Win! The Ultimate Summer Skin Survival Pack

As Grooming & Lifestyle Ed of online grooming emporium Niven & Joshua I’m often asked what my favourite products are. But this week, the site are giving you the opportunity to win some of them too. I’ve chosen five of my essential summer skin savers to form a useful survival pack. To find out what they are and how to bag a complete pack yourself just click here. Hurry though, the winner of the pack (worth £80) will be notified on 1st June!

Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino is about to create an even bigger splash.

Regular followers of this blog will know that I’m a. a big fan of Tom Ford fragrances (esp his Private Blend Oud Wood which is one of my favourite scents of all time) and b. an equally big fan of his gobsmacking gorgeous Neroli Portofino collection.

With its sparkling blend of citrus, floral and amber notes Neroil Portofino has always been the perfect fragrance for summer and from May you’ll be able to live out the infamous ‘splashing’ adverts for real with the introduction of the Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash.

Perfect if you like layering your fragrances, it comes in a generous 236ml sized bottle and is designed to be splashed all over (within reason). For me, it’s this summer’s must-have product.

Available from May priced £85 for 236ml body splash. For stockists call 0870 034 2566

 

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Grooming Guru Essentials: SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50

I know the summer’s almost over but I just wanted to give a shout out to the one product that has loyally seen me through the sunshine we did have this year: SkinCeuticals’Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50. This high-performance mineral sunscreen has been an absolute godsend.

Since I have a fair, easily burnt Celtic complexion I’m uber-cautious about sunburn so always like to play safe with a high SPF. This lightweight liquid has been with me on beaches, picnics and impromptu hill walks throughout the summer and I can’t speak highly enough of it.

Absolutely nothing got through it and though I’ve tanned slightly, I never burnt once. It might be a mere 50mls in size but I’ve still got enough left for an Indian Summer and its dinkiness means I’ve always been able to finds a bag or pocket to store it. If you’ve still got hols in the pipeline don’t leave home without some.

Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50 is available from http://www.skinceuticals.co.uk, priced £28 for 50ml

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

Yuzu Man – my favourite summer fragrance for 2011

Every year companies spend a fortune releasing summer versions of their top-selling fragrances but you don’t have to blindly follow the pack to Debenhams in search of Joop! ‘Sexy in Pink’ et al. Why not opt for something like Yuzu Man – the new fragrance from legendary fragrance house Caron?

Fresh, sparkling and citrussy (but not in a traditional way) it’s originality stems from the use of a note derived from the Japanese yuzu fruit, which is a bit like grapefruit or orange but different from either. There’s also a sweet hint of fig and a clean, crisp lemon grass note in there too making it absolutely for perfect for summer – should we actually have one.

Yuzu Man is available from Harrods, Les Senteurs and selected perfumeries priced £59.50 for 125ml eau de toilette.

Why those finishing touches always matter when it comes to male grooming

A while ago I was asked to edit a little digital magazine on the importance of male grooming (and those finishing touches that make all the difference) on behalf of ClarinsMen, in association with Men’s Health where I’m Online Grooming Ed. In a world where we’re constantly being scrutinised – by potential employers or potential partners – attention to detail has never been more important.  So if you fancy having a read of the booklet yourself simply click on the image below.

Grooming Guru Essentials: Nivea Sun Pocket Size SPF30

Sometimes the very best grooming products aren’t the most expensive, coolest or most beautifully packaged. Sometimes they’re just simple, effective and functional. Very, occasionally, as in this case, they’re lifesavers.

The number of men dying from skin cancer has doubled in the last 30 years in the UK  partly, one suspects,  because we’re a bit crap at slathering on the sunscreen. There are times, of course, when even the most diligent of us gets caught out. After all, who carries a huge bottle of sun lotion with them everywhere?

This dinky 50 ml bottle of factor 30 suncream, then, is a godsend. Perfect for gym bags, work bags, car glove boxes and small enough for your trouser pocket when you pop out  at lunchtime, it’s my undisputed summer 2011 essential. Go buy!

Available now, priced £5.10

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

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male summer fragrance goes all Maori

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male isn’t just a fragrance phenomenon. Thanks to the continual supply of limited edition versions (and bottles) it’s become a collecting phenomenon, too, with many fans desperate to snap up the latest quirky bottles for their collections.

Latest in the line up is this Maori motif tattooed torso for the Stimulating Summer Fragrance – a seasonal version of Le Male. Unlike many fragrance repackages Gaultier’s work because they’re always clever, fun and playful – a bit like the man himself I guess.

As for the fragrance (yes, that’s important too) this summer version isn’t quite as sweet and heavy as the regular version and is perked-up with summery notes of lavender and mint, making it perfect as the weather starts to warm up.

Available now priced £37.50 for 125 ml.