Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm

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Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm

A small British brand that has a loud bark in its sector.

I reviewed at their general moisturiser previously, but I was keen to take a look at their actual aftershave balm, so when it came up on sale (normal price £5.50) I took the plunge.

The packaging in nice and simple, I like that (presumably designed to make it look natural, which it isn’t). It’s a simple plastic tube reminiscent of the Dove offering, using the same up-turned configuration. Which means it suffers the same problem of making it hard to gauge how much you’re squeezing out.

This is compounded by a seal that is, presumably, designed to prevent drips, but which demands a firmer squeeze in order to extract any balm. The first time I used it I ended up with a small lake in my palm. Subsequently, I have approached it with the caution of a WWII munition.

Fragrance-wise, this uses their ‘original’ scent — which I generally find quite pleasant but it’s pretty weak in this product so unlikely to offend anyone.

The consistency is a nice balance, liquid enough to make application easy but thick enough not to make it runny or watery. The thinness doesn’t give it a luxury feel though.

It wasn’t greasy and was quickly absorbed, both strong positives.

I didn’t find it did much to ‘calm and soothe’ as it claims to, but it left my skin feeling reasonably hydrated.


Not the cheapest of the pack out there, but far from expensive, plus there seems to be a lot of offers on it over the course of any year. A solid product that does helps moisturise post-shave, but I didn’t find anything to recommend it over any other.

Filed under: Balm, Post-Shave

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Last updated: July 22, 2017