I’ve wanted to write a piece focusing on the amazing British skin and haircare brands that launched during the pandemic for, well, pretty much the whole of the pandemic, so it was great to be able to do so for GQ recently.
As I say at the start of the piece, launching a brand is hard enough at the best of times but to launch one at the worst of times – with the threat of Covid hanging over us – well, that takes real guts.
I’m not remotely Brexity as a person (quite the opposite as it happens) but now that the U.K. has left the European Union I strongly believe in supporting home-grown talent where possible – and, trust me, there’s plenty of that in the list I’ve compiled for the piece.
So, do lend your support to the brands featured if you’re based in Britain. Even if you’re a reader from outside of the U.K. I urge you to check them out – many offer international shipping and all represent the very best of British!
Don’t know what to get your dad for Father’s Day this year? Well, here are 10 bulletproof grooming gifts he’s bound to like.
Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, £83. Trad and yet uber-modern thanks to the colours (there are 10 different ones to choose from) this safety razor is great for eco-aware dads as it says goodbye to plastic. edwinjagger.co.uk
Aesop Adventurer Roll-Up, £45. A super stylish collab with Christopher Raeburn this roll-up pouch features pocket-sized hand essentials including a cleansing gel, evaporative mist and hydrating balm. Perfect pandemic protection for papas. aesop.com
BaByliss Super-X Metal Series Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer, £25. It might not be the most glamorous gift but it’ll certainly be the most useful one your old man will ever have and is the best quality trimmer I’ve ever tried. BaByliss.co.uk
Miller Harris La Fueille Eau De Parfum, £160 for 100ml. I wrote about this for the Miller Harris website recently and totally fell in love with it its green, horticultural heart notes of ivy, tomato leaf and fig. Perfect for keen gardeners.
Bolin Webb 10th Year Anniversary ‘Racing Green’ Razor with stand, £90. British, award-winning, stylish AF. What’s not to love? bolinwebb.com
Eco Warrior Total Works Gift Pack, £27. As the name suggests, this six bar soap pack from the Little Soap Company has everything a dad into ethical grooming might need. littlesoapcompany.co.uk
Halston Z-14. Like your dad, Halston’s classic fragrance for men is an oldie but a goodie. I wrote about why it’s so good for Robb Report but let’s just say that truly great fragrances never go out of fashion. fragrancedirect.co.uk
Heath X Liam Mertens Washbag Set, £44. Exclusive to Anthropologie this trio of skincare essentials from one of my favourite grooming brands, Heath, comes with packaging designed by up-and-coming artist Liam Mertens and is housed in a cool vegan leather washbag. anthropologie.com
Barber Pro Foot Peel, £7.95. Featuring a raft natural botanical extracts to remove dead, rough and unsightly skin, this is the perfect product for ensuing your father avoids any foot faults this summer. barberpro.com
Harry’s Shave With Pride Set, £28. Launched for Pride month this cool-looking shaving set, with its unique irridescent rainbow razor, not looks the biz – it helps raise money for LGBTQ+ youth too. Because not all dads are straight right? harrys.com
[Press samples of some, but not all, of the products listed here were provided for review purposes]