Want a better-looking beard? Then give it a blow dry!

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PALL MALL BARBERS

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Pall Mall Barbers‘ rather excellent and deliciously fragrant new grooming range (all the products are scented with a combination of sandalwood and clove). Anyway, whilst demonstrating the products during a ‘live’ wet shave the staff revealed some great little tips. One was about the application of aftershave balm (gently pat it onto the skin until it disappears rather than rub it in if you want to avoid sensitizing the skin) and the other was about blow drying your beard if you want it to look its best.

post-shave-balm-100ml-2I must confess, I thought I knew pretty much everything about facial hair care but even I hadn’t heard of this piece of beard wisdom before. Seemingly, the beard blow dry is an increasing part of Pall Mall Barbers’ business and with good reason. According to stylist Michael Beardsley (yep, that’s his real name!) – whose own facial fur is a fine testament to the technique – a blow dry teases out the hairs, making them look fuller and thicker, pretty much in the same way it does with the hairs on your head. To do it yourself simply need a small brush or comb, a hairdryer and the will to gently tease the hair downwards while putting the wind up it at the same time. Not only will your beard dry in a fraction of the time  after washing it’ll look miles better. Helpfully, the new grooming range includes a beard oil to keep it in tip-top condition too.

For more information about the range go to pallmallbarbers.com

Dolce & Gabbana announce Colin Farrell as the face of their latest men’s fragrance

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COLIN FARRELL DOLCE & GABBANA INTENSODolce & Gabbana have announced that actor Colin Farrell is to be the face of their new fragrance for men, Intenso, so expect to see lots more of him over the coming months as the campaign ramps up in the UK. Apparently, he was chosen because he’s the “perfect embodiment of male strength and sensuality.” Which may well be true but I still reckon he looks a bit like Kevin from Corrie.

Abercrombie & Fitch launch Fierce Confidence and Fierce Intense

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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH  FIERCE INTENSE FRAGRANCEIt’s hard to imagine, I know, but Abercrombie & Fitch are extending their Fierce fragrance line with an Intense version. I say hard to imagine because it’s difficult to contemplate an intense version of a fragrance already so ferocious that you can smell it halfway down Savile Road, exuding, as it does, from the very pores of the nearby A&F flagship UK store. The first concentrated version of the scent and apparently the strongest and longest lasting (be afraid) it retails for $118 in the States. And that’s not all – accompanying Fierce Intense is Fierce Confidence – an energetic, citrusy version of the Fierce fragrance. Both are coming to our shores soon. Like Ebola.

Paul Edmonds launches bodycare range.

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Paul Edmonds Fig Bodywash £18 www.pauledmonds.comGiven the choice between a bath and shower I always choose a bath. Showers, to me, are rather perfunctory affairs, whereas a bath is ritualistic and more satisfying. And currently adding a few bubbles to my bath water is this Black Pearl & Green Fig Body Wash from acclaimed hairdresser Paul Edmonds. Launching later this month to coincide with his 30 years in the industry, it’s part of a brand new luxury body care range, and it smells fantastic –  crisp and ‘green’ without being sickly sweet in the way that some fig products can be. What’s more, it works just as well as a bubble bath as a body wash. Well worth investigating.

Available later this month from the Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbridge and on pauledmonds.com, priced £18 for 300ml.

Jo Loves…Shards of Cedar & Red Thyme. Maybe you will too.

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Jo Loves cedarThe arrival of a new Jo Loves fragrance always creates a bit of a buzz (their creator, Jo Malone, has a loyal following with both press and public alike) but whilst all her fragrances are technically unisex it’s taken until now for one to emerge that’s overtly masculine in character.

Jo Loves…Shards of Cedar & Red Thyme is a blend of aromatic herbs (mint and lavender amongst them) along with bergamot and nutmeg and a base of male fragrance stalwarts like cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli. In a way, it’s faintly reminiscent of those hyper-masculine colognes of the Seventies – minus the cheesy, chest medallion ads – and has a slight bitterness on the skin that’s not as unappealing as it sounds. But, hey, never mind all this – here is a fragrance that has a word as wonderful as ‘shards’ in its name!

Shards of Cedar & Red Thyme is available now, priced £45 for 30ml from joloves.com

 

Time to be resolute about body care

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aesopGiven how useless men are at protecting the skin on their body I’m always happy to promote the use of body moisturisers and balms. I mean, if you take the time to look after the skin on your face it doesn’t really make sense not to look after the stuff on the rest of you with just as much care and attention. If that seems like a bit of a chore, though, why not turn it into a pleasure with this new Resolute Hydrating Body Balm from Aesop?

I say ‘pleasure’ because unlike some body products I’ve used this particular balm is hydrating without being greasy, is quickly absorbed (useful if you’re thinking of using it after showering at the gym) and, thanks to corriander seeds, black pepper and patchouli, it smells fantastic without being overpowering. Slather some on and your skin won’t just feel better it’ll smell a whole lot better, too, so make sure it’s on your Autumn ‘to buy’ list.

Available from November from aesop.com

Bella Freud launches Lion candle

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lion bellaI love Bella Freud’s scented candles. Apart from smelling great and burning well each is imbued with a delightful sense of fun and the packaging is superb. Just added to the collection (and currently burning away in my hallway) is Lion – a candle which takes its cues from Freud’s reggae album cover inspired jumpers.

Peppery, smoky and sweet it features a raft of notes often found in male fragrance (amber, cedarwood, vetiver, oakmoss and pepper amongst them) to create a room fragrance that’s perfect for men who want their house or flat to smell of something other than last night’s takeaway but don’t want it to smell like a bridal bouquet. The effect is perhaps a little subtler than I might have expected (though, given how many scented candles can be way too overpowering, that that’s not necessarily a bad thing) but overall it’s great – and, hey, it looks the biz too so what’s not to like?

Bella Freud’s Lion candle is available here.

Looking for the perfect autumn fragrance?

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With Autumn almost upon us now’s the perfect time to invest in a brand new fragrance. Here are six recent launches worth checking out. Just click on the pic below to discover why I like them…

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More Oud Wood loveliness from Tom Ford!

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OUD WOODTom Ford’s Oud Wood is one of my favourite fragrances of all time, so I was thrilled when he lauched a raft of body care products to complement it a while back (the Oud Wood soap particularly fabulous because, once unwrapped, it scents the entire bathroom). And now the family of products is about to get a new addition in the shape of an All Over Body Spray, enabling you to smell fantastic from top to toe. Available from 15th September.

Imedeen announce rugby star Ugo Monye as brand ambassador

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ugoIMEDEEN MANAGEMENT, £40.80Imedeen today announce the appointment of Harlequins rugby player Ugo Monye as brand ambassador for their Man-age-men one-a-day skin supplement.

I met Ugo at a function a couple of years ago and as well as being built like a fire truck he’s a fantastically sharp, funny and dapper guy with bags of charm and charisma. He’s also genuinely into his skincare and personal grooming.

“Health, fitness and looking good is at the top of my radar,” he says. “I turned 30 last year and I don’t want to start seeing the effects ageing has on my skin.” Hence the choice of Imedeen man-age-ment which is the perfect supplement if you’re looking for an insurance policy against the ravages of time. Anyway, he’s a great choice so well done Imedeen for snapping him up.

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