Bulldog Sensitive Shave Cream

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Bulldog Sensitive Shave Cream

Another product from this well-known British brand.

Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (1st shave)

I followed the instructions on the tube and opted for a brushless shave, squeezing a good amount before slathering over my stubble. The razor tugged a bit on the first pass. Slickness felt okay and the only nicks I picked up were opening existing sore spots. My neck didn’t feel especially close, but the only real roughness was limited to my trouble-spots. WTG my face was okay, not super-smooth but not bad either. ATG there was plenty of resistance, but not actual roughness. Post shave feel was very average, not especially soft or moisturised. I got a brief hit of a workman-like fragrance at the start, but don’t recall it after that. An average shave.

Used with: Dollar Shave Club Executive (Umpteenth shave)

Again, I went with a brushless shave. I squeezed a reasonable amount into my palm and slathered onto my face. Slickness felt pretty good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. Roughness was mainly limited to my usual trouble-spots, but my neck wasn’t especially close elsewhere either. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t close either. My face was smooth WTG but not super smooth. There was plenty of resistance ATG but no real roughness. Post shave feel was, again, pretty unremarkable. It wasn’t particularly soft and was dry. I got a flush of the fragrance at the start but it disappeared after that. An average shave.

Used with: Personna Q-Ball Platinum Plus (4th shave)

I squeezed the better part of a couple of centimetres out of the tube and smoothed over my stubble. No tugging on any of the passes and the only nicks were opening a couple of existing ones, so slickness must have been reasonable. I didn’t complete as much in the way of touch-ups as with a normal cream, but that’s standard for this type. My neck was surprisingly good. There was the odd patch of resistance, but even my usual trouble-spots were smooth. WTG my face was nice and soft. ATG there was resistance in plenty of places, but only one spot threatened roughness. Post shave feel was soft and smooth, but dry. The industrial smell was there briefly as I applied it for the first pass, but it wasn’t strong and quickly vanished. A very good shave.

Used with: Super-Max Stainless (3rd shave)

I used a little less cream this time, which worked fine, but I could have used a little more on the second and third passes. I got a little tugging on the first pass, but it settled down thereafter. Slickness was fine and I didn’t pick up any nicks. My neck was surprisingly good, not super smooth but no roughness either. WTG my face was passably smooth. ATG was pretty good too, with some resistance (to be expected). The only roughness was a patch on my top lip, mainly where I worked around a lump. Post shave feel was okay. Soft but not particularly so and very dry. I didn’t pick up a fragrance of any sort this time, or didn’t notice one at least. A good shave.

Used with: Personna Platinum (4th shave)

I pushed out a reasonable amount of cream. It’s thick enough that on the first pass it clogged the blade up and I had to clean it. Slickness felt pretty good but it didn’t prevent my face turning into a horror show. I’m sure some were previous nicks re-opened, but plenty were new. My neck wasn’t super smooth but it wasn’t rough either and the usual trouble-spots were improved over the norm. WTG my face was smooth but not super-smooth. ATG there was plenty of resistance but no real roughness. Post shave feel was soft but dry. No fragrance again this time. A pretty good end result.

Verdict

It has some unusual ingredients: baobab and oat, for example. It’s quite a thick cream, closer to something like Kiehl’s or Zirh.

Technically, this claims to be fragrance-free, although it wasn’t in my experience. Instead it had a chemical smell, at least straight from the tube. It’s very subtle though.

You can pick this up cheaper online, and I’ve even seen a 175ml plastic tube for the same money as I got this. One thing I will say it had going for it is the packaging — the metal tube certainly beats all the plastic ones, although I suspect they’re phasing this out.

I don’t expect brushless creams to perform to the same level as a normal soap or cream, if for no other reason than the number of passes I can do is fewer. That said, I still expect a good shave.

This was very hint-and-miss with the end result. I had some stellar performances, and some that barely cut the mustard.

Slickness was generally pretty good, but the protection offered sometimes didn’t do enough.

It’s not expensive, but even at this price I think there are better products. It’s far from the worst product I’ve used, but I’d advise you to look elsewhere.

Filed under: Cream, Software

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Last updated: March 7, 2019