NOW gentlemen can smell seductive and be politically correct simultaneously. Tribus Colognes is a range of five aftershave and eau-de- colognes made from natural, essential oil essences. Imported by Positive Roots from South America as part of a programme aimed at supporting ecologically sustainable businesses, the five colognes in the range are each named after a Brazilian tribe. They score even more Brownie points for not having been tested on animals. And the packaging, which includes a carved nut stopper and palm string, is mostly handmade from recycled or sustainable harvested materials. All that and they smell quite nice, too. Available direct from Positive Roots - price pounds 19.95 - 73 Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9DA, tel: 081-741 0269 for stockists and mail order details.
THE highly prized - and priced - design style of American puritans has been taken outdoors. This 'Shaker' cedarwood Boot Bench opens to reveal a storage space for wellingtons, flower pots and other garden odds and ends. Ideal for a small garden, it comes in natural cedarwood or stained forest green, and in three different sizes. Prices from pounds 139.99- pounds 189.99. Available from the Traditional Garden Supply Company, Unit 12, Hewitts Industrial Estate, Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8LW, tel: 0483 273366.
FORGET Christmas shopping in feeble, imitation-American-high- street shopping malls and jet to Minneapolis for the real thing. Kuoni Travel is offering a return flight and two nights in a hotel near the 400-shop Mall of America for pounds 298 over November/December weekends. Or take in Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Bloomingdales on a New York trip for pounds 264. For details ring Kuoni Travel on 071-499 8861.-
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