Normally when I review something I love it or hate it. I can recommend it, or not recommend it. There might be things that I like about a product I dislike, or things that I wish were different about products I otherwise care for.
So when something like Bump Patrol’s aftershave anti-razor shaving product comes along, I don’t know what to do. I am so neutral on the product that I think I may have trained myself out of needing Bump Patrol’s offerings.
Most guys experience irritated skin after they shave. This can be due to a variety of reasons, most of which I exhibit:
- Hair that grows in multiple directions.
- Using too many blades, or blades that are too sharp — causing the cut hair to retract beneath the pores and cause a clog.
- Not using warm water.
- Not shaving right after showering.
- Not using a shaving brush to apply a thin, even layer of shaving soap, cream or gel. The hand is a no-no. Mom was right when you were a teenager.
- Shaving in the wrong direction. This is a difficult thing to learn, and it is different for every guy. Bump Patrol’s Web site has an interesting graphic on a general shave pattern for male faces, but mine is quite different.
All of those things (and a few I’m sure I’ve forgotten) add up to a razor burned face with ingrown hairs not too far behind.
Bump Patrol comes to the rescue. The original formula that I tried has a slight chemical smell that fades away after about thirty seconds. It burns when applied to freshly-shaved skin, but again that doesn’t last long. Unlike other products I’ve tried, Bump Patrol doesn’t have a nightclub-like perfume or an artificial skin tingle to make you think that it’s working overtime. Bump Patrol just quietly goes to work on your skin.
After using the Bump Patrol original formula about every day for a month and a half, I am sad to say it doesn’t do anything for me. This is not to say that it doesn’t work. It just doesn’t seem to work (or not work) for me.
Now, I have to shave at least once a day to keep a smooth face. I used to shave twice a day, and that just got annoying. I’ve practiced a lot, and tried to study why I got a bad shave on some days and a good shave on others.
What I’m trying to say is that perhaps by the time I got to Bump Patrol I had already learned enough about shaving and my face that the product doesn’t help me at all.
I could see that the after shave could help someone while they are learning to shave, or perhaps some poor bastard who just can’t get a burn-free shave.
At about $10 a bottle, Bump Patrol isn’t the cheapest aftershave out there. However, it is not the most expensive, either. If you need to try something beyond the typical mainstream shaving products, you might give Bump Patrol a try before you move on to the really boutique offerings.
This will seem odd, but I won’t not recommend this product. I just don’t know if my experience, technique, and other shaving doo-dads negate the need for Bump Patrol.