Mossentials – three must-have pieces of kit for moustache maintenance

A Moustache is a beautiful thing, especially if you’re growing one for charity as part of this year’s Movember, but they do need a little TLC if they’re to look their best. Which is where these three useful pieces of grooming kit come in…

Kent Movember Moustache Comb, £4.50 from kentbrushes.com

With £2 from every sale going directly to Movember this dinky comb is the perfect way to keep your ‘tache neat and tidy and free of food. It makes trimming easier too. But apart from all that combing a moustache is fun and therapeutic. Fact.

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Penhaligons Moustache Wax, £5 from penhaligons.com

Lightly scented with Penhaligon’s Satorial fragrance this moustache wax is the perfect way to keep your Mo looking and smelling great and is great for creating definition and taming unruly hairs. What’s more, Penhaligons will give £2 to Movember for each one you buy.

MOVEMBERWAXGillette Fusion ProGlide Styler, £20. For stockists call 0800 44 55 38 83  

A razor and a facial hair trimmer combined this cool tool is great for mo maintenance and features three detachable combs to help you trim hair to just the right length and a precision edging blade to ensure your ‘tache always looks tip top.

Fusion_ProGlide_Styler_2For more information about Movember click here.

Insider Interview: David Hildrew, Managing Director of The Bluebeards Revenge

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bluebeards-revengeThe Bluebeards Revenge is a Great British success story. Founded by former Royal Marine Commando David Hildrew (a man who, as much as anything, is living proof that moustaches can look cool) it’s gone from being a small company based around a high-performance shave cream to one with a whole range of grooming products stocked in the likes of Tesco. Its signature products contain an ingredient designed to slow down stubble growth and as a brand it’s fun, clever and accessible. Here the Bluebeard-in-Chief himself chats to me about blogging, his best shaving tips and yes, that impressive ‘tache.

GG: David, on a scale of 1 – 10, how well groomed would you say you are?

DH: I would award myself a “Len Goodman style” 7! All the essentials are covered (I shave daily of course) but there is room for improvement.

GG: You’re the owner of a fantastic ‘tache I must say. What are your best tips for moustache maintenance?

DH: Yes – mine harks back to the day when any self-respecting Bootneck would sport a growler to grow icicles off as he yomped across the Falkands or Norway! Luckily, I come into fashion once a year now that Movember is all the rage. As for maintenance – sorry to disappoint but mine is a free-spirited beast and is left to its own devices bar the odd trim. That’s not to say that it might not benefit from a dab of Grecian 2000 one of these days.

GG: What’s the biggest mistake men make when it comes to shaving? 

DH: Rushing the process, a lack of preparing the skin, and using poor quality shaving products.

273469-BLUEBEARDS-REVENGE-BLUE-HANDLE-SHAVETTE-WITH-LOGOGG: What trends in male grooming have you noticed of late?

DH: The traditional shave has made something of a comeback over the last few years – double-edged razors, shaving brushes and the use of shaving creams have all become popular again. But top billing goes to an unprecedented interest in cut-throat shaving – mainly as a result of the scene in the James Bond Skyfall movie of 2012.

GG: What’s your best skincare tip?

DH: Man up and moisturise – sorry men, we are not immune from the ravages visited upon us by time, the elements and a busy lifestyle. The ladies are right on this one!

GG: Desert island grooming product?

DH: A fine, Damascus steel cut throat razor – so useful in so many ways beyond just the shave.

alvarez-gomez-agua-de-colonia-concentrada-natural-spray-150ml-2817-pGG: What are your favourite men’s fragrances and why? 

DH: As a married man with 30 years before the mast I have long since worked out that my favourite fragrance really ought to be what Mrs Bluebeard prefers! Right now she seems to be keen on the classic Alvarez Gomez range.

GG: What’s your best shaving tip? 

DH: Take your time (preparing the skin properly before the shave is vital), use good quality products and watch some of the better “How to…” videos on YouTube.

GG: You use the term “The Ultimate Shaving Experience For Real Men!” in your branding. What do you mean by “real men”?

DH: The strap line is meant to be tongue-in-cheek – we make no real judgement as to what we believe a “real man” is – even though in a shaving sense it’s someone who suffers from ultra-tough stubble and has a five o’clock shadow by lunch. In truth though most men are pretty much convinced that they qualify for “Real Man” status and we are just appealing to that belief. Taken in context, most everyone understands that The Bluebeards Revenge is all about a self-deprecating, humorous approach to life in general and grooming in particular. Hopefully we bring a sense of fun and adventure to the daily routine.

GG: As a former Royal Marine Commando what do you say to guys who reckon taking care of their skin isn’t very…butch?

DH: Sorry guys it’s only a matter of time before the penny will drop! Life isn’t a rehearsal and I can give you a rock solid guarantee that you will eventually regret not taking care of your skin from an early stage in life.

bluebeards revenge shaving ceam jpgGG: What’s your favourite Bluebeards Revenge product and why?

DH: Our original Shaving Cream – it is what started the whole thing off! From vanity project to an internationally recognized and respected brand in three years. An amazing product that has taken us on an incredible journey.

GG: How important do you think male grooming blogs are these days are what do they bring to the discussion about male grooming?

DH: I am totally biased on this one as it is has been the support of the online, specialist blogging community that has taken The Bluebeards Revenge from a humble start-up to where it is now. Crucially it is the variety of opinion and expertise made so accessible to all and sundry, on a world-wide basis that makes them so valuable.

GG: Fantasy grooming product?

DH: We are currently working on a creating a new slant on the Double Edged Razor with a view to making it as easy to use as the mass market cassette style razors that dominate the shaving landscape. May not sound too exciting but the engineering and manufacturing challenges we are facing places the project firmly in the land of fantasy at the moment!

For more info on The Bluebeards Revenge visit their site at bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

Wilkinson Sword’s Quattro Titanium Precision – the perfect Movember ‘tache tool

Given than Movember is only days away chances are if you’re taking part in the annual man-friendly fundraiser you’ll be looking for the perfect tool to tame your ‘tache.

While there are lots out there, many of them can cost upwards of £20 and the way I look at it if you can find something that does the job at a fraction of the price you may as well save some money and bung the difference towards charity right?

So, if you’re after the ultimate ‘tache tool then you might want to check out the Wilkinson Sword  Quattro Titanium Precision razor. Not only does it have a  four blade razor it also features a titanium-coated edging blade for precision shaping and a battery-operated trimmer, with four adjustable levels, to keep your ‘tache neatly trimmed. Best news of all, though, is that it’s now half its usual £9.29 price making it fantastic value too!

For more info about Movember and to find out how you can get involved got to www.movember.com