MURDOCK LONDON – THE ‘CLEAN LABEL’…By Belinda Morris
Which means what exactly? Well, this British barbers is offering a ‘contemporary, luxury’ take on the traditional London barbershop experience. And, if you prefer your grooming stuff to be no nonsense, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin, then you’ll like the fact that they have thrown lots of experience at their
products (for skin and hair) and done away with unnecessary ingredients. They have purposelessly gone vegetarian, nut- and gluten-free and banned parabens, sulphates and phthalates.
With barely discernible scent (and what’s detectable is clean and fresh) this moisturiser does what it says it will do… can’t ask for more really. And to make sure it does it well there’s hyaluronic acid for extra protection and hydration. It glides on easily, absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft. (£38 - 50ml)
To cover all styling needs here are four of these – Matt Mud for shorter hair, Texture Paste for soft hold/low sheen, Hair Play to give medium to long hair a healthy sheen and Vintage Pomade for a slick finish and strong hold. (50ml - £14). While all are technical enough for barbers to create distinct looks, they’re also pliable and easy enough to use at home. Tester John is very happy with his Hair Play – “not too waxy, but does the job”.
No fancy names (well maybe just one) just simple descriptions for the four English-made colognes: Patchouli, Black Tea, Avalon and Vetiver. The first two have a decadent headiness to them: Patchouli (my favourite) being sweet-spicy, sexy and receiving compliments 10 hours later, Black Tea having a more woody-spiciness (clove, nutmeg and basil) . Avalon (Tester John’s favourite) has a fresh, citrus-herbal-lavender masculinity while Vetiver is clean and zesty with slight floral overtones. (£88 – 100ml)
If you can’t decide between them, why not try the set of four 10ml vials. (£40)
Available from murdocklondon.com