HOW TO: WINTER GROOMING

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Harsh winter weather takes it’s toll mostly on your skin, replacing that healthy summer glow with dark circles under your eyes, and an overall tint landing somewhere between eggshell white and drab military green.

 

To avoid it, take a cue from the top beauty experts, women, and don’t be shy about adding a self-tanning lotion to your cold weather grooming arsenal. Yes, it is OK. Our top pick is Sublime Bronze from L’oreal – a self tanning lotion in medium, natural tan. The key is subtlety and restraint, so dab a very small amount onto your finger and rub in, hitting your nose, forehead and cheeks. Maybe a touch on the back of your hands every now and then, but that’s really all you need. Also drink a lot of water – keeping your skin hydrated and flush is most important.

 

And if your buddy at work accuses you of hitting a tanning bed, just lie and say you were skiing in the alps over the weekend and the sun was blazing. Or be a good friend and let him in on the secret. $11, available at L’oreal

LIGHTFOOT’S PINE SOAP

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It’s rare when you’re taken aback by something as basic as a bar of soap. Fragrance, quite possibly, but never a soap. My new favorite grooming product was spotted on a recent visit to the historic Racquet & Tennis club on Park Avenue in New York. The invigorating scent trumps pretty much everything out there, but it’s the extra large 5.8 heft that really grabs you. A soap made for men, or in the case of the club, gentlemen. All natural and moisturizing, it leaves your skin feeling soft, and is hard milled, meaning it won’t dissolve easily in the tray. Give it a try, an admirable summer scent from one of Rhode Island’s oldest mills. $50 for a case of 40 bars, available at Lightfoot.

PAUL MITCHELL REFORMER

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As hair products go, Reformer by Paul Mitchell is pretty much the perfect styling tool. It has just the right amount of hold, will give your hair a subtle healthy sheen, and smells invigorating – like a relaxing spa. It’s a can’t-miss spring/summer option. $20, available at Walgreens.

 

SPRING GROOMING

 

One of my all-time favorite grooming products, Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner from Paul Mitchell. With natural tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender, it invigorates the scalp, tingles a bit and leaves hair smelling great. A very refreshing option that will add a spa-like vibe to any bathroom. $49 for set, available on Amazon.

 

 

HERMES TERRE D’HERMES

One of the best, and priciest men’s fragrances out there, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, from the legendary French house. A woody, earthy scent with a sophisticated finish, like a desert plain. $81, available at Sephora.

TOP PRODUCT: DR. BRONNER’S SOAPS

 

I came across Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps last summer while out in Montauk and have been hooked ever since. For your first go, try the peppermint soap bar, then the lavender pure castile soap. They’re both refreshing and leave your skin feeling rejuvenated with natural oils. They’re certified free trade and organic, so you can feel good about yourself while washing away sand after a long day at the beach. Peppermint Soap Bar $5, and Lavender Castile Soap, $16, both available at Target.

BAXTER CREAM POMADE

Finding the middle ground when it comes to hair styling products can be challenging: gels get hard and crispy, while molding pastes often look like you combed your hair with buttered toast that morning. We’ve already highlighted a favorite, Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom, so we’ll focus on Baxter of California this time around, and their well balanced “Cream Pomade.” This is a product that will keep stray hairs in place, give your hair a healthy summer shine, and unlike gel, won’t dry out after an hour. For a clean look, give it a shot. $20, available at Modern Anthology.

 

SMELL BETTER: AMAZINGREEN

Spotted at the popular retail shop Bird on Court Street in Brooklyn: AMAZINGREEN by Japanese-based brand Comme des Garçons. The scent features notes of palm tree leaf, green pepper, hazelnut, coriander seed, gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke and white musk. Which all adds up to an incredibly unique spring scent – a “concentrated dose of natural freshness.” $105, available at Bird.

 

KIEHL’S FACIAL FUEL

Don’t forget to throw a few summer grooming essentials into your travel bag this weekend. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel with SPF 15 built in gets our top vote for a simple, no-frills moisturizer that will keep your skin looking healthy and refreshed, while protecting it from the sun. Billed as a “facial recovery accelerator,” it helps skin resist the affects of environmental stress. And a nice little tip: keep it in the refrigerator so it feels cool going on after a long day at the beach. $35, available at Kiehl’s.

THE CHECKLIST: JUNIPER RIDGE SOAPS

 

A few essentials this summer: tee shirt, shorts, kick ass soap. For an invigorating scent that will bring up memories of past treks through the great outdoors, try Juniper Ridge out of California. We love the brands summer camp simplicity, A+ packaging and story – avid hiker Hall Newbegin founded the company in 1998 at the Berkeley Farmers Market. Using a technique dubbed “Wildcrafting,”  they harvest their aromatics directly from the wild. The end result is a blend of aromas with a depth (more…)

PORTLAND GENERAL STORE

Spotted at the the campy-cool barber shop “Persons of Interest,” on Smith Street in Brooklyn. Portland General Store, a relative newcomer from the great state of Maine. Their line of original, no frills products are made from natural ingredients, avoiding fragrance oils and chemical additives commonly found today. Two favorites: the completely natural WOOD Super (more…)

KMS CALIFORNIA

Some of the best grooming products of late have been coming out of California, proving it’s not just a hot bed for tech when it comes to innovation. In 1976 biochemist Jamey Mazzotta founded KMS California in Redding, California with partners Kornfield and Smith. Fast forward to today and you can find their first rate product line up in high end salons from coast to coast. I stumbled across this new favorite while in Toronto and on a whim decided to get a hair cut. Their Hairplay Molding Paste works like a conditioner, adding a healthy shine to your hair, so you can style it without looking (more…)

THE FIXER: MOROCCANOIL

When it comes to grooming, the best products are often geared towards the women’s market, but as is the case with Moroccanoil, work just as good for men. I’ve been a long time fan of Kiehl’s Leave-In Silk Groom and recently came across a similar, and quite possibly better product, Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Styling Cream. Hair gels and hair pastes, the two most commonly used items in a man’s grooming routine, have their drawbacks: gels tend to dry quickly and can leave your hair looking like a freshly shellacked Sun Fish, while pastes often leave your hair looking unhealthy and dry, while (more…)

SUMMER GROOMED: MALIN + GOETZ

If you’d like to update your grooming routine this summer, and not just your closet, Malin + Goetz is a great place to start. Launched in 2004 as a simple and honest local apothecary in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, the company quickly expanded to wholesale operations. You can now find their perfectly branded products in just about every hip hotel across the country. Their refreshing peppermint shampoo cools, stimulates and clarifies your hair and scalp – a great way to start the morning. $20. And always protect your face: their oil-free Vitamin E facial moisturizer gently hydrates your skin with soothing chamomile and works for all skin types. $45. Best paired with a white tee shirt and flip flops.

DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE SPORT

“You smell good” is one of the most basic compliments a woman can give a man. It’s also one of the safer and more lighthearted approaches a woman can take if she happens to be interested in you, which can be quite helpful, as most women wait for men to approach them first. Make it easier on yourself and give her a reason to come closer by finding a memorable scent for the upcoming summer. My favorite fragrance for the past few years has been (more…)

GILLETTE + FASHION

If you haven’t noticed, men’s grooming powerhouse Gillette has been quietly making inroads this past week amongst industry creatives and top designers. It’s a smart move for a brand that has primarily used celebrity athletes to define it’s public image. Coinciding with the launch of their new Prostyler, Gillette is a lead sponsor of the MADE fashion shows at Milk Studios, directly supporting 10 established, and up-and-coming designers: Tim Hamilton, Anthony Azzuolo, Carlos Campos, Simon Spurr, Assembly, Public School, Oumlil, Number: Lab, Patrik Ervell and Band of Outsiders. It’s a big shift for Gillette and shows how much confidence they have in the Prostyler, a product that has both an electric trimmer for styling and a traditional 5 blade attachment for wet shaving. Their national ad campaign is also refreshingly and decidedly different, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrian Brody and Andre 3000 looking super stylish and laid back. (more…)

BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA

California is a state with serious cache when it comes to product branding and exports. Baxter of Indiana? Just not the same. When you add beautiful design, perfect packaging and a great product, you end up with a hit like men’s grooming line Baxter of California. The company was launched in 1965 by Baxter Finley, a former NY ad exec who was frustrated by the lack of men’s grooming products on the market, so decided to start his own. If you’re looking to switch up your grooming routine and try (more…)

HAIR STYLING: THE 1-2 PUNCH

Give these two products a try and they’re sure to remain in your grooming arsenal.

1. Khiel’s Creme with Silk Groom. Conditions and adds moisture to your hair so it doesn’t look dry or brittle. It also allows you to subtly style your hair without going Gotti. The design of the bottle is terrible. You’ll end up leaving it upside down like a ketchup bottle for the second half of it’s life. $18 for a 4.2 ounce bottle, available at Khiel’s. (more…)

MALIN + GOETZ PEPPERMINT SOAP

If your mom ever washed your mouth out with soap, this was the bar you were missing. Fresh and clean. Simple. $10, available at Stag Austin.

BUMBLE & BUMBLE CREME DE COCO

This is one of the top shampoos out there. After using it you can go ahead and throw out your men’s fragrances. Ok that’s pushing it, but the sweet coconut infused shampoo gives your hair a fresh beach scent and you’ll just never want to mask it (more…)

LACOSTE: POLO OF THE FUTURE

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