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Snippets of Studio Life – ASOS Grooming Calendar

Hello *waves*. I’m Steph and I run the mix room here at Men’s Society – which means I make all of the skincare and cosmetics from scratch. So I’m usually to be found in a hairnet and white lab coat.  We were super excited to be involved in one of our favourite regular collaborations with ASOS this year: a really cool Grooming Advent Calendar. 

It’s a big order – 5,000 units of our natural beard oil. This is a big production run for us – our regular orders are usually for a couple of hundred or so. This was going to be for a whopping 250 litres of beard oil in total. Each bottle being filled, weighed, labelled (we print the labels in-house too) and shipped by hand.

One of the big requirements of the project was that no glass was to be used. We were able to adapt the product to be housed in recyclable PET plastic bottles instead. But this also meant additional time was needed to source these custom bottles.

The making of the oil was the quick part – although because I work alone, I could only make 22 litres at a time in my pans. The recipe includes blending a base of soothing grapeseed oil with avocado, orange, Vitamin E and ginger root. The fully natural formula is effective at softening and revitalising even the most coarse beard hair. And it smells absolutely gorgeous.

We’re lucky at Men’s Society in that even though we are a small batch production facility (we make everything fresh to order to keep those lovely natural active ingredients fresh), it’s easy for is to scale up to fulfil these large orders. It just requires a bit of forward planning and a lot of elbow grease. I think the relief on my face at having completed the order is evident for all to see!

Steph x

Hello *waves*. I’m Steph and I run the mix room here at Men’s Society – which means I make all of the skincare and cosmetics from scratch. So I’m usually to be found in a hairnet and white lab coat.  We were super excited to be involved in one of our favourite regular collaborations with ASOS this year: a really cool Grooming Advent Calendar. 

 

It’s a big order – 5,000 units of our natural beard oil. This is a big production run for us – our regular orders are usually for a couple of hundred or so. This was going to be for a whopping 250 litres of beard oil in total. Each bottle being filled, weighed, labelled (we print the labels in-house too) and shipped by hand. 

 

One of the big requirements of the project was that no glass was to be used. We were able to adapt the product to be housed in recyclable PET plastic bottles instead. But this also meant additional time was needed to source these custom bottles.

 

The making of the oil was the quick part – although because I work alone, I could only make 22 litres at a time in my pans. The recipe includes blending a base of soothing grapeseed oil with avocado, orange, Vitamin E and ginger root. The fully natural formula is effective at softening and revitalising even the most coarse beard hair. And it smells absolutely gorgeous.

 

We’re lucky at Men’s Society in that even though we are a small batch production facility (we make everything fresh to order to keep those lovely natural active ingredients fresh), it’s easy for is to scale up to fulfil these large orders. It just requires a bit of forward planning and a lot of elbow grease. I think the relief on my face at having completed the order is evident for all to see.

 

Steph x