I'm looking for a good aftershave, that is good for healing the skin, moisturizes the skin, but is very lightly fragranced (if at all) and is reasonable priced.
What do you use?
Then I'd advise to buy one of the many unscented balsems instead of an aftershave which are mostly scented.
Nivea for example.
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- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Chanel: Egoiste
- MPG: Santal Noble
- Guerlain: Vetiver
- Annick Goutal: Ambre Fetiche
- Annick Goutal: Encens Flamboyant
- Vermeil for Men
- YSL: Kouros
- Loewe: Esencia
Alverde Aftershave Balm
Everyman Jack - unscented (thick and rich)
and +1 for Nivea - unscented (a little thinner and lighter)
Always use quality pre-shaving foams/gels as well - and, yes, rinse with a lot of fresh water.
I have a regimen, but you can keep it more simple...
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Most of the plant hydrosols like witch hazel or rose water make a fine and refreshing aftershave. One you may want to try is Speick aftershave, very light herbal scent that lasts only a few moments at most and will not conflict with your fragrance.
West coast shaving is a good place to see it. Good luck.
Rexona for Men Balm is my favourite, as it doesn't have a wet look like Nivea for Men has.
For better healing another alternative is straight witch hazel for healing (it leaves a slight coating) or witch hazel coupled with any moisturiser (applied after the witch hazel has dried on face).
This stuff is awesome...but I see that it's out of stock, which is news to me. It's different stuff, but it cools your face and feels sooo good after shaving. It's a steal at $8.75 for 12oz. It lasts forever...I guess I'm not helping much because it's not available.
Just discovered this stuff about 1 1/2 months ago. It's a stupid name, but it really is good stuff. It will last a long time. Not as cheap as the stuff above, it's actually a little pricey but I'm assuming my bottle will last at least 6 months at the rate I'm using it. The combo of this and the stuff above seriously save my sensitive face, and neither has very much of a smell at all.
I also agree that Every Man Jack is great, but I use the signature mint not the unscented. The mint is very light and subtle.
Depending on the shaving soap that I use I either go for:
- Roger & Gallet's L'Homme after shave balm which is very lightly scented and has a hint of menthol in it
- L'Oreal's Hydra-Sensitive after shave balm
Both work superbly and can be had at very reasonable prices.
L'Oreal Hydra Sensitive
Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief
ClarinsMen After Shave Soother
Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm
Clinique Post-shave healer
Any of them works well for me, and my skin is very sensitive
I found I was getting breakouts using unscented AS's with lots of moisturizers. My skin can get really angry depending on how careful I am with my DE, but this one has become my favorite!
+1 for Speick. Scented, but pleasant and light and will fade quickly. Lots of skin goodies in there as well.
If I Could Only Have a Dozen:
1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
2. Creed Silver Mountain Water
3. Guerlain Vetiver
4. Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa
5. Creed Bois Du Portugal
6. Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
7. Creed Tabarome Millesime
8. Guerlain Heritage
9. Penhaligon's Sartorial
10. Creed Royal Oud
11. Chanel Egoiste
12. Creed EROLFA
Nivea For Men unscented sensitive after shave balm.
You may want to consider Lucido by the Japanese company Mandom (!). It has a light menthol fragrance but is otherwise unscented. Its a splash with some glycerine for moisturizing. Apparently you can pick it up cheap at Japanese supermarkets in the US, though I got my bottle off Ebay.
Sans parfum, la peau est muette.
Thayer's witch hazel is my preferred unscented aftershave. It's very soothing.
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I like the L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Icy Effect Multi-repairing Gel Aftershave Balm with Nivea For Men Energy After Shave Splash.
Since I last replied to this post, I have a new favourite:
Weleda After Shave Balm. Works a treat with most of my shaving soaps and creams. Very light camomile and incense (?) scent which is normally gone by the time I apply fragrance. Totally recommend it.
I like the speick aftershave, and another one is the Thayer's medicated superhazel. It has more goodies and no lingering scent
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