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The Best Men's Grooming Kit On Earth, According To The Esquire Editors

Our editors' clean compendium of the best-in-class grooming products for men

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im电竞官网-Assembling the ideal men's grooming kit may seem easy, but it isn't. As the world of lotions and potions grows ever larger, so too does the potential for a bogus and benign rotation. Nice smells doesn't equate to nasty-free. And, the sheer volume of stuff can be overwhelming to even the most scientific of SPF users.

Rather than drown in the new wave of lovely grooming products, we want you to surf it. Which is why Esquire's style team has tried and tested the great – and the not so great – to keep your bathroom in good nick. And we'll be doing so on a weekly basis.

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1 For Your Guilt-Free Grooming
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Akt

"I want to be a kinder person: to others, sure, but largely to the planet. Which is what London-based brand Akt want to do also, with its range of vegan, cruelty-free, fully recyclable deodorant that can be applied directly by hand to your warm zones, or using a metal applicator that you'll have for the rest of your entire life."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Akt Deodorant Balm SC.01 EXT. Orange Grove, £18,

2 For Your Skin's Protection
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Mr Porter

"It’s hot outside, isn’t it? Are you wearing SPF? If not, you should be. This by Jaxon Lane is a good product to start with. A daily moisturiser with 50+ SPF but without any annoying grease or overwhelming fragrance. Good for the hottest afternoon of the year or a regular grey day."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Jaxon Lane Rain or Shine Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50+, £26,

3 For The Organised
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Ffern

"A handmade fragrance, bottled in Devon and produced only on a seasonal basis. To get your hands on this summer scent, you have to plan ahead: add your name to the ledger list, as only a certain amount are made. Ingredients include lemon rind, green mandarin, orange and cinnamon leaf."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Ffern Summer 20, £69,

4 For Your Entire Body
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Austin Austin

im电竞官网-"People! There is still a pandemic going on, it's not party time just yet. So keep washing your hands and "stay alert!". Our advice is to treat your body like a temple and wash not just your hands, but everywhere with the luscious Neroli and Petitgrain body soap from Austin Austin. At least smell nice in lockdown."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Austin Austin Neroli and Petitgrain Body Soap, £16,

5 For Your Tan/Burns
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Harrods

"In another life, I think I was a high priest of a sun tribe. Because I'm still one, though now with copious amounts of factor 50 as I'm not part of a death tribe. But after a long stint in the sun, Clinique's After Sun Rescue is the best balm to moisturise and extend the shelf life of a hard-won tan."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Clinique After Sun Rescue with Aloe, £20,

6 For Your Summer Scent
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Beast

"A clean and simple scent from D.S. & Durga, citrus is the superior summer fragrance. It’s science (sort of). This one features blood orange, lemon, green mandarin with a base of musk ambrette and oakmoss. You know, all the good stuff."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

DS & Durga Italian Citrus cologne, £148,

7 Last week (and beyond)... For Your Busy Schedule You Busy, Busy Man
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Lookfantastic

"One product alone isn't enough. We're told to layer different things, in a very specific order, so we can get the very best from our grooming rotation. But you can cut some corners, with The Ordinary's Matrixyl formula blending several things at once to reduce signs of ageing. Put on before your moisturiser, and out into the brave new world you go (ten minutes early)."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

The Ordinary Matrixyl 30ml, £9.90,

8 For Your Brand New Old Classic Scent
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John Lewis

"I returned to my parents with few belongings, unaware that we were to be barricaded indoors for the foreseeable. That meant I had to make do and mend, which in an olfactory context, also meant a quick swipe of my dad's fragrance.

"And papa has good taste! Prada L'Homme's punchy but subtle mix of neroli and geranium was a welcome surprise. I did not smell like a middle-aged Yorkshire geezer. I smelt like a young Italian heir to an automobile empire, and that's a very good thing."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Prada L'Homme Fragrance, £47.70,

9 For Your Bathroom Colour Scheme
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End Clothing


im电竞官网-"I'm a manual toothbrush sort of guy. It's just what I do. That said, the usual kit from the big brands so often look like kiddie toys: blue and green and red and sensory bumps on the back and wowee packaging and no thanks. I don't want all that. So thank Marvis for paring back, and letting a toothbrush just be a toothbrush. Amen."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Marvis Toothrbush White, £4,

10 For Your Clear Skin (And Conscience)
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Lookfantastic

"They don't test on animals and they're trying to ecologically rejig their production, packaging and waste output. Yes, Bulldog is one of the good guys, and they're turning us into better guys with no frills, no fuss, all-natural skincare."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Bulldog Oil Control Face Wash, £3.02,

11 For Everyone Nearby
baxter deodorant
Mr Porter

"Straight-up, this is the best deodorant on the planet. I'll brook no argument. It works, which is the key thing, but it's also gentle to delicate underarm skin and its barely-there scent won't fight your fragrance. In a word, perfect. I've got about six kicking around at any one time, everywhere from my sink to my desk drawer to my gym bag."

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Baxter of California Deodorant, £15,

12 For Your Skin
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Mr Porter

im电竞官网-"Not to be confused with your morning cup of hot Joe. A vigorous body scrub built to remove any dead skin cells with a plant-based blend of ingredients like coffee seed extract and sunflower seeds. The skin will also be softened and enriched with soothing safflower oil, a winning combination and very au naturale."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Le Labo Body Scrub, £32,

13 For Your Inner Hippy
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Mr Porter

"A new-to-the-scene fragrance brand founded by Swedish artist Johan Bergelin, 19-69 claims to “bottle counterculture”, taking inspiration from the likes of Woodstock, The Rolling Stones and the old 'wacky backy.’ Capri is inspired by the French classic Le Mépris, featuring Brigitte Bardot. It smells of citrus and jasmine and white musk and Italian summers. Bottle looks good, too."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

19-69 Capri Eau de Parfum, £150

14 For Your Sad Skin
dr sebagh face cream
Mr Porter

"Your skin is no doubt going through Some Stuff at the moment, what with this peculiar weather and the all the time you're spending indoors. Dr Sebagh's High Maintenance Cream is, ironically, the low-maintenance answer to all your skin's ills – it protects, replenishes, hydrates, calms and de-wrinkles, all in one handy pot. Smells lovely, too."

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Cream, £95,

15 For The Car Fans
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Liberty

"A candle based on the childhood memories of DS & Durga's founder, David's, car journeys with his father in his classic 1985 Mercedes Benz. Before expensive car air fresheners, it was the scents of lacquered chestnut panelling, smoke and saffron leather."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

DS & Durga'85 Diesel Candle, £60,

16 For Your Hair
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Beast

"A gentleman’s hair putty by Bullfrog, a Milanese barbershop opened in 2013 that has since expanded to include a curated range of fancy products for discerning signores. It features a matt finish with a medium hold and natural warm scents."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Bullfrog Matt-Effect Structuring Putty, £25,

17 For Shaving
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Mr Porter

"For most, shaving is a daily task and one that comes with a lot of waste materials. So take a step in the sustainable direction by opting for a soap instead. Waking up to the soap's fresh, woody notes will also help get your morning off to an invigorating start."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Czech & Speake No. 88 Shaving Soap Refill, £24,

18 For Your Body
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End Clothing

" I think slab is Australian for soap, either way, you’re looking at 310 grams of premium vegetable-based, pH-balanced body cleanser enriched with botanical oils. Does it get much better? I’m not sure it does."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Aesop Body Cleansing Slab, £17,

19 For Your Skin's Defences
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Chanel

im电竞官网-"Take your UV defence seriously with Chanel's Essential UV lotion, protecting you from all harmful forms of UV rays (yes there are more than one). Combining the key ingredients Life Plant PFA and Desert Yeast Extract, helps your skin defend against pollution, external stresses and helps maintain an optimal level of hydration."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Chanel UV Essential Pollution SPF 50 Lotion, £46,

20 For The Indecisive
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Mr Porter

"For the man who can’t choose which hyper trendy Le Labo fragrance he wants to settle on as a signature, why not try loads of them! Featuring five of its most popular scents, the discovery set is a helpful and affordable entry into the fine and EDP world."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Le Labo Eau de Parfum Discovery Set, £20,

21 For Your Sad Hair
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Mr Porter

im电竞官网-"Lord, how I miss my barber. After a couple of botched self-clipperings, I'm leaving my hair alone until I can get it back into a professional's hands. When it's this long and messy, Sachajuan's sea salt spray is a godsend – in a couple of spritzes, birds-nest-hair transforms into something you might see on a Hemsworth, as he steps out of the ocean."

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Texturizing Spray, £18,

22 For Your Dry Skin
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Mr Porter

"Be still, my sensitive sunburnt skin, for Aesop's hydrating cream – a refreshing mix of citrus and mandarin oil that smell like actual, joy-filled holidays (remember those!) – is on its way to replace all the good stuff the sweet sunshine took out. So now I'm tanned and nourished and hydrated. And still not on holiday."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, £51,

23 For Everything
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Mr Porter

"If you’re looking to build a skin care ‘programme’ but aren’t sure where to begin, then The Grey has you covered. Featuring a natural charcoal face wash and a 3 in 1 face cream, eye cream and night cream, it’s got (basically) everything you need in one handy package."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

The Grey Essentials Box, £130,

24 For Your Incoming Wrinkles
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Feel Unique

"Never believe any product that promises to reverse ageing – without surgery, the best you can do is slow things down. That said, this serum comes pretty close. Its secret weapon is alpha lipoic acid, which smooths out wrinkles from within. I'm normally a cynic, but after using it for a fortnight, my partner says it's taken five years off my now baby-smooth forehead. She's probably humouring me, but I'm still sold"

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Perricone MD High Potency Face Firming Serum, £79,

25 For Signs Of Ageing
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Boots

"I am a man possessed by all things The Ordinary. And though I may be late to the game, late is better than never, with the no frills high impact brand providing a 'buffet' serum that does far too many things at once, like packing multiple hyaluronic and amino acids to combat ageing."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

The Ordinary Buffet Serum, £12.70,

26 For Your Beard
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Selfridges

im电竞官网-"For even the unruliest of unruly lockdown beards, all of Murdock’s men’s hair expertise has gone into this great little bottle of beard conditioner. Lather it in for a cashmere-soft face, which is what you want… isn’t it?"

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Murdock London Beard Moisturiser, £24,

27 For The Capri At Home
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Harrods

im电竞官网-"One of Acqua di Parma's most transportive summer scents gets the candle treatment, which is handy, since I've never felt further away from the real Capri. Orange, petitgrain and cardamom combine for the olfactory equivalent of a stroll around the Piazzetta. Just add limoncello."

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri Candle, £54,

28 For Those Lazy Days
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Chanel

"When motivation is low, but you still want that facial glow, Chanel makes it super easy for you with a 2-in-1 beard and facial moisturiser. And of course it smells incredible."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Bleu de Chanel 2-in-1 Beard and Face Moisturiser, £39,

29 For A Soft Face
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Space NK

"Hands down the best face wash I've ever used. It clears away daily gunk, as you'd expect, but because it's formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, it moisturises at the same time. Pro tip: leave it on while you brush your teeth, then rinse off for extra-soft skin."

Tom Banham, Digital Editor

Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, £39,

30 For Your Hands
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Space NK

"Still washing our hands, still singing happy birthday from start to finish (and then again). That alone gives our mitts more attention than ever before. And with Byredo's Vetyver hand wash, they're basking in the spotlight thanks to a soothing, softening formula that makes for a very luxe take on bacteria extermination."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Byredo Vetyver Hand Wash, £38,

31 For Your Stubble
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Mr Porter

"A winning partnership between shaving world disruptors Harry’s and premium accessories brand Want Les Essentiels, this travel shaving set comes with a ‘Winston’ ergonomic chrome razor, eucalyptus shaving cream, extra blades and, of course, a very, very nice buckled travel pouch to carry it all in."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Want Les Essentiels x Harry's Travel Shaving Set, £145,

32 For The Possible Holiday Apocalypse
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Triumph & Disaster

"I am now a 'prepper' (Google it). Not in terms of any impending apocalypse, but instead, how can I best prepare for all my holidays next year? First step, have a practical, sturdy toiletries bag that you can grab in a moments notice. Triumph & Disaster's Field Kit can be used for a lot of things, but I use mine for my moisturiser, toothpaste and night cream. Very World War Z, I know."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Triumph & Disaster Field Kit Bag, £110,

33 For Your Face
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Typology

"I’ve been using this for the past few days and it’s working out to be a great daily moisturiser and night cream. I really like the versatility and it’s good to find simply made, effective products at such a low price."

Charlie Teasdale, Style Director

Typology 9 Ingredient Facial Moisturiser, £17.80,

34 For All Year Round
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Selfridges

"With notes of juniper, nutmeg, coriander, amber and vanilla, this is a clean and versatile year-round fragrance from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, the Parisian perfumer with a tres fervent following."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Gold Edition Eau de Parfum, £150,

35 For Your Ageing Skin
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Boots

"Retinol ain't for beginners. This solution is scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and age spots, with its molecular structure packing your pores with vitamin A to stimulate collagen production. Apply this every other evening before your moisturiser, then build up to a nightly application when your skin starts to appreciate what's happening to it."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, £8,

36 For Your Face
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Mr Porter

"Who is Anthony? I’m not sure, but he makes a wonderful facial cleanser with aloe vera, algae, rose hip oil, azulene and lavender with blue tansy giving it a natural bright blue colour. Thanks Tony. Can I call you Tony?"

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser, £36,

37 For Your Beard
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Mr Porter

im电竞官网-"Do I need a beard comb? No. Do I want a nice beard? Yes. And that makes this small horn-effect tool from Buly 1803 essential, because it stops my ever-growing beard turning into a tangled spaghetti bolognese. I am instead smarter, more worldly, more charming, or so lies my newly-neat facial hair."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Bully Horn-Effect Acetate Beard Comb, £20,

38 For Your Manicures
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Mr Porter

im电竞官网-"Sometimes a seemingly simple chore can turn into a complete nightmare, purely because you don’t have the right tools. When it comes to any self-maintenance tasks, this theory still applies.

"Ensure you have the correct manicure tools for the job with this set by Czech & Speake, made from durable metal with a non-slip coating."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Czech & Speake Leather-Bound Manicure Set, £375,

39 For Your Facial Hair
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Selfridges

im电竞官网-"If you’re looking to upgrade your head and beard shaving equipment in isolation then may I direct you to this by Wahl, A limited edition 18ct trimmer to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary. Heavy duty with 360 minutes of run time and it’s gold-plated!"

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Wahl Limited Edition 18ct Gold-Plated 100 Year Anniversary Trimmer, £180,

40 For Your Dry Skin
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Haeckels

"Whether we are outside or not this summer, these hotter months (for some) mean enduring dry and damaged skin. Find a skin care routine that works for you early doors and take hydrating your skin seriously.

"Haeckels have a new lightweight alternative to the traditional Hyaluronic Acid. Featuring marine-derived water molecules which will hold moisture three times more effectively. Helping you hang on to your fading youthful complexion."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

Haeckels Algae Plump + B3, £20,

41 For Your Pearly Whites
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Mr Porter

"Minty breath? You're living in the dark ages, my son. Aesop's latest colourless toothpaste is fluoride-free, sugar-free and bore-free, using sea buckthorn and cardamom to provide a fresh alternative to usual supermarket fare."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Aesop Toothpaste, £9.45,

42 For Your Scent
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End Clothing

im电竞官网-"Dior’s house classic, Sauvage is back with a shiny new ombré-effect bottle. Inside we find a parfum with notes of mandarin, bergamot, Virginian cedar, sandalwood and vanilla. You know, all the big hitters. A 'sensual and mysterious' fragrance so says the brand. No arguments here."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

Dior Sauvage Parfum 60ml, £74,

43 For Your Sense of Normality
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End Clothing

im电竞官网-"A sense of routine can help ease any swelling waves of anxiety. So, come the end of the working day, I ignite the evening ahead with my current go-to candle: The Local by Uncommon and Earl of East. It's part of a wider collection including The Festival and The Cinema – places we're all hankering after right now. Plus, all profits are donated to support the UK charity, Hospitality Action."

Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant

The Local Candle by Uncommon & Earl Of East 220ml, £40,

44 For The Classics
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End Clothing

"Fragrances have come a long way. But while a contemporary mix of burning rubber, moon rock and essence of a scorned panther has a place in the world, so too do unfussy, simple fragrances, much like Prada's L'Homme that fuses geranium and iris into one simple, classic scent."

Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor

Prada L'Homme L'Eau de Toilette 50ml, £53,

45 For Your Future Travels
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End Clothing

"While the reality of a holiday villa in the sun-baked hills of Catalunya is but a distant fantasy, you can buy this candle, which was started by husband and wife team Jonathan and Cassandra Hill who moved to rural Spain and started making candles inspired by their new home. This one is fig and jasmine, two good and honest scents if you ask me."

Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor

La Montana Fig Grove Candle 220g, £36,

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