Get it for your guy: The Men’s Glossybox

Shampoo, shave, and style – that’s what the latest Glossybox for Men promises and for $40 it delivers everything your man needs to groom himself right up.

The Men's Glossybox

The Men’s Glossybox

There are two full size hair items, one full size skin care item, one full size shave item, and two sample size items.  The full size items together are worth $78, so this is definitely a bargain box of manly products.

Redken Clean Brew

Redken Clean Brew

Redken For Men Clean Brew Shampoo (retails for $12.50):  you know those commercials where there is a screaming hot guy out in the woods, doing something really manly like chopping down a tree or riding a wild horse?  The scent of this shampoo is exactly like what I imagine that screaming hot guy smells like.  It’s woodsy and clean and fabulously macho.  My husband LOVES this, it really is a terrific shampoo for guys who like working on cars or building houses because it has anti-grit technology that will clean even the most tenacious engine oil out of hair.  And if your guy has naturally oily hair, it’s shampoo perfection.

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken for Men Firm Grasp texurizing hair clay (retails for $19):  this gets a big thumbs up from the hubby.  It’s a texturizing hair clay that smells woodsy, but it’s not an overpowering scent. It is terrific for shorter hair, leaving a matte finish that looks mod yet rugged.

Nuxe Men's Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream (retails for $28): it is a small bottle, but it is the full size product. The eye cream is in an airless pump, it’s really terrific packaging. The eye cream is a thin cream that smells vaguely of pine.  It is designed to soothe puffiness, decrease dark circles, and decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It sure leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I got my husband to use it for a few days, and he liked it…but I’m betting it’s not something he will use all the time.  Eye cream is a little too much maintenance for him. So guess what? I’m stealing it for myself.

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Pre-Shave Oil (retails for $18.50):  this is an oil that your guy smooths on before the shaving cream. It gives the shaving area more lubrication so shaving is easy and razor burn issues are things of the past. It’s a small bottle, but one drop is all my husband needs for shaving his beard, so this will last a very long time. Again, my husband liked it and said it worked great…but I am betting this is one more step he won’t do regularly, although he will reach for it when his razor is at the end of its lifetime. In the meantime, I am using it for shaving my legs.

Bulgari Man Extreme

Bulgari Man Extreme

BVLGARI Man Extreme Cologne (this is a deluxe 0.17 fl.oz. sample, a full size 3.4 oz. retails for $79):  what a nice, big sample of this deliciously manly cologne! I find a lot of men’s colognes are way too strong, but this one is subtle and masculine at the same time. Notes include pink grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, balsa wood, and Haitian vetiver.

There is also a small tube of Sisley Moisturizer that is meant for application after shaving. It’s definitely something to throw in the travel bag for soothing irritated skin.

All in all, it’s a great box. The full size items are terrific and money-wise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Anything my hubby wouldn’t use was of interest to me, so nothing is going to be wasted! I think this is a wonderful gift for the guy in your life. I give a big thumbs up to this Men’s Glossybox.  – Lisa

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Valentine’s Day gift for him: van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

Wondering what to get your significant other/dad/son for Valentine’s Day? Wonder no more! As long as he is hirsute enough to shave, the van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set is beyond cool.

Van Der Hagen Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

The van der Hagen family hails from Holland, where they owned a windmill and farmed. They moved to America in 1905 and began a specialty soap company, which developed into the premier specialty soap manufacturer in the world. Some of their clients for soaps and premium shave products for men include Avon, Harrods (UK), Bath & Body Works, Liz Claiborne, The Body Shop (UK), Michael Jordan , Boots (UK), O. Boticario (Brazil), Elizabeth Arden, Walt Disney, Estee Lauder and Warner Bros.

The Luxury Shave Set is a perfect example of their quality and craftsmanship and it is a really awesome ‘throwback’ kind of gift that your man will love.

Van Der Hagen Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

The van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set is packed with all the grooming goodies essential for close shave:
•    100 percent pure badger brush to lather in luxury
•    Classic monogrammed apothecary mug
•    Hypoallergenic shave soap
•    Combination brush & razor stand

Van Der Hagen brush

100% pure badger brush

brush and soap

brush and shave soap in the apothecary mug

The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process.

all soaped up

all soaped up

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

This set creates a terrific creamy foam that makes shaving easy and fun. Seriously, my husband absolutely LOVES this. The first time he used it he said, “This is going to make me want to shave more often!” And guess what? He really does because it’s such a kick to use this retro set. That makes me happy because it leaves his skin really soft and smooth and let’s face it – that makes for much better kissing.

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him this Valentine’s Day, here’s your answer!  Believe me, you won’t go wrong with the van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set.  – Lisa

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ShaveTech Travel Shaver – the perfect gift for the guy in your life (and you too)

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

The men in my family are all electric razor type guys. My husband uses one so that’s what our sons automatically started using. Plus my sons both like that part shaved look while my husband likes to be clean shaven. What I see in my bathroom is a pretty bulky shaver that I’d certainly never use. Now though there’s a white ShaveTech that is sleek, modern and only fabulous.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

This is the perfect gift to give. I’m thrilled since I never have a single idea on what to get them. The ShaveTech Rechargable Travel Shaver is the bomb. Whoops, better not say that since it’s perfect for travel and that’s a no-no. Why is this perfect for travel?

1. It’s small and portable. It’s basically the size of a smart phone.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

2. The charger is built right in. You don’t have to worry about cords.

ShaveTech USB port closed

ShaveTech USB port closed

3. You can charge it anywhere you have a USB outlet. If you travel to other countries there’s no worry at all.

ShaveTech USB charger

ShaveTech USB charger

4. You just have to flip up the top and you have a fabulous electric razor.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

5. The slim top makes for precious grooming. The blades are sharp and the vibrations fast and that makes for a cleaner shave.

ShaveTech top

ShaveTech top

6. Best of all, this is only $29.95. What a great price for a gift for the guy who goes to the office, the gym, needs to touch up before going out, or travels. It comes in both black and white with silver trim. It has a soft carrying case and a cleaning brush. They are sold on the ShaveTech website along with some retail stores.

My husband was totally impressed when he saw the ShaveTech. I think it’s only the second item I’ve received for review that he has been impressed with. I’m being nice and letting him use it but I think I’m going to steal it for myself. It’s as perfect for me as it is for him. What do you think?? — Marcia

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Avene Dermo-K – buy it for him, then steal it for yourself!

The perfect product to buy for your husband/SO/brother/dad because you are such a thoughtful, amazing wife/girlfriend/sister/daughter? Avene Dermo-K.

The perfect product to then steal for yourself?? Yup. Avene Dermo-K.

Avene

Avene Dermo-K…made for a man, perfect for a woman!

Avene Dermo-K ($27, but you can often find it cheaper at online sites like Dermstore) is a perfect solution for ingrown hairs. If the man in your life suffers from skin irritation due to shaving, he will love this. It softens the skin and hair so ingrowns heal much faster. It’s also cleansing so it reduces any chance of infection. Plus, it has no fragrance, no parabans, it’s hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it’s great for even extremely sensitive skin.

Avene swatch

Avene swatch

It’s billed as shaving care for men and it’s in the Avene Men’s Skincare section…but you will want this for yourself. Just smooth this on to any ingrown hairs at night and in the morning your problem will be a thing of the past. Apply it regularly and you will prevent any ingrowns from happening in the first place.

You can find Avene at various online skin care sites, as well as at dermatologist offices and local spas.  – Lisa

Ingredients:

  • Avene Thermal Spring Wate (55%) + alpha-bisabolol (0.3%) – Soothes while reducing the risk of irritation
  • Urea (5%) + Glycolic Acid (3%) + Zinc (0.1%) – Soften the skin to free the hair and prevent bacterial risks

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Summer fun from Shannon’s Soaps

Summer is here.  On my beauty list for seasonal readiness:

1.  Shave legs and underarms

2.  Smell amazing

Where do I go to accomplish these tasks? Shannon’s Soaps, a fabulous etailer site with everything you need to get clean and smell good. Shannon sent the BIZ a few products to try, and here are some must-have’s for summer.

You’ve got to try the Shaving Soap (2.5 – 3.5 oz round: $4.00 each) for women, this comes in the scent Heavenly. Heavenly is a floral that definitely has rose in it. It’s a pretty but subtle scent that I really like.

Shannon's Soaps Saving Soap in Heavenly

Shannon’s Soaps Saving Soap in Heavenly

The Shaving Soap is made of saponified oils of palm, coconut, shea butter, grapeseed oil, walnut, and macadamia nut; plus of course fragrance.

soapy goodness

soapy goodness

The Shaving Soap creates a beautiful foam that is thick, but not as thick as shaving cream. That’s a good thing when shaving legs and underarms – too much foam makes for a clogged razor.

perfect for a close shave

perfect for a close shave

While you can put this in a mug and use a brush to work up the beautiful foam, I go for the no fuss direct application. I just smooth this soap over my legs and it becomes a creamy goodness that softens hair and makes for a fabulous, perfect shave. The lather rinses easily and cleanly out of your razor, making shaving much less of a chore. Believe me, your signficant other is going to try to steal this from you – so hide it well and enjoy easy shaving that results in super smooth skin.

Shannon's Soaps Sun and Sand Soap

Shannon’s Soaps Sun and Sand Soap

Next on my list for summer is to smell good. I like scents that are summer specific, and I have long been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s Beach. This fantastic cake of soap smells just like the BB fragrance – sea spray, sand, jasmine, salt, and mandarin. It instantly transports me to the beach.  

smells like summer!

smells like summer!

The Sun and Sand Soap (2.5 – 3 oz round: $3.00 each; 3.8 – 4.2 oz bars: $4.00 each) is made of saponified oils of palm coconut, olive, sunflower, castor; fragrance; ultramarine blue; and chromium oxide green. This is a hard bar that doesn’t melt away and it gives great lather with the perfect amount of scent. I think this is the ultimate summer bar of soap.

Shannon’s Soaps has all kinds of awesome products from bath salts to body lotion to body balm. Definitely check it out for all your summertime bath and body needs!  – Lisa

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Mensgroom: the perfect stocking stuffer for guys

Most men aren’t very easy to shop for. Either they are so uncomplicated it’s impossible to come up with ideas, or else they are interested in such ‘guy’ stuff it’s hard to get the right thing. And as someone who loves bath and body products, it’s far more enjoyable to shop in my ‘comfort zone’ area for the men in my life – much more fun than trying to figure out ice fishing equipment or car parts.

Thank goodness Mensgroom is out there. Mensgroom’s slogan is “simple products for simple creatures…men.” Their manly grooming products are excellent and very affordable. I had my husband test these out for several weeks, and he certainly milked every second of my ‘inspections’.  The final conclusion? These are fantastic stocking stuffers for the guys in your life.

Daily Wash Out Shampoo ($6.99) is a great 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner.

Daily Wash Out Shampoo

There is no way my husband is going to use conditioner, but it really helps give his hair some softness. At the same time, I was a little leery of the Daily Wash Out Shampoo because many 2 in 1 shampoos can be heavy and weigh hair down (something someone with slightly thinning hair does not want – don’t tell my husband I said that. He still insists it’s ‘just a colick’.) But this is an excellent 2 in 1, it has Barley Protein, Vitamin B5 and Zinc PCA to cleanse, strengthen, and condition the hair. It has a light, clean scent that is manly but far from overpowering.

Daily Shower Power ($8.99) is Mensgroom’s shower gel.

Daily Shower Power

My hubby is a die-hard soap fan, so I didn’t think he was going to like this. I was pretty amazed – he loves it. It’s more gentle on the skin than regular soap, and it foams up just as nicely. It smells like the outdoors, but again, the scent is light. The only problem with this is my husband keeps stealing my shower pouf. I need to find him a manly one so he will leave my pink pouf alone!

You will want to get Shave the Males ($7.99) for the name alone.

Shave the Males

Isn’t it the best?? This is a wonderful, lightly scented shaving cream that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s thick and creamy like a shaving cream should be, and it leaves skin soft and moisturized. It’s a winner.

Check out Mensgroom for some great holiday gift ideas that will leave your man – or men – looking great and smelling even better.  – Lisa

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Let’s hear it for the boys – MENSGROOM Soothe the Shaven Beast and Iron Grip Hair Gel

Mensgroom – there is no better logo

If the man in your life is VERY manly, and has a good sense of humor, he is going to love MENGROOM!  Seriously, go to their website, it is absolutely hysterical.  The ‘evolution of men’s grooming’ had me rolling on the floor.

Example:  “During colonial times, men look like women.  Women look like men.  Mass confusion ensues.”

MENSGROOM was designed by manly men for the guy who just wants to get clean and smell good.  Nothing fancy, but nothing boring either.

My manly husband was saying, “Yeah, but you should have seen the one that got away!”

I had my husband Kevin, who is a very manly man, try two of the products from MENSGROOM – the after shave and the hair gel.

Soothe the Shaven Beast

First of all, the names of these are the BEST – Soothe the Shaven Beast After Shave?  Perfection!!  What is very interesting about the two products my hubby tried was that they are both completely fragrance free.  Most men’s products are absolutely saturated with scent, and we were so surprised to find that there is none at all in these.

Soothe the Shaven Beast ($5.99) is a creamy, alcohol-free lotion, so it doesn’t burn his skin.  It keeps his skin from getting itchy after shaving, and it leaves it nice and soft.  It has lots of great ingredients for skin, like aloe, Vitamin E, and barley protein.

The only thing my husband didn’t like was that it had no fragrance.  He doesn’t use many products, so he wants what he uses to be real multi-taskers.  But I thought it was fantastic – there was nothing competing with his cologne, and it’s a truly wonderful thing for those who are very sensitive to fragrance.

Iron Grip Strong Hold Hair Gel

Kevin also tested the Iron Grip Strong Hold Hair Gel ($5.99).  He loves this.  It has just enough hold to keep his hair in place, but doesn’t look or feel crunchy and stiff.

This is a lightweight gel that smooths easily in to hair, providing strong but soft hold to keep a style in place (despite a name that makes it sound like liquid concrete).  It’s even possible to change your style throughout the day without any flaking.  It’s great stuff, and again it’s fragrance-free.

My manly husband with my daughter Annie

My husband was very impressed with both products, and he thinks the Washroom Guy blog is pretty entertaining (you can check it out HERE).  For a guy who doesn’t spend much time on grooming, he was very appreciative of MENSGROOM and definitely wants to try other things from this line.  I can see lots of easy, inexpensive holiday gifts in his future…and in my son’s future…not to mention my brothers…thank you MENSGROOM!!   – Lisa

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