The Renewal Oil from Crème De La Mer: good for beards too.

CDLMOil_LPNext month sees the launch of The Renewal Oil by Crème de la Mer – a luxury facial oil containing the company’s famous Miracle Broth  – a combination of nutrients obtained from sea kelp along with other skin-beneficial ingredients. Designed to plump up skin and improve its natural protective barrier it’s activated by shaking and is being touted as a multi-functional must-have. It certainly does have many uses – from being an additional insurance policy for skin, slotted into your regime before moisturising, to  being a conditioner for hair and an in-flight essential to guard against dry skin.

Quickly absorbed and only slightly fragranced it also makes an excellent beard oil – an expensive one, to be sure, but an effective one nontheless. For those of you worried about it being greasy it’s anything but – in fact, if it has a fault it’s that it’s one of the driest facial oils I’ve come across. Ironically, this is what makes it great for facial hair but it might not please those with very dry skin who like to feel the results. The shake-to-active bit is fun though.

The Renewal Oil from Crème de La Mer is available from cremdelamer.co.uk from October priced £155.

Superdry guy?

With 39 standalone stores in the UK fashion retailer Superdry is certainly a force to be reckoned with and this month sees the launch of its first premium fragrance collection with a trio of scents aimed at men – Dry, Double Dry and Dry Oil.  Clearly the brief for Double Dry was to come up with something very much in the same vein as Abercrombie & Fitch’s distinct, controversial but incredibly popular Fierce and in this it succeeds, thanks to shared woody, spicy and mossy notes. In fact, close your eyes, give it a spritz and you could also be in the flagship A&F store, surrounded by implausibly good looking teens.

And while the scent might be a bit derivative it does at least pick up a few brownie points for its packaging. As well as the quirky  ‘box’,  made from layered sheets of cardboard, the bottle itself comes with an aged leather wrap that can be removed and worn as a wrist strap. Nifty.

The Dry by Superdry Fragrance Collection costs £55 for each 100ml bottle and is available from Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Selfridges, House of Fraser and Superdry stores and concessions nationwide.