Category Archives: Shaving and Beard Care

Some of my favourite British made bars of soap

Five reasons some people prefer bars of soap to liquid soap:

  1. It’s what they’ve always known
  2. Solid soap is more luxurious
  3. The feeling of scouring away the dirt in the shower
  4. Less packaging is better for the planet
  5. The bottles are fiddly.

Read the full article on the BBC.

These are some of my favourite made in the UK soap bars, in no particular order:

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Bulldog Skincare for Men – Mostly Made in the UK

Bulldog Skincare for Men | Welcome.

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

Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. Made in the UK. Front view

Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. Made in the UK. Rear label view.

Bulldog Original Beard Balm. Made in the UK. Front view.

Bulldog Original Beard Balm. Made in the UK. Label view.

Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml. Made in the UK. Front view.

Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml. Made in the UK. Rear label view.

Taylor of Old Bond Street

Taylor of Old Bond Street London are suppliers of men’s shaving and grooming products and was established 1854. The shaving soaps pictured below are made in England. They currently (in 2013) cost £7.95 but a 150g tub lasts for ages. They seem to help prevent in-growing hairs and shaving rash. Taylor of Old Bond Street also sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which 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 (one of which is pictured below), 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 the soaps, are made 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.

Taylor of Old Bond Street also make a moustache wax in a 30ml tin and another in a 15ml tube, both of which are made in England.

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.

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.

Without doubt, Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of the best shops in London.

www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk

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Taylor of Old Bond Street shop, London, May 7, 2012

Taylor of Old Bond Street shop, London, May 7, 2012.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb.  Made in Europe; finished in England. Photo by author.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb. Made in Europe; finished in England. Photograph by author.

Taylor’s shaving cream. Made in England.

Taylor’s shaving brush. Made in England. Photograph by author.

 

 

Razors and Other Shaving Related Products Made in the UK

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.

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King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK.

King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK – now discontinued and King of Shave razors are now foreign made.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil. Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil. Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves L'Aazor razor for women. Shaver handle made in the UK.

King of Shaves L’Aazor razor for women. Shaver handle made in the UK.

King of Shaves Shave Oil and King of Shaves Shave Gels - made in the UK.

King of Shaves Shave Oil and King of Shaves Shave Gels – made in the UK. Photographed by author in Tesco Flitwick 12/2/16.

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