Men’s Grooming & Fragrance

The Power of Dad’s Cologne: We Honor Father’s Day with Our Favorite Scent Memories

Some of our most potent scent memories can be traced back to childhood events. Whether it’s Mom’s homemade cookies, fresh from the oven—the aroma of vanilla and chocolate still wending its way along the neurotransmitters in our brain—or the smell of a mowed lawn after a spring rainstorm, the fragrant recollection of wet cut grass lingering heavy in our nostrils even now. So when we think of Dad, it’s only natural that we instinctively recall his personal scent at the same time we remember curling into his lap to read a book or pressing into the crook of his neck for a much-needed hug. While not every dad wears cologne, it’s an easy marker to identify—and much easier to package and give to the man on Father’s Day than, say, the formative smells of a tobacco pipe or summer sweat.

Since Father’s Day is June 17, the Nordstrom Fashion Office is celebrating the men who helped raise us by sharing some of our favorite dad cologne memories. Ahead, a tabulation of olfactive flashbacks of our fathers and their fragrances.



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Father and Sun: Dad’s Day Gifts for the Summer Months

Father’s Day is perfectly timed. The holiday comes at the onset of summer, when the days are longer, barbecues are stoked and microbreweries release refreshing new ales. So what to get the guy who pitched our first tent in the backyard, built a campfire on the beach, mastered grilling salmon and shot hoops in the glow of the porch light? (He’s pretty much the best.)

We’ve got you covered with a curated list of gifts that will encourage the dad in your life to soak up the sun in style.

dad_originalmusk_201606Kiehl’s Since 1851 Original Musk bath & shower liquid body cleanser

Refresh Dad’s grooming routine by swapping out his bar of soap with Kiehl’s richly foaming body wash. Its subtle woodsy scent guarantees this will be a gift he uses to the last drop.


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Jessica Alba and family Interviews

Jessica Alba Talks Baby Essentials and How to Pack a Diaper Bag

By now, most moms and dads and their part-time proxies have heard about Jessica Alba’s line of personal care and lifestyle products. The Honest Company strives to provide the safest and most responsible household cleaning and body care formulas on the market. The integrity of the company’s mission and its real results have made the actress a spokesperson for conscientious parenting.

We spoke with Alba about her tips to help new moms and dads maintain their sanity. (She searches for advice on YouTube, too!) Read on for our interview with the actress, then shop all of her picks.

Jessica Alba and familyWe love The Honest Company diaper backpack. Did you develop it for a specific kind of parent or lifestyle?

As a parent, I always felt like I shouldn’t have to carry a bag for me and another bag to take care of my kid’s needs. As a woman, I just wanted to make a cute bag that would work with everything and hold enough to get me through the day.

I saw a real need for a gender-neutral, hands-free backpack, since everyone could use a bag that fits every part of their lives. I designed it to be truly versatile for the office, the park, a playdate or a weekend. Modern parents are on the move constantly, so how do we make that work and look great?

These bags show that it’s possible to be safe and stylish. I’m proud to say that they’re free of PVC, BPA, phthalates and toxic foams that you find in most bags. The speed and sophistication of the backpack is functional and fits your life. There are so many pockets but not a lot of bulk, from insulated pockets to padded compartments for laptops. The EVA linings mean you don’t have to worry about any mess either, whether that’s a diaper or a drink.



Gifts for Dad: Pop Rocks

Whether he sang you Beatles songs as lullabies, introduced you to Jagger’s swagger, bought you Michael Jackson’s Thriller or went with you to your first concert—Dad deserves a chart-topping gift this Christmas.

Gifts for Dad this holiday

Here are some suggestions to make your pop look like the rock star he really is.

He has always been able to belt out a power ballad in the shower/car/most embarrassing setting. An Allen Edmonds leather belt will keep his diaphragm looking good regardless of how he sounds.

Thankfully he wasn’t a “Cosby Sweater” wearing type of dad, but he’ll still appreciate suiting up for “Sweater Weather.” A shawl collar cardigan will have him looking hip. but with a wrinkle-free Nordstrom dress shirt, his coolness won’t go to his head.

Although his rhythm may be wanting, he can keep time with this Burberry leather-strap watch.