Our grooming gift guide outlines the best Father’s Day gifts available
Best for… fragrance fiends
BOSS Bottled by Hugo Boss is a classic, masculine fragrance that is unmistakably elegant and stylish. Top notes of apple, bergamot and cinnamon lead to heart notes of tagete and geranium, and base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver and olivewood. The clean, simple lines of the BOSS bottle make it an iconic classic, designed for the modern man. Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds is the face of the fragrance.
Rsp from £20
Distributor: P&G Prestige
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is described as ‘an intense and individual contemporary fougère that provokes as it seduces’. The scent opens with top notes of Italian lemon, mandarin, crushed green leaves and pink pepper. Heart notes of lavender, cardamom orange flower and neroli lead to a base of patchouli, cedar and sandalwood. The iconic packaging fuses tactile metal and flint anthracite glass, with its signature interlocking Gs acting as a window into the sophisticated light purple juice. The glossy black box completes the overall sense of refinement. Hollywood leading man, Chris Evans, smolders in the role of the Gucci Guilty hero in the advertising.
Rsp from £42
Distributor: P&G Prestige
Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport ‘celebrates the deepest and most genuine values of sport, and life.’ It features light and energetic top notes accompanied by an unmistakable Mediterranean aroma of rosemary, the freshness of water and saltiness of the sea. The middle notes feature sequoia wood enhanced with the energy of cardamom. Patchouli and musk naturally complement the fragrance’s base notes. The bottle is made from smooth glass and acrylic casing, with a red pomander depicting vibrant energy. Model Adam Senn is the face of the fragrance, and is depicted in the advertising as ‘a modern gladiator’.
Rsp from £32.00
Distributor: P&G Prestige
Yardley Citrus & Wood Collection features an invigorating and sophisticated EdT with complementary body products, which include a fragranced Hair & Body Wash, Anti-Perspirant Deodorant and Luxury Soap. Ideal for the discerning and contemporary gentleman who admires tradition and appreciates good quality and value, the Citrus & Wood cologne-style fragrance features top notes of grapefruit, lime, orange, lemon, bergamot, mandarin and elemi. The spicy sensual heart of black pepper, ginger, birchwood, green tea, carrot seed, oakmoss and cumin seed leads to base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, moss, cedarwood, tonka bean, vanilla, warm amber and vetiver.
Rsp from £3.95
Distributor: Yardley London
Telephone: 01753 753 420
The Bluebeards Revenge Aftershave Cologne opens with ozone notes accented by Sicilian bergamot and Ligurian basil. The heart features a rich blend of jasmine, black tea and watermint, while the rich base notes include Madagascar vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and musk. Inspired by the real life heroes and other larger than life characters who put the ‘great’ into Great Britain, the cologne features a traditional ‘splash on’ applicator. The fragrance’s striking glass bottle sports the shiny Bluebeards Revenge logo, acid etched deep into the flask for visual impact. Presented in the brand’s eye-catching packaging, the carton features potentially lifesaving advice for men as it encourages guys to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of the three male specific cancers – testicular, penile and prostate – allowing them to seek advice from a GP as early as possible. The Bluebeards Revenge joined forces with charity Orchid to launch the innovative on-pack campaign earlier this year. The debut aftershave cologne by The Bluebeards Revenge is being distributed by SAS & Company.
Distributor: SAS & Company
London Playboy is a seductive scent from the iconic Playboy brand that ‘channels the very essence of the Playboy brand and the clashing attitudes within the city of London‘. Capturing the underground mystery and rocky vibes of the capital, London Playboy opens with top notes of pink grapefruit, mandarin and galbanum, leading to heart notes of wild English rose, cinnamon and toscanol. Base notes of pisco brandy, tonka bean and cedarwood Virginia complete the scent, which is presented in a carton that sports a McQueen-inspired tartan pattern in navy blue, creating a cool modern feel. This is emblazoned with the iconic Playboy Rabbit Head, which has been given a punk-inspired new look with a Union Jack pattern, a safety pin through its ear and an electric guitar for a bowtie. The fragrance bottle echoes the carton design with the same striking Union Jack-patterned Rabbit Head on a blue tartan sleeve.
Rsp from £10.13
Distributor: Coty Beauty
Best for… gadget gurus
Philips PT920 PowerTouch Pro Shaver adds power to men’s mornings with a faster, closer shave. The washable shaver with QuickRinse system offers 60+ minutes of cordless shaving with a one hour charge time. The TripleTrack heads offer 50% more shaving surface for a faster, closer shave, while the DualPrecision cutting heads have slots to shave the normal hairs and holes to shave even the shortest stubble. The Super Lift & Cut system lifts hairs to cut comfortably below skin level for a closer shave, and the SmartPivot action keeps the three shaving heads in close contact with skin for fast results. A pop-up trimmer is perfect for trimming the sideburns and moustache.
Oral-B Triumph 5000 with Smartguide is the most stylish, technologically-advanced rechargeable toothbrush. Featuring a triple action pressure control system, this revolutionary power brush indicates where to brush and the optimum pressure to use. Boasting five cleaning modes with 3D technology, it removes up to twice as much plaque as an ordinary manual toothbrush, and naturally whitens teeth in 21 days. The Oral-B Professional Care 5000 Triumph with SmartGuide is the only rechargeable toothbrush to receive platinum endorsement by the British Dental Health Foundation.
Remington PG6030 Edge All In One Kit is ‘the Swiss army knife of the grooming world’. This versatile grooming essential has everything you could possibly need for trimming, shaping and defining your facial and body hair. Precision engineered for the closest trim (0.2mm) it has Titanium blades and can be USB charged. It is also equipped with a variety of attachments and combs to tidy up straggly hair lines and unwanted ear, nose and body hair.
Sassoon for Men Titan Series is a grooming range with a true professional hairdressing heritage, comprising four products. Titan Series Mains Clipper is a mains-operated hair cutting system featuring four different comb attachment sizes, from 3mm to 12mm, to suit each individual’s style. Its blade adjustment lever and power adjustment screw deliver extra versatility and precision styling so the level of cut closeness can be changed without changing the combs, for the ultimate hassle-free experience. Titan Series Rechargeable Clipper is excellent for travel, with 60 minutes usage time from a full charge. It has six different comb attachments, from 3mm to 18mm, plus a thinning comb for reducing hair thickness. Titan Series Rechargeable Beard Trimmer is a rechargeable trimmer with a variable comb attachment adjustable from 3mm to 7mm, so creating your own facial hair style is quick and simple. Finally, the Titan Series Hygiene Trimmer with in-built high beam light is designed for precision trimming of tricky ear and nasal hair.
Rsp from £9.99
Distributor: Helen of Troy
Best for… groomed gents
Time To Energize – Ahava Men Travel Must Have Pack brings together Ahava Men’s Foam-Free Shave, Exfoliating Cleansing Gel and Soothing After-Shave Moisturiser in a handy travel bag, making a great gift for men on-the-go. The products are powered by Osmoter, Ahava’s balanced concentrate of active Dead Sea minerals, along with Ahava’s exclusive G Force blend of ginkgo, ginger root, green tea and ginseng; natural plant extracts that are ideal for soothing, toning, repairing and protecting male skin. All Ahava products are free from parabens, SLS/SLES and alcohol and are approved for use on sensitive skin. Foam-Free Shave is a unique, close and nick-free shaving aid, while Exfoliating Cleansing Gel is a deep pore cleanser that freshens and revitalises the complexion. Soothing After-Shave Moisturiser, meanwhile, is ideal for calming, soothing and hydrating just-shaved skin.
Distributor: Ahava UK
Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturiser SPF35 offers the gift of great skin for grooming-savvy guys. This multi-functional skin treatment improves the skin’s appearance instantly and over time. The 10-in-1 formula is designed to help men realise immediate improvement in the tone and texture of their skin, while also promoting benefits such as hydration, SPF protection and oil control. It uses state-of-the-art Tagra technology which customises in colour to match all skin tones. It camouflages imperfections, resulting in an immediate noticeable improvement. To achieve this, encapsulated pigment is released when massaged into the skin where it quickly dissolves and blends to give a healthy radiance. Used every day, it encourages a more even tone, brighter skin, a reduction in the look of redness, appearance of pores and wrinkles, and tighter looking skin. Additionally, SPF provides daily protection against UVA/UVB rays and environmental aggressors that cause skin to age prematurely.
Distributor: Aramis & Designer Fragrances
Living Nature Skin Essentials For Men is male-specific skincare set that makes the perfect natural Father’s Day gift. Packaged in a reusable, fabric tote bag and wrapped in an attractive male-themed sleeve, Skin Essentials For Men includes 100ml bottles of Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel, Soothing Aftershave Gel and Soothing Moisturiser. All Living Nature Skincare For Men products are specifically formulated to care for the needs of male skin, which is exposed to an increasing number of environmental stresses and is also subjected to the additional downsides of daily shaving. The products deliver powerful purifying, nourishing and moisturising benefits derived from New Zealand’s unique natural botanicals, including rejuvenating manuka honey, soothing harakeke, antioxidant-rich totara and cleansing kumerahou. The products include only 100% natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients, to leave skin feeling smooth, conditioned, healthier and younger-looking.
Distributor: Living Nature
Jack Black is a multi-tasking men’s grooming range with the perfect gift ideas for all types of Dad; from the gym-going active Dad, to the Dad who loves to spend time outdoors in the garden or on the golf course. For active Dads, Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Hair & Body Cleanser helps to jump-start the body, awaken the mind and revitalise the immune system for peak performance. Rosemary and eucalyptus help naturally support immunity by reducing bacteria on the skin’s surface. The energising aroma helps clear nasal passages and aid breathing, while juniper berry helps detox the body and assists in post-workout recovery. For outdoorsy Dads, Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 is an advanced facial treatment with a built in sunscreen. The emollient formula improves the skin’s overall appearance and provides lasting hydration without oiliness or heaviness. Meanwhile, smooth Dads will love Surpeme Cream Shave Lather containing Triple Cushion technology, with three protective layers of macadamia nut oil, glycerin and soybean oil, which allows the razor to glide close to the skin while offering a cushion of protection against razor burn, irritation, nicks and cuts.
Rsp from £16.95
Distributor: Jack Black
Telephone: 020 8398 9744
Vintage Shaving Company blends traditional values of style and function with modern advances in formulations and technology. The range features naturally blended formulations, ethically sourced components and recyclable packaging, and is divided into two sub-ranges: Mod and Trad. The Mod range is scented with a blend of spearmint, bergamot, plum, cumin, vanilla and amber. The Trad range features a scent of lime, bergamot, lemon, lavender and woods. Both scents are available as Exfolaiting Face Wash, Shave Cream, Daily Face Balm and EdT.
Rsp from £8.95
Distributor: Vintage Shaving Company
NIVEA FOR MEN Sensitive Grooming Kit contains the three most popular male products for sensitive skin and comes with a free collector’s England Football Shirt at Tesco. NIVEA FOR MEN Sensitive Moisturiser contains shea butter, chamomile and UV filters to alleviate skin dryness and tightness, provide lasting moisture and comfort and prevent skin irritation while protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Meanwhile, NIVEA FOR MEN Sensitive Face Wash is soap, alcohol and fragrance free to gently clean and protect skin, leaving it feeling fresh and comfortable. Finally, Sensitive Shaving Gel is formulated with chamomile and vitamin E for easily irritated and sensitive skin. Ultra Glide Technology provides effective razor glide and helps protect against cuts and irritations for a close and extra gentle shave. With a saving of £17.40 compared to the products purchased separately, the kit with free gift offers great value for money too.
The Perfume Shop has revealed its top ten fragrance predictions for Father’s Day 2012
- Paco Rabanne 1 Million One of The Perfume Shop’s best sellers; this spicy scent has heart notes of rose and musk.
- Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss This scent is a fresh, modern aroma with top notes of grapefruit, green apple, bergamot and mint, drying into musk, pine needle and sandal.
- Diesel Only The Brave A strong scent with top notes of lemon, mandarin and coriander leaves and base notes of amber and leather.
- Armani Code A sexy fragrance blend featuring citron and star anise for the contemporary man in the know.
- Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male A heady blend of mint, lavender and vanilla.
- L’Eau D’issey Pour Homme Awakening the senses with its blend of citrus, precious woods and spices, the pure, energising scent is perfect for a modern, independent man.
- Bleu de Chanel A woody mix of ginger, sandalwood and jasmine.
- Gucci Guilty Pour Homme A contemporary and masculine scent with top notes of black pepper and jasmine heart notes.
- Dolce & Gabbana The One A spicy oriental fragrance that is classic and modern, vibrant and engaging. It is a concentrate of elegance and sensuality with bright, fresh top notes, a spicy and warm heart and refined, masculine base notes.
- Boss Orange Man Full of energy and character, Boss Orange Man is an oriental, spicy scent featuring notes of frankincense, coriander and bubinga wood.