The Founders

TMPL Wellness emerged in January 2021, thanks to the vision of two passionate entrepreneurs: Raphael Babalola and Adam Hutchinson. These co-founders recognised a significant gap in the grooming and personal care industry—the lack of products tailored specifically for men of colour. As black men with sensitive skin, they had personally experienced issues like razor bumps, irritated skin, and breakouts. These skin challenges often led to dark spots and impacted their confidence.

Driven by their own struggles, Raphael and Adam embarked on a mission to create effective, safe, and natural personal care products for men of colour. They collaborated closely with dermatologists and manufacturers to develop the TMPL product line, catering to Asian, Black, and Mixed Race men. Their tagline proudly declares, “Self-care for the Mandem.”

The Company Mission

TMPL Wellness is more than just a skincare brand; it’s a movement. The company aims to redefine self-care by making it inclusive for different skin tones. Recognizing that about 85% of Asian, Black, and Mixed race men with curly hair face issues like dryness, acne, and hyperpigmentation, TMPL focuses on solving these specific problems. Their products are carefully crafted to address scarring, acne, dryness, hyper-pigmentation, and sensitivity.

Key ingredients in TMPL’s moisturisers, cleansers, and toners include avocado oil, aloe vera, and rosehip oil. These components work harmoniously to provide effective solutions for men of color. Raphael Babalola eloquently stated, “In 2022, we must reject any form of marginalization based on skin color and refuse to accept second-class treatment as consumers.”

Appearance on Dragons’ Den

In January 2023, TMPL Skincare stepped onto the Dragons’ Den stage, seeking an investment of £50,000 for a 2.5% equity stake. The founders, Raphael and Adam, pitched their brand with conviction. They highlighted the brand’s unique proposition—the UK’s first skincare line that truly understood the challenges faced by men of color, including ingrown hair and razor bumps.

Their pitch resonated with the Dragons, especially with entrepreneur Steven Bartlett. While they secured a deal with Steven, it ultimately didn’t close. Nevertheless, TMPL’s appearance on the show catapulted their brand awareness, and they continued to thrive organically, selling over a thousand products through word of mouth.

TMPL Wellness remains a trailblazer, breaking boundaries and championing self-care for men of colour. Their journey is a testament to the power of passion, purpose, and perseverance.


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