Help your dad smell sweet this father's day

Most men pretend they’d prefer to receive a can of Ronseal to a moisturiser but given that the male grooming market is now worth in the region of £500million – at least a 20 per cent increase in the last three years – we think they might be lying.

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Here’s the ELLE beauty team’s pick of presents for Father’s Day, kicking off with mine:

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Savon de Marseille Extra Pur, £12.50, by Compagnie de Provence

Outdoors-y dads or dads who like gardening will love this hand wash as the heavy glass bottles and striking typography gives it a design edge. Then fresh-smelling hand wash is delicious without being feminine.

Odeur de Lune Scented Candle, £45, Cire Trudon

My boyfriend (also father to my four children) isn’t the only man I know who secretly worries about the way his house smells and likes to light a scented candle or two. This one has plenty of history – Maison de Cire Trudon has been around since the 17th century when it was commissioned to make candles for Louis XIV – and I’m not sure you can get more man-friendly than a candle that contains notes derived from the NASA moon landing soil analyses.

Men’s Travel Kit, £33.75, by Liz Earle

I’ve yet to meet a man who’s in to packing, This travel kit, which has enough for a few days away but is also handy enough to chuck in for the gym, lets them lazy-pack in style.

Georgia Collins, Beauty Assistant, suggests:

Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea, by Acqua di Parma

If you’re looking for fragrance but want to steer clear of the usual men’s options then you can’t go far wrong with one of Acqua di Parma’s sophisticated blends. Blue Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea is a deep, heady fig mix that evokes warm summers and lingers beautifully on the skin. More importantly, according to my father, ‘it doesn’t make you smell like a footballer’, which is perhaps the benchmark of a good men’s fragrance.

Rasage Ideal Shaving Gel, £12.7, by Clarins

The only shaving gel my father uses. ‘It goes on smoothly, takes the blade well and has a light, fresh scent,’ he says, ‘and it doesn’t leave a sticky film on my skin like most others I’ve tried.’

Amy Lawrenson, Web Beauty Assistant, suggests:

Daily Moisture Boost, £25, by Elemis

This lightweight moisturiser is great for all skin types and feels refreshing, making it an ideal post-shave cream. Bonus points: it doesn’t mention anti-ageing anywhere on the packaging, so you won’t offend your dad, and the black packaging is decidedly masculine.

Skin Supplies for Men Face Soap, £12, by Clinique

Dads will love this man-size, chunky block that lasts forever and cleanses skin thoroughly without drying it out. It’s also unscented so it doesn’t compete with anything you put on afterwards.

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