Men’s Shave Gel
7 fl. oz. for $3.99
Last Updated:10.06.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Aveeno Men's Shave Gel is a standard shave gel that contains a teeny-tiny amount of the fragrance ingredient benzaldehyde (so technically it's not fragrance-free). Still, this is significantly less irritating than many other shave gels and it contains some notable soothing and protective ingredients.

Like most shave gels, this rinses well from the razor blade and from the skin, although it's soap-like ingredients shouldn't be left on the skin for any longer than it takes to shave because they do pose a risk of dryness and irritation.

  • Contains beneficial emollients and anti-irritants.
  • Protects and soothes while you shave.
  • Rinses well from the razor blade and the skin.
  • Almost fragrance-free.
  • None when used as directed.
AVEENO® Men’s Shave Gel gives you a close, smooth shave that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and nourished. Our exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Colloidal Oatmeal formula is fragrance free and helps moisturize skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth, protecting you from irritation and damage. The result is a smooth, even shave and skin that looks and feels better day after day.
Water, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isopentane, Sorbitol Stearic Acid, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil (Oat), Sunflower Seed Oil Glyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Allantoin, Glycerin, Dimethicone PEG-8 Benzoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isobutane, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Tocopherol Acetate, Benzaldehyde, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben.
Brand Overview

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar won’t remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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Excellent shave gel! Products a great lather that prevents razor burn and soothes the face. Does not contain any nasty fragrance or essential oils. I highly recommend this for those who are acne prone as well, as this has not contributed to any breakouts or razor bumps in the 6 weeks I've been using it. Something about creams just does not work for me (maybe the pH?). This shave gel, and the Every Man Jack Fragrace Free shave gel are the 2 I will always use, though I think this one is better.

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