Welcome to August 2017 Favourites! Not gonna lie, this was supposed to be for July, but I wanted to wait till the new blog was perfect, so you’re getting an early August present instead because I’m late!

My monthly favourites blogs will be where I share my favourite things (no shocker there), be it in grooming, fashion, wellness, arts or culture.

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel

When I was at University, I worked at as a swimming instructor at private members health club, and one of the things that I remember most about it is being introduced to Molton Brown. The club stocked MB in all of it’s bathrooms. I’ve been obsessed ever since, with the iconic Black Peppercorn being my reigning fave. Now though, there’s a new, fresher, younger sibling in town in the form of Molton Brown’s new Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel. I

A sea-soaked fragrance for him immersed in notes of salt-sprayed cypress with earthy cedarwood and musk, refreshed with a modern twist of zesty bergamot and fig leaf accord.

Check out the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel range for yourself over at moltonbrown.co.uk

Woodford Reserve

It’s only over the last year that I’ve really begun to be a fan of whiskey. Not that I didn’t like it before, I just never partook in its consumption regularly. Now, however, I love whiskey with a mixer, straight-up or in a cocktail. It’s a great and versatile spirit and Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon has emerged at the head of the pack for the role of my personal favourite. I came across the bottle while perusing the Wine Shop in Harvey Nichols and had a chat with the member of the team about the whiskey brands and introduced me to Woodford. Woodford Reserve is the bourbon of choice for bartenders at the world’s most talked about bars and is the perfect gift for anyone who has style and substance. Firstly, you fall in love with the bottle, it’s minimal design with large surface area showcases the beautiful honey-amber liquid inside. The word that comes to mind is ‘fresh’ looking. With over 200 flavour notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes, the complexity of Woodford Reserve gives it a silky smooth, well rounded and almost creamy finish.

Recommended serve: Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned
Glass: Rocks/Old Fashioned
Ice: Cubed
Method: Stir
Garnish: Orange Twist
Ingredients: 50ml Woodford Reserve, 10ml sugar syrup, 3 dashes of angostura bitters
Method: Add the sugar syrup to the glass with the bitters. Add roughly 1/3 of the Woodford Reserve with 3 ice cubes and stir. Keep repeating until the Woodford Reserve is finished. Garnish and serve

Get yourself a bottle of Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon at 31dover.com

Garrett Leight California Optical

Now, you all know I love me some sunglasses. I’ve been devoted to my Valentino ones for over a year now, but at a recent event with Mr. Porter I was introduced to the guys at Garrett Leight California Optical. The guys at GLCO have one aim: To make true purveyors of eyewear happy again. They yearn to create beautiful designs that re-inspire the appreciation of great eyewear craftsmanship.The GLCO story starts in 2011 in Venice, LA with the release of the four core style; Hampton, Rialto, Speedway and Brooks. Fast forward to 2015 and the brand has moved to bigger office, gone bi-coastal and set up shop in Paris.

I love these glasses, I chose the Kinney frames in Matt Brandy tortoiseshell. I loved how simple and beautiful they are. Classic proportions with a keyhole bridge. They are so light and slim it’s the perfect pair to carry with you day to day and wearable with smart and casual looks. You can check me out wearing them in my latest shoot.

Check our more from Garrett Leight California Optical over on mrporter.com

Omorovicza

I couldn’t have been introduced to Omorovicza at a better time, I had just finished a hectic four days of shows at London Fashion Week Men’s and with minimal sleep and too much alcohol I was looking a mess. So you can imagine how happy I was when this package arrived at my door. Pronounced ‘Om-more-oh-veet-za’, the label, launched in 2006, is steeped in the history of it’s motherland, Hungary. Born in Budapest, in the 1800s the Omorovicza family commissioned one of the most famous Hungarian architects, Miklos Ybl, to build the beautiful Raz spa in Budapest, on the site of one of the cities medieval healing springs. Budapest’s thermal spas are world-famous; packed so tight with healing minerals, a spa course if often a doctor-prescribed remedy to many ailments.

Wanting to tap into the bath’s healing properties, the Omorovicza ranges use a pioneering new technology called Hydro Mineral Transference. this complex molecules are bio-available, meaning that they can be easily absorbed into the epidermis of the skin at the highest potency. I’m personally obsessed with the suncreen. It provides great coverage (I even used it on my body when caught out by the sun) and it can be re-applied over the top without feeling greasy.

Check out the Omorovizca range for yourself at harveynichols.com

Panasonic i-Shaper

We all know I love my grooming gadgets, and the new Panasonic i-Shaper is the latest addition to my bathroom cabinet. Offering three functions in a single groomer, the i-Shaper trims, styles and shaves, allowing you to craft the perfect beard with 20 different cutting lengths.

It’s a really easy groomer to use and it’s lightweight with a sturdy handle. It offers a close shave, but I found i would need a razor to finish if I wanted a truly clean shave – but don’t get me wrong, it get’s close enough that you’d have to be getting pretty intimate with someone for them to really notice.  It’s only downside is also a strength; it’s lightness. To be honest, it’s light enough that it feels at odds with it’s size. It not the smallest gadget and will take up considerable room in your wash bag, so it’s probably not what I would take away with me when travelling.

Check out Panasonic’s i-Shaper tutorial below, or go get yours now at boots.com

 

What are your thoughts? what have you been loving this month? have you tried anything from my favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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