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We understand. It's been a long time since you had a first date, in-person meeting or job interview – but that's really no excuse for reporting to Zoom calls resembling either Tom Hanks in Castaway or an extra from This is England. Yes, barbers may be closed but, with the right products, keeping yourself presentable at home can be a breeze. Fight the fuzz and embrace a little self-care with these luxurious lotions and washes for DIY grooming. Your colleagues, and your partner, will thank you.
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Beard Wash
If you are intent on letting your facial hair unfurl, then nourish and tame wild beard bristles with Acqua di Parma's Barbiere beard wash. Inspired by the traditional Italian barbershop experience, the stylish Barbiere range has everything one might need for an efficacious beard, including serum and styling gel. Products are scented with the brand’s signature Colonia fragrance – an uplifting, citrusy scent that dates back to 1916, with hints of warm vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli.
Barbiere beard wash, £32, acquadiparma.com
Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream
Taylor of Old Bond Street is a trove of hair tonics, conditioners and badger-haired accoutrements, nestled among the centuries-old men's shops of St. James's. The daily Shaving Cream, priced at a modest £10.95, is available in a myriad of enticing scents, including smoky sandalwood, fresh coconut and invigorating peppermint. Don't be fooled into dismissing the humble shaving brush as a bygone relic – the bristles help ‘coax out’ facial hairs, leading to a closer, smoother shave.
Le Labo Shaving Cream
Well-groomed stubble should sharpen your jawline and complement - even transform - the shape of your face. Lather up with Le Labo’s cult shaving cream, lauded for its plant-based formula of soothing chamomile, sage and coconut. Your razor will glide effortlessly through this silky formula, which is richly scented with bergamot and tonka bean for a lingering, sensual fragrance. Housed in a barbershop-inspired black aluminium tube, it couples the New York brand’s thoroughly modern aesthetic with a hint of cool, retro charm.
Triumph & Disaster Coltrane Clay
This little puck of clay will mould even the most unruly of manes, without leaving hair sticky or dry. A blend of white clay, beeswax, Brazil wax and pracaxi oil helps create textured waves and firm quiffs, with a natural, matte finish. Those with a more sensitive scalp should try the Ponsonby Pomade.
Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub
Tom Ford’s artfully shaped stubble and Texan glow is testament to his pioneering line of male grooming products, which covers everything from brows to beards, all made with typical Ford flair. He has always maintained that a man should cleanse and moisturise every day, and use eyedrops when necessary. The elegantly packaged Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub contains crushed apricot kernels to unclog pores and awaken the skin, while softly cleaning your face.
Khiel's Facial Fuel
Khiel's Facial Fuel is a mainstay of many a washbag, and with good reason. The bestselling moisturiser has been formulated to benefit men's typically thicker, oilier skin, enriched with hydrating vitamins, chestnut oil and the collection's signature ingredient, caffeine, which delivers a real morning kick.