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Nivea Post Shave Balm Review

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For some men, once they have finished shaving is when the real discomfort begins.

This can include common symptoms of dryness, burning, tightness of the skin, or an irritable itch.  The Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm, reviewed today, sets out to correct these common shaving problems.

In this short guide, we will take a look at this often recommended aftershave and help you decide whether it should be worked into your grooming routine.

Related: What is Aftershave

Review Notes: We paid for this product out-of-pocket. This is not a paid review.  This post contains affiliate links.  Tools of Men is independently owned and operated.  Nivea is not aware of this post prior to publication.

Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm Ingredients

Nivea Post Shave Balm Ingredients

Relying on a blend of soothing ingredients including chamomile, witch hazel, tapioca starch, and others – the Nivea Post Shave Balm was developed from the ground up to provide comfortable relief.

While not as clean as a purely natural or organic formula, many of these ingredients are rated as safe per the EWG (glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate /Vitamin E, etc.).

Should you have sensitive skin or allergic reactions when using new products, consult with your dermatologist and/or do a patch test prior to full application.

Consistency

nivea post shave balm consistency

When using Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm, you will instantly notice a thinner, lotion-like consistency.

This thinner viscosity allows it to be easily worked into the skin without much effort.

Application

Applying this aftershave balm is much like any other.  

Related: How to Use Aftershave

Once you pour out a nickel to quarter-sized amount, simply rub your hands together until they are both evenly coated:

nivea post shave balm application

Then simply massage onto your face thoroughly:

nivea application 2

You will notice that once it has been applied, it goes on quite light (this was immediately after application):

nivea application 3

After waiting another minute more, you will find that it will fully absorb into your skin.

Whether using this with a safety razor or cartridge razor, I found it to provide a nice cooling relief that I look forward to after every shave.  

Related: Safety Razor vs. Cartridge Razor

I can personally say that this aftershave balm does in fact help to reduce both tightness and mild skin irritation.

Premium Packaging

nivea post shave balm packaging

One area that the Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm receives high marks for is the quality packaging.  Housed in a cardboard box, the balm itself is stored in a nice, heavy-weighted glass jar.  

Sized at 3.3oz., it narrowly meets TSA size restrictions (3.4oz) so you can easily travel with this full-sized product in your favorite carry-on luggage or Dopp kit.

The top of the jar is twist-on and snaps shut for secure closure.

Lastly, the balm we purchased was made in Mexico:

nivea post shave balm packaging 3

Who Should Consider Using This Balm?

While it is intended to be used to alleviate post-shave irritation, men with sensitive skin or even dry skin will find this product rather pleasant and helpful to work into their grooming routine.

Per the back of the box, the Nivea post shave balm was “Dermatologically tested on men with sensitive skin”:

nivea post shave balm packaging 2

Where to Use

Currently, this post shave balm has been tested for both face and head use (bald) without any issues.  Given the gentle formula, there should be no reason that it cannot also be applied to other areas of the body including the chest, underarms, groin, etc.

Where to Buy

Nivea is owned by Beiersdorf, which also owns other popular beauty brands including Eucerin, Aquaphor, and Coppertone (source).  With a wide distribution network, you should have no problem finding this post shave balm both locally (drugstores or grocery stores) and online.

Save yourself a trip and you can order it directly from Amazon:

Sale
Nivea for Men After Shave Soothing Balm 100ml
  • Soothes & protects.
  • Alcohol-free.

Overall Rating

FeatureNotesRating (Out of 10)
ConsistencyThinner than a face lotion, this balm is silky smooth and feels great when applied.10
ApplicationExpect this balm to be absorbed into your skin quickly and effectively.10
Post-Shave ReliefWhether you are experiencing tightness, burning, or mild skin irritation, the cooling sensation of this balm provides relief.10
PackagingA travel-friendly size and a heavy-weighted glass bottle makes it feel great in your hand.10
VersatilityThe mild scent and soothing relief can (and should be) used anywhere that you shave.10
OverallIt’s easy to see why so many men (and women) love this post-shave balm. It’s effective and feels great once applied.10

Parting Thoughts

Whether you are a man with sensitive skin or just want to enhance your shave routine, then the Nivea Sensitive Soothing Post Shave Balm should be considered. It works exceedingly well and provides a nice sense of relief.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.

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