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British made hats and British made scarves – Hats Made in the UK – Scarves made in the UK

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

I have heard it said that a hat worn well is part of a British gentleman’s heritage. For ladies it is said a hat for every occasion is required. These days it probably won’t be a bowler you choose, but perhaps it’s time to rediscover the hat?

Get ahead, get a British made hat!

British made – watch caps, beanies, wooly hats, trapper hats, Jinnah caps, pork pie hats, flat caps, dress hats, trilby hats, fedoras, homburgs, bowlers, top hats, panama hats, tweed hats, military headwear, baseball caps, etc.

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Health and Beauty Products Made in the UK. British Made Health and Beauty Products for Men, Women and Children

With such a large range of reasonably priced health and beauty products made in Great Britain, there really is no excuse for not buying British when it comes to looking after your skin.

Please also click the link in this sentence to see my favourite British made bars of soap.

Also, please see British Made First Aid and Survival Kits – Survival Gear – Medical Kits – Medical Supplies – Ropes and String – Military Equipment

And for shaving related products, please see Shaving products.

For British made hairbrushes and combs please click the hyperlink in this sentence.  For magnetic copper bracelets click here.

Enliven Health and Beauty products are made in England. http://www.enliven.co.uk Enliven is available online at www.brandrefill.co.uk and from shops and and wholesalers within the UK and Worldwide.

Enliven Original Antibacterial Handwash. Made in England

Enliven Original Antibacterial Handwash. Made in England.

Enliven made in England liquid hand soap in use in a French restaurant (outide the UK).

Enliven made in England liquid hand soap in use in a French restaurant in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photograph by author.

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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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British Made Socks – UK made socks – Where to buy British made socks and other hosiery

Where can I buy British made socks?

Here are the places I know of, in no particular order, where you can buy UK made socks and information about British sock makers.

W. Brewin & Company Limited (Brewin’s) have been manufacturing babies, children’s, ladies and men’s socks and tights in Leicester, England since 1931. These days their products are manufactured in both the UK and in off-shore facilities. They have manufacturing plants in China, Turkey and Portugal, as well as the UK. On their website they say “We continue to operate a UK manufacturing plant which compliments our offshore supply chain.” They also say they are “One of the largest manufacturers of; babies, children’s and adult socks in the UK”, they use “High quality Oekotex 100 approved yarns sourced from the UK and the EU, used in UK production”, and they have “In-house capabilities from design to finished product ensuring full control over all aspects of UK production facility.” No information on country of origin is given on their website against individual products so you’ll have to ask. Primarily they make for the trade and high street shops, but they also have an Amazon store selling directly to the public selling British made wool or cotton blend flight socks, red men’s socks, kilt hose, baby girl’s white socks, men’s work socks, children’s ballets socks, children’s Irish dance socks, men’s knee high socks, unisex ski or snowboarding socks (ski tubes), girl’s socks, ladies knee high socks, and baby socks. Most of their products appear to be foreign made. Search their Amazon store for Made in the UK to find their UK made socks – http://www.wbrewin.co.uk

W. Brewin and Company British made red ski tube socks. Photograpgh by author 8 December 2017.

Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, childrens thermal underwear, softshells, balaclavas, hats, windproof hats, gloves, socks, walking socks, ski socks, tube ski socks, fleece and waterproof Jackets in England at their Leicester factory. Not everything they sell is made in England, but mostly they do label which items are UK made on their website so you can easily find their UK made stuff. Their own brand items are usually UK made. If it does not say made in the UK then it is probably made abroad. They say on their twitter “Pioneer in outdoor clothing, Design Council ‘Millennium Product’ & multiple award-winner. Proud to say our products are Made in England”. Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk

Duffle Coats UK sell made in England duffle coats, pea coats, wax jackets, tweed sports jackets, trench coats, sweaters, beanies, scarves and sometimes leather satchels, socks and ski socks for men, women and children. They are part of Montgomery Outdoor Ltd  – https://www.dufflecoatsuk.co.uk

Titus Alpacas are breeders of alpacas in Shropshire specialising in luxury alpaca socks. They say on their website “All of our alpaca Socks are made in the UK”. They also sell UK made fingerless gloves, beanies, headbands, alpaca wool and fleeces. Most items are made in the UK but I did find a made in Peru headband on their website – https://www.titusalpacas.com

Perilla sell British made alpaca socks for men, women and children.  The alpaca yarn they use is imported from Peru. Founded in 2006. They also sell some other British made items such as scarves, capes, beanie hats, slippers, snoods, ear muffs, muffs, gloves, ponchos, knitwear, hats, and some bags. Some items they sell are foreign made but quite a bit is made in the UK – http://perilla.co.uk

Corrymoor Socks mohair socks are “Manufactured and knitted in the UK”. Their website carries the Made in Britain marque. They do not say who makes their socks for them. Their scarves are knitted by GH Hurt & Son in Nottingham. Their throws are made by Green Grove Weavers in the Scottish Highlands. They also have their fingerless mohair gloves made for them in Devon. They also occasionally sell Angora rugs. They do not say where their coasters, mousemats, postcards are made, so these are probably foreign made. Corrymoor have their own farm from where mohair from Angora goats is sheared to make their products, supplemented by mohair from other British breeders and mohair from South Africa – http://corrymoor.com

Shackleton Company sells some British made socks. Shackleton also sell lots of other nice clothing, accessories and banjos that are mostly UK made – http://shackletoncompany.com

Samson Socks have a factory in Manchester. Established in 1981. They make football, rugby and hockey socks. Some items on their website are available retail, most trade only, and they also have an eBay shop. They say on their website “My company philosophy is quite simply, “quality football socks made in England at affordable prices, with a personal and first class service”. I am not sure if all their socks are UK made so please check before buying. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, although it is on their eBay shop – http://footballsocks.co.uk

I already mentioned Bison BushcraftBison Bushcraft describe themselves as bushcraft and wilderness outfitters and they are keen to source stuff locally. All their men’s and women’s clothing and knives for example are made in the UK (made in the UK from UK materials). They also sell British made Spoons / Crook Knives, fire steels, knives, Strikefire Spork (yes it’s a British made spork), and pot hanging tripods. Their clothes include Guide Shirts, Forester Shirts, antler buttons, the Bush Shirt, the Zipped Bush Shirt, the Gamekeepers waistcoat, the Troyer Sweater, moleskin trousers, a Wax Cag (the splash-proof zips are also made in the UK), Bronco hats, the Merino Wool Watch Cap (a wooly hat), Merino Wool Buffs, Bison Woodland Boots, Bison Bushcraft Boots, a Bison Bushcraft Cloth Badge, and their fabulous British wool woollen socks (made by the Cambrian Woollen Mill, see below). Their service is excellent.

http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk/bison_bushcraft_outfitters.htm

Bison Bushcraft Sage or Brown ribbed Woollen Socks. 90% wool. Medium (to heavy ) weight and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots.

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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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