About a month ago I was invited to a mystery event at a pop-up grooming store in Central London where I would be introduced to a new collection of products. Upon arrival, I was quickly told that this was actually a Lynx event which was part of their new brand direction to move away from its traditional audience of younger/teenage boys and attempt to land themselves on the bathroom shelves of gentlemen. The question I ask today is, has it worked? The answer is both yes and no, with the ambition often taking priority over the actual execution of the products themselves. View Post

Mankind Grooming 1

I was caught off-guard a little last week when a package arrived for me on Friday from the lovely folks at Mankind. Upon opening it, I found that they had gifted me one of their new “GQ Edition” Mankind Grooming boxes from a recent collaboration of theirs. Having had it for less than a week I haven’t really had time to review the whole box, though it does contain some firm favourites of mine including the Clinique for Men Face Scrub, The Refinery Eye Gel and Omorovicza Moor Mud Cream Cleanser, all of which I’ve reviewed and loved on here at one point or another. View Post

Autumn Skincare 1

The transition from Summer to Autumn is a difficult time for your skin. With colder temperatures creeping in, central heating being on in most buildings and harsher weather patterns, your body’s first line of protection begins to take a beating compared to the calmer warmth of Summer. Over the past few weeks I’ve been adapting some of my grooming routine to help my skin deal with this change and, along the way, I’ve discovered a few new products and treatments that I wanted to show you today covering skin health, haircare and fragrance. View Post

Summer Grooming Routine 1

With July in full swing and the temperature sitting in the mid-twenties, Summer is officially at its peak and people everywhere are enjoying the sun. However, your skin is likely not such a big fan of summer and now, more than ever, you need to be looking after it while the mercury levels are still high. Summer presents some fairly large problems for your skin; sun damage, sweat, sun cream/lotions, air conditioning and everyday pollution can all irritate and harm your skin. Keeping on top of it requires a routine that is both gentle and effective, providing protection from the heat whilst clearing away the grime of the day. So, I’ve put together my daily summer grooming routine with some products that I’ve been using for years and a few I’ve only recently come across. View Post

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Review - 1

Molton Brown is one of those brands I have a real love/hate relationship with. For everything they get right, they seem to do just as much wrong which can often leave me (and other customers) somewhat upset with their choices. I was a huge fan of their Recharge Black Pepper collection a few years back, it was spicy and subtly masculine, but then they reformulated it and it became way too overpowering and smelt slightly artificial. Their 4-in-1 sports wash was another great product that I found to be a gym bag essential, it was citrus-y, fresh and versatile. However, a few months back they re-released it using their black peppercorn formula and it lost its “fresh” character.

So when they reached out to me to ask if they could gift me their latest collection to review, I was suitably wary of what they had in store for me. Also, having never come across coastal cypress or sea fennel as fragrances before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be a fan of the scent. Nevertheless, I was happy to give it a trial and see how it performed. You can find my thoughts in their usual format below: View Post