I rarely use after shaves and when I do I usually end up regretting it. After shaves, especially after shave balms, tend to make my skin break out and rarely aid in cooling down razor burn or irritation. Generally speaking I am fine with a simple cold water rinse or, if the irritation is particularly bad, a blue gel ice pack. On the few occasions when my skin is particularly irritated or feels rough I reach for the one after shave that actually seems to help me without causing severe skin break outs, The Art of Shaving’s Unscented After Shave Balm.
I first encountered The Art of Shaving’s products through free samples that were given to me by a helpful sales person who noticed my extreme irritation following my very first straight razor shave. I liked the unscented after shave samples so much that I eventually broke down and purchased a full bottle of the unscented A/S balm (although I used an online retailer and a coupon to buy it at about half price). The Art of Shaving Unscent A/S Balm comes in a 4oz. glass bottle with a nice pump dispenser. The label is simple, but elegant with the usual TAOS design that works well to draw the eye, but does not attempt to overshadow the quality of the actual product. The balm requires very little actual product to completely and evenly coat the entire face and does an excellent job of soothing irritation and moisturising the skin without creating a greasy mess. Even though the balm is labeled as unscented, it does have a faint almond odor to it, but it blends in well with any other scents that you may use following a shave. This A/S balm is not cheap, it costs more than most high end soaps and can be a little difficult to justify on a budget, but if you only use it sparingly and consider that it requires very little to get the job done, then it becomes a bit easier to stomach the high price tag.
Ratings (1-10, 1 being the absolute lowest and 10 being the absolute best):
Ease of Dispensing: 10
Moisturising Ability: 9
Irritation Reduction: 7
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Peg-4 Olivate, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Silica, Sodium Pca, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Cetyl Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Peg-4, Tetrasodium Edta, Tapioca Starch, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel