What is Aftershave?
Learn about the different varieties of aftershave and what they can do for your skin
For countless others, however, a very simple question looms large: just what is aftershave? What does it do?
Let’s start with the first of those questions. The term ‘aftershave’ covers a wide range of products that are applied to the skin, as one might expect, after shaving. These products come in either the traditional, alcohol-based liquid form, often referred to as a ‘splash’, or in the form of lotions and balms.
Aftershaves are distinct from cologne. Whilst aftershaves are designed primarily to disinfect freshly-shaved skin and contain a low dosage, typically 1-3%, of essential oils, Eau de Cologne, on the other hand, is designed with the sole aim of making you smell nice; it also contains a higher concentration - sometimes as much as 7% - of aromatic compounds, which is why colognes have a stronger scent than your standard aftershave.