April/May Subscription Box: Elevate Your Shave Game

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April/May23's discovery box from The Personal Barber featuring shaving cream, pre-shave face polish, pre-shave oil and wilkinson and astra replacement bladesThe latest shaving subscription box has just arrived and it's packed with all the essentials for a luxurious grooming experience. From top-quality blades to silky shaving cream and pre-shave oils, this month's box has everything a man needs to achieve a smooth and comfortable shave.

Get ready to elevate your shave game.

What is The Personal Barber Shaving Club?

The Personal Barber is the curated shaving subscription that wants to turn your daily chore into a satisfying experience to look forward to.

We passionately believe that making the switch to a single-blade razor will change your whole outlook on shaving. Not only is it kinder on your skin so you can achieve a close shave without razor burn or rash, but there’s something very satisfying about using a single-blade that just isn’t felt from a modern, plastic, multi-blade razor.

That’s why we created our shaving club where you’ll be learning the art of the classic wet shave whilst getting to try a range of fantastic products to bring life to your morning routine. Every 6 weeks, we curate a selection of only the finest wet shaving gear from all over the world, introducing you to the lesser known brands and small businesses that you don’t see in the supermarkets.

Make the switch to one of our single blade razors (included in your first box) and find out exactly what you’ve been missing:

  • Warm scented lathers and effortlessly close shaves.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin. Eliminate irritation and say goodbye to shaving rash!
  • Artisan soaps/creams, post-shave balms, colognes and more. Every kit is different so you’re never bored.
  • A clean conscience: No more plastic cartridges destined for landfill. Our blades are 100% recyclable.

Pre-shave box – Post-shave box – Extra-care box

Our latest kit in the Discovery Box subscription is the “Pre-Shave Box” which will be going out to renewing subscribers between April 1st – May 15th. With this kit we usually feature a product that’s applied before your shave begins, such as a pre-shave oil, designed to prep your beard before you slap a lather on and start shaving. We also include a face wash or scrub to cleanse your skin and hairs ready for a close shave.
We also have a smaller sized box, called the Essentials box, that features just the latest picked shaving cream and a restock of 10 DE razor blades. This is for members that want to try new soaps and creams but would rather pick their own extra products. You can add any additional items to your Essentials Box without incurring extra postage fees.

For the full description of everything in this month’s box, keep reading:

Oakmoss ylang ylang and lime shaving cream tin on white backgroundTPB Oakmoss, Ylang-Ylang & Lime Shaving Cream RRP £9.95

We’re excited to unveil this brand new shaving cream, made in collaboration with one of our artisan soap makers based in East England. Handmade as part of a small batch process to ensure highest quality, this bespoke shaving cream has been formulated using high quality, natural ingredients without any parabens.

Only a small amount is needed to quickly whip into a dense, hydrating lather that protects the skin during the shave and leaves your face feeling silky smooth. Coconut oil, castor oil and glycerin softens the hair follicles whilst providing slip for the razor to glide effortlessly across your skin.

The combination of oakmoss, ylang-ylang, and lime essential oils creates an invigorating aroma that instantly uplifts the mood. The freshness of the lime cuts through the musky oakmoss, while the sweet floral notes of ylang-ylang add a touch of elegance to the mix.

To use: Take a small almond-sized dollop of shaving cream with a dry finger and, using a slightly damp brush, work up your lather in either a bowl, your hand, or directly on your face. This is a thirsty cream so you can be quite generous with the drops of water to build up a thick lather. But try not to let water into the cream tub as it will make it go mushy and reduce its longevity.

Ingredients: Aqua, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cocoate, Sodium Cocoate, Potassium Olivate, Sodium Olivate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Castorate, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Citric Acid, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Evernia Prunastri Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

Urban Veda - Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish on a white backgroundUrban Veda Soothing Facial Polish RRP £12

Urban Veda is a multi award winning Ayurvedic skincare brand, designed and created for tackling 21st century skin complaints. Inspired by age old traditional herbal remedies, all their products are made with Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits combined with clinically proven actives and antioxidants to help maintain skin’s natural state of balance and homeostasis.

This facial polish is perfect to use pre-shave as it uses natural volcanic pumice to lift away dirt and dead skin cells to create a smooth surface for your razor to glide and therefore achieve a closer and more efficient shave. The formulation is gentle enough that it is suitable for everyday use making it perfect as part of a shaving routine.

It contains a blend of natural ingredients such as sandalwood, myrrh, and clary sage that leave the skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Enriched with Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa and Rose Geranium to hydrate, soothe and tone for distressed skin relief.

To use: Apply to wet skin and gently massage into stubble. Rinse off with warm water and you’re ready for a shave.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin (vegetal), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Pumice, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Terminalia Arjuna Bark Extract, Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Grosso (Lavender) Herb Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*

The Personal Barber Ultimate Bay Rum Pre-Shave Oil rectangular bottle on a white backgroundThe Personal Barber Bay Rum Ultimate Pre-Shave Oil RRP £14.95

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new addition to our pre-shave oil range, using the stunning Bay Rum scent, handmade at TPB HQ.

A pre-shave oil is a fantastic addition to your shaving routine, particularly if you have sensitive skin, because it softens your beard and preps your skin to provide an extra layer of protection so you can have a comfortable shave each time.

Why is this pre-shave oil special? Unlike other shaving oils on the market, ours has been made from the finest cold-pressed oils which means every drop of skin loving benefits have been preserved.

Why does cold-pressed matter? Most oils are extracted with heat and/or solvents to maximise their yield, and then deodorised and bleached to remove scent and colour. This process helps ensure a uniform product at a cheaper cost with an increased shelf life, but it degrades the fatty acids and precious plant-specific compounds that give individual oils their nutritional, healing and antioxidant properties. Cold-pressed ensures those properties are maintained.

As a subscription box company, we don’t require products with an artifically long shelf life because our members will be using the product straight away. This allows us to choose the best quality unrefined oils for the ultimate in skin benefits…hence our product name “ultimate pre-shave oil”. Despite being cold-pressed, our pre-shave oil will be in top condition for at least 6 months after opening, up to a year.

Our unique formula showcases oils that have been selected specifically for their anti-inflammation properties which makes them ideal when used as part of a shaving routine, as well as being extremely low on the comedogenic scale making them suitable for all skin types (yes, even oily skin) without clogging pores or causing breakouts. The chosen oils are light and fast absorbing so they don’t leave the skin feeling greasy or stick to the sink.

Featuring cold-pressed blackcurrant seed oil, jojoba seed oil, hemp seed oil, safflower seed oil and a lightly refined watermelon seed oil.

Bay Rum is a classic men’s fragrance that has stood the test of time. Originally, sailors made it by simply steeping bay leaves in rum but it has since evolved into a woodsy, spicy and sweet scent that often has hints of cinnamon, cloves and citrus.

Easy flow dropper - Based on feedback from members, we have chosen a dropper cap that effectively lets the oil flow without having to be shaken.

To use: A little goes a long way. Massage 4-5 drops of pre-shave oil into a freshly cleansed beard/stubble, apply your shaving lather directly on top and then shave. If your skin feels greasy afterwards, you have used too much oil. Adjust for next time.

Ingredients: Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Parfum, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

Astra Superior Stainless and Wilkinson Sword replacement double-edge razor blade packsAstra Superior Stainless And Wilkinson Sword Replacement Double-Edge Blades

The Superior Stainless version from Astra is a bit sharper than their green counterparts with slightly reduced longevity. Originally made in the Czech Republic, each blade lasts 3-6 shaves depending on beard thickness, and number of passes made.

Wilkinson Sword are a very well-known brand that are made in Germany. Teflon coated for added longevity and glide, they give a consistent smooth shave. Will last 4-8 shaves depending on beard thickness.

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