December is here already and we’re facing cold days, winter markets and Christmas parties. Whilst this month may be catastrophic for your waistline, there’s no reason your grooming regime should suffer too. So, gentlemen, here’s my picks of the best grooming products to take you through to 2020. Let’s finish off the year in style. I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you in January with more grooming drops!
War Paint for Men
Aiming to break the stigma of makeup for men, War Paint have created a range of tinted moisturisers, foundations, bronzers and tools. The ‘Find My Shade’ tool on their website allows you to select the best shade to match your skin. With individual products available, as well as a range of sets, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re aiming to make a statement, or want a little confidence boost, War Paint maybe just what you need for your new 2020 look.
Ormonde Jayne – Montabaco Verano
Ormonde Jayne have released a limited edition of an already incredible fragrance. Montabaco Verano is available exclusively from Harrods and features the addition of grapefruit and cashmeran to the note lineup. Montabaco is part of The Four Corners of the Earth collection and created to represent Latin America, a wonderful combination of tobacco leaf, cardamom and tea. Just when you think something can’t be improved, but such a shame it’s limited, grab your bottle whilst you can.
Aqua Dos Acores – Azul
Rules are made to be broken right? So why not give yourself the feeling of summer whilst in the depths of winter. Azul takes you to the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean, and described by the the brand as ocean winds over old wooden sailing ships drenched in salt and storms. Azul reminds me of playing in rock pools as a child with the salty sea air and sea weed underfoot. It’s cold outside, but we can dream of warmer days to come.
Aqua Dos Acores
Maison Crivelli – Santal Volcanique
Santal Volcanique takes you to the heart of a volcano and might be just the scent to warm you up this winter. With a beautiful combination of ginger, sandalwood, ylang-ylang and cardamom, Santal Volcanique is smooth, spicy and takes you on a journey. From the dark ashy notes, the sharp adrenaline citrus notes, the heat radiating from the lava and a much-needed coffee note in the base. Santal Volcanique is a fascinating fragrance from a fantastic fragrance house.
Czech & Speake – No. 88 EDP
Czech & Speake originally introduced No. 88 back in 1989 in cologne concentration, and it has since become the brands best-selling fragrance. 30 years on and No. 88 has been given a new lease of life on Eau de Parfum concentration, making it more striking and powerful than ever. No. 88 is a rose scent with great depth, featuring notes of geranium, sandalwood, vetiver and bergamot. A timeless scent that has the power to cut through the cold winter air.
Czech & Speake
Diesel – Spirit of The Brave
Ten years after releasing Only The Brave, Diesel have released the latest addition to the line, Spirit of The Brave. Whilst the bottle design may not be to everyone’s tastes, the scent is certainly crowd pleasing and an easy daily reach. Bergamot and Tonka Bean strike a contrast of notes, whilst balsam fir and cypress shine through giving a fresh green vibe that works well during the winter months.