Beautiful things do come in small packages – just ask Unilever

image001Let’s face it, everything is getting smaller these days. This isn’t always good news (as is the case with Pringles) but it’s certainly a good thing when it comes to grooming products. So it’s nice to hear that Unilever have decided to compress their men’s deodorant and anti-perspirant brands this year as they did with their women’s ones in 2013. Each of the products pictured above has been compressed into a smaller can making them infinitely more eco-friendly and portable (at just 11cm high they’re now perfect for gym bags or office drawers).

That doesn’t mean you get less product; they’ve just squeezed a larger amount into a smaller can as part of their commitment to more sustainable formats and less propellant. Unilever aims to convert 40% of its entire aerosol portfolio to this format in 2014  –  a move that anyone who values the environment as much as fresh-smelling armpits will wholeheartedly appreciate. I know I do anyway.

Coming soon…The Molton Brown Sport Collection

MOLTON BROWN SPORT COLLECTONSo iconic is Molton Brown‘s Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash that everything the company releases has to be judged against it. A firm favourite with men (and the recipient of a clutch of Men’s Health Grooming Awards) it’s a truly fabulous product and one that’s just as good after a late night or long flight as it is after a work out. So their latest Sport Collection – aimed specifically at active types – has a lot to live up to.

A trio of high-performance products the range features a 4-in-1 Sportwash, muscle-warming  Sportbalm and obligatory Anti-Perspirant Stick, each featuring the refreshing scent of cassia bark, nutmeg and lime. Of the three products the 4-in-1 Sportwash is by far the most interesting. In keeping with the current trend for multi-fuctional grooming products it not only acts as a shower gel, shampoo and facial cleanser but as a transparent shaving gel too.

As a range it’s great and is certainly a welcome addition to any gym or sports bag but does it live up to the aforementioned Black Pepper Body Wash? Well, let’s just say they set the bar mighty high with that product…

The Molton Brown Sport Collection is available from Niven & Joshua.

Disclosure Notice: I received a free sample of this product for review purposes

Bulldog’s new deodorant is the dog’s

If you read this blog regularly or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that Bulldog are one of my favourite affordable grooming brands. Penny for penny they’re they best products out there and I love their natural, animal-friendly approach to skincare.

Their latest offering is this roll-on deodorant, which is free of nasties like parabens, synthetic fragrances or artificial colours. It also has the signature Bulldog smell (no, not of dog but of a distinctive blend of eight essential oils including bergamot, lemon, geranium, oak moss and vetivert. What’s more it also contains skin-soothing aloe vera to keep your pits in tip-top condition.

So how does it perform? Well, excellently for a deodorant. You have to bear in mind, of course, that deos are designed to keep you smelling fresh not to prevent you sweating (that’s where anti-perspirants come in).  It’s ideal for those times when you know you’re not going to be sweltering, perhaps after a work-out, when you’re heading off for a meal or dinner party or are just kicking back around the house. It’s certainly better than most deos out there – for the smell alone – so definitely gets the thumbs (or should that be arms?) up from me.

Available from www.nivenandjoshua.com priced £4.99

lee’s favourite three…anti-perspirants

I’ve tried ‘em all and what do I rate? Well, here goes…

 

SSFM_6530_1801. Clinique Skin Supplies For Men Roll On Antiperspirant, £10.28 My all time favourite – easy to use, unfragranced and brilliantly effective. Doesn’t leave marks on your shirts either! Available from http://www.cliniqueformen.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure Men Sport-12. Sure Men Sport Instinct, £2.99. Just out and an instant hit with me thanks to its light, fresh smell, superb efficacy and lockable spray mechanism. For stockists call 0800 085 1548.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1014913. One Planet Natural Extracts Forest Rain Anti-perspirant for men,  £1.70. Gets my vote for being an environmentally-friendly anti-perspirant that actually works! Smell faintly of Coca-Cola when it goes on but that’s part of its appeal! Available from Asda.

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