I’ve seen Bulldog Original Shaving Gel on store shelves so I checked it out the way I check everything else out – by jumping in with Amazon (affiliate link). There were such glowing reviews which made it very tempting to try. As I do with most other shaving temptations – I give in. Priced at $6.99 for 5.9 ounces at Target (affiliate link) it was a cheap temptation. Bulldog comes from an English company that also makes a whole line of men’s skin care products and is distributed here by Edgewell.
At the outset, for the sake of journalistic integrity, I will admit that one of the few prejudices I have is brushless shaving products. I’ve tried a few, including Cremo, and was never satisfied with them. There have been many articles here at Sharpologist and elsewhere of the use and benefits of the mechanical action of using a brush. It is more than a tool for applying shaving cream. But to appear to be fair I would approach this with an open mind. The directions say to wet the face with warm water and rub the gel into the part to be shaved. OK, this sounds reasonable. I took a dollop of this thick gel and spread it over my stubble and tried to rub it in. It stayed as a thin layer of gel with hardly any detectable fragrance.
Testing And Review
So I divided my face in half and kept one side as is and the other I tried to rub in a little more warm water and some rigorous rubbing. This produced the thinnest of proto lather. I then proceeded to shave, with a fresh cartridge. The result? My prejudices were confirmed. Both sides lacked glide, smoothness and lubrication. Don’t even begin to think about cushioning. It is the very antithesis of cushioning. Residual slickness? It is the very antithesis of residual slickness. I also felt it didn’t produce a close shave.
To further demonstrate my appearance of fairness on subsequent days I tested it against other shaving products that require the use of a brush using the half face protocol. A top tier soap (Mike’s Natural) and what I consider a second tier soap (TOBS Lime-Amazon affiliate link) and both outperformed Bulldog in every way
On another day just on a lark I even played around using a damp brush after I had applied the Bulldog gel to the face. And? It definitely increased the volume of the product enhancing it to a very thin lather but too weak to provide any cushioning. Unfortunately, it did not increase the functionality in any way, especially glide and lubrication. Skin condition post shave was too close to declare a clear winner.
Why all the rave reviews on Amazon? I can’t say. While reasonable men may disagree on what is art or the appropriate use of duct tape, for example, I cannot comprehend why anyone would say this was the “greatest” product they have ever used. What did they use before? Library paste?
In sum, this dog of a product is nothing but bull.
Ingredients Water, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycerin, Coco-glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium chloride, Sodium hydroxide, Benzoic acid, Fragrance*, Menthol, Dehydroacetic acid, Limonene, Citric acid. *A blend of natural ingredients.