Men’s Grooming

Ladies, this is for your gents: We’ve got grooming tips and picks from two of our own facial-hair enthusiasts. Share these with any Mo Bros in your life to keep his ’stache from veering into unwieldy territory.

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Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has been deploying state-of-the-art mustaches as conversation starters to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The movement challenges participants to grow, share and get active. But to be inducted as a Mo Bro (or a Mo Sista supporting all her Mo Bros) requires following a few rules and knowing a thing or two about facial-hair care.

We enlisted a couple of our grooming gurus to help with rules: 1) start clean-shaven, 2) grow and groom for the entire month so you can reach your full mustachioed potential without breaking rule 3) no fakes, no beards, no goatees. Both Gerald Grinter, counter manager for men’s fragrance in Seattle, and Sankil Ward, men’s accessories and furnishings manager at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, will be sporting their own mustaches this month, along with members of their teams.

Here’s what you need to know and the products Grinter and Ward swear by.

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, gives her recommendations for the best men’s grooming products that bridge the gender gap and are perfect for women.

“Hey, that’s mine!”
“Um…you have a beard now. You haven’t shaved with a razor in months.”
“Yeah, but still…it’s…guy stuff. And mine.”

So went a recent conversation between my husband and me about one of my new favorite products that I may have borrowed (okay, stolen) from him. It seems that my muscle-car-loving, motorcycle-riding, cowboy-boot-wearing husband also appreciates good “skin stuff.”

There have been so many masculine influences on women’s fashion and style recently—moto details, rich textures (hello, ‘For the Twill of It’ essie nail polish) and the return of the power suit (with shorts, no less). I thought it only appropriate to tell you about some men’s grooming products that you’ll want to spill over (no pun intended) onto your side of the bathroom counter.

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Pre-Shave Oil by The Art of Shaving. It not only comes in a very cool glass bottle, but it has stellar viscosity like the perfect motor oil (I know a little bit about cars myself), which is perfect for shaving legs. Plus it’s available in lavender, zippy lemon or good ol’ unscented.

Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil. Guys don’t like having six different products if they can get everything in one. This is such a product. It’s great for dry hands, face and lips—even staticky hair benefits from a touch of this. And, believe it or not, it’s really moisturizing without being greasy—it sinks in after less than 30 seconds. I keep it at my desk, and my keyboard isn’t slippery at all.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap. It’s big, blocky and exfoliating (aka “gritty” in man-speak), and absolutely the best exfoliator to use before applying a self-tanner. It also makes the perfect gift for dads, brothers-in-law and any guy who believes soap can only come in a solid form.

Bolin Webb R1-S Razor. Ditch your disposable, ladies, and step into something sleek, elegant and available in hot-rod red. This razor is your new best friend and has a design philosophy like that of the best sports car: “spirit, curve, balance, energy and movement.” Cue the checkered flag.

YSL L’Homme Intense. I’m typically a girly-girl when it comes to scents (I love a good fruity-floral), but something about wearing just a hint of this scent makes me feel a tad…cooler yet still chic. I feel like I could continue the motor oil conversation and move right into horsepower chitchat—all while wearing my favorite 5-inch YSL heels.

So, next time you “borrow” his favorite worn-in T-shirt, you may also want to consider poking around in his medicine cabinet too. You just might discover your new favorite “skin stuff”!

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Need a little inspiration in finding the perfect gift for your dad? Four of our Beauty Stylists are giving us a sneak peek at what they’re giving this year. (Here’s hoping their dads aren’t reading, and we don’t ruin any surprises!)

Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL
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My father is an entrepreneur, business owner and a father of 4 girls who keep him on his toes. For him, Terre D’Hermès is the perfect cologne. This fresh scent is wonderful for a crisp Northeastern Ohio day, beginning with orange, grapefruit, spices and ending with cedar and vetiver. The Terre D’Hermès Gift Set is a great value at $110 and includes a cologne spray, after-shave balm and shaving foam, all in a beautiful box. This gift set would brighten any Father’s Day!

Cassi Coulter, Mission Viejo, CA

I love my dad! I want him to be around for many more Father’s Days to come. So, in light of his recent skin cancer diagnosis, I would buy him Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+. It is oil-free, water/sweat resistant and fragrance-free; it’s also light on the skin with no greasy residue. I would also love to lavish him with Bond No. 9 Bleeker Street—a fresh and masculine scent that wears well all day.


Duncan Smith, Westside Pavillion, CA

The perfect gift for Father’s Day this year is the new Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Moisturizer for men. My father has never been one to really take care of his skin. Just recently he has started to complain about “looking old.” So, when this product launched, he is the first person that I thought of. This multi-tasking cream addresses moisturizing, firming, lifting and anti-aging; it’s also lightweight and doesn’t require a lot of steps to see dramatic results. PERFECT! And when paired with a black Clarisonic Aria, this will get him looking and feeling younger in no time.

Megan Dugan, St. Louis Galleria, MO

My dad is the hardest guy to shop for! He’s a business owner and farmer. His motto growing up was that he would “never have a job that required him to wear a suit,” and it worked out for him! Every year he would be happy just to get some new Gold Toe socks, but I keep finding ways to sneak in some of my personality into his everyday, simple style. I’ve never seen him without a mustache, but the rest of his face is always clean shaven, so I always like to get him new things to use to shave with.

This year I’ll be putting together a goody basket with some Clinique Cream Shave, Kiehl’s After Shave (an alcohol-free herbal toner), Kiehl’s Hand Salve (“manly” hand cream that doesn’t feel greasy and lasts through washes) and some Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne. Jo Malone made this scent specifically for her husband for their 10 year anniversary. If someone makes a fragrance for you, that must mean you’re a pretty great person; I think it would be perfect for my wonderful dad!

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