It’s Men’s Grooming Day on 18th August and to celebrate, we’ve assembled your Complete Grooming Kit for Guys!

Errm… it’s also BAD Poetry Day, so here goes…

They say ‘clothes maketh the man’
But even great clothes can
Not turn a slob into a gentleman
But maybe a great grooming routine can.

To be prepared for raceday you need to have been
In full training at home with a grooming routine:
Regular cleansing and moisturising your face,
Plus smart shaving and a top-class haircut will all make you look ace.

If you’re willing to go the extra mile,
Exercise will tone you up and maybe even make you smile.

For a complete summer grooming kit,
We’ve rounded up our favourite bits –
That’s as much as we can do,
Now the rest is up to you!
(Phew!)

SHAVE

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES REFINERY SHAVING SET

Containing the highest grade botanical extracts and essential oils, this trio of products – the Refinery Face Wash, Shave Foam Gel and Post Shave Balm – will leave freshly shaved skin feeling revitalised.

WE SAY: Treat yourself to a home spa with aromatherapy and a great shave all in one!

Price: £35 (contents are worth £74) from Garden Pharmacy

MURDOCK LONDON PRE-SHAVE OIL 

Murdock London’s Pre-Shave Oil softens the whiskers and prepares the skin for the razor’s edge. A range of ingredients helps moisturise the skin during shaving, including the oils of Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ, Bergamot and Orange.

ECLIPSE TIP: If you prefer to avoid shaving, they do some great beard kits too.

Price: £34 for 100ml from Murdock London

 

BRAUN SERIES 3040 WET AND DRY SHAVER

The Series 3’s MicroComb technology guides more hair into the cutting parts for faster shaving, while three independently floating cutting elements plus SensoFoil™ adapt to facial contours. This Wet & Dry 3040 model can be used in the shower with foam or gel too.

WE SAY: It’s a smooth operator at a great price.

Price: Was £99.99, now £49.99 from SuperDrug

SKIN

TOM FORD EXFOLIATING ENERGIZING SCRUB 100ML

This energizing scrub is specially formulated for normal to oily skin and contains crushed apricot seeds to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Featuring Tom Ford For Men Skin Calming Complex and Tom Ford Purifying Complex.

ECLIPSE TIP: A great way to start the day!

Price: £36 from House of Fraser

VICHY HOMME HYDRA MAG C+ ANTI-FATIGUE HYDRATING CARE 50ML

Suitable for sensitive skin this product contains Vitamin C and Magnesium to help reduce the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles, and leaves skin feeling toned and refreshed.

WE SAY: Could be useful after heavily celebrating a winner the previous day!

Price: £15.10 (RRP £17) from Life and Looks

SHISEIDO MEN HYDRO MASTER GEL

This refreshing gel moisturiser resolves multiple skin concerns such as dryness, roughness, excess oil and conspicuous pores, as Hydro Master Technology promotes the production of skin`s natural moisture to normalise skin cell turnover. Peony Root Extract helps to prevent blemishes and excess oil.

ECLIPSE TIP: Slap it on, day and night, and leave it to work its magic!

Price: £30 from House of Fraser

LANCÔME MEN RÉNERGY 3D CREAM 50ML

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive, this lifting, anti-wrinkle, firming cream will give tired or older skin a new lease of life.

WE SAY: You’re only as old as you feel!

Price: £56 from House of Fraser

FRAGRANCE

HERMES EAU D`ORANGE VERTE MOISTURIZING BALM 200ML

Hermes Moisturising Balms are rich in hydrating and emollient agents to soothe and soften the skin – can be used on the face, hands and all over the body.

Eau d`orange verte is the founding cologne, created by Françoise Caron in 1979 and inspired by the smell of undergrowth moist with morning dew. Its distinctive freshness is conceived with orange in the principal role, supported by zest and leaves, lemon, mandarin, mint and blackcurrant bud. Depth is added by a unique sillage of oak moss and patchouli.

WE SAY: The range features different scents so you can select the one that suits you best – creating an alternative way to wear fragrance.

Price £44 from House of Fraser

 

MEN’S BIG PONY EDT

Part of Ralph Lauren’s iconic Big Pony fragrance collection, this eau de toilette spray comes in a range of coloured bottles containing different signature details. RL Red is a spicy, seductive blend of dark chocolate and musk. RL Green is an adventurous scent that features hints of fresh mint and ginger. RL Orange energizes the senses with layers of mandarin and kyara wood. RL Blue is a sporty fragrance that features lime and grapefruit.

WE SAY: Okay it’s not a racehorse but it is no. 1 !

Price: £55 for 125ml from Ralph Lauren UK

HAIR

CARMELO GUASTELLA

“Every man is unique. So why settle for a clone haircut?” says top barber Carmelo Guastella who believes a haircut tailored to a man’s character, features and lifestyle is every bit as exclusive as a custom made suit. His precision technique using scissors means haircuts fall into place after washing with minimal effort and products, and are also easy to style in different ways to suit different occasions.

ECLIPSE TIP: While Carmelo offers his premium level barbering services at the Rossano Ferretti salon in Mayfair, he also gives one-to-one consultations to clients in their own home, hotel suite or office.

www.carmeloguastella.com

BODY

TOMTOM TOUCH LARGE FITNESS TRACKER WITH HEART RATE MONITOR

This device not only measures your steps, active minutes, distance, calories burnt, and sleep time, but also lets you track what your body is made of and analyse body fat percentage and muscle mass index with a touch of a button. It is also splash and showerproof.

WE SAY: Useful for professional sportsmen and individuals aiming to get fit.

Price: £99 (RRP£129.99) from Sweatband.com

AB CREW AB CARVING GEL

This triple-active marine and plant complex increases temperature directly under the skin to target stubborn fat deposits. So your six-pack becomes visible faster. Aromatic notes of desert sand and black rock revive the senses.

WE SAY: Remember you need to work out too!

Price: £28 for 70ml from Deciem

66FIT TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE ROLLER KIT

Foam Rollers and Acupressure Balls are designed to target painful trigger point areas to help soothe muscular pain and discomfort, eliminate uncomfortable knots and relieve tension. Improve stability, balance and flexibility, increase blood circulation and boost core strength when used both pre- and post workout.

WE SAY: A portable kit for those in the midst of raceday action and those on their feet all day spectating!

Price £32.50 from 66fit

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc. She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine. If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse...!!)

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