The Grooming Guru Awards 2012. Best Room Fragrance: Byredo Parfums Apocalyptic Scented Candle

Byredo Apocalypticggawrd12lIn the last of my Grooming Guru Awards for 2012 (I know, they do seem to have gone on forever and for that I apologise) I wanted to give an award for my favourite new room fragrance. I’m an absolute scented candle/diffuser/incense stick junkie so it’s always hard for me to pick just one product I really like but this new candle from Byredo I love for several reasons.

For starters, I tend to prefer candles with a warm, earthy, woody and slightly mysterious feel (if they smell anything like a smouldering campfire in a secluded forest all the better). Apocalyptic ticks all these boxes thanks to notes of oakmoss, birch wood and fire iron (think hot, smelting metal). It’s similar in vibe to my favourite ever candle, Diptyque’s Feu de Bois, but is subtler and not quite so overwhelming.

I love it, too, for the deep navy-black wax which reminds me a bit of an ancient obsidian scrying glass when liquid. If indeed, the end of the world is nigh as the Mayans predicted, Apocalyptic will be what’s burning in the background, at my place at least.

Byredo Parfums Apocalyptic Bougie costs £50.00 for 300gr and is available from Liberty 020 7734 1234

The Grooming Guru Awards 2012. Best Body Product: Conran 1 Body Scrub

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ggawrd12lI originally wrote about this body scrub from the Conran bath and body range back in February and it has spent the entire year as my favourite body product. With a space-age texture that’s part caviar, part artificial snow and part scrub this gel scrub, with its rich, warm, woody scent, is both fun to use and great for polishing skin. It’s unlike any scrub I’ve come across and is currently a bathtime favourite. Looks the biz too doesn’t it?

Available from www.nivenandjoshua.com.

Coming tomorrow….Best Home Fragrance