British made shaving products…You’ll find many great British saving products listed below (as usual in no particular order).
Now that Gillette and Wilkinson Sword make their razors abroad a good alternative is a King of Shaves razor. Their Azor razor (pictured below) is very lightweight (great for travel). It takes a bit of getting used to if you usually use say a Mach 3 and you need to press a bit harder but it gives a good shave and is almost impossible to cut yourself with. The razor and the blades tend to be ever so slightly cheaper than Gillette too. King of Shaves razors are designed, assembled and packed in the UK (I think the blades are Japanese), so this is a bit of a compromise. I don’t think there are any totally UK made razors anymore. That said King of Shaves tell me that their handles are designed & manufactured in UK too, in Chesham, Bucks and the last razor I bought from King of Shaves says made in the UK on the packaging. Good to know. These are very good razors. As of May 2017 the Azors 4 and 5 have now been discontinued, with the Hyperglide to follow soon. The KOS5 is the replacement for the Hyperglide with an Azor replacement due.
I was at a loss to see why King of Shaves would discontinue the Azors razor as this gave the best shave of any modern razor and it was British made. Looking at their website today (6 August 2017) I can now see they have sadly moved production abroad. The Retro 4, which I guess replaces the Azors, “Handle made in Mexico. Blades made in Greece” and the KOS 5-Blade, which replaced the hyperglide, “Blades made in USA and Germany. Assembled in China”. They are now a standard razor head rather than the rather unique King of Shaves Azor deign. The decision to move manufacturing abroad appears to be related to difficulties with their Japanese blade supplier. At least country of origin for these new razors is clearly stated. My main reason for choosing King of Shaves above any other modern razor was that they were British made. Such as shame to see that they are now foreign made. What a big disappointment. The company have told me that their “skincare & shave preps are UK developed, sourced & manufactured” still.
Wilkinson Sword were a British company (currently American owned by Energizer Holdings), but they no longer make swords and their razors are now made abroad. Wilkinson Sword has manufactured its products in three UK locations over the years: in London, (Chelsea and Acton), Cramlington in Northumberland and Bridgend in Wales, where it made gardening tools. In 2000, the company closed its razor plant in the UK and moved production in Germany. In August 2005, Wilkinson Sword, who had been established for over two hundred years, ceased trading as sword makers. Pooley Sword, formed in November 2005, purchased from Wilkinsons their drawings, spares and much of their tooling and as far as I can tell still manufactures swords in the UK. Gardening equipment is still made under the Wilkinson Sword name by E.P. Barrus under a licensing arrangement, but is now manufactured abroad.
Gillette is an American company. They used to have manufacturing facilities in the UK but no longer do and no Gillette products are now made in the UK.
The Ockham Razor and the Travel Edition Ockham Razor are handles which are made in England and which take foreign made Gillette modern disposable cartridges which are widely available. The company started out in 2015 on Kickstarter – http://www.ockhamrazorcompany.com
Taylor of Old Bond Street London are suppliers of men’s shaving and grooming products and was established 1854. Taylor of Old Bond Street sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which again uses the foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades. They might have more razors that are made in England if you visit their shop? They also sell made in England shaving cream, made in England shaving brushes, plastic shaving brush holders which are apparently made in the UK (although they do not say made in England on them, which worries me), and UK made moustache wax; as well as being a London barbers and selling a variety of other mens grooming products (some of which, like their soaps, are made in the UK). Taylor of Bond Street also sell a very easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to use ivory coloured moustache comb (I040) in their shop which, whilst it is actually made in Europe, is at least apparently finished in the UK. You can buy their products in their shop in London, or at Selfridges, London, or through their website or elsewhere online. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. I use the Eton College variety of shaving cream and a Taylor badger shaving brush, both of which are fabulous.
For razor strops I have found this company on the internet, “Miller” strops, whose razor strops are hand-made in England – http://www.strop-shop.co.uk. A razor strop is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used to straighten and polish the blade of a straight razor, a knife, or a woodworking tool like a chisel.
All Murdock London own brand shaving accessories (I’m not sure how they define accessories) are made in England – they sell straight edge (or cut throat or single blade) razors, double edge safety razors, modern blade razors (again taking foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades), shaving bowls, shaving creams, shaving oils, pre and post shave balms, hair gels, skincare products (such as face wash, moisturiser, hand cream, etc.), colognes, candles, moustache wax, beard shampoo, beard conditioner, beard moisturiser, wash bags, socks, and so on, as well as being a London barbers. Simply fab barbers shops.
The Murdock website also has some great tips (promoting their own products but so what, these are useful tips) on things like the perfect wet shave, 5 rules for growing a beard, why it’s good to use a shaving brush, applying hair wax and keeping a quiff in place.
Scottish Fine Soaps Company say on their website “We’re proud to create, design, make and package all of our products at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire”. Established in 1974, they make soap bars, body wash, bath and shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, body milk, body butter, body scrub, hand and nail cream, hand wash, bath foam, bath soak, face wash, shave gel, aftershave balm, moisturiser, and so on – https://www.scottishfinesoaps.com
Norse describe themselves as a ‘startup company focused on naturally great male focused grooming products’. They sell things like beard oil, moustache wax, and double edged safety razors. On the front page of their website they state “At Norse we make naturally great grooming products for the bearded, smooth-faced and mustachioed men of the world. All Norse products are handmade in the United Kingdom.” That last sentence is untrue – their Personna DE blades are made in the USA and I suspect some of their other products, such as their shaving mug, are foreign made. Check county of origin before buying – https://www.norse.london
Edwin Jagger have a manufacturing facility in Sheffield, England and sell double edge razors, razors that take the mach 3 and fusion blades, shaving brushes and shaving accessories, some or possibly all of which are made in England – http://www.edwinjagger.co.uk
Rooney (“R. A. Rooney & Sons Ltd.” or “City of London Brushworks”) is or was a British brush manufacturing company, making or assembling shaving brushes in London, but I am not sure if they are still going.
I saw some Coates shaving cream online (they used to make shaving brushes too), but I think they have gone bankrupt now.
Culmak make bristle (badger and non-badger) shaving brushes, non-animal bristle shaving brushes and shaving soap. They still manufacture all their products in the UK. Their products can be found mainly at small pharmacies or can be purchased direct from their factory via their website – http://www.culmak.co.uk
D R Harris, the London Chemists, sell shaving creams that are made in England. They state on their website that “the majority of our products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in our own premises in London.” They also sell a great range of colognes, moisturisers, etc. and skincare items for men and women and many of their own brand products are made in England – http://www.drharris.co.uk
Nanny’s Silly Soap Company products are (all?) made in England and include hard shaving soaps, soft shaving soaps, and pre-shave soaps (face wash), as well as various soap bars, bath bombs, body butters, lip balms, and scrubs, plus a Vulfix shaving brush – http://www.nannyssillysoap.com
Avaj men’s underwear is made in the UK. Avaj say “The entire clothing and grooming product ranges are 100% designed and manufactured within the UK, and in fact this is true of 99% of the avaj product range.” Underwear – Briefs, vests, lounge pants, hooded robes, dressing gowns. Male Grooming & Skincare by avaj – exfoliating scrubs, moisturisers, beard shampoos and conditioners, etc. Accessories – Washbags, weekend bags, top hats, bow ties, pocket squares. Homeware – Tea light holders, candles, a bath-salt bowl and scoop, a cake stand, a fruit box, trays and a champagne store – http://www.avaj.co.uk
Rockface range of men’s grooming products are made in the UK – moisturiser, face wash, shave gel, shave butter, body spray, face and body scrub, post-shave balm, deodorant, shower wash. I don’t know if all their products are made in the UK, so check the packaging before buying – http://www.rockface4men.co.uk
Tesco Everyday Value Shaving Foam and Tesco Sensitive Shave Gel are both made in the UK. Tesco clearly state country of origin both on the packaging and on their website, unlike say Waitrose – http://www.tesco.com
The Bulldog range of men’s grooming products are mostly made in the UK. Shaving gel, shaving cream, face wash, deodorant, Beard Shampoo and Conditioner, Beard Oil, etc. Whilst most Bulldog products are made in the UK, some are foreign made. For example their foaming shave gel cans are made Belgium, although all the other Bulldog products I have seen are UK made. They do not give country of origin on their website, so you’ll have to ask or look at the products themselves. They say on their website “We work with two main factories here in the UK in Frome, Somerset and in Preston, Lancashire. They make all of our skincare line. We also manufacture a small number of our products through specialist factories outside of the UK where they have unique skills” – https://www.bulldogskincare.com
For face wash, face scrub, moisturiser, and such you might also try Rhino Skin Armour whose products are all manufactured in the UK. Also, all Lush products sold in the UK are all made in the UK. All Neal’s Yard products are made in the UK. A few Body Shop products are made in the UK (check the packaging). Have a look under my men’s grooming category.
The Dandy Gent shaving and hair grooming products are made in Derbyshire, England according to an advertisement I saw in a magazine. As it does not say this on their website, you will want to check this before buying – http://www.thedandygent.co.uk
Jack Dean (a range by Denman; the hairbrush makers) for men has some products made in the UK, but not all (you will want to check which before buying). The majority of Denman products are UK made apparently, but not all. Some of the Jack Dean range is UK made, looking at the labelling, such as the body scrub bar pictured below which clearly says made in UK on it. The range features classic hair lotions and tonics including Eau de Quinine, Eau de Portugal and American Bay Rum and body wash, body scrub bars, hair and scalp tonic, shampoo, pomade, styling paste, after shave balm, a club brush and a military brush (which can be used to brush hair or beards; disappointingly this JDMB55 Jack Dean military brush is foreign made and I assume the JDCB Jack Dean Club Brush is foreign made too. For a military brush, you may do better with something like the Kent MC4 – a small boys / travel / beard bristle brush which is made in England). Jack Dean products are available on their website – http://www.denmanbrush.com/acatalog/Jack-Dean-Grooming.html
For more hairbrushes made in the UK, please click the hyperlink.
Did you Know? Nylon was developed by Du Pont and named after New York and London (I saw this on a Jack Dean advert on the back of the January 2014 Chap Magazine; not sure if this is really the case but anyway it makes good sense!).
The Gentle-Man Range (eau de toilette, face wash, moisturiser, shave balm, shave cream, body wash) is formulated in Great Britain. The design and packaging is done in Great Britain. The products are made in Great Britain – http://www.gentle-man.co.uk
Honest Skincare on their instagram tagline say “Skincare & Apothecary products for both men & women, all handcrafted in Birmingham England, in small batches using the finest natural ingredients.” Candles, home scents, beard oil, body lotion, etc. Not all products are labelled made in England and I assume those that are not are foreign made, including some of their cosmetic products, wooden products and towel products – http://www.honestskincare.co.uk
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Soap shaving soap (and their other soap?) appears to be made in England (in Bradford?). Their website is simply awful and it’s hard to tell anything from there, but some pictures from the internet (see below) seem to suggest it is made in England (not sure about the ceramic pot). There’s a good video review here – http://www.mitchellswoolfatsoap.co.uk
The Sheffield Skin Company appear to make their products in Sheffield (not sure about the origin of their packaging or items such as shaving brushes, so you will want to check) and their range includes shaving soaps, aftershaves, and face packs for men – http://sheffieldskincare.co.uk
Floris sell razors (that take mach 3 blades) and shaving brushes that are made in England. Their fragrances are also all made in England, as are possibly more of the products they sell – http://www.florislondon.com
Some Kent Brushes products are still made in the UK but unless what you are wanting to buy says made in England on it then it is probably not British made. Their razors are not made in the UK. Their shaving brushes are made in the UK, using components supplied from the EEC. Please note that, despite somehow giving the impression otherwise, the Kent Moustache and Beard Comb is not made in the UK. For a military brush, the Kent MC4 is a good choice – a smallish boys / travel / beard bristle brush made in England – http://www.kentbrushes.com
Cyril R. Salter sell a variety of shaving products (trade only) including their own brand shaving brushes, shaving cream, strops and so on. Of their own brand products, their shaving cream, shaving brushes, shaving scuttles and bowls, and shaving soaps are made in the UK. Their straight razors are made in Solingen, Germany as well as their strops – http://www.cyrilrsalter.co.uk
Penhaligon’s sell a razor set that is assembled in Sheffield. Their perfumes are made in England. It is not clear from their website what else that they sell that is made in the UK and possibly nothing – http://www.penhaligons.com
Truefitt and Hill in London is apparently the oldest barbershop in the world and they sell made in England double edge razors and modern blade razors (taking mach 3 blades). It is not clear from their website what else that they sell that is made in the UK and possibly nothing, but it rumoured on the internet that their shaving mugs are made in England and that their shaving brushes are made for them by Vulfix in the Isle of Man – http://www.truefittandhill.co.uk
According to the Chap Magazine of Dec/Jan 2014, Creightons in Peterborough are possibly the people who actually manufacture the shaving creams for the Three T’s – Geo F. Trumper, Truefitt and Hill, and Taylor of Old Bond Street.
Creightons in Peterborough (Creightons plc) are manufacturers of fine English toiletries. They manufacture a wide range of personal care and beauty products for other brands in their own factory (as well as working with other manufacturers) and have their own range of brands. As far as I can gather, most of their products are made in England, but as always you will want to check if products are not labelled as such. Creighton’s also own Potter and Moore (formerly Jean Sorelle) having taken over that firm in 1998. Creightons have a factory outlet store located in Peterborough and products from that store are available online at their Beauty@Creightons website. Creightons / Potter and Moore make shaving products, hair products, fake tan, toiletries, foot care products, anti-bacterial hand wash, and so on; under a variety of brand names.
St James of London mens grooming products (by Creightons, see above) are made in the UK. Individual product country of origin is not given, so you will want to check. Aimed at the American market, prices on their website are in US dollars. Products are available in Sterling at Beauty@Creightons – http://www.stjamesoflondon.com
There are a number of grooming tips at the St James of London site mentioned above, such as “Irritated, bumpy skin can be avoided by using a high-quality double-edge razor”.
Travel tip – Fixed-cartridge razor blades (disposable razors) are allowed in hand luggage on aircraft; double edge razor blades are not (they would have to go in the hold in checked baggage).
Abbeyhorn do a range of shaving brushes, beard brushes and moustache combs, all made in Lancashire, England I understand. Abbeyhorn also make gifts, tableware, kitchenware, silverware, homeware, and the like in Lancashire all using natural horn – http://www.abbeyhorn.co.uk
Trestle Shop (Tender) sell a made in England cow horn comb, which comes in a made in England from Japanese denim case – http://www.trestleshop.com/natural-cow-horn-comb-in-a-denim-slip/
Captain Fawcett’s extra strength moustache wax, shaving brush, razor handle (takes mach 3 blades), and shaving soap (note the bowl is made in India) are made in England. Their website does not specify country of origin for their other items so I assume these are foreign made – http://www.captainfawcett.com
Simpsons (Alexander Simpson) Shaving Brushes are based on the Isle of Man. They are owned by Progress Shaving Brush (Vulfix) Limited and made in London. Progress (Vulfix) Limited themselves manufacture shaving brushes, razors and shaving accessories sold under the Vulfix brand or branded for other companies, some or possibly all of which are made in England.
http://www.progress-vulfix.com – trade only.
Thomas Clipper shaving soap is made in England, as are their shave bowls and brushes. Their razor handles are made in England, although the razor heads are made in India. Their flannel is made in Turkey although it is finished in England. Their oil is made in England. Their other products such as razor blades are all foreign made – http://www.thomasclipper.com
For moustached adorned chaps you might like to try the following for British made Moustache Wax:
MR NATTY’S MOUSTACHE TWIZZLE WAX – “Empires are built with this” – “This clear moustache wax is slightly harder than normal moustache wax, so it’s great in warmer and cold climates – like trips abroad – and it lasts rather a long time. Work your finger around in the tin to create warmth, then rub together thumb and forefinger then apply to your fine moustache” – They also make shampoo, lip salve, beard elixir, shave soap, after shave, candles, and a handy universal soap that can be used as soap, deodorant, shave soap and shampoo (but not toothpaste). All Mr Natty preparations are made in England and call comply with the maximum airline size of 100ml. Please note that their wash bags are made in the USA.
Beardbase Beard Oil is made in Britain. As they point out on their website “by using beard oil, you can soften your beard hair and skin underneath, banish beard dandruff and solve the problems of itchy, wiry beard hair”. I assume their other products are foreign made – http://beardbase.co.uk
Hughes Tash Wax, one of my twitter followers, is a new company launched in October 2015 that intends to sell wax for style and general care for your Mo and Beard. No website yet but you can find them on twitter. On their twitter they say “Made in the U.K.” – https://twitter.com/HughesTashWax
Captain Fawcett’s extra strength moustache wax, shaving brush, razor handle (takes mach 3 blades), and shaving soap (note the bowl is made in India) are made in England. Their website does not specify country of origin for their other items so I assume these are foreign made.
Taylor of Old Bond Street make a moustache wax in a 30ml tin and another in a 15ml tube, both of which are made in England. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. Their web site is at www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk (Enter “wax” in the quicksearch field).
Mr. Taylor’s Moustache Wax is also available from The Gentleman’s Shop in Hungerford, Berkshire. Their website is at www.gentlemans-shop.com (Enter “wax” in the Search-by-Keyword field). The Gentleman’s Shop stock a wide range of shaving and grooming products.
Tony’s Barber Shop Wonderful Moustache Wax is made in England. A quote from the Handlebar Club website about this products – “Tony has been making it for about ten years and does it all himself locally in Devon. His grandfather and father were both barbers and the recipe has been passed down.” His shop’s web site is www.tonysbarbershop.co.uk. Click on the “Moustache Wax” link at the left.
Roo’s hair pomade by Scott Fraser is made in England – http://scottfrasercollection.com/product-category/grooming/
Penhaligon’s Movember moustache wax is possibly made in the UK (on the basis that all their scents are made in England), but I am not sure, so please check before buying.
Murdock’s Marvellous Moustache Wax, in 15ml Natural or Quince Oakmoss scents, like all the Murdock own brand grooming range, is made in England.
Murdock do a traditional shaving and beard and moustache trimming / shaping service too. Have a look at this short article on the Tweed Pig – Murdock London – Demon Barbers of London
Should I use moustache wax? – a link to Q&A at The Handlebar Club. There are also pages with various moustache wax suppliers and useful FAQs about handlebar moustaches. Founded in 1947, the Handlebar Club’s qualification for membership is “a hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities” and no beards.
You may also enjoy the Hirsute for Happiness website, which is written by a man with a handlebar moustache and beard and is for those with an interest in moustache, beards, and associated grooming products. Plus you may enjoy Norton of Morton, a website brought to you by protagonist G.M. Norton (an aspiring English gentleman on limited means); it follows his quest to lead a gentlemanly existence where he celebrates chivalry, good manners and decency and it includes a moustache growing guide.
Moustache wax will keep your Mo in fine fettle. Moustache is sometimes spelt as “mustache”, particularly in the USA. The pronunciation of moustache is a little bit different in the USA too. Talking of the USA, the Art of Manliness (a US based website) has an article on How to Grow a Handlebar Moustache and a video about How to Trim a Moustache.
This old archive article also explains how to grow a handlebar moustache – Mustache Summer ’99.
Which is the correct spelling: Moustache or Mustache? An Englishman spells it moustache, whilst an American spells it mustache. Moustache is also the preferred spelling in all the main varieties of English outside the U.S.
You might like to note that, despite somehow giving the impression otherwise, the Kent Moustache and Beard Comb is not made in the UK. Many websites claim the Kent moustache comb they are selling is British made. Kent have categorically told me it is not British made.
Abbeyhorn make various moustache combs and beard brushes, as well as shaving brushes; all made in Lancashire, England I understand.
The Murdock Moustache Comb is made for them by Abbeyhorn and is made in England.
Mo Bro’s ‘Wooden Grooming Beard Comb’ is Made in England. Mo Bro’s Beard Balm, Moustache Wax, Beard Oil, Beard Wash, and Beard Soap are also made in England. They also sell a made in England Kent Boar Bristle Brush. I assume their other products are all foreign made – https://www.mobros.co.uk
Scotweb sell an oxhorn moustache comb, possibly also made for them by Abbeyhorn – http://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/oxhorn-moustache-comb-with-handle/
Harrow and Penny sell a made in the UK moustache comb, again possibly made by Abbeyhorn – http://www.harropandpenny.co.uk/collections/all/products/moustache-horn-comb
Taylor of Bond Street sell a very easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to use ivory coloured moustache comb (I040) in their shop which, whilst it is actually made in Europe, is at least apparently finished in the UK.
Duralon (John Dobson (Milnthorpe) Ltd.), founded in 1886 (or possibly 1704), is probably the UK’s best known comb brand and they still make their combs in the UK. The other items on their website are mostly foreign made. They have a factory in Milnthorpe, Cumbria and they say on their eBay site “Our combs are made with pride in our factory in Cumbria in the UK.” Amongst the very wide range of combs available Duralon make a beard and moustache comb and a beard and moustache comb with a handle – http://stores.ebay.co.uk/duralon – https://www.duralon.co.uk
What constitutes a proper moustache? This article on American site Handlebar Moustache Life entitled “The Moustache Zone – Stray Not!” explains. More detail in the link, but see the picture below. “…what area constitutes legit moustache growth. For a handlebar moustache it will include only hair growing within the upper lip area. This extends out to the sides and usually stops at the smile crease that arch up and in toward your nose. The lower limit is generally at the corners of the mouth. ”
Murdock sell made in England beard shampoo, beard conditioner, beard moisturiser, etc.
The Tweed Pig has a Gallery of Great British Beards.
Out of interest the badger hair is used in shaving brushes is mostly imported from China and British badger hair is never used.
A shaving forums for those of you who might be interested:
I have tried various shaving products, but I generally use my vintage Gillette made in England Double Edged Safety Razor that I picked up on e-bay for £8.45 (including postage and packing) or my new made in England Murdock Ernest DE razor or a King of Shaves Azor (which I find better for shaving my head), together with a Taylor’s shaving brush, Taylor’s Eton College shaving cream (in a tub usually) or King of Shaves Made in the United Kingdom Shave Gel and Lush facial moisturiser (sometimes Seaweed moisturisers from the Body Shop; which are made in England; or E45 cream; or other moisturisers such as made in England Morny Moisturising Cream or Boots essentials moisturising cream). Sometimes I use a Philips electric razor (an old Made in England battery razor) and a Philips beard trimmer, but this is made in China. I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. I use my old Philips made in England electric razors sometimes and these are still going strong despite their age. For DE blades I use either Wilkinson Sword (which are made in Germany) or Feather (which are made in Japan). Incidentally Derby DE blades are made in Turkey and Merkurs in Germany. Shark DE razor blades are made in Egypt, as are Lord DE blades. Jaguar’s Orca DE blade is made in Germany. Gillette 7 O’ Clock Sharp Edge DE blades are manufactured in St. Petersburg, Russia under license from the Gillette Company (I believe they are also made in India). Personna DE blades are made in the USA. Astra DE blades are made in Russia. This article on the Murdock website discusses blades. I use Mr Natty’s Twizzle moustache wax on my tash sometimes and Mr Natty’s Beard Elixer in my goatee or Bull Dog beard wash and Bull Dog Original Beard Balm.
Ever-Ready also used to make razors and razor blades in the UK, but sadly no longer do so.
For shaving supplies, and especially harder to find shaving supplies such as single edged blades and half blades, Connaught Shaving (Suffolk Supplies) may be a good option in some instances – http://connaughtshaving.com
Does anyone know of any other current British made cut throat razors, double edge safety razors or modern blade razors? Or any British made electric razors? Or British made razor blades? Or other British made shaving soap and shaving accessories?