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Thursday, 08 April 2021 16:08

Miller Harris Étui Noir Bath & Body Collection

Miller Harris Etui Noir soap body washMiller Harris has reworked and reformulated its Étui Noir bath & body products to offer a bath time experience that is both soothing and comforting. Étui Noir is a masculine celebration of inky black leather with the warm intensity of the tactile powder of iris to create an exciting sense of contrast. Evocative of leather’s many forms; well-worn jackets, patent boots and suede gloves, Étui Noir is a rich and uncompromising scent. 

NEW Étui Noir Body Wash - £22 (300ml), NEW Étui Noir Soap - £20, NEW Étui Noir Gift Set - £90 - The Etui Noir gift set includes the Etui Noir Eau de Parfum (50ml) and the Etui Noir Body Wash (300ml) stylishly presented in a luxury gift box.

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Published in News
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:28

‘The ADAM Atelier at Harrods’ Opens

adam barbers harrods turkish best haircut londonADAM brings its grooming atelier to Harrods, opening on the second floor in a unique destination, with an 8-chair atelier that will be positioned in the ‘Men’s Superbrands’ department. Clients will be able to step into ‘The ADAM Atelier at Harrods’ and indulge in the artful hands and discerning eye of their house barbers.

ADAM Grooming Atelier brings old-world craftsmanship and grooming rituals and updates them for the modern world. At ADAM, there is a lean into the history and mastery of the Turkish barber. Since 2016, the award-winning ADAM Atelier has created 7 uniquely designed spaces in London, where men can go to escape, replenish and emerge feeling nurtured and groomed for city life

“We founded ADAM for the modern gentleman who values craft, tradition and artistry.” says Esat Kolege and Oytun Pakcan, Founders of ADAM, “Our clientele reflect the world we live in, whether it’s passion for science, art, commerce or sport, every ADAM man is connected in their ambition and desire to experience rituals that broaden the horizon.”

Exclusive for Harrods, all treatments are performed by Adam’s most senior barbers, who are custodians of the traditional Turkish rituals such as the hot towel, ear flame and massage, which feature in all services. Alongside wet shaves and classic cuts, this exclusive treatment menu will also include facials, threading and blow dries. Adam only use the finest ingredients and unique blends of essential oils that restore, soothe and rejuvenate. Guests can unwind with a freshly brewed Turkish coffee, an expertly crafted oil fashioned or perhaps a Japanese whisky on the rocks from the Atelier’s in-house bar.

adam barbers harrods turkish best haircut londonThe design is by award-winning architect, Inanc Eray. Eray originates from Istanbul also and he mastered his craft for many years under the visionary, Zaha Hadid. He creates spaces with purpose and strength. The Atelier, like the historic Hammams, assures privacy and complete focus on the client. Enter the Atelier and you will see a long strip of Marmara marble, the same material used in the Hammams of Istanbul, cuts deeply through the space. Floating on this is a unique dark chestnut structure that houses each grooming cabin. Confident and assured, it creates a relaxing and compelling atmosphere while providing privacy and focus of attention.

Services start from £30

Second Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

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Thursday, 04 February 2021 18:22

Tried & Tested JOS Grooming Original Beard Serum

tried tested JOS grooming beard serumHairstylist Jos Gibson has nearly two decades’ of experience concepting, designing and teaching for fashion brands, runway shows and editorial. His career started at legendary haircare brand Vidal Sassoon in 90s Manchester, and by the 2000s, Jos had become a leader in mens’ grooming working with brands such as YMC, Sunspel, Fred Perry Japan and A.P.C.

Whilst working behind the scenes on editorials for menswear titles such as GQStyle and Fantastic Man, Jos noted the lack of skincare and beard products that worked well for men on set. He began to experiment with new ways of grooming and caring for the skin, hair and beard that became the precursors to his own range of products.

High- quality plant-based solutions are combined with a fragrance that evokes the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing. The JOS Original Beard Serum uses a blend of wood oils, frankincense, cedar and Japanese hinoki cypress, paired with green ora of vetiver and thyme. These specially blended precious oils contain plant phytoncides which together create a unique anti-stress fragrance which is said to not only heals our mind and improves our immunity but connects us to the natural world.

Left - JOS - Original Beard Serum - 30ml - £16

TheChicGeek says, “I always say the easier something is to use, the more you’ll use, and this being in a roll-on format feels ingenious. While a simple idea, it feels faster and more portable than previous beard serums. You simply apply when the beard or facial hair is wet.

The fragrance is a traditional woody scent, but in the green glass you really do buy into his whole Japanese forest concept. It’s well priced, and you even get manly joss sticks using the same wood and plant oils thrown into your purchase at the moment. What’s not to love?”

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Disclosure - A sample was provided by JOS 

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Published in Men
Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:18

Non Gender Specific New Sustainable Packaging

non gender specific beauty grooming news

The world’s leading gender-neutral skincare brand “for all humans” Non Gender Specific, is celebrating its 3-year anniversary with a new sustainable packaging initiative. Not only does the brand offer non-binary, high-performance formulas for everyday skincare, but it now aims to eliminate landfill waste and increase the use of recyclable and industrially compostable materials for beauty consumers. 

 

 

The new eco-friendly packaging is:

  • Manufactured with 100% renewable energy
  • Made from 80% post consumer waste (traditional paper used for packaging is about 30%)
  • Made from an additional 10% of hemp paper 
  • Has already saved approximately 13 trees, 1,100 gallons of water, 46 pounds of solid waste, and 5,700 pounds of CO2

In addition to the above, NGS has also earned new sustainable certifications with: 

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Processed Chlorine Free (PCF)
  • Green-e

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:17

Tried & Tested Vitruvian Man Organic Grooming

tried tested review vitruvian man organic groomingInspired by Roman architect Vitruvius’ philosophy, the Vitruvian Man brand and products are said to embody three central themes - functionality, strength and elegance. Their uniquely clean and green formulas are vegan, cruelty-free and dermatologically tested. They are formulated with scientifically proven actives that are ethically and sustainably sourced. Their mission is to be honest, to inspire and to implement solutions to aid mental health and wellness.

Men’s skin is as sensitive to natural stressors as female’s skin, building a healthy foundation for the skin should be at the heart of any skincare regime it says.

TheChicGeek says, “I think they had me at ‘Ginger Juice’! The most famous Vitruvian Man was Leonardo da Vinci’s, who beautifully illustrated that a man’s arm span equalled his height.

Aiming to square a man’s grooming regime is the, new to me, Vitruvian Man. The 2in1 low-foaming gel cleanser and toner contains an anti-bacterial ginger juice formulation which thoroughly removes dirt and oil without drying your skin and maintain your skin’s natural tonal balance and is infused with nutgrass root juice’s anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation properties for an overall detoxed and refined appearance.

The ‘Resurrection Cream’ contains SPF 20 and is therefore less loose and more clay-like than the ‘All Day Hydrator’. One pump is loads from both the ‘All Day Hydrator’ and ‘Supreme Eye Cream’, you could probably do with half the amount and they do leave the skin feeling slightly tacky.

All the products smell great, particularly the face wash, with ingredients including resurrection plant (desert plant), snow mushroom, ginger root and nutgrass juice.

This is a quality range of 4 products. It feels researched, cared for and thought about. I like any day cream with a decent SPF and the rest of the products fit together with Vitruvian logic. It also feels fairly priced. Thumbs up from me." *arms outstretched*!

Above - Vitruvian Man - Anti-Pollution Cleanser and Toner, £32, All Day Hydrator, £40, Supreme Eye Cream, £63, Resurrection Cream SPF 20, £52

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Published in Men

tried tested review King C Gillette shaving products groomingShaving Goliath, Gillette’s, new brand, King C. Gillette, "brings a century’s worth of expertise to life and promises to be a one-stop-shop for all men with facial hair.” 

Bearing the name of Gillette’s founder, King C. Gillette, the man who invented the double safety razor, it embraces nearly 120 years’ of heritage, innovation and grooming experience and, in a first for the brand, includes a range of specific beard care products.

The full range is made up of eight grooming and facial haircare products for men including a Double Edge Safety Razor and blade refills, Neck Razor, Shave and Edging Razor, Transparent Shave Gel, Beard Trimmer, Beard & Face Wash, Soft Beard Balm and Beard Oil.

Left - King C. Gillette - Beard & Face Wash - £10, Transparent Shave Gel - £7, Soft Beard Balm £10

TheChicGeek says, “When consumers think of the Gillette brand, it really should be as the Levi’s of grooming. The originally inventor of the double-edged safety razor, King Camp Gillette, is one of America’s biggest business success stories - Gillette sold $6.22 billion of men’s razors and blades and $1.28 billion of women’s razors and blades worldwide in 2018, according to Euromonitor data - and, along with Levis Strauss, provided products to the American working man.

tried tested review King C Gillette shaving products grooming

Therefore, it’s surprising that few men would be able to tell you much about the man or whether the brand was even named after an individua

So, Gillette is going back to its 1901 roots “Est. Boston 1901” with this new “King C. Gillette” range of razors and grooming products.

Interestingly, this range is more focussed on facial hair than pure shaving.

Some of it is a simple rebrand. Gillette is part of the giant consumer group, Procter & Gamble, who also own Braun, and the provider of the beard trimmer here. The other razors - Neck Razor, Shave and Edging Razor - feature Gillette’s Fusion heads and don’t really offer anything new other than I’ve never seen a monikered ‘Neck Razor’ before?!

The hero product here is the return of the safety razor. While Gillette invented this in 1901 they actually stopped making these 1989 and it offers a really economical way to wet shave. If you want to know more about safety razors and how they work, I wrote this for The Independent last year - here

As for the grooming products, the Beard & Face Wash is a whopping 350ml, so you could do your whole body with this. It has a refreshing menthol sensation, but no individual distinctive smell. It’s light and easy to wash out. The Transparent Shave Gel is probably an already existing Gillette product repackaged and as such you could just buy that and save money. The Soft Beard Balm doesn’t look or feel premium. It looks like a product you’ll find at a cheaper price but it’s more than adequate when on.

tried tested review King C Gillette shaving products groomingI would have tried to make King the expert in shaving and taken the premium route a bit higher by highlighting more of the ingredients etc. It still feels anonymous, like the other Gillette products. I would have linked it in with Gillette Labs, Gillette’s pioneering heated razor, read more here, and played on the fact that Gillette has always invented and pioneered things.

The ‘Beard Kits’ idea is good on their website, where you buy a collection of products and razors or trimmers according to your style or needs, as the range is broad taking in Victorian shaving through to hipster beard maintenance.

Clearly, the King isn’t dead. How about a spin-off rainbow coloured Pride range called ‘Camp’?!”

Takeaway - The King C. Gillette is premium compared to Gillette’s regular prices and I like the concept and branding of bringing the founder back. Maybe they should have put more of him on the packaging to hammer this home? 

Disclosure - A sample for review was provided by Gillette

Published in Men
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 13:15

Tried & Tested Saunders & Long Grooming

tried tested review saunders long grooming the long weekenderThe brainchild of British duo, hair stylist and owner of the ‘Lockonego’ hair salon in Chelsea, Jonny Long, and business partner, creative film producer Nick Saunders, Saunders & Long includes the expertise of chemist Steve Musumeci, whose pedigree spans former chief chemist roles at Kiehl’s and Bumble & Bumble and perfumer Francois Robert to ensure Saunders & Long’s signature scent is woven throughout the product range. The 9 product range includes hair, body and face products.

Left - Saunders & Long - Moisturising Body Wash - 250ml - £19, Facial Moisturiser - 50ml - £56, Eye Cream - 15ml - £52

TheChicGeek says, “Saunders & Long launched last summer, I went to the launch at Fortnum & Mason. There was no products to takeaway to try, and when I asked to try some later, they still didn’t materialise. I can’t write about products I haven’t tried, so I just forgot about it.

Here they are, finally. I really like the deco-luxe packaging and the signature scent - amber and bilberry - has a really boozy, gentleman’s club feeling that works well with the packaging. It was particularly nice in the Moisturising Body Wash.

Their most original product has to be ‘The Long Weekender’. ‘A traveller's dream - though it only comes in a 250ml size -  it is a 5-in-1 masterpiece for decluttering your washbag’. It includes a low-foaming conditioning shampoo, body wash and shaving cream and, finally, a grooming cream to tame fly-always and add control on dry hair. Just add the bathroom sink!

It is enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 to soothe and nourish the hair and scalp, whilst humectant polymers condition, nourishing the hair and body, leaving it soft and smooth. I’ve never been a fan of conditioner/shampoos together, but this does turn into a light shaving cream easily. Not sure about using it as a leave in hair product, but that could just be me.

The facial moisturiser and eye cream are light lotion consistencies, but it’s lacking some of the science. When you’ve name checked the chemist, you’d think the ingredients would have more of a selling point, especially on the back of the products. This sits in the Tom Ford Grooming type arena; where the brand is put at the forefront before the science."

Disclosure - A sample was gifted by Saunders & Long for review

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Published in Grooming
Friday, 13 March 2020 12:22

Tried & Tested Moon Oral Beauty

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Moon teeth oral beauty kendall jenner tried testedMOON(TM) launches in the UK with the Teeth Whitening Pen, Stain Removal Whitening Toothpaste, Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste, Activated Charcoal Rinse, Clean Slide(TM) Waxed Floss, Clean Slide(TM) Waxed Flossers and Soft Bristle Toothbrush set. Prices range from £6 to £20.

The entire collection is PETA certified Cruelty Free & Vegan. Elixir X(TM), which can be found throughout the toothpaste and mouth rinse collection, is filled with antioxidants like cleansing black tea and cranberry extract, plaque-reducing coconut oil, calming and healing Dead Sea Salt, and soothing ginseng and echinacea. The formula is also packed with green tea, peppermint and tea tree oils that provide an invigorating boost and fight bad breath.

Left - The full Moon range

TheChicGeek says, “When you see Kendall Jenner in the brand’s imagery you presume there’s some serious budget behind this new ‘oral beauty’ brand. Moon, ‘a name that reflected unchartered territory and something groundbreaking. The MOON is the future. The moon is where everyone is trying to go.’ is from Shaun Neff who founded his own skate/surf label called Neff in 2002. A ‘Brand Whisperer’ - I am banning that BTW and all the (TM)s! - Shaun has also had involvement with brands such as Sun Bum, Béis, Pattern and florence by mills. 

Right - The top of the teeth whitening pen

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Now, his focus is on Moon with its range of 7 oral health products. I tried 2 products from the range; The Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen and Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste. 

The toothpaste is pretty much a standard black charcoal toothpaste, while the whitening pen does add the ‘oral beauty’ element to the brand. A wand with a button applicator at the bottom and brush at the top, it has a vanilla mint fragrance. You brush on the clear gel, wait 30 seconds before closing mouth and 10-30 minutes before eating or drinking.You can apply up to 2 times per day for 4 weeks. It does say ‘Do not use in combination with coffee, tea, cigarettes or other substances that many impact whitening effect.” 

I can see the black packaging appealing more to guys than women, but the teeth whitening pen has ‘KENDALL’ prominently on the cap. This is a comprehensive range and the prices aren’t crazy. The dental market could do with some sexing up and Moon definitely makes these types of products more appealing.”

Moon - The Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen - £20, Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste - £11 Exclusive to Boots

Below - Dangerous driving? Kendall using her pen

Disclosure - A sample was gifted by Moon for review

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Published in Grooming
Monday, 09 March 2020 17:22

Grooming Dated Daniel

daniel craig james bond male body hair

daniel craig james bond male body hairWhen Daniel Craig had his birth of Venus (more like Mars) moment, emerging from the sea fully hench, we all knew this sexualised image was the dawning of a new era of Bond.

That was 2006, and was many people’s first introduction to the first of his five Bond films, Casino Royale.

From Left - 2006 -2020

Fast forward to 2020, and, as Craig bows out of his dinner suited role, we get another undressed look thanks to British GQ. 

Now, 52, he looks just as toned and muscular as he did 14 years before. He looks good, but, there’s something of out of step and slightly dated about the image. While he hasn’t changed, men have.

The clean-cut, shaved, tanned and hairless body of 2006 looks almost immature for a man today. There’s a slight hairy treasure trail above his waistband, but it feels like he’s stuck in a Love Island-like time warp sponsored by Veet.

Like I’ve written before, (see below) men are hairy now. From Only Fans porn stars to Frida Kahlo, hairy is lazy and it looks great. I don’t know why, but it just looks right, and that’s the whole point about it looking and feeling contemporary. 

daniel craig james bond male body hair sean conneryMaybe Daniel Craig is naturally hairless and that’s totally cool, but if he’s not, then it’s time for the natural Craig to step out of the water.

Right - We've had a hairy Bond before - Sean Connery

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Published in Grooming
Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:10

Tried & Tested Lustre Solo

Review 
Lustre solo acne treatment tried testedThe ‘Lustre Solo’ is a new wireless acne treatment product. It uses advanced blue light technology in a mobile device, allowing “acne sufferers to treat their skin on the go”. 

The solo works by killing bacteria under the skin. The spot causing bacteria, P. acnes produce a normally harmless chemical called Porphyrin. When safe natural visible blue light at 415 nm is shone onto the skin the Porphyrins become excited – this active porphyrin has been clinically proven to destroy the bacteria.

When Porphyrins become excited they attach to the spot causing bacteria and begin to destroy it. Acne begins to clear and continued blue light use can help reduce P. acnes growth and stop new spots forming.

Left - Lustre Solo - £79

TheChicGeek says, “They are selling this as a treatment on the go, but when it’s on your face it looks as though a computer mouse has been attached to it. Not sure you’d want many other people to see this, but you’re certainly not handicapped by it.

You attach the simple sticky strips which also sticks the Lustre Solo to your face. There are enough strips for 30 treatments, then they are £16 for 60 new strips.

I wasn’t sure whether you left it in one place for the daily 20 minute treatment or you were supposed to move it around the problem areas. This wasn’t explained.

I moved it around three main areas of my face over the course of 2 weeks. I targeted the forehead, and both cheeks, where I have the most breakouts. It was simple to use and pain-free, easy to turn on and then turned off itself after the 20 minutes.

I didn’t notice any noticeable differences. They do say 2 weeks is a minimum course, so it could require a longer time. After 30 days, you need to start buying new strips.

I know my acne breakouts are related to food intolerances and allergies and I’m still trying to workout which ones are the biggest triggers.”

Disclosure - A sample was gifted by Lustre for review

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