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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."