Okay, Don’t Kill Me, Okay? Stocking Filling Ideas for Christmas 2012

{Stop screaming at me!}

Come on, seriously: there is nothing worse than trying to buy for certain dudes. The dude you get in the Secret Santa at work? Your younger sister’s rando boyfriend? {My younger sister married a lovely man, so this in no way applies to me.} An uncle who is sort of youngish but not really — like, he thinks you think he ought to be receiving the latest in sk8r wear but, uh, no?

Not to say that Bulldog Natural Skincare is a last ditch attempt to buy a decent gift — rather, it is perfect for every dude, no matter their relation to you, and is a perfect gift to yourself should you treat your significant male other.

The line launched in Ireland earlier in the month, and I met brand co-founder Simon Duffy round about that time. He and business partner Rhodri Ferrier came up with the idea for this line of non-man-made, but made-for-men face stuff, for the kind of guy who cares about his pelt.

Non-man-made, that is, as regards nasty parabens and artificial colours and such. These two men came up with the idea and started the brand from their own initiative, without having had any experience in the skincare line previously.

I liked what I tested, even though it was only the usual test-it-on-the-back-of-your-hand launch behaviour. I really like the packaging*: it’s clean and fresh — like the stuff inside! — and also a relief from the stupid chrome and black default that most men’s lines fall into.

I hope to get some proper dude feedback, but I may keep the Original Face Scrub for myself.

Prices range from €4.99-€12.99, so, I mean, come on. It’s a natural stocking filler, and it’s win-win, for everybody involved. You could go to the chemists this weekend and get so much holiday shopping done! Can you imagine?!? {Me, neither.}

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Available McCabes Pharmacies , http://www.beautyfeatures.ie and  selected pharmacies nationwide.

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*There I go again.