After countless empty bottles, tubes and tubs, Gentleman’s Journal has narrowed the ever-widening grooming market to the crème de la crème of the viscous, the runny and the spritz – and looked damn good doing so.
Grand Prize: Dr Jackson’s – SPF20 Day Skin Cream
Founded in 2008, the British label’s plant-derived moisturiser nourishes skin from stem to surface. Packed full of anti-inflammatory kigella, baobab vitamin C and hydrating marula, it actively works to reduce redness and wrinkles when used twice a day.
Grand Prize: Clinique For Men – Charcoal face wash
Despite the dark colouring, Clinique’s detoxifying gel wash provides a thorough facial clean, getting deep into the pores. Dermatologically developed and fragrance free, it works for all skin types and the natural charcoal coaxes out excess oil for a soothing wash to start or end the day.
Grand Prize: Lab Series – Future Rescue Repair
Apply two pumps every morning before moisturising to help defend your face against the daily stresses that cause aging. This will rid your skin of dead surface cells, fortify its protective barrier and also promote your body’s natural repair process and collagen production.
Grand Prize: Kiehl’s – Body Fuel
All-in-ones are often vilified, but Body Fuel breaks that mould. Working into a nice, non-drying lather, it removes pore-clogging impurities with an energising composition that includes caffeine, vitamin C and zinc. The menthol aroma is refreshingly vitalising first thing too.
Grand Prize: Dermalogica – Shine Therapy Shampoo
Rosemary oil, lavender extract and soy protein combine to strengthen and bolster the male mane. Light enough to use daily, it moisturises without weighing hair and follicles down with excess viscosity, promoting a healthy scalp through a gentle yet scrupulous cleanse.
Grand Prize: Geo. F. Trumper – Trumper Hair Conditioner
Used sparingly after shampooing, this conditioner improves and smooths hair texture for a more kempt look. The innovative blend of natural oil ingredients visibly enhances and repairs dry, dull or damaged hair in just a handful of uses.
Hair styling product
Grand Prize: Malin + Goetz – Firm Hold Gel
Gel often gets a bad rap. This product dispels all notions of playground styling though. Enriched with Camomile, Lavender and Argan Oil to hydrate, it’s suitable for use on even the most sensitive scalp. It holds for hours and the citrusy scent is a welcome addition.
Grand Prize: D.R. Harris – Windsor Shaving Cream
With citrusy opening notes, the complex scent of this cream matures into a yield of black pepper and vetiver. Better still, it produces a smooth shave, soothing and moisturising with a good lather — best applied with a traditional shave brush.
Grand Prize: L’Occitane – Cedrat After-Shave Balm
Light and rapidly absorbed, this cream-gel soothes skin post-shave with a hydrating and comfortable feel. It’s non-greasy and sinks into the skin, while its fragrance finishes things off – Cedrat being a raw citrus aroma to stimulate the senses.
Grand Prize: Murdock – Ernest Double-Edge Razor
Presented with a handsome horn handle, the Ernest traditional double edge safety razor provides a more stylish shaving option than a disposable. Add to that a close and clean shave that won’t nick your neck, and the fact it makes use of inexpensive blades for a more economical tidy up.
Grand Prize: Braun – Braun Series 3 3080s
The patented SensoFoil technology in this Braun allows the shaver heads to slice through stubble growth without taking any of your skin on the way, minimising irritation. The three heads adjust to the contours of your face seamlessly, leaving no hair behind.
Grand Prize: Mont Blanc – Legend
Aromatic but sweet, Legend has a heart and body of contrasting halves. Fresh bergamot and pineapple leaf top notes are followed by woody oak moss and dried fruit aping Pomarose. The bottle, meanwhile, is a nod to the brand’s masterful Meisterstück writing instrument.
Grand Prize: Creed – Virgin Island Water
The Virgin Islands, named by Christopher Columbus for their untouched beauty, are the inspiration behind Creed’s cocktail of coconut toddy, lime, hibiscus flower, ylang-ylang, sugar cane and white rum, among other evocative notes.
Grand Prize: Byredo – Black Saffron Eau de Parfum
Saffron’s reputation as a sexual stimulant dates back to biblical times, making it a fitting base for a winning evening aroma. Citrus pomelo, juniper berry, black violet, raspberry and vetiver complete this sublime after-dark fragrance.