Anyone who knows me, or my content on this blog, knows that I have a love/hate relationship with Molton Brown. As a beauty brand, they constantly meander between masterpieces and flops with every Russian Leather followed by a reformulated Black Pepper. It’s not that I think they’re bad at what they do, it just means I’m often cautious of new ranges when they come out.
Last year, I was happily surprised when I reviewed their Cypress & Sea Fennel and so this year I was hoping they’d buck the trend of releasing a dud after a success. So, when I was sent out a set of products from their new Vetiver & Grapefruit collection I was keen to get stuck in. Today I cover off my thoughts on the new range, reviewing the balance of the fragrance and whether it can slotted in Molton Brown’s timeless classics… View Post
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
Hans Christian Anderson once said “to travel is to live.” Indeed, to develop your mind and your understanding of the world, travelling is an almost essential part of a person’s life. Though I’m not exactly an intrepid explorer of the world, I have had the good fortune to visit a variety of countries around the world and these journeys have presented me with an interesting problem. Namely, with all of the restrictions for carrying liquids onto aircraft and the finite amount of space available when packing, how can you travel with quality grooming goods and not have to resort to the cheap miniatures available in the airport itself?
Anthony Logistics would appear to provide a solution with their Essential Traveler Kit, a compact collection of some of their top grooming and skincare products (all 100ml or less) to help making travelling that much more easy on your skin. The question is, is it a jet-set offering or a jet lag offering? I was gifted a kit By Anthony Logistics and decided to put it to the test. You can find a review, according to the usual criteria, below: View Post
For anyone who’s been reading the blog since its early days, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the Bluebeard’s Revenge products. Their award winning shave cream has been a permanent addition to my bathroom shelf and (thanks to their shavette razor) I’ve managed to learn how to do a cut-throat shave to a half-decent level. So when they announced that they were launching a new range of hair styling products I jumped at the chance to get hands on them.
The new collection is comprised of a matt clay, matt paste and classic pomade to cover a variety of hair lengths, types and styles. Over the last two weeks I’ve been testing them everyday to see how they perform and what they’re like to live with. With such high standards already set by their hugely successful shaving range, could this new range deliver the quality and experience that Bluebeard’s have become renowned for? I put together a summary of my experiences, following the usual criteria, below… View Post
As Summer approaches, there are a fair few positives to look forward to. Warm evenings in beer gardens, days lasting longer and holiday season in full flow it’s certainly a great time of year. However, an area where men can tend to ignore the consequences of the heat is skincare and the inevitable issues with body odour that the summer temperatures bring.
The Clean for Men classic range aims to resolve this problem by using long-lasting, fresh scents in their products to keep you feeling clean and smelling great even when the Mercury levels start rising. Clean Skincare sent me one of the gift sets and I put it to the test over the last few weeks of early Summer sun. You can find a summary of my thoughts based on the usual criteria below. View Post