Clarins Men launch 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser: a bit of rough?

If you like the ClarinsMen range you’ll be pleased to know that June sees the launch of their brand new 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Capturing the current zeitgeist for multi-functional products it’s a daily-use product that cleanses and exfoliates at the same time and a study of 43 men (not many I know but enough to give you a rough idea) showed it delivered fresher looking skin straight away and after four weeks made shaving easier, with less cuts. The exfoliators it uses to achieve these results are a combination of natural lava powder and tiny microspheres of salicylic acid.

So how do I rate it? Well, I tend to think that the key to a daily exfoliating product is fine, non-abrasive particles that gently polish rather than scrub your skin (after all you’re using it daily not twice weekly) and to me the texture of this feels a little bit rough. I’m a huge fan of daily exfoliators though (I love Lab Series’ Multi-Action Face Wash for example) as they simplify your routine, so I’ll be interested to know what Clarins fans make of this one.

ClarinsMen Exfoliating Cleanser will be available in June prices £20 for 125ml

Zirh: the rebirth of a grooming icon

When I first started writing about male grooming full time, over a decade ago now, American brand Zirh was one of those ranges that was a gift to journalists like myself. Not only was it from the US (and hence exotic), cult (which made you look cool if you mentioned it) and had great packaging (which kept notoriosuly fussy art editors happy) it actually had some really great products in its line up too.

It also led the way with its no-fuss, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin product names (eg. Hydrate, Clean, Correct, Protect etc). Even today, I think brands could learn from it – especially those with products called Hydra Energetic Anti-Dull Tanning Moisturiser – intake of breath – Natural Looking Tan.

Founded back in 1995 Zirh became so desirable that Procter & Gamble looked upon it with covetous eyes, eventually acquiring the brand and…doing absolutely nothing with it. They then sought to divest themselves of it and with its future in doubt it kind of disappeared from the radar and from the shelves of many UK stockists.

But then, at the back end of 2011 is was reacquired by a New York investment company,  and lo and behold it’s back and available on these shores again at online grooming emporium Niven & Joshua (collective Hurrah! please).

So if you were a longtime fan or are a new one who heard great things about it back in the day, crack open the piggy bank. Especially good is the ‘Soothe‘ Post Shave Healer.