Monday, 16 November 2015 17:49

Label To Know - RON DORFF

Ron Dorff the chic geek menswear label to knowIf Helmut Lang and American Apparel had a lovechild, you’d probably end up with RON DORFF. Born out of the partnership of Jérôme Touron, a Frenchman, and Claus Lindorff, a Swede, RON DORFF is a simple combination of their two last names. Aligning Swedish functionality with classic French elegance, RON DORFF is a new idea of sportswear.

Left - SS16 - VELO LOVE developed together with Lorenzo Martone of MARTONE CYCLING COMPANY OF NY

Basically, it’s basics with a few slogans in a simple typeface and we can never get enough of these post hipster labels.

Offering sweatshirts, hoodies, swimwear, joggers, underwear, accessories and skincare, RON DORFF slogan is DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD.

RON DORFF constantly collaborates with other designers and together offer exclusive limited editions such as the ‘Innocent Summer Pleasures’ series developed in collaboration with the Swedish graphic artist Johan Oxe and the ûber-light but practical city bike VELO LOVE developed together with Lorenzo Martone of MARTONE CYCLING COMPANY OF NY. 

mens underwear ron dora the chic geekron dorff skincare made in swedenLeft - RON DORFF's skincare line is made in Sweden

RON DORFF line of bodycare products is 100% made in Sweden and developed in partnership with Sweden’s most respected skincare brand, FACE Stockholm. The collection includes a shower gel, body scrub, tonifying shampoo and Swedish Massage Oil. The list of ingredients is brief, free of parabens and mineral oils, enriched by active botanicals harvested north of the Arctic Circle. The series also includes an exclusive, scented Swedish Massage candle made in Grasse, France. 

Right - The majority of RON DORFF items are unbranded, but come into the slightly pricier bracket for men's basics

They have a  Paris flagship store  and plan a second in London at the end of this year.

Published in Labels To Know

Lab Series review future repair serum men's groomingLab Series’ new Future Rescue Repair Serum is a high performance, anti-aging treatment that if used daily helps renew the look of skin today and for your tomorrow. Featuring a ‘Quad Focus’ approach to combat visual ageing - antioxidant/enviornmental defence, purifying surface detox, barrier fortification and damage repair. This global serum acts as the skin’s first line of defence to help combat the look of aging. 

Left - Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum - 50ml - £48

Research shows that only 10% of visible aging is chronological, the remainder is from our surroundings: the sun, pollution, stress, lifestyle etc. 

TheChicGeek says, “Lab Series had me at ‘The Future of Handsome’ with this one. Okay, so serums haven’t really taken off in men’s grooming, but, the way to look at is as a future-proofing anti-aging layer: giving your skin a boost and added protection.

When this first went on, the smell and texture reminded me of the Lab Series all-in-one moisturiser PRO LS, but this is much better than that. 

Applied day and night, it is light, absorbs quickly, but feels rich enough to do what it says. These types of products are often about a feeling rather than an instant change and needs long term usage to reduce the signs of aging. This isn't about turning the clock back!

I would recommend this, but apply an SPF moisturiser over the top during the day, to really protect your skin for tomorrow”.

Published in The Grooming Archives
Monday, 03 August 2015 10:05

Label To Know - Haeckels

Haeckels perfume margate seaweedWhen did Margate become the epicentre of cool? This once unloved  seaside town has seen a renaissance, not only with its minimal Turner Gallery and reopened and vintage inspired Dreamland theme park, but its collection of quirky retro and vintage shops.

Left - Eau De Parfum/GPS 23’34”N - 100ml - £160

Well, it was only a matter of time before Margate would spawn a collection of local brands. The first to catch my eye is Haeckels. Kent’s answer to Aesop, Haeckels is a premium, natural fragrance and skin care brand.

Using local ingredients, most prominently the ‘hand harvested’ seaweed, all Haeckels’ products are formulated in their cliff top lab in Margate where they only use and distill locally growing botanicals, offering the very best anti-oxidant properties. 

They hold one of only two licenses in England to harvest seaweed from the English coast. (Margate’s coast is genuinely unique: built on a giant 14 mile long Jurassic chalk reef which makes up 20% of the UK chalk reefs which means its able to nourish families of seaweed not found anywhere else in the world). 

The local seaweed forms the base ingredient of the skincare range based on the tradition of 'Thalassotherapy' derived from the Greek word meaning ‘sea’ or ‘ocean’. Thalassotherapy treatments use ocean water, seaweed, ocean mud and marine minerals to treat ailments and enable the body to replenish, remineralise and revitalise to enhance good health for body and mind.

Hackles room diffuser margate kentHaeckels was founded in 2012 by film maker, volunteer beach warden and coastal enthusiast Dom Bridges. When Haeckels was starting out Dom would collect seaweed and local botanicals along the Margate coast and bring them bring back to his family kitchen to experiment. Dom’s wife, Jo, soon said it was time to get a proper lab and turn a passion into a business as every saucepan in the kitchen was starting to smell like a skin care product. Taking his wife’s advice he acquired the 'Lab on Cliff Terrace' in 2013 where more product formulas were developed to complete the range. 

Right - Chalk Room Diffuser - 100ml - £100

The company has now grown: taking on members of staff whilst still playing an active part in the local community by organising beach cleans and taking part in marine conservation surveys. 

Haeckels currently has two stores: one in Margate, the other in Shoreditch and has just gone into Selfridges. They are planning the world's first Victorian sea bathing sauna on Margate beach. Watch this space.

www.haeckels.co.uk

Published in Labels To Know
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:02

How to Get the Most Out of your Beard Oil

Sometimes men forget that beards require the same care as the hair on their heads. The result of neglected beards is wild whiskers, dry facial skin and damaged hairs. Beard oil helps to replenish and condition facial hair. It’s usually made from a unique blend of natural oils such as jojoba, lavender, grapefruit, tea tree, and almond oil. These ingredients work together to moisturise, nourish, and sooth both your beard and skin. Some of these oils are also scented, thus leaving your beard with a nice smell.

Used properly, beard oil improves the appearance of facial hair and can help to sooth itchiness. But it’s still important to point out there is a right and wrong way to use this oil. Slathering a fist full of oil occasionally may be what most men do but that will not deliver the best results.

If you want to get the best possible outcome, you should use beard oil regularly. The essential oils also have to penetrate your beard and reach the skin. Here are some quick steps on how to use beard oil properly:

Step 1 - Pour a few drops of your favorite beard oil in the palm of one hand.

Step 2 - Gently rub the oil into your beard, goatee, and moustache. Make sure to work deep into your beard so that the oil gets to the skin below.

Step 3 - If you have a full grown beard, use a bristle brush or comb to groom and style your facial hair as normal.

Step 4 - Wash your hands with warm water and soap to rinse off excess oil from your hands.

Remember to develop a routine because sporadic applications of beard oil just will not do. Instead, a consistent daily routine should be adopted to keep your beard healthy, soft, and looking good at all times.

Thanks to www.beardtrimmerreviews.co.uk for the advice.

Published in How To
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