Like a terminally ill patient who recovers only to be hit by a train, venerable British shaving cream maker Coates has had to call it quits…again. Once part of Simpsons (pre-Vulfix merger), Coates had died a painful death, only to be resurrected in mid-2010 with an updated version of their classic Tea Tree shave cream, a small inventory of new-old-stock shaving brushes, and high hopes for the future. They had plans additional shaving creams, shaving soaps, aftershave balm, etc.
But it is not to be. A recent message on twitter indicated that the company is almost broke and will be put up for sale very soon. Perhaps it will be acquired by someone who can carry on but in the meantime if you like Coates products, now is the time to stock up.