Beautiful things do come in small packages – just ask Unilever

image001Let’s face it, everything is getting smaller these days. This isn’t always good news (as is the case with Pringles) but it’s certainly a good thing when it comes to grooming products. So it’s nice to hear that Unilever have decided to compress their men’s deodorant and anti-perspirant brands this year as they did with their women’s ones in 2013. Each of the products pictured above has been compressed into a smaller can making them infinitely more eco-friendly and portable (at just 11cm high they’re now perfect for gym bags or office drawers).

That doesn’t mean you get less product; they’ve just squeezed a larger amount into a smaller can as part of their commitment to more sustainable formats and less propellant. Unilever aims to convert 40% of its entire aerosol portfolio to this format in 2014  –  a move that anyone who values the environment as much as fresh-smelling armpits will wholeheartedly appreciate. I know I do anyway.

Grooming Guru Essentials: Givenchy Mister Eyebrow

Back in the days when I used to work in teen mags and attended photo shoots I was fascinated to see how much make-up artists could do with a slick of Vaseline (don’t worry, this is a clean story so bear with me). Most fascinatingly of all, I watched how they would add a tiny amount to the male models’ eyebrows to slick them down and tidy them up. It was a tip I never forgot.

Which brings me neatly on to this little grooming essential. An ‘eyebrow fixing pencil’ it’s made of a microcrystalline wax and you just run it over your brows to smooth them down and give them a little definition. I’ve been using it ever since it can out and was reassured (after hearing a vicious rumour of its demise) that it’s still very much in production.

As someone hurtling towards middle age whose eyebrows are harder to control than a couple of bull mastiffs it’s a real godsend, slicking down rogue hairs and giving my sweat catchers some shape without making me look like my evening job is in a drag bar. Result.

If you fancy trying it out for yourself you can pick one up here.

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

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