Choosing the equestrian discipline of dressage as its focal sport, Acqua di Parma’s new Colonia Club has the signature Acqua di Parma top notes of citrus - bergamot, lemon, petitgrain and mandarin, immediately followed by an unexpected olfactory note.
The freshness of mint – combined with neroli oil – is blended with aromatic geranium and lavender notes with equally elegant freshness of galbanum.
The dry and woody accents of Haiti vetiver, combined with precious musk notes and a rich grey amber accord, make up the perfect base, stressing the masculine, dynamic, sophisticated tones of the fragrance.
There is an Eau de Cologne spray, Hair and Shower Gel, Deodorant Stick and Spray, Shampoo and Shower Gel within the Colonia Club range.
Left - Acqua di Parma Colonia Club - 100ml - £81
TheChicGeek says, “Billed as Acqua di Parma’s ‘Sports’ fragrance, Colonia Club is a classic men’s fougeré (lavender) unpinned with fresh mint. This a classic type of men’s fragrance, thus being very wearable, in a very popular men’s family of fragrances. The mint remains warm thanks to the amber.
The only negatives are - it has that initial stickiness that you get with a lot of men’s fragrances, you could put that down to the amount of green notes in the fragrance and it also doesn’t last very long. BUT, it is an Eau De Cologne which in their nature are light and should be sprayed liberally and often.
The rich racing green colour suits the classic deco flacon and visualises this green and fresh fragrance. This is the sort of fragrance that works well across a range of products, especially the types of gym products, like shower gel, in this range."
It appears your skin is as ‘fatigued’ as you are by the end of the day. To rectify one of these, Kiehl’s has launched the new Daily Reviving Concentrate. A lightweight facial oil that promises to awaken, revitalise and energise the look of fatigued skin. While skin is dedicated to healing at night, during the day it is hard at work defending itself from attack by environmental aggressors and oxidative stress. After a full day of battling to protect itself from damage, our skin shows signs of fatigue, which causes it to look older including the more prominent appearance of lines as well as dull, dehydrated, rough and tired-looking skin.
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate features a specifically selected, highly concentrated blend of naturally derived ingredients including ginger root essential oils, tamanu and sunflower seed botanical oils.
“Free radicals that come from pollution, UVA/UVB radiation and poor air quality assault our skin the most during the day and have the potential to damage our lipids, proteins, and DNA,” states Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist. “In addition, as we age, barrier function diminishes and the antioxidant content in the skin is reduced, making the skin more susceptible to free radical damage and accelerated ageing.”
Testers reported a 12.4% improvement in skin fatigue (dull, dehydrated, rough and tired-looking skin) in as little as 8 hours.
Left - Kiehl’s - Daily Revival Concentrate - 30ml - £36
Nationwide September 2015
TheChicGeek says, “The oil trend seemed to pass me by and this is the first facial oil I’ve actually tried. I’ve always been a bit wary of oils, as I imagined they could make an oily skin - men’s - even oilier.
Well, this I was pleasantly surprised by. A few drops from the pipette dispenser, it will take a few applications to get used this, and it blends leaving your skin feeling nourished and oiled - in a good way.
Your skin has a subtle oiled glow that doesn’t feel greasy and you’re not conscious of. It gets absorbed easily and I would say you could also use this as a beard oil, if you so wished. It has a nice orange aroma and you apply your daily moisturiser over the top. If only this worked on body and brain fatigue!”
Eighteen months in development, FIT Moisturising Ultra Serum, joins the FIT skincare line up and is formulated to treat and care for all skin types.
FIT serums and ultra serums combine multi-benefit active ingredients with natural biological and marine extracts, vitamins and minerals. FIT products contain no harsh preservatives, parabens or SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate).
The power behind the range is OXY-FIT-10, a unique oxygen delivery system that boosts skin cell respiration to increase cell regeneration and ensures targeted delivery of nutrients for maximum benefit.
Formulated and manufactured in the UK, the FIT Skincare range now sports a sophisticated new look with improved packaging designs.
TheChicGeek says, “I have reviewed a FIT product before and I did criticise the branding and packaging. It seems they have listened to the feedback and come back with something that looks and feels more premium. An elegant silver tube, emblazoned with the new logo, contains the new Moisturising Ultra Serum.
It doesn’t have any fragrance, which I think men prefer. It’s light, absorbs easily and leaves the face with a soft, mattified appearance.
The majority of serums go under your daily moisturiser and are usually there for their anti-aging benefits. You could use this instead of your moisturiser, but I would still recommend putting some form of SPF protection on top. While I wasn't blown away by this product, it is a premium price for this amount, I do like its lightness and easily absorbability."
Above & Below - FIT – Moisturising Ultra Serum – 30ml - £50
The Slendertone Abs belt is said to tone and firm your abs in 4 weeks. Slendertone’s EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation) technology makes the muscles simultaneously contract and then relax, similar to the regular muscle contraction experienced during normal exercise. This sensation is powerful enough to recruit all muscles in the chosen region, yet comfortable enough to have a conversation whilst using it.
It is important to remember that Slendertone is not fat loss technology, that part is up to you; it is recommended incorporating cardiovascular activity and a clean and lean food plan to decrease body fat.
Use for 20 minutes a day, five times a week for a minimum of four weeks for results.
Left - Premium Slendertone Abs Belt - £149.99
TheChicGeek says, “Once I’d gotten it out of the box, (you have to be mentally ready and want to commit!) everything was pretty straightforward. I always imagine these things to be a bird’s nest of wires and chargers, but in fact it was really simple and straightforward to put together.
Right - The Before/After picture. I was surprised there wasn't more visible difference because it felt like it was working more
The sticky pads need to go on and then you add the clear covers. You get one set of sticky pads and you can buy them separately when you need to.
I decided to follow the 30 day plan that was in the Instruction Manual which gradually increases the intensity with rest days in between.
I took a picture before and after, in the same place and the same time of day. I didn’t exercise anymore or less and my diet stayed the same. It’s not that scientific, but you should get the idea.
The belt sticks on with the pads once you've removed the covers and fastens with Velcro at the back. You set the time and increase the intensity on each side of the belt. I didn’t see it was only suppose to be 20 mins, so everything I did was 30 minutes at a time. You can easily do other things while you’re wearing it.
It does take a bit of getting of used to it, but be brave and just remember, no pain, no gain! On the 30 day plan it does shoot up from 90 to 150 which is quite a big jump and if the 90 is hurting, you wonder how you’re going to get all the way up to 150. On the first attempt I managed 135, but on the final day I got to 150. As your muscles get firmer they can obviously take more.
So, what did I think? I actually got slightly addicted to it and missed it on the rest days. I was surprised there wasn't as much visible difference in my before and after picture as it really felt like it was working. They definitely feel firmer but then I did take the picture on the minimum 4 week marker, so maybe I should see after 6 or 8 weeks. I estimate the pads to last about 6 weeks and they cost around £10 a set.
I would buy another set of pads and carry on using it. It made me want to exercise other parts of my body.
St.Tropez thinks it’s found a man friendly tanning product. This new ‘Gradual Tan In Shower’ product does exactly what it says.
You get in the shower, wash normally, get out and lather the lotion onto wet skin and wait for three minutes before climbing back into the shower and rinsing it off. The colour develops over the next eight hours.
St.Tropez claims the product will not stain the shower or leave marks on towels and will deliver an even, light glow which can be built upon with consecutive applications.
The tanning agent – known as DHA – has been specifically designed to get to work as soon as it comes into contact with wet skin.
Twenty five per cent of men they surveyed said they would be more likely to try self tan if they could get in done in just three minutes.
Left - St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower – 200ml - £14.50
TheChicGeek says, “The one thing that had put me off fake or self tanning products before was the smell and mess. This promised to get rid of both those things. It’s very simple. You wash and then climb out of the shower. Then apply.
The 200ml size will certainly last a good few showers. The product didn’t lather up like I imagined, but I was reliably informed this was because of me being in a hard water area. It was still visible enough to see where I was putting it, though.
Once fully covered - it is okay to put it on your face - you should wash your hands and then pat the backs of your hands on the small of your back, so the backs of your hands are still covered.
So, what to do with those 3 mins? Apart from being glad it wasn’t the middle of winter! I cleaned my teeth – 2 mins and flossed which roughly took me to the golden 3 mins. If you leave it longer you just go a darker colour.
Back in the shower and rinse off.
I did 4 showers on 4 days, consecutively. I noticed it more after the first shower than I did the last. As this is a gradual tan I think it is less scary than a radical skin colour change and definitely suited to somebody, like myself, not used to self-tanning.
I would say the colour was subtle - don’t expect to look like you’ve spent too weeks lying on a beach, but it certainly took the edge off the whiteness. It passed the sniff test. There was a slight scent, but very slight and no stains on my towels and bed sheets.
Anything that makes you look and feel healthy without the potential of damaging your skin through UV exposure I’m all for. This is really simple to use and I can see it being popular with guys. Will I continue to use it before my holiday? Yes.”
Dolce&Gabbana's new men's fragrance, Intenso, is a woody aromatic scent that opens with luminous aquatic notes and green accents of basil and lavender.
Left - Dolce&Gabbana - Intenso - 75ml - £52
The fragrance is defined by a brand new discovery in the olfactory world: the Moepel accord, used for the very first time in perfumery. The moepel is a milkwood tree found in South Africa. It’s odour is totally unique, extremely sensual and incredibly rich.
The face of Intenso is Irish actor Colin Farrell
TheChicGeek says, “This has something of an alpine freshness to start and then dries down to smell of that parched, dried leafy undergrowth you find under trees and bushes in a warm climate.
I’ve never smelt moepel before, so it’s difficult to put my finger on it. This would appeal to the guy who wants something subtly different yet still masculine and approachable.”
This is the third of Acqua di Parma's Colonia range of 'ingredient' fragrances - Oud, Leather and, now, Ambra.
Inspired by Marco Polo’s journey along the Silk Road, it is an exotic and rich blend of the ingredients found along the way. At the court of the Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, surrounded by millennia-old inventions and secrets, Marco Polo came to know unfamiliar essences, such as rare ambergris, which Chinese practitioners used in their pharmacopoeia. A substance that the Venetian explorer called ambrum and took back on his long journey home. Venetian master perfume-makers, charmed by the warm and intense scent of this natural essence, added it in tiny amounts – due to its high value to precious fragrances intended for Venetian aristocrats.
Here it has been blended with the typical fresh citrus notes of the classic Colonia fragrance. The woody accents of nagarmotha – a type of grass - and cedar wood are blended with the delicate, yet vibrant notes of rosewood. The heart closes on the earthy and musky notes of patchouli enhanced by sandalwood and warmed up by soft vanilla accents.
TheChicGeek says, “Ambergris is one of those strange ingredients that makes you wonder who first discovered that decaying whale vomit that has been floating in the sea for years, absorbing salt, then washed ashore, would make the perfect animalic ingredient to a fragrance?!
Anyway, if you see any big lumps washed ashore, this summer, it could be your own version of winning the lottery as this stuff goes for ridiculous amounts - here It's smell is musky and animalic, not fishy.
As for the fragrance, this is one for the rich oud fan club. It is quite overpowering and heavy, so would be for those who like a rich and deep fragrance. It doesn’t has the potency of oud, so good those who want some a bit different and the colonia base always adds a freshness. I wouldn't put too much on unless you want to be as overpowering as a whale!"
Above - Acqua di Parma Colonia Ambra - 100ml - £150