Candle magic from Sepai

Like a lot of men, I’m a real sucker for a novelty or a gimmick and I’m no different when it comes to skincare. So the moment I clapped eyes on the Cosmetic Candle from luxury Spanish skincare company Sepai I was completely sold.

Free from nasties like paraffin or other potential allergens it’s a three-in-one product that releases a gentle, barely-there room fragrance, provides a nourishing liquid moisturser (it’s enriched with shea butter and ingredients to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier) and turns into a sensual massage oil when warm.  As much as anything, it’s just fun to use. You simply light it, wait for 10 minutes and then apply.  Skin-saving properties aside, it’s potential in the bedroom is huge. If you’re looking for a product to share I can’t think of anything better. Just add matches – and imgination!

The Sepai c1.2 Cosmetic Candle will be available from Urban Retreat at Harrods from October, priced £115 for 50g.

Grooming Guru Essentials: Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Body Massage Oil

Generally speaking the body ranges of fragrances are pretty dull – you know the kind of thing: deodorant, body wash, body scrub if you’re lucky – so here’s one that actually genuinely excited me. In typically sexy fashion, the Gucci Guilty Pour Homme range includes a Body Massage Oil.

This is a cute idea (and it does make a good massage oil) but it’s actually a brilliantly practical product too. In fact, it’s the perfect way to wear the fragrance (a warm, sweet blend of orange blosson, cedre, patchouli and lavender) in a more subtle context.  Slather on a little in the morning after your shower and you’ve got a perfect way to smell great (but not too great) for work. The oil gives it staying power too. Of course, if you can find a willing pair of hands to apply it it’s even more fun. In fact, you may not even make it to work…

To get your hands on some click here.

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.