Gentlemen, start your ‘staches. To all the Mo Bros and supportive Mo Sistas out there, we salute you. The first week of November signals another year of Movember—and a worldwide spike in the amount of mustachioed men on the planet.
Having reached the mid-point of Movember—the month during which men all over the world grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for important men’s health issues—we thought we’d offer some ‘stache-strengthening inspiration from a pro-grower, comedian Nick Offerman, above. So hang in there, gentlemen—and keep on cultivating, even in the face of humble stubble patterns.
Read on to see how some of our colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ are doing their part this Movember.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that neither shampoo nor conditioner is inherently better. As one of the great comedic actors of our time elucidates so eloquently below, both serve their own separate and equally important purpose. (Although neither should be used every day. Fluffy hair is not your friend. Check GQ for more hair tips.)
Having cleared up that particular debate, the rest of the ever-expanding world of men’s grooming isn’t quite so cut and dry. We won’t call it rocket science—but we will say that a few insider tips can help immensely. Below, three of our in-store grooming experts break down their Sun, Skin, and Scent essentials for the summer months ahead.
I. SUN: Protect Yourself
(Picks by James Webb of Nordstrom Fashion Valley, San Diego. From left):
Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Facial Fuel UV Guard’ Sunscreen SPF 50. “Great to use when I know I’m going to be a little more active and will be in the sun for a much longer time. The oil-free formula feels amazing and has a matte finish.” (Shop: Kiehl’s SPF 50 | All Kiehl’s for Men)
Clinique for Men Age Defense Hydrator SPF 15. “When I’m in a hurry, this is my go-to, all-in-one face lotion with broad-spectrum SPF protection. This product is great for all skin types and sensitive skin. Great for skin that has seen a little to much sun. Great for guys on the go.” (Shop: Clinique for Men Age Defense | All Clinique for Men)
Shiseido ‘Urban Environment’ Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42. “I love the texture and feel of this particular SPF. I have oily skin, and this is my favorite to use under my daily lotion. It doesn’t make me shiny or feel like I’m wearing too many products.” (Shop: Shiseido SPF 42 | All Shiseido)
II. SKIN: Soften Up
(Picks by Herbert Jones of Nordstrom Short Pump Town Center, Richmond, VA. From left):
Jack Black ‘Epic Moisture’ MP 10 Nourishing Oil. “This multi-purpose oil can be used for your face, body, hair, feet, and even cuticles. It’s amazing because it absorbs into the skin immediately and includes TEN natural oils.” (Shop: Jack Black Epic Moisture | All Jack Black)
L’Occitane CADE After Shave Balm. “Organic Cade wood essential oil soothes and softens the skin without leaving behind a residue—plus, it has a great scent.” (Shop: L’Occitane CADE After Shave | All L’Occitane for Men)
III. SCENT: Spritz with Sprezz
(Picks by Duncan Smith of Nordstrom Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles. From left):
Prada Luna Rossa. “Inspired by and named after the America’s Cup sailboat, this is a great summer getaway fragrance. Light and relaxing, with lavender, bitter orange, mint and a hint of musk, this fragrance is sure to keep any man smelling fresh.” (Shop: Prada ‘Luna Rossa’ | All Prada Men’s Fragrances)
Hermès Eau de Mandarine Ambrée. “A must-have fragrance coming into the hot summer months. Mandarin orange and passion fruit make this fragrance invigorating, while the amber base keeps it masculine.” (Shop: Hermès Eau de Mandarine Ambrée | All Hermès Men’s Grooming)
Givenchy Gentlemen Only. “Sophisticated and sexy for all of the evening outings this summer. A modern, woodsy fragrance with dominant notes of incense, vetiver, pink pepper, and patchouli, this fragrance has a fresh spice that will last through the night and stay right on-point.” (Shop: Givenchy ‘Gentlemen Only’ | More Men’s Fragrances with Woodsy Notes)
Your trusty men’s grooming correspondents: James, Herbert, and Duncan.
Want to work one-on-one with a grooming expert near you?
Call 1.877.310.8537 or click here: Personal Stylists
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SHOP ALL: MEN’S GROOMING & COLOGNE
Dutch artists Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug (known collectively by Lernert & Sander) have a habit of making statements that are somehow subtle and over-the-top at the same time—like composing a delicate lullaby by honking car horns, or finding creative ways to crack eggs in epic slo-mo. Usually, these take the form of short films, but in the case of ‘Everything,’ above, their meticulous art also has a very tangible outcome: A 1.5-liter jug of cologne, consisting of almost 1400 samples of 2012’s fragrances mixed together.
We’re not sure if there’s a higher meaning here…so we’ll just run with our own interpretation of this liquid work of art: Don’t be too-much-cologne guy. Choose a signature scent that works for you (like one of the picks below from the new issue of GQ), and please, apply it in small amounts. A dab will do. Anything more is akin to cracking an egg with a hammer.
“The Gentleman Biker. Tom Ford’s patchouli-based (but not at all hippie) Noir makes sense for a man who’s on a first-name basis with both his tailor and his motorcycle mechanic.” —GQ
[Shop Tom Ford Noir]
“The All-American Everydude. Enjoy football, everything Jay-Z does, and Gosling films that aren’t The Notebook? Bright, earthy, orange-laced Terre d’Hermès is your finishing touch.” —GQ
[Shop Terre d’Hermès]
“The Clean-Cut Peacock. Prada’s new Luna Rossa packs an extra-fresh hit of lavender for the kind of detail-obsessed guy who knows the difference between pomade, paste, and styling clay.” —GQ
[Shop Prada Luna Rossa]
“The Style Blogger. Own a double-breasted jacket—with a camo print? Floral scents like Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme are the next big fashion-forward thing.” —GQ
[Shop Dolce&Gabbana Pour Homme]
We mentioned it the other day: Our Seattle offices are rife with well-dressed gents. The photos here capture our Men’s Tailored Clothing buying team, looking even sharper than usual, thanks to the most dapper accessory known to man: a moustache.
In support of Movember, an annual, month-long movement to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, these hirsute heroes (along with millions more, worldwide) have embraced the challenge of leaving their upper lips unshorn ’til December. Support their brave efforts by making a donation at their team page, learn more at the official Movember website, stay tuned to Men’s Shop Daily for a status update on their ‘staches later this month…And dress like a Nordstrom Men’s Buyer using the links below.
Official Movember trailer:
Manly ‘Mo’ tips with Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation:
One more way to support men’s health: limited-edition Movember TOMS, with an embroidered moustache to remind you that part of the proceeds go to help men’s health initiatives.
To honor a month of men’s health awareness (and experimental facial hair), we’re offering a FREE SHAVE SWAP throughout November in all Nordstrom stores.
Even if you’re trying out a dashing new follicular fashion like one of the gents above, you’ll still need to keep it clean around the edges. (We’re confident the guys at bottom-right are sporting an expertly tapered neck area under there somewhere.)
That’s where our FREE offer comes in handy: Just bring in your current shaving-product container (full, empty or in between) and we’ll replace it with a deluxe-size sample from Jack Black, The Art of Shaving, Kiehl’s or Lab Series—your choice.*
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Can Your ‘Stache Make the Cut? The 2012 Beard Team Nationals nationals starts this Sunday in Las Vegas. If you’re not ready, there’s always next year. Check the World Beard & Moustache Championships official website for details—and refer to the illustrations up top to choose the category you’d like to compete in.
Top, L-R: Natural Moustache | English Moustache | Hungarian Moustache
Dali Moustache | Imperial Moustache
Middle, L-R: Natural Goatee | Fu Manchu | Musketeer | Imperial Partial Beard | Sideburns
Bottom, L-R: Amish Beard | Verdi | Garibaldi | Full Beard Natural
Full Beard with Styled Moustache
[Illustrations courtesy of the World Beard & Moustache Championships website. *In store only. Old shave containers cannot be from participating vendors: Jack Black, The Art of Shaving, Kiehl’s, Lab Series. No purchase necessary, while supplies last.]
Here’s how to get a FREE 2.5 oz. bottle of Kiehl’s ‘White Eagle’ Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream:
Friday and Saturday (June 22 & 23, 2012), bring ANY used or empty shaving cream container (doesn’t matter what brand or where you bought it) to the Men’s Grooming counter at your nearest Nordstrom. That’s it. They’ll recycle your old bottle, and you’ll get an awesome new Kiehl’s bottle to try.
Kiehl’s is one of our favorite men’s grooming brands on the market. They’ve been in business since 1851, so they’ve had over 150 years to perfect their craft—and they still constantly concoct innovative new formulas. This particular shave cream (their most popular) is spiked with menthol and camphor, for an invigorating and super-close shave.
It might even inspire you to try one of the dapper ‘stache styles below, from The Art and Craft of Hairdressing (1958 edition). For more facial-hair inspiration, and incredibly detailed tips on the right mustache for your particular mug, check out this post from The Worker-Dandyist International.