Washing powder for men? How’s that for a fresh approach to laundry?

distinctive-casualI really wanted to dislike Distinctive – a washing powder aimed exclusively men. Why? Well for the very fact that it’s a washing powder aimed exclusively for men. I mean, since when have washing powders been gender specific?

The truth is, though, I can’t. And here’s why – Distinctive smells great. And distinctive. Combining two scents (amber and sandalwood) commonly found in men’s fragrances because of their warm, sexy aroma, it’s been designed with a special bonding agent that adheres the fragrance to your clothes giving them a longer-lasting freshness.

It’s fun, clever, the packaging has the kind of washing tips even a domestic dundernut like me can understand and it’s British too. So if you’re not keen on smelling of eau de Ariel (and who is?) then why not pop some in your slot?

For more info go to distinctivewash.co.uk

Tabac to the future

Just a quick post to thank make-up artist extraordinaire Daniel Sandler for taking me on an olfactory journey back to my youth this week. Whilst having a drink with me the other night he produced a small gift  – a bottle of Tabac Original Bath and Showel Gel, which he’d acquired at his local chemist. Now, without giving away too much about our ages, Daniel and I are ‘contemporaries’ and he too remembers the very distinctive smell of Tabac from his youth.

Originally launched back in the late fifties (no, that’s absolutely not the decade we remember it from in case you’re wondering) Tabac has had several resurgences in popularity, principally in the Eighties. To be honest, I’d actually forgotten it even existed anymore until Daniel and I were discussing fragrances from our misspent youth a few weeks ago and it came up in conversation (hence the gift). And the moment I got a whiff of it I was all of 15 again  – with hair and a 28 inch waist and all!

If you’ve never encountered it, it’s a fantastically old-fashioned florally fougere fragrance with notes of neroli, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, oak moss and ambergris. Somehow the shower gel smells just how a shower gel should and the fact that it’s  around all these years later (and probably will be in another 40 years) is a sign it’s still doing something right, so why not give it a whirl?

this week’s grooming essential

trumpersI’ve got to admit that some of the bath and shower products I get sent to try bear more resemblance to something you’d use to remove paint from an old shed door with than something you’d happily slather on your sensitive bits. There are always exceptions, of course, and I’m happy to report that this new bath and shower gel from Geo.F. Trumper is one of them.

An addition to their existing Eucris range, it’s wonderfully masculine thanks to dashes of musk, moss and sandalwood (yes, the oh-so-expensive expensive oil that scuppered the chances of the ginger one from The Apprentice), though there’s a bit of spicy cumin and corriander in there too for good measure.

Bottom line is that it’s how men should smell after a shower. And at £13 for 200ml, that’s something well worth shelling out for.

Available from www.trumpers.com