly with no oily feeling. A bottle goes a long way though it is expensive.

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5. Proraso After Shave Balm for Sensitive SkinProraso After Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin

Item Weight: 3.4 Fl Oz
Price: $16.00 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.6/5 (*at the time of updating)

Barbar’s NO-1 choice since 1948. It contains 95% natural ingredients. No animal testing, paraben, artificial colors, SLS, mineral oils, and silicones. This aromatic aftershave balm is formulated with oats and green tea to give the skin a calming effect. Proraso After Shave Balm contains the qualities of an aftershave cream, moisturizer or lotion that release your skin immediately. One of my friends use it for her V-area and she said it has no problems on her skin.

6. Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave BalmDavidoff Cool Water Aftershave Balm

Item Weight: 3.4 FL OZ
Price: $17.03 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.6/5 (*at the time of updating)

It is blended with an uplifting classic male scent, the original ocean fragrance that lasts longer hours silently but won’t stimulate others. Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave Balm abates razor burns alongside nourishing the skin. The signature marine notes of Cool Water keep your face re-energized and invigorated. It calms, soothes, and moisturizes your skin immediately after shaving. Burst into with peppermint, lavender, oakmoss, geranium, sandalwood, and amber.

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7. Dove Men+Care Post Shave Balm Hydrating+Dove Men+Care Post Shave Balm Hydrating+

Item Weight: 3.4 oz
Price: $12.48, 2packs (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.7/5 (*at the time of updating)

It is dermatologist-tested and alcohol-free to be gentle for all skin types. It is rich in vitamin B5 and other premium grade ingredients that reduce irritation and discomfort. This non-sticky lightweight aftershave lotion absorbs quickly and makes your skin hydrated and soothed. Dove Men+Care Post Shave Balm Hydrating+ eliminates razor burns, bumps, minor cuts, redness, and ingrown hairs. It even can be used after using an electric shaver.

8. Cremo Cooling Formula Post Shave BalmCremo Cooling Formula Post Shave Balm

Item Weight: 4 Fluid Ounces
Price: $7.99 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.5/5 (*at the time of updating)

It contains a refreshing mint that protects and soothes the skin from razor burn, dryness, and irritation. Cremo Cooling Formula Post Shave Balm added more cooling and moisturizing natural ingredients like tea tree oil and menthol to keep the skin refreshed, healthy and clean. A fresh light clean pleasant fragrance lasts a couple of hours. It is also great for pimples and ingrown hairs. My younger brother applies it after using his electric shaver.

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9. Bulldog Mens Original Aftershave BalmBulldog Mens Original Aftershave Balm

Item Weight: 3.3 fl. oz.
Price: $7.99 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.4/5 (*at the time of updating)

This grooming product for men’s beard care is made with natural ingredients like green tea, camelina, and aloe vera. Free from cruelties, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colors. Bulldog Mens Original Aftershave Balm is suitable for daily use for all skin types from normal to oily. It moisturizes and soothes the skin. It is non-greasy, absorbs fast and non-drying feeling. Its smell is cool but not overpowering. You can also use it after shaving your head.

10. Calvin Klein OBSESSION for Men After Shave BalmCalvin Klein OBSESSION for Men After Shave Balm

Item Weight: 5 Fl Oz
Price: $50.00 (*at the time of updating)
Rating: 4.6/5 (*at the time of updating)

This spicy oriented formula is formulated with compelling and provocative rare woods and botanicals. Calvin Klein OBSESSION After Shave Balm soothes and moisturizes the face very carefully. An unforgettable lightly smell invigorates your masculinity. You must love the scent yourself. Apply this non-alcoholic Obsession sparingly and get perfectly soothed skin. Suitable for mature, teens, and adults. Also, it works as an aftershave anti-aging moisturizer.

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How to use an aftershave balm?

After shaving, rinse off your face with cold water and pat the skin dry. It will minimize pores. Then apply a small amount of balm to the face and neck. Give more attention to the irritated areas. Massage gently in the circular motions to facilitate absorption smoothly.

Note: Before applying on the face, you must take a patch test on any areas of your body. A single product does not work for everyone. And if you have any serious skin issues, you should see a dermatologist or doctor.

Aftershave balm vs lotion

The balm is alcohol-free and creamier or oilier than any other aftershaves. If you have dry or sensitive prone skin or you face razor burn, bumps, or redness more then aftershave balm will be better for you.

And aftershave lotion is also known as a splash. It is alcohol-based and stings the skin slightly. It is splashable on the face after shaving or you can gently massage it. My younger brother uses aftershave lotion and he feels more comfortable with it. I like his scented face after using it.

Bringing It All Together

What aftershave you will use, depends on your skin types and conditions. Both soothe and cool the skin from razor irritation but the balm is more effective for dry skin or if you want more hydrated skin after shaving. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, then look for lightweight or oil-free, or non-clogging balm or moisturizer. And scent in aftershave balm should be always lightly that will not trigger your surroundings.

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