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Stoer Skincare for Men - The Spa Man

Stoer Skincare for Men is modern, no-fuss and really works

Stoer Skincare for Men is a bit of a revelation. A simple, effective, modern range of skincare for men that’s no-fuss, straight forward and really works. Born in the wilds of the North of Scotland, the range has been created by Marianne Morrison who has an interesting background, having worked in the oil industry and prior to that as a skin therapist. Combining her knowledge of skin and working closely with lots of blokes, she got to know the concerns and attitudes of men to skincare. So all-in-all she gained some very valuable insights. Many years later and after much research and development she launched Stoer to market, firstly in Harvey Nichols and soon to spread its wings to other retailers. Its key premise is to protect and defend skin against the elements. Stoer Skincare for Men has been developed with signature Clima5 Technology – a unique blend of five skin-saving plant actives from around the world, from four very challenging climates. Clima5 has been encapsulated in cutting-edge ‘cosmetic drone’ technology which is said to …

Beast London male beauty store - The Spa Man

BEAST – the new retail store for male beauty in Covent Garden

BEAST, the new uber-cool store devoted to retailing male beauty products has opened its doors in the heart of Covent Garden. Stand alone male grooming shops have come and gone in the past. But maybe 2017 is the right time for a store like this to finally be a success. It has got the basics right – cool store design, great lighting, excellent location with high footfall. And what impressed me most was the curated range of interesting high-performance brands. You really need to check it out as you won’t find many of these male beauty brands in your typical high street department store. This is a good thing. The brands are eclectic and sourced from around the world from Vitaman in Australia to Verso in Sweden. There are 80 brands in total with newcomers and long-standing classic and cult items. Shopping has never been easier as the store is signposted by concern, skin condition or treatment type. It has the potential to shape up the men’s skincare market. Especially for retail. The products are displayed by category …

Best beard Oils - The Spa Man

Six of the Best Beard Oils

The Spa Man picks six of the best beard oils. Designed to smooth, nourish and condition the beard, this category in the men’s grooming market really is having a moment. Beards continue to be “on trend” and no, we haven’t reached peak beard yet. That’s just the shaving companies trying to create a story. Adding a fine sheen to the beard whilst conditioning the hair is an essential part of the beard grooming ritual. Oils give less shape and style (balms and much better for that) but they do also work to condition and hydrate the skin if you work them through the hair. With all of these oils you will need to wash your hands afterwards. Some are really stubborn and take a while to remove. So here’s The Spa Man’s tried and tested selection of the Best Beard Oils. Brisk Cedarwood Beard Oil Apparently one Brisk grooming product is sold every minute. This beard oil contains a blend of natural and essential oils harnessing the earthy properties of cedarwood for its spicy, woody notes. …

Best Christmas Grooming Gift for Men - The Spa Man

Best Grooming Gifts for Men at Christmas

It’s that time of year when you google: Best Grooming Gifts for Men. Yes, it’s Christmas. The Spa Man has selected a range of the best grooming gifts for men. Mindful of prices, there are just a couple of blow-the-budget choices and some which have much more pocket-friendly prices to suit every budget. A grooming gift set isn’t a lazy option either. Guys like to look good and here’s a chance to refresh their grooming regime. The Gym Kit Collection – Elemis Elemis gift sets are hard to beat in terms of choice and value, and it was difficult to pick just one to include. In fact I would go as far to say, that as a brand they do offer the best grooming gifts for men. I like Gym Kit Collection as it has travel/gym friendly sized products for that sports man in your life.  Skincare, body care and even post workout products to sooth tired and aching muscles. Deep Cleanse Facial Wash – 50ml Anti-Fatigue Day Cream – 20ml Revitalise-Me Shower Gel – 200ml Aching Muscle …

FOREO LUNA for MEN - The Spa Man

FOREO Luna for Men

Gadgets and grooming go together. The razor is one of the most lucrative and innovative sectors and now beards as de rigour, there are swathes of tools and electrical items to preen and trim full follicled faces. A few years ago cleansing face gadgets swamped the women’s skincare sector and it was a natural progression for them to eventually target men too. And why not – everyone loves a clean face right? A deep thorough cleanse is fairly high on most men’s wish list, removing grim, dirt and blackheads. Gadgets do help and make the whole process quicker and easier. I’ve tried the quick action brushes and they work like a dream. Especially in the shower. For an even more high tech option, FOREO has launched FOREO LUNA for Men. It’s a cleansing device designed for a man’s skin and typically it comes in black. The press release hails it as the Ultimate Pre-Shaving Skincare Device for a Closer More Comfortable Shave after Just 1-Minute! Well I have to say I’ve used it as a …

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The Great British Grooming Co. reviewed

It seems that every day there’s another men’s grooming launch focussing on shaving and beards and then along comes one that actually rather good, enter: The Great British Grooming Co. The Great British Grooming Co. has launched a capsule range of four products with a light fragrance that refreshes and revitalises the beard. It’s blended with the hydrating, nourishing and skin boosting properties of Argan Oil. I particularly liked the Beard Wash and Beard Balm. The scent infused into the products is slightly spicy, but not heavily so. Sometimes the fragrance used in men’s products – especially for the beard is way too strong, this is the perfect balance. The Balm helps to style the beard and give it a nice sheen without too much residue or heaviness. The products are priced very competitively and won’t dent your grooming budget too much. and you can gran them in Superdrug. Perfect! The Great British Grooming Co. Wash Beard Wash will help you to cleanse and keep your facial hair smooth, sleek and untangled. It can also …

The Refinery launches at M&S - The Spa Man

The Refinery launches at M&S

Established in 2000, The Refinery has over 15 years’ experience in crafting great skincare products and perfecting the art of shaving and beard maintenance at its Mayfair HQ. From 1 September 2016, The Refinery launches at M&S. this premium men’s grooming brand will be available at selected M&S counters showcasing an iconic selection of products. It’s an interesting move that takes a world-renowned men’s spa and grooming brand to the masses. Partnering with some of the world’s best Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Spas, The Refinery has gained an international reputation for quality products that delivery great results. Power-packed with essential oils, The Refinery range is a pioneering skin care collection specifically formulated for men combining cutting edge technology with all the force of the finest quality highly concentrated essential oils. I’ve always been impressed with the product formulations. they are smartly packaged, with effective ingredients and a heady blend of essential oils that make the grooming regime an experience, not a chore. The Refinery products launching into M&S: The Refinery Face Wash – £20.00 The Refinery Shave Foam …

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nügg Face Masks

nügg Face Masks are rather dinky little travel-friendly face masks that are not only a great price (£3.29) they are an ideal pick-me-up for the face when its been a bit neglected. I decided to put them to the test on a break in Ibiza, knowing I would be out in the sun and swimming in the sea everyday. I knew my face would need an added boost of nourishing and hydrating ingredients and each mask in the range addresses a different concern – be it soothing, hydrating, cleansing, exfoliating, revitalizing and anti-ageing. nügg’s innovative facemasks are manufactured with what is said to be an innovative Natural Oil Dispersion Technology that uses physics instead of chemistry to blend oil and water which avoids the use of chemical emulsifiers that can impair the natural skin barrier function. Did they live up to the hype? So I tried out nügg Hydrating Face Mask and it does what it says on the tin. It felt cool on the skin, but not a menthol-style cool. It was probably just …

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Thai Square Spa launches new Men’s Time Reviver

Thai Square Spa launches new Men’s Time Reviver at its new location on Northumberland Avenue, near Trafalgar Square. Offering gentlemen the perfect escape from their busy schedules they can unwind with the Men’s Time Out Reviver package. Choose from a blissful one hour Traditional Thai Massage, or a soothing one hour Gentlemen Hot Towel Facial or stress-busting Back, Neck, Shoulder Massage (with or without Andaman Aroma Soul oil) as well as a 45 minute haircut in the Thai Square Salon. This time saving package offers men the chance to relax and get all their grooming needs taken care of in a one-stop shop. Thai Square Spa launches new Men’s Time Reviver Thai Square Spa brings the traditional Thai Spa experience to the heart of London with an eclectic mix of Thai, Roman and Turkish influences. There are five Thai Massage treatment rooms, six Ritual Massage rooms and one vast VIP Suite treatment room! Also relax and part take in a session in the day spa’s ‘Sen Space’ before treatments. A Vichy Shower Treatment Room, a Jacuzzi, …

On National Men’s Grooming Day I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in spa

National Men’s Grooming Day is a great way for what? For men to go out and celebrate grooming? I don’t think we will see the streets filled with blokes parading around holding their favourite shave gel or moisturiser up high. I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in men’s spa treatments I visit about 30 spas a year and try lots of treatments, experiencing some of the very best the industry has to offer. I find it very frustrating that there’s a real lack of innovation in the market for men. Invariably the treatments will be repackaged generic beauty treatments that have been given a title “Energising facial for men” or “Sports massage for men” when in reality, its just the same old, same old. Repackaged, renamed and lacks thought or inspiration. Men are interested in visiting spas and numbers are increasing around the world. I have seen various figures about the number of men who visit spas – but its hard to get an accurate figure. According to Conde Nast Traveler magazine, 35% of spa …

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The ThalgoMen Grooming Kit

Thalgo has launched the  ThalgoMen Grooming Kit. Presented in a smart dark blue travel wash bag, it contains two of my favourite products from the Thalgo range: Wake-Up Shower Gel and Regenerating Cream. These two hero products both contain Algue Bleue Vitale™. Algue Bleue Vitale™ formula stimulates cell renewal and features scientifically proven anti- ageing properties. It’s also perfect for sensitive of skins. The ThalgoMen Grooming Kit – what’s in it? ThalgoMen Wake-Up Shower Gel is a fresh-feeling all-over body wash/shampoo that instantly cleanses and purifies your skin and hair. I have taken this on holiday many times, and when I use it at home it reminds me of open skies, sunny beaches and totally chilling out. I also keep a mini sized one in my gym kit. Its effective, non-aggressive foaming system respects the hair fibre and the skin’s physiological balance – the ideal product to take when travelling or after exercising. ThalgoMen Regenerating Cream is an excellent addition to the ThalgoMen Grooming Kit as it has a creamy consistency to help rehydrate and strengthen skin suffering …

David Beckham signs grooming deal with Biotherm Homme

This really is big news in the world of men’s grooming. Already an established player in the fragrance market, David Beckham has signed a deal with L’Oréal Luxe’s brand Biotherm Homme, and Seven Global. Today they announced what they say is an unprecedented long-term partnership to develop a men’s grooming line. The collection, of both skincare and daily grooming products, will launch in 2017. As part of the collaboration, England’s football icon becomes Biotherm Homme’s first global ambassador. David Beckham’s first Biotherm Homme campaign, for the brand’s N°1 moisturizer Aquapower will break online in June. David Beckham says… “I’m excited to be working with Biotherm Homme,” said David Beckham. “I’ve been thinking about developing a skincare range for a long time and it wasn’t until I started speaking with Biotherm that it all came together. They are as ambitious as I am, and we look forward to showing everyone the fruits of our labor very soon.” “The partnership between Biotherm Homme and David Beckham is set to shift the boundaries in the men’s skincare category and …

The best grooming gifts for men this Christmas

As Christmas gifts move beyond a simple pair of socks, it’s more appropriate than ever before to splash out on a grooming gift for the man in your life. Bulldog The Bulldog ‘Be Loyal’ gift set is a Bulldog classic that contains four Bulldog products: Original Face Wash, Original Face Scrub, Original After Shave Balm and Original Moisturiser. The bespoke presentation tin also features a brilliantly festive bulldog. (RRP £20, Tesco) Gilette Fusion ProGlide SPECTRE Gift Set Fusion ProGlide Flexball Razor SPECTRE Gift Pack includes the Fusion ProGlide Chrome Edition Men’s Razor with Flexball Technology, 2 additional blade refills, and a Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel Shave Prep (75mL). £18.99 www.boots.com ThalgoMen This smart set of marine based energising grooming products comes from one of my favourite ranges, ThalgoMen. Contains: Shaving Gel (100ml), Regenerating Cream (50ml) Contents worth RRP: £44.95 Retails at £32.00 RRP www.thalgo.co.uk Elemis Elemis Smooth Man contains the vital ingredients for softer, brighter skin and a cleaner, closer shave. Skin Soothe Shave Gel 150ml and the new Anti-Fatigue Day Cream 50ml. RRP: £39.50 …

Get Fresh in Covent Garden

Fresh has just opened a new store in London’s Covent Garden. Located in Monmouth Street, renowned for its chic beauty boutiques, now there’s even more reason to plan a visit. It’s an inviting retail space, crafted with elements which are all designed to link to the brand’s core values. I loved the modern shelving, great lighting display and at the rear you will find the most incredible array of fragrances and some old favourites on tap. I was wowed by the soap display, and have to admit I didn’t realise Fresh has a compact collection of men’s grooming products – including Shaving Cream and Skin Soother After Shave. Having said that most of the products are unisex and feature targeted skin treatments any guy would be happy to have. Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar and Sugar Face Polish in particular are right on target. With a custom made modern chandelier (more like an art installation), artisan tiles and smartbrushed steel shelving, Fresh is welcoming and presents the brand at its very best. And don’t forget, they …

Drop your anchor with Red Anchor

Red Anchor is another new men’s grooming launch (in an already crowded men’s grooming market) which focusses its attention on the beard. British born, the brand uses lots of cold pressed oils in its range and is making a mark for itself. It’s a compact collection of products ranging from shower gels to shave products, but no moisturisers or skincare at this stage, it’s all about cleansing and shaving. I tried out the Red Anchor Sandalwood Beard and Face Cleanser which combines Sandalwood Oil, Organic Argan, Black Seed oils and extracts of Flame tree and Seaweed. These are designed to remove impurities from the skin and boosts natural barriers to ward off dirt. With natural anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and cleanse, the warm, heady scent of Sandalwood helps relaxation, RRP £12.50 for 250 ml. Red Anchor It did what it promised and cleansed the face and beard. And beard cleansing is a routine that should be done each and every day. However, I preferred it just for the beard and reverted to my usual …