The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all shaved their body hair, but nowadays manscaping calls for more than a quick scrape over with a razor. Shaving dehydrates the skin, but thankfully there are plenty of aftershave products on offer to nourish and calm, such as aftershave balm.
Aftershave balms, creams, and gels are designed to hydrate, cool, and soothe. There’s a wide range of products available but the best of the bunch are chemical-free and contain no toxins, so they won’t irritate or sting sensitive post-shave skin. We’ve picked a few of the best aftershave balms available in the UK to see how they compare, let’s take a look.
Our Top 7 Aftershave Balms
With so many to choose from it can be a daunting task to find the best balm for your face. Hopefully there should be something for everybody below – all have been tested by members of the Bald Beards team and all offer a high level of hydration and comfort.
Bee Bald Balm
The company name, Bee Bald, is certainly unique, but what does it mean? As you might have guessed, “Bee” relates to the honey and pollen you’ll find inside Bee Bald HEAL Post-Shave Healing Balm. The “Bald” part came about due to the fact the company owner, Dennis Fisher, has no hair (reminds us a little bit of Bald Beards)!
Tired of trying to find good quality creams etc. Fisher created a range of products suitable for both his face and head. The Bee Bald HEAL Post-Shave Balm became a hit and is heralded for its ability to cool post-shave skin. Regular shaving can cause angry breakouts of red lumps and bumps, unsightly rashes, and razor burn. The Bee Bald Balm helps by accelerating the healing process and, used correctly, it can restore your skin to its former glory.
Packaged in a yellow tube (57g) with black lettering (to resemble a bee) the balm bears the slogan “head and face.” Check out the ingredients and you’ll find a list of premium quality, natural ingredients. We’ve already mentioned that the balm contains honey and bee pollen extract, but what else is it made from? Well, there’s arnica (known for its healing qualities), goji berries, vitamin E, licorice root, and oats. A real who’s who of soothing ingredients.
The Bee Balm is suitable for all – men, women, hairy people, and those who are bald and proud. It’s easy to use too, just apply a small amount to the skin and smooth over as desired. You won’t need too much of this; the balm goes a long way and it’s one of our favourites.back to menu ↑
Australian Bodycare Intim Balm
Australian Bodycare has been producing quality skin-care goods for over three decades, which indicates that they know their stuff. The company is quick to point out that they never compromise on quality and are committed to developing problem-solving products, such as their Australian Bodycare Intim Balm.
The balm is pH balanced and has been dermatologically tested. The product is 100% vegan and only contains premium natural active ingredients including Lanceolata Fruit Extract (known to calm inflamed skin), Glycine Soja (provides plenty of moisture), and Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree Leaf Oil (great for treating skincare ailments).
This product comes in a 100ml tube and can be used on the face as well as more intimate areas of the body. If you are a fan of getting your downstairs area waxed, this balm could be just the thing to treat sensitivity and soreness. Bodycare Intim can also be used to treat ingrown hair, razor lumps and bumps, and razor burn.
For best results, the balm should be used after every shave or wax. Simply apply the balm to the area concerned and leave it on (there’s no need to wash or rinse). This saves you time, and we could all do with a bit more of that.
Australian Bodycare has every confidence in its aftershave balm. The company claims the product will improve the condition of your skin, and they provide a 100% money-back guarantee to back this up. If you don’t see a positive change after one week you can send an email and you’ll get a refund.back to menu ↑
KORRES Ginseng and Marigold After Shave Balm
If you like the idea of a clean balm, that’s been formulated to be kind to your skin and the planet (and is jam-packed with natural ingredients) KORRES fits the bill. 91% of the ingredients are completely natural or certified to be organic. The product doesn’t contain any nasty toxins such as parabens, mineral oil, silicone, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, petrolatum etc.
We like the that this one is environmentally friendly too. KORRES products are produced at a certified NO waste plant facility that uses renewable energy.
In keeping with the natural theme, KORRES balm is suitable for vegetarians and is 100% vegan – there’s no animal testing involved and no animal by-products are used.
Going back to the ingredients, as the name suggests, the product contains Ginseng extract, which titivates and firms the skin, and also contains Marigold – celebrated for its healing properties. There’s also Provitamin B5 and Aloe, which eases redness and adds moisture to the skin. KORRES aftershave balm is easy to apply too, simply use it two or three times a day, smoothing over irritated areas of skin.back to menu ↑
Weleda Men’s After Shave Balm
Produced by the well-known brand Weleda and offered in a 100ml bottle, Weleda Men’s After Shave Balm boasts a warm and welcoming oriental scent. The balm soothes post-shave (be it a wet or dry one). When you’re through shaving, pour a small amount of balm into your hand and smooth it over your chin, cheeks, and neck.
Weleda balm is certified as containing naturally sourced ingredients such as Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), which is known to provide calm and to moisturise the skin.
The product also contains other ingredients such as Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (which works well as an anti-inflammatory), along with Limonene and Geraniol (which come from essential oils). There are extracts of organic chamomile and myrrh too, to help care for sensitive skin.
The balm not only looks after your skin, but it also looks after the planet. Weleda promotes a climate-friendly pledge and the company boasts sustainability certifications due to its continued efforts to protect the natural world.back to menu ↑
Taylor of Old Bond Street Aftershave Cream
If you like the idea of a little bit of luxury, this next product could be for you. Presented in a stylish black 75ml tube, Taylor of Old Bond Street Aftershave Cream has a stylish look to it, and would be a chic addition to your bathroom shelf.
However, looks aren’t everything. The tube might look good but how does the aftershave cream perform? Well for a start, the product is allergen-free and contains a range of natural ingredients. Take a look and you’ll find soothing Nthemis Nobilis (Chamomile extract) and Hamemelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) listed, along with other premium ingredients.
The product is described as modern and fresh, and the Jermyn Street Collection cream has been specially blended for sensitive skin. The cream is rich and provides a velvety lather to guard against sharp razor blades.back to menu ↑
Ben Macdui Bart’s Balm Handmade Argan Oil Aftershave Balm
For the next one, we need to travel to bonny Scotland, where Bart’s Handmade Aftershave Balm is manufactured (in small batches to ensure its quality). The bottle itself is on the petite side (50 ml) but it looks the part with its modish label.
The brand has been inspired by the founder’s Scottish heritage and each product is named after a mountain. This balm has been named after Ben Macdui – the second-highest mountain in Scotland.
The ingredients are natural and include Vitamin E (Tocopheryl acetate), Frankincense oil (Boswellia carterii), Grapeseed Oil, Limonene, Linaloo, and of course, Argan Oil. Argan boasts anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and will do your skin the world of good.
The concept is simple, the product has been created to nourish and smooth, easing irritation and sensitivity. The post-shave balm is also great for hair repair, to help calm the skin and combat ingrowing hairs, redness, and razor rash/burn. The balm hydrates too, moisturising the skin following every shave.
Unlike some of the brands available, Bart’s Balm is light and doesn’t feel greasy to the touch. The skin absorbs the balm well, so you won’t end up with clogged pores and a noticeably shiny face! Let’s face it, that’s not a good look!back to menu ↑
Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel
The soothing gel is gentle and contains no toxins, it’s alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and contains no colourants or parabens.
Instead, the cooling gel contains natural ingredients such as aloe (known to soothe, calm and cool), sage, and lavender (both are loaded with antioxidants). Smooth Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel over your skin to alleviate razor burn and irritation. The formula is easy to apply and refreshing, it’s also lightweight and doesn’t feel overly greasy or oily.
Our Verdict On The Best Aftershave Balm In The UK?
Regular shaving will leave you bristle-free, but it can also leave your skin feeling irritated and lead to problems such as unpleasant red rashes and razor burns. That’s where aftershave balm, gel, and cream come in. The products we’ve looked at today are all designed to soothe, calm and cool. We don’t have a favourite – we think the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks would have liked them all!