Nov/December Subscription Box: Supporting Artisan British Male Grooming Brands

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NovDecember22 subscription box featuring Terra shaving soap, Aqua pre-shave oil, and men's face wash + double-edge razorbladesThe last box of the year is upon us and we’re excited to unveil the latest selection to keep you looking smooth through the party months.

Updates from the past month:

  • We've made the sign-up process for new customers simpler by removing the option to choose your brand of blades. Instead, if you're already a member and you wish to choose what blades go into your boxes, just let us know and we can set this up for you.

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 in the Discovery Box subscription is the “Pre-Shave Box” which will be going out to renewing subscribers between November 16th – December 31st. 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 soap/cream and a restock of 10 double-edge 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:

The Personal Barber Terra Shaving Soap on a white backgroundThe Personal Barber Terra 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 Terra scent is a powerfully sharp masculine fragrance with hints of citrus and lavender over a berry scent with base notes of patchouli.

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:

Urban Jack face wash tube on a white backgroundUrban Jack Face Wash RRP £16 + Bonus Moisturiser Sample

Urban Jack is a British male grooming brand that was built around the lofty goal of making men’s skincare and shaving better.

We featured their moisturiser in the subscription way back in 2018 and it got rave reviews from our members at the time. This time we're featuring their face wash.

This anti-pollution face wash has been formulated with a unique blend of ingredients to provide a deep but gentle cleansing experience so your skin is left refreshed without feeling dry and tight. Witch hazel and caffeine have been added to soothe and tighten whilst olive oil provides rich moisturisation and conditioning.

Also features CityFresh, which is Urban Jack’s own complex consisting of enriched seawater minerals, algaes and naturally occurring sugars that act like an invisible second skin - naturally protecting your skin’s barrier against the ravages of pollution and external stress.

To use: Apply a pea-sized dollop of wash onto a wet face, massage into a lather with gentle circular motions, then rinse.

BONUS SAMPLE - Urban Jack have provided our members with a bonus sachet of their moisturiser for members to try.

Face Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Olive Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Glyceryl Oleate, Parfum*, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Babassu Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, Maris Sal, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Sucrose, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Eugenol, Linalool, Limonene.

The Personal Barber Aqua Pre-Shave Oil on a white backgroundThe Personal Barber Aqua 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 Aqua 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 chemical 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.

By gently and slowly pressing the seeds so as not to create heat, known as cold-pressing, it 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.

Also featuring Vitamin E which is a super ingredient that acts as an antioxidant that protects your skin cells from damage, and also acts as a natural barrier to prevent moisture loss. 

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.

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 (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil**, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Parfum, Coumarin.

*Cold-pressed oils.
**The watermelon seed oil has been lightly refined with heat.

Astra Superior Platinum and Rapira Platinum Lux packs of double-edge razorblades on a white backgroundAstra Superior Platinum And Rapira Platinum Lux Replacement Blades

The Astra Superior Platinums are a favourite amongst wet shavers. Known colloquially as the Astra “Greens”, they are a medium sharpness blade that gives a smooth and comfortable shave for most beard types. Lasts 3-6 shaves per blade.

The Rapira Platinum Lux are a fantastic blade that are relatively sharp whilst still being forgiving and have great longevity. Each blade has been platinum coated which helps to retain that edge for more shaves. A popular blade that will last between 4-7 shaves depending on the thickness of your beard type.

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