In this article we want to highlight what we believe are the 10 best shaving soaps of 2021 (and 2020).

How did we compile the ranking dedicated to the best shaving soap?

working uniquely, relying exclusively on the ingredients listed on the label trying not to be influenced by any external agent.

It is not always easy to understand the qualities of a shaving soap simply by reading the ingredients written on the back of the package, but it is also true that the writer of this article produces cosmetics and has a support team that deals with analysis and documentation and for this reason , we are able to define quite precisely what we will find inside the shaving soap even before opening the product.
Each evidence was later refuted by trying the shaving soap itself.
By its very nature, this article favors shaving soaps that make use of quality raw materials at the expense of shaving soaps that do not use them.

So let's find out which, in our opinion, is the best shaving soap of 2021!

IMPORTANT: The cosmetic products officially imported and sold in Europe, present the ingredients in order of quantity, from the largest to the smallest, this is necessary in order to identify how much raw material has been plausibly included in the formula.

The best 10 shaving soaps of 2020 and 2021

Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Shaving Soap

Shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: Unlike other Taylor of old bond street brand shaving soaps, this one has superior quality ingredients.
ingredients: Aqua (water) Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Myristic Acis, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Coconut Fatty Acid, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Allantoin, Parfum, triethanolamine Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide.

In this shaving soap we find water and stearic acid as the first ingredients (generally they are the base of the soap itself). Immediately after (therefore in the high ranking) We have Aloe Vera juice, an excellent soothing agent famous all over the world and used for thousands of years for its healing properties. But be careful, it can cause allergic reactions in predisposed subjects. In succession we then have Myristic Acid (an emulsifier) ​​and Potassium hydroxide (The main and most common reagent together with Sodium hydroxide).
Vegetable glycerin (moisturizing and film-forming vegetable substance for the skin that also has the function of preventing the product itself from drying out, but which should not be added to high quality soaps because it is naturally generated during the saponification process. Glycerin is a substance able to penetrate under the hydrolipidic mantle of the skin impoverishing it, and its constant use could create problems of skin dryness), coconut Fatty acids (an emulsifier that accelerates the creation of foam and improves its consistency) Cocoa seed butter (Another excellent product of vegetable origin which has the task of softening and protecting the skin during shaving), allantoin (a cicatrizant) and fragrance. The following ingredients are preservatives and an additional reagent used in extremely low quantities.

The high concentration of Aloe vera, cocoa bean butter and allantoin, together with non-invasive foaming accelerators, make this formula a high quality product that is easy to use by its user.

Price in line with the quality of the product.

16,99Add to Cart

Officina Artigiana shaving soap "wellness oils"

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: All Officina Artigiana shaving soaps have the same formulation. Only the fragrance changes.
ingredients: Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Castor Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool:

Here too we find water and stearic acid in the first 2 positions. To then be immediately kidnapped in the high ranking by:
Coconut oil, Castor oil, Sweet almond oil and Argan oil, interrupted by the Potassium hydroxyde reagent and fragrance.
The formula resumes in the second part of the ranking with Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed Oil. Then close with an additional reagent added in low quantity and an allergen (linalool) referring to the fragrance used.

The presence in the high ranking of a "worker" oil such as castor oil and one of the most precious oils in the world (Argan), assisted by the softening and emollient sweet almond oil, make this a high quality product.

There are no particular "boost" to support the foam during assembly but despite this it mounts well and quickly.

Highly recommended.

Officina Artigiana shaving soap 150ml. 5 Wellness oils.

19,95Add to Cart

Ariana & Evans SoCal Hipster shaving soap

Handmade shaving soap of animal origin.

MADE IN USA 🇺🇸

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: All Ariana & Evans brand shaving soaps have the same formulation (called Kaizen). Only the fragrance changes.
Let's see immediately the ingredients of this shaving soap (definitely outside the box):
Stearic Acid, Aqua, Shea Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Glycerin, Beef Tallow, Manteca, Castor Oil, Parfum, Avocado oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Coconut Oil, Cannabis sativa hemp seed oil, Apricot Kernal Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Goats Milk, Agave americana leaf extract, Xanthan Gum, Tussah Silk, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root Extract, Silk Amino acid.

As in the previous shaving soaps we find water and Stearic acid in the first positions, Shea butter and coconut butter (fractionated by the Potassium hydroxide reagent), Beef fat (This indicates that the soap is not exclusively of vegetable origin. per se, it does not have any kind of improving or soothing properties on the skin (rather the opposite) but makes the foam of the shaving soap generously greasy by sliding the blade on the face very well.
Next we find Cream Butter, Castor Oil, Fragrance (hence the perfume) Avocado Oil, Coconut Seed Butter, Lanolin, Coconut Oil, Cannabis Oil, Apricot Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Goat Milk , agave juice extract.
The ingredients that come after these, observing the formula, are in such quantity as not to affect the final result much.
In the main range of production we have Shea Butter, Coconut Butter, Beef Fat, Castor Oil and Cream Butter, supported by apricot seed oil, cannabis oil and goat milk.

An extremely rich formula that combines high quality vegetable butters, vegetable oils, animal fat and milk.
On the other hand, such a formulation may not be able to foam quickly (having no foam accelerator inside) and requires a lot of water during assembly.

Recommended for advanced users.

Ariana and Evans Socal Hipster Shaving Soap in 118ml Plastic Bowl

21,95Add to Cart

Extrò Cosmetics Hamamilla shaving soap

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
ingredients: Aqua (water) Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Chamomilla Recutitia Flower Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus seed oil, Theoborma Cacao Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, Calendula Officinalis, Parfum Officinalis.

Short but quality ingredients list where the perfume is left in the last position in favor of softening and soothing extracts for the skin.
We find Water and stearic acid in the first positions, immediately followed by Coconut oil, Potassium Hydroxide (the reagent), witch hazel extract, chamomile extract, fenugreek extract, sunflower seed extract, butter cocoa, shea butter and officinal calendula.

A soap decidedly designed to soothe the skin of the face during and after shaving thanks to the extract of Hamamelis, chamomile and (although to a lesser extent) officinal calendula, maintaining excellent levels of flow thanks to the important presence of coconut oil and of sunflower oil, supported by a part of vegetable fats: Shea butter and cocoa butter.

There are no particular "boost" to support the foam during assembly but despite this it mounts well and quickly.

Highly recommended.

extro cosmetics shaving soap in glass bowl 150ml Hamamilla

20,99Add to Cart

The Goodfellas' smile Chronos shaving soap

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: all shaving soaps with the wording on the label "AJ-1" have the same formula as this one.
Let's see immediately the ingredients of this shaving soap:
Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Prunus Amydgalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis, (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool.

The first 2 places are still the prerogative of Water and Stearic Acid, immediately loaded with coconut oil and sweet almond oil (natural elasticizer and softener for the skin), followed by a reagent (potassium hydroxide) and fragrance. Then we find the precious Argan oil and Jojoba oil.
Similar to Officina Artigiana in terms of the use of raw materials, we could define it as a Light version, in which quality oils dominate the formula but where you might feel the lack of a fatty and particularly dense oil such as castor oil in support.

This shaving soap mounts very quickly and produces excellent lather.

Highly recommended. Price below average.

Shaving soap Saponificio Varesino Cubebe

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Solid shaving soap
Side note: This shaving soap, like all the soaps produced by Saponificio Varesino, often have unique ingredients.
ingredients: Ingredients: Sodium Cocoate, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Rapeseedate, Sodium Sunflower Seedate, Aqua / Water / Eau, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fraxinus Ornus (Manna Ash) Sap Extract, Erythritol, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Ricinus Communis Oil, Galactoarabinan, Sucrose Cocoate, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Parfum / Fragrance, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Tocopherol, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copernica Cerifera Cera, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Butyros Parkii ) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool .

Unlike the previous shaving soaps we had the pleasure of reading above, Saponificio Varesino indicates in its list the already saponified ingredients. Being a "sum", the highest part of the ingredients list is compulsorily taken.
Sodium cocoate is the equivalent of coconut oil but saponified, (in solid type soaps this excellent base is almost always the saponification base chosen by the manufacturer), potassium stearate is the reagent that makes up the shaving soap, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is the foaming agent, and Sodium Rapeseedate increases the viscosity of the shaving soap. At this point we find the strengths of the product: Coconut oil, ash oil extract, erythriol (a kind of sugar), coco glucoside (natural surfactant that increases foaming) Glyceril Oleate the esterification of glycerin that in the right doses has an excellent emollient power, Castor oil, Larch extract (moisturizer for the skin) sucrose cocoate (an additional emollient for the skin), Shorea seed butter (endemic plant of Borneo) followed by the fragrance.
From here, the lower area of ​​the ingredients area begins, becoming less incisive in the formula but which added together can still make a difference.
Gardenia extract and frangipani extract (both flowers), carnaruba palm extract, macadamia seed oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, rice starch, xanthan gum (thickener), glycerin and closing grapeseed oil .

An important formula that makes extensive use of uncommon ingredients.
This formula calls for fast foaming and the amount of vegetable fats in the formula is very high. Some decidedly rare and sought-after ingredients (even if in limited presence) justify the above average price.

Highly recommended.

soap factory from Varese shaving soap

36,50Add to Cart

Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements shaving soap

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN USA 🇺🇸

Type: Shaving cream soap
Side note: all Phoenix shaving soaps with the wording on the label "CK-6" have the same formula as this one in question.
ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter Parfum, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Astrocaryum Murumimonate Butter, Platonia Insignium Avocene Seed Butter, Potassium Shea Butterate , Linalol, Benzyl Benzoate

As a soap factory in Varese, Phoenix also chooses to use a list of already saponified ingredients.

As the first ingredient we find potassium stearate (the base of the soap) followed by Glycerin (a vegetable moisturizing substance for the skin that also has the function of preventing the product itself from drying out, but which used in excessive quantities can paradoxically make the blade less smooth) , Coconut oil, Water, *** Potassium Kokumate *** (this ingredient does not exist and we do not know what it can refer to). Sodium lactate (An acidity regulator). Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Jasmine Seed Oil and then the fragrance. In the lower part of the ingredients we find jojoba seed oil, murumuru butter, platonia seed butter, avocado seed oil.

This soap is smooth, with a strong fragrance and not too complex foaming.

Recommended product for the excellent quality of the materials used, less recommended for the price not totally in line with the content.

Phoenix Artisan Atomic Age Bay Rum Shaving soap Ck-6 Formula 140gr

29,95Add to Cart

American Blend shaving soap by Fine accoutrements

Handmade shaving soap of animal origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: all Fine Accoutrements shaving soaps have the same formulation. Only the fragrance changes.
ingredients: Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Castor Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tallow Acid, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium carbonate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

As in most of the previous shaving soaps we find water and Stearic acid in the first positions, followed by coconut oil (which we have now discovered to be essential in the formulation of shaving soaps) Castor oil (another extremely important oil, which gives viscosity, smoothness but above all great protection), Potassium hydroxide (the reagent), Mango butter and Beef fat. This is the starting point for the “low” area of ​​the ingredients (therefore present in lower quantities) Argan oil and Jojoba oil, sodium hydroxide (reagent) and carbonate (pushes the foaming and relative assembly).

Another first-level formula that uses "worker" oils (coconut and castor) combined with a butter of excellent quality such as mango (emollient, anti-inflammatory, elasticizing, nourishing and strengthening), animal fat (which gives further smoothness and skin protection from the razor blade) to precious oils such as Argan and Jojoba oil.

The ease of use and relative foaming are guaranteed by the boost of the carbonate.

Also suitable for the less experienced user, it requires a good dose of water in small doses for an optimal result.

Price in line with the wording.

shaving soap american blend in 150ml plastic bowl

23,95Add to Cart

Shaving soap 75 ° by TFS - Witch Hazel & Oak

Handmade shaving soap of vegetable origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
ingredients: Aqua (Water) Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) leaf Extract , Sodium Hydroxide, Alpha-Hexylcinnamaldehyde. Linalool, Geraniol.

Formulation based exclusively on a single (coconut) oil to totally turn towards the exclusive use of vegetable butters.
As in Fine accoutrements, here too we find the particular Mango Butter and the even more particular and decidedly expensive Cupuacu Butter (originally from the Amazon forest, its name means fruit of the Gods and is universally recognized as a superfruit, superior to both cocoa and shea butter for its beneficial properties to the skin).
Finally we find the extract of Hamamelis Virginiana, an excellent healing soothing for the skin which in combination with mango butter should make the shave extremely protective.

Rather technical soap for advanced users.
Price below expectations.

Highly recommended

TFS 75th Anniversary Shaving Soap 150ml. Witch Hazel and Oak

15,95Add to Cart

DUKE shaving soap from Stirling Soap company

Handmade shaving soap of animal origin.

MADE IN USA 🇺🇸

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: Unless otherwise specified, most Stirling Soap company shaving soaps have the same formulation. Only the fragrance changes.
ingredients: Beef Tallow, Stearic Acid, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Fragrance Oil, Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Milk, Lanolin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate

Unlike usual, in this shaving soap we find beef fat as the first ingredient, followed by water and stearic acid. Continuing we find castor oil, Potassium hidroxyde (the reagent) Glycerin and fragrance, followed, in the second part of the formula (therefore present in lower quantities) by Almond oil, shea butter and coconut milk.

Stirling shaving soaps are characterized by their (decidedly strong) fragrance and the extreme use of beef fat supported by another vegetable superfat such as castor oil. This is a clear indicator that the formula plays its game on the smoothness of the blade on the face (probably the highest of the formulas present here) without paying too much attention to nourishment and skin regeneration.

This sum of elements make Stirling a decidedly technical shaving soap to whip (given the high presence of animal fat) and fun to use but of lower quality (in terms of formulation) than many of the soaps.

Recommended for advanced users.

Stirling Duke shaving soap 170ml

18,45Add to Cart

HONORABLE MENTION -> THE SHAVING SOAP NUMBER 11

Razorock Tuscan Oud shaving soap

Handmade shaving soap of animal origin.

MADE IN ITALY 🇮🇹

Type: Shaving cream
Side note: Unless otherwise specified, most Razorock shaving soaps have the same formulation. Only the fragrance changes.
ingredients: Stearic Acid, Aqua (water), cocos Nucifera Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Tallow Acid, Lanolin, butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Parfum, Argania Spinosa Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice, Citral, Coumarin, Benzyl salicylate, Citronellol, geraniol.

Another interesting quality soap, uses coconut oil as a worker oil, using Potassium Hydroxide as a reagent in combination with Sodium Hydroxide which, positioned so high, could however steal space for more substantial raw materials. We then find in quick succession Beef fat with lanolin and shea butter. Towards the end of the formula we have some precious argan oil and aloe vera juice.

This shaving soap mounts very quickly and produces excellent lather.

Recommended. Price below average.

Razorock Tuscan Oud shaving soap 150ml

11,95Add to Cart

All the shaving soaps classified on this page have great advantages and as normal, some defects.

Whatever your choice, whether it is based on the price, the quantity of raw materials contained or their type, by purchasing one of these products you will always fall on your feet.

Note: The ingredients are an important part but they are not everything. The quality of a soap often depends on the type of processing, the compounds, the times, the temperatures and the experience. But we will cover this topic in another article.