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Hairbrushes and Combs that are made in the UK

British made hairbrushes and combs.

Denman brushes are top quality and they still produce the majority of their products in the UK. Check the packaging and if it is UK made it should say so.  Unfortunately country of origin information is not given on their website (but country of origin labelling can be seen in some of the pictures). Some Denman products are foreign made, for example their JDMB55 Jack Dean Military Brush is made in the Far East and their JDCB Jack Dean Club Brush is foreign made too. I understand the Denman branded range of brushes are all made at their factory in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Denham combs seem to be made in the UK too, but do check the packaging to be sure – http://www.denmanbrush.com

Denman D14 Small 5 Row Styling Brush. Made in Northern Ireland.

Denman D14 Small 5 Row Styling Brush. Made in Northern Ireland.

Denman made in the UK combs on display in Tesco Flitwick 1 Feb 2017.

Denman made in the UK combs on display in Tesco Flitwick 1 Feb 2017. Photograph by author.

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British Made Shoe Laces, Boot Laces, Insoles, Shoe Brushes, Shoe Protectors and Shoe Polish

UK Made Shoe Laces, Boot Laces, Insoles and Shoe Polish

Fabmania: Quality British made shoelaces and bootlaces

Fabmania –  http://www.fabmania.com – The largest manufacturer of laces in the UK – Order shoe, boot and trainer laces direct from their website.

They also sell round elastic cord online and (in minimum quantities) made to order braid and cord, tape, ribbon, woven tape, elastic and webbing, piping, treasury tags (India tags), etc. – all made at their factory in Leicester.  Fabmania were previously named Hancock and Roberts Ltd.

Fabmania 4mm laces for boots and trainers, 31.12.12

Fabmania 4mm laces for boots and trainers, 31.12.12

Fabmania 3-4mm round laces for trainers and shoes, 31.12.12

Fabmania 3-4mm round laces for trainers and shoes, 31.12.12

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Toothbrushes and Toothpaste Made in the UK

Toothbrushes – Not many toothbrushes are made in the UK anymore 😦

The few ones I know of are The Handmade Classic, KB42L and Smokers (and only these ones) from Kent Brushes which are made in the UK.

and D.R. Harris bone handled toothbrushes are made in the UK.

I used to always buy Wisdom toothbrushes because they were made in the UK but sadly they are not manufacturing toothbrushes in the UK anymore. Their factory is in Haverhill, Suffolk is now closed. Wisdom have told me “All Wisdom toothbrushes are now manufactured outside of the UK”. Wisdom still emphasise their British heritage on their website, but Wisdom no longer make toothbrushes in the UK. Oral B, part of Procter & Gamble make some of their products in Southern Ireland, some of which such as their dental floss are labelled “Made in Ireland” – but here they are referring to Southern Ireland which is not part of the UK. Sensodyne, park of GSK GlaxoSmithKline, do not give country of origin on their toothbrushes but they are foreign made.

Are there any other toothbrushes made in the UK that you know of please?

Kent Brushes Smokers Toothbrush. Made in the UK.

Kent Brushes Smokers Toothbrush. Made in the UK.

Kent Brushes KB42 Toothbrush. Made in the UK.

Kent Brushes KB42 Toothbrush. Made in the UK.

Kent Brushes handmade Classic H toothbrush. Made in the UK

Kent Brushes handmade Classic H toothbrush. Made in the UK

Kent Brushes handmade Classic M toothbrush. Made in the UK

Kent Brushes handmade Classic M toothbrush. Made in the UK

 

BONE HANDLED TOOTHBRUSHES – SHORTHEAD NO.5 by D.R. Harris. Made in the UK.

BONE HANDLED TOOTHBRUSHES – LONGHEAD NO.2 by D.R. Harris. Made in the UK

Toothpaste made in the UK is still available.

Colgate may still manufacture some toothpaste in the UK but often USA company Colgate-Palmolive do not bother to label country of origin on their products so we don’t really know.

Arm & Hammer by Church & Dwight, an American manufacturer of household products do label country of origin on their products and some are made in the UK like their Advance White toothpaste and Batiste dry shampoo. On their UK website Church and Dwight say it “has a factory located in Folkestone which manufactures the majority of the product portfolio” – http://www.churchdwight.co.uk

Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste. Made in the UK. Photograph by author 25 August 2017.

Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste. Made in the UK. Rear label detail. Photograph by author 25 August 2017.

Arm and Hammer Sensitive Pro toothpaste Made in the UK. Photograph by author 3 September 2017.

Arm and Hammer Sensitive Pro toothpaste Made in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author 3 September 2017

Lush Toothy Tabs (which are particularly good for travel) sold in the UK are made in England, as are all Lush products sold in the UK. Lush also do tooth powder – https://uk.lush.com

Lush Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste tablets. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017.

Lush Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste tablets. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017. Rear of packaging label view.

BENZ and BLANC charcoal teeth whitening powder is made in England. There’s a review here – https://www.benzandblanc.co.uk/store/BENZ-and-BLANC-Charcoal-Powder-LARGE-p76739586

BENZ and BLANC charcoal teeth whitening powder. Made in England.

BENZ and BLANC charcoal teeth whitening powder. Made in England. Rear of tin view.

Pro Teeth Whitening Co teeth whitening products (Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder and Teeth Whitening Oil Pulling) are made in the UK – https://www.proteethwhitening.co

Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder by Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Made in the UK.

For more health and beauty related products made in the UK please click here.

G B Kent & Sons Ltd (Kent Brushes)

Royal Warrant holders G B Kent & Sons Ltd (Kent Brushes) have a factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire, England, but I read that only 50% of their products are actually made in the UK.  Still that’s better than 0%!  They make hairbrushes, toothbrushes, combs, shaving brushes, make-up brushes, etc.  Choose Kent products carefully and look for the magic words “Made in England” before you buy!

http://www.kentbrushes.com

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.

http://www.shave.com/

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 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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