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 planet-saving grooming refills to the must-have scents for the new year, these are the 8 products to invest in now.
Spritzers for the new year
We all like to smell good at this time of year, but you don’t necessarily have to pay through the nose for the privilege. In recent years the high street has upped its game considerably when it comes to men’s fragrance offerings, with retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Reiss offering some of the best scents around.
The latter’s smoky Black Oudh, for example, is the work of fragrance designer Azzi Glasser, whose creations have graced the necks of everyone from Tom Hardy to Jude Law, while Dermot O’Leary’s eau de toilettes for M&S are way better than they ought to be for just £22. (I like the Vetiver & Cedarwood, which is reminiscent of Terre d’Hermès.)
The Body Shop’s bestselling White Musk For Men, meanwhile, is another great-value option, which proves that when it comes to the smelly stuff, spending more doesn’t necessarily buy you better.
4 just good scents
Refill your boots
If you only make one bathroom-based resolution this year (apart from promising to pick up the towels you always leave on the floor) then make sure it’s to switch to refillable skin and hair care products. A key grooming trend for 2020, refillables don’t just help save the environment (less packaging = less waste) they help save you money in the long run too.
Start by swapping your shaving gel or foam for a traditional shaving soap and bowl (just pop in a refill when you run out); look for refillable fragrance sets (Hermès, Mugler and Ted Baker all do them); and for brands like L’Occitane and Rituals who offer money-saving refill pouches for their products.
Or hey, why not think long term and invest in one of D. R. Harris’ silver-lidded lip balms, created in collaboration with jewellers Bunney? Splash out on one and the company will reward you with free refills for life.