Best Mens Aftershaves in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 25, 2019
Men's aftershaves are effective at calming just-shaven skin to prevent redness and skin infections. The best men's aftershaves will also make you smell as good as you have ever smelt. You can even occasionally use them as perfume. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
Type
Scents
Volume
 
PROS

You'll have no issues calming just-shaven skin with this lotion. The refreshing and, at the same time, toning formula works wonders pacifying razor burns and softening the targeted skin areas, all whilst infusing the skin with the Kouros' masculine and triumphant aromas. 

CONS

The dispenser is too frugal. 

OUR VERDICT

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros After Shave Lotion is up there with the best men's aftershaves. The scent is marvellous and the elegant box makes the product an excellent gift.

detailed parameters
Type

Lotion

Scents

Coriander, bergamot, clary sage

Volume

100 ml

PROS

The overall fragrance notes are aromatic and oriental. These notes spread elegance and luxury but without making the presence too noticeable. Ginger top notes add warmth to the scent. Leather chords, on the other hand, make the scent masculine and intimate. 

CONS

The base notes are barely noticeable. 

OUR VERDICT

Hugo Boss The Scent Aftershave for Men mixes traditional and modern approaches, making the scent homely and inviting but confident and seductive at the same time.

detailed parameters
Type

Lotion

Scents

Fragrance notes: aromatic, oriental

Top notes: ginger

Heart notes: Maninka fruit

Base notes: leather chords

Volume

100 ml

PROS

Peppermint's intense freshness, spicy coriander's strength, and lavender's essence make the fragrance unique. The oakmoss, geranium, and sandalwood heart notes will ground the scent to make the fragrance feel more earthy yet inviting. 

CONS

The bottle has this screw top that can be hard to open with wet hands. 

OUR VERDICT

Cool Water embraces the ocean's power, the power of that cool summer breeze that very few can resist. The scent is fresh and sharp but also simple and very masculine all at once.

detailed parameters
Type

Lotion

Scents

Top notes: peppermint and lavender

Heart notes: oakmoss, geranium, and sandalwood

Base notes: amber and musk

Volume

125 ml

PROS

The sleek, simple, and elegant fragrance with strong woody middle tones will instantly make you an object of desire. The formula's grapefruit and temple orange notes round the fragrance off to make the aroma unique enough to add character and elevate the wearer's presence. 

CONS

The heart note is only noticeable when it is cold outside. 

OUR VERDICT

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion effortlessly and effectively combines refined sensuality and assertive virility, creating these seductive notes that are invigorated in a toning aftershave.

detailed parameters
Type

Lotion

Scents

Top notes: grapefruit, temple orange

Heart notes: mint

Base notes: leather and wood hints

Volume

100 ml

PROS

The scent will last much longer and will be more intense compared to standard lotions. The fragrance begins with this sophisticated bergamot burst, leading lavender that spills into the product's woody, transparent, and sensual fragrance. 

CONS

There's this very noticeable ethanol smell to the lotion at first. 

OUR VERDICT

We would recommend the Carolina Herrera 212 Aftershave to people whose skin is not that sensitive. Provided you don't usually experience noticeable redness issues after shaving, this is the product for you.

detailed parameters
Type

Eau de toilette

Scents

Top notes: bergamot, lavender, green citrus leaves, freshly cut grass and spices

Heart notes: ginger, green pepper, gardenia petals

Base notes: sandalwood, incense, transparent musk

Volume

100 ml

YSL Kouros

Masculine and Triumphant

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros After Shave Lotion is not necessarily cheap but the product more than warrants the somewhat elevated price tag. You'll have no issues calming just-shaven skin with this lotion.

The refreshing and, at the same time, toning formula works wonders pacifying razor burns and softening the targeted skin areas, all whilst infusing the skin with the Kouros' masculine and triumphant aromas.

These aromas open with coriander, bergamot, and clary sage top notes. After that, the solution blends patchouli, jasmine, cinnamon, the heart of carnation, orris root, vetiver, and geranium. To prevent these aromas from overpowering the top notes, the lotion rounds them off with leather, honey, amber, civet, musk, Tonka bean, oakmoss, and vanilla.

All these notes create the most balanced fragrance that will follow you throughout the day.

Apart from that, we really like the minimalistic and even somewhat stern bottle. The only issue we have with the bottle is that the dispenser shoots really small bursts, so you'll have to press the cap quite some times before you'll have enough lotion.

To sum up, Yves Saint Laurent Kouros After Shave Lotion is up there with the best and most popular men's aftershaves. The scent is marvellous and the elegant box makes the product an excellent gift.

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Boss The Scent

Modern Fragrance

Hugo Boss toiletries have always had that distinct smell that is masculine but, at the same time, not subtle enough to not make the fragrance overbearing. That said, we can extend pretty much the same sentiment towards the Hugo Boss The Scent Aftershave for Men product.

First and foremost, we're dealing with a modern fragrance here, fragrance that's full of warmth and intimacy. Some would even go as far as to describe the scent as irresistible and seductive.

The overall fragrance notes are aromatic and oriental. These notes spread elegance and luxury but, again, without making the presence too noticeable.

Breaking the fragrance down, the scent starts with very distinct ginger notes. Of course, there's nothing necessarily seductive about ginger. It is there to add warmth.

Following these ginger notes goes the Maninka fruit. The fruit's unique smell adds some character to the fragrance.

Finally, these very recognisable leather chords round the scent off, bringing masculine and intimate tones to the overall fragrance. Some find these chords barely noticeable but the difference is definitely there.

Long story short, Hugo Boss The Scent Aftershave for Men mixes traditional and modern approaches, making the scent homely and inviting but also confident and seductive at the same time.

Review of Boss The Scent Aftershave for Men

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Davidoff Cool Water

Cool Summer Breeze

Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave keeps things pretty simple and that's not something we will usually complain about. First things first, the product is fairly economical. The 125-ml bottle will easily last you months, which is nice considering how affordable the product is in the first place.

The lotion brings that classic cool water scent. It is aromatic and fresh. You'll be able to enjoy that cool wave fragrance that gives you sensations of strength and vitality.

Opening the scent, you'll be experiencing peppermint's intense freshness.

After that, you'll be able to recognise the spicy coriander's strength and lavender essence that really make the fragrance unique.

The oakmoss, geranium, and sandalwood heart notes, on the other hand, will ground the scent to make the fragrance feel more earthy yet inviting.

The musk and amber base notes will round the scent, exuding sensuality.

Bottom line, Davidoff Cool Water embraces the ocean's power, the power of that cool summer breeze that very few can resist. The scent is fresh and sharp but also simple and very masculine all at once.

As far as we're concerned, the only issue with the product is that the bottle has this screw top that can be hard to open with wet hands.

Review of Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave

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Paco Rabanne 1 Million

Refined Sensuality and Assertive Virility

The people behind Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion don't care to ground the smell. The product's fragrance is not balanced at all and that's where its biggest strength lies.

The sleek, simple, and elegant fragrance with strong woody middle tones and, at the same time, fresh, crisp coolness will instantly make you an object of desire.

There are also these leather notes that mingle with patchouli and amber to make the scent even more seductive.

Finally, the formula's grapefruit and temple orange notes round the fragrance off to make the aroma unique enough to add character and elevate the wearer's presence.

Meanwhile, the warm cinnamon and spicy leather perfumed after shaving will work wonders relieving irritation and leaving the skin feeling soft and comfortable.

We don't have any bones to pick with the product in general. Even the bottle and the box that packs the bottle look elegant and refined, making the product a really nice gift. The only problem one might have with the lotion is that the mint heart notes are only noticeable when it is cold outside.

Besides that, Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion effortlessly and effectively combines refined sensuality and assertive virility, creating these seductive notes that are invigorated in a toning aftershave.

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Carolina Herrera 212

Longer and More Intense

Carolina Herrera 212 Aftershave is different. First and foremost, this is less an aftershave and more an eau de toilette.

The biggest difference between the two is that the former will soothe the skin to prevent redness and blotches.

Eau de toilettes are not nearly as effective in that department. The scent, on the other hand, will last much longer and will be more intense compared to standard lotions.

The product's virile and tender fragrance is not that intense though and we mean that in the most positive way.

The fragrance begins with this sophisticated bergamot burst, leading lavender that spills into the product's woody, transparent, sensual fragrance. The green citrus leaves and freshly cut grass and spices chords complete the top notes layer.

Then go the spicy and floral heart notes, incorporating ginger, green pepper, as well as gardenia petals.

Last but not least, to make sure that the scent doesn't appear too floral, you have these sandalwood, incense, and transparent musk base notes that make the fragrance virile and masculine.

All things considered, we would recommend the Carolina Herrera 212 Aftershave to people whose skin is not that sensitive. Provided you don't usually experience noticeable redness issues after shaving, this is the product for you.

Review of Carolina Herrera 212 Aftershave

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What are Men's Aftershaves?

Aftershave is this umbrella term that advertisers give pretty much any product that male customers should apply to the skin after shaving. Sometimes, these are alcohol-based liquid solutions. More often than not, these products are liquid lotions that contain very little ethanol.

The ethanol part (as well as other occasional ingredients) is necessary to reduce redness and prevent different infections occurring due to razor cuts and burns. Using these products, you'll be able to calm just-shaven skin.

Apart from that, the biggest difference between different aftershave products is the scent. The scent usually breaks down into top, heart, and base notes. These notes will determine the fragrance. More often than not, top notes open the scent with something light and refreshing, like faint bergamot and citrus chords. The heart notes will usually be heavier but not too heavy to prevent the scent from becoming overbearing. As far as men's aftershaves are concerned, the base notes are almost always there to make any young man smell more masculine and seductive.

To minimise cuts and burns that we've addressed earlier, you might want to consider safety razors or these high-quality electric razors.

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Publish Date: 2019-11-25 14:09:53