Photography by Ram Shergill
Still Life Photography by Miles Twist
Make Up by Natasha Lakic using Sisley
Model Ben Jordan @AMCK Models
The most elegant fragrance: LALIQUE Encre Noire À L'Extrême
Lalique has relaunched it's iconic male fragrance Encre Noire À L'Extrême. The matte black minimalist flacon reveals subtle glimpses of the fragrance's woody intensity. With a strong heart of vetiver from both Java and Haiti, Encre Noire À L'Extrême explores a masculinity of contrast. Going from a light head note of bergamot and cypress to a dark and seductive dry-down of sandalwood and patchouli, the fragrance covers a full range of male sensuality. With a simple development in scent, from the luminous opening down to the gloomy heart of it, Encre Noire À L'Extrême really is a journey to the dark and elegant – worth to be taken.
Lighting up the Room: IIUVO candles
The duo behind this sleek brand are Tom and Leo, both in their twenties and bringing a fresh approach to the world of scents. IIUVO is not just a product but a concept. Having launched with just three scented candles (Ajon, Emmie and Woodgrain), Leo and Tom created a new world, each scent taking us to different places. Leo is the son of a florist and interior designer and drew inspiration from his mother's floral workshop, his grandmother's garden and the wooden panels of Cadillac cars when creating each of the scents. Leo's poetic approach to scents, paired with Tom's minimalist aesthetic, are the essence of these simple but luxurious candles. At a 40 hour burning time and with a higher perfume content than comparable products, these candles are sure to fill a room with a many-layered fragrance that is at least as strong as their beautiful inspirations.
A traditional shave: ANTIGA BARBEARIA DE BAIRRO
Fancy a professional shave like in the good old days? The Portuguese shaving brand Antiga Barbearia de Bairro provides everything it takes to up the daily barber routine to a stage of luxurious reminiscence. From the bulky yet hydrating shaving soap that turns into a soothing foam once twirled, to the finishing touch with a masculine after shave to be applied onto the skin – coming in a bottle, without a spray mechanism, of course. That is what Antiga Barbearia de Bairro is about. Staying true to the heritage of shaving, and reviving it's rich traditions and rituals. A turn in time, and a beneficial one for the male skin, too. A shave by the old rules as you might only still find it in the barber shops of Ribeira Porto.
The Gentleman's choice: MURDOCK
Nothing makes a good shave like the right brush. When it comes to shaving accessories, one is best of to go with quality and a long tradition of men's grooming experience, like with Murdock London. The Byron Badger Brush by Murdock not only creates a smooth and creamy feel while applying the foam, but the famous badger hair also exfoliates and cleanses the skin at the same time. A unique hand-made product that ensures a fully professional shaving experience. Murdock's colognes Renshaw and Vetiver finish the treatment off with the right fragrance for a man of good taste.
Cleansing and soothing all-round: L:A BRUKET
When ceramics artist Monica Kylen couldn't find a beneficial organic soap for one of her soap dishes, she decided to make one herself. From then on, L:A Bruket evolved to be Sweden's most promising new contribution to natural skin and body care. The brand feature a full range of products from hand soap to bath salt, from foot scrub to body lotion, from beard wax to lip balm. All of them are made of the best of organic ingredients and turn the simple everyday beauty routine into a matter of luxury and pleasure. The shaving cream softens and refreshes the skin, while the face scrub clears the pores and gives a revitalising sheen, thanks to it's organic oils. Product after product, ingredient by ingredient, L:A Bruket is creating innovative beauty treatments that surprise, not only by their intense natural scents. Simple, yet unique, just like the coastal surroundings of it's Swedish heritage.
Food for the skin: AESOP Blue Chamomile Mask and Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet
A new and modern take on male skincare is what Aésop brings to the beauty table. The Australian brand established itself in the bathroom shelves of both design lovers and grooming professionals. Their range of products thrives to simplify and ease the beauty routine without compromising quality. The Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Mask provides the skin with the much needed refreshing and soothing effects after just thirty minutes. The Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum enhances the daily shaving session with the softening powers of sandalwood and neroli blossom, without creating heavy foam. Afterwards, the Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion soothes and protects the irritated skin.
Simple and Effective: ROUTINE FOR MEN
Two steps – that's all it takes for the new product line Routine for Men to convince and satisfy. Wrapped in a clean and convenient design, Routine for Men combines both cleansing and soothing products for a full-on facial treatment. The Dual Action Face Wash clears the pores with extracts of vetiver and eucalyptus and leaves the skin refreshed and toned, while the Revitalising Moisturiser hydrates and calms it afterwards with a touch of Aloe Vera. Both products feature natural ingredients and are free of parabens. Just the right routine for the man who likes his grooming session as simple and effortless as possible: One, Two, Done.
Refreshing: KIEHL'S MEN'S Facial Fuel
Fighting the season's rough weather as well as the pre-Christmas stress, Kiehl's Men's Facial Fuel series might be the best suit of armour, a whole range of products made for the needs and specialties of the male skin and it's defence. With a successful formula, the line has been fuelling the male grooming routine to a max since it's launch in 2004. For this year's gloomy days, the Anti Wrinkle Cream secures a soft and firm protection with the extracts of chestnut, soy and vitamins C and E. The cream treats the skin both clearing and refreshing at the same time, with a light scent of citrus. Together with the Eye Alert, an energy booster to fight dark circles and puffiness, it shows that sometimes the thinnest of armour can be the most effective.
For the soul: KAMA AYURVEDA
With rose, vanilla, lemongrass, orange and sandalwood, only to name a few, the range of soaps and beauty treats by Kama Ayurveda really lives up to the exoticism of it's beautifully illustrated wrappings. The Indian beauty brand provides a full supply of Ayurvedic wellness treats, from body soap to skin oil, rose water and scented candles or award winning beauty fluid. Kama keeps up the heritage of the old art of Ayurvedic treatment by ensuring the key ingredient: a right balance of organic plants and herbs for a fully natural remedy.
Personal all-rounders: BY NIEVES
It really was a matter of the heart when Nieves launched her essential range of beauty products. All natural and made by hand, the brand's name By Nieves says it all: a small and original lot of treats that combine the practical with the luxurious, as they are all multi-functional. The Balm shines both hair and skin and leaves them deeply soothed, while the Cloud of Protection can be used as a body spray as well as room scent, spreading a bit of sparkling magic as essential oils and grape spirits freshen and cleanse the air. By Nieves presents such a unique and special array of beauty treats that you cannot help but treasure.
Absolute Winter essential: SISLEY Black Rose Cream Mask and SISLEYUM for Men Revitalizer
The Black Rose Cream Mask is one of Sisley's classics. Not only can it be used as a mask but more so as a last-minute moisturiser and soother for dry and irritated skin. Upon application, the skin feels soft and gains a radiant glow immediately. During the winter months this is an absolute essential. Sisleyum for Men Anti-Age Global Revitalizer is the perfect moisturiser for the day, a light yet effective hydration and protection against dryness as well as cold winds, whichever may threaten the skin of a global man.