Code / December 2018

Gift Ideas: Grooming Essentials

You don’t have to go full Patrick Bateman to improve your skincare routine; these products will ensure grooming is a pleasure, rather than a chore.

This Christmas, bestow upon a loved one with a few new items of grooming kit to add to his armoury. You can never have enough, it's as simple as that and whether it's fragrance or shaving kit or shampoo, it will always be well-received. Whilst there are men who’ve defied the downsides of balding, such as Yul Brynner and Stanley Tucci, looking after one’s hair is vitally important. As such, look to Antica Barbieria Colla, an Italian grooming brand whose products really are a blessing to your hair. The Mallow shampoo gives a silky soft finish whilst the Herb Balsam will leave the scalp revitalised. Once your hair has dried, give it some panache with some styling paste from Patricks.

One should always take care of themselves from the start of each day to the very end. So, perk yourself up following shut-eye or exercise with a fennel and jasmine body wash that’s packed with natural goodness before shedding off the inevitable results of city life by applying Inna’s face scrub. Finally, and especially now that the cold weather has very much crept in and is as you read this sucking the moisture from our skin, Chenot’s recovering energising cream will yield immediate results and reduce the signs of ageing.

Shaving should be a joy rather than a chore and thanks to the folk behind Mühle, it can be. Their razors are stunning pieces of handmade machinery married with real materials such as horn made, brought together with German precision.

For more grooming ideas, see here.

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