One day I realised I had run out of my favourite shampoo salon brand Label. M haircare which is sold at Toni & Guy Salons nationwide that I decided to pay a visit to a branch in Woking Surrey during a commute back home for the weekend. I remember asking the salon stylist if they had any more of the travel sized shampoo which I had purchased prior to my trip for Milan Fashion Week this summer as they seem to come in handy when traveling.
What I did not realise that day is one salon in particular was trialling a sustainable initiative to be more green given the fact this issue is being highlighted in the media that fashion to needs to be more environmentally friendly. The Salon staff mentioned that they had an idea which they pitched to Toni & Guy Head Office and agreed to set up The Label M Eco Lab kiosk inside the store to see how it would promote a green concept for the company’s image.
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Label M Eco Lab Cleanse & Condition @toniandguywoking IG
“The idea of fashion is EXCITING again because it can be sustainable and echo friendly”
How this concept would work is that you can purchase refillable 100 ml shampoo bottles that are 100 percent recyclable and bring the bottles back in next time on your next top-up of Label M shampoo from the Eco Lab’s pump station.
It was great to have an option to try out different shampoo’s from the Label M. hair care range which I would not have the chance to otherwise as the range normally comes in full size bottles which can be costly. The price of the 100 ml bottles retails just under £ 5 which is great if you want to have a feel of the range from peppermint conditioner, honey to colour stay shampoo are really great products to include for your daily grooming routine essentials.
If you would like to find out more how you can support and promote sustainability please get involved and support the Label M Eco lab and say yes to a greener future to reduce environmental waste by doing your bit to preserve the planet for a great cause.
“Toni & Guy Hair Salon is a Fashion-led hairdressing brand and the only Official Hair Sponsor of London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s”
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Label M Eco Lab Range by Toni & Guy World
For more information and salon appointment please visit Toni & Guy Woking
With the arrival of winter it can suggest a few changes to our daily routines, that includes skincare apart from our wardrobe edit of course and here’s what you can do about it.
I often find that as our skin can be affected by the elements and fatigue we can take steps to improve its appearance with just making a few changes to our essential daily grooming.
There are some really great products to keep your skin refreshed, recharged and feeling great during the party season by prepping beforehand with my essential grooming hacks day to day.
I find it helps to start your morning routine with a refreshing face wash to give your skin that energising boost to beat fatigue with Clarins Paris One-Step-Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser that contains orange extracts is suitable for all skins types including sensitive skin too.
One particular area of the face that I love to mention is how best we improve the appearance of fatigue in the eye area which needs to be kept firm and looking youthful starts with hydration to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles by using eye cream treatments. I’ve chosen Kiehls Eye Alert as it contains cucumber and vitamin E is ideal to reduce puffiness and give your eyes a refreshed energy boost any time of day and is on me the whole time from first thing early morning to when getting home before bed.
For when you arrive home just top up with eye gel patches and leave it to work it’s magic to hydrate, soften and calm the affected area which has cucumber extract and collagen for skin cell renewal. Just remember a good night’s rest is essential for skin renewal so we could all do with some beauty sleep from time to time.
Most recently as the days and nights get cooler the climate can make our skin feel dry at times so be sure to wrap up warm and have products at hand to use when necessary on the go.
In this instance, I like to carry a lip balm with me to prevent my lips from getting dry and chapped so they appear smooth. Some products by Sister & Co Skin Food you may find even come with sumptuous flavours such as wild mint, raw coconut, Lip tonic and Lemon Myrtle that gives a tingling sensation when applied to the lips.
With that said our hands too could do with some tender loving care with the exception of a body cream to stop them getting dry. It’s best just to apply some to hands before putting your winter warmers on. There’s a great body cream from Jo Malone London I’ve been trying out recently with an aromatic scent of mandarin and lime basil that’s uplifting and sensual even in the bleak midwinter it feels festive as it takes me back to my childhood of decorated mandarins with cloves and ribbons as presents.
Let these amazing products work their magic by improving your daily skincare routine with additional items to refresh your grooming kit this winter.
Disclaimer: As always all opinions are you my own and I would never recommend any products that I myself would not use or purchase.
It seems buying Christmas gifts for the men in your life can prove challenging, but I’m here to help you decide on a gift that even you’re husband, dad or brother would really appreciate such as the unique and exclusive collection by Acqua di Parma.
For Christmas 2018 the brand has introduced their exclusive Home and Travel Collection in collaboration with the acclaimed British Artist Clym Evernden who worked with Fenwicks on their window displays and Stylist magazine.
Clym was commissioned to create Acqua di Parma’s new campaign for the Limited Edition Colonia Artist Collection to capture the essence of the sunny sophistication of Italy and liberated feeling that inspired his little yellow bird illustration. Acqua’s products are mostly unisex so the packaging reflects that and was created in mind to be neutral so the products are accessible for everyone.
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New arrivals this season include a deodorant just recently added to the range which includes 32 fragrances in the whole collection so there’s allot of choice to impress even the most discerning gentlemen in your life.
As gift set’s seem to be the most popular choice this festive season I wanted to mention the ones which stood out for me which were the smart gifts as Clym limited edition hand wash and hand lotion, scented candles colonia x Clym and Essenza Intensa Pura x Clym gift sets come with 100 ml fragrance, gel deodorant and shower gel.
The Bespoke option gift box is available too where you can choose 3 or 4 products encased with a ribbon without tissue which in my opinion seems smarter in terms of presentation. It does not stop there so in fact it just gets even better where the personalisation of gifts this Christmas is pre-monogrammed on Hat boxes. By observing the packaging it has seasons greeting’s in four different languages Russian, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese includes limited Edition products and colonia handwash.
So just to recap what’s on offer this Christmas it’s the Christmas gift sets x 4 Colonia, Intensa, Essena and Pura, to smart gift sets / home, Colonia Sandelo and bespoke gifting.
During my window shopping trip over the weekend I realised that the Blue Mediternia Collection is only exclusive to House of Fraiser which are citrus, aromatic, sweet scented and fruity distinguished by the names Mirto di Panrea, Aranci Di Capri, and Fico di Amalfi to recreate that feeling of being holiday once you get there.
For those of you interested in the history of the brand Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Classic fragrance is 102 years old which makes it a classic heritage brand to rival other designer fragrances on the market as the Award Winning Classic Fragrance at the GQ Grooming Awards 2017. This citrus aromatic scent is fresh and full of life that has bergamot where the woody smells of vetiver, lavender and lemon leave that long lasting impression of sophistication it’s just too good. Trust me on this one, as you’ll want to try all 6 in the range too from Colonia Assoluta, Colonia Intensa, Colonia Essensa, Colonia Club and Colonia Pura.
Interesting fact – Colonia represents the 1st 100 years of the past and Colonia Pura the 2nd 100 years in the present future. I could go on and on but as the main focus of this review is to tell you all about the Limited Edition Christmas Collection you’ll want to take home and own which you and your loved ones can share together. These days the popularity of catering to meet the demand for gender neutral products is especially common in both men and women’s fragrances which can also be considered unisex which is something you’ll both want to own together because it’s very special. So, I think that’s pretty much Christmas shopping sorted and various item’s I’ll add to my wish list then!
To find out more please visit below the social media handles of the Artist Clym and Official website of Acqua di Parma
Disclaimer: A huge Thank you to LVMH HQ for gifting me with the Acqua di Parma Mediterania Fico di Amalfi Fragrance only exclusive to House of Fraiser. All special promotions mentioned and prices in this article maybe subject to change and decided by the brand Acqua di Parma alone. I would never promote a product which I would never use and recommend to others. In this instance all opinions I express are my own.
A GENDER NEUTRAL FRAGRANCE THAT YOU’LL BOTH ADORE TOGETHER
The other day I took my first visit to my local Jo Malone store during a casual stroll in town as you do to seek the perfect gift for some inspiration. I was astonished to find here a selection for Men’s Grooming, Women’s Beauty to Gender Neutral Products namely fragrances which I was very tempted to try out while inside the store.
I’ve always heard great things about The Jo Malone Brand as it’s very quintessentially British and one of my favourite luxury products as an alternative to designer fragrances. We all have our favourite signature fragrances when it comes to scents that feel almost personal to us when we wear them on our skin.
I could spend all afternoon here trying on every invigorating scent that captivates my interest till I find the one for me or someone else as a gift, because we all like to indulge and be spoiled from time to time.
So, if you’re not all familiar with Jo Malone London let me give you a little bit of background into this iconic British Brand and what makes it so unique.
Jo Malone is a British perfume and scented candle brand founded in 1983. Since 1999 it has been owned by Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder. This luxury brand is synonymous for its high end perfumes. Luxury candles, bath products and room scents.
An interesting fact about the brand is that they appointed English Model and Musician Karen Elson and Model and Actress Poppy Delevingne who have served as spokesperson for the brand.
The fragrance I decided to choose this time round had to be the Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne from the Jo Malone Fragrances which is sweet , not too overpowering and just right with its fresh scented aroma’s can also be Unisex. It’s very versatile and feel I can wear this cologne day in, day out as it’s very alluring when people have commented on the scent’s smell the first time I wore it.
Incase, you’re wondering to know what’s the main ingredients’ of the fragrance are; it evokes the wildness of honeysuckle, fresh tone of rose together with the aromatic fruity twist of davana and woody with Moss warmed by sunshine which I was instantly obsessed with.
For me, it had to be the hints of liquorice that’s very suttle in sweetness brings to life a fragrance that’s light and ideal for daytime or evening.
Which reminds me that I need to try next the Huntsman x Jo Malone range which is on my wish list just in time for Christmas.
This product retails at £ 47.00 30 ml and £ 94.00 100 ml. To find out more about Jo Malone London visit them online or at their Stores in the UK.
Disclaimer: This item was offered complimentary as a sample to try by Jo Malone London. As always all opinions are my own and I would never promote a product which I would not personally use myself. All prices quoted at the time of this published article are subject to change by the company Jo Malone owned by Estee Lauder.
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Start your day right by seizing the moment with our Eucalyptus infused Shave Gel. We want to ensure your skin is left feeling great, invigorated and refreshed throughout the day from morning into night.
When you need to look super sharp do as the Man About Town does and get ready with a Cornerstone. It’s often the littlest things that make all the difference. After experiencing a close wet shave with a Cornerstone razor, you’ll never go back to using your old one again.
Need inspiration for skin cleansers and radiance boosters. Ask yourself this. Do you have everything you need for a smooth comfortable shave with ease? Treat yourself this evening after a long day at the office.
This week our topic is all about how to look fresh on the hottest days of the year. Visit our blog and check back for our top summer grooming tips.
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Before shaving it’s ideal to exfoliate with our face scrub to unblock pores and remove any dead skin cells for visibly clearer looking skin. Our unique formula of cedar wood and volcanic sands penetrates deep within the skin to get rid of shaving spots, in grown hairs preventing nips and cuts. Shaving with ease has never been easier.
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The shave gel contains ginger extract and eucalyptus oil perfect to eliminate any razor burn for those prone to sensitive skin. It’s fantastic because it makes shaving more comfortable and irritation free.
When: after shower
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After your morning shave ensure you restore yours skins natural moisture balance and prevent irritation with our post shave balm. It works wonders to cool, refresh, moisturise with scented mint and honey extract is very soothing after shaving.
When: each morning
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Refresh and hydrate with a light weight and natural everyday moisturiser combined with aloe vera and mint extracts ideal for after shaving. Our product is oil free sensitive and best applied to clean and dry skin to restore and condition its original moisture balance.
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Disclaimer: A special thanks to London Fashion Week Mens – The Grooming Room at the Century Club for gifting me with a Corner Stone Razor. I would never promote any products which I would not otherwise use myself and all opinions are my own.
It’s definately that time of year when everyone is starting to think about Summer Vacations, where to go and what to pack seems just as relevant in what you choose in your suitcase and hand luggage. Travel should always be a pleasant experience where by things should run as smoothly as possible and taking into account those home comfort items you bring along for the ride.
We all have our favourite travel essential preferences that we can’t live without so here are some of my handpicked most stylish items every man should own.
From Men’s grooming, to Stylish Accessories I hope you feel inspired to try at least some of the items I’ve pre-selected in this post on your next travels wherever that maybe. It’s worth investing in some luxury items to treat yourself while your away on vacation don’t you think?
Firstly and foremost the exclusive item and travel companion that comes with me abroad is my luxury Passport Holder from Richards Radcliffe. It makes all journey’s feel that extra bit special as an investment piece classic staple to accompany handluggage. Going through airport security is one thing, but looking stylish when you present your passport looks great if you’re one to show off some chic airport style before jetting off.
STYLISH TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR THE MAN ON THE GO
I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite items I happen to come across this summer before I pack for my next vacation. The ideal products you should idealy be thinking about are the ones that give you that extra boost of energy so that your body feels refreshed and re-charged from fatigue or inflight jetlagg. Most recently, I discovered the British Menswear Brand Ben Sherman have released a new product line of inspired travel grooming products for Men the ‘Hotel Collection’ which I could not wait to get my hands on. After trialing the products which come in a body wash, moisturising soap and cleansing soap the invogorating scents of citrus and bergamia are great for re-charging your pores and especially anything with vitamin c is a bonus.
After applying my daily moisturiser, I also use this great product from the Bodyshop normally used as a base product for makeup application, but it’s main purpose is to improve the appearance of dull looking skin which is why I adore it so much. The Vitamin C Skin Reviver is applied after moisturising to achieve that instant glow and smooth looking skin so your skin feels amazing and looks flawless like an A-List Celebrity.
Don’t forget your hair could also benefit with a boost to re-energise and re-charge while on the go with a hairscalp moisturising treatment from Paul Mitchell’s Lavender & Mint Teatree Conditioner gives you that tingling sensation and aroming scents of rich mint which evaporates in the steam of the shower is yet another favourite stress free travel essential to take with you.
Finally, how to combat tired puffy looking eyes and treat those dark circle areas look no further than the Fabulous Everyday Eye Cream from Bliss World when applied under the eyes it locks in moisture to keep eyes looking fresh and hydrated day and night. Not only does it protect with antioxidents it helps brighten the look of dark circles and paraben free perfect for sensitive skin.
I'm a Stylist / Personal Shopper, Fashion and Travel Writer behind Men's Lifestyle dot-com The Joey Journal. Named Top 30 UK Lifestyle Blog & Website on the web to Follow in 2019. Contributorships to Digital Publications as a Writer include titles Yahoo! Style and Yahoo! Travel. This blog is to provide you with inspiration, how to guides, tip's and share my personal style.