Grooming & Fragrance

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Rob Lowe with his therapist on The Grinder, Maya Rudolph

We remain inspired by Rob Lowe, the film and TV icon who has somehow found time to become a serious player in men’s skincare and fragrance while working on four TV shows: Moonbeam City, the Lion Guard, You, Me & the Apocalypse and The Grinder (so apropos).

With Rob’s self-care brand Profile now offering its debut scent, “Amber Wood 18,” exclusively at Nordstrom, we got on the phone and chatted about the details of the fragrance, regrettable colognes from the 1970s and what it means to be truly successful in life.

Because Rob is the man of the people, you can conduct your own Q&A as well: in person March 18 at 5 pm in our Seattle flagship, or pose your question right now on Twitter by tweeting to @Nordstrom with #nordstromxroblowe, where you might get a video response.

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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

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Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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How to Movember Correctly

Two of our own facial-hair enthusiasts share their grooming tips and picks to keep your ‘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: 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.

Those rules are 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.

Gerald and Sankil will be sporting their own mustaches this month, along with members of their teams.

Here’s what you need to know and the products Gerald and Sankil swear by.

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was an American gentleman who offered holistic, 360-degree gentlemanly advice. You could read him in GQ Magazine and in best-selling books, which gained him a loyal and stylish audience. His advice has aged exceptionally well–and so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits. 

hixshaving1Image by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Looking Good

Shaving is shaving right? You pull a sharp thing across your face and then the hair is gone. But lo, there are ins and outs and all kinds of ways you can go wrong. Hix has tips and here they are.

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This way for the Hix…

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roblowesignatureConsider yourself alerted to Rob Lowe’s cover story in the new GQ. It’s about reinvention, that most American quality which Lowe has uniquely embodied, and contains such jewels as:

“If you are in a transitional period, a rebuilding period, a fallow period, go to the opposite end of your range. For me, that was comedy.”

This fall, let’s all heed Lowe’s words. Diversify our bonds and remember all that other stuff we’re good at.

Need more Lowe? Check our own interview with the man himself about, among other things, Parks & Recreation, The Grinder and his Nordstrsom-exclusive skincare line PROFILE.

And if you’ll be in/around L.A. October 2, don’t miss the chance to physically, actually, literally meet Rob Lowe at Nordstrom at The Grove, where he’ll be chilling in men’s fragrance on floor one from noon-1 p.m.

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Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.

But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).

Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.

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Did you know if a beard is grown for a year, it’s called a yeard? That if one is grown to the longest length a particular human body can push out, it’s a terminal beard?

Without getting too deep into the finer points of the subculture—let alone the #lumbersexual movement—Beardbrand founder (and Spokane, WA, entrepreneur) Eric Bandholz educates us about Tree Ranger, our current favorite of his beard oil scents, and beards in general.

Images of Bandholz and Beardbrand production facilities in Spokane are courtesy of Bandholz.

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Maybe it’s a party where a tuxedo is the move. Maybe it isn’t. You’ll know. Either way you’re going to look sharp and somebody’s going to kiss you. These ten items can’t hurt.

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We agree with Herschel Supply Company that there is a virtue in being truly #wellpacked, and documenting it. Because at some point while adventuring you might need to play some cuts (shout out to Bluetooth deejays). Because you never know when you’re gonna need to Gift & Go. And because cold days are way better with a flask.

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Left: Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quick Buffalo Check Backpack | Best Made Co. Waxed Canvas Travel Zip Case 

Middle: Shwood Canby 54mm Wood Sunglasses | LSTN The Bowerys Cherry Earbuds | Graphic Image ‘Bottoms Up’ Flask | Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve | Woolrich Rugby Strip Merino Wool Blend Socks | Dean & Deluca Roasted Salted Cashews | Areaware ‘Eye Hide’ Small Wooden Container | Alexander Olch Pocket Round | Pokket Mixer Mini DJ Mixer | Jack Black Mr. Fix-It Antimicrobial Wound Rescue 

Right: Faribault Woolen Mill Royal Carefree Stewart Plaid Wool Throw | Herschel Supply Co. Network Large Canvas Pouch | Best Made Co. Cap of Courage Knit Wool Beanie 

Image by Brooklyn Benjestorf

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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.

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