Hawkins & Brimble - Vintage Rituals for the Modern Man

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Although I am currently sporting a beard, and by beard I mean that of something that resembles Gary from Team America after his taliban make over - patchy, perhaps an early continental map of the East India shipping company - I have actually been clean shaving a lot more lately. This is down to two things; one being that my beard trimmer isn't performing to great, so I clean shave the hacked up mess it leaves behind, and the second is purely down to the amount of male grooming products I'm testing out lately.

Hawkins & Brimble is a British men's grooming brand that, in their own words, 'epitomises cool Britannia', and I could not agree more. I get to see new products a lot writing about male grooming, and this brand really sets itself apart from the rest. The branding in my opinion is perfect. The colour scheme looks traditonally British, the font on the boxes are that of a classic gents barber. It is simple, and it just works. As well as it all looking quite dapper, the products themselves are top notch.

Hawkins & Brimble use all natural ingredients, which as you may know if you've seen me write a fair bit about it lately, I'm more concious than ever of what I'm putting on my skin. You'd be surprised if you look at just how many high street brands of face wash contain alcohol, which during these winter months (or in fact at  any time of year) is a recipe for dry skin and irritation. These products contain no alcohol, no parabens, no colourants, they are tested on men, not animals, and are vegtarian friendly.

What you will find in the products is Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Vitamin B5, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter. All of which your skin will thank you for.

I've been using the Hawkins & Brimble gift set, available here, which compromises of the following items; Pre Shave Scrub, Post Shave Balm, Shaving Cream, Shaving Cream Brush, Moulding Wax and Beard Oil

After a shower I apply some of the Pre Shave Scrub to my face, and you guessed it, have a good scrub. This will help remove dead skin and dirt from your face, which in turn stops it gettting stuck in your razor which can cause shaving cuts. The scrub itself contains small bits of broken walnut shell to help scrub away the dirt, and it contains Almond Oil which helps to soothe and soften the hairs and skin pre shave. Once your face is ready after using the pre shave scrub, you can move onto the hardware, the wonderfully asthetic Hawkins & Bramble Shaving Brush. The brush is well made and looks the part in your gentlemans area of the bathroom.

Next you will need the Elemi and Ginseng shaving cream. This little round metal pot is where the magic happens. If you're not too used to using a brush and shaving soap, the best way I find is after letting the bristles soften in some hot water, dab the brush quite firmly into the pot in circular motions. This will get it loosened up a bit and flowing. Once you've got a small amount of foam forming with the brush, either put it into the lid of tin, or I use the palm of my hand. Do this a few times until you've whisked up a nice lather to apply to your face. If you still can't master the art, YouTube has some good tips for the process. Now you've got a nice coating on your stubble, proceed to pick up your best razor and away you go. Another perk of the shaving soap is that it smells incredible, if you don't want to wear a cologne all day the scent this leaves on your face is a clean, and plesant one indeed.

Once you've washed off the soapy lather you can now add the Post Shave Balm. Simpy apply to your face as you would any post shave moisturiser. This one contains the Almond Oil, Olive Oil, and Cocoa Butter I mentioned earlier. It will leave you feeling cool, smooth, and ready to proceed with your daily duties as a man of the world.

The beard oil does exactly as you'd expect, it softens up those facial hairs and leaves your beard smooth and shiny. This is down to the main ingredient, Argan Oil, which is high in Vitamin E. You can see what I think of it by viewing my instgram, theclassicmaleblog, and looking out for my stories.

I really can't fault any of the products I've been using, Hawkins & Bramble have just kept it simple, and I'd be very surprised if this new brand with a tradional touch does not become a market leader within the modern mans grooming range. Highly recommended by The Classic Male, It's a yes from me.
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