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Grooming Awards Winners 2014

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Clap your hands to celebrate the winners of ShortList’s Men’s Grooming Awards 2014…

All men have the aftershave or the exfoliator that they swear by or stick to, but gradually your needs or tastes change, and you might want to try something new. Chances are, your skin in your thirties isn’t quite the same as it was when you were 20, and your choice of fragrance has become more refined since university or college days. With grooming companies investing heavily in new technology, upgrading formulas, discovering new ingredients and pushing out thousands of product launches every year, how do you know what you’re using is best for you and whether you’re making the right investment into a new favourite? Our aim with ShortList’s annual grooming awards is to champion the heroes of grooming launched throughout the previous year so that you can acknowledge and make an informed product choice. As part of the process, we ask you to vote for your favourite products, alongside our panel of industry expert judges, so we can work out and unveil the winners. So without further ado, the winners of ShortList’s Men Grooming Awards 2014 are...

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Best Everyday Fragrance

Gentleman Only £44 for 50ml by GIVENCHY; 01932-233824

“An echo of the past, yet resolutely modern, this scent is smoothing and enlivening – a fitting olfactory tribute.” Roja Dove

(Photo: Cemo Imamzade)

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Best Shaving Product

Shave Cream £22 for 200ml by NEVILLE

“Great cream for lathering using your brush. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, aloe vera and vitamins means it will look after your skin during your shave and after, too.” Dan Gregory

(Photo: Nadia Collins)

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Best Moisturiser

Hydro Boost Oil-Free Moisturising Gel £69 for 30ml by NUBO

“A premium product that can be applied easily, it has a pleasant fragrance and skin instantly felt moisturised. Best for dry or medium-dry skin.” Ruth Newman

(Photo: Marina Shcherbinina)

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Best Grooming Gadget

Mia 2 £125 by CLARISONIC

“It’s not hard to see why these gadgets are so successful. If you’re prepared to use the Mia 2 every day, you can expect great results – especially if you have congested or acne prone skin.” Ahmed Zambarakji

(Photo: Daniella Viloria )

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Best Sun Care Product

Sun Sport Invisible Mist Wet Skin SPF 50 £23 for 125ml by LANCASTER SUN; Selfridges

“You know when you are using Lancaster Sun Care as you never burn. Its fragrance reminds you of holidays. SPF 50 is the perfect choice: non-greasy and easy to use.” James Read

(Photo: Amy Betsworth)

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Best Evening Fragrance

Montblanc Legend Intense £62 for 100ml by MONTBLANC; House of Fraser

“I love the weight and feel of the bottle – it is very wearable.” Jo Malone

(Photo: Nicola de Burlet & Kim Wilson)

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Best Anti-Ageing Product

Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting, Firming Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer for men £30 for 50ml by KIEHL’S

“A good texture that banished an array of issues – it moisturised, hydrated and smoothed skin – a good all round anti-ageing product.” Ruth Newman

(Photo: Priya Kapoor)

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Best Shaving Preparation Product

Cade Shaving Oil £18 for 30ml by L’OCCITANE

“I use oil as part of my personal and professional routine, and this is one of the best. It absorbs enough into your skin that it nourishes, leaves enough on the skin to be able to shave with, but it’s also great on beards.” Dan Gregory

(Photo: Shimon Kalichman)

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Best Body Wash or Scrub

4-in-1 Sportswash £16 for 200ml by MOLTON BROWN

“Great body wash – I love that it was designed for the body, face, hair and shave; a great multipurpose product from Molton Brown. I also love the fragrance.” James Read

(Photo: Camille O'Jeer)

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Best Niche Fragrance

The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet £95 for 100ml by ATKINSONS; Harrods

“A charming scent that marries tobacco with heliotrope flowers to give extraordinary diffusion, it’s also sharpened with a hint of peppercorn and ginger.” Roja Dove

(Photo: Fiona Dowal)

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Best Hair Care

Surf Foam Wash Shampoo £18.50 for 250ml by BUMBLE AND BUMBLE

"This left my hair and scalp feeling clean and fresh – I really like the smell, too." Adam Reed

(Photo: Danielle Padget)

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Best Treatment Product

Repairwear Laser Focus Smooths Restores Corrects £40 for 30ml by CLINIQUE; 0870-034 2566

“While this isn’t an old product, it has been reformulated. The serum is readily absorbed – it’s a delight to use. It leaves skin feeling and looking healthy.” Ahmed Zambarakji

(Photo: Suzanne Cockerham)

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Best Hair Styling Product

Texture Wax Stick £10.95 for 40ml by LABEL.M PROFESSIONAL HAIRCARE

“I really like this. The design is great and it’s easy to apply, making it a great and versatile product.” Adam Reed

(Photo: Paul Bulman)

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Best Body Maintenance Product

Shirt Protect £2.44 for 150ml by L’OREAL PARIS MEN EXPERT; Boots

“The best anti-perspirant I have ever used. It left no marks, has a fresh fragrance and lasted a long time. Perfect for the gym as well. This one will definitely be in my gym bag at all times.” James Read

(Photo: Hayley Roughton)

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Best New Men’s Fragrance

Eau de Nuit £62 for 100ml by GIORGIO ARMANI; Harrods

“This is very sweet, and there is something almost comforting about it.” Jo Malone

(Photo: Antny Rankin)

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Best Eye Care Product

Age Rescue + Eye Therapy £28 for 15ml by LAB SERIES SKINCARE FOR MEN

“Loved the packaging, as it clearly targets the men’s grooming market. It’s easily applied and fragrance-free, so won’t clash with your aftershave.” Ruth Newman

(Photo: Vinni Samara)

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Best Facial Cleanser or Exfoliator

Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash £4.49 for 150ml by BULLDOG SKINCARE FOR MEN; boots.com

“Smells nice and is refreshing.” Ruth Newman

(Photo: Simon Duffy)

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Best Razor or Shaver

Hyper Flex Pro £169.99 by REMINGTON

“Has a clean and ergonomic design, gives a close shave and it seemed

to charge very quickly, too.” Dan Gregory

(Photo: Mike Little)

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Honorary awards

Our Honorary Awards are exempt from the normal entry, voting and judging process; they are decided by our in-house judging panel. Our ‘Every Man Should Have One’ award does not have to have launched in the past year – unlike the other awards categories – as it is for what we believe is a vital product that stands the test of time. ‘Best New Grooming Range’ recognises the most exciting new men’s range launched that year that pushes men’s grooming forward with an innovative approach.

Every Man Should Have One

Colonia EDC Natural Spray £77 for 100ml by ACQUA DI PARMA; John Lewis

“A timeless classic – traditional, but modern at the same time. It’s also one of the few fragrances that is much loved across all age groups – Colonia is suitable for any occasion, across seasons and at any time of day.” Adrian Clark

(Photo: Stéphane Euzen, presented by Ruth Newman, House of Fraser)

Best New Grooming Range

Tom Ford for Men from £20-£120 by TOM FORD; 0870 0342566

“Tom has done a great job with this range – everything has been thought of and concisely edited to eight essential, high performance skincare and finishing products. It’s an all-encompassing range that addresses every modern man’s needs.” Mandy Pang

(Photo: Celine Gilg, award presented by Adrian Clark, ShortList)

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The expert judging panel

Adrian Clark

Style director, ShortList and chair of judging panel for ShortList Grooming Awards

Mandy Pang

Grooming editor, ShortList and ShortList MODE and fragrance aficionado

Roja Dove

British Master Perfumer, revered industry expert and author of The Essence Of Perfume

Jo Malone

Perfumer and business entrepreneur, founder of Jo Malone London

Ruth Newman

Director of beauty at long-standing British department store House Of Fraser

Adam Reed

Sought after celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Percy & Reed hair salon in London

James Read

Renowned celebrity tanner and founder of the popular tanning line, James Read Tan

Dan Gregory

Expert barber, founder and creative director of Man Made grooming room

Ahmed Zamabarakji

Grooming writer, brand consultant and founder of The Exfoliator blog

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