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
*received for editorial consideration

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

*pr sample

Surprise your significant other with Aveeno Active Naturals for Men

I guess today is my version of drugstore heaven! This review is about some fantastic drugstore items you will want to pick up for your significant other, father, son, male muse…whatever you happen to have. The price point is ridiculously awesome and all of these products are fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.

Aveeno

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products

I am talking about the new Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products. My husband tested all three for the BIZ when Aveeno sent samples and he is crazy about each one. He says they are the best men’s products he has ever tried.

Aveeno Face Wash

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash ($5.99) is a creamy lotion that washes away dirt and grime.  It has tiny scrubbing beads that exfoliate dry and dead skin. It’s made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, which moisturizes my hubby’s skin but doesn’t break him out. If your guy is prone to milia, have him try this cleanser. It also softens up that 5 o’clock shadow so shaving is even easier. And it is completely fragrance-free. It smells like…nothing at all.

Aveeno Shave Gel

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel ($3.99) shoots out a thin stream of gel that instantly turns into foam – so much fun! Let’s be honest, how many of you have sprayed gel shave cream into your hand just to watch it transform? I can’t be the only one.

My husband loves this because it leaves his skin extremely soft. Unlike other heavier shaving creams it doesn’t clog his razor. In fact, he says it keeps his skin from getting irritated even when he uses a rather dull razor. And it smells exactly like…nothing at all.

Aveeno After Shave Lotion

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion

Like the Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash, the Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion ($5.99) is made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. My husband uses this after every shave. It is soothing to razor burned or irritated skin, and it leaves his skin soft but not wet or greasy. And unlike pretty much every other after shave lotion out there, this one smells like…you guessed it. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products are fantastic. They are affordable, easy to find, effective, and will work for even the most sensitive skin. Surprise the guy (or guys) in your life with some Aveeno…he will thank you for it!  – Lisa

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Last minute Father’s Day gift ideas: Evolutionman and Prada

Did you forget to buy a Father’s Day gift? No worries! Here are two products that were sent to the BIZ that were tested and you can be assured they will be perfect gifts the man of the day will absolutely love.
Evolutionman

Evolutionman

You’ve got to check out Evolutionman, a skin care line designed for men. The packaging is black, classy, and manly without going overboard. Guys will love it.

evolutionman

My husband tested the Cleanse & Shave ($23), a great multi-tasker that is perfect to keep in the shower. Sometimes my hubby shaves, sometimes not…he’s Asian so he can go several days before having to break out the razor. However, he washes his face every day…thank goodness. So he loves this product, a face wash that doubles as shaving cream when he needs it.

Evolutionman

Evolutionman

Cleanse & Shave smells like oranges. It’s a very subtle, pleasant, clean smell. It does a great job of cleansing and it hydrates skin leaving it nice and soft. For shaving, my hubby leaves the gel on a bit longer, so it softens his beard growth and prevents irritation from the razor.

Evolutionman

Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave swatch

Evolutionman

Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave again – it’s a non-foaming shave cream

Cleanse & Shave is a lotion-type cleanser and it also works as a non-foaming shave cream. It has all kinds of great ingredients like:

  • Orange Peel Essential Oil:  The awakening aroma of this essential oil will leave you feeling relaxed and happy.  Derived from the peel of fresh oranges it works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant super star
  • Vitamin A, C, and E:  Antioxidant superstars that heals, soothes, and rejuvenates the skin
  • Mushroom Extract: Exfoliates and tones skin to expose facial hairs for a superior shave
  • Amino Acids: Moisturizes and protects skin, as well as, promotes collagen function
  • Panthenol: Softens, soothes, and moisturizes the skin for a close shave
  • Safflower Seed Oil:  A natural moisturizer and skin lubricant

Overall it’s a great product from an intriguing line. The Cleanse & Shave makes for a terrific Father’s Day gift.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

You could go in another direction that will also leave your man smelling great – check out this Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set ($80, a $140 value!). This set is available at Macy’s. The set includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz After Shave Balm and a 1.7 oz Bath & Shower Gel.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

This is the ‘Intense’ version, not the original which I feel has a more ‘soapy’ smell to it. Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense is, without a doubt, the sexiest men’s cologne I have ever smelled. It is truly amazing. Top notes are mandarin, bergamot, and cardamom, so initially it smells very fresh. Then it dries down into a mixture of vanilla and leather which is unbelievably provocative.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Shaving Lotion

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense After Shave Balm

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

I love that the set includes a shower gel and an after-shave balm. We all know that layering scents is the best way to keep smelling good all day!

I absolutely ADORE Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, and my husband knows it…it’s the best ‘get lucky’ card in his deck. And this set is such a great deal, it’s really a perfect last-minute Father’s Day gift.  – Lisa

*pr samples

VO: DWTS Season 16 Victor Ortiz’s skin care line

Victor

Victor Ortiz Skin Care

Getting men to properly take care of their skin can be difficult. Many men would just as soon wash their face with a bar of Irish Spring and call it done. The idea behind the VO skin care line was to put quality skin care into manly packaging with a manly name. And the name behind this product is pro boxer Victor Ortiz.

Victor

I have to admit, at the time this product was sent to the BIZ for consideration for review,  I didn’t know who Victor Ortiz was. However my husband did which is good since the line is for men!

Victor in action

Victor in action

But now far more people – not just sports fans – have a pretty good idea of who Victor Ortiz is, since he is the fifth pro boxer (after Evander Holyfield, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather, and Sugar Ray Leonard) to compete on Dancing With The Stars.

Victor Ortiz, Dancing With the Stars Season 16

Victor Ortiz, Dancing With the Stars Season 16

Victor is a very handsome guy and he’s showing some pretty smooth dance moves with his DWTS partner Lindsay.

Victor with his dancing partner, Lindsay

Victor with his dancing partner, Lindsay

(As a side note, the company that makes the VO Skin Care is called FaceLube. I know what you are thinking. But change that thought to this:  what makes a car run better, cheap lubricant or high performance lubricant? If your mind is still in the gutter you and I are probably destined to be best friends.)

So how is his skin care line, which boasts it is “Built for a champion, fit for a man’s man“? According to my husband, it’s really good. We were sent the VO Platinum Anti-Aging Skin Care Booster Pack ($75), which comes in a box that looks like a bottle of engine oil for your car.

Victor

Manly products for manly men

The system is quite simple:  step 1 is cleanser, step 2 is treatment, and step 3 is protectant. Together this system reduces hyper-pigmentation, inflammation, wrinkles, and clogged pores. The products are full of peptides, anti-oxidants, and enzymes that protect and enhance the appearance of skin.

Step One

Step One

My husband has been using this system for about two months and he is impressed. Step one, the cleanser, smells clean but not in a ‘dude you are wearing WAY too much cologne’ way. He says it really cleans his skin, which can get pretty dirty as he is a Construction Manager, but it doesn’t leave it feeling stripped or dry.

Step Two

Step Two

Step two is the treatment, this is an anti-aging treatment. My husband says it doesn’t smell like much, it’s easy to apply, and while he’s not sure if it makes him look younger it doesn’t irritate his rather sensitive skin or make him break out. In fact his skin is much clearer and he hasn’t had any issues with milia or clogged pores since he began using this system.

Step Three

Step Three

Step three is the protectant, which I was happy to see – my husband is out in the sun a lot and never puts on sunscreen. I am happy he’s actually protecting his skin every day now.  Also included in the pack were two other items, a Lip Balm for Men (which the hubby says works) and a dog tag (which my 8 year old daughter immediately confiscated).

lip balm

lip balm

All the products are eco-friendly, sulfate-, silicone-, and fragrance-free. My hubby says he finds the packaging to be better than typical ‘girl stuff’ I make him use. I think my husband’s skin is probably just as soft and smooth as Victor’s. And if he develops the same body, well….a girl can dream, can’t she?? – Lisa

* pr sample sent for consideration for review

Victor

Pretty manly!