Help For Heroes XTREME The Fragrance: a good scent for a good cause

help for heroesWith fragrance one of the top gift ideas at this time of year it’s often all to easy to reach for a big brand name or the latest concoction from a huge fashion house. Which is all very well if you’re ok with lining the pockets of Chanel, Dior or Hugo Boss but if you want to do some good with your gift giving then maybe you should think about XTREME The Fragrance by Help For Heroes – the charity which offers support to servicemen and women injured in the line of duty.

A creamy, spicy and gourmandy fragrance, with lemon, black pepper, basil, amber and vanilla, it easily holds its own against this year’s biggest designer launches and a minimum of £3 from every sale goes direct to the charity. Five ex-servicemen worked alongside perfumer and lecturer Marianne Martin to come up with the fragrance and their stories are truly inspirational (you can read about the guys  involved here). So if you’re looking for a fragrance that helps people, as well as your chances, you might want to put XTREME on your wish list.

Help For Heroes XTREME The Fragrance is available from Debenhams and priced £30.

Hairy knuckles? Don’t worry Debenhams will sort you out!

So much is made of men’s ongoing battle with hairy backs and shoulders that it’s easy to forget that many of men are just as worried about having hairy knuckles.

Luckily, a solution is (literally) at hand thanks to Debenhams. They’re now offering a threading service for anyone with hairy hands. For those of you not familiar with threading it’s the ancient Indian art of hair removal involving a cotton thread to whip the hairs out from the root. Treatments start from a fiver, don’t hurt (much) and are available from Benito Brow Bars at Beauty Hall, Debenhams. You don’t have to book and don’t worry, you’re de-furred behind frosted glass.

Will men be flocking for the treatment? Perhaps, but at least one of my Twitter pals won’t. Alerting him to the service on the social media site he instantly replied: “I like my hairy knuckles – its the only place I’m not either grey or bald!”


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