For dads, brothers, husbands and uncles, Christmas can be a rather monotonous time of year. Gathered round the tree on Christmas morn, the men of the family often lack the usual feelings of excitement and apprehension we females share in abundance. After all, they know what they’re getting: socks and a bottle of whiskey. But what do they expect? It’s not our fault they’re so difficult to buy for. This Christmas, why not put a sincere smile on his face and give him something a little unexpected? Here’s the Cult Beauty guide to softening up the men in your life.
The Refinery Shave Oil, £23.00
The Refinery is the first port of call for London’s well-groomed men, and this opulent shave oil is their bathroom shelf essential. Packed full of vitamins and essential oils it can be used as both a non-greasy shaving oil and as an after-shave balm to reduce sensitivity, heal small cuts, and soften and re-balance the skin. A must for Mr Modern Sophistication.
Escentric Molecules Molecule 02, £69.00
Give your man instant appeal this Christmas with Escentric Molecules’ Molecule 02, the unisex fragrance sweeping the globe with its pheromonic effect. Based on Ambroxan, the synthetic substitute for Ambergris, it harnesses a sweet, earthy and musky aroma that waxes and wanes throughout the day, fading only to resurface just when you’ve forgotten you’re wearing it. The best bit? You can pinch it whenever takes your fancy.
COMO Shambhala Gift Box, £30.00
A favourite of busy men in high-pressured jobs, this shower gel and lotion gift set combines the two original and best-loved products from the COMO Shambhala resort. The invigorate range is a must for men with early starts; nothing will leave them more awakened or refreshed after the Monday morning shower.
Jack Black Core Collection, £46.00
This grooming kit is a bathroom-essential for men who want to look good without prompting suspicions of vanity. The perfect gift-set for a man’s man, Jack Black’s facial cleanser, shaving formula, and moisturiser are used by Hollywood tough guys including Bruce Willis and Robert De Niro.
Korres Mens Travel Kit, £14.50
The compact grooming solution for men-on-the-go, this travel kit is the ideal gift for those who find themselves on frequent business trips, or who just like taking their lady away for the weekend (Hey, a girl can dream!). Containing miniature versions of what will soon be his wash bag essentials ( including shampoo, aftershave balm, and eye cream), it’s also the perfect starter kit for fellas who’ve not quite grasped the term ‘metro-sexual’.
Rubis Tweezer Leather Wallet Set, £60.00
Rubis’ stylish manicure and tweezing set is the slick answer to every man’s plucking and trimming needs. Containing handmade Swiss tweezers, nail scissors and a nail file, all wrapped up in a portable leather roll, it’s the ultimate in luxury grooming made by the company that made their name crafting precision tools for the Swiss watch industry. If he questions such metrosexuality, tell him you specifically heard him ask for a great pluck!