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What’s inside the Mankind Advent Calendar: Week 2

If you’ve not already read the first instalment of our rundown of what’s inside the Advent Calendar, then read about Week 1 here. In this instalment, we’re giving you a rundown of everything that’s been behind the doors from day 9 until today. Read more to find out about the luxury grooming items we’ve included in our Advent Calendar over the last week.

What’s inside the Mankind Advent Calendar: Week 2

What's inside the Mankind Advent Calendar?

Day 10


Gatineau Age Benefit Perfect Serum

  • 30 Day Super Serum.
  • Apply two pumps a day after cleansing and before moisturising.
  • After 30 days your complexion will be renewed.

This perfecting serum from Gatineau delivers intense anti-ageing benefits, deeply moisturising, as well as refining the texture of the skin. Including brightening Vitamin C and humectant Alpha Hydroxy Acid, using on freshly cleansed skin before moisturising locks in its nutritive effects.

Day 11

Mensicence Acne Treatment Lotion

  • Ultra-light, oil-free acne treatment.
  • Makes use of Benzoyl Peroxide and naturally anti-microbial ingredients.
  • Rapidly treats and prevents acne breakouts on both the face and body.
  • Apply directly to acne affected skin as needed.

The Menscience Acne Treatment Lotion contains Benzoyl Peroxide, the same anti-acne ingredient as many prescription acne treatments. This key ingredient both fights acne outbreaks and helps the regeneration of scarred tissue, meaning it helps combat acne scars.

Day 12

Menaji Clearshave

  • Transparent shaving gel.
  • Allows you to shave without water.
  • Its clear formulation allows you to see where you shave, making it easier to sculpt and to avoid leaving patches.

The Menaji Clearshave Gel is an ingenious formulation, which thoroughly coats the skin in emollient, facilitating razor glide when shaving, without creating an opaque lather. This means that you can see what you’re shaving, making it much easier to get a detailed, precise shave.

Day 13

Hawkins and Brimble Post-Shave Balm

  • Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E nourish and moisturise, and soothe irritation.
  • Use after shaving to soothe skin, prevent redness, and calm outbreaks of razor rash.

The Hawkins and Brimble Post-Shave Balm combines and Elemi and Ginseng fragrance with the emollient and soothing properties of Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Vitamin E. When used after shaving, it reduces the common side effects of redness, irritation, and dryness.

Rituals – Ritual of the Samurai Hand Lotion

  • Moisturising cream for the hands.
  • Re-hydrates dry skin and soothes irritation.
  • Formulated with Deep Sea Minerals and Bamboo.

The Ritual of the Samurai Hand Lotion is a luxurious, lightweight formulation that makes use of nourishing Organic Bamboo and Sea Minerals to combat dryness of the hands without feeling greasy or uncomfortable. Strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, it prevents the cracking that can lead to wounds arising on dry patches on the hands.

Day 15

ESPA Muscle Rescue Balm

  • Refreshing mixture of stimulating natural oils.
  • Promotes blood flow to muscles while moisturising.
  • Stimulates muscles before workouts.
  • Soothes soreness when used after exercise.
  • Apply a small amount to sore areas, and massage into your muscles for maximum effect.

The ESPA Muscle Rescue Balm is a potent remedy for everyday aches and pains, which will be especially appreciated by the sporty amongst us. Using Peppermint Oil and Eucalyptus, applying it to sore muscles stimulates blood flow to aid recovery and soothe pain. Try it for yourself and we’re fairly certain you’ll become hooked.

Day 16

Korres Natural Mandarin Lip Butter Stick SPF15

  • A deeply moisturising lip balm with the added benefit of Sun Protection Factor.
  • Shea Butter and Sunflower Wax hydrate and protect chapped lips.

Even for those who don’t often suffer from dry lips, especially around this time of year, chapping and cracking can suddenly creep up on you, so it always pays to have a lip balm on hand. There are few better than the Natural Mandarin Lip Butter Stick from Korres, which also offers sun protection factor 15.

Day 17

Jack Black Beard Oil

  • Conditioning beard oil.
  • Moisturises skin and softens facial hair.
  • Apply lightly: one drop for medium stubble, and up to three for a full beard.
  • Use your hands or a beard brush to work through the hair.

Beard oils are the secret ingredient to a loving relationship with your facial hair. If you’ve ever begun to grow out your stubble into something a little fuller, and found you’ve been put off by itchiness and discomfort, then beard oil is almost certainly for you. Softening the hair and moisturising the skin underneath, it makes beards of any length much more comfortable, all while smelling fantastic.

Day 18

Filorga Oxygen Peel

  • Oxygenating Micro-Peeling Lotion.
  • Resurfaces the skin while unblocking pores.
  • Can be used daily after cleansing for a deeper clean, or as required.

The Oxygen Peel from Filorga is a chemical exfoliator that unblocks pores and offers a deeper level of cleansing power that is offered by your typical daily cleanser. Exfoliating without abrasion, it’s a perfect solution for those with sensitive or dry skin.

Day 19

Aveda Thickening Tonic

  • Hair thickening pre-styler.
  • Spray on the roots of hair before styling to add volume.
  • A favourite product of Male Grooming Expert @ManForHimself

Pre-stylers are an incredibly well kept secret. Easy and quick to apply, all while imparting huge thickening, volumising, and styling benefits to the hair, they’re truly the key to many great hairstyles, and we can’t understand why more men don’t make use of them. This Thickening Tonic from Aveda is a naturally derived pre-styler that boosts the roots of the hair and renders it pliable for styling with a wax, clay, or gel of your choice.




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