Heath London | A Brand for the Urban Natural Lifestyle

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HEATH is a new range of skincare and grooming solutions inspired by the Urban Natural Lifestyle. This week I'm introducing two new products into my grooming regime, the Heath Rescue Hair and Body Wash and the Hand Salve, a hand cream for men. 

 

But Carl, who are Heath? 

You're right, let's dial it back one. Who are Heath and where did they come from? Heath is a British grooming brand, made in the UK and was founded by a father-and-son team after discussing what they really wanted from a grooming regime after a game of squash. They found that they both wanted products that were simple to use, reasonably priced and well-designed. 

 

Who are the products tailored for? 

I might be ostracising a large part of my audience here but you country boys, living out in the clean air, punting down the River Cam might not appreciate what effect living in the city has on your skin. Your face is like a welcome mat for all the grime and invisible toxins that are just anxiously searching for a warm cozy pore to invade and fester. 

The new hair and body wash contain active ingredients to help battle fatigue. Jet setters, travellers, drinking their way through 10 espressos a day to keep their eyes open, this could be for you. 

People came to us saying they wanted something that would help clear the fog when fending off a cold, or after too many late nights. Rescue Hair + Body Wash is designed to help provide instant cut-through when the going gets tough.’ Heath brand director, Lesley Aaronson

 

How do you rate the packaging?

From an aesthetics perspective, I'd say this is a job well done. I love the look of these products. Maybe it's British Racing Green who knows, but the colour oozes natural, organic, earthy; all congruent with the philosophy of the brand. 

 

What's in the products? 

Rescue Hair + Body Wash. Firstly, I like anything with the word rescue in it. Has a swashbuckling ring to it don't you think? It's being coined the ‘Man Flu’ survival kit. Powered with Eucalyptus, Pine Needle, Juniper Berry and Rosemary essential oils to decongest and invigorate.Apparently men are more susceptible to colds and flu than women, throwing a new light on the idea man flu.

Rescue Hair + Body Wash adds to a man’s rescue survival kit for those very real ‘man down’ moments. Also has caffeine which is known to stimulate hair follicles and ginseng for extra ‘ping’.

Ever heard of the door handle test? 

Neither had I. Door handle test – an informal yet critical test when formulating a hand cream for busy hands. Before Heath finalised the formulation for Hand Salve (their new hand cream for men) it had to pass it. Apply a small amount, smooth into hands, wait 60 seconds then try the door. 

The non-greasy formula meant there was no residue left on the door handle. Which might sound like a neat bonus, but I have a whole bunch of creams and balms that don't pass this test and I'm forever washing and drying my hands after. 

Hand Salve is made with shea butter plus Pollustop, and acts as an invisible skin matrix helping protect hands from the ageing effects of pollution and the environment.

Deep moisturises dry, overworked hands with Shea Butter and Panthenol whilst Allantoin soothes and protects. Fragrance notes - Refreshing, clean, Mint and Lavender fragrance.

All products from Heath are available now heathlondon.co.uk & Waitrose & waitrose.com

 

National Grooming Day Essentials | Men's Edit

National Grooming Day

To all the gentlemen out there, it's 2017 so there is no excuse for an unkept unruly beard these days - the stigma around men's grooming has well and truly dissipated. With National Grooming Day actually 'a thing' it aims to raise awareness and ultimately educate men on how to look after themselves better. Skincare and haircare are the main two areas of which small changes to your daily men's grooming regime will make major improvements. Here are my top male grooming products which have all be tried and tested by myself.

Jo Malone - Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Oil

£32.00 for 250ml - A soft shower oil which leaves your skin feeling soft and aromatic.

Heath - Hair & Body Wash

£8.00 for 250ml - Made in England this affordable option is enriched with ginseng and caffeine to provide an immediate power boost. 

Kiehl's - Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

£19.50 for 250ml - The masculine scented product removes hair product buildup whilst hydrating the scalp.

Jo Malone - Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub

£42.00 for 200ml - A unisex product that for a body scrub is gentle on your skin and therefore usable for frequent use. The scent is incredible.

Clinique for Men - Charcoal Face Wash & Face Scrub

Face wash £18.00 for 200ml / Face scrub £21.00 for 100ml - Best used together, firstly with the face scrub followed by the face wash. Revitalises and smoothes your skin.

LAB Series - Multi-Action Face Wash

£19.00 for 100ml - Being 100ml and multi-action makes this product perfect for travelling. The cream is foamy and leaves the face extremely conditioned.

Harry's - Shave Gel & Razor

£24 for the set - The shave gel is easy on the skin and allows the razor to glide along effortlessly. German blades, precision shaving.

Remington - Barba Beard Trimmer

£29.99 - The godfather of all beard trimmers, this little beauty is robust, affordable and does exactly what you need it to do, no gimmicks no fuss.

LA MER - All skincare products

The LA MER product range is unbelievable, you pay for what you get. The LA MER moisturising matte lotion is £180 but you'll be able to tell the difference immediately between this and a cheaper entry level moisturiser so if you love to indulge in the best, these products are it.

Tom Ford - Conditioning Beard Oil & American Crew Beard Serum

In my opinion these are two of the best beard oils on the market. The Tom Ford, is infused with their private blend scent and slightly lighter than the American Crew version which is better for shorter stubble.

Guerlain - Super Aqua Crème Day Gel

£83.00 for 50ml - This luxury face creme protects your face during the day whilst wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out.

Dr Sebagh & Estée Lauder - Eye Serum

These beauties are great for making the eye area look smoother, younger and more vibrant whilst reducing dehydrated dark circles. Use Dr Sebagh during the day and the Estée Lauder serum during the night.

Clinique for Men - Maximum Hydrator

£34.00 for 100ml - Lightweight is weight but a heavyweight in stature this is a new product from Clinique for Men. This water-gel formula intensely hydrates the skins moisture over a 24 hour period, perfect to take away on holiday when your skin is over exposed to the sun and other elements.

TONI&GUY - Hair Products

I only use the best hair products and these are the TONI&GUY for Men range. Developed specifically for men their range is extensive and can cater for all type of hair and all styles.

Jo Malone - Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense

£112.00 for 100ml - Beautifully intense with notes of precious Middle-Eastern oud combined with the sweet citrus bergamot and cedarwood.

Tom Ford - Private Blend Fragrances

The godfather of fragrance, only the finest ingredients are used and you can smell evert single, perfectly put together notes. Two of my all time favourite fragrances are Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille, whilst Oud Minérale is new to the party.