Until 1745, surgeons and barbers worked side by side. From this year onwards, King George II of Great Britain took the initiative to make a distinction between the two professions and separated the two roles accordingly, resulting in the barbers’ responsibilities being limited to the cutting and styling hair and shaving.
Despite this, many barbers managed to preserve a particular method widely used in these revoked medical functions which involved the use of gin, the alcoholic drink of that particular period, as a lotion for shaving purposes. Gin was thus incorporated
into the practices of some of the most renowned barbers, bringing an air of freshness and aroma to their services.