Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Bulldog Skincare for Men Sensitive Moisturiser (review)

Bulldog Skincare for Men Sensitive Moisturiser
I wouldn’t say that the essence of Bulldog for Men Sensitive Moisturiser is lost in a long list of male skincare clichés, though there are a few lurking inside. I can forgive it that, however, because they are outweighed by greatness. It has the unique texture of a cream-clay, for example, and the aroma has a musky, botanical, and, actually, very rough-smelling charm. It is as if it has launched as an antidote to the currently very polished, overly preened style that is in fashion. Wearing Bulldog won’t make you a waxwork. There’s not a hint of Hollywood enamel. And it works, too. This is a moisturiser for men.

Let’s look at the credentials, first: It is BUAV approved, which means theres been no animal testing, and there aren’t any animal ingredients to be found within. It doesn’t contain synthetic colours or artificial fragrances either; and it doesn’t suffer for doing so. Each tube contains 100 ml of product in gym bag friendly packaging. It is made in the U.K., which for me means fewer air miles. And it has an award from the Good Shopping Guide for Bulldog’s status as an ethical company.

On application, the cream-clay’s thick but light texture massages in and absorbs almost instantly. It feels like something that one might massage into the hair wishing for bed-head locks, but the initial impression bellies an ultra-light, comfortable product that vanishes without a trace. It doesn’t even suggest the chance of any kind of reaction on my skin—and, in fact, I would hardly know it was there. And that makes me wonder whether I would miss if it were gone.

Although the packaging doesn’t state what kind of skin type might best suit this product, I suspect it is a normal-to-oily one. It wouldn’t do for very dry skin because it absorbs with barely a trace, however spot-prone skin might positively revel in the oil-poor formula. There isn’t a hint that it might cause my skin to break out, which I would say is wonderful news. But, I am unsure of when I might use it. It won’t do as a day cream because it lacks sun protection, and it just doesn’t feel rich enough to use at night. Perhaps I’d better save what’s left for the summer evenings, and think twice about repurchasing it next time.

The packaging boasts that the product contains essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan and vitamin E. There’s also a dose of sea water which I suppose means that applying this to my skin is the closest I’ve gotten to skinny dipping (or finding Nemo) in years.

This product makes my skin comfortable, not necessarily better hydrated, protected, or supple. I don’t want to be unkind about it because this is a genuinely nice, well-made product, but it just doesn’t suit my skin. I wish the packaging would suggest the kinds of skins it is designed for—that would have saved me purchasing something that really doesn’t do me any favours. However, I’m excited to try the other moisturisers in the range because I feel sure that when I pick one that suits my skin type I’ll be in for a real treat.

What we need more of is well-made products like this. Environmentally friendly, ecological products like this. But I can’t see Bulldog having a marketing budget that is high enough for it to become mainstream yet. For now it can be our secret.

Calms sensitive skin
Lacks hydrating and moisturising power - for my skin, at least
Light, non-oily formula

Excellent credentials


Brand: Bulldog

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Size: 100 ml
Price: £6.99 (£6.99/100 ml)

Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Sodium polyacrylate, Sodium stearate, Pentaerythrityl distearate, Phenooxyethnol, Tocopheryl acetate, Sodium staeroyl glutomate, Benzoic acid, Mennan, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Hydrolzed algin, Sodium hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Maris aqua, Pogostemon cablin oil, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Chlorella vulgaris extract.  


  1. This sounds like it's made for oilier skin types like mine. Either way, a very positive sounding skincare brand by all accounts!

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