looking for a sweet treat to surprise your valentine? i am obsessed with this dopp kit from owen & fred. it comes in three colors – gray (blue interior), navy (shown), and army green (orange interior) – and is a major upgrade on the ziplock bag (or in my husband’s case, the crown royal drawstring that comes on the outside of the bottle, i kid you not). this bag is generously sized and water-resistant in nylon, emblazoned with “hey handsome” on the inside which i absolutely adore. the leather handles add an element of detail that makes this one stand out from the rest and the secret message inside is sure to make him smile.
let’s face it: guys are much less likely than us ladies to spend any extra dollars in the beauty department – and dads? even less so. with father’s day right around the corner, i’ve rounded up some of the best manly products on the market so you can treat your papa bear to a little pampering:
super powers for his skin: kiehl’s facial fuel heavy lifting, $40
manly ambiance: mcmc fragrances dude no. 1 candle, $48
a razor built with aircraft quality construction: harry’s the winston, $20
liquid courage: 21 drops 03 strength essential rollerball, $29
chic (and cheap!) carryall: merona men’s canvas dopp kit, $9.99
a close, cool shave: c.o. bigelow premium shave cream, $10
side note: my own dad calls gifts like these a “twofer” because while they’re sure to delight your father figure, your mom will reap the benefits of her fresh smelling man.
having a wife for a beauty blogger sure does come with its perks. for mr. glossarie those benefits have most recently arisen in the form of his new favorite body wash – pattern’s black pepper. still a favorite in my books, pattern’s washes walk the fine line of being equally effective in cleansing without stripping skin’s essential oils (so important this time of year). the black pepper scent is masculine and energizing – perfect for a husband who comes home sweaty from the soccer fields 2-3 times a week.
his black pepper bottle sits directly next to my current favorite pattern scent: moisturizing nutmeg. it has been a great winter update, softening and restoring my dry skin, while smelling subtly of the season. yum!
if you’re yet to give the pattern washes a try, you will not regret adding them to your shower shelf. they come in six scents you’re sure to love, each one available here for $20.
guys have to change up their skincare routine for summer, too, and in my condo, it’s mandatory – as i’m running a bit of a beauty dictatorship here. lucky for mr. ramos, he doesn’t have to put much thought into it. the right products magically land on his dresser. the latest installment into his man routine is this ‘no-shine” hydrator from kiehl’s facial fuel line. it gives skin a refreshing boost of hydration while reducing shine and zapping oil. this is especially handy for portuguese husbands with mediterranean skin. the product acts like micro-sponges and absorbs oil and sweat keeping the face clean and fresh. the formula absorbs quickly, feels lightweight, and leaves no residue. skin feels hydrated and moisturized without looking shiny. it’s your basic summertime secret weapon.
kiehl’s facial fuel “no-shine” hydrator is $21 and available here.
brent lavett is the hair guy on set of j.crew men’s shoots. the mussed up yumminess on those dapper models? that’s all him. and when brett couldn’t find the right existing formula to perfect his look, he took it upon himself to create it. in search of something that texturized and conditioned with the finest ingredients available, he whipped up no. 02 pomade and packaged it in one good looking silver tin. he uses it exclusively on catalog shoots and i have to say from where i’m sitting, the finished product is migh-ty fine.
if like me, you can’t get your guy into a sport jacket to save your life, but you want his head of hair to look like it stepped out of the pages of the ‘crew catalog, snap up your own pomade and tuck it into his dopp kit (or in my case, his crown royal drawstring sack).
it’s a sad day in the ramos household, because the husband and i have finally wrestled the last drop out of our new mutual favorite body scrub, grit happens by otter creek. it’s the only thing in our shower that we’ve been fighting over for the last several weeks and it’s left us with clear, smooth skin that kind of smells like a margarita thanks to tropical top notes of coconut and lime. it’s been a godsend for my dry winter skin that needs sloughing and for his sweaty (but very sexy) post-soccer-game grime.
the whole otter creek line is genius from its rugged, outdoorsy packaging to its super manly product descriptions. steve notes his other favorites as hair of the dog birchwood shampoo (warning: do not drop this bottle in the woods) and spit shine body wash (scented with cedar, coffee and leather – yum). i’ve totally claimed the citrus-y snake skin body moisturizer as my own, and we both have our eye on the duck call primer lip balm.
check out the entire otter creek product lineup and definitely bring some into your shower, especially if it’s a co-ed situation. your man will be smelling delightful and you will totally enjoy sharing these hilarious and amazingly effective products with him.
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who: any and all deserving men in your life.
what: the hottest scent to hit department store sheves since … ever. notes include pink pepper, cinnamon, tobacco, chily, saffron, grapefruit, and leather. YUM.
when: immediately, if not sooner.
where: exclusively at nordstrom.
why: he’s sexy and you know it.
bag: tomlin cosmetic bag, $39
balm: molton brown protecting vitamin lipsaver, $18
these products may be male-friendly, but they are both totally steal-worthy and would be amazing additions to any lady’s travel repertoire!
the bag: i can’t tell you how long i’ve been searching for a canvas cosmetic bag. the classic look and practical nature is just too good to be true, and pottery barn totally got it right with their version in black and cognac. it’s the perfect size and the bottom zips off for extra storage or to make the bag more compact. so smart!
the balm: this vitamin-packed lippie has been extra good to have around on some of these cold november days. something about the super thick formula really sinks in and is more hydrating than others in its category. it also lasts for a really long time. there’s no smell or taste which most guys will love and it’s not overly shiny. lips look and feel so good – extra perfect for smooching! yum.
if the men in your life are not hip to these blue bottles, boy am i about to make you look good.
jack black’s line of men’s skincare and grooming is the best of the best and a husband favorite in my household. their products have all the right stuff to take care of his special manly needs. here are two of our shared favorites:
pure clean daily facial cleanser is the ultimate combination of gentle and effective. this 2-in-1 face wash and toner leaves rugged skin clean, hydrated and fresh. it’s all thanks to ingredients like chamomile and aloe that work especially well for frequent shavers who need a little something to soothe and heal. best of all, at $18 this tube is huge and lasts for eons.
and now onto my personal favorite: intense therapy lip balm. this thick and yummy soother softens to perfection and it’s ultra-moisturizing with spf 25 to protect against those damaging uva and uvb rays. at $7.50 a pop, it packs a ton of relief for dry, chapped lips. bonus? if you stock your man up with any of jb’s five delightful flavors, you can totally steal them when he’s not looking (or heck, just buy them for yourself!). no wonder this one’s a cult fave.
so, now you know jack. go introduce your guy!
make some room on that shower caddy, ladies. bulldog grooming products have landed in the states from across the pond and the whole line of natural skincare for your guy is delightfully unfussy. the product range starts with manfriendly, clean packaging and continues on with hassle-free ingredients. all in all, these tubes house creams, gels, and lotions that are all sans chemicals but still manage to deliver superb grooming results. in other words, they get the job done.
my favorite thing about the bulldog lineup is that it includes one of every product that guys should be using (imho) – nothing more, nothing less, and five products total. if any man in your life could use a boost in the skincare department, i can only encourage you to grab the bull(dog) by the horns and give him a natural grooming product makeover. and if you think five products will freak him out, start with the shave gel because it’s incredible.