Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream

What I like

  • Excellent shave
  • Virtually no irritation
  • Extremely low ‘gunk factor’

What I don’t like

  • Price


  • This may be the best shaving lubricant I’ve ever used.


Billy Jealousy’s Hydroplane shave cream is a lotion-style shave cream (ie. it doesn’t foam when applied to your skin). According to the packaging, it’s made up of millions of “micro sillicone beads”. It does have a slightly gritty feel to it (though nothing at all uncomfortable), which makes the “sillicone bead” description sound reasonable.

Applying Hydroplane is pretty simple: just rub it into your skin after you’ve thoroughly moistened it with water, then shave normally. Hydroplane is persistent, so it won’t dry up like some shaving lubricants, and it doesn’t require any additional water after it’s been applied. It’ll easily last through your entire shave.

Lubrication, irritation protection, and nick protection are all excellent. Hydroplane washes out of your blade very easily, too, with one of the lowest gunk factors I’ve experienced in a shaving lubricant. As shaving lubricants go, I can find no fault with this one.

Hydroplane is a premium product in every sense of the word. A 236ml (8 ounce) bottle retails for $20 from the Billy Jealousy website. You can save $4 on the 8-ounce Hydroplane by purchasing from Amazon. The bottle’s a good size, and it’ll last a while (you only need a small amount for each shave), but it’s still very expensive.

Overall, Billy Jealousy’s Hydroplane shave cream may be the best shaving lubricant I’ve ever used. It’s expensive, but it’s worth the price, in my opinion. If you’re looking for a very close, comfortable shave with no irritation, Hydroplane is very much worth trying out. I am impressed.


Amazon carries this product at a discounted price – 8-ounce Hydroplane

Billy Jealousy Hydroplane – From their official online store.