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Six of the Best Beard Oils

The Spa Man picks six of the best beard oils. Designed to smooth, nourish and condition the beard, this category in the men’s grooming market really is having a moment. Beards continue to be “on trend” and no, we haven’t reached peak beard yet. That’s just the shaving companies trying to create a story. Adding a fine sheen to the beard whilst conditioning the hair is an essential part of the beard grooming ritual. Oils give less shape and style (balms and much better for that) but they do also work to condition and hydrate the skin if you work them through the hair. With all of these oils you will need to wash your hands afterwards. Some are really stubborn and take a while to remove. So here’s The Spa Man’s tried and tested selection of the Best Beard Oils. Brisk Cedarwood Beard Oil Apparently one Brisk grooming product is sold every minute. This beard oil contains a blend of natural and essential oils harnessing the earthy properties of cedarwood for its spicy, woody notes. …

Dorco Razors launch in the UK

Dorco Razors launch in the UK

In what is already a very crowded arena, Dorco Razors launch in the UK. Dominated by two major mass market brands, the shaving sector has shifted recently with the launch of bespoke, tailored subscription razors and they have really started to muscle in on the action. Cornerstone is the one that I’ve been most impressed with over the past few years. Read about Cornerstone here So, how does Dorco think it can gain a slice of the cut-throat razor market? Experts in shaving technology for over 60 years it has launched what they say is the world’s first six blade razor, the Dorco Pace6+ . The history of Dorco Razors Tak Si-Geun founded Dorco in the newly formed South Korea in 1955. Little did he know back then that we would become the industry leader we are today, helping over 100 million people enjoy a comfortable shave and look their best in more than 130 countries around the world. Dorco Razors launch in the UK with Dorco Pace 6+ The Dorco Pace6+ is designed to give the best shaving experience possible. You can shape …

4 of the best: shave creams

I’m still getting to grips with shave creams, preferring a much lazier option of a gel that foams. I sometimes add in a shave oil, but always do plenty of prep and warm my face with a hot face cloth and even scrub in advance sometimes. So, the shave cream. It’s designed to act as a shave medium and lubricant for the blade. Usually more hydrating and caring for the skin (gels and foams can be drying) these are great if you have sensitive skin. I do find they take a little more work and extra rinsing from the blade. That said, they are kinder to the skin so worth the effort. Here’s my pick of the best: Molton Brown Skin-Calm Shaving Cream This is from the new Molton Brown men’s skincare range and as the name says is crafted with skin calming properties. Great for sensitive skin with barley extract to calm and prep the skin. Nice fresh scent.  £22 www.moltonbrown.co.uk The Bluebeards Revenge: The Shaving Solution Whilst this isn’t strickly branded as a …

Drop your anchor with Red Anchor

Red Anchor is another new men’s grooming launch (in an already crowded men’s grooming market) which focusses its attention on the beard. British born, the brand uses lots of cold pressed oils in its range and is making a mark for itself. It’s a compact collection of products ranging from shower gels to shave products, but no moisturisers or skincare at this stage, it’s all about cleansing and shaving. I tried out the Red Anchor Sandalwood Beard and Face Cleanser which combines Sandalwood Oil, Organic Argan, Black Seed oils and extracts of Flame tree and Seaweed. These are designed to remove impurities from the skin and boosts natural barriers to ward off dirt. With natural anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and cleanse, the warm, heady scent of Sandalwood helps relaxation, RRP £12.50 for 250 ml. Red Anchor It did what it promised and cleansed the face and beard. And beard cleansing is a routine that should be done each and every day. However, I preferred it just for the beard and reverted to my usual …

Cornerstone’s Oliver Bridge on the male grooming market

The Spa Man spoke to Oliver Bridge, founder of Cornerstone, a subscription based shaving company that is shaking up the world of male grooming. Offering a unique service and top quality products, it’s a truly British success story. Oliver talks about the male grooming market, shaving and his business success. The male grooming market is booming. What is fuelling this growth – why are men more interested in grooming and taking care of themselves? I think it’s come from the fact that the concept of metrosexuality has died. For a long time, it was seen as ‘soft’ by a lot of men to use products like moisturiser and face scrub – something that was only for girls – this wasn’t helped by people like Peter Andre and David Beckham posing with 6 packs and fake tan on nationwide billboard campaigns: to take care of your skin was to put yourself in the same over-preened category. However, this metrosexual concept has really died a death – it’s now perfectly OK for men to use moisturiser and …

There’s a new razor in town

Razor brands are constantly evolving, adding more blades and cutting edge design to tempt men to upgrade their morning ritual. Few have tackled the issue of the contours of the face until Gillette can along with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology. They say: ” responds to contours for maximum contact on the curves and gets virtually every hair.” Having trialled it for a few weeks, it does give a close shave and works well over the neck area. Note – I have a beard so couldn’t test it over the jaw line – but reckon it would do the trick. It’s flex motion does allow for more movement and I really liked that it’s head has thinner edges, meaning for beared blokes its easier to get a sharp edge on your beard line. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology has a RRP  of £12 (manual) and £15 (power). Available: pretty much everywhere.  

Charity shout-out for Decembeard

There’s no doubt you will have heard of Movember, and seen a host of men sporting Mo’s for charity. Less well known, but no less important is Decembeard. Since 2011, the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer has invited guys to take part in this fundraising challenge, helping to raise money for those affected by bowel cancer by getting sponsored to – you guessed it – grow a beard – in December. Beards are still on a high, so it’s very on-trend and with a great cause. This year L’Oreal Men Expert has joined in support of the campaign, which is hoping to raie £250,000. I liked the image that L’Oreal has created – shared below as it sums it all up nicely. Get donating now. for more information contact: www.decembeard.org Related articles across the web End of Movember: 9 supporters share their personal reasons for taking part

Mo style for Movember: in the spa

It’s Movember and men around the world are growing a Mo for charity. It’s one of the biggest charity events for men and focusses on promoting men’s health. So guys – get wise, get checked. Particularly, but not limited to Prostate cancer. If in doubt – get it checked. So back to the Mo. There’s been an emerging trend in the spa world which has seen the rise of barber services in spa. The Refinery was one of the first to offer barbering and spa treatments, Gentlemen’s Tonic took it a little bit further by creating a male space dedicated to spa and grooming and last year when I was at The Spa at Frankfurter Hof in Germany I experienced a unqiue barbers shop within the spa read about it here. More recently Resense has partnered with Truefitt and Hill to create male only barber spaces in its spa portfolio, beginning with Hotel Adlon in Berlin (soon to role out across its spa portfolio) and here in London, Bulgari Spa has launched a similar modern …

Best shaving kit: the cornerstone of your shaving routine

Cornerstone is a new range of smart shaving essentials delivered by post on subscription. Subscription delivery of product isn’t a new idea, however, I do like how Cornerstone allow you to change and alter your upcoming delivery of products, according to what you need. There’s certain products you will naturally use more of, and others much less. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it has to be the best shaving kit by subscription that there is on the market. I have been using the products for over two months now and I love how you can personalise your razor with your initials and for me, this makes a great gift for a Dad, friend or partner. The razor has a larger footprint than a Gillette, so it takes a little while to get used to (if you are shaping facial hair). I found it gave a close shave and rinsed well. I also liked the shave gel too – the mix of ginger and eucalyptus was fresh and fragrant, not laden with a …

Don Barber and Groom launches in Athens

If you are heading to Greece this year, there’s a chance you could be passing through Athens on your way to the glittering Greek Islands. For the dapper gent, there’s a new barber shop in town. Situated in the heart of Kolonaki, the Athenian equivalent of London’s Mayfair, I’m told the area has a great vibe and some excellent cafes and shops. Designed by Nikos Gylos, Don Barber and Groom is a very intimate space, they are calling it a “return to the classic male values”. Naturally, there’s coffee and typical of the new wave of Greek enterprises in Athens, it’s really classy. The interior embraces a contemporary take on old world elegance which offers a high degree of comfort for its discerning clientele. Leather chairs and a good selection of men’s grooming products. Yiannis Sakellarakis, the owner has been in the industry for more than 15 years and always had the ambition of opening a 5 star Barber shop in the heart of Athens that included grooming services and Men’s Facials. He is taking …

Resense launch new spa concept for men with Truefitt & Hill

Men visit spas – it’s a fact, but very few spas cater properly to the needs of men. But this is changing. Resense, a global spa management company has just announced a new partnership with gentleman’s barber, Truefitt & Hill. The plan is  to create a luxurious spa grooming experience exclusively for men which is a big step forward, not only for spas but also the world of male grooming. The first spa earmarked for this new launch is the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin. It’s a success story for the British brand as Truefitt & Hill has a long history in the world of barbering dating back to 1805. Since then it’s been providing shaving products and services and remains the oldest barbershop in the world. It’s mentioned in novels by Dickens and Thackeray and previous clients such as Winston Churchill, Lord Byron, Fred Astaire, Laurence Olivier and Cary Grant. It’s an institution. Today, Truefitt & Hill has shops located in London, Chicago Las Vegas and Toronto. You may not have heard of Resense …

It must be Neville

With a rich heritage (it comes from the people behind Cowshed) NEVILLE has been crafted for a city guy (mostly) and is loaded with natural ingredients that work hard to deliver results. Designed to act as a self-defence system against life’s natural aggressors: grime, pollution, weather and stress, all known to wreak havoc on skin and hair. It’s keen to promote its British credentials (great) and NEVILLE creates a premium feel, it’s very modern, you could say very Shoreditch, and naturally as it’s available at Shoreditch House. It’s all fairly no-nonsense, clear cut, straight forward and has a collection of 12 products that do what they say. I’ve picked out my favourites below. NEVILLE Face Reviver 50ml: RRP £25.00 Non-greasy daily use shield to protect skin against aggressive everyday elements. The blend of Vitamin A and E will help prevent inflammation repair damage, while Aloe Vera soothes, heals and hydrates thirsty skin. NEVILLE Shave Oil 50ml: RRP £20.00 Skin nourishing oil for a close shave. Natural essential Organic Olive and Jojoba Seed oils (packed full …

100% Jojoba

Any Australian product that comes across my desk always gets a second look from me. I am, after all from “Down Under”. Born and bred. This is a new one to me. It’s marketed as a multi-tasker and as its a pure oil – its does just that. 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil (30ml £12.99, 85ml £19.99) is being tauted as a shave oil, post-shave hydrator and even beard oil. As it acts like natural sebum, it helps to protect and condition facial hair. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can safely and effectively heal shaving nicks and in-grown hairs. It does have a good glide and protects the skin from razor burn. I’m usually a bit lazy to use a shave oil AND shave gel. But when I can be bothered (remember) I really notice the difference in finish. Here’s a couple of top tips: Shave Prep: Apply Jojoba Oil to your skin before applying shaving cream or foam and rub it into your skin for a more comfortable shave. After shave moisturiser: Apply …

Shaving by post

I freely admit, I don’t change my razor enough. I forget, it slips my mind – that’s me! Everytime I get a new, clean, sharp razor – I marvel at the glide, the cut, the finish. So for men like me there is now a simple answer. Sign up to the new online membership service Close Shave Society. It delivers top quality German manufactured razors straight to your door on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It’s a subscription with a difference. For as little as £3.50 a month you can rest assured you will get clean, sharp, new razors delivered directly to you house. Genuis really. 1. You choose your blade: Bullet Tooth Tony 3 Gothic Arch II design, stainless steel blades Flexible razor head provides a smooth even shave Aloe vera glide strip cools and soothes the skin as you shave Free handle with ergonomic grip 4 cartridges per pack Postage & Packaging Included from £3.50 per month Houdini 5 Gothic Arch II design, stainless steel blades Flexible razor head provides a smooth even …

Pro shave with Philips

Electric shavers are a great gift for the hard to buy for Dad, brother or brother-in-law. Whilst I tend to wet shave most of the time, when I travel (with hand baggage) an electric shaver will travel with me in the cabin, whilst a blade often gets confiscated. So, for a short haul hand baggage only trip, it’s an electric shaver for me. So, I got to try the Philips PT920 PowerTouch Pro Shaver from John Lewis. Charge it fully in just 1 hour (bonus), to enjoy up to 60+ minutes of cordless power (which means you can walk around, drink your tea and watch TV whilst you shave). What’s quite cool is that when you forget to re-charge, there’s a 3 minutes quick charge provides enough power for one shave. Adjusting to the contours of your face it’s designed to give a really close shave – and I can confirm that’s very true. Nice to hold, good clean finish and all-in-all it’s a good shaver. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, I …