May/June Subscription Box: Taking Men's Skincare To The Next Level

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Complete Discovery Shaving Box on white background featuring aqua shaving soap, alum block, age defence moisturiser, and 2 packs of de razorbladesIt’s time to unveil the latest selection of shaving goodies from The Personal Barber Shaving Club. Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2022 already?

As always, we’ve got some exciting items lined up for both subscription boxes and

Updates from the past month:
  • We've been hard at work developing more customisation options for each member, such as the ability to choose your DE razor brands.
  • A change to the latest box theme - We’ve moved the pre-shave scrub/wash, that's usually included in the extra-care box, to the pre-shave box. 
  • Launched a new shaving soap (featured in this month's kit).
Scroll down to see what’s in this month’s kit.

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 is the “Extra-care box” which will be going out to renewing Discovery box subscribers between May 16th – June 30th. With this kit we usually feature products that aren’t usually associated with shaving but provide the extra piece of the male grooming puzzle such as a top quality moisturiser or a shaving towel or alum block.

We also have a smaller sized box, called the Essentials box, that features just the latest picked shaving soap/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 from your account page without incurring extra postage fees.

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

Aqua Shaving Soap Tin On White BackgroundThe Personal Barber Aqua Shaving Soap RRP £9.95

We’re excited to unveil this brand new shaving soap, handmade as part of a small batch process by an artisan soap maker based in Lancashire. Exclusive to The Personal Barber club members.

This soap has a vegetable glycerine base making it suitable for all skin types but also makes it very easy to work with. In seconds you’ll have a dense, cushioning lather that softens beard hairs, moisturises the skin, and leaves a great post-shave feel. Furthermore, the formula is vegan friendly, SLS-free and not tested on animals (only humans).

The Aqua scent is a stunning men’s fragrance that begins fresh and earthy with hints of mint and coriander before settling into subtle floral tones.

The scent of shaving soaps and creams are designed to be enjoyed only during your shave. It’s a rinse-off product so the scent doesn’t linger long and therefore won’t interfere with your choice of aftershave.

To use: Work the top of the shaving soap with a slightly damp brush until it’s fully loaded (10 seconds) and then start building your lather as normal either in a bowl, your hand or directly on your face. If it seems paste-like, keep adding drops of water until the desired consistency is acquired. You want to aim for a shiny meringue consistency.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laurate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Disodium Laurel Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Parfum, Coumarin, CI74180

Age Defence Moisturiser Tube on white backgroundPercy Nobleman Age Defence Moisturiser RRP £14

Percy Nobleman is a British male grooming brand that was originally started in 2012 as a way to reinvent the wheel of what it meant to be a well-groomed 21st-century modern gentleman whilst still embracing a times gone by British aesthetic. Now known worldwide for their iconic comic book series, The Adventures Of Percy Nobleman, that was the world’s first Instagram comic book series. Their products are made in England and never tested on animals.

The Age Defence Moisturiser is an effective skin-repairing formula that has been developed with a unique blend of vitamin c, ginger root, and griffonia seed extract.

Vitamin C - A potent antioxidant that can help brighten and even skin tone.

Ginger root - Helps to protect skin from pollutants and fine lines.

Griffonia seed extract - Helps to firm and improve skin elasticity.

We particularly liked how, despite being quite a thick cream, it easily absorbs into skin without leaving any greasy residue (if your skin does feel greasy after use, try applying a smaller amount next time).

To use: Use twice a day, morning and night, after cleansing. When using after a shave, use this as the last step in your routine, after your post-shave balm has had a minute to sink in. Apply a pea-sized amount and massage into skin that’s still slightly damp for an even application.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Griffonia Simplicifolia Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Volcanic Soil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Coconut Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Amylopectin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Limonene.

Alum block with box on white background

The Personal Barber Alum Block RRP £9.95

The best kept secret in shaving! Alum is a natural stone that has been in use for thousands of years for its healing properties. Usually used as an astringent to stop bleeding by constricting the blood vessels but it also tightens pores and acts as an antiseptic that kills any surface bacteria, which helps prevent spots.

But the true genius of the alum block is in technique monitoring. Poor technique or blunt blades are often the cause of microscopic cuts and nicks that are invisible to the eye. You may think you’ve had a good shave but there is always room to improve. When you rub the alum block over any hidden spots of irritation it will immediately sting. You can use this stinging to identify areas of your face where you are perhaps not being careful enough or it could be a signal that your blade needs changing.

When you can consistently run an alum block over your freshly shaved skin without a hint of stinging, you know you have mastered wet shaving!

We typically include an alum block in the club once every 18 months as it’s a very long-lasting item

To use: Immediately after you have finished shaving, rinse off any remaining bits of hair or lather, then take your alum block and proceed to rub all over your still damp, freshly shaved skin. Once done, wash it off with cold water before applying any shaving balm. Store the stone in an open, dry space to prevent it from dissolving.

Wilkinson Sword and Derby Premium DE Packs on white background

Wilkinson Sword and Derby Premium Replacement Blades

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 4-7 shaves depending on beard thickness.

Derby Premium blades are made in Turkey using premium Swedish steel with a range of coatings (chromium, ceramic, platinum, tungsten and polymer) to increase blade life and glide. They’re slightly sharper than the original Derby Extras and with better longevity. These are excellent blades. Last 3-6 shaves.

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