“I think it’s nice not to smell like everyone else”
As well as being a comedian, Rufus Hound is a television presenter and the celebrated winner of “Let’s Dance for Comic Relief” 2010. Currently appearing on the award winning Celebrity Juice, he has helped it reach it’s hilarious sixth season. You may have seen him in other shows like ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired!’, or remember him nestling on the couch next to ‘Richard and Judy’. To get more laughs from Rufus check out his upcoming DVD ‘Rufus Hound Being Rude’ or his book ‘Stand Up Put Downs’, which are released in October and November, respectively. Hound has also just completed working on his second feature film in which he takes the lead role. Below, the refreshingly honest Rufus, explodes a few myths and explains why moist toilet tissue is at the centre of his grooming routine.
Has being the public eye do you need to take special care of your appearance?
I guess I should, but I really can’t be arsed. Anyway, when you’re going on TV, they have very talented ladies who can gather together the sweaty meat sack that you are in real life and forge it into something recognisably human by the time the cameras are on.
As a celebrity have you had to change what you do in terms of grooming, if so how?
The notion that you are ‘special’ because people know who you are is ridiculous. I brush my teeth, I shave, bung on some deodorant and make sure, when I wipe my arse, I do so completely. Anyone doing much more than that has too much time on their hands.
Would you say you have a specific skincare routine? If so what products do you use and why do you use them/what are the effects?
I get given heaps of grooming products when we film Celebrity Juice. I think the companies are already sending things in for Holly and Fearne, so they bung a handful of stuff in the envelope for me and Leigh too. Lovely as they all are, they never become part of a ‘routine’. I don’t moisturise, though I have tons of moisturiser. When I put it on, something in my head just goes “Oh pur-lease…”
Do you think more guys are taking an interest in their appearance, what do you think has brought this about?
No-one wants people thinking they’re a sack of shit, so of course people want to look nice, but our grandad’s came back from a war. You were considered pretty dishy if you had both arms. The bar has definitely been raised, but that’s not necessarily better, in my humble opinion. Did you see Darren Lyons’ ab implants on Big Brother. I think if you’re going down that path, you may have a mental illness.
Are you a fan of facial hair, how long have you had your furry friend?
I grew my facial hair in my early twenties, as I wanted to look older, and have people take me more seriously. By this point, I’m pretty tempted to get rid of it and try to look a bit younger, but now it’s kind of become my trademark, so I’ll stick with it for a while yet I guess. I’m a big fan of facial hair though. I competed in The World Beard and Moustache Championships down in Brighton a few years ago. You need to check the Bavarians. Those muthafuckers aren’t messing about.
How often do you tackle your moustache and what do you use to shave the rest of your face?
Tash is trimmed using a Braun Cruzer (though mine just broke, so I may need to get something else), and then wet shaved using a Mach 3 and Kiehls Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – White Eagle. I’ve tried shitloads of shaving products, but Kiehls is the daddy.
Do you have a signature smell, if so why and what is it? If you are not loyal to one brand what do you use?
I like Penhaligon’s Castille and Cologne. Their too expensive really, but I think it’s nice not to smell like everyone else. For something a bit lighter, Tom Ford is great.
Do you buy products yourself, what is your favourite range?
I don’t but make-up ladies seem to have some deal cooking with dermalogica where they dish out a fair bit of it. So, let’s go with them.
What is the one product you can’t live without?
Andrex moist toilet paper. Once you’ve used that stuff, it feels like a personal insult anytime you go somewhere that they don’t have it.
Who in the public eye do you think is well groomed/ gets it right?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Tom Hardy that didn’t make me want to punch myself with jealousy. And having hung out with Dermot O’Leary a couple of times, I can tell you he’s bang on it too.
1. Braun Cruzer Shaver for £70 at Debenhams
2. Andrex Moist Toilet Tissue
3. Dermot O'Leary
4. Kiehls Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle Formula £15 for 150ml at Selfridges
5. Dermalogica Products
6. Gillette Mach 3 Razor about £5 at Boots
7. Tom Hardy
8. Penhaligons Castille Eau de Toilette £80 for 50ml at www.penhaligons.com