Molton lover

   The problem with traditional sports rubs is that smelled like the bastard love child of a wintergreen plantation and a locker room. Molton Brown Body Warming Sportsbalm, $36, sidesteps the issue and rather clunkily extends the sporting metaphor with macadamia nut oil that provides a gentle heat for muscle recovery and a subtle scent that will play second second fiddle to your aftershave or deodorant. For more information go to www.moltonbrown.com.au

 

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Posted on June 13, 2013 .

Diggin' on the Burt

Niche brand Burt's Bees has quietly been making apiary-based waves for a few years, but its new men's range will most likely see it go from indie fave to mainstream performer. Think U2 but without the sanctimoniousness. Despite the fact that its After Shave Lotion, $19.95, is more of a balm, let's not split stubble. An all-natural blend of sunflower and coconut oils, vitamin E and aloe leaf extract, it moisturises the face post-shave and the packaging  contains 23 per cent post-consumer recycled material and can be recycled again. Nice touch. To find out more, go to www.burtsbees.com.au

 

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Posted on June 13, 2013 .

Blend it like Beckham

To date, Mr Posh Spice's fragrance have been unashamedly mass market. And like an industrious defensive mid-fielder, they serve their purpose. His latest offering, David Beckham Classic, $39 (60ml), 1800 812 663, promotes the newly retired footballer to a new league. Sophisticated while not sedentary, its thoroughly English top note of gin tonic is ably assisted by minty mid and a Texas cedarwood base with a flourish of vetiver. Like an exquisitely curled free kick that finds its mark.  

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Posted on June 11, 2013 .

Who are you calling Uomo?

Part of this job means wading through marketing twaddle like "FOR THE MAN WHO LIVES WITH PASSION AND STEPS UP TO HIS DESTINY". What this exercise in abstract thesaurus frottage is actually describing is the rather good new scent offering from Ermenegildo Zegna, Uomo. Bergamot and cedarwood are the main players here and the result strays just far away from boardroom safe to be interesting.  It's availabe at David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies.

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Posted on June 11, 2013 .

A fine catch by Dion Nash

Let's play some word association. When you hear the phrase "Kiwi captain", you probably think of men whose blood runs black, hard fellas who think nothing of popping in dislocated bones and intimidating the living Jesus out of the opposition before the game has even started.  Words like "exfoliation" don't tend to figure much. Unless you're ex NZ cricket captain Dion Nash. His Triumph & Disaster range takes its name from the poem "If"  and more specifically the line "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same." Once asked if he liked Kipling, Groucho Marx responded, "I don't know. I've never Kipled." But that's neither here nor there. Pick of the range is the Stash Box, $165, triumphanddisaster.com. It includes the Old-Fashioned Shave Cream, a badger hair brush, the Rock&Roll Suicide Face Scrub and Gameface Moisturiser. All are which are encased an super-sleek packaging that call to mind old medical textbooks and a more genteel era of grooming.

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Posted on June 11, 2013 .

Gunk In The Trunk

When it comes to hair styling, repeat after me: in matte we trust. Shiny is de trop and the wet look should stay in the bathroom. Boutique brand Evo have you covered with two product that are more matt than Damon, Dillon and LeBlanc combined. First up is the Box O'Bollox - I don't get it either - Texture Paste, $29.95, which holds tighter than a codependent girlfriend at a Miss Universe pageant and carries a faint scent of spice. For something more casual, try the Cassius Cushy Clay, $29.95, which is somewhat more pliable and has a touch of the lavenders about it. Just remember to work these between your hands to ensure an even spread to the hair and apply dry. Go to evohair.com for more information.

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Posted on June 11, 2013 .

Beer drench

 The fact that you're reading this probably means you're not unfamiliar with hair product and while you may know your pomades from your putty chances are you're not getting rid of it all before you reapply. This is an error more common than dating Taylor Swift. Redken Clean Brew Shampoo, $23.72, from westfield.com.au is a blend of brewer's yeast, malt and enough citrus oil to ensure you don't smell like you spent the night face down in a bar towel. Better still, it banishes all product without stripping the scalp of its natural oil and hair of its shine. And to quote Homer Simpson, , "Aaah beer, the cause of and solution to so many of life's problems."

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Posted on June 11, 2013 .