Bulldog’s new deodorant is the dog’s

If you read this blog regularly or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that Bulldog are one of my favourite affordable grooming brands. Penny for penny they’re they best products out there and I love their natural, animal-friendly approach to skincare.

Their latest offering is this roll-on deodorant, which is free of nasties like parabens, synthetic fragrances or artificial colours. It also has the signature Bulldog smell (no, not of dog but of a distinctive blend of eight essential oils including bergamot, lemon, geranium, oak moss and vetivert. What’s more it also contains skin-soothing aloe vera to keep your pits in tip-top condition.

So how does it perform? Well, excellently for a deodorant. You have to bear in mind, of course, that deos are designed to keep you smelling fresh not to prevent you sweating (that’s where anti-perspirants come in).  It’s ideal for those times when you know you’re not going to be sweltering, perhaps after a work-out, when you’re heading off for a meal or dinner party or are just kicking back around the house. It’s certainly better than most deos out there – for the smell alone – so definitely gets the thumbs (or should that be arms?) up from me.

Available from www.nivenandjoshua.com priced £4.99

Why Timothy Han’s Lemongrass, Marjoram and Lavender candle is ‘therapy’

I must confess, I’ve always been rather cautious of anything containing lemongrass. And with good reason. The smell of it brings back terrible memories of a Thai restaurant in Soho, a dish containing mussels and the three days that followed, during which I lost not only the contents of my stomach and much of my dignity, but over half a stone in weight too.

So it was with some trepidation that I put a match to Timothy Han’s Lemongrass, Marjoram and Lavender candle today. Hancrafted, using soy wax and aromatherapy grade essential oils, it’s a nicely thought-out fragrance and the colour of the glass is exquisite (practically the same as my lounge walls, which is handy!).

Although touted as the kind of candle to help you unwind at the end of the day it strikes me as being quite a stimulating scent, one brilliant at keeping a lounge, office or bathroom fresh, rather than for setting the mood in the bedroom.

If you’re a man nervous of florals, it’ll be perfect for you and Timothy’s range includes a few other cancels I can see appealing to men, including Wild Tobacco & Jasmine and Oakmoss & Vetiver, which sounds amazing. Best of all, even though the one currently alight in my living room has lemongrass, it didn’t bring back one single awful memory. It may even have helped me tackle my fear.

Available from www.timothyhan.com priced £38.