This is a post dedicated to the art of bush-trimming in every sense, as this week I attended a topiary masterclass taught by the lovely Jamie Aston to mark the launch of a couple of new Wilkinson Sword arrivals; can you guess what they might be? You’ve got it in one, they are bikini trimmers! There are two new devices launching, both of which are 2-in-1 products that shave and trim, so they’re perfectly timed now the weather is getting a little warmer…no it is, trust me; April storms are just getting us cool and ready for the incoming heat wave. Totally.
The topiary masterclass was actually a lot more fun than I expected as I am not a green fingered girl; I buy a basil plant at least once a year – to go with the tomato salads I plan to eat, but never do – and the longest I’ve managed to keep one alive is a month, and that was because it was positioned quite close to a leaky tap, so it got accidentally watered regularly. With that in mind, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about trimming a bush – expect a lot of those oh-so-subtle double entendres – but I found myself pleasantly surprised, especially as Jamie Aston was so enthusiastic and upbeat about it, so it was easy to get carried away with his sense of fun.
The masterclass involved a step-by-step of everything you’d need to make a floral topiary piece; we sat down to the above bits which included various equipment such as some scissors, a knife and a few other random bits, and I think we all stared aghast at the stuff in front of us, wondering how we could possibly be expected to create anything even remotely elegant from what was basically some chicken wire and a big stick. However, we plodded on, starting with shaving a block of what was kind of like solid, slightly dusty sponge, to fit within the Wilkinson Sword branded glass presentation case. We then had to use our knife to shave another block of the aforementioned dusty sponge into a round, apple-like shape (this one was wet – it’s where the flowers are placed) before forcing it on the stick and adding chicken wire to give the flowers something solid to cling to.
It was the chicken wire bit that I struggled with the most, since you had to try and fold it around the circular shape and make it nice and neat…ish; I gave it a go, but there will be no precision styling awards in my future, for any kind of bush trimming. Once this was complete, then the fun stuff could start, as it was time to get flower arranging. We were given a selection of flowers to use and shown how to artfully apply them so they appeared random, but actually presented a vague design. You had to cut the stems just right so they were long and firm enough to stand up within the wet, dusty sponge, but not too long or too firm otherwise they would stick out or fall out. Once we were happy with this, we then added some fluffy, coral-like decoration to the base where the stick met the dusty sponge – I’m using all the technical terms here, I really hope you appreciate that…
As I mentioned, the bush-trimming event was in honour of the new bush trimmers from Wilkinson Sword, the Hydro Silk Bikini and the Quattro for Women Bikini Pearl and Papaya. Both bikini trimmers are double-ended, with a trimmer on one end and a razor on the other. The Hydro Silk – my personal favourite of the two – gives an extremely close yet comfortable shave due to the water-activated moisturising serum, which really does add just enough glide so you can move across this extremely sensitive – and let’s face it, often tricky to manoeuvre – area. The closeness of the shave is also really helped by the five blades featured within the razor head. The other thing I really like about the Hydro Silk Bikini is the adjustable comb, which is great for tidying the bikini line if you don’t want to go for one length all over and fancy Bonsai-ing your bush.
The Hydro Silk Bikini is the one with all the bells and whistles which I personally think is the best suited to those who are new to doing their own bikini line. However, if you’re a dab hand in the art of lady garden shaping, the fuss-free Quattro for Women Bikini Papaya and Pearl might be more your bag. Firstly, this is the more aesthetically pleasing of the two, but this one is a little more straight to the point – you have the razor for shaving and the trimmer for trimming, and both heads are clean, effective, no-nonsense and provide precision and accuracy.
The Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini and Quattro for Women Bikini Papaya and Pearl are both available now, with the Hydro Silk priced at £14.99 and the Quattro priced at £10.99. Both heads on both devices are replaceable, making the price point extremely good, especially as both also come with the required battery, so they’re ready to go as soon as you unwrap them. You can find them both at the usual Wilkinson Sword stockists such as Boots and Superdrug.