Create your own meteor shower tonight

It’s one of my favourite annual events this weekend – the spectatular Perseid Meteor Shower. On a good year you can see up to 200 shooting stars an hour, which is a lot of wishes you can make if you believe seeing one happens to be lucky. If it’s too cloudy to see them where you are, though, I suppose you could always create you own little display at home with BLAQ’s new Meteor Shower shower scrub.

The final frontier in exfoliation (it actually contains meteorite dust) it also features sea salt and activated charcoal to help remove impurities. It’s also designed to leave a slight iridescent glow on the skin though don’t fret is leaving the house with glittery shoulders isn’t your thing – I found that the sparkle is minimal if you rinse thoroughly. The good news is that it’s 100% biodegradable, devoid of additives and preservatives and is cruelty-free too. What more could you wish (upon a star) for this weekend?

Blaq Meteor Shower is available from, priced £19.95 for a resealable pack 

Add some discipline to your grooming routine with Ron Dorff

RON DORFFWhy it’s taken me so long to discover premium Swedish/French sportswear and lifestyle brand Ron Dorff  – the creation of Claus Lindorff and Jérôme Touron  – I don’t know, but I’m glad I have. As well as producing sportswear that fuses style, functionality and a quirky sense of humour the brand also features an excellent range of skincare products created for both men and women (with, perhaps, the exception of the Beard Conditioner).

Dorff’s clothing is characterised by its clean simplicity and the Skin Discipline range is no exception. As you might expect from a range hailing for Scandinavia the pachaging design and attention to detail are impeccable whilst the products themselves are superb quality, though this is hardly surprising given that they’ve been specially made for the brand by cult cosmetics house FACE Stockholm.

493X375DDWhat gives the products added interest  is its use of ingredients focused on Northern Hemisphere botanicals, like Arctic Juniper and Arctic Roseroot, but for me the best thing about them is the smell. An exercise in restraint the fragrance is never intrusive: the Body Scrub smells like a towel you’ve used to wipe yourself down after a dip in the sea whilst the scent of the Beard Conditioner is, like a pair of Dorff’s skimpy swimming trunks, barely there. This kind of minimalism is truly refreshing – and a real antidote to some of the overpoweringly scented body products out there at the moment.

Discipline is certainly not a dirty word when it comes to personal grooming so do  check out the range. And if you’re in London make sure you pay a visit to Dorff’s first stand-alone UK boutique which opens in Earlham Street in London’s Covent Garden in March.

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


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?

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Coming tomorrow….Best Home Fragrance

Conran’s Body Scrub is the biz

Finding a decent face scrub is easy. Finding a decent body scrub, on the other hand, is much harder. Quite often they’re abrasive, cheap-smelling and have a nasty habit of ending up in places they’re really not welcome.

So it comes with some relief that I’ve discovered this fantastic Body Scrub from the new Conran Bath and Body Range. The scrub itself has a rich, woody, slightly spicy scent but it’s the texture that’s the thing. A cross between caviar, snow and a space-age gel it somehow melts on the skin whilst exfoliating it at the same time. It’s unlike any scrub I’ve come across and is currently a bathtime favourite.

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How to fake it (convincingly)

pantoneWell, spring appears to have finally sprung. The sun is out (for the moment) and the sandals are already out (a bit prematurely if you ask me but still….). And already I’ve seen a fair few sets of pasty Anglo-Saxon arms, legs and feet. It’s at exactly at this time of year that I get asked about how to use fake tan and sometimes get calls from friends who’ve ‘done a  Tweed’ (as in Jack, as in orange and streaky) and wonder what went so badly wrong. In most cases the simple answer is they didn’t read the instructions (men never do – we just like to think we know it all). 

So if anyone’s about to have a go with the fake tan my simple advice is this: always, always exfoliate first with a body scrub or body buffing mitt. It’s a simple step but it makes all the difference. Do it and  you’ll remove any dry skin cells which have a nasty habit of greedily absorbing more their fair share of the self-tanner, leaving dark, uneven, streaky patches. 


Focus, especially, on the  elbows, knees and heels where skin is driest and no-one will ever know you’re such a  faker.

I wonder whether Jack can access this blog in stir? 


PS. Put that golf club down Jack. I’m only joshing you. 

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