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Custom Cigar Humidors

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Custom Cigar Humidors

Posted on 26 October 2011 by Chris Ford

Recently I was contacted by Richard at Custom Humidors, he kindly offered to send me one of his fantastic  bespoke humidors to review and here’s what I received


The humidors are made out of perspex which forms an airtight seal perfect for cigar storage, Richard can make the humidors exact to your specifications  with pretty much any logo or text you like. On my humidor  he has put the website logo as well as some cigar brand logos around the side but the possibilities are endless, be it your favourite football teams logo, country flags, regiment crests you name it Richard can most likely accommodate your requirements.


This humidor was made to promote a new cigar brand, as you can see the customisation options are numerous

The transparent humidors look fantastic full, showing off your cigar collection but can also be made in different colours like this Cuban Flag humidor



As well as humidors Custom Humidors also create cigar dividers to seperate your cigars as well as humidity bead boxes which like the humidors are fully customisable as the examples below

I’m really happy with my humidor and am already planning to place a order for some bead boxes and dividers to go with it.   The bespoke humidors are priced from £45 depending on the size and design, for more information please contact Richard at Custom Humidors  at

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Aldo Coppola’s Ultimate Man Package

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Aldo Coppola’s Ultimate Man Package

Posted on 14 October 2011 by Chris Ford

It’s no longer unusual for me to hear from male friends that they have just been for a manicure or a massage , it seems a simple shave and shower is no longer enough for the discerning gentleman in world led by David Beckham and the new man.

To ensure every man has the opportunity to look and feel like a A lister  London-based luxury hair and beauty spa Aldo Coppola has launched a new bespoke grooming package, just for men and they invited me to experience the package for myself.


Longer working hours, stress, city pollution and UVA damage all contribute to dehydrated skin, uneven pigmentation and fine lines, as well as prematurely grey hair. Aldo Coppola’s Ultimate Man Package is a winning combination of treatments that address all these issues, leaving any man restored and revitalised.


The treatment combination includes an anti-ageing face and eye treatment to smooth away fine lines and rehydrate the skin, followed by a hand and nail treatment, completed with a hair colour, cut and style.


The face and eye treatment draws upon Aldo Coppola’s renowned Fusion Mesotherapy techniques to deliver visible results. This gentle and non-invasive treatment begins with cleansing and massage before the Fusion Mesotherapy machine is used to transmit topical products deeper into the skin’s layers, thanks to radio frequency waves.

This increases the skin’s temperature, which stimulates collagen production and skin tightening, helping to reduce dark circles and under-eye bags, and smooth away wrinkles and expression lines. The treatment concludes with a relaxing shoulder massage, to ease away any remaining tension. I really enjoyed this treatment, it was so relaxing in fact that I think I fell alsleep for a few minutes!


No well-groomed man should be seen with rough, dry hands and split nails, so the Ultimate Man Package also includes a ‘Man’-icure. Starting with a scrub to slough away hard, dry skin, the hands and arms are then treated to a relaxing massage. Nails are then filed and buffed to a natural shine. This was my first ever manicure and Ive actually had a fair few comments since the treatment about my nails from women that have noticed my nails, I now see how important keeping your nails in good condition is and do plan to get a manicure again.


Finally, for those with pesky grey hairs to disguise or those seeking a new look, the master colourists at Aldo Coppola will work with you to achieve the perfect colour. Both the Henna and Shatush colouring techniques use natural ingredients to protect and nourish the hair structure, leaving it soft, healthy and noticeably less grey. I didnt need any colour but its included as part of the package if required go for it.

After the coluring  the team will then wash, cut and style the hair to finish.

The Ultimate Man Package takes from two to two and a half hours, and is certain to leave you feeling and looking at your best when its over. I throughly enjoyed the time I spend at Aldo Copppla and I hpe you do too.

The Ultimate Man Package at Aldo Coppola is priced at £195.

For more details see

 Aldo Coppola, 70 Sloane Avenue, South Kensington, London SW3 3DD

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Charity Shave-Off in Manchester On Saturday 15th October 2011

Posted on 10 October 2011 by Chris Ford

On Saturday 15th October 2011, Orchid the men’s cancer charity in conjunction with The Gentry Grooming Co and Wilkinson will be undertaking an exclusive ‘Guinness World Record Shave Off Charity Fundraising Event’ at Manchester Arndale to raise money to support Orchid’s vital research and work into fighting male cancer.



Orchid exists to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness. Over 37,000 men are diagnosed with male cancer every year and these numbers are increasing and relentlessly approaching breast cancer figures, yet the awareness is still much lower with men often avoiding health issues, warning signs and symptoms and failing to carry-out regular self checks. From sons to grandfathers all men of any age face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting men and their families.



We are looking for 251 to 1,000 men to participate in ‘Guinness World Record Shave Off Charity Fundraising Event’ to beat the current world record for ‘Most Faces Shaved In 8 Hours’ and to raise maximum funds and awareness for Orchid. Participants will have to shave themselves and must have at least 24 hours of stubble. The Gentry Grooming Co’s Shave Experts will be undertaking live tutorials to demonstrate how to achieve a professional shave. Participants will be provided with a razor courtesy of Wilkinson and The 3D Shave Cream courtesy of The Gentry Grooming Co. Orchid will provide valuable advice on how to undertake a men’s health M.O.T check.


So what are you waiting for? Join Orchid the men’s cancer charity, The Gentry Grooming Co and Wilkinson on Saturday 15th October 2011

in Hallé Square at Manchester Arndale for ‘The Big Shave Off’ and break a Guinness World Record!

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