May/June Subscription Box: Making Quarantine More Bearable
Even if some quarantine days you just want to sit at home in your pyjamas, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a fresh shave to make you feel more human and ready to face the day. Over the past 6 weeks, we’ve been hard at work putting together new kits for shaving club members, tackling supply troubles and postal delays along the way.
Thanks to everyone for sending in your messages about how much you’ve been enjoying your shaving kits. It’s great to see so many new subscribers discovering the benefits of a single-blade, with many saying it’s the first time they’ve had an irritation-free shave in their life!
Updates: Last month we launched our Essentials shaving kit which is a more focused subscription box of just shaving soap and blades for only £12.95 including UK delivery.
Scroll down to see the full selection of what’s included in our full Discovery box
Who Are We?
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 multi-blade razor. 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 in your first 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.
Pre-shave box – Post-shave box – Extra-care box
Our latest kit is the “Post-Shave Box” which will be going out to renewing subscribers between May 16th – June 30th. On top of a new shaving soap and restock of 10 blades, this kit always features a post-shave balm to help calm the skin after shaving and promote the healing process so it feels comfortable all day long. We also usually showcase a solid cologne in this kit which we believe is one of the most exciting new products that every gentleman must try.
Oatcake Soaps was created by London-based soap-maker Edward Merricks. Originally a side project born from the desire to find a natural shaving soap with skin loving ingredients that worked for both dry and sensitive skin. After countless hours of research, and using the feedback of the wet shaving community to refine his recipe, he has become an artisan soap maker to rival the best of them.
After officially launching in only late 2018, the brand already has a loyal following of wet shavers that eagerly await each new batch. The soap itself is a natural, tallow based recipe including homemade organic oat milk for a nourishing and irritation-free shave. Every soap is part of a small batch made by hand so you know that every care and attention has gone into ensuring it’s the best possible quality.
We’re incredibly excited to be able to unveil his latest creation “Mintchouli” as part of an exclusive collaboration with The Personal Barber, only for our subscribers. Made with a new and updated recipe using a range of skin loving ingredients such as Cocoa and Shea butter for a thick, protective lather while Aloe Vera, Oat kernel oil and Lanolin aid for a silky soft post-shave feel. Oatcake shave soap will be your most comfortable shave yet. Mintchouli is an inviting spearmint-based scent that’s been rounded out with a touch of patchouli and a hint of ginger.
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. This shaving soap is a bit of a builder so keep adding a drop of water at a time until you’ve hit the perfect whipped cream consistency.
Ingredients: Stearic Acid, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua, Glycerin, Tallow, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut Oil), Potassium Hydroxide, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter) Seed Oil, Sodium Citrate, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Kaolin clay, Mulberry silk
Mara Naturals, based in Latvia, is a brand with a focus on natural skincare for men and women. Inspired by the beauty of the Latvian countryside, their range of products have been made for busy people looking to add a bit of natural luxury to their skincare routine. Made using the finest ingredients without parabens, alcohol, SLS or other controversial additives.
Their men’s aftershave lotion has been formulated specifically to help soothe and heal the skin after a shave. Avocado oil was chosen to soften and moisturise your skin, provitamin B5 for its ability to help your skin heal, and vitamin C for its powerful antioxidant properties.
Suitable for all skin types. It has a light texture making it easily absorbed without leaving any greasy feeling. Top it all off with a magnificent Juniper scent that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
To use: Gently massage a pea-sized dollop of lotion into your skin after shaving.
Ingredients: Aqua, Persea Gratissima Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Panthenol, Stearyl Alcohol, Parfum, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Solid Cologne UK is a London-based brand that’s helping to revive the ancient Egyptian tradition of applying a solid, wax-based scent. Perfect for carrying in your pocket, gym bag or on an airplane, the conveniently packaged cologne is discreet allowing for quick and simple application on the go, whenever you need a top-up.
The difference between this and a regular cologne is that it uses a highly concentrated wax base meaning there is no water content, allowing for a higher concentration of fragrance, and no alcohol, so it’s much kinder to your skin. Made using naturally sourced ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, and jojoba oil for a comfortable non-greasy feel.
Featuring their ‘Alexander’ fragrance, their most popular cologne. It’s a sweet, rich and sophisticated scent that begins with fresh grapefruit, leading to a heart of aromatic bay leaf and jasmine, and finishing with a woody base of patchouli, oak moss and ambergris.
To use: Gently rub your finger over the balm in a circular motion and then apply to your pulse points such as your wrist, neck and behind your ears. We use the pulse points because they heat up the cologne, making it last longer. Scent should last roughly 3-4 hours before it may need reapplying, so keep it with you.
Ingredients: Beeswax, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Parfum
This month we’re featuring a 10-pack of blades rather than 2 packs of 5. This is because there are lots of great razor blades out there that only come in packs of 10 and we’d hate for you to miss out on them!
Dorco Titans are a Korean brand that are manufactured in Vietnam. They are exceptionally sharp blades that work best in a mild razor but have great longevity. Can be a bit harsh on the first shave if you haven’t got your technique right yet but they mellow out for a really comfortable shave by the 2nd or 3rd onwards. Last 4-8 shaves per blade.