Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ Post Shave Balm

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Dove Men+Care Hydrate Post Shave Balm

A product from one of the big names in men’s grooming.

The box it comes in is nicely designed and looks pretty premium. The plastic bottle inside, less so. It’s a bit of an odd shape for a start, being tall, quite wide, but shallow. It doesn’t match up to the ceramic of Nivea, for example.

It’s also unusual in that the nozzle faces down. Now you could argue that’s good design as gravity will keep the balm ready for use, but it also means you can’t see how much you’ve dispensed because the bulk of the bottle is in the way. A problem compounded by the flap. It also leads to situations where you’re caught off-guard when it’s too eager to escape.

What this means is you’re left either dispensing way too much, as there’s no feedback so you’re guessing, or find yourself lifting your palm up to your eye-line so you can judge when to stop squeezing.

The balm itself is very liquid, quite like the offering from Nivea. It feels a little greasy but spreads easily and is absorbed quickly.

It has, what I assume is, Dove’s signature scent. It’s light, not unpleasant, but doesn’t do anything for me either.

I didn’t find it lived up to the claims that it ‘relieves burning and irritation’ but it did a good job of leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturised.


I knocked a point off for the container, but the product itself worked pretty well. Not great at soothing irritation, but leaves your skin feeling good. Also available at a bargain price, on a par with offerings from other big names, but much cheaper than a lot of balms out there.

Filed under: Balm, Post-Shave

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Last updated: June 24, 2017