Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ted's Grooming Room - Step 03 Post Shave Balm

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (well Enfield in London) I started to write up what I thought of the Ted’s Grooming Room range by Ted Baker, starting as you would expect with Steps 01 and 02. 

I’ve had Step 03: Post Shave Balm now for nearly twelve months and as the tube comes to the end of its life it dawned on me that I hadn’t committed my thoughts (my thoughts should always be committed, usually under the Metal Health Act) to the internet about it. Disaster (not).


You can read up on the earlier steps in the Ted’s Grooming Room by clicking on the links below (if you so wish):

Step 01: Face Scrub
Step 02: Shave Gel

150ml of the post shave balm is available here for £9, and back in the day, when first writing about male grooming products I would have thought this expensive, however over a few short months, and after realising how expensive some products (that don’t work) cost, I’ve adjusted my position. It’s a reasonable price and if you read on, I’ll tell you whether you should part with your cash.

So, what do Ted Baker say about the product? Well, they talk like it’s some new form of Anthrax about to be unleashed onto enemy troops! Seriously, this is what they say:

‘For a moisturising finish like no other, deploy Ted’s best kept secret weapon. The soothing eucalyptus will have dry skin waving the white flag.’

While I may have had this for twelve months I have been using a host of other products during that time. Realistically, this would last for around six months if used three times a week. Now that’s still not bad, and even if you don’t get around to using it in that time it doesn’t seem to diminish when left on the shelf. 


I played with a few filters on this shot!


With sensitive skin around my face that is prone to irritation after shaving the prospect of something that could cool potential razor burn was welcomed with open arms. After shaving I regularly get a burn and my skin dries out so quickly once the beard is gone. Anything that can help is a bonus.

First impressions have stuck with this one, I love the smell of eucalyptus and continue to do so. I can literally stand and just sniff my hands the fragrance is so strong and rich. The white balm has a crème like consistency and it was so thick I struggled to comprehend how it would be absorbed. Particularly as after squeezing some out onto the back of my hand it doesn’t seem to be absorbed into the skin at all!

A quick rub and hey presto, a 50 pence sized amount of the balm, rubbed between palms and then applied to the face was enough for me. The fears of it just sitting on the surface were unfounded, as soon as pressure was applied it soaked in so quickly it was hard to keep track of the areas of my face I had already covered. 

Once on the skin the balm does have an immediate cooling effect, and the fragrance remains strong. The first time I used this I applied a second coat so to speak and this again was absorbed really quickly. While there was no tingling sensation I usually experience as the razor burn cools this did settle my skin down, and do it quickly.

After using a dodgy shave cream and shaving down a quite long beard I had a break out of red, itchy and blotch skin around my jaw line. After using this the itching and redness subsided within around thirty minutes. That made me a very happy man. There is little more irritating than a sore and itchy face after shaving. 

Unlike some post shave balms and moisturisers this didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or looking as though I had been varnished. If anything it helps to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch and for that I am thankful. 

Yes, my tube is now empty, and The Last Post is playing in my head (see how I’m staying with a kind of military feel, this is gold people)

When you consider that it is only £8 for a product that will last for ages, smells amazing and helps calm skin down after shaving then you can’t really argue. It’s great value for money from Ted and despite the weaponised marketing blurb it does what it says it will. Go on, if you suffer after shaving you could take a closer look at Step 03: Post Shave Balm.

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33 comments:

  1. So glad to hear this product is fab. I was waiting so long for the review of step 3 that my nails have gone mouldy. No wait that's because I just painted them green for St Patricks Day. Cheers i will have a Guiness now.

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  2. It is such good value for money when you work out how many times you use it compared with how much it costs and how well it works x

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  3. This looks like a great product for the price. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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  4. I keep trying to persuade Nathan to use stuff like this but he's a miserable git and won't try anything new :p

    Louise

    With love from Lou

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  5. Sounds like this would be great if my other half shaves off his beard - I know his face can get really irritated when he does!

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  6. This looks so nice. Saving balm is a must my other half always says.
    Really like the sound of this on ... Maybe I can get it for him as a gift.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Charlotte :)

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  7. My brother in law loves this product!

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  8. Looks like you have a good way of picking great products.

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  9. Not heard of this brand before, sounds good though.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  10. I really need to tell my hubby about these products. Great review.
    x

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  11. i never knew ted baker did skin care lol i knew they did make up

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  12. You know after a fantastic Mother's day I need some Father's day products so may have to go and get this thanks

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  13. I need to get my boyfriend to read this. He doesn't listen to me xx

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  14. Lovely seeing Ted Baker jumping in to skincare! :) thanks for sharing. Have a lovely evening xx

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  15. I didn't think Ted Baker did skincare. Sounds like a good one though.

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  16. I love Ted Baker products, this sounds like a bargain! xx

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  17. i have always liked ted bakers products especially their body lotions so would give this a try

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  18. This sounds great by your review. :)

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  19. This sounds like great value. It is something that my husband would use

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  20. A review worth waiting for. I like the TB products for women - hand cream has gorgeous smell of sweet indian spices. And the Regency range has cool packaging like this does - only pink where this grey.

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  21. This would make a great gift for my husband, i'll have to make a note of it! x

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  22. £9 for 12 months use for any product seems like a pretty good deal to me! Big thumbs up!! *Adds to the men's gifts ideas list*

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  23. £9 for 12 months use for any product seems like a pretty good deal to me! Big thumbs up!! *Adds to the men's gifts ideas list*

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  24. Can't wait to show my Husband this, great value and anything that helps his skin after shaving is a must have!

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  25. I liked the way you wrote it. You did not divert from the topic even once which I have not seen in many other writers. I have been reading many articles on the same issue but found this one uniquely written. You covered almost every point over the topic.best cologne for men

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  26. My sons love Ted Baker products. What a bargain too lasting so long

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  27. this looks like really good value for money

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  28. Love the packaging and this would be a great present for my OH (and a good value one too!)

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  29. great to hear that this product helped you and calmed your skin! my hubs suffers with shaving rash so this sounds like its great

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  30. My husband would benefit from this product

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  31. Sounds fab, my OH gets a bit sensitive after shaving so will mention it to him.

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  32. Sounds great and a total steal at just £8, especially as it's ted baker, you'd have thought it would have been more pricey! x

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