The only aftershave/balm I've tried in my wetshaving is Nivea sensitive balm. I found it in my local drug store and thought I'd start out conservative. I'm ready to increase my options so I thought I'd ask for help.
Aftershaves are one of the most personal items in our repertoire. It depends a lot on what characteristics you are looking for: good smell, moisturizing properties, etc. I would second Austin's recommendation of the Baxter balm - I recently discovered it and haven't looked back. There is a review of it posted in this forum.
If you want a very light aftershave, many people swear by Trumper's coral skin food. it is basically just glycerin and rosewater, with some gums and methol added. It is extremely light, and seals the skin against the elements for a while. I personally don't care for it, as I need more moisturizing.
Other popular choices include the Truefitt and Hill AS balms, which are nice, but are a bit heavier, and also contain lanolin which doesn't agree with some gent's skin (including myself). Crabtree and Evelyn also make nice balms, especially the Sandalwood, which you can find in some malls.
Try a few and see what you like. Many places will provide you samples so you can try before buying. If you are looking for a particular property, let us know and we can be more specific.
Without question my favorite A/S Balm is Charles Roberts a/s moisture cream... the little $35 jar should last at least a year. Proraso pre/post, C&E Nomad/sandalwood and Proraso liquid cream are also outstanding!
It's easier if you split the universe in half, balms and splashes. Moisturising or Bracing (diplomatic way of saying alcohol based)? For me it is simple, moisturizing. Like Truefitt and Hill Classic, or L'Occitane CADE or L'Occitane or Drakkor Noir, or ...
My favorite balms are Castle Forbes, Lavender, Lime and 1445. I use them as moisturizers in the evening after the shower.
Someone mentioned spritzing on some hydrosol before applying balms. I have been trying this for the past week and it works very well. The balms just glide on the skin very gently, no excessive rubbing into the skin is necessary
Applying hydrosol also helps when applying sunblock. The sunblock goes on very easy, again with no excessive rubbing of the skin, which can cause irritation especially in the neck area.
PAA Aqua D. There is just something about the scent that is, to me, AS perfection. Light, citrusy, and rich body, all in one. Doesn't sound like it makes sense, but this one is a winner. It unseated CC Sandalwood as the one AS I'd keep if I could only have one.