I don’t shave every day, but I do enjoy the ritual. For the blade, I’ve been happily using a safety razor for several years. As for the cream, I’ve tried just about everything under the sun over the decades, from Kiehl’s to Barbasol.
My current lather is the original shave cream from Cremo. It’s incredibly slick and concentrated, enabling me to get a smooth shave with just a small dab of the product. Among the other nice things about Cremo are that it’s made in the U.S.A. and it’s very inexpensive. A single 6 oz tube (which should last about 90 days) is $8 directly from the Cremo website or $11 for a 2-pack on Amazon.
Beyond the original shave cream, which has a very light citrus scent, the brand has expanded with more flavors, like sandalwood, sage & citrus, bourbon, silver water & birch and their special “reserve” blend, which has a mix of bourbon, vetiver and oak scents for $9.
When my current supply runs out, I think I might swap to Cremo’s lathering shave cream, which is formulated to be used with a brush. As I said, I don’t shave every day. But when I do, I really get into it. I haven’t done a brush lather in years, and I think I’m in the mood.
Anyway… If you’re in the market for a really good affordable shave cream (and better than Kiehl’s, in my humble opinion), check out Cremo. I’m very happy with it.