Green People’s new Men’s Collection: good for you, good for our woodland.

GREEN PEOPLE MEN'S COLLECTIONIf you’re one of those people who likes to do their Christmas shopping early or are simply looking for a great birthday/anniversary/thanks-for-cutting-the-hedge gift for someone you might want to have a look at one Green People’s limited edition skincare sets in aid of one my favourite charities, The Woodland Trust. There are four individual collections: Facial Care, Body Care, Hand Care and this handsome-looking Men’s Collection which features two 100ml body washes: a Peppermint & Eucalyptus one that’s perfect for gym bags and an Orange Peel and Clove wash that’s delightfully festive. They’re free of chemical nasties, made with certified organic ingredients and the packaging, featuring a noble stag, is absolutely lovely. What’s more,  30p from each sale of a men’s collection goes to The Woodland Trust to help with its preservation of our beautiful forests. As an animal lover and a nature lover I can’t think of a nicer gift.

The set costs £19.95 and is available from September from www.greenpeople.co.uk and via Ocado.

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.

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

Big Green Tree launch Virtus – their first ever men’s range

If you’re a fan of skincare that eschews chemical nasties in favour of traditional, natural ingredients and which is British (and in these tough economic times we should be supporting home-grown businesses) then make sure you check out Big Green Tree.

Based in Derbyshire the company specialise in hand made bath and body products, fragranced with top-quality essential oils and enriched with shea and cocoa butter and jojoba and almond oils.

And now they’ve launched their own dedicate men’s range Virtus (the word is latin for a virtue capturing courage and excellence). Launching with an Aftershave Balm, Body Wash and Shave Soap it features some of my favourite essential oils, including lavender, juniper and (my all time favourite) patchouli and is perfect for men who prefer natural ingredients over nanotechnology.

For more information and to buy Big Green Tree products go to www.biggreentreetrading.com

Grooming Guru Essentials: Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash

There are few grooming products I can honestly say have iconic status but this incredibly popular body is certainly on its way towards becoming one of them. Winning plaudits right, left and centre (it was voted Best Bodycare product by Men’s Health readers last year) this fantastically aromatic and spicy body wash does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle).  I love it because it doesn’t smell remotely girlie, lathers-up a treat and is a brilliant wake-up call for tired skin. And that’s before you take into account its detoxifying and circulation boosting properties…

To buy Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash click here.

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.