Bathroom Betterment: Greenlights and Bond
Author: Nick Carvell
Whether you’re getting ready for work or winding down before bed, any time you spend solo in the bathroom is a chance to relax, expand your mind and work on becoming the best version of yourself. Start and end your day right by checking out our monthly recommendations for bettering your bathroom experience below...
The soundtrack: “No Time To Die” by Hans Zimmer
There have been many events delayed this year thanks to the pandemic - but the non-release of Daniel Craig’s final film in the James Bond franchise has been particularly disappointing. Originally stated to hit cinemas in April, it was pushed back to November before being pushed back again to April 2021. However, the good news is that after Billie Eilish dropped her banger of a theme song for No Time To Die in February, the complete Hans Zimmer-penned soundtrack still appears to be dropping this month. If, like the movie, it gets postponed, console yourself by sobbing quietly in the shower while listening to all the 007 theme tunes in this handily-compiled Spotify playlist. https://open.spotify.com
Available for streaming this November
The podcast: “Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs” by Monocle
Whether you’re starting out in the work world, already have a company of your own or simply have a great idea that you want to make into a money-making reality, Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs from globally-minded Monocle magazine has got the business inspiration you need. Every week, the editors speak to entrepreneurs who have been wildly successful in their field, from the people behind drinks brand Fever Tree to hospitality app Apt to hip London CBD pharmacy The Drug Store - as well as dedicating episodes to business obstacles with expert advice on how to overcome them. If you want to take your company to the next level, this is an essential listen.
The product: Light Exfoliation Face Scrub by The Other Saint
As the temperature drops and cold winds start to batter us on a daily basis, your skin is going to start feeling drier. To help combat this, invest in a good moisturiser (we’d suggest our SPF 30 Protective Moisturiser, but we’re biased) and make sure you add an exfoliator into your morning routine. Using our Light Exfoliation Face Scrub a couple of times a week will gently slough away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling fresh, supple and ready to take on whatever our Great British winter has to throw at it.
The tech: Truthbrush subscription
If you’re one of those guys who thinks products that are environmentally-friendly can only look boring and functional, may we present the Truthbrush. Crafted from completely biodegradable Moso bamboo (not only natural antibacterial and antifungal, but also inedible to pandas and grown in a sustainable manner) and fitted with majority castor oil nylon bristles (meaning they are far kinder to the ecosystem as they break down than regular petroleum-based plastic bristles), these curvaceous toothbrushes are some of the sexiest we’ve seen. As well as being better for the environment than a plastic brush, you can also sign up for the company’s subscription service, which automatically sends you a new model at the frequency you desire throughout the year - and with kids options as well as a variety of painted handles, it’s an easy way to get your entire family brushing for a better planet.
Subscription, £4 (plus £1.95 shipping) for one bamboo toothbrush every three months.
The book: “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey
Released this month, the tagline of the first biography penned by Matthew McConaughey probably says it all: “an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.” Compiled from diaries the actor has kept over throughout his career and written in celebration of his fiftieth birthday, Greenlights is a book dedicated to success, failure, fun, and all the things that go into being a man in the twenty-first century. As he says himself in the dedication, “it's also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.” Alright, alright, alright.
The kit: Cotton slub socks by Birkenstock
We’re getting to that point in the year when your feet can feel distinctly chilly when you hop out of bed in the morning - and, let’s face it, it’s the kind of weather out there right now where you want to spend your entire Sunday in your PJs binging boxsets. Keep it cosy with a pair of these cotton slub socks from renowned German sandal-maker Birkenstock. They’ve been reinforced in the toe and heel so they’re just as good for shuffling round the house as they will be worn with a pair of their shearling-lined clogs in the outside world.
The essential: Travel safety razor by Thomas Clipper
Maybe you’re starting to get bored of the bear you cultivated during lockdown. Maybe you’re the kind of guy who wouldn’t dream of having facial hair under any circum- stance. Either way, you need a solid razor in your armoury - and there are fewer more fit for purpose (or more aesthetically pleasing) than Thomas Clipper’s travel razor. Made in London from a mix of steel and aluminium, the real beauty of this razor is that it takes up minimal space in your bathroom as it can be unscrewed and stored away. Perfect for travel, as its name suggests, but also great for those of you who always have far too many grooming products on the go.