Are you a by-gone, wayfaring, classic gentleperson? Do those fancy new aftershave balms and lotions clash with your vibe? Maybe it’s time to put down some of your hard earned dough on an old timey, liquid aftershave.
The world of aftershaves has largely transitioned to creams, balms, and lotions. And while those modern aftershaves are cheap and effective, they have a few downsides.
For one, modern aftershaves are basically just moisturizer. They don’t always work well for people with oily faces, and they can feel a bit cakey. Plus, balms need to be kneaded into your face, and some people just want an aftershave with a little less rubby-rubby and a little more splashy-splashy
This isn’t to say that liquid aftershaves aren’t moisturizing. They’re made from a blend of antiseptics, oils, and fragrance—like a hydrating, mild perfume that keeps your face bump-free.
There are tons of old timey aftershaves on the market, but it’s difficult to know what’s good and what’s bad. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the top ten old fashioned aftershaves, for everyone’s needs.
Clubman Pinaud Classic Vanilla 6oz Aftershave ($6)
Clubman aftershaves are a barbershop staple, and for good reason. They’re affordable, they work well, and they smell great. The Clubman Pinaud Classic Vanilla is a good aftershave for anyone that wants their smooth face to carry a pleasant, mild vanilla scent. And at $1 per ounce, it’s a decent deal too.
In case you’re wondering, the Clubman Pinaud Classic Vanilla is made with a blend of oils, antiseptics, and spices like vanilla jasmine, sage, and lavender.
Clubman Reserve Gents Gin 6 oz Aftershave ($8)
If you’re looking for an aftershave that smells like the 60’s, then you should check out the Clubman Reserve Gents Gin aftershave. It smells of cedar chest and lime, like a cocktail, and it’s made with spices and antiseptic that’ll keep your face smooth and healthy.
At $8, this aftershave is pretty dang affordable. Just don’t blow through it too fast!
Clubman Lustray Blue Spice 14 oz Aftershave ($7)
At a glance, the Clubman Lustray Blue Spice looks like a sporty, cool aftershave. But it actually carries the warm, dry smell of sweet spice and cracked pepper. This is a great aftershave for anyone that likes a mild, unoffensive fragrance. And at $0.50 per fluid ounce, it’s pretty affordable.
The Clubman Lustray Blue Spice is made with cinnamon, bay leaf, cumin, rose, and frankincense.
Clubman Osage Menthol 14 oz Aftershave and Face Rub ($9)
If you’re obsessed with the tingly feeling of mint and menthol, then you should take a gander at the Clubman Osage Menthol aftershave. It’s an invigorating face rub that’ll leave you feeling fresh and smelling great.
Keep in mind that this product is pretty strong. Its smell is pleasant and mild, but its minty feeling can knock you out… or wake you up in the morning.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Bay Rum 5 oz Aftershave ($19)
Taylor of Old Bond Street is known for its premium, old fashioned products. The company’s Bay Rum aftershave is no exception. It’s a great little product that genuinely smells like rum and lime.
At $19, this aftershave is pretty expensive. But its smell lasts all day (without being too overwhelming). If you’re looking for an old timey rum aftershave, this Taylor product is definitely worth the money.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood 3.3 oz Aftershave ($24)
Like Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Bay Rum aftershave, the Street Sandalwood is a premium product that smells great and lasts all day (without being too strong). It carries a pleasant, slightly spicy sandalwood smell, and it’s a great product for anyone that wants to bring back a classic scent.
At $24, the Street Sandalwood aftershave is very expensive. But, it isn’t a purchase that you’ll regret.
Proraso Natural Sandalwood and Shea Oil 3.4 oz Aftershave ($14)
Proraso is a great Italian brand that’s been around for decades. But, the company isn’t resting on its laurels. It pushes its products into the present, while still striking a balance with the past.
Proraso’s Sandalwood and Shea Oil aftershave is a great, natural product with a classic vibe. It mixes the complex (yet unoffensive) smell of sandalwood and spices with the hydrating power of shea oil. And since Proraso’s aftershaves are free of parabens, silicones, mineral oil, and artificial colors, you can be sure that your face is in safe hands.
Proraso After Shave Lotion, Moisturizing and Nourishing for Coarse Beards with Sandalwood Oil and Shea Butter, 3.4 Fl Oz
Ghost Town Barber Natural 3.4 oz Aftershave ($17)
If you’re looking for a rough n’ tumbling aftershave, then you should check out the Ghost Town Barber aftershave by Chiseled Face Groomatorium. It has a cool leather smell, with notes of cedar and tobacco.
This aftershave is modeled on the past, but it’s made with natural ingredients like aloe, witch hazel, calendula, seaweed, and vitamin B12 to nourish your skin. Plus, it contains no parabens or artificial colors.
Ghost Town Barber Aftershave Splash by Chiseled Face Groomatorium - Handmade, Small Batch, Luxury Grooming Products
Alonzo’s Sensational Shave Natural 2 oz Aftershave ($12)
If you’re looking for a natural, mild, moisturizing old timey aftershave, then you should check out Alonzo’s Sensational Shave. It has a citrusy smell, and it’s made with a ton of all-natural oils (like grapeseed oil to avocado oil).
Alonzo’s Sensation Shave works well as an aftershave, but you can also use it as a beard oil. All of those natural, hydrating ingredients are pretty useful. This is a good aftershave for anyone that wants to mix an old timey vibe with a modern skincare routine, or for people that tend to shape their beard instead of shaving it all off.
Alonzo's Sensational Shave - Shaving Oil for Men (1-Pack, 2 Oz Bottle) All-Natural Pre-Shave & After Shave Oil for Face and Body - Moisturizes & Calms Irritated Skin from Razor Burn
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal 6 oz Aftershave ($8)
The Pinaud Lilac Vegetal aftershave is an interesting twist on the old timey vibe. Like most old fashioned aftershaves, the Pinaud Lilac Vegetal is affordable, effective, and it makes your skin feel nice and tingly. But it has a modern-ish scent, like the sweet scent of the past mixed with a musky, flowery fragrance.