If you have sensitive skin or you’re a person that has an allergic reaction to shaving soaps that have fragrances in them, there aren’t a lot of options on the market that will fit your needs. Everything is sandalwood, lavender that, wood & mahogany. You know, the manly scents that every old spice commercial tells you that you should enjoy. Who decided that in order to be manly you need to smell like a forest or leather-bound books?
Look no further! I’ve discovered 6 great unscented shaving soaps that will work for you.
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1. Van Der Hagen Unscented Shave Soap
Van Der Hagen is a staple brand in the men’s shaving community and their shaving soaps are absolutely incredible. The soap does a good job of lubricating my skin and the glycerin does a good job of keeping my face moist and helps soothe my skin. The pucks last FOREVER. If you want a face full of foam, this is not for you. This soap almost reminds me of the Neutrogena glycerine soap bars. There isn’t much to be said about a soap that’s simple and doesn’t break you out with the “smells of nature”.
Whatever the hell that means.
2. Moon Dance Unscented Shave Bar Soap
Moon Dance is a family-owned an operated brand in North Carolina that makes a lot of really cool soap products. This unscented version is hand-made and cured like old fashioned soap of premium ingredients. Bentonite clay, wheat germ, and essential oils give the shave soap a slippery and dense lather that allows the razor to glide across your skin.
It lathers as much as I care to make it, but it does require a touch of balancing to ensure it's not too wet to lather or too dry to allow the blade to glide. I find if I can get it just wet enough to stick to the sides of the mug perhaps an inch up the side, I get a good lather and shave. It smells amazing, lasts close to six months with daily use, and leaves skin feeling soft and supple.
3. TSE for Men Unscented Fragrance-Free
For an unscented soap, this bad boy generates a great lather. If you enjoy a good lather with your shave AND you need a fragrance free soap, then this just may be the ticket for you. The lather is incredible and the scent is not overpowering. Great close shave with razors and minimal to no irritation. If you're looking for a great soap for use with a brush look no further.
4. WSP Hypoallergenic Rustic Shaving Soap
Wet Shaving Products made this great vegan soap that doesn’t use any animal products. It’s hypoallergenic and doesn’t have any additional added scents. Using this with a quality brush provides a superior shave to anything else I have tried and I get zero irritation or reaction. It's not drying like many other soaps and leaves me feeling clean and refreshed. It's also a good value as it lasts a long time when used properly with a brush.
5. Unscented Shaving Cake shave soap by Kell's
This shaving soap has a slight transparency to it. Like most unscented glycerin based soaps, they don’t have any additives that give them color. It has a nice divot in the middle for easily lathering your brush. There is a very subtle smell that naturally comes from the herbs used by the maker but there are no extra fragrances added to the soap.
It takes a good balance to work up a rich lather with this soap, but even using it in a thin layer provides enough lubrication to safely glide a razor across your face.
6. Colonel Conk, Shave Soap Unscented
Colonel Conk is a well-respected brand in the shaving community and their shaving products are no different. This unscented shaving soap doesn’t provide a thick lather, like many on this list, but it’s made from 100% natural ingredients and provides a silky smooth surface for your razor to glide over.
Not only does it have basically 0 scents, when I use it on my head to shave, but I’ve also never cut myself with how smooth the razor glides. If you’re looking for a solid brand and a solid unscented shaving soap, then Colonel Conk is something you can’t go wrong with.
What Tools do I Need To Use Unscented Shaving Soaps?
I wrote a very good guide on the best shaving brushes that you’ll want to use to shave. These soaps are going to require a much softer brush in order to really get a good lather going on them. I’d recommend that a softer badger hairbrush or even a synthetic brush with soft bristles. But please check out my guide for more information
There is a very specific bowl in my mind that will fit most of these soaps, but here is a great guide if you’re looking for a specific recommendation. You definitely will need a shaving bowl large enough to fit most of the bigger soaps.
Can I microwave these soaps to make them fit my shaving bowl?
I get this question quite a bit from people that are used to microwaving their soaps to make them softer. While I wouldn’t outright recommend it, I do think that you could place most of these soaps in the microwave without any side effects. I think an easier solution would be to simply cut the bar of soap in half and stick it in the bottom of your shaving bowl. Over time the two pieces will blend together in a nice puck
Are these soaps hypoallergenic?
Most of the soaps on this list are indeed hypoallergenic and are rated as such. I would double-check the ingredient list to make sure that none of the natural ingredients (herbs, oils etc..) are anything that you’re allergic to before making a commitment to purchase.
I can’t personally recommend that any particular soap is better than the other, which is why I didn’t number them on this list. If you want my personal recommendation, I’d say start with the Van Der Hogen soaps. They tend to be the most user-friendly options in the market. If you have a lot of skin sensitive and typically break out from scented shaving soaps, then the WSP wet shaving soap is always a great option to try. Many people comment that the WSP soap completely prevented them from breaking out.
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