Table of Contents
- 1 The Best Face Wash
- 2 The Best Acne-Focused + Oily Skin Cleanser
- 3 CeraVe salicylic acid cleanser
- 4 The Best Face Scrub
- 5 Harry’s exfoliating face wash (3 pack)
- 6 The Best Exfoliator
- 7 The Ordinary 10% lactic acid + 2% hyaluronic acid serum
- 8 The Best Moisturizer
- 9 Neutrogena oil-free sensitive skin moisturizer
- 10 The Best Moisturizer with SPF
- 11 Cetaphil oil-absorbing SPF 30 moisturizer
- 12 The Best Night Cream
- 13 The Best Face Serum
- 14 The Best Deodorant
- 15 Old Spice classic deodorant (2 pack)
- 16 The Best Antiperspirant Deodorant
- 17 Degree 48-hour antiperspirant deodorant Cool Rush scent (6 pack)
- 18 The Best Shampoo
- 19 The Best Conditioner
- 20 OGX argan oil conditioner
- 21 The Best Bar Soap
- 22 Dove face and body bar soap (8 pack)
- 23 The Best Body Wash
- 24 Dr. Bronner’s tea tree castille soap
- 25 The Best Hair Products
- 26 Layrite high-hold hair clay
- 27 American Crew medium hold cream
- 28 The Best Hair Loss Treatment
- 29 Kirkland minoxidil 5% (6 pack)
- 30 The Best Fragrances
- 31 Calvin Klein CK Everyone (1.6 oz.)
- 32 Duke Cannon solid cologne (bourbon scent)
- 33 The Best Affordable SPF
- 34 Sun Bum SPF 50 broad-spectrum body sunscreen (8 oz.)
- 35 The Best Shaving Cream
- 36 The Best Razors
- 37 Schick Hydro 5 sensitive skin razor (razor + 2 refills)
- 38 Best Hand and Body Lotion
- 39 Aveeno moisturizing lotion
- 40 Best Beard Oil
The most important thing about the best inexpensive bathroom products for men? They get the job done—they’ll get you cleaned off, lined up, and ready for whatever the day serves up.
The truth is, you don’t need a big budget in order to have an effective, thorough grooming regimen. Sure, it can start to add up if you incorporate multiple serums, prescription products, multiple devices, fragrances, and anything from luxury labels. But remember: Most products out there are building on top of a baseline regimen, which itself is doing most of the heavy lifting. If hitting the essentials across hair, body, face, and so on, then you’re going to make drastic, noticeable progress. And the best affordable grooming products will help you do exactly that.
You should still be cognizant of the ingredients list, but skin- and hair-parching products are easy to avoid, even on the drugstore shelves. And many lower-cost brands are harnessing the latest science that makes synthetic products as good (if not better) than (often expensive) natural ones.
Or! Just let us do the sorting for you. Here are best inexpensive bathroom products for men, across key categories like skin care, beard & shave, hair, body, and fragrance.
The Best Face Wash
Newcomer Fieldtrip is a terrific brand for building your baseline skincare regimen. This cushioning clay cleanser is a gentle but deep detox, suitable for all skin types.
The Best Acne-Focused + Oily Skin Cleanser
Salicylic acid controls oil and unclogs pores, promoting your healthiest, brightest complexion while the cleanser itself flushes away excess sebum. CeraVe’s SA cleanser will keep skin balanced, and leaves it feeling every bit as hydrated as before the wash.
The Best Face Scrub
This trio supply could last you an entire year, assuming you don’t scrub your skin every single day (Which you shouldn’t!). Doing so will discard of dead cells and keep your skin looking its brightest and clearest while also feeling its smoothest. Harry’s face scrub doubles as a cleanser, so your “everyday” face wash suddenly lasts twice as long, too.
The Best Exfoliator
The two acids in this serum are doing completely opposite things. First and foremost is the high concentration of lactic acid, to exfoliate surface skin cells and prevent rough texture, discoloration, and clogged pores. Second is the ultra hydrating hyaluronic acid to keep skin supple and firm. Use this twice a week as your primary exfoliating agent. (No face scrub needed.)
The Best Moisturizer
Everyone on God’s green earth could use this lightweight lotion. It’s formulated for sensitive folks, while also lacking any oil to prevent clogged pores on acne-prone folks.
The Best Moisturizer with SPF
Daily hydration and sun protection are both essential, and Cetaphil’s moisturizer exceeds expectations by also mitigating oil accumulation on the skin. It leaves you with a matte face and invisible sunshield. Note this is Cetaphil’s “pro” line—the normal stuff works fine, but it’s worth the upgrade.
The Best Night Cream
RoC uses an effective anti-aging ingredient called hexinol in this night cream; when paired with a good night’s sleep (and over the course of a few months), this product can smooth fine lines and have people commenting things like “What’s different about you? You seem so… refreshed!”
The Best Face Serum
Retinol is like a cheat code for better skin. It comes in eye-waveringly expensive creams and prescription-only formulas, but also this (relatively) affordable serum. This isn’t nearly as strong as what you can get from a dermatologist, but in some ways that’s a good thing, because the prescription-grade stuff can also irritate the skin of new users. Apply this between cleansing and moisturizing, only in the evening, and start slow—maybe every other day until your skin gets used to it.
The Best Deodorant
What was quite likely the first deodorant you ever owned is still one of the best in the game. This deodorant stick from Old Spice (in its classic scent, which rules to this day) is guaranteed to prevent smells no matter how many hours you log or miles you run. And since it’s not an anti-perspirant, it won’t turn your white shirts yellow.
The Best Antiperspirant Deodorant
Sometimes you need an antiperspirant, and health concerns around these are overblown. For just 12 bones, you get a 6-pack of this 48-hour defense against moisture and odor. Is any deal better?
The Best Shampoo
When I was growing up Suave was a punchline. But this new tea tree-scented release is actually kind of incredible—it does a good job cleaning and smells like something that costs $30, not $3. (Of course, no matter how much you like the scent, one of the best things you can do for your hair is washing it less often, so don’t get hooked.)
The Best Conditioner
Argan oil is one of my favorite ingredients in skin and hair care, given its ability to restore moisture to the driest conditions. This cult-favorite, low-cost conditioner from OGX, which delivers a flood of nutrients (with argan oil chief among them), helping it rebound from lifelessness or a dehydrating shampoo.
The Best Bar Soap
The king of syndet bars (that is, synthetic detergent); this formula is so beloved by dermatologists and consumers alike; it lasts a long time, is gentle enough on your face, plus leaves skin soft and supple.
The Best Body Wash
Technically, this soap cleans everything, including the kitchen sink. But we love it for a full-body cleanse; as a bonus, the tea tree oil balances oil production and neutralizes odor.
The Best Hair Products
Layrite is a bedrock staple of barbershops for a reason. These come in a bunch of finishes: If you want day-long hold with matte finish, then get a water-soluble clay styler in rotation.
This lightweight cream is reworkable throughout the day, and suits just about every hair type and texture. It gives you medium hold and medium shine, and even works as an excellent finishing touch to tame flyaways and frizz.
The Best Hair Loss Treatment
You heard it here: Kirkland makes minoxidil. The onetime expensive drug (Rogaine) went generic and is available OTC—in bulk, no less. This 6-pack costs the same as other brands’ monthly options, and might even last you 6-8 months when used daily. Make sure to read up on how minoxidil works (as well as other hair loss remedies), but know that by the time you’re through these bottles, you’ll be sprouting much more (and stronger) hair.
The Best Fragrances
A woody-floral unisex scent with crisp citrus undertones, a dab or two of CK Everyone on your pulse points will cast a refreshing, invigorating radius.
Apply a sliver of this balm to your wrists and neck, and you’ll smell like bourbon in the best way possible: that woodsy, oak-barrel essence—and definitely not the smell of a frat house on a Sunday morning.
The Best Affordable SPF
This oil-free, reef-friendly body sunblock gives you thorough sun protection, and without harmful ingredients like octinoxate and oxybenzone. It nourishes skin with Vitamin E and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. The 8-oz. bottle should last you multiple trips to the beach, too.
The Best Shaving Cream
This shaving gel harnesses the soothing power of aloe to lubricate your razor and fight razor burn and adds a lovely menthol scent—it’ll wake you right up in the morning.
The Best Razors
These five smooth-gliding blades deliver a thorough, efficient shave. Schick’s Hydro razor adjusts to any change of pressure applied, and its refill blades are also pretty affordable.
Best Hand and Body Lotion
OK, maybe your mom uses this one. So what? You think you know better than the woman who gave birth to you about finding an effective and unscented body moisturizer? Use it to maintain soft, smooth skin, or to quickly restore yourself if you’ve gotten dry and cracked.
Best Beard Oil
We’ve called it our favorite beard oil, and a couple drops daily can mitigate things like beard dandruff and itching.