STYLE. GROOMING. INSPIRATION. ADVICE.
Don't be intimidated by its dark, creamy texture because this charcoal-enriched formula is more than your average beard scrub. The Get Groomed scrub from David Beckham's House 99 range has not only sorted my increasingly untamed winter beard, but it's also properly moisturized the skin hidden underneath it. As with most city-dwellers, the urban elements paired with the winter weather has done a number on my face, but my much-neglected skin felt properly cleansed after only two uses.
Having recently tested six hairstyling products, I thought I'd already seen the best ASOS has to offer. However, this "clay-wax hybrid" definitely gets two thumbs up from me. Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of the scent (it kinda reminds me of children's putty), but it's easy to work in and grips the hair firmly — making it an ideal option if, like me, you prefer matte/natural styles. Plus, it's made from 100% natural ingredients and a small amount goes a long way. Win-win.
To start, I washed my face with a cleanser, then evenly applied the face mask on my cheeks, nose and forehead. Immediately, I noticed it had a very pleasant citrus aroma. I let it dry for around 15 minutes and then peeled the mask off in an upward direction. It wasn’t that easy to peel off, but it had a very refreshing effect on my skin, which was left feeling super smooth.
I’ve already got a couple different Baxter products and they’ve all hit the mark, so I was keen to try the brand’s face wash. I don’t generally use a daily cleanser, as many have been a little too intense, leaving my skin feeling beat up rather than purified. But Baxter has come through once again. This wash was super gentle, with no exotic smells or textures added in, while still managing to banish the build-up of a long day from my face. Make sure you grab a moisturizer for after, though!
For me, showering functions as much as a key stage in the waking-up process (post-1st cup of coffee, pre-2nd and 3rd cups) as it does a cleansing ritual, so a certain amount of shower-gel tingle is a pre-requisite. men-ü’s citrus and mint gel sounded promising on that score, but surprisingly it’s the former flavour that provides the zing factor — a sour orange scent that’s not unpleasant and is just about bright enough to shift the cobwebs. At nine notes for 100ml, it’s not the cheapest tube in the bathroom cabinet, but a small squirt of the ultra-concentrated gel lathered up decently and went a long way.
Finding a product that gets to the root of my beard to moisturize the skin and prevent flakiness is tough — plus, different skin and hair types will all need a more tailored approach. With a smooth texture and grown-up fragrance, this Bulldog Original Beard Balm is perfect for lighter, finer hair types and entry-level facial hair. However, I reckon beardier brethren will need something a little more heavy-duty.