July/Aug Subscription Box: Complete Men’s Skincare
We’re now half way through 2020 so let’s celebrate this miserable year being half over with a new selection of shaving goodies to bring joy to your mornings.
Updates from the past month:
- After almost 2 years of testing and tweaking, we’ve finally started the process to get our very own shaving soap made for market. We’re incredibly excited to get it in front of subscribers and get your feedback. First set of cosmetic safety tests have begun and we should hopefully have it ready in a few month’s time. More details to come!
- New stock updates for the shop. Subscribers loved the Oatcake Soaps from last month’s box so we’ve added some more of their lines to the store. Check out their ‘English Pear’ and ‘Mahogany’ soaps the shop here. We’ve also added a coconut shaving bowl and new stand that comes with a matching bowl.
- Special offer from Elemis, one of the brands in this month’s kit. Scroll down to get 20% off on their site.
What is The Personal Barber Shaving Club?
New here? The Personal Barber is the razor subscription that wants to turn your daily chore into a satisfying experience to look forward to.
We passionately believe that making the switch to a single-blade razor will change your whole outlook on shaving. Not only is it kinder on your skin so you can achieve a close shave without razor burn or rash, but there’s something very satisfying about using a single-blade that just isn’t felt from a modern cartridge razor.
And it’s not just about the razor you use. There’s a world of quality shaving products to try that smell amazing, feel great on your skin, and use far better ingredients than instant form.
So say goodbye to your polluting plastic cartridges and discover shaving the way it’s meant to be done.
Every 6 weeks, we curate a selection of only the finest wet shaving gear from all over the world, introducing you to the lesser known brands that you don’t see in the supermarkets.
Make the switch to one of our single blade razors (included free in your first starter box) and find out exactly what you’ve been missing:
- Warm scented lathers and effortlessly close shaves.
- A shave that’s kinder on your skin. Eliminate irritation and say goodbye to shaving rash!
- Artisan creams, post-shave balms, colognes and more. Every kit is different so you’re never bored.
- A clean conscience, no more plastic cartridges. Our blades are 100% recyclable.
The July/Aug Subscription Box
Pre-shave box – Post-shave box – Extra-care box
Our latest kit is the “Extra-care box” which will be going out to renewing subscribers between July 1st – August 15th. With this kit we usually feature products that aren’t shaving specific but provide the extra piece of the male grooming puzzle such as a top quality moisturiser and pre-shave wash or scrub.
For the full description of everything in this month’s box, check them out below:
Based in Finland, NSC are a modern shaving company with a varied range of handmade shaving soaps. This fresh batch was part of a special edition made up especially for The Personal Barber subscribers. Designed to easily lather up to protect the skin during shaving and made with rich shea butter to moisturise so it’s left feeling soft and comfortable. Described as smelling like a cool northern breeze, the icy cool menthol is sure to wake you up for the day ahead and the pleasing hint of pine smells great. Interestingly, the menthol ingredient has a gel-like consistency which makes this a bit softer than regular soaps.
We love that they make all their soaps by hand as part of a small batch process. The menthol scent is intense but very pleasing and the soft consistency makes it an easy lather.
To use: Take a small almond sized piece of soap and press it into your hand or bowl to increase the surface area. Then, using a damp shaving brush, work into a lather, adding a drop of water at a time until you’ve hit the perfect whipped cream consistency. Alternatively you can load your brush directly on top of the soap however this will greatly reduce its longevity. If you do this, make sure to let it dry in the open after use.
Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Menthol, Potassium Butyrospermum Parkii Butterate, Potassium Lanolate, Abies Siberica Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Oil, Limonene
Hawkins and Brimble are an exciting British brand that have gone from strength to strength since they started in 2016. Their award winning range range has been designed for the modern man using natural ingredients; that means no parabens, colourants, SLS, or mineral oils.
This daily energising moisturiser, winner of the ‘Best Men’s Moisturiser’ in the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019, is packed with skin-loving ingredients such as nourishing Avena Sativa Kernel Oil (oat oil) and oatmeal extract, this quick-absorbing hydrator feeds skin with fortifying omegas 3 and 6 and Vitamin E to help boost your skin’s defence against dullness and roughness and restore pH balance. Ginseng is renowned for its skin brightening properties while Caffeine powder helps to revive skin. Finally, Shea Butter is an excellent moisturiser that helps to heal skin making it ideal post-shave.
We really liked a lot about this moisturiser: It comes in a premium glass bottle, smells great without being overpowering, and easily absorbs into the skin without leaving it feeling greasy.
To use: Take 1 pump of moisturiser and gently massage into slightly damp skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Caffeine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Elemis are a luxury British skincare brand known for their science-backed, innovative products using natural ingredients. Originally founded in 1989 on the philosophy to create a range that was “as near to nature as possible with no expense spared”.
This daily facial wash is made up of a fast-acting gel formulation that deeply cleanses the skin and softens the hairs, readying them for your shave. The potent blend of Oak Bark, Spearmint and Peppermint in a unique milk protein base, deeply cleanses the skin, helping remove impurities and pollution. Oak Bark has antiseptic properties and helps to reduce inflammation making it ideal in use as part of a shaving routine.
We loved this face wash because it does a great job of cleansing the skin without leaving it feeling dry and stripped of all its natural oils. The sign of a quality product.
To use: Take a pea-sized dollop of gel and massage it into damp skin before rinsing with warm water and applying your shaving lather.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Cocamide DEA, Calcium Caseinate, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Laureth-2, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Tromethamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Sodium PCA, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Quercus Robur Bark Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
SPECIAL OFFER: Elemis have very kindly offered The Personal Barber subscribers an exclusive 20% off in their online store with code BARBER20. Just head over to Elemis.com and redeem the code at checkout
Terms & Conditions: Use code BARBER20 to receive 20% off your order. Not valid on ULTRA SMART range, collections, supersizes, travel sizes, gift cards & vouchers and cleansing cloths. Only one promotional code can be used per order. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or codes and cannot be redeemed retrospectively. No cash alternative available. Offer expires 31st August 2020.
These Gillette Platinums, made in St Petersburg, Russia, are well known as being one of the smoothest shaves in the Gillette line and with great longevity. They were discontinued in the past and this looks to be a new model they have brought out. There is some debate as to whether or not these are the same blades as the discontinued line or not. Whatever the case, they give a fantastic shave. Each blade lasts 3-7 shaves depending on beard thickness with most getting an average of 5.
The Astra superior platinums are a favourite amongst wet shavers. Originally made in the Czech Republic, production was moved to Russia once the company was bought by Gillette. Known colloquially as the Astra “Greens”, they are a medium sharpness blade that gives a smooth and comfortable shave for most beard types. Lasts 3-6 shaves.