The Refinery Mens Grooming Collection
Review by Adam Flint Operations Director at Skin Health Spa
After a full decade in the industry I've seen many products relating to the female form. Few, if any have passed over my desk that I've personally tested or wanted to try. My skin care regime is like most mens: struggle with shaving, greasy T-zone and what's left needing frequent moisturising.
In my teenage years, mother gave me Nivea. On moving to London, I upgraded to Clinique - it was the early nineties after all. After seven years in San Francisco I dropped Clinique in favour of Shiseido. A self developed three step process saved time and funds. Step 1. Face scrub. Step 2. Use face scrub as a shave foam replacement then wash. Step 3. Apply moisturiser. I've remained loyal to Shiseido until last week when the wonderfully indulgent Aromatherapy Associates introduced their long awaited mens range.
Aromatherapy Associates do little to cash in. They work hard to make the best products, they have a close and loyal client following and are one if not the first wholly organic skin care companies. In recent years AA has been working closely with The Refinery of London. The Refinery who? You may or may not know are the guys who opened their first male grooming salon directly opposite Claridges ten plus years ago. They are recognised as the best of the best in Male Grooming. The result of this collaboration? A quantum leap for mens skin care! It's also extensive providing:
Shave Foam Gel
Post Shave Balm
The packaging is attractive and cool looking in matt taupe. Simple and clear instructions. The common scent revives in the am and relaxes in the evening. I'm in love with the scrub, the mask and mattifying moisturiser. Little product is needed. Good exfoliation and lather allows me to continue using one product for two purposes. The night time mask is simple to apply and come morning, effective. My hairy friend David tried the shave foam and shave oil. He's now an AA fan citing he's no longer pulling teeth for ten minutes each shave.
Next time you pass by, pop-in and ask to see the range. I'm so impressed with these products that I know you will be too. To this end Skin Health Spa have introduced an no quibble guarantee.
Purchase any products from The Refinery mens range and if your not happy bring them back for a full refund. Try that Clinique!