Grooming & Fragrance

Ever felt mildly overwhelmed when stepping up to that fragrance counter? Even the most experienced olfactory aficionado can go cross-eyed after sampling too many scents—the human nose has its limits. That’s why we asked our men’s grooming team to suggest their current three favorite colognes—and had an astute (and opinionated) office-mate, men’s video producer Angela Sumner, sniff-test each one.

Keep reading for three scents to try—and why—next time you’re on the hunt for a new favorite.

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Is it just us, or is 2014 flying by? Seems like just yesterday we were toasting the new year and shoveling snow—suddenly, it’s nearly spring. If you’ve been infinitely too busy to make a New Year’s resolution or two, fear not—it’s never too late to improve yourself. And unlike last year’s resolution to get ripped like Conan (the Barbarian, not O’Brien), the following five simple style tips will last all year—or even a lifetime.

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Thumbs up. On fire. Very strong. With the advent and recent all-encompassing popularization of emojis—those simple yet uncannily communicative cartoon drawings overtaking your text messages and social media feeds—the human race is now able to state its opinions without saying a word. Thankfully, that didn’t stop legions of our best customers from waxing poetic about their favorite items on Nordstrom.com this year. Keep reading to see some of our (and your) favorite men’s items of 2013, with customer-submitted descriptions of what makes them great.

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While the name of one of our favorite menswear mood boards (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) is admittedly tongue-in-cheek, there’s nonetheless a kernel of truth to it. Intelligence, humor, confidence, karaoke prowess—all key factors in procuring a mate. But we’d only be deceiving you if we said personal appearance doesn’t play a factor as well. (Looking sharp also induces confidence, which leads to karaoke prowess, which…well, really, it’s all related.)

Keep reading to see our new take on black tie. Consider it step one to ending up like the men on the left in the photo above—instead of the dude in the funny hat playing Candy Crush at the stroke of midnight, seen at right.

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We already knew that menswear designer John Varvatos is way into Led Zeppelin. (Really, who isn’t?)

He also resurrected legendary NYC punk-rock club CBGB, casts grizzled rock gods in his ad campaigns, and designs sneaker collabs with Converse (arguably the most rock-and-roll shoe to ever walk the earth). The Detroit-born designer’s latest homage to loud sounds is a volume of iconic photos, entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion. The book explores the reciprocal relationship between audio and visual, underscoring how acts ranging from Pink Floyd to The Clash and Axl Rose to Alice Cooper have influenced the world with their style and mannerisms as much as with their music.

Keep reading for a glimpse at some of our favorite photos from the book—plus a Q&A with John Varvatos himself.

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While cultivating mustaches for a good cause during the recently concluded month of Movember, our brave colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ may not have achieved a full Dali, Selleck or Hogan—but we’d say they put in a solid Kirk Hammett or two, and a definitive Young Colonel Sanders.

Keep reading to see final, pre-shave shots of a few of our participating Mo Bros—and read their tips for growing a mustache of your own next Movember (if not sooner; these things tend to grow on you, so to speak).

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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.

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After an inspiring World Series run by the Boston Red Sox, it’s clear that facial hair has the power to unite men (and women), overcome seemingly insurmountable odds—and look darn cool doing it.

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Christopher Bailey is a man of many talents. As Chief Creative Officer of 150-year-old British brand Burberry, he’s at the helm of decisions large and small—from intricate details on Burberry’s impeccable clothes, to imagery for global ad campaigns, to the architecture of a new flagship store.

Accordingly, it’s noteworthy that Burberry’s latest men’s fragrance, Brit Rhythm, is the first that’s been concepted and created entirely in-house, by Bailey and team. It stands to reason that this is the purest olfactory translation of the Burberry male attitude yet.

In the words of Bailey himself, Brit Rhythm is “Sexy and provocative…Inspired by the exhilaration and adrenaline of live music and the electric energy of the crowd.” If your normal perception of Burberry involves pristine English countrysides, classic trench coats and charming accents, it’s with good reason—see their Burberry Acoustic video series for all of the above.

But don’t forget, Britain is also one of the birthplaces of punk rock. Based on the hot-pink slickers, head-to-toe tiger print, and seriously rugged outerwear he’s sent down runways in recent years, we’ve always known that Bailey has a taste for rock and roll. The Brit Rhythm campaign images—and raucous Kaiser Chiefs performance at Burberry’s Regent Street store/venue, above—are further proof.



So, what does Brit Rhythm actually smell like? Read about its distinctive ingredients below—and to experience it in-person, visit a Nordstrom store near you.


Electric Top Notes: Fresh Basil Verveina • Spicy Cardamom • A Shot of Juniper Berries

 
Adrenalised Heart Notes: Black Leather • Heady Patchuouli • Styrax Resin

  
Sexy Base Notes: Cedarwood • Incense • Warm Tonka Bean


SHOP: BURBERRY BRIT RHYTHM

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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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