With Father's Day just around the corner I've been busy gathering the latest launches and old time classics together. Men are most definitely the hardest to buy for and it only gets harder...or at least in my family, they certainly don't hold back from passing their judgement.
Newcomer Bluebeard's Revenge has definitely caused a stir in the market. Their packaging adorned with their witty slogan reminds me very much of what the male Soap & Glory should have aimed for. Turns out the brand has already been the talk amongst the law firm my brother works at, needless to say Dan was eager to snatch these up when he came home for the bank holiday. If you're on a budget or like myself love to give a bundle of small gifts, Bluebeard's Revenge have a fantastic range to look at with pre-bundled products to order too. The products really are endless with all the accessories you can imagine and every aspect of skincare, shaving and body covered.
Here I have the 100ml EDT which retails for just £19.99, encased in a blue opaque 'weighty' flask-Esq bottle complete with just the BBR's logo. The overall packaging may appeal to the younger fathers out there, or as long as the male in mind loves fragrances from Joop or Ralph Lauren you'll have the perfect gift. This EDT packs top notes of Sicilian bergamot and basil, with a heart of rich jasmine, black tea and watermint completed with warm musk, Madagascan vanilla and sandalwood highlighting the hint of patchouli & oakmoss. To accompany their wonderful EDT we have the Shaving Solution, a paraben & sls free shaving cream containing Decelerine, an ingredient present in the brands shaving creams and post shave balm to reduce the appearance of beard growth over time, moisturises and protect skin during & after. Packaged in a handy 100ml pump this would be perfect even if the Dad in mind travels a lot, or perhaps go for the even handier 5ml & 20ml samples as little extras.
Movis is another of Lush's latest creations, a soft, gritty bar designed for use as a facial soap. When recently placing an order I decided to pop in a small 100g slice for my Dad to try out. He's a huge fan of Lush soap since they have such a large selection of citrus based bars. Despite being classed as a facial soap he'll most likely use it as an exfoliating soap bar. His face was a picture when I passed this to him, baffled as to why it was so soft (packed with coconut oil and cocoa butter) and smelt of bread - it's ended up in his bag ready to hit the work showers.
Ralph Lauren have an amazing selection of fragrances and although they do contain very similar notes there's still enough variety to cover most men! Of course Polo Red had to have a bold, red bottle with RL taking inspiration from the fabulous taste in cars. This woody fragrance has a heart of red saffron, with top notes of red grapefruit and a base of red cedar wood.
Aramis is my Dad's signature scent and he's worn it for as long as I can remember. Over the years he's ventured into the array of Aramis products on offer, from the deodorant to the soap to the body splash - his absolute favourite to the EDT. It's the last product to apply after a long work out at the gym, just as strong as the EDT itself but also incredibly cooling. Perhaps you have a Dad or a Grandad that wears Amaris but hasn't yet ventured into owning the Body Splash?
Denman* | The Precision Styling Brush £7.99 | The Easycare Styling Brush £5
If you've followed LW for quite some time you'll know how much I rave about the brand Denman so to keep your Dad looking healthy, fit and presentable these two products from the Hair Fitness range are ideal. The sleek black tools are designed to optimise scalp health and promote perfect, manageable hair. Both are light weight, great for slipping into the gym bags. The Precision Styling Brush has seven rows of nylon pins, rounded heads glide smoothly through, reducing static hairs and creating a nice gloss. Now the Easycare Styling Brush has been designed with thinning hair in mind. With 8 rows compared to the previous 7, the ultra soft bristles gently massage the scalp, stimulating without scratching to promote hair growth and even natural oils throughout. Who knew brushes could get so technical?
A great trio worth gifting this Father's Day comes from The Real Shaving Company, one of many on offer. The Real Shaving Company Complete Grooming Kit consists of three simple steps, Step 1 being the Daily Facial Scrub - a gentle exfoliating gel scrub to exfoliate away dead skin, remove impurities and help towards a closer, smoother shave. Following on with the Traditional Shave Cream as step 2, a double concentrated shave cream to provide a luxurious lather leaving skin feeling supple and nourished thanks to being packed with organic cocoa butter and willow bark which also reduces razor drag. As the last product in this routine, SPF15 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser to prevent premature ageing, protects from daily sun damage and contains Q10, an anti-ageing technology that targets wrinkles for firmer, younger skin. Again, packed with plenty of cocoa butter to condition skin yet creates a matte finish. Of course you can buy all the products featured in the kit alone but for only a few pennies more you do get the simple, black travel bag that makes the gift a little more presentable.
Phone cases are great little extras for Father's Day when you're stuck on what to buy your Dad. Most Dad's will have jumped onto the smart phone wagon, my Dad owns an iPhone 4s, he'll no doubt get my 5 when I upgrade next year too. Mr Nutcase got in touch where I spotted they had an excellent range of iPhone football based cases, for a huge variety of phones. Surprisingly they even have Portsmouth FC cases which will also please my Dad. Mr Nutcase have ridiculous amounts of designs and also allow you to upload your own, I know Lucy from Dinosaur Dances created one with her artwork on which turned out to be so, so beautiful. The case is durable and matches up with both iPhone cameras and all buttons remain accessible. With so many customisable phone case companies out there Mr Nutcase is one to keep in mind - I know I'll be heading there next time I need to replace my bejewelled numbers.
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