4 December 2017

Male Grooming With Murdock London

It seems like an eternity since I last posted something about male grooming related and the only reason for this is I haven't been taking care of myself.

Not at all.

Winter is our busiest time of year at work and because of this I haven't had a minute to myself lately - my life has just been working, work, work - oh and taking my son to rugby on a weekend too - if I wasn't working of course.

My beard got all out of control due to neglect and I've only just managed to get it sorted out - check out this little video I recently published testing out my new electrical shaver.

My skin feels old, which I'm not sure even makes sense but when looking in the mirror all I see right now is "old".

It's getting a little out of control really.

Don't get me wrong I don't want you to think that I haven't been washing or anything because I have - I don't stink or anything - I just haven't been following my usual, quite a time consuming (when you have no time spare) grooming routine.

But this all changed a few weeks ago when the guys over at Murdock London sent me a few of their fantastic male grooming products to try for me to let them - and you guys too of course - know what I thought about them.

First, though let me tell you a little bit about them which may be very helpful if you didn't already know anything.

Now if you are really into your grooming products you may know of them already, especially if you are from London you may know of their barbershops which are dotted around the capital. 

I know for sure if I lived down South then I would definitely have paid them a visit by now but being a Northerner it's quite an impossibility really.

So, in 2006 the first Murdock London barbershop was established in Shoreditch and it offered to groom treatments for gentlemen with really good taste who were dissatisfied with unisex salons and high street barbers.
They wanted to create a grooming experience inspired by the grand heritage of St James.

'Barbershops but tailored for modern, style-conscious men'

And when I first received the products I could see this style-conscious element running through them straight away - my initial thought when I opened the box was that everything looked very luxurious, from the packaging to the bottles and the tubs the products were housed in - it was all very high end.

Then, when I opened up the products the scent of them (at the time I didn't know the price of any of the items) just screamed luxury and I knew instantly that they were going to cost a little more than your average products.
(and, after research, I was correct!)

In total I was sent five products, I can only give you my honest opinion on three because I haven't used the two shaving products as I am currently reviewing some others and haven't had a chance to use these yet, but don't worry, I am quite sure they will feature on another post just after Christmas.

So first up two products that I have been using to style my hair.

I don't know about you but when my hair is styled I feel like a different person, my confidence is high and I just feel really good about myself, so having the correct products is a must.

My hair is quite thick and I have a natural curl but I do like to wear my hair slicked back a little, so to achieve this I need products that are going to have a really good hold and ones which (normally anyway) have no moisture to them.

I find I need to use a couple of products at once to create the hold that is required to last me through the day too.

And the two products I have been using from the Murdock London range are the Sea Salt Spray and the Matt Mudd.

Now I've used quite a few muddy before but I've never used a Sea Salt Spay, so this was quite new to me.

The Sea Salt Spray contains tangerine, orange, and lemon oils, and obviously, sea salts which is why the spray smells so nice - it's almost a smell you wish you could eat.

You can apply the spray to wet or dry hair - I used it with dry hair and then I used a blow dryer to comb it through.
I found this helped to straighten my hair giving it the pushed-back look I was after and I did this a few times to get it as straight as possible and also to get rid of any excess moisture leftover (otherwise the curls/frizz comes back full force). 

Then I added a little of the Matt Mudd - which has a high hold rate and should only be used on dry hair.
Once again I combed it through to give my style the shape I wanted and then added a little bit more at the end to give it a final finish.

I'm really happy with the products, the photo above was taken around eight hours after using them, and whilst my hair wasn't as slicked back as it was at the start of the day, the hold was definitely still there. 

Up next is a product I have had a bit of a love-hate relationship with over the last few years and this is beard oil.

If you have been following my blog for a number of years then you will know that I used to write about beard oils loads and I will still say that the products did help me with my beard growth journey but because I had so many of them I just became bored with them and stopped using them for a while.

So now, if a beard oil features on my blog then you guys will know it's because I really like it. 

The Murdock London Beard Oil is just like the other products in the set - it looked great, it smelt great, and looked full of quality.

Now the oil itself contains apricot, jojoba, organic argan, and sunflower oils with extracts of calendula flower. 

The oil has a lightweight formula, handcrafted for over two years to ensure a rich, conditioning, and nutritive treatment is created.

I've used this oil a few times now and it does do what any good beard oil should - it gave my beard a good look by helping it hold its shape when I gave it a brush, it gave a slight shine and also conditioned the skin under my beard, helping to keep the itch at bay and also helping leave me with no dry skin.

I found it washes out quite easily with the beard shampoo I have been using too.

Have you ever used any of the Murdock products?

Are you looking for a gift for the man in your life?

If so I highly recommend heading over to Murdock London and checking out the other products they have to offer.

Products sent for an honest review, all opinions and photos are my own 

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