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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Win a luxury men’s skincare collection (worth £116)

In which G.M. Norton valiantly tests out skincare products.

In order to look one’s best; one must have a well-stocked bathroom cabinet.
Colognes, a manly safety razor, pomade and horn comb all take pride of place, along with other items such as tweezers and skincare products. Yes, that’s right – men need to look after their skin too.
As I don’t have my own personal valet to make sure my grooming arsenal is in plentiful supply, I was tickled pink to be sent a full skincare collection from luxury brand, The Refinery.
I received a face wash, moisturiser, scrub and face mask. I must confess at this point that until now, I have never used a face mask. Read on as I take you through my thoughts on each product.

Face wash (100ml, £20)
Mixed with warm water, I felt immediately refreshed upon rubbing the hairy face that stares back at me each morning, like a startled rabbit in the headlights.
The face wash contains bergamot and spearmint. As a regular quaffer of Earl Grey, I’m a close personal friend with Bergamot. Whenever I come across Bergamot, I immediately imagine a private detective, operating from the Devon coast. The spearmint certainly comes through strongly, in a most pleasing way. For a little added manliness, the antiseptic properties includes cedarwood. Grrr.

Revitalising moisturiser (50ml, £43)
As part of your daily grooming routine, after cleaning your face, it’s important to dab a little moisturiser on. 
This revitalising moisturiser boasts of it’s anti-ageing qualities. Given that I look about 12 with a clean-shaven face, perhaps I should hold back on this stuff and revert to a wild libertine lifestyle, like a Rolling Stone.
Essential oils include frankincense. If it’s good enough as a gift to the Son of God, it’s good enough for me. 
The moisturiser quickly soaks into the skin, leaving me ready to face the day feeling very refreshed indeed.
Face scrub (100ml, £23)
This is a fine face scrub, I must say. 
I’ve been using the face scrub a couple of times a week and have noticed a big difference in my skin and those pesky blocked pores.
Face mask (100ml, £30)
Finally, we come to the face mask. As I mentioned earlier, this is my first face mask experience. 
A clay substance, I spread it across the old face, reaching beneath the mass of chin hair. Leaving on for a good five minutes, my skin tingled. Mirroring the face wash, the face mask contains peppermint which did have a cooling effect, as well as black pepper for extra seasoning and ginger. I do love a ginger.
Final thoughts
There is no doubt that these are high quality products, packed with only the best ingredients. My skin has never looked or felt so good before. The packaging is simple with clear instructions. I have really enjoyed testing them out.

After all this pampering, I quite like the idea of popping off to one of The Refinery’s luxury retreats in London’s Mayfair and Harrods Knightsbridge. Here you can bask in barbering and spa treatments on top of the skincare. Spa treatments are surely the next logical step for an aspiring gentleman. 
Competition, worth £116!
Do you fancy winning your own Refinery skincare collection, as tried and tested by Norton of Morton? It would make a splendid Christmas gift for a man in your life. 
To enter, simply tell me why you would like to win these men's skincare products in the comments section below.
You may also enter using Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, again, telling me why you would like to win them. Simple enough?
The competition ends at midnight on Friday 6th November 2015 (only open to UK residents - sorry!). All the entries will be put into a hat and the winner will be picked out at random. I might use a Fez for this one.  

G.M. Norton
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182 comments

  1. Love to win for my partner, so he'll stop using my products

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  2. From Norton to Morton

    These would make a great gift for my friend Philip Morton

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  3. This sounds amazing would love to win some for my other half

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  4. Dear Mr Norton, As my skincare regime currently consists of a quick lather with a bar of Wrights Coal Tar soap and an even quicker rub down with a flannel that's sadly seen better days (much like its owner's visage) I am in desperate need of some Refinery...either that or a paper bag.

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    1. Congratulations, you've won the skincare prize! Please can you send a missive to nortonofmorton@gmail.com

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  5. I'd love to win these for my lovely other half. He loves his moisturisers and cleaners etc. He really does try to take care of himself so I'd love to give him a very special treat with these.

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    1. So that he will use his own products instead if using mine

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  6. I'd like to win to give them to my Dad at Christmas! :)

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  7. Perfect to split for my other half and dad for Christmas.

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  8. I'd love to WIN for my brother - would be a lovely treat of him

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  9. My face does not do cold weather and I have never been one to use skin care products so this range will no doubt do wonders for my aging head.

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  10. I think this would be a lovely pampering idea and would make a great gift, so I'd give it to a friend whose doesn't usually take the time to treat themselves.

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  11. I'd love to win - they'd make a great present for the father-in-law :)

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  12. I like the smell of mens products. The items I don't need I will donate to charity

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  13. I'd love to win to try some quality skincare products. I have eczema (have had since I was born, until 53) and have very sensitive skin. Skincare is a nightmare, usually I resort to steroid creams, which are long-term bad for skin

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  14. I would love to win for hubby. Try and get him to take more care of his skin.

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  15. I would love to win this for my husband, being an electrician he doesn't take care of his skin i think this would help him so much

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  16. I would keep half and give the other half to my dad. That way we can both enjoy these luxury products. Thank you.

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  17. I would give half to my dad and keep the other part for me. That way we both could enjoy luxury. Thank you

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  18. I'd like to win this for my boyfriend to scrub him up nicely for Christmas

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  19. id love to win so my partners fine flyaway hair can be tamed and i can have the rest

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  20. I'd love to win this fantastic prize for my son who has been my rock since his dad died 18 months ago as well as being the best uncle to his five nephews x

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  21. I'd love to win for my hubby as I'm teaching him to look after his skin more now esp as he is getting on a bit.. don't tell him I said that ;)

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  22. would be good as a christmas present for my dad

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  23. Would love to win these for my son He loves to pamper his skin and it is his birthday soon

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  24. I would like to win these for my partner as he loves groom ;)

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  25. Him indoors is constantly pinching my moisturiser and I'd love him to use his own for a change. Super skincare prize.

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  26. I am fed up of using my wife's skin care stuff and her throwing a wobbly

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  27. these would be perfect for my teenage son xx

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  28. The set would be ideal for my youngest brother.

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  29. I'd love to win as my husband is a bit saggy around the seams like Bagpuss and I want to make him like Hugh Jackman ;) Seriously they sound great, and I may even pinch the anti-ageing moisturiser myself if I was so lucky enough to win!

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  30. Be perfect to share for my other half and dad for Christmas,

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  31. i;d love to win these for the other half. because he works on cars his skin gets damaged and becomes really dry x

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  32. yes my husband needs all the help he can get

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  33. yes my husband needs all the help he can get

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  34. these are such great products- i want to spoil myself with their luxury & great quality

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  35. Could do with all the help i can get to keep me young looking a bit weathered

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  36. would love to give to my bf, would be a nice treat for him:)

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  37. Like to win for my brother, who is younger than me but looks older

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  38. These would be a great gift for my dad

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  39. I'd love to win for my hubby who doesn't use anything and should.

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  40. This would be brilliant for my partner as his skin is rough and tough and his bristles irritate my skin..

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  41. There once was a young man from Reading
    Often for walks he was heading,
    As Winter begin,
    Dear God think of his skin,
    It might just his face to stop shedding!

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  42. These look amazing and would be great for my husband.

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  43. anything to help me try and improve for her indoors or am I too late

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  44. I would love to win these for my other half, they look great!

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  45. Don't know who deserves this yet, son 1, son 2 or him that thinks he should be obeyed.

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  46. My son should take better care of his skin and this will help him

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  47. A gift for my lovely man who puts up with me!!

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  48. i would give them to my partner at xmas x

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  49. Perfect stocking fillers for the those difficult to buy for men in my life. My dad and boyfriend.

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  50. they are such great quality products that i want to experience them

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  51. This would be the perfect gift for my dad!

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  52. I'd love to WIN for my brother

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  53. I would love to give these lovely products to my dad for christmas to wean him off the Old Spice

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  54. I aim to win Christmas and this would be an ideal present

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  55. I would love to win these for my husband. He hasn't found anything which meets his high standards yet, but these sound like they would do just the job!

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  56. I'd love to give my boyfriend a chance to try these. He get flaky skin in the winter and this would be a lifesaver!

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  57. I would love to win these products for my dad, thank you

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  58. I would love to win for my husband. Obviously I want him to look his best but more importantly if I won him these he might stop using my moisturiser ...

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  59. I would love to win for my husband, he needs to start looking after his skin

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  60. My OH would like to pamper himself for a change thanks

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  61. I would like to win them for my partner for christmas.

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  62. I'd love to win this set as a surprise present for my husband for Christmas - he needs a bit more grooming :D

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  63. Because I could give them to my very vain husband and hopefully he would then leave mine alone.

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  64. I would love to win these for my 19 year old son. Hes very vain, as the odd occasion of an outbreak of spots. He's not long been shaving. So think this would be fab for him x

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  65. I would love to have them for my partner, then maybe he will stop using MINE!!!!!!! he says he doesn't, but I know............. he does look a lot better since using mine though

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  66. I would like them for my husband, he works hard but rarely treats himself,it would be lovely for him to have this luxury pampering kit

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  67. l would like to win for my husband as he deserves a treat

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  68. i'd like to win for a treat for my other half as hes always going on about his skin but never buys anything to do anything about it!

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  69. Perfect Products to Pamper Partner!

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  70. id love this for my partner who never pampers himself!

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  71. These would be a great present for my boyfriend!

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  72. As a present to myself to outshine the socks and jocks that will dominate.

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  73. I would love to win the moisturizer for my partner as around his beard he gets dry itchy skin and the other products for my brother because he loves a pamper

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  74. Love to win this for my partner :D x

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  75. Id love to win this for my son - it'd make a great Christmas present

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  76. I'd love to win this for my son.

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  77. I'd love to win for my hubby so he can actually start to look after his skin!

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  78. Love to win to try and combat the red blotchiness my face is afflicted by a few times a week.keep getting dry skin whatever I try

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  79. Great to see something the the guys :) This would be a nice treat for my fella as he is always treating me.

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  80. LOVE TO WIN TO TREAT MY DAD FOR XMAS

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  81. would love to win these for my partner he needs a treat

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  82. Well I would like it so I can gift it to my brother who needs all the help he can get..lol

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  83. Would love for my partner to try

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  84. I'd love to win these to treat my grown up sons

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  85. It is nice to pamper your face.I love trying new skin care products.I used to have an old fashioned view on skincare for men..and I am glad I opened my eyes.I have a skincare routine,,well I try to keep to one,with some products I use regularly,and try out now and again.I have never tried a facemask yet..I will have to try one.

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  86. I would love to try these products myself

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  87. I'd like to win to save me buying some Christmas presents :p

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  88. Because my boyfriend won't bother to buy his own skincare!

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  89. I'd love to win this amazing prize so that I could treat my other half at Christmas. He doesnt really pay much attention to his skin so it'd be nice for him to treat himself.

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  90. I'd love this set for my fiance .

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  91. I'd love to win them for my dad - he's a bit of a metrosexual and loves to take care of himself so he would enjoy them

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  92. For my 2 sons who like their skin care products and take care of their skin as its important to them! Ages 22 & 19 so its important to them both

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  93. These would make a great gift for my hubby for xmas.

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  94. would love to win for my boyfiend he always takes my stuff

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  95. I'd love to win for my husband, then he might stop using mine xx

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  96. My Hubby Sooooooo needs this, he loves having face masks

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  97. My boyfriend loves his skin care regime. He needs some new products so this would be perfect for him.

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  98. My son would appreciate this

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  99. I'd love to win to give it as a Christmas present!!

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  100. My hubby is has always taken care of his skin and looks young for his age....and I'd like him to stay that way 😝

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  101. I want to turn my husband into a smoothie x

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  102. Would make a great gift for my brother, he loves this kinda stuff :D

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  103. They'd be a lovely Christmas treat for my husband, who never treats himself.

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  104. I would love these for my son who is very particular about his skincare and the products he uses :)

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  105. My Fiance's birthday is on the 13th this would be a lovely surprise for him

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  106. My husband looks young for his age and I would like to help him stay like that!

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  107. I would love these for I use being well groomed as a substitute for being wealthy

    allegedly

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  108. My dad has always looked after his skin and would love to give him this as a christmas present he would be over the moon

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  109. Looks nice for my husband as he looks like a tramp using shops own brand

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  110. it would be a great surprise xmas present for my husband on our first xmas as a married couple!

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  111. Would love to win for my son for Christmas

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  112. I am a baker and have to get up for work at 3am. I am normally so tired so these products would help me start the day refreshed and ready to face the day!

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  113. Would love these for my partner

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  114. My husband is just starting to get his first wrinkles. This would be awesome for him!

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  115. My husband needs a good pampering!

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  116. I would love to win this amazing giveaway for my hubby. He likes to keep well groomed, Thank you for the chance xxx

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  117. My Dad would love these for a Christmas present!

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  118. I would love my partner to smarten his self up, this would be a start! P.S Don't let him know I said that!

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  119. I would love my partner to smarten his self up, this would be a start. P.S. Don't let him know I said that!

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  120. I would like to win so my daughter can give to her father for Christmas

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  121. If i won these for My husband i would lick his face daily :)

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  122. Would love to win for my other half, this would be a lovely extra Christmas present

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  123. i would love to win for my hubby as he always uses my products

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  124. would love this for my partner

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  125. I would love to win these for my future husband. I need him to look pretty for me on our big day!!

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  126. Would like to win this for my father in law :)

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  127. For my son, he spends most of his life looking in the mirror :) this would be perfect for him

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  128. They would be a wonderful Christmas prezzy for my hubby! :)

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  129. would love to win for my son. He suffers with his teenage skin & always on the lookout to try something new!

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  130. My husband would like to try them.

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  131. I'd like the chaps in my life to upgrade their skincare routine, especially my son. Good habits start young! Following you and picture submitted on IG @julster55P

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  132. for a close friends christmas pressie x

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  133. I would love to win them for my other half for christmas for his stocking - just a hint for him to start pampering himself a little bit (Kim Styles)

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  134. The love of my life would be able to treat his skin the way be does me, as a gentleman.

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  135. Love to win for a Christmas treat for my lad

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  136. I would love to win these for my husband. He spends so much time looking after me and our 2 children he deserve a bit of pamper time himself!

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  137. I would love to win these for myself! I have tried lots of skincare products for men and I am always disappointed!

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  138. I would love to win as it would make a great Christmas pressie for my boyfriend :-)

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  139. I'd love to win these for my husband, he is my rock & deserves a treat ♥

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  140. I would love to win these to make a fab Christmas present for my dad :)

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  141. I think my husband needs some help in this department.
    I'd like to see the Fez.

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  142. I would love to win, my husband sure could do with some grooming.

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  143. I would love to win this for my boyfriend so he stops stealing my skincare products. He always denies it though

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  144. i would love to win these for my husband he is a well groomed man and deserves a treat :D

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  145. I would love to win this fab skincare set for my hubby xx

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  146. I would love to win for my husbands birthday, he is worried about his skin aging and i know this would make him feel better about his skin

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  147. My husband could do with a helping hand!

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  148. Would love to win these for my son as he likes to pamper himself! 😄

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  149. I'd like to win these for my partner as a Christmas treat :D

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  150. Simon Benson. I need all the help I can get to look younger

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  151. I need all the help I can get
    Simon Benso

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  152. My husband is rubbish at looking after his skin I'd love to win this for him

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  153. For my hubby, would keep for Christmas and he'd get the surprise of his life :-)

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  154. My teenage sons would love these, as they're just becoming interested in all the potions and lotions now available :D

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  155. Would love them for my partner as he has just been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia and could do with some cheering up.

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  156. Love to win for my husband to keep him looking young!

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  157. FABULOUS PRODUCTS & A VERY GENEROUS GIVEAWAY GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

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  158. my son would love this he loves grooming products and a nice gift for xmas

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  159. My teenage son could ceratinly do with these to make him smell as sweet as he really is!

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  160. Would love to win this to look the bees knees

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  161. Rather than my husband smelling of fish (he is a fishmonger), I would love him to smell of Bergamot. Even smelling of cold tar would be better than fish....but given the choice, I opt for these lovely products,so that even the old sole may take a liking to him... (get it??)

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  162. ID LOVE THIS FOR MY SON HE LOVES ALL SKIN CARE

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  163. I would like to win as I currently have a face rougher than the feet of an elderly gazelle. This would make me a new man, I salute thee!

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  164. For my son. Since starting uni his skin has been a bit of a state. This would be a great start to get him back to his healthy looking self

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  165. Would love to win for my hubby, be nice to pamper him for a change!

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  166. Fantastic, count me in please, I would like to win for my hubby because the eldest keeps using his

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  167. I would love these products so I could make myself look a bit younger!

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  168. My husband is always stealing my stuff - he can have his own beauty stuff if he wins these goodies x

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  169. my partner does need a decent moisturiser that is manly !

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  170. my partner doesnt think it is manly to use products. id love to give him this and show him he's wrong

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  171. If I win these it might put the kids off buying the usual naff they get me for Xmas!

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  172. i would love to win a pamper treat for my fiance

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  173. I would love to win these products for my partner, he loves a good skincare product!

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  174. My face could do with a wash, to feel revitalised and scrubbed to get rid of the mask and to feel like a gentleman. ��

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