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It might only take a matter of minutes but your morning routine is important. A jolt of great coffee, a chunky bar of Portuguese soap, a dousing of energising shampoo – all can be tone-setters. And there’s a common theme in this issue: good routines and nice habits are not only good for you, they save time too. So stock your bathroom cabinets and kitchen pantry with wise essentials. Start as you mean to go on.

Ring the change

There’s another element of the morning routine that’s worth considering: not having your phone plugged in right beside your head when you go to bed. OK, we know it’s hard to resist. But if you are checking messages the minute wake up, there’s no time to allow your mind to come up with a better plan for the day: you are immediately bounced into responding to the news, insistent but actually not-important emails. That’s why we have a radio here – we promise you, a bit of Monocle 24 is a good way to start your day. And, even better, find days when no alarm or gadget is used to stir you from your slumber – perhaps just a strike of sunshine on your face or someone rather attractive on the other side of the bed. Go on, hit play.

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Radio: Ruark Audio ruarkaudio.com
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Slippers: Toasties toasties-paris.com

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Toothbrush: Iris Hantverk irishantverk.se
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Vitamin D3 supplements: Anatome anatome.co
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Shampoo: Sachajuan sachajuan.com
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Deodorant: Salt & Stone saltandstone.com
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Soap: Claus Porto clausporto.com
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Face cream: Salt & Stone saltandstone.com
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Soap: Native & Co nativeandco.com
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Body, hair and face oil: Sansceuticals sansceuticals.com
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French press: Stelton stelton.com
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Black tea: Black Cloud Tea blackcloudtea.com
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Sencha tea: Ippodo ippodo-tea.co.jp
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Coffee beans: Red Bank redbankcoffee.com
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