Tom Ford’s new beard oil: a new way to layer your fragrance?

Tom-Ford-Conditioning-Beard-OilOne of the main criticisms of beard oils is that their fragrance is so fleeting. Of course, many men prefer it this way but for those who want a longer-lasting fragrance the choices are pretty limited. Tom Ford’s new beard oils certainly correct that, introducing a new way for men to wear fragrance in the process.

Available in three Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances – Neroli Portofino, Tobacco Vanille and (my favourite) Oud Wood – it’s probably the punchiest and longest-lasting fragranced beard oil I’ve tried. I wore the Neroil Portofino one last night to the annual Beauty Magazine Beauty Awards and it pretty much lasted all night.

In truth, this is both a blessing and a curse; a blessing because you smell great and if you’re layering your fragrance it gives you a new place to scent yourself but a curse because the fragrance will be right under your nose for hours. So here’s a simple application tip: apply a small amount with your fingertips or using a moustache and beard comb but avoid the moustache area directly beneath the nose. Incidentally, since the oil itself isn’t particularly greasy you can also use a small amount on the hair on your head too.  One thing’s for sure – fragrance layering just got a whole lot more interesting.

Available from Selfridges

Hey beauty world – the men are coming!

Just been reading a fascinating little news story in Beauty Magazine which highlights the rise in men entering the beauty industry. According to the story Simply Business, a UK business insurance provider, has seen a 17% annual increase in male-run health and beauty businesses in the last year and there’s also been an 11% rise in the number of male make-up artists and beauticians too.

Personally I think this is fantastic news. Many of the industry experts and entrepreneurs I know are male and contrary to uninformed belief, they’re not all gay either. Unfortunately, while many men have gained the utmost respect by reaching the top of their profession, others in the beauty industry are still often exposed to prejudice and snide remarks.

Hopefully, though, as more and more men enter the industry tired preconceptions about men working in the world of beauty and male grooming will fall away. It may even be time for institutions like Cosmetic Executive Women – a girls-only club for women in the beauty industry –  to thow open their doors to men. Or, maybe it’s time, as my male colleagues and I have discussed on many occasions, for the establishment of Cosmetic Executive Men too. Whatever happens, the men are definitely coming!

 

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Shaving a pain the neck? Then check out my shaving guide in Beauty Magazine’s ‘Man Up!’ supplement


It has to be men’s biggest grooming concern. It’s certainly the one fraught with the most danger. And still we shave. So if you’re having trouble with razor burn, want to know how to maximise razor glide or are struggling with ingrown hairs, check out my shaving guide in Beauty Magazine‘s special Man Up! supplement. You can read it online by clicking here.

Beauty Magazine unveils its Grooming Gongs for 2011

One of my favourite events in the beauty & grooming calendar is the annual Beauty Magazine Awards. As one of the panel of judges it’s my job to whittle down a huge selection of possible nominees to put forward to a public vote (think of me as the Len Goodman of Grooming) and as such I’m lucky enough to attend the swanky annual awards do. This year it was held at Vinopolis and The Saturdays (well, four of them) were in attendance.

There were a stack of awards presented on the night but the ones that interested me, of course, were the grooming gongs. Gillette’s Fusion Proglide razor picked up the Grooming Launch of The Year Award, Lynx Excite walked away with the Best Ad Campaign of The Year and Best Tie-Up for securing Kelly Brook for Excite and Boss Bottled won Best Classic fragrance. Classic Grooming Product of the Year, meanwhile, was won by Philips for their Sensotouch 3D Electric Shaver.

Finally, the Haircare Launch of The Year award was won by Regaine for their innovative Extra Strength Scalp Foam. More importantly, though, I got to dress up and drink wine. Well, judging’s hard work you know…

Beauty Magazine announces male grooming awards shortlist

Beauty magazin Awards logo.ai [Converted]One of my favourite awards ceremonies of the year is the Beauty Magazine Awards. That’s not just because, as one of the shortlising judges I get to go to the swanky bash they have (last year I was on the same table as Eighties icon Tony Hadley!) it’s also because these awards are primarily voted on by the people who are often underestimated and unappreciated – the men and women who help advise customers on the products in shops, chemists and department stores the length and breadth of the land. They’re the ones as the coal face of the industry and I have a huge amount of admiration for these unsung heroes.

Anyway, this month’s copy of the magazine reveals the nominees and the male categories are packed with class acts, with Lab Series, Clinique, Remington, Nivea For Men, Gillette and American Crew all strong contenders (the latter is hoping to scoop a Classic Product Award with it’s Fiber styling aid after  winning a Men’s Health Grooming Award for Best Hair  Product just a few weeks ago). This year’s event is held at the London Aquarium on November 11th and as ever I’m looking forward to getting my best togs out for the big night. I expect Tony will be busy this year though – something to do with the small matter of a Spandau Ballet reunion….

For more info on the awards and to see a full list of the lucky nominees  go to www.beauty-magazine.co.uk