Time to be resolute about body care

aesopGiven how useless men are at protecting the skin on their body I’m always happy to promote the use of body moisturisers and balms. I mean, if you take the time to look after the skin on your face it doesn’t really make sense not to look after the stuff on the rest of you with just as much care and attention. If that seems like a bit of a chore, though, why not turn it into a pleasure with this new Resolute Hydrating Body Balm from Aesop?

I say ‘pleasure’ because unlike some body products I’ve used this particular balm is hydrating without being greasy, is quickly absorbed (useful if you’re thinking of using it after showering at the gym) and, thanks to corriander seeds, black pepper and patchouli, it smells fantastic without being overpowering. Slather some on and your skin won’t just feel better it’ll smell a whole lot better, too, so make sure it’s on your Autumn ‘to buy’ list.

Available from November from aesop.com

Bathing Beauty’s Babylon Soap is…a real beauty

Babylon-SoapIf you read this blog regularly you’ll know that a. I like bath soaps and b. I am obsessed with patchouli. So when a soap comes along that is scented with patchouli, well, you can imagine my excitement.

The Bathing Beauty’s Babylon Soap (£3.95 from bathing-beauty.co.uk is certainly one of the best soaps to have landed on my desk of late. Infused with hemp oil, fragranced with patchouli and studded with exfoliating poppy seeds it’s fantastically earthy and polishes skin a treat, without drying it out. Plus, it’s British (it’s handmade by ex-Burberry and Emporio Armani model/osteopath/natural skincare entrepreneur George Jones) and I’m always keen to support home-grown businesses.

So if you’re a guy looking for something a little bit more adventurous than a bar of supermarket soap give it a go. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.