We all know how draining the festive season can be and so it seems do Clarins, who have just released a special skincare survival kit to help men get through the post-Christmas period looking half-decent. Available exclusively from Selfridges and selfridges.com the £65 kit features 12 skincare heroes hidden behind advent calendar doors that start on Christmas Day. If you’re a Clarins fan that represents a saving of £27 compared to the price of buying the products individually, so even if you can’t be bothered with the gimmicky advent calendar aspect (and I can’t say I would be) it’s still a great buy. Since it’s boxed and good-to-go it makes a fantastic gift too.
As a consumer it’s often all too easy to go for the most obvious choice when it comes to fragrance, especially when the big fashion houses and cosmetic companies throw so much money at celebrity endorsement and in-your-face advertising. However, sometimes it’s worth looking a bit further afield for an interesting eau de toilette. This one, by British brand Gruhume being a good example.
Delightfully fresh, crisp and spicy – with lemon, bergamot, lavender, juniper berry, black peppercorns, patchouli and petitgrain – it’s as good as any of the fragrances you’ll find in your local department store and considerably better than many of them. Plus, in buying a bottle you’re supporting British entrepreneurialism at its very best. Worth investigating.
Gruhme For Him No 14 is a available from gruhme.co.uk priced £45 for 100ml eau de toilette.
Ain’t he cute? Well, right now this little fella comes free with a 50ml or 100ml purchase of any Paul Smith fragrance – men’s or women’s – exclusively from Boots. Then, from 5th April, you can pick him up with a Paul Smith fragrance purchase from department stores nationwide, while stocks last. So if you want to get your mitts on one you’d better hop to it!
Of all the brands I’ve come across dermalogica is without doubt one of the most consistent, inventive and efficacious. It has within its exhaustive range some of my all time favourite skincare products and when I flew off to New York recently, my washbag was crammed with travel sized dermalogica stuff. So it’s great to see a brand new collection featuring some of the brand’s best- loved products in dinky ‘to go’ sizes. The new favourites kit (£23.50) features four essential products – including mini Skin Hydrating Booster and the award-winning Daily Microfoliant – in a handy carrying case. Perfect for travel and perfect as a gift idea. Who says good things don’t come in small sizes?
For stockists call 0800 591818 or visit www.dermalogica.co.uk