di palomo – a taste of Italy via The English Rivera

Made in England, inspired by Italy and, er, based in Torquay. It doesn’t necessarily sound like a winning formula does it? And yet it is. If you haven’t already discovered skincare, fragrance and home fragrance company di palomo give them a try.

Created by three friends who were inspired by their Italian hols their Wild Fig & Grape range features everything from a sensuous Bath & Shower Gel to a really cool scented candle that comes in its own wooden bowl (a far more useful receptacle than a glass tumbler  once it’s finished).

I’m not normally a fan of fig but the grape undercuts it beautifully taking some of the natural sweetness out of it. I think I have another reason for liking the brand though – the English Riviera was where I spent all my childhood holidays. Hey, come to think of it, maybe I should take a leaf out of their book and launch my own holiday inspired range? Eau de Devon anyone?

For more information go to www.dipalomo.com

Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino collection: magical stuff

Followers of this blog will know that The Grooming Guru has a real weakness for luxury bath soap. For me, unwrapping a bar of luxury soap is akin to unleashing a little bit of magic and a really good bar is a sensual, elemental and transformative thing – able to alter your mood as well as cleanse your body.

And if, like me, you share this love of luxury soaps you’re in for a real treat with the new bar that features in the line up of  Tom Ford’s new Neroli Portofino collection.

Based around Tom Ford’s Private Blend Neroli Portofino fragrance – with its unisex blend of Mediterranean citrus notes and bright, summery floral ones – the collection features features a whole range of bathtime goodies, including a bath oil, body moisturiser and shower gel.

When I unwrapped the soap it literally filled the room with its fragrance – a bit like a scent bomb. What’s more, it’s infused with olive fruit oil and date seed extract to provide a creamy, skin-nourishing bathtime experience. In three words IT. IS. AMAZING. And if you you have to go without food to afford a bar do I strongly suggest you so.

The Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Collection is available from Selfridges right now. The soap is £25 for a chunky 155g bar.