My boyfriend is a guy's guy, the kind who measures his manliness by the number of fantasy football leagues he plays in (3) and hot dogs he can eat in one sitting (5). His daily regimen consists of water and a bar of soap (sometimes, I fear, minus the soap). This is a guy who just this month discovered what a "dop kit" is and who gets his hair cut by yours truly. High maintenance male grooming products are just not how he gets his kicks. And so, it was with a little trepidation and a lot of hope that I handed him Billy Jealousy Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment ($22) and Hydroplane Shave Cream ($20).
Since then, my boyfriend has gotten in touch with his inner metrosexual. The process of shaving may never be the same for him again. While he used to be a slave to the shower, only capable of achieving a pain-free shave with steam surrounding him and opening his pores, he is now liberated to stand in front of the sink, armed with two Billy Jealousy bottles.
He found that the combination of the two products gave such a close shave that he gained a day of respite before the razor had to make its next appearance. More importantly, it reduced the razor bumps and ingrown hairs that he had been plagued with in the past. The soothing warmth and conditioning effect of the Hot Towel was a welcome treat for his skin. Now I understand that there is a pragmatic reason barbers place hot towels over men's faces before taking the blade to them.
Billy Jealously recommends blending the two creams before massaging them onto the face and brandishing the razor. My boyfriend dutifully followed instructions and agrees that it is best to use the two items in combination to achieve the optimal effect. Though he has not yet tried the Hydroplane cream on its own, he did test out the Warm Towel treatment with Barbasol shaving cream and noticed a considerable difference (that is, it felt the same as shaving with regular cream). After using both products, however, he managed to get a clean shave with no nicks or bumps, even on the super-sensitive neck region. If you've ever suffered (or watched your significant other suffer) from irritation inflicted by shaving, don't get jealous - get Billy Jealousy.
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It is interesting to compare the ingredients of the two products since they are so vastly different in composition but so similar in function. In Hot Towel, zeolite, a water-activated heating agent, softens the facial hair for easier removal, while kaolin clay absorbs
impurities and excess oils. Because Hydroplane Shave Cream is comprised of micro-silicon beads, instead of air bubbles as in traditional foam shaving creams, it coats the skin with a silky layer of lubrication. Stearic acid moisturizes and penetrates, while triethanolamine serves to balance the pH. Both formulas boast an array of botanical oils to condition the skin and facial hair, as well as dimethicone, which has unique fluid-like properties that impart emolliency.
Ingredients in Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment:
Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Kaolin, Polyethylene, Zeolite, Calcium Chloride, Methyl Gluceth-20, Silica, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Bisabolol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Methylparaben, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Propylparaben
Ingredients in Hydroplane Shave Cream:
Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glycereth-7, Cocamide DEA, C12-15, Alkyl Benzoate, PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone,
Behentrimonium, Methosulfate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Methylparaben, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Propylparaben, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Diazolidinyl Urea