Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Men can smell so GOOD! Earlier this year I went to an Italian restaurant with three friends, and none of us remember what we ate…but we all remember how amazing our waiter Ted smelled. Burt’s Bees recently sent me some products from their Natural Skin Care for Men line and it brought waiter Ted right back to me!

I had both my 21-year-old son and my 45-year-old husband try the Natural Skin Care for Men products out for me. Here’s what they said:

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash

Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash, ($8, burtsbees.com): My son loves this body wash. He has sensitive skin, which I thought might be irritated by the scent, but he didn’t have any problems at all. He says this is a winner because he feels clean but not itchy. My husband liked it…. but he is a diehard bar soap guy, so he would be better off with the Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap, ($4, burtsbees.com).

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream

Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream, ($8, burtsbees.com): My son didn’t like the shaving cream. He loves lots of foam and this is more of a hydrating cream. My husband, however, thought this was excellent. The Calendula and linden extract calmed his skin while the chamomile left it super soft. He says this gives him a close shave without irritating his skin.

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant

 Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant ($8.00, burtsbees.com) This natural deodorant was declared a winner by both men. It smells amazing thanks to the citrus oils, woodsy cyprus and warm fir. The odor-fighting botanicals work, making it a terrific deodorant.

I personally love the scent – it’s very flattering for any guy. It’s a scent that leaves your man smelling very manly but in a super clean sort of way, not in a smoke and leather way.

Next time you are at the drugstore, pick up some of these fabulous smelling manly products for your guy…then you’ll know why waiter Ted was so memorable!  – Lisa

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Show dad he is an ‘Everyday Hero’ with the Father’s Day Birchbox for Men

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Of course your dad is a hero every day…but Father’s Day is a great day to remind him just how much he is loved. The perfect gift is one that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. One of the special Birchbox Man boxes for June is the “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription…and today, June 11th, is the very last day you can order it!!

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Everyday Hero box (again, only available with a subscription through June 11th!) has five manly products that dad will love.

Baxter Grooming Lotion

Baxter Grooming Lotion

  • Baxter of California Grooming Lotion is a leave-in conditioning cream for hair that gives a subtle shine and just enough hold.

    English Laundry Riviera

    English Laundry Riviera

  • English Laundry Riviera smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

    SU Hair and Body Wash

    SU Hair and Body Wash

  • SU Hair and Body Wash is all a man needs in the shower and the Italian citrus extracts smell wonderfully clean.

    Jack Black Beard Lube

    Jack Black Beard Lube

  • Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave is a great multi-tasker. It’s a pre-shave oil, a shaving cream, and an aftershave all in one.  
Izola Soap Dish

Izola Soap Dish

  • Izola Soap Dish is a wonderful ceramic soap dish with a retro boxing glove illustration. This is fabulous, I love it! Dads will definitely love it too.
The Birchbox Man Everyday Hero box is only available through the end of the day today, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
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Father’s Day is smooth sailing with Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh BoxLooking for a special Father’s Day gift with a little variety?  Consider a gift that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. There are two special Birchbox Man boxes for June – an “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription through June 11th (and I hope to have a review up for that one soon), as well as the Anchors Aweigh box that is only available with a subscription through June 9th. I was sent the Anchors Aweigh box to review and my husband gives it a big thumbs up.
Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Anchors Aweigh box (again, only available with a subscription through June 9th!) has a fun nautical theme with four manly samples and a bracelet that any sea-loving man would be proud to wear.

The salty sea air inspired this special box and samples include some of Birchbox Man’s best-selling items.

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front Body Wash

Billy Jealousy is a great product line name…definitely fun in a manly way! The Ocean Front Body Wash is perfect for the nautical theme and this body wash smells clean and refreshing. This gel soap takes care of skin with vitamin E and ginseng extract.

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

The PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray gives your guy beachy hair even if he is hanging at the office all day instead of hanging ten. Sea salt sprays can be drying, but this one gives hair great texture without making it crunchy.

English Laundry Riviera

English Laundry Riviera

If your guy can’t be out on the water, he can still smell like the great outdoors and English Laundry Riviera is a classic cologne that is up for the job. It smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Every sailor needs sun protection! One of my favorite sunscreens is Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology. The broad spectrum formula gives great UV protection that isn’t heavy or greasy.

Sailormade

Sailormade Charger Bracelet

I think the best item in the Anchors Aweigh box is the Sailormade Charger Bracelet.  The bracelet is a classic sailor’s rope and hook. The hook is a scaled down nautical Brummel Hook that is attached to a rugged marine cord. The bracelet adjusts to the size of your wrist and it really looks cool. If the dad in your life loves boats, he will love this bracelet. The retail value of the Sailormade Charger Bracelet is $45, more than double the cost of the box for the month.
The Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh box is only available until June 9th, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
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Put some space on your face with Kiehls

Check out this really cool social media contest – Kiehl’s ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ gives you (well, actually your face!) an opportunity to travel with them to space.  The giveaway is in celebration of the new Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator line.  They sent its ‘hero’ product (24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men) into space. For real. The product was on a custom rig that was sent 20 miles above the surface of the earth.

Kiehls SpaceFace

You can see the video at www.kiehlsinspace.com and can also enter the giveaway there.  Just take a photo of yourself in mid-air then hashtag it #SpaceFace.  Random winners will win their face a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it.  That figurine is attached to a shuttle and sent into the stratosphere.  After the figurines land, the winners are sent their personalized, space traveling action figures.

What is this new line that has inspired the space travel?  The OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, brand new this month.  There are three products that tackle men’s oily skin, mattifying and reducing the appearance of pores.

Kiehls Oil Eliminator

So why the space travel?  It’s all in the ingredients.

Oil Eliminator uses Aerolite, an advanced material based on the science of aerogel, which has been used in space exploration (for example, as an insulating material on Mars Exploration Rover in 1997). Aerolite is the lightest solid material on Earth because it is composed of up to 99.98% air by volume, helping to provide a weightless feel on the skin. The substance is likened to a gel from which the liquid portion has been removed without causing the material to shrink in size or collapse. Due to its highly porous structure and large surface area, it is able to absorb FOUR TIMES its own weight in oil, providing efficient sebum absorption capabilities. Oil Eliminator 24-hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer, with Aerolite technology, helps reduce pore visibility and imperfections.

In general, men have different skin issues than women.  A man has more sebum-producing sebaceous glands, so they have more oil production and larger pores.  Plus they sweat more, which means every more shine and oily residue on their faces.  Kiehl’s three new products containing Aerolite address these concerns.

close up of the Deep Cleansing

close up of the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash

The Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash ($20) is a soap-free and sulfate-free cleanser.  It has crushed Apricot Seeds to help exfoliate, which also decreases the appearance of pores.  It doesn’t dry out the skin, and it does a terrific job of smoothing skin texture and getting rid of shine.

The Refreshing Shine Control Toner ($20) is a cooling spray that tones and also decreases the appearance of sweat and oil.  The Capryloyl Glycine dries up the bad stuff, but doesn’t dry out skin.

Moisuturizer swatch

24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisuturizer swatch

The 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men ($27) is a lightweight moisturizer with Aerolite to absorb oil and sweat.  The result is a shine-free appearance and soft, hydrated skin. It also has Totara Wood Extract to diminish the appearance of pores.

My 21-year-old son, who has sensitive, oily, breakout prone skin, thinks this line is the bomb.  He gets the best results using the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash in the shower, then toning with the Refreshing Shine Control Toner, and following with the 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men.

My son defying gravity!

My son defying gravity!

This is a terrific line for men so be sure to take a look.  And don’t forget to put some space on your face!  Snap that photo then hashtag it #SpaceFace on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  – Lisa

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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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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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