Prospector Co. Wormwood Absinthium Cream. The infamous hallucinogen that reputedly enhanced Van Gogh and Manet’s artistic output is employed in this head-to-toe rescue balm for its subtle yet invigorating aroma and restorative properties; also in the mix are extracts of cucumber, marjoram and shea butter to smooth and heal dry skin. Each of the signature green apothecary bottles and their contents are hand-produced in limited batches in America. carterandbond.com

Triumph & Disaster Gameface Moisturiser. Inspired by a line from Rudyard Kipling’s If, Triumph & Disaster’s retro-styled unguents are as satisfying on the skin as they are to the eye. This reliable year-round hydrater is packed to the gills with reparative natural ingredients, from the familiar (vitamin E, jojoba) to the more exotic, such as horopito – an ancient antioxidising flower indigenous to New Zealand. Gameface’s non-greasy formulation absorbs easily and suits all skin types. triumphanddisaster.com

Captain Fawcett’s Private Stock Beard Oil. Allegedly named after Edwardian explorer Captain Peabody Fawcett, this diminutive bottle contains an amalgam of fragrant oils (namely cedarwood, black pepper, patchouli, sweet almond and palmarosa), which together are capable of maintaining even the most unkempt of beards while nourishing the skin underneath. Warm a few drops between your hands and massage into the hair, combing through if required. captainfawcett.com

Murdock London Quince & Rosemary Shampoo. Devised by the architects of the resurgent London barbering scene, this cleansing shampoo claims to reduce hair breakage by more than 80%. Its cocktail of aloe vera, oat and wheat proteins certainly provide a welcome boost to tired, lifeless locks, while the extracts of quince and rosemary leave hair and scalp feeling refreshed. murdocklondon.com

Mr Natty Silver Label Shave Soap. In the absence of a shaving brush, simply add a little water to this British-made natural shave soap and lather it against the palm of your hand. The resulting barrier provides exemplary protection thanks to the inclusion of silk fibres that retain moisture to prevent razor drag – and thus reduce the risk of shaving rash. Leave the lid off the travel-friendly tin to enjoy its refreshing aroma of peppermint and lime. mrnatty.com

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