Men's grooming products: April '10

Our product testing team is back with reviews of the latest grooming products just for guys:

Gravity Core Cologne spray, R199.95 for 50ml

Reviewer: J Shanker, Diesel hydraulics expert

This cologne has a sensual and unique scent straight from heaven! It invigorates and cools immediately without a burning sensation. Gravity Core’s musky aroma contains notes of bergamot, mint, cinnamon, spiced rum, sandalwood and more. Its spicy and aromatic fragrance provides a long-lasting effect. And I’m not the only one who finds this cologne attractive: my wife loves the way I smell! I would recommend this cologne to anyone – it’s sophisticated and makes me feel great.

Woolworths Man CLEAN Hair & Body Shampoo, R65.00

Reviewer: G Oliver, Advertising

I really like this product because it is one product, but serves two functions: it is a body wash and a shampoo. This is perfect for gym. I have a dry scalp and at first I was apprehensive to use the same product on both my body and hair. However, it was great. Both my skin and hair felt soft. There was no irritation at all! It has a pleasant smell and the product is very refreshing. It works well both as a shower gel and bath wash. I had to hide this away from my teenage son! Woolworths CLEAN Hair & Body Shampoo contains sea minerals, is free of harsh chemicals and endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty. Like all of the other products in this new Woolworths Man range, it has been specifically formulated for men’s skin and contains innovative ingredients at levels that have been proven effective.

Vichy Homme Normactiv Cg Purifying Hydrating Fluid, R199.00 for 50 ml

Reviewer: R Jansen, Property admin assistant

Excellent Product!! Compared to other facial products I have used, this one comes highly recommended for the following reasons: The packaging is simple, yet attractive and compact enough for traveling. It’s smooth to the touch and has a smooth application. It’s soft on the skin - no burning sensation. This hydrating fluid leaves your skin feeling soft and renewed. It dries within seconds after applying it. Further more, there is no visible mask or lines once you’ve applied it. The fragrance is very unique and fresh. It seems to me as if this product makes my pores less visible and leaves my skin much younger and healthier looking. I also felt that it controlled and limited my perspiration when I was active. A definite winner to be included on the list of ten things a man needs!!

Azzaro Chrome Sport EDT, R560.00 for 50ml

Reviewer: Andrew Luyt, Journalist

Apparently the original Chrome is a fragrance that was inspired by the relationship Loris Azzaro had with his grandson and is dedicated to the tradition of sharing and of handing authentic feelings and unshakable bonds down from father to son. Azzaro’s new take on this classic scent is Chrome Sport. It still has the sophistication and timeless classiness of the original, but impresses with an updated, lively and modern freshness. I think the slightly fruity, woody scent of this eau de toilet feels really invigorating and energetic without sacrificing on sensuous undertones. I also like the sleek, modern, yet stylish design of the bottle and packaging. All round, this is an excellent product, whether you’re looking for a lively daytime fragrance or a chic signature scent for the evening.

Shield Sport Defense deodorant, R18.99

Reviewer: Taddeo Takawira, IT specialist

I have been using this new Shield deodorant for men for a week and a half now and it has certainly proved that it has a powerful formulation. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t leave you with that sticky feeling. I believe it’s the gentle blend of ingredients which gives it its pleasing richness in scent textures. The fact that it contains non-harmful aluminum salts and leaves no stains makes it a real confidence booster for me. This deodorant has been giving me that fresh feeling from the start to the close of every day. Shield Sport Defense deodorant doesn’t lose its effectiveness all day long and it keeps my underarms completely dry with no irritation of the skin. Yep it won’t let you down!

Dermalogica Clean Start Ready, Set, Scrub, R260.00 for 75ml

Reviewer: K Wyngaard, Art student

I simply love this product! I’m not one to get excited over facial products but this is the best one I’ve used yet. I’m 21 years old and have problem skin and it doesn’t help that I’m too lazy to follow a routine. However, with Ready, Set, Scrub, I found that it was not a long procedure. The effect of the scrub was noticeable immediately. I had fewer breakouts and my pores were smaller, killing two birds with one stone. I usually have very bad skin after shaving but this product made my skin feel soft and it looked smoother, too. The granules slowly exfoliate your skin, leaving a tingling sensation on your face that is not harsh and definitely causes no irritation. There is a faint smell of lemongrass in the product that I found quite refreshing. I also found the scrub revitalises my skin after a hectic night of clubbing. It hides the ‘actions of the night before’ so my mom is none the wiser. I go nowhere without it. Dermalogica’s Clean Start Ready, Set, Scrub is now available for purchase online at

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