Women’s shaving cream usually contains a more attractive fragrance.
Women and men can be equal in many societies today. The question is, does gender equality apply to shaving cream? The answer is more or less yes, although the different types of shaving cream marketed for men, women, or both can have some subtle differences. Chief among them are packaging, price and fragrance.
To all the women who stole their father’s or continue to use their husband’s shaving cream: Relax! You haven’t been using the wrong shaving cream. The main ingredients that make up most creams, gels or foams for men and women are the same. Different types of shaving cream marketed for men’s sensitive skin generally contain more moisturizers and less fragrance, but most share a more “masculine” scent, similar to aftershave products.
The main ingredients of shaving creams for men and women are the same.
Shaving cream marketed to women may contain equal parts moisturizer and various chemicals, just like shaving creams for men. However, they can be more attractive in fragrances, containing scents with floral notes rather than aftershave scents. They’re also usually packaged in colorful containers that feature pastel shades, while men’s shaving creams tend to feature bold primary colors.
There is little difference between shaving creams marketed for women and those marketed for men.
Lastly, women’s shaving cream tends to be more expensive, ounce for ounce, than men’s. Check out the price difference between Barbasol® and Skintimate® for a comparison. Women pay more, in most cases, than men for “feminine” packaging and fragrances.
So why do men and women use different types of shaving cream? The fact is, not everyone does. Some couples share their shaving cream. Others prefer predominantly male or female fragrance and buy gender specific types. Men are less likely to tolerate the floral scents of women’s shaving cream and are less motivated to buy women’s shaving cream because of the extra cost. Women may be startled by the smell of aftershave lotion in some men’s shaving creams, or they may find the “female scents” offered by women’s brands, allied to feminine-appealing marketing and packaging, more attractive.
The bottom line, though, is that there are negligible differences between the different genres of shaving creams. Some smart companies have capitalized on the appeal to strict Mars or Venus types, and others now offer unisex shaving cream, with more neutral scents, or little or no perfume. Both genders can choose to use any gender shaving cream and for both genders, these sensitive skin products can be the best choices. Gels, for example, tend to contain less harsh chemicals (sometimes called beard softeners) than foams.