8 woody scents and French pharmacy products to buy now, according to The Telegraph's grooming expert

Our grooming expert, Lee Kynaston, rounds up his favourite products to try now

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On the hunt for a new men's grooming essential?  Every fortnight, our grooming expert, Lee Kynaston, will be rounding up the best grooming products that have earned his seal of approval. 

From the best woody scents to French pharmacy must-haves, these are the 8 products to invest in now.

Embrace the world of woody scents 

Fragrance trends are always a good indicator of the times in which we live. In the 1980s, aftershaves were over the top and bombastic; in the 1990s, they were minimal and understated; and in the 2010s, it was all about gender neutrality. 

No surprise then, that in these uncertain, unpredictable times, wood – a fragrance note traditionally thought of as being safe, reliable and solidly masculine – has emerged as the key inspiration behind a raft (or should that be a forest?) of recent launches. 

Capitalising on the trend, Dior’s 2020 reworking of Dior Homme goes big on cedarwood (the smell of pencil shavings), as does DSquared2’s Green Wood, while Sunspel’s debut fragrance, Oak Wood, proves the company’s as adept at creating eau de parfum as it is underwear. Rook’s aptly named Forest, meanwhile, features cedar, pine and cypress – a trio of robust notes designed to appeal to the woodsman in all of us.

Woody wonders

Oak Wood, £90 for 100ml edp, Sunspel 

Oak Wood, £90 for 100ml edp, Sunspel 

Homme, £55 for 50ml edt, Dior 

Homme, £55 for 50ml edt, Dior 

Forest, £100 for 50ml edp, Rook Perfumes 

Forest, £100 for 50ml edp, Rook Perfumes 

Green Wood, £75 for 100ml edt, DSquared2

Green Wood, £75 for 100ml edt, DSquared2

French pharma for fellas

My beauty writer pals have been raving about French pharmacy brands – famous  for their no-frills, efficacious approach to skincare – for  ages now, but with problem-solving at their heart, they’re great for men too.The good news is that you don’t even need to go all the way to France to get them (which is handy given that travel’s not on the cards at the moment anyway).

Bioderma’s Shine-Control Moisturiser is perfect for men’s skin, which tends to be oiler than women’s, Caudalíe’s anti-inflammatory Grape Water makes a great post-shave soother, while Nuxe has  a small but superb men’s range (the shower gel is especially good).

La Roche-Posay, meanwhile, has more hero products than you can shake a (French) stick at. Its entire range is top-notch but it’s their sun protection products you should seek out. The Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50 in particular is a must-have – or a doit-avoir as they say on the other side of the Channel.

Pour hommes

Sébium Shine-Control Moisturiser, £12.80, Bioderma 

Sébium Shine-Control Moisturiser, £12.80, Bioderma 

 Grape Water, £16, Caudalíe 

 Grape Water, £16, Caudalíe 

Multi-Use Showergel, £10.50, Nuxe Men 

Multi-Use Showergel, £10.50, Nuxe Men 

Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+, £17.50, La Roche-Posay 

Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+, £17.50, La Roche-Posay