I love discovering new grooming products, and lucky for me there are plenty of new and amazing brands hitting the men’s market all the time. One of those is Triumph & Disaster, a new range from New Zealand. Blending the best in skincare science with the purest natural products, Triumph & Disaster is also dedicated to being an authentic and honest brand that is also sustainable.

I got the chance to talk to Dion Nash, former cricketer and founder of Triumph & Disaster to find out more.

Where did the inspiration to start the brand come from?
I used these products in my past life playing cricket, they were women’s brands and products but I used them to protect myself from the sun and to help me to concentrate and feel fresh. Later, I decided I wanted to start my own brand after seeing a guy in a meeting pull out a women’s hand cream, I thought I need to make something that guy can pull out and not lose face. So I set myself the task of creating a skincare range that could fall from my gym bag and I would not feel the need to sweep it back in before anyone saw it.

The name comes from a poem – At about 13 years of age my father gave me a framed copy of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘IF’. The poem is about a father offering advice to his son on what it means to be a man. It is about humility, honour, risk and reward. Values that would help mould a brand capable of reminding us that acts of ritual and preparation are worthy endeavours and that being well presented is something of which to be proud. Job done.

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For those grooming who are just dipping their toes in the water, where would you recommend they start?
Go Natural – and get a great shave cream and moisturiser. From there the world is your oyster.
Can you give us a top skincare tip you’ve discovered throughout the years?
It’s hard to choose one, so here are my must-do tips:

Exfoliate, it will change your life. Drink lots of water, both for concentration but also for hydrated body and skin. Moisturise. Don’t get fooled into using a moisturiser with SPF in it – it’s bollocks, lazy, marketing team-driven product. If you are to moisturise, use a clean natural moisturiser that is designed to treat and enhance the skin. Don’t compromise. If you want sun protection then use a broad spectrum – natural sun block (physical not chemical) and put this over the top of moisturised skin.

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What’s your daily grooming routine?
It’s a bit of a meditation but it goes like this… Cleanse (either Ritual face cleanser, or Rock ‘n Roll Scrub), Shave – in the shower using our Old fashioned Shave cream, Moisturise with Gameface right after drying off from the shave. Hydrate with a glass of water, and I then treat myself to a black coffee.
Do you carry any products around with you?
Not really, but they are always kind of at hand. I never travel without products and use them everyday, but I don’t have one on my person as I type this.
If you had to recommend one cannot-live-without product from the T&D range, what would it be?
It’s got to be the Gameface moisturiser – it’s the best there is and it makes skin feel so awesome, it really is a great product, I use it everyday.

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Triumph & Disaster: the verdict

For me, the hero product of the entire range has to be the Rock & Roll Suicide face scrub. It’s incredible. I actually use it like a mask, I apply it to my face and leave for around 10 – 15 minutes then I remove it like a scrub, in circular motions to remove the dead skin cells. It will leave your skin feeling amazing.

My only con for the collection is the packaging. I don’t think it represents the quality of the product well enough and doesn’t look that great on your bathroom shelf – what can I say? I’m an aesthetic whore. The moisturiser, for example, is a great, light and quick-absorbing lotion, but it’s metal tube packaging means after a few uses it’s dented and looks bad and it easily breaks and leaks. It’s also hard to get the right amount out and I always ended up with more than I needed.

Packaging aside, Triumph & Disaster offers amazing men’s grooming products that are more than worth your time.
Discover Triumph & Disaster for yourself at asos.com

If you have used any of the range, get in touch and let me know what you thought!

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.