Mankind got in touch and asked if I’d like to sample a few new products that they have available on their website. Today is the first in this series which features British Barbers Association.
British Barbers Association
The British Barbers’ Association (BBA) is the voice of barbers, male grooming salons and men’s hairdressers, and works with government departments, councils and trailblazers to shape the future of the industry, education and training. The BBA represents all sectors of the barbering industry and is recognised by the wider sector as the ‘go to’ authority for barbers, trainers, learners, manufacturers and other industry stakeholders.
In 2016, They developed a 12 range product line. After extensive consumer research, they found the need and gap in the market for products such as, For hair: Thickening Shampoo; Stimulating conditioner; Moulding cream (styling); Defining Gel (styling); Texturising clay (styling) and Finishing Pomade (styling). And for the face: Shave Butter; Shave cream; Shave Oil; Post Shave Balm; Daily Face Wash and Daily Face Moisturiser.
What’s great about the launch of these British Barbers Association male grooming products is that they are to help fund a series of new projects and initiatives that will further raise the standard of training in the sector.
Starting with The British Barbers Association Face Wash. I found this product to be a mild yet effective facial cleanser that efficiently dissolves dirt and excess oil without leaving skin feeling tight or uncomfortable. The packaging is what you’d expect of any water resistant item and the graphics are very minimal and rather professional looking… Keeping up the image of the BBA. The smell is something a little different and I’m not sure how much I like it, I cannot quite put my finger on it but it doesn’t smell like the usual scent I’d expect, maybe it’s the English Chamomile ingredient. The consistency of this product was also rather odd as I felt as though it was very water soluble and stayed quite bulky (imagine using your moisturiser in the shower) that’s what it was like. The finish of the product did actually feel quite nice and did feel like it removed impurities from clogged pores. After the shower, I felt my skin was rather refreshed (on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say a 7). The price of this product is £18 and for that, there are plenty of other alternatives out there, as I would always say, though… It’s definitely worth a try as our skin can and is different on different people.
The next product on my list was the British Barbers Association Face Moisturiser. This product offered a lightweight, non-greasy formula that quickly absorbed to deliver a dry and wanting skin with hydration, nutrients and vitamins. However, I found that it just left the skin feeling a little under-hydrated, not what I’d usually like as I have dryer patches and want ultimate hydration in my product. The smell was very similar to the face wash and I’m sure it’s something to do with the same ingredient English Chamomile. The packaging was different to what I’m used to, it reminded me of the old-fashioned moisturisers I started out using in my teens (However, this isn’t a negative). The consistency of the product was pretty much similar to all moisturisers and absorbed into the skin very well. The price of this product is £22 and again, I’d say there are products on the market cheaper/ slightly more expensive which deliver different results. For me, I’m not sure this product adequately hydrates my skin enough and is, therefore, more suited to somebody with oily skin.
The final product I tried was the Finishing Pomade from British Barbers Association. This pomade delivered a strong, long-lasting hold that kept my hair looking well groomed all day. This was absolutely my favourite product of the three, the packaging was very much what I’d expect a pomade/ hair product to be… A solid, highly durable tin which felt like you had some weight in your hand. Also, the smell was fantastic, this is what I’d expect a Pomade to smell like. The consistency is what you’d expect of a Pomade, liquidy to the touch but does dry rather quick so you need to warm in your hands and apply quickly. I found that once you dried your hair into place, this product’s application was simple and effective, quickly moulding your hair into the shape you wanted. Which then leaves a wetter looking finish, not as slick as a greaser Pomade, but something a little wet looking. The price of this product is £15 and I think going on he markets prices this really isn’t that bad, it does exactly what it’s supposed to and I have to say that I will be happily using this in the future.
Thank you very much for reading and thanks to British Barbers Association & Mankind for this product to review. Keep an eye out in the near future as we’ll have another instalment for The Mankind Series.