One of the questions we get asked most when either at our stall or on the road is “Whats the difference between soap and cream?!”

As you check out our store you’ll see that there is a variety of both available.


You’ll read plenty of articles on this online, most going into crazy detail that only true aficionados of shaving care about. We’re going to give you a quick breakdown so you can make up your own mind.

Shaving soap is self explanatory, a chunk of soap made using the traditional process. Cream is soap which has been emulsified with water, aerated and pre-whipped to form a lather which make creams a bit more convenient.

At the end of the day, the difference between soap and cream comes down to personal choice. Both will produce a lather to help you shave.

Most shavers who use a straight or cut-throat razor prefer a soap as it offers a more slick shave. Those that use Double-Edged razors tend to go with Creams as there is a little more protection. But you can obviously use either soap or cream for any shaving method.

Using a soap and brush to get a good lather is part of the true wet-shaving experience but in this day and age where time is king, grabbing your cream and brush is easier and produces an amazing lather quicker. Personally I use cream during the week with my Double Edged Parker and Soap at the weekend with my straight edge Parker.Barber Black

We should also mention Gels as these are what are most available on your supermarket shelves. Anything that comes out of a can tends to suck.  You don’t need to use a brush and can just lather it up in your hands. We have one  quality gel available from Truefitt & Hill, part of their No.10 Range which is designed for those with sensitive skin. Modern, slick and smells great, if you have to use a gel, use this one.