Stumped for Father’s Day? Go for grooming products from Beard Guyz and Van Der Hagen!

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

It seems everyone has a mighty beard these days, including my son. He came home from grad school with such a mighty beard I couldn’t believe it!With Max

Thankfully, he’s not a father yet…Marcia loves being a grandma, but I’m happy to wait. But my hubby is a happy father and he’s also got a beard. Both of the men in my family are pretty obsessive about grooming their facial hair and I’m betting the men in your life might be too – so here a few great products to consider for Father’s Day.

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 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil 25 ($14.95) is a really cool grooming product. It has 25 organic oils that actually keep beard hair soft and conditioned. It really does turn an unruly facial mess into a wonderfully silky beard. It also conditions the skin, relieving any dryness and itchiness, and it doesn’t leave hands or hair greasy at all. I am very, very impressed with Beard Oil 25…and so are the guys. This is a WINNER. It comes in 7 scents including Original, Black Ice, Citrus Splash, Lake Breeze, Cedar Cove, Cool Mint, and Everest, plus Unscented. My guys love the Original scent.

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

If your dad is a shaving aficionado, I suggest the Boar Shave Set ($30) from Van Der Hagen. The Boar Shave Set is a terrific ‘throwback’ item that any man worth his beard will love to get for Father’s Day. This shaving set has everything he will need for a beautifully 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 Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Don’t forget to also pick up the Traditional Safety Razor ($20). Wow, I remember my dad using this kind of razor…and then in later years bemoaning the fact that he couldn’t find them any longer. This razor is made with heavy-duty chrome plated brass. It has a smaller handle, which makes for a better grip while shaving. It includes 5 double edge, Teflon-coated razor blades. The stainless steel blades prevent ingrown hairs and the back of the cartridge actually holds used blades, quite a clever feature!

  • Chrome-plated razor
  • Butterfly opening
  • Pack of 5 double edge, Teflon-coated, ice tempered stainless steel blades

    Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

    Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process. The shave soap has humectants like shea, mango and cocoa butters which means a closer shave without nicks, cuts, or ingrown hairs.

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

My husband absolutely LOVES this shaving set. 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.

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him for Father’s Day, go for these grooming products from Beard Guyz and Van Der Hagen.  He is going to love you for it.  – Lisa

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The Tree Hut Bare collection is going to change your bath time

We’re fairly new to the Tree Hut family of products but we think we’ll be sticking around for a while. Tree Hut’s representatives sent us a package of their BARE products to get to know the brand and we’ve been busy using them. We’re excited about sharing these so that you can become a part of the family too.

Marcia is sharing 2 Tree Hut Bare products that are making her smooth as can be

Tree Hut Bare Shave Prep and Hair Remover

Tree Hut Bare Shave Prep and Hair Remover

TREE HUT SHAVE PREP SUGAR SCRUB ($9.99)

This tub friendly scrub is helping me shave my legs and underarms. I like this much better than a shaving cream because it’s a double duty product. It exfoliates my legs and at the same time lifts the hair so that I can get a closer shave.

Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub

The fragrance of this delicious and makes me wish I had a bigger hot water tank so I could enjoy exfoliating my legs longer. It softens my skin and leaves it lightly scented after. I use an unscented body lotion after shaving my legs so that the lightly fragrance of almond/coconut aroma sticks around longer.

It’s formulated with Oat Kernel which helps soothe and relieve skin irritation. There’s Avocado Oil in it and sugar and those help exfoliate and moisturize. Coconut Extract is a natural product that contains the necessary proteins for tissue repair. Put them all together with your favorite razor and you have soft sleek skin.

Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub

  • Sugar: Gentle, topical exfoliation to reveal glowing skin while drawing in moisture to hydrate
  • Oat Kernel: finely ground oatmeal known to soothe and relieve minor skin irritation
  • Certified Organic Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamins A, E, and F to help collagen production and promote skin elasticity. Shea Butter softens, smooths, and helps strengthen skin.
  • Avocado Oil: Defends against free-radicals. Also rich in nutrients such as oleic acid, potassium, and lecithin, Avocado Oil works to generate healthy skin.
  • Coconut Extract: Naturally contains the necessary proteins for tissue repair, keeping skin healthy and rejuvenated.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: A potent antioxidant for healthy skin and stimulates the formation of collagen.
  • Safflower Seed Oil: Natural linoleic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to fight skin conditions. It also prevents dryness and hydrates to provide healthy glow, while promoting elasticity.
  • Macadamia Seed Oil: Supports healthy cells and helps reduce skin deterioration.

TREE HUT BARE HAIR REMOVING SUGAR WAX KIT ($14.99)

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax Kit

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax Kit

This is a new type of product for me. I’ve never waxed by myself before so this was a paradigm change for me. I have only tried it on my legs but I’m anxious to try it on my face since it’s good for removing hair on your legs, body, and face.

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax Kit

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax Kit

To use you remove the cap and heat the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and reheat in 15 second intervals if needed. What you want is the consistency of honey. With one of the sticks in the kit apply the wax on clean skin in the direction of hair growth. Make sure that the amount you apply is smaller than the size of the strip. While warm smooth the strip over the product and rub in the same direction. Now comes the scary part  –  hold your skin taut and remove the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. It’s best if you hair is about 1/4″ long before use which is why I haven’t tried it on my face yet.

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax with strip

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax with strip

The kit contains 8 oz. of Hair Removing Sugar Wax, 10 wax strips, and 3 wooden applicators. It’s not a one time deal since you can use it again by just heating up the jar.

Ingredients: Honey, Sucrose, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylexylglycerin

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax

Tree Hut Bare Hair Removing Sugar Wax

Now follow your Bare experience with the two products Lisa is sharing.

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil and Hair Minimizing Body Butter

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil and Hair Minimizing Body Butter

TREE HUT BARE MOISTURIZING SHAVE OIL  ($11.99)

Wow, is this stuff amazing!! I typically just reach for some soap when I am shaving my legs or under my arms, but not anymore. I adore this deliciously scented shaving oil. It smells fantastic…like tropical freshness. Smooth it onto wet skin and even a dull razor just glides across skin. It leaves your skin with the closest shave imaginable and the softest skin ever.  This is a real keeper.

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil

Tree Hut bare Moisturizing Shave Oil

TREE HUT BARE HAIR MINIMIZING BODY BUTTER ($9.99)

Another super smelling product!! This is a thick, creamy body butter that gradually reduces hair growth. You have to use it for a month before seeing noticeable results. I used it for five weeks and did notice a difference. I’m sure that if I continued with it, I would have even better results, but since I’m not a very hairy person to begin with and I have so many body products to try I probably won’t.

Tree Hut bare Hair Minimizing Body Butter

Tree Hut bare Hair Minimizing Body Butter

Tree Hut bare Hair Minimizing Body Butter

Tree Hut bare Hair Minimizing Body Butter

My daughter, however, is really excited about this and is already bugging me to stop by Ulta to get another jar. I will probably just use it as a body butter from time to time because it does a fabulous job of softening skin and it smells tropical and fresh.

If you want to freshen up your hair removal routine, we recommend checking out the Tree Hut…the BIZ gives it high marks and we can’t wait to try other products from this excellent line. You can find Tree Hut products online at Amazon and at Ulta stores.

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Give him the gift of shaving: van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave SetHere is a great holiday gift for your significant other/dad/son – the gift of shaving from van der Hagen!  The  Luxury Shave Set is an awesome retro shaving set that men just love.

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.

van der Hagen Luxury Shave SetThe Luxury Shave Set is a terrific ‘throwback’ item that any man worth his beard will love to find under the tree this year.  This shaving set has everything he will need for a beautifully 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 Traditional Safety Razorvan der Hagen Traditional Safety Razorvan der Hagen Traditional Safety RazorDon’t forget to also pick up the Traditional Safety Razor ($20).  Wow, I remember my dad using this kind of razor…and then in later years bemoaning the fact that he could find them any longer.  This razor is made with heavy-duty chrome plated brass.  It has a smaller handle, which makes for a better grip while shaving.  It includes 5 double edge, Teflon-coated razor blades. The stainless steel blades prevent ingrown hairs, and the back of the cartridge actually holds used blades, quite a clever feature!

  • Chrome-plated razor
  • Butterfly opening
  • Pack of 5 double edge, Teflon-coated, ice tempered stainless steel blades

van der Hagen Luxury Shave Setvan der Hagen Shaving Soap

The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process.  The shave soap has humectants like shea, mango and cocoa butters which means a closer shave without nicks, cuts, or ingrown hairs.

Van Der Hagen 5van der Hagen My husband absolutely LOVES this shaving set. 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.

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him this holiday, here’s your answer – get him a van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set and Traditional Safety Razor.  He is going to love you for it.  – Lisa

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Shaving made simple with the Gillette Venus® Swirl™

Venus® Swirl™All razors aren’t created equally. A few months ago I ran out of razors, so I bummed one from my son.  It was a standard disposable razor, hadn’t ever been used…and I thought it was going to tear off all of my skin! I still can’t believe he uses those things on his face. I was so happy when Gillette Venus sent me the new Venus® Swirl™ , their razor with the revolutionary FLEXIBALL™ and 5 individually adjusting Contour™ blades.

Venus® Swirl™Venus® Swirl™Thanks to the FLEXIBALL™, the razor glides right over knobby knees and ankles, grabbing and removing every hair that’s there. If you don’t absolutely love it, Venus will give you 2x your money back, that’s how confident they are with this razor. I can’t imagine anyone returning this because it is just awesome.

In addition to the FLEXIBALL™ and 5 individually adjusting Contour™ blades, it also has a water-activated MoistureGlide™ serum, which means that shaving is a pleasure even without any sort of soap or shaving cream. The handle is awesome too because it won’t slip out of wet, soapy hands.Venus® Swirl™Venus® Swirl™

Venus has great products and great info, too. Here is their list of Five Things You Didn’t Know About Hair Removal – But You Definitely Should!

1. Hair Regrowth, It’s Genetic

You may perceive that hair grows back thicker, faster and darker after a shave, but in reality, hair regrowth is determined by DNA. On average hair grows ¼ inch per month – regardless of whether you shave or not. Shaving does alter the shape of hair at the tip, which can make hair seem thicker as it grows back, so make sure you are using a razor designed to move in multiple directions to reach all your tricky areas and catch every last hair, like Venus Swirl. If not, add stubble to the list of things you got from your mama.

2.  Water Is Your BFF
When it comes to shaving, hydration is key. Dry hair can be as strong as copper wire of the same thickness, making it difficult and painful to remove. Hydrated hair is softer hair, so removing it? Super easy.

3. When it Comes to Underarms, Follow the Directions

Let’s bring it back to shaving 101. Most women were taught to shave against the direction of hair growth for the closest, smoothest shave. This method is true for most of your body, but not your underarms. Underarm hair grows in different directions, so when removing it go up, down and sideways.

4. Treat Yo Self! Invest in Quality Razors
You’re not afraid to invest in your beauty routine for great results, and your shaving routine shouldn’t be any different. Not all razors are created equal!  When you invest in a high-quality razor, you’re less likely to experience nicks and cuts because the advanced blade technology allows for more pressure to be applied to the skin for a smooth shave.

5. Hair removal is personal.
It’s not one size fits all experience – you have to find the right method for you. Test them out, and see which one fits your lifestyle. In fact, on average women use 2 ½ different methods to remove hair from different parts of the body.

You can find Gillette Venus Razors – and the awesome Venus® Swirl™ – at local drugstores everywhere.  – Lisa

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HeadBlade ATX – the best gift for BCA you’d never know about

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Shave for a Cure is the slogan for this amazing HeadBlade ATX-Pink razor. I’m in awe with it’s cuteness and the incredible cause it was made for. I’m in awe in general with this company that sent me the ATX-Pink but has many other colors available. I’ll tell you right now, it would make a unique stocking stuffer for both men and women.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, HeadBlade created a limited edition pink version with 30% of the proceeds for October to be donated to Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in your women. Their mission is to save lives and empower women proactively at a young age. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18 and 45 with life saving education.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Why do you want the ATX-Pink besides the fact that it has such a mighty mission?

🙂  It provides a great shave for heads, legs and body. ATX stands for All-Terrain so that makes sense!

🙂  It has a distinctive finger ring and suspension that allows for easy shaving and added stability. It’s great to use in the bath/shower.

🙂  The blade is suspended in the back by a unique spring-action device to reduce nicks and cuts.

🙂  The actual shaving head has a multi-blade technology that features a flow-through design for easy and efficient cleaning.

This is the HB4 edition, there is also a HB6 version.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

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HeadBlade is an interesting company with many shaving products. I’m sure I’d never have learned about them if I hadn’t wanted to promote their Shave for a Cure cause but now that I know about HeadBlade I think it’s going to help in gift giving. They sell individual razors in a variety of colors, blades, shaving creams, and complete sets. For ATX-Pink the set includes ATX LE Pink HeadBlade, one HB4 refill kit, and one 5 oz. bottle of our award winning HeadSlick shave cream.

HeadBlade's ATX-Pink set

HeadBlade’s ATX-Pink set

I hope you’ll consider this over the next week to help contribute to Bright Pink and get a great shaving tool. The razor alone (in any color) is $15 while the kit is $29.97. Razor refills are $9.97 for 4 blades and the adaptor. Imagine the surprise when someone finds this in their stocking or as a gift. We are always looking for items that our friends and family don’t already have and this is THAT gift. Help yourself look smoother while helping others in their quest for health.  —  Marcia

p.s. Even men like pink but there are many colors to choose from.

p.p.s. Obviously this needs to be kept away from young children.

photographs are not color correct

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How would you like to win a BIC Simply Soleil Click? You would, I’m sure of it

BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil Click

The very first razor I ever bought was from BIC. I remember sneaking it into the house because my father was very strict about my sister and I shaving our legs. He absolutely forbid it but even though my sister and I were really obedient children, we drew the line on that. We had a “discount” drugstore that we’d spend hours in and BIC was always in our bag when we left. Much later it became a joke between us all when my father would say “I still haven’t told you that you could shave your legs.” even on our wedding days. Having this new BIC SIMPLY SOLEIL CLICK RAZOR in this gorgeous fuchsia shade has brought back great memories along with simply smooth legs!

BIC Simply Soleil

BIC Simply Soleil Click

The BIC Simply Soleil Click is a razor with removable heads but those aren’t sold separately. What you’ll receive is

  • One (1) new, brightly-colored disposable handle and six disposable cartridges in each package (refills not sold separately)
  • Three (3) blades for a flawlessly smooth shave
  • A soothing moisture strip with cocoa butter

    BIC Simply Soleil

    BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil

BIC Simply Soleil Click

There are a lot of reasons that I’m enjoying using this razor. It has a pivoting head which makes it ideal for use at my ankles and underarms especially. The moisture strip is 2.5 times larger than the average BIC razor. It was made for women and we all deserve something special made just for us. None of those blue BIC’s in our baths!! And it’s very reasonably priced at $6.99 MSRP.

BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil Click

A lot of us are guilty of not changing our razor blades often enough because of the price but with BIC Simply Soleil Click that’s not an issue. And for TEN of you it’s really not going to be an issue since BIC is happily giving 10 Beauty Info Zone US readers a chance to win one for themselves. I don’t know about you, but I love getting packages in the mail.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is for US only and will end on Thursday, August 6th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. If comments close toward the end of the giveaway then email me at [email protected] and label it BIC Giveaway and send me your comment, then click and continue. The more options you do, the better your chances. *Prizes will be sent by BIC (who supplied mine).

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Grooming Lounge is the perfect place for Father’s Day

photo from etsy.com

photo from etsy.com

Father’s Day will be here in a New York minute, so why not get that shopping done now? The Grooming Lounge, an online website dedicated to manly grooming, takes all the work out of ‘dad’ shoppping for you. I count 96 different available brands from ACE for Men to Zwilling, with some pretty intriguing brands in between. Hello, Colonel Conk!  Of course I also had to take a look at Wurkinstiffs, Fresh Balls and Sasquatch Soap Bars. Don’t let the male-centric brand names scare you off – there are some seriously awesome grooming products here for bathing, shaving, and smelling good. This site is definitely worth a perusal.

Grooming Lounge The Shavior and Mug Moisturizer

Grooming Lounge sent two samples to test from their own line:  The Shavoir and Mug Moisturizer. Both are awesome gifts if the dad in your life prefers shaving to the bearded look.

Grooming Lounge The ShaviorGrooming Lounge The Shavior swatch

The Shavior ($24) gets serious props just for having a freaking fabulous name. Beyond that, pretty much everyone who shaves experiences irritation, bumps, and ingrown hairs at some point. This lotion not only does triage for already existing problems, it also helps to prevent further issues. Glycolic acid prevents the buildup that leads to bumps, and the lotion is full of botanicals, antioxidants, moisturizers and even sunscreen. Paraben, oil and sulfate free.

Grooming Lounge Mug MoisturizerGrooming Lounge Mug Moisturizer swatch

The Mug Moisturizer ($25) is something even the most skin care-resistant men will want to use. Men who shave in particular are prone to itchy or flaky skin. This is a light, oil-free moisturizer than has a slight outdoorsy scent. It leaves skin moisturized but not shiny, something my hubby definitely prefers. The terrific ingredients include Apple Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Chamomile Flower Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate.  Paraben and sulfate-free.

The Grooming Lounge products get a big thumbs up from the men in my life and the website is definitely easy to use and loaded with amazing Father’s Day gift possibilities. Head on over to take a look, even if it’s just to find out who the heck Colonel Conk really is.  – Lisa

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