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SKN-RG men's skincare line to target hydration, ageing and skin firmness

An introduction to SKN-RG

I come across lots of men’s skincare and many brands come and go, but SKN-RG sparked my interest as it is spa-oriented (you can create spa facials at home) certified organic, Cruelty Free (Leaping Bunny) and also certified by the Vegan Society. I know how much time and effort goes into securing these certifications so wanted to deep dive into the story and check out the products for their efficacy. I’m also keen to spotlight independent British brands, now more than ever. The husband and wife team behind the brand built the first Quanta® extraction machine which is said to extract the the full benefits of the plant ingredients in the formulas, using a broad spectrum of light and sound in this unique process. Whilst I’m not exactly sure how this works, I can confirm that the ingredients list reads like a dream. There’s an exceptional range of plant and botanical extracts. SKN-RG features a full skincare line, and a capsule collection of men’s skincare featuring six targeted products and a travel set. I was …

Jonathan Ward elegant candles for the home

Jonathan Ward Assassin Belarus

When Jonathan Ward creates a candle, you know that it will combine a sense of style, elegance with some drama and intrigue. The antithesis of a Yankee Candle (oh god) Ward has curated a collection of the most beautiful scents for the home, each with its own unique story – which evolves into a distinct blend, hand poured by Ward and his team at his private studio. Assassin Belarus, the latest addition to the line is possibly his most daring. It’s bold and hits the senses immediately, but beyond that, the layers of fragrance emerge which transport you to a world of spies, lies, double-crossing and espionage. *picture credit: courtesy of www.stephanmatthews.com Jonathan explains: “I was deeply inspired by the idea of creating a covert accord. The kind of accord of that was spiked with secrets. We purposely used multiple ingredients in smaller quantities so that they built hushed interest while remaining (almost) singularly undetectable.” These aren’t just any pedestrian blend of oils and scents. At the base, you can expect Amber Extreme, Birch tar oil, …

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Best christmas gifts for women from the world of spa and wellness

The Spa Man picks the very best spa gifts for women from the world of spa and wellness to soothe, calm and cocooning this festive season. Gaia Skincare Sleep Set This is a wonder if you have trouble with slumber. Natural and handmade containing Gaia’s calming blend and bespoke elixir. Gaia’s gift of sleep, a trio of wellbeing aids; sleep balm, sleep body butter and sleep spray, infused with our calming blend of lavender, vertivert and marjoram. £40 www.gaiaskincare.com Aromatherapy Associates Winter Wind Down Collection The ultimate chill out. Release tension with every breath as your body responds to the calming aromas of Camomile, Lavender, and Frankincense. Calming mind, body and soul, these warming essential oils instil peacefulness. Includes: De-Stress Muscle Gel 150ml, De-Stress Mind Roller Ball 10ml, De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil 9ml £36 www.aromatherapyassociates.com Voya Glow Festive Scented Candle Made from non-petroleum renewable sources, this limited edition seasonal spiced candle will fragrance the home and fill it with Christmas cheer. Soybean and rapeseed oil base is lifted with sweet orange and spicy …

The Spa Man Christmas gift guide for men

Best spa Christmas gifts for men

Streamline your gift giving this year with The Spa Man’s guide to the best spa Christmas gifts for men. ESPA Ultimate Grooming Collection Cleanse, shave and soothe with these hard-working skin essentials. The Collection Contains: Triple-Action Grooming Oil 15ml, Invigorating Face Wash 50ml, Energising Shower Gel 70ml, The Hydrator 35ml £45 www.espaskincare.com ThalgoMen Christmas Cracker Regular readers of The Spa Man will know I’m a big fan of ThalgoMen. This Christmas Cracker set contains one of my favourite products – the Regenerating Cream (15ml). This high-performance formula works to reinforce and re-firm the skin in order to preserve its youthful appearance over time. The set also contains: Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum (10ml), After Shave Balm (20ml) and Wake-up Shower Gel (30ml) £18 www.thalgo.co.uk Elemis Grooming On The Go Gift Set Travel-friendly men’s grooming essentials to clean, hydrate and revive. Collection includes: Skin Soothe Shave Gel 100ml, Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 50ml, Daily Moisture Boost 50ml, Active Hair & Body Wash 100ml and a smart Travel Bag £55 www.elemis.com Temple Spa Travel Therapies Cleanse and condition from …

Moss of the Isles

The under the radar spa brands you really need to know about

Visiting over 30 spas a year, I come across some of the best brands that the spa and wellness industry has to offer. Whilst you may be very familiar with the likes of ESPA and Elemis, travel a little further afield and there’s a whole world of smaller, niche, boutique spa brands delivering exceptional treatments and the most delightful products. I have selected some of my favourite brands in this story, some you may have heard of, others, I am sure will become very familiar over the next year or so as they spread their wings across Europe and broaden their footprint in the UK. A fair few of these are from Australia – which is renowned for excellence in beauty and spa. Join me on a journey of discovery – as these are the brands you really need to know about. Sodashi Created by Megan Larsen in 1991, Sodashi is one of my favourite brands. A personal friend, Megan is an inspiration. Her heart and soul comes to life through the products. Sodashi is …

9 of the best face mists for cooling and hydrating the skin

Often overlooked and generally underrated in a skincare regime, the best face mists definitely come into their own in hot weather. They provide an added boost of moisture throughout the day (when you need it most) and the latest technology ensures that you are delivering high powered ingredients to the skin for a serum-like boost of energy. The Spa Man is an avid fan of the face mists and keeps a selection of three or four of the best face mists on the market on his desk each and every day. Here is my pick of the best face mists around today. Caudalie Grape Water Hydrating, 100% plant-based and extracted directly from grapes during the harvests, this hero product from Caudalie is a winner day or night. On long hot August nights I keep it by the bed to refresh the skin overnight.  It can also be used as a toner when used after cleansing. £16 www.caudalie.com Voya Ritzy Spritz Tones, cools and hydrates the skin with its potent seaweed formula and essential oils of …

Caudalie suncare - The Spa Man

Caudalie suncare is ocean and coral friendly (and is rather excellent)

Caudalie suncare is leading the beauty industry with it commitment to protecting the skin from sun damage while respecting the delicate balance of marine life. Offering a high-tech solution to a growing environmental problem, Caudalie has adopted an eco-friendly approach to this collection of Caudalie suncare products. I have tried these under the harsh Australian sun and they work a dream. Lightweight, non-greasy, easily applied and water resistant, the formula is delicately scented with frangipani. It’s a tropical holiday in a bottle and I loved it. Recognising that 14,000 tonnes of sun cream are discharged onto coral reefs (many with damaging chemicals), the brand has devoted years of research to finding a solution that balances the need for sun protection, safety and the needs of the environment. Mathilde Thomas, founder, explains: “For my new suncare range, I didn’t want to compromise between protecting the skin and protecting nature. For many years, we have been working on skincare formulas that give the senses an experience and are eco-friendly.” The result is a five-piece collection of skin and …

Clarins Men Super Moisture Collection

Clarins Men Super Moisture Collection

Clarins Men Super Moisture Collection is a neat capsule range of  three hydrating products to moisturise and strengthen skin. I have been trialling the Super Moisture Lotion SPF20 and love the texture, skin feel and way it protects from sun damage. It’s light, easy to apply and doesn’t leave the skin greasy AT ALL. I also apply this across my scalp for added protection against environmental damage (and hydration for my bald patch). ClarinsMen Super Moisture Collection The collection includes: Super Moisture Balm, an ultra-comforting, invisible and non-greasy balm-like product; Super Moisture Gel, refreshing and non-sticky, and Super Moisture Lotion SPF 20 which is lightweight and skin protecting. The products feature Hydra Resist Phyto Complex combining: organic houseleek to help offset the negative effects of testosterone, with organic leaf of life which encourages the natural hydration of the skin. Integrated into all of the products in the range, ClarinsMen Complex blends gymnema extract and bison grass extract to energise and sooth with Anti-Pollution Complex with extracts of nipplewort and furcellaria which helps to shield the …

Neom Ultimate Reeds - The Spa Man

NEOM launches Ultimate Reed Diffuser Collection

NEOM has added to its Ultimate Collection with a new range of Ultimate Reed Diffusers. Designed to beautifully fragrance large spaces, make a statement in any home and deliver a powerful wellbeing treatment. This super-special trio are ultimate by name, ultimate by nature. From the intricate handmade marble design, to the 18 carat rose gold finish, the refillable Ultimate Reed Diffusers are super luxurious and provide the ultimate boost of wellbeing to help you De-Stress, boost energy and lift your mood. The diffusers are accompanied by natural reeds and are made with one of the 100% natural iconic Neom fragrances; Real Luxury, Complete Bliss and Happiness. I’m a big fan of a reed diffuser and you can read my round-up of the best HERE NEOM Founder and Creative Director Nicola Elliott; “Our Ultimate Candles get their perfect partner! Hand crafted marble design, 18 carat rose gold touches (and a splash of seriously cool colour), natural reeds, and not forgetting the fragrance! Let me remind you (if you don’t already know) our 100% natural super-complex expertly …

Aman Skincare - the Spa Man

Aman skincare launches, inspired by Aman resorts around the world

Aman has launched the 30-piece Aman Skincare collection to celebrate its 30thanniversary. The two-year project was initiated by Aman chairman, Vladislav Doronin and includes the insight, knowledge and locally sourced ingredients of the Aman properties. Aman’s intimate sanctuaries provide a nurturing space for body, mind and spirit, from the desert to the jungle, and from island to the city. Today, encompassing 33 resorts, hotels and private residences in 21 countries, Aman continues to seek out transformative experiences and awe-inspiring locations around the world. I have been privileged to visit two of the locations – Amanpuri in Thailand and Amansara in Cambodia, and they are exceptional in terms of service, culture and delivering unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Read about them in the links below: Amanpuri: www.thespaman.co.uk/amanpuri Amansara: www.thespaman.co.uk/amansara  The new Aman Skincare range presents a holistic journey, connecting the resort and hotel destinations and using precious ingredients from around the world to transport, restore and transform. The Aman skincare line comprises three collections: Grounding, Purifying and Nourishing, the range includes luxurious face creams and serums, face masks, body …

Best muscle rubs - The Spa Man

Five of the best muscle rubs

The Spa Man picks his five of the best muscle rubs for soothing tired and aching muscles. Tried and tested, I know that these all work a treat with some classics and some fo the best from the world of spa and men’s grooming. Use pre and post exercise, these will help to warm the muscle and relieve any pain from working out. They are also great post running – indeed for any exercise. Grab one of the best muscle rubs today. Elemental Herbology Muscle Melt Melting into the skin like a beautiful balm, this is warming and soothing. Ginger and ho wood to warm and relax the muscles, whilst turmeric stimulates circulation and soothes aches and pains. Use this melting balm before and after exercise. £25 www.elementalherbology.com Aromatherapy Associates Destress Muscle Gel This is a heady blend of aromatherapy and I apply this to my calf muscles and biceps. Packed with Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender and Ginger essential oils, this light, easily absorbed gel is a treat. It instantly cools, then warms muscles. £28 …

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The new spa products you need in your life right now

Every week there’s a new product or treatment launch in the spa market and I get to see most of them. These are the hot new spa products you need in your life right now from [comfort zone], Elemis, Natural Spa Factory, Sodashi, Voya, Dermalogica, Aromatherapy Associates, Murad and ila Apothecary. [comfort zone] introduces the revamped Skin Regimen [comfort zone] has relaunched its cutting-edge Skin Regimen range with a new focus: to meet the needs of modern multi-taskers and millennials. Clinically proven to reduce the effects of stress and lifestyle ageing on the skin and mind it works at the cellular level to improve the mind-skin stress-response. It addresses the common stress-related signs of urban life to improve dehydration, dullness, imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with highly concentrated botanicals, the products are enriched with the exclusive Longevity Complex, made from organic superfood extracts like anti-inflammatory wild indigo, modulating excess cortisol and boosting beta-endorphins. It also includes maqui berry, with powerful antioxidants anthocyanins and spinach for its anti-glycation effect. The collection comprises unisex products which …

Five of the best face soaps for men - the Spa Man

Five of the best face soaps for men

The Spa Man has gone green with a round-up of five of the best face soaps for men. Ditching the plastic packaging, soaps are an eco-friendly way to cut down on excess packaging, whilst keeping your skin clean, fresh and refreshed. We have all seen Blue Planet and are (hopefully) well aware of the amount of plastic we simply discard on a daily basis. The fact list below is enough to make anyone want to ditch plastic in favour of green and eco options like soaps! FACTS:   About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually. Of those, 236,000 tons are microplastics – tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail   There are five massive patches of plastic in the oceans around the world. These huge concentrations of plastic debris cover large swaths of the ocean; the one between California and Hawaii is the size of the state of Texas.   Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans.   The amount of …

Bodhi & Birch Superfood Series - the Spa Man

Bodhi & Birch Superfood Series launches

Bodhi & Birch has launched the Bodhi & Birch Superfoods Series, a capsule collection of five multi-use, natural and organic skincare products. I am a fan of Bodhi & Birch because of its straight forward approach to the use of herbal ingredients that have a real effect of the body and skin – but also create the most stunning blends of aromatics. I’m talking in particular about Ginger Brew Massage and Body Oil and the Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum. Each product in the Superfood Series utilises a specially selected range of superfood ingredients which are designed to nourish and nurture the skin. The new collection is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to feed skin. Bodhi & Birch Superfoods Series is made with 100% natural and cold pressed ingredients from seeds, berries, herbs, fruit, nuts and roots, along with natural earth minerals and certified organic content ranging from 60% to 98%. Expect to find: Ginseng, Astragalus, Wild Yam and Turmeric, Plum Kernel oil, the super berries Blueberry, Cranberry and Green Coffee, to the vibrant citrus bursts of …

Thalgomen - The Spa Man

Competition: Win with Thalgomen and The Spa Man

To celebrate Father’s Day 2018, The Spa Man has partnered with Thalgomen on a great giveaway. You have the chance to win one of 10 x Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gels, 200ml, worth £14.00 each. Perfect! It’s easy to enter. Simply follow The Spa Man on Instagram here: @markthespaman and you will instantly be entered into the competition to win. You have until 20th June to enter so get over to Instagram! About Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gel Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gel is a fresh-feeling all-over body and hair wash which instantly cleanses and purifies the skin and hair. Featuring an anti-fatigue formula, its effective, non-aggressive foaming system respects the hair fibres and the skins physiological balance. It is the ideal partner for use when travelling or after the gym. Find out more about Thalgomen here: www.thalgo.co.uk T’s & C’s The competition is only open to residents of the UK The competition closes on Monday 20th June. There is no cash alternative to the prize. Winners will be notified by Instagram message and then email to arrange delivery …