Friday, February 24, 2006

ASK MARLEN: Emulsion VS Lotion

Dear Marlen,

I have to ask this, since I just bought Bvlgari pour Homme After Shave Lotion. Is it the same thing? If you have tested both, how do they differ? I actually went and bought it after reading this review here, thinking it was the same thing. I haven't opened it yet, since I wanted to double check, but I don't think I can keep myself from using this puppy even though it doesn't seem to be the exact same grooming product.


Hi S,

Ok, you've got the alcohol-based clear liquid - this is what is normally referred to as Aftershave Lotion...It's a bit confusing because to me, lotion implies a cream or gel, but alas, it's the standard "burn the crap out of your face" liquid. Emulsions and Balms are generally creams or gels designed to hydrate skin and relieve razor-burn. Much more gentle, and generally without the nasty sting, balms and emulsions can also go on greasy, so many men prefer the straight-up Aftershave...The nice thing about Bvlgari's Emulsions is that they are pretty lightweight, and leave my skin feeling moisturized, but never greasy.

Hope this helps!

Clockwise from top: AfterShave Emulsion, Shampoo and Shower Gel, AfterShave Lotion, Mystery product, Soap.


shifts said...

Yes and this is what I found out when I couldn't help myself from opening the plastic wrapping the product came in. It is just an ordinary after shave. A huge dissapointment. A lotion implies a cream even to me. Oh well, I doubt I'll use this one much since I need something a tad more moisturizing in my face after a shave, but it does indeed smell really good (for a very limited amount of time).

Thanks for the answer!

marlen said...

Shifts...glad to help, but sorry I didn't catch you in time...You can always use the AS lotion for layering purposes to make Bulgari Homme last more than 17 minutes...