Every once in a while a brand pops along and disrupts the status quo. 2007 was that year for men’s skincare in the UK when a little known brand popped up in stores across the country. Bulldog.
Bulldog was founded much like a lot of business start-ups, by spotting a gap in the market. A market overloaded with female-centric brands, female targeted advertising and “sister” tag-along men’s ranges that were born out of necessity rather than desire. The men’s skincare market was awash of oranges and blues with little focus on what men might actually wanted or were searching for. Fast forward 12 years and Bulldog have achieved market disruption and are a fully fledged member of the grooming shelves across the UK, and not to confine the British Bulldog to the shores of the North Sea they’re in 26 different markets across the globe.
A flag not many skincare brands can carry is Bulldog’s commitment to doing the right thing. Never using ingredients from animal sources and they are certified by Cruelty Free International. All their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and they never used plastic microbeads, synthetic fragrances or artificial colours. Its what’s inside that counts.
Beard Wash and Conditioner
We’re passionate, some would say overbearing about the need to invest in specific beard shampoo and conditioners. Men still have a damn awful habit of just using anything to wash their hair, face and beards. One size fits all? It does not.
But why not just use a facewash? Fair shout but face washes are designed for skin, they’re not built for hair. You wouldn’t use a face wash in your normal hair so stop treating your beard any different!
Bulldog’s beard shampoo and conditioner is a 2 in 1 beard shampoo and conditioner. It applies well, lathers up great and genuinely leaves your beard unmeasurably soft. The scent is subtle but exactly what you want from a wash thanks to the aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea.
Beard Balm can be quite hit and miss across the industry, quite a few are firm and waxy which end up becoming too tough to apply, leaving you with clumpy unmanageable product all over your beard. Balm by it’s definition should be a smooth cream however given the “cream” on hair conundrum most brands are opting for slightly heavier balms than you’d expect.
Bulldog’s balm hits a bullseye on balancing texture and application. By pushing down the firmer cream route over a wax it makes their Beard Balm entirely manageable -think of it as a moisturiser and hair clay love child, won’t drip if you pour it but isn’t as firm as clay. If you’re looking for a strong hold and styling balm then this isn’t for you, but for a beard taming and beard smoothing post-wash applicator then you can’t go wrong. It keeps stray hairs in check, it’s non-greasy and follows the shampoo with it’s fresh yet subtle aloe vera and green tea scent.
Priced at £8 per pot which Bulldog achieve by using carefully selected man made ingredients in conjunction with some natural ingredients. As with all Bulldog products the balm is vegan, vegetarian certified and cruelty free. If you’re price conscious, looking for an everyday balm to tame your beard, soften the skin and that won’t interfere with your cologne or aftershave then you’ll not be disappointed! You can grab Bulldog and supermarkets across the UK, in most health and beauty retailers or check them out online bulldogskincare.com.