In 1919, Frank Shields, a former MIT professor developed the first shave cream. The innovative product offered men an alternative to using a brush to work soap into a lather. The shave cream formula was designed to provide a comfortable shave for men with tough beards and sensitive skin, like himself. The name Barbasol came from the combination of the Roman word 'barba,' meaning beard, and 'solution.'
When it was first produced, Barbasol was filled and packaged entirely by hand in Indianapolis, IN.