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As a male and a primary school teacher I often receive presents from grateful parents and my family members, who often buy ablution solutions. (Wonder if they are telling me something?)
As I gradually work through all these lovely gifts, I reached the Gillette fusion pack. It contained the above gel in a 75ml container. Now, I go through phases of using different products for shaving and I had been going through a shaving foam/gel phase currently, so this seemed like a good time to try this.
Upon removing the lid, I noticed that it had an orange push depressor to get at the gel, with a nozzle to direct it. Carefully pressing this down, I found that nothing initially came out. Pressing a little more caused a rather large blue splodge to emerge into my palm - namely the gel. This was pleasantly scented but the amount was rather large. It seems that the gel is stored under such pressure that it emerges rather too rapidly.
The gel itself applied well, and went creamy on my face, covering it well. Unfortunately, the amount was such that at least half then had to be washed off my hand as a complete waste. The foam that formed provided a good lubricant for my razor and allowed for a good shaving experience to be fair.
Now, I though that perhaps this was a one off, due to over-pressure in a new can. However, the same thing has happened on all subsequent shaves so far, leading to a rapidly emptying can. As a result I am left with rather mixed feelings about this gel. It does feel cool on my face and has provided a very good feel when I am shaving and afterwards I have had less razor burn than with some shaves I have had. Thus, I do think that it does live up to its "sensitive skin" tag on the front, as I am someone who has suffered in the past, particularly when the razor is getting a little dull. This certainly helped to work round that and gave a decent shave even with a razor blade close to the end of its useful life.
Unfortunately, despite this, I am left with the fact that too much gel is wasted with every shave so far. I am going to try very hard to limit the amount but have had no success so far. In fact, I would need to be shaving my entire head and probably both of my legs to get the best use out of it and I have no intention of doing this!
As a quality of foam, I would rate it as a 4 /5 but I am going to subtract one star due to the fact that this uses too much in one go.
In my last review on the Gilette Mach 3 razor system I mentioned that I don't really have any loyalty to any particular brand when it comes to the razors I use, generally I find that if I want to get a good, close shave I have to buy the expensive systems and to me that is an expense that I begrudge paying. It's a different matter when it comes to the shaving gel I use though as I do think that it's worth paying that bit more for a quality product as I've tried the cheaper foaming products in the past and could tell that they weren't doing my skin any favours by leaving my face and neck feeling dried out and sore after shaving.
Whilst I don't own the Fusion razor system anymore and have no intentions of buying the 5 blade system again (unless it ever appears on special offer somewhere at a cheap price) I do tend to stick to Gilette's shaving gel and the one I'm using at the moment is Fusion Hydra Gel which contains added Aloe Vera for sensitive skin. At around £4.00 a can it's not cheap but a little does go a long way when it comes to adding a protective layer of moisture onto my face and neck before shaving. Unsurprisingly the cannister contains shaving gel which is cool to the touch, it's quite dense in texture, doesn't really smell of anything other than having a 'clean' smell and as already mentioned you only really need a little blob of the gel to produce a nice lather ready for shaving. I find that it spreads easily over my cheeks, chin and neck and does soften the stubble on those areas making the task of shaving that little bit easier.
Used in conjunction with a good quality razor I find that it provides enough lubrication to allow my razor to cut through my facial hair without difficulty and has the added benefit of leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturised after shaving thanks to the Aloe Vera inclusion. I don't really have too many issues with sensitive skin although there is a patch on my neck that can become irritated and sore if I over shave the area so I do try and use 'sensitive skin' products where I can and am happy to continue using this particular shaving gel from Gilette in the future as I have done in the past.
I do think it's expensive but it's not a wasteful product and a can will usually last me a good month or so before I need to buy another, comparing this with the cheaper foams and gel that tended to last a couple of weeks makes this a good buy I think and just about worth the price it retails for. Fortunately it does get offered at a reduced price fairly often in places like Superdrug or Tesco and it's well worth stocking up on if you can find it cheaper than the £4.00 or so it usually sells for. All in all this is a good quality, reliable shaving gel from Gilette and I rate it very highly, a little goes a long way, it spreads evenly when applied to my face and neck and provides a nourishing barrier between my skin and razor. My skin is left feeling soft and irritation-free after it has been used and I would have no hesitations in recommending it to other people, sensitive skin or not.
Five stars as a rating here, thanks for reading my review.
This is the difference between my shopping trip and my fiancé's. I buy 38p Tesco shaving foam; he buys Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel for Sensitive Skin!!! Admittedly I have used this gel and my opinion aside we have both agreed that in future the Tesco's version is actually ok to use for a fraction of the price. He paid £3.99 for this and when he told me that, there was a horrendous intact of breath from me. Never again will I let him shop on his own, maybe that was his plan all along!!!!
That said, we had the product now and it had to be used, I will admit to not really being overly impressed with the orange stance Gillette have taken with this one. The product has Aloe in it so you would have thought they would have either stayed with their normal blue colour or gone green, apparently orange is a better idea!!!
After giving it a good shake, and removing the lid a quick push of the top and a jet of bright blue gel (like Colgate minty gel) comes flooding out. I stood looking at it for a while and noticed that is begins to foam slightly on top once it comes into contact with the air, good idea! I wet my other hand and while rubbing them together was shocked at how well it foams up, a little of this goes a long way. It smells nice which I think is to do with the Aloe in it, the scent can last a little while after shaving but it is nice so it's not that bad.
The best thing about this gel is the after effects, once you have finished shaving it gives off a cooling feeling to the skin. It doesn't last for hours but it leaves the skin nice and soft. Great for shaving faces for men and legs for women. Not overly keen on the price tag but as a once of purchase, it's worth every penny as it lasts a long time due to only needing a little quirt at a time.
I first purchased Gillette Fusion Hydragel when it was on offer in the supermarket. I used to buy 'own brand' standard shaving gel but have been converted to this brand. Whilst it is more expensive than I was used to I found that it foams up well with a little water, meaning that a regular 200ml bottle lasts longer. The bottle itself is of the pressurised type and though easy to dispense sometimes seems to seep out of it's own accord, leaving a quantity of bubbly mess inside the cap when you come to use it.
Though I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin I found the gel lubricates the razor well, causing it to catch less and so reducing instances of razor burn. The gel also didn't seem to dry out the skin as much as some foams, possibly lending weight to it's claim that it is 'infused with hydrating emollients'.
All in all a good buy and a brand that has earnt a place in my shopping trolley.
That time of year came round yet again when a married man with 3 kids eagerly opens his Christmas presents to reveal yet more toiletries to join the countless others in his small corner of the bathroom cabinet. I've mastered the art of the stunned surprised look of excitement followed by my carefully practiced "Whoo Hoo! Shower Gel!" "Yay! Shaving Gel!" I can hardly contain myself as I open another present. "Socks!" I cry with the tones of mastered joy.
I do take my hygiene seriously, don't get me wrong, but when it comes to showering and shaving I would use the nearest thing in the bathroom that describes the purpose intended. My shaving kit would consist of a Mac 3 and the nearest bar of soap.
As my birthdays passed and the years took their toll I noticed that my skin started to become quite sensitive to certain brands in the bathroom. Most things I used would leave me with sore or itchy skin, shaving included. A heated discussion followed, but I was assured that we still used the same fabric softener we always had and I had to settle for the fact that I was getting old.
It was my wife who suggested I should look through my collection of gel and foams in the cabinet to see if there was anything for sensitive skin. A thourough search left me with two and by luck one was the Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel and in a nice green block was the words 'Sensitive Skin'. I decided to give it a try.
The green block announcing the sensitive skin text is a bit misleading because once you take off the lid and depress the trigger it actually comes out blue. Bearing in mind that I have always used soap to shave I didn't give any thought to how much blue gel I would need and decided that a golf ball sized mass in my hand should be enough. An added twist to the blue gel is after applying to a wet face, it turns white. I continued to apply my golf ball sized amount to my chin and it actually turned out to be way way more than enough. Made mental note to try marble sized amount next time. So with my Papa Smurf impersonation finished I decided to start again and I'd say that a marble sized amount is just right for a good shave. A case of a little will go a long way.
I must admit that I was impressed. I thought it was just hype but you do in fact get a closer shave with gel against soap and the Hydra Gel lived up to it's name and surpassed all expectations. My chin felt smoother than it had done after previous shaves. I was now converted.
It still tingles the skin along the jaw line but I can live with that personally, the Aloe addition keeps the skin soft and smooth. I've replaced the original tin twice and pay between £3 or £4 for a 200ml can but it will last for many shaves so I personally consider it good value for the price and the fact that my wife approves of the end result that the Hydra Gel gives is an added bonus.
The Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel was a product I first bought with the Gillette Fusion razor and I think it now comes in a kit for around a fiver which isn't bad. Back then I paid £4 for the 200ml canister of gel and can be bought for the same price currently aswell. The shaving gel comes in a bright orange can with matching plastic cap and to the base of the can is a band of silver - the branding is unmistakable! Around the centre of the can are the words 'Gillette Fusion' and written underneath are the words 'Hydra Gel' in a smaller font. The reason behind my first purchase of this product was the fact that I had bought the Gillette Fusion razor and thought it would be best to use the accompanying gel to try with it.
Thinking about it now, £4 is really quite a steep price for shaving gel, but this is Gillette so you get what you pay for, or do you? How good is this gel? All the fancy wording and branding must mean something, right?
The text on the can suggests the Hydro Gel prevents moisture escaping from the skin during the shaving process and in doing so this protects the sometimes sensitive skin. From the first use of the Hydro Gel I found it very rich in texture and it felt a good quality product on my skin when applied. Also, whilst shaving I noticed my new razor glided well across each contour of my face giving me a clean shave. The gel is blue in colour, and lathers well on my fingertips before application, that £4 pricetag is now looking a little more tempting, right?
Another point I noticed after application and both pre and post shave was that the gel felt to have a moisturising effect on my skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. Perhaps those claims to prevent moisture escaping during shaving have some substance.
Overall I would say that the hefty pricetag has to warrant a loss of a star, but the product is unquestionably of a high quality and it is safe to say that this product isn't all about branding and 'hot air' with nonesense claims. if you are looking for a good quality shave gel then i would recommend the Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel, if you can find it on offer then thats a bonus.
I first received a Gillette Fusion shaving kit from my brother as a present for Christmas 2009. This Gillette kit comprised of a shaver, 3 blades and a 200 ml aerosol can of Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel. As there is a separate review section for the Fusion shaver and blades, I will focus solely on the Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel for the purposes of this review.
As mentioned above, I received the Fusion Hydra Gel in December 2009, and prior to this I used a Gillette Mach 3 shaver, along with almost any shaving gel or shaving foam that I spotted on offer, as I could never see any sense in paying £3-£4 for a shaving gel, when there was often a cheaper alternative for around £1.
After receiving the Fusion kit, I kept using my mach 3 for a few months, as I had just put a new blade on it, but I had pretty much run out of my shaving Gel, and so I got straight into my new Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel.
Gillette claim that this Hydra Gel for sensitive skin contains Aloe, vitamin E, hydrating emollients and lubricants which work together to form an invisible layer of protection on the skin when shaving! I have often suffered from shaving rashes for many years, regardless of what type of shaving gel or foam, or shaver I have used, and so this is something that I have always just put down to the sensitivity of my skin.
Gillette Fusion hydra Gel comes in a very bright orange aerosol can, containing 200 ml of the hydra Gel. The can has an orange plastic lid, which can be un-clipped to reveal an orange button, which when pressed, ejects the Hydra Gel out through a small hole near the top of the bottle.
The Hydra Gel is dark blue in colour, and smells really fresh, and almost minty. A very small amount of this gel lathers up into quite a large amount of light blue foam when a little water is added to it, and so it only takes a very quick squirt for me to have plenty to shave my face with, and very often I end up with too much.
When this gel is applied to the face it is smooth, and quite thick in texture, and helps to give a very close and comfortable shave. I remember feeling my face almost tingling a little bit the first few times I applied the gel, which was something that I had not experienced before, and it kind of felt like it was trying to numb the usual pain from shaving that I get, especially if I have not shaved for a few days, and there is a lot of stubble to remove (which is very often the case!).
Overall I find that it produces a very pleasant shaving experience for me.
It is very good quality Shaving Gel, and just a little bit of the Hydra Gel goes a very long way. The results after the shave are definitely an improvement from what I have had before with other shaving gels and foams. My face feels smoother, and actually smells really fresh, and any residue from the gel left on my face or on the razor washes off really easily after shaving.
I am glad that I used this hydra gel first of all with my old mach 3 razor, or else I could have been forgiven for thinking that the improved results were more down to my new Gillette fusion razor!
I have since bought a replacement can of Gillette Fusion Hydra gel, and I will be doing so again, as I now believe that the extra money for this product is well worth it.
I paid £2:59 for the can I bought a few weeks back, which is perhaps 2 or 3 times more than the cheapest brands available, but the smoothness of the shave, combined with the elimination of the rashes I used to suffer, and the great fresh smell on my face and neck after shaving mean that I will not be going back to the cheaper brands, and will be sticking with Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
Normally when I shave, I use either a good body wash or some soap, I am not normally a user of shaving foam as I just never really see the need to. I have dealt with not using it for years and never really had a problem.
One day I had run out of anything to use when shaving my legs, so I reached for my partners Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel for Sensitive Skin. He always uses this for his face and has never complained about it, so I thought it was fine to use on my legs, especially as I have quite sensitive skin anyway.
The Hydra Gel comes in an orange can, with the Gilette fusion logo on it. The can is made from metal, and has a plastic, opaque orange lid on it to help keep it clean. The gel itself is a sort of blue color, which turns into a white foam when you lather it up with some water on your skin. It has quite a distinct smell, which is some what hard to describe. It is a nice smell, sort of fresh and cool. Definatley a mans fragrance.
A tiny bit of gel from the can goes quite a long way, and I only need a small blob about the size of a 10p coin to cover a whole leg! I found it to spread really far and thick, and it stays on the skin great, until you scrape it away with the razor blade. I am thankful it stays put, as it is easier to know where you have shaved already lol! It rinses from your razor really easily too, and any left on your skin after you are done shaving rinses well.
After use, I found that my legs were really smooth and soft, more so than when I usually shaved and I was very surprised with how good they felt. I had no reactions what so ever to the Hydra Gel and there was no sign of a shaving rash either, which is something I suffer with from time to time. Thanks to the Hydra Gel, I am now a convert to shaving gel and I use this everytime I shave, much to my partners annoyance lol!! It really does make a good difference to my skin, and helps me to shave a bit quicker as well.
Hydra Gel is perfect for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin, as there was no reaction on my skin after use and I felt like my skin was softer and more moisturised than usual. I totally recommend this Hydra Gel for men and women, as I really can not fault it.
You can buy Hydra Gel in Boots, Superdrug and in some major supermarkets. There is two size cans available, and I usually buy the larger one. This costs around £4 depending on where exactly you buy it from, but seeing as you only have to use a tiny amount at a time, the money is well worth it as it lasts for ages. Me and my partner both use the same can, and even with loads of shaving, a larger can has lasted us 2 months before.
The Gillette razor range is very good so the shaving gel has to be a similar sort of item. Recently I used this item and was pretty impressed by the overall results I had obtained. I was finding the gel only needs a small amount applied to the facial region and once you have rubbed this into the skin you feel refreshed and cool.
I guess the colour helps this process as the colour is a blue turquoise colour and you feel once you have begun the shaving process very proud. You find the item manages to remove plenty of hair in one stride and you never feel that you will cut yourself easy. Once you put the razor into the water to remove the gel from the blades this is done within a few swipes of the water so the process of cleaning up after is good.
You feel once you have finished the shave a nice smell and fresh and you do feel very good about things. There is not sticky feeling behind which happens and your left feeling very happy with the end product. You will have plenty to use and the price can be expensive at over £3 but for quality you will pay that and be happy.
You only need small amounts so this has to be a good thing and also the fact that when you use the item you know you're going to smell good afterwards as well, this is a huge plus.
I wouldn't normally use any shaving products because I believe they are all overpriced compared to using that money to replace razor blades more frequently. However I was paid to receive a bottle of Gillette Fusion before it became available to the public as part of the product testing conducted by TNS.
Not being used to this type of product I didn't really know how to apply it and there are no instructions on the packaging, I opted to lather it and then to apply to dry skin before shaving with a wet razor.
The product is bright blue, has an industrial soapy/chemical smell (to match the furniture polish style orange and silver bottle) and admits of an unpleasant foamy yet gritty texture. The dispenser makes it difficult to get a small amount and any surplus dries and crusts over in minutes. This same crusting happens on your skin and makes Fusion disagreeable to use and difficult to clean off afterwards.
Fusion is designed for sensitive skin and is intended to present a veneer of Aloe and vitamin E over the skin which should help to reduce irritation.
I didn't notice any reduction in razor burn but bizarrely the first time I used it I did get a closer shave despite the formula having supposedly barred of a fraction of a millimetre of hair.
Unfortunately this effect didn't repeat because the gel clogs up the razor and sticks so firmly that it can't be cleaned without blunting the blades further, so the net result is a poorer quality shave with more irritation over time.
At around the £3.50 mark Gillette is more expensive than the competition, although you only need a very small amount of the product as it lathers up significantly and you do get an unnecessarily large bottle (200ml).
Unfortunately I still don't think this is a buy because you can get what it achieves for 14p by buying a brand new Sainsbury's basics disposable razor.
Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel Sensitive Skin
Gillette is a brand which focuses on the care of the man. This bottle of the Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel Sensitive Skin is especially notable for its bright orange colour. On the bottle you have the name of the brand and type of the shaving gel: Hydra Gel. Furthermore there's product information on the bottle. The main important thing is that this bottle works and he gives a neat amount of gel on my hand without spraying everywhere.
Like the name suggests this shaving gel is especially designed for people with sensitive skin. The gel is therefore primarily intended to protect and take care of your skin then a normal shaving gel. With ingredients like aloe and vitamin E it has a positive effect on your skin while shaving. I do have to say the gel gives me a good feeling and feels even a little bit soft after shaving. It really makes sure that my skin doesn't feel dry and I don't see any irritation or redness.
The Gillette Fusion Hydra Sensitive Skin Gel has a nice scent and I think it is because of the aloe. The gel smells fresh and fruity but is only noticeable during shaving. After the shaving you don't really notice the scent anymore which is fine by me because normally I put aftershave on anyway.
A few months ago I switched to a cheaper brand and I have to say you notice the difference. My skin didn't feel as nice and has slightly more irritating but more also dry. So I rather stick to the Gillette one. The shaving itself goes very easy and because I also use the Gillette razor the shaving goes quickly and without any pain or irritation. You notice a nice fresh scent during the shaving which I really enjoy. It might not be the cheapest but it's certainly one I like.
Yeah ok, you may be thinking ''why is she writing a review for shaving cream?''
Well to answer your question its because i use the stuff, not on my face, but on my legs, and to do my underarms too!!
My boyfriend always has this stuff in the flat as he needs to shave every 3 days or so.
It does have a very masculine scent but really does do what you want it to. It leaves your skin feeling soft and silky-smooth for a couple of days after! And because it is designed for sensitive skin, there is absolutely no irritation what-so-ever (unless you are using a new blade).
Also, when pumped out of the can, you are faced by a bright blue gel, that once it is rubbed in, turns into a fluffy foam that spreads easily onto the skin. We have both learnt from this product, that because it rubs in so easily, a little deffinately goes a long way! This gel comes in a very distinctive orange can with the gillette fusion logo in the centre at the top. You will know if it is for sensitive skin because under the ''hydra-gel'' bit there is a green box saying ''sensitive skin.'' There are also 2 others to choose from - tough beard and ultra protection.
This product is currently retailing at £3.75 in sainsbury's for a 200ml can. Overall me and my boyfriend think that this is an amazing product that provides a clean and comfortable shave.
:) ... Top tip ... because this comes in a metal tin, get some clear nail polish and paint it around the bottom of the can and let it dry. so next time you use it, it doesn't leave any rust stains on your bathroom fittings! (guys, it is cheap enough to buy!!)
This Gillete Fusion Hydra Gel shaving gel is one of their latest offerings to fit in with their newest razor the Fusion and Fusion Power.
This new range from gilette has tended to drift away from the old black, chrome and blue/green colour combos synonymous with the brand. Instead they've gone for a more colourful appearance with bright orange and green it stands out well on the shelves which i guess is what it needs to do.
The gel squirts out of the aerosol container in one smooth jet of bright cool gel. It then easily lathers up on your face or in your hands into a thick smooth foam that is a pleasure to apply, the foam is nice and substantial and stays put until you shave away which some cheaper own brand foams fail to do making shaving more time consuming and less effective.
I used this gel regularly until it ran out using the fusion razor i found the results were completely satisfactory, shaving was easy and hassle free, i incurred no cuts or niks to my neck and my skin was left smooth and comfortable. However i can not say there is a noticable improvement on any of the other gillette gels or foams i've used in the past (i've used a few different gillette ranges, always sensitive)
A few months ago when I was in need of some razor blades I purchased the Gillette Fusion razor kit in ASDA, it was on special offer of £4......I think. In the kit came a 75ml canister of Gillette Hydro Gel. It is in an unmistakable aerosol, being that the words Gillette Fusion are emblazoned across the front of the very bright orange aerosol. Underneath this and in smaller lettering are the words Hydro Gel.
So what is a hydro gel, well it is supposed to help stop moisture escape from the skin during the sometimes quite sensitive operation of shaving. Since I have neither the inclination nor the equipment to verify the claims, I'm going to be a nice kind of guy and accept them as read. Having made this kind gesture however I would like to express that in my use of this product I have found that the texture and general feeling I get once I have applied a little on my fingertips is that of a quality product.
It feels very soft and once applied to the face with a little water the nice blue gel generates fine smooth foam. Not being Einstein or Hawkins my uneducated guess is that the generation of Oxygen during this process is one reason that the moisture however small is somehow retained in the skin. The retention of the moisture, which consists of some natural oils, is essential to the well being of the skin. The removal of these during shaving would cause some quite painful irritation is some shavers, and some may even suffer more serious consequences.
As I applied the now foam to my face I could feel the cool smoothness, it almost felt like it was actually a moisturiser. The first stroke of the razor whilst shaving is often the most painful, especially if the razor blade is not new. This is particularly more evident is those such as myself who do NOT shave on a daily basis. This means that the facial hair is longer and if the blade is not quite as sharp as it could be then a little tugging is going to occur. I making this sound like some kind of torture when I'm actually trying to make this excellent product sound as well as it is. As the razor glided effortlessly along the contours of my face I was expecting the usual little tug, the glide continued and as I realised that I had reached the end of the first stroke I also became aware than no tugging and no sensation of having shaved.
Future strokes were not quite as smooth but that was mainly my poor shaving techniques. As the razor was gliding across my face I was getting a very strong whiff of the fragranced Hydro Gel. Maybe I was bursting these oxygen bubbles and releasing the very manly but fresh scent. Or perhaps the scent was just there in the normal fashion i.e. infused in the gel.
As I briefly mentioned I'm no scientist and I cannot for sure explain the science behind this product but compared to normal foam based shaving cream it is without doubt far better. The actual shave was smoother and the rash I sometimes get when shaving was not evident. Those oxygen bubbles again I'm guessing. I did get this in a kit but it is available in the 75ml size for around 1.79 in ASDA. That is considerably more expensive than most comparable products, but I do consider the extra expense to be warranted. Even if there turns out to be non of those oxygen bubbles I'm sticking to my belief that it is they who make the product work, in conjunction of course with all the other magic ingredients which help create them.
when I upgraded my mach 3 to a gillette fusion this was bundled with it as a special promotion. I had allways thought that shaving foam was shaving foam and until that point i had just used the tesco one. Now I have dry skin that is very sensitive and was supprised when after shaving i was left with no red blotches that happens after using the tesco one. I still need to moisturise after but this definatly helps.I did think it went very quickly though, for me it would all be gone after around a month. Its perfect for anyone who has dry or sensitive skin. Ive since tried this and the standard gillette one and they both have the same effect. Whilst it is more money than the one i was previously purchassing I believe that if im helping my skin its money well spent. this Gillette one can often be found on special offer if you shop around making it a very worthwhile purchass
Contains aloe and vitamin E for men with sensitive skin /