Grooming Guru Essentials: Heyland & Whittle Olive & Fig Soap

HEYLAND & WHITTLEI make no excuses for the fact that I am faintly obsessed by body soaps. And I’m very fussy about what graces the side of my bath. Anyway, this wonderful, palm-sized Heyland & Whittle Olive & Fig Organic Soap is what you might call my latest squeeze – if a slippery squeeze. Made from 100% organic ingredients it’s figgy, slightly peppery and very, very ‘green’ smelling. In fact, it really reminds me of the wonderful cut stem aroma that hits you whenever you walk into a decent florists. At £6 it isn’t ridiculously expensive either and it’s Made in England. Recommended.

For more info go to heylandandwhittle.co.uk

Paul Edmonds launches bodycare range.

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.

If you want to look after your body check out Bodhi

Men might better at looking after the skin on their faces these days but generally speaking they’re still pretty lax when it comes to looking after the skin on the rest of them. Me, I’m very fussy about things like shower gels, bath products and body moisturisers.

A brand I came across only recently but love is Bodhi. Free of chemical nasties like parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances or colourants they’re great for the skin and – since they smell amazing – even better for the nose.

The Rosemary Chi is fantastically aromatic,  Mint Thé is bracing and perfect for mornings and Galangl Spice has a delightful Far Eastern vibe thanks to cardamon and Kaffir Lime leaf.  Especially worth checking out, though, is the the Pep Noir Energising Bath & Shower Therapy which is warm and spicy (thanks to black pepper and white thyme) but refreshing too, thanks to bergamot.  In fact, it could be the new Molton Brown Black Pepper Body Wash it’s that good.

For more info about the range go to www.bodhi.uk.com

Where’s the soap?

Firstly, my apologies to all those who emailed me asking where I’ve been these last few weeks. Unfortunately, due to family illness I was unable to keep up with my blogging and hence it’s been several weeks since my last post. I was shocked into doing something after someone kindly pointed out that my last blog (and the one that people were landing on) featured a large bottle of Brut. Not quite the contemporary image I have for this labour of love.

So I return to the fold with a small update about a comfort purchase. You see, when times are hard and The Black Dog bites I resort to the one thing guaranteed to cheer me up – soap. Yes, some people do drugs, some cane their credit card. I do posh soap.

So off I trundled to Liberty yesterday and treated my self to these three soapy treats. Liberty’s own brand Lavender & Eucalyptus soap has been a favourite of mine for many years and is great for men since the Eucalyptus takes the old-lady edge off the lavender perfectly. And I’m trying for the first time a couple of Dei Colli Fiorentini soaps which smell absolutely fantastic – Cypress Tree (which has a fantastically masculine frgrance) and Ginestra (aka Broom) which is sweet and smells like…..well, Broom.

To me, smelling soaps is a bit like wine tasting and you can spend hours at it. Seriously, next time you’re a bit under the weather give it a go. I guarantee you’ll come up smelling of roses. Or lavender. Or eucalyptus…..