In the run up to Father’s Day, the ultimate destination for male grooming, Mankind, sent me their latest grooming box to check out.

The Mankind Grooming Box – Explorer Edit is a male grooming box featuring 6 of the best grooming products carefully curated to form the basis of the ultimate grooming routine. The box contains everything from a toothpaste to a face mask and is a great introduction to the brands featured.

So, what’s in the box?

  • Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash (150ml) – I’ve used this product before (see here). A gel cleanser that feels thick, luxurious and smells great. Most importantly it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
  • Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher (100ml) – If you don’t know, Omorovicza are fast becoming one of my favourite brands. I’ve tried numerous products by the brand and have NEVER been disappointed. The brand is definitely a luxury purchase but the products always live up to the hype and the facial polisher is no different. A exfoliating treatment, the Facial Polisher leaves your face feeling healthy and bright.
  • Regenerate Enamel Science Toothpaste (75ml) – Unfortunately I don’t use toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulphate as these give me painful ulcers so I can’t comment on the product but I’m sure it’s great!
  • Men-Ü D-Tox Clay Face Mask (100ml) – If your skin is on the oily side this mask is for you. Designed to minimise excess oil and unwanted shine this clay mask is easy to apply and fast drying, drawing out your skins impurities whilst it does so. Once rinsed your face feels healthy, calm and firmer.
  • Anthony Skincare Shave Cream (90ml) – Anthony is another brand that never disappoints. Whilst I don’t wet shave, this shave cream is perfect for tidying up and shaping my stubble. It leaves your skin soft and irritation free. The peppermint oil and eucalyptus also gives off a pleasant natural scent whilst leaving your skin feeling cool and refreshed.
  • Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel (250ml) – The first thing you notice about this product is how good it smells. A fresh, fruity scent that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and clean – what more could you want from a shower gel?

At just £40, the Mankind Grooming box is a steal, especially when you consider the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher retails at £65 alone and the amount of quality products in the box.

Have you tried any of products in the latest grooming box?

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The Mankind Grooming Box – Explorer Edit was gifted by Mankind.



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Whether you like it or not, Christmas is already here and yes I just said the C word. It might still be another couple of months away yet, but its never too early to start thinking about what you are going to get for your nearest and dearest.

Building on last years Christmas box, this year Mankind have outdone themselves by teaming up with GQ to bring you the Christmas Collection. The Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is the perfect gift for the modern man, featuring 12 full-size products along with a 6-month GQ subscription, it really is the ultimate gift this year.

Priced at £100, the collection contains over £400 worth of products from brands such as Clinique, Lab Series, Argentum and Omorovicza, all packaged neatly in a elegant branded box. The full list of products can be seen below:

01. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (150ml)

02. Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream (70ml)

03. Clinique For Men Face Scrub (100ml)

04. men-ü Clay (100ml)

05. The Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

06. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment (100ml)

07. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (177ml)

08. Gentlemen’s Tonic Savile Row Razor – Faux Ivory

09. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (1 x 75ml)

10. Korres Men Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo (250ml)

11. Anthony Exfoliating and Cleansing Bar (198g)

12. Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Hand Lotion (70ml)

So far this year I’ve been really impressed with Anthony Skincare and Omorovicza – the Instant Perfection Serum from Omorovicza is a life saver, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of their different products from this box. That’s the good thing about these sort of collections, as well as familiar brands, it’s a great way to try out some other brands too. Rituals and Argentum are completely new brands to me so it will be interesting to see how these go. At £147 to buy on it’s own, you can’t help but have high expectations of the Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream!

Amongst the products its good to see products from well known and loved brands such as Clinique and Lab Series in there too – staples in my bathroom for years. The box contains a bit of everything; from cleansers and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste, it has all of your grooming needs covered and at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are buying it for a loved one or treating yourself, the Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is sure to not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts!

Is the Mankind Christmas Collection on your wishlist this year? What are your favourite products?



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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can buy the Christmas Collection here.


Anthony Skincare Review


When it comes to skincare we all like to look our best, don’t we? Whilst soap and water might be good enough for some people, others spend years perfecting the right skincare routine. For me, I’m somewhere in the middle; I like a simple routine that gives me maximum results for minimum effort.

Over the years I have tried hundreds of products for the skin, some have stood the test of time, others not so much. Now that I’m edging closer to the big 3-0, you’d have thought I would have my skincare routine down to a T by now, but you’re wrong. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my skin over years and still get an outbreak every now and then. What’s important to me is finding products that actually work, regardless of brand or price point.

With that in mind I’m always on the lookout for new products to try  with the hope that they might actually work on me. If they speed up the process too then thats also a big thumbs up. I have heard great things about the Anthony Skincare range but have never got around to trying it. So when Mankind asked if I would like to give them a go, I jumped at the chance!


First up is the Glycolic Facial Cleanser 237ml* (similar) for Normal to Oily skin. When I first saw this product I was a bit unsure to tell the truth. My skin is dry so a product which is designed for the opposite doesn’t appeal to me. Not only that, it contains 4.9 % Glycolic Acid, which can’t be good for your skin, can it?

In fact Glycolic Acid is used in many skincare products due to it’s ability to penetrate the skin. The mild acid helps to dissolve dead skin cells and removes surface impurities improving the appearance and texture of your skin.

I was expecting this to be quite drying but in fact it leaves skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed.

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Once you have cleansed the next step is to exfoliate. Before trying out the Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes* I had never heard of exfoliating wipes before. However, these things have become a permanent fixture in my skincare routine already and are my product of choice from the Anthony Skincare range. They’re just so handy! The wipes have a smooth side to remove any surface dirt and a rough side to exfoliate your skin and take no time at all to use. They leave skin feeling healthy and your pores free from any grime. These wipes definitely tick all the boxes when it comes to an exfoliator that works. Because the wipes contain traces of aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber and white tea  your skin is also left feeling soothed and nourished rather than irritated, which some exfoliators can do.


The final step to any skincare routine is to apply a moisturiser to rehydrate skin and return any lost moisture during the previous steps. The All Purpose Moisturiser* does just that and more. Not only does it leave your skin feeling hydrated but the formula contains traces of sugarcane, sugar maple and natural fruit acids to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


With the Anthony Skincare range it is clear to see how much attention and thought has gone into the design of each product – catering for all the men out there. Not only do the products do what they say, but with every product you purchase you are donating to Cancer Research & Awareness.

More information about Anthony Skincare can be found on the Mankind Blog. Whilst you are there make sure you shop the range.

Have you tried any of the products featured? 

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