The Panasonic ER-GB86 Review | Game Changer for Long Beards?

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Finding the right beard trimmer for you is no easy feat. Sometimes I feel like beard trimmers could be listed on tinder. So many to choose from, so many false starts, empty promises, inevitable disappointments, fleeting moments of delight, good on the surface, nothing underneath, great legs, jutting breasts. Only kidding, just making sure you're paying attention. 

Out of the diaspora of beard trimmers I was introduced to the Panasonic ER-GB86 -K, designed to cut smoothly through longer beards without the snagging or pulling. 


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I have a long beard, how will this work for me? 

The Panasonic ER-GB86 -K comes equipped with a high-torque motor ensuring there is no power lost or hair missed while cutting, enabling a smooth trimming of even hard, dense beards. 

By no means do I have the biggest beard on the block, but I do like to keep a longer than average length which can be problematic for normal trimmers not designed to cope with my dense whiskers. This trimmer however safely negotiates my tough voluminous beard, I use the 30mm attachment which delivers a uniform length, allowing me to shape it accordingly. 


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Can I use it in the shower? 

Yes, you can, the trimmer is suitable for both wet and dry use and can also work with shaving gel or foam. It's 100% waterproof, allowing you to have excellent and easy hygienic maintenance as you can simply rinse the trimmer under running water.  



Love this. It feels tailor made for my beard as there was zero pulling and it gave my beard a great shape. I have experimented with the settings, there are 58 cutting lengths from 0.5mm to 30mm (in 0.5mm steps). And depending on my mood will vary the length between 25-30mm. 



It's an investment. The price point warrants that but I believe it to be justified. People that take pride in their beard won't baulk at the price, but casual beard growers might. 


Related articles

If this review of the Panasonic ER-GB86 –K was of use to you then check out these previous articles I’ve posted in the grooming section of the website.

·      Top 5 Best Beard Oils for Men

·      Is curly hair the new beard?

·      Are we getting out of the beard business altogether?


Buy the Panasonic ER-GB86 Wet&Dry Ultimate Beard Trimmer from Boots £99.99

*The sponsored post has been created in collaboration with Panasonic.

Buly 1803 Reviewed | The Luxury Brand is Now Available at Selfridges


This week I got a chance to road test some personal care products from luxury French apothecary-style brand, Buly. Founded in 1803, Buly delivers a vibrant versatile collection of fragrances and home products, such as hand creams, shaving creams, toothpaste, alcohol-free fragrances, combs and candles.

I'm normally reticent to include the word luxury in front of any product because I always feel like that's something the brand really want you to say, whereas what is luxury to one person, could be bog-standard to the next.

I used to think Tesco's finest bourbons were luxury until I discovered they were all sourced from the same broken biscuit factory. 

But Buly, (full name L’Officine Universelle Buly) has earned the right to be given the luxury moniker. Beneficial and artifice-free, contain neither parabens, nor phenoxyethanol, nor silicon and favours formulas which are devoid of components that interfere with the aromas, such as glycerin and alcohol, and has invented the first water-based perfumes.

The products are tied together by a Napoleonic French influence dating back to the introduction of the Codex in 1806 that ushered in new requirements in the realm of perfumery, thus stimulating the inventiveness of practitioners and the quality of preparations. 

(Check out the brains on Brad! Ok admittedly that's all in the press release, but still .. ) 


The aluminium tubes are secured with metal lids, no plastic in sight. That's right, save the whales!  They're decorated with watercolour illustrations reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelite era of which this brand would have been present (possible inspired by) during its tenure. (Not in the press release, just know my onions). 

Of the products, they aren't just luxury, but ridiculous luxury.

I thought I'd seen it all when a friend once referred me to a particular mouthwash that was selling for £15. But Buly takes the concept of vainglory far further. 

For example, the toothpaste is composed from spa water reputed to ward off oral afflictions. It's another level. I'll refer to the wonderful Richard Curtis line in the movie Notting Hill, when bumbling book salesman Hugh Grant has an unlikely tryst with an A-list Hollywood actress played by Julia Roberts and tells his roommate Rhys Ifans,

'I’ve taken love heroin and now I can't ever have it again.' 

I've currently hooked on toothpaste heroin, hand cream heroin, foot heroin etc, and how will my cosseted limbs and teeth ever be able to handle the drabness of 'everyday man' products, ever again? 

Buly is now readily available in Selfridges, and through their online store.