Mark those diaries and dig out your ‘World’s Best Daughter/Son’ mug, because Father’s Day is on Sunday 21st June! And with the second biggest gifting day of the year for men’s fragrance and grooming on the horizon, there’s a huge array of new launches making waves at Escentual HQ and kick-starting office chatter about new favourites.
Our resident male grooming and fragrance addicts have cast their critical eyes over the new launches and selected their very favourites – here are the 5 new products you shouldn’t miss…
1) The skin refiner
Hot off the men’s skincare press! This latest addition to the Acqua di Parma’s famous Collezione Barbiere shaving collection is a finely crafted formula that transforms your daily routine into a moment of luxury.
The power-packed serum works to protect your skin and optimise your shaving routine to ensure a brighter, smoother and more even result. Head of Merchandising, Matt, was quick to take it for a test run: “this serum has a lovely light texture, applies easily and the smell is to die for. Honestly, if it was a bottled fragrance I would wear it – it makes me want the rest of the collection!”
2) The suave scent
Newly relaunched for 2015, Michael Kors for Men has been renovated with a new juice, a sleeker look, and plenty of sensuous appeal. The luxurious fragrance is inspired by Michael Kors’ mantra of “wings, wheels and water” – that’s the high-flying jet set life to you and me – presenting a new signature that that is, according to our Product Manager, Richard, “a fragrance for the ages, and fabulous to wear on any occasion”.
Its aromatic notes of black pepper, star anise and incense are supported with intensely sensuous notes of suede, patchouli and sandalwood; a seductive combination that lasts for hours.
3) The summer cologne
If it’s something a bit fresher you’re after, then look no further than the latest launch from Guerlain. This brighter version of the original L’Homme Ideal is perfect for the summer months, as our head of Digital Marketing, Alan, has discovered: “as much as I want/try to, it appears that you can’t get away with wearing intense fragrances in the office during summer.
It’s always difficult to find a lighter scent as it means I have to sacrifice longevity, which is something I won’t accept. L’Homme Ideal Cologne will be my warmer/summer fragrance this year as it’s the perfect balance of lighter, subtle citrus notes while still maintaining great wear throughout the day.”
4) The rejuvenator
If you find that good skin days are few and far between, it may be time to step up your routine. And our top pick for getting your skin back to its best? The Ole Henriksen walnut complexion scrub, an energising, foaming exfoliator that has been met with universal acclaim from Escentual team members, both male and female.
PPC Manager, Tom, is a huge fan: “I don’t really use a lot of skincare but when my skin feels like it needs something to wake it up a bit, this is what I use. Take a little bit of the scrub, mix it with some water, and then massage all over the face for about a minute. When I rinse it off, my skin looks really bright and fresh (plus it smells of hot cross buns, win).”
5) The introduction to skincare
For guys, buying skincare can be daunting. Which products are best for you? What do you use, and when? Men-only skincare brand Lab Series has taken out the guess work with their High Tech Travel Set, which offers a well-rounded skincare routine that will make skin feel fresh, clean and cared-for.
“I’m new to using skincare so having a ready-made collection is perfect,” says Product Assistant, Joe. “It’s a pretty comprehensive introduction, including a face wash, a really lightweight moisturiser with SPF and a cool sample of the All-In-One Face Treatment, which makes my skin matte and fresh. I recommend it for everyone looking for a new skincare routine – plus the bag is really handy.”