Founded by former Kiwi international cricketer Dion Nash, Triumph & Disaster is a grooming brand built on old-fashioned values with added antipodean swagger.
During an 18-year playing career, Nash learned the importance of looking after his appearance both on and off the pitch.
“As a professional sportsman much of my youth was spent outside exposed to sun, wind and sweat, sometimes all at the same time,” Nash says.
“Because of this exposure I have always been acutely aware of the effect that the sun and our environment has on our skin and consequently the way we feel.
“Through a process of trial and error I have developed and evolved my own ideas on what men need in their grooming products.
“By working with a great team of chemists and a world class perfumer we have brought these ideas to life and developed a brand for men who want clean, healthy, vibrant skin, men who want a close, clean shave and men who want to feel great about their grooming routine.”
Nash got the name for his range of grooming products from Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem 'IF', which his father gave him when he was 13 years old.
“It was at a time when father and son were ‘butting heads’ so to speak, so the poem was promptly defaced, graffitied over and thrown in a bottom draw ... but never thrown away," he says.
“The poem is advice from a father to his son on how to be a man. It is about humility, honour, risk and reward.
“More than two decades later when the seed of an idea for a range of mens grooming products was forming, it was values like these that I had in mind.
“Values that would help mould a brand capable of reminding us that acts of ritual and preparation are worthy endeavours and that as men, being well groomed is something of which to be proud.
“So when a tattered old poem that my dad had given me years before was uncovered in the bottom of an old chest and I read the line, ‘if you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same’, well, the deal was done and the brand was born.
“Triumph & Disaster’s philosophy is to use the best of science combined with the best of nature to produce naturally derived but scientifically engineered products that work.”
One of the products from the range is Shearer's Soap. Infused with eucalyptus, almond, bergamot and pine; it’s imprinted with the company's trademark themes of ritual, character and fate.
“As a kid my job was to clean the woolshed floors so the shearers had a tidy workplace when they started work each morning,” Nash says.
“I have two outstanding memories of that time: the first is learning to roll a cigarette and the other is the smell of the soap the shearing gangs used to ‘scrub up’ before heading for ‘smoko’.
“When making this body soap it was that smell I had in my mind and more importantly the association with manly endeavours and a hard day’s work that it evoked.
“‘Shearer’s Soap’ is made from a translucent base high in glycerin that makes it incredibly gentle on your skin,” Nash says.
“Poppy seeds assist exfoliation and provide a massaging effect that works in combination with our bespoke natural fragrance to create a complete cleansing experience.”
Another standout product from the range is The Old Fashioned Shave Cream. It creates a comforting lather, smells great and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy. Instead it gives a refreshing tautness to the face.
Engineered with nature, it draws from a vintage formula designed to prepare, soothe and invigorate the face for an optimal shaving experience. Expect notes of spearmint, grapefruit, mint, marjoram, orange and patchouli.
Unique aromas of old school medicinal notes, bright, fresh citrus tones and hint of Turkish barbershop at the back end evoke a sense of tradition and nostalgia that can only add class to a gentleman’s morning ritual.
Best of all it delivers this great shave without the addition of any nasty chemicals. The verdict: we can’t wait to try more of these great products.
Here Nash explains the art of a great shave:
“Since the introduction of the disposable razor in the mid 70’s the role of shaving products such as foams, gels and oils has changed. The nature of today’s razors, often with multiple blades and gel strips has seen shaving products focus on delivering greater glide and slick to assist the movement of the razor,” Nash says.
“This ‘slick’ allows the safety razor to run over the surface of the face, cutting the hair follicle from the back as the razor moves with the grain; the gel or oil effectively acts as a barrier between the blade and the skin.
“Triumph & Disaster wanted to create a shaving experience that worked a little harder, one that delivered a tighter, closer shave, leaving the face feeling fresh and new.
“To do this we went back to the old school, researching old-fashioned formulas in order to work out what a true shave cream used to do. In the process we updated the old nasty ingredients with better ones and we have created a special shave cream that performs like old school but is every bit modern.
“By creating an incredibly thin slick and soft lather we get the hair to soften and stand proud, letting the razor in close to the base of the hair follicle, this delivers an unbeatable tight shave the likes of which have not been seen since your old man was a boy.”
THE ART OF SHAVING
I Clean the surface of the skin with either Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub or Ritual Cleanser.
II Calm the face and soften hair follicles by applying a warm cloth or towel to the face.
III Using a shave brush and a small amount of Old Fashioned Shave Cream create a bold lather on the area you will shave.
IV Using a fresh razor shave clean in long smooth strokes being careful to pull with the natural grain of your hair follicles.
V Rinse clean.
VI Protect using Gameface Moisturiser.
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