So, Father's Day is approaching in a couple of weeks. My dad is awesome, and whenever I go shopping, he always asks me to grab him little sample vials of different colognes, because even dads like beauty products, you guys. Anyway, if you like your dad, you're probably trying to think of things to get him. If you don't like your dad, or you don't have a dad, there's probably some other male figure in your life that you still think is awesome. Brother, uncle, boyfriend, husband, best guy friend. They all need products!
The beauty market for women is VAST, there are products popping up all the time and hundreds of sub-categories constantly being catered towards us. Guys have their market too, what with all the colognes constantly coming out, shampoos that don't smell "too girly" and skincare packaged in navy bottles so you can tell the difference, because you know, God forbid a guy ever use a moisturizer that smells like roses. But I digress ... even the manliest of men can benefit from a little pampering, so here's a round-up of my favourite products tailored just for dudes.
For Low-Maintenance, Beardly Types - A Beautiful Life Brands' Tonic Soothing Cologne Splash ($24, abeautifullife.com)
This product doubles as an after-shave and a beard conditioner, which I just think is cute and also appreciate, because beards are SCRATCHY. I gave this to my (scruffy) boyfriend for his birthday and he uses it every day, so I'm assuming he likes it. I like it, which is really all that matters. It smells like cinnamon hearts and the forest, and it lessens the scratchiness of scruff. Two thumbs up from me, a woman who doesn't have a beard but likes dudes who do.
For Party Animals And/Or Workaholics - Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer ($20, kiehls.com)
Giving this as a gift says, "I love you, but you need to take a nap." It's a de-puffing eye stick with caffeine in it to lessen puffiness from late nights, long flights, or rough workouts (who gets puffy eyes after working out? Am I taking it too easy at the gym? Yeesh.) This also works for girls but I mean, the packaging is blue so it totally says "I AM A MAN." Speaking of, throw in a bar of Kiehl's Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap ($14, kiehls.com) for a gift that says, "You're the ULTIMATE MAN! ... And I respect that, but you need to exfoliate too."
For The Loveable Ones Who Curse And Drink Like Sailors -- Liberty Men's Fragrance Oil ($15, Wiggle Perfume on Etsy)
So I wanted to buy my boyfriend this cologne but he was all "I don't wear cologne!" (but he'll wear beard conditioner, the logic) so I just have to sit around and mope that no one will wear this and I can't buy it for my dad because he already has a bunch of colognes too, and it would be weird.
Ugh, why can't I have a brother?! That would be weird too, though. If I bought cologne for my hyopthetical brother, just so I could smell him? He'd probably look like a dude version of me, which I've always wondered, "What would that look like?" but that's weird, and I'm going to stop talking about that, and just write about Liberty now, which is a fragrance oil and not a cologne at all actually, because I'd imagine it's much more potent than a cologne ... anyway, this is ramble-y.
THE POINT IS, the description of this fragrance oil sounds quite sexy to me and reminds me of the sexy, drunken sailor from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," played wonderfully by Jared Harris, A.K.A. Lane Pryce (sniff) of "Mad Men" and yes, I am going off on a tangent again.
SO, THE ACTUAL POINT IS: it's a scent combining gin, bay rum, Southern Comfort and pipe tobacco (a smell I adore), with "debauchery" layered over "sea breezes and salty old wood." Are you swooning? I'm swooning. In another life I'm sure I would've chased after sailors. My mother says when my grandmother was young, her and her sister used to go down to the pier and try to flirt with sailors. So, it's in my blood. WON'T SOMEONE LET ME DOUSE THEM IN THIS OIL?
If you know a guy who loves the great outdoors, camping, being "one" with nature and all that jazz, then he'll love these Lush products. The Toothy Tabs are little spearmint tablets that you crush between your teeth and then swish around with some water until they foam up into a nice little lather perfect for cleaning your teeth with. They're great for throwing in your bag when you're headed up the country for a weekend, along with the matching Dirty Springwash, ideal for getting squeaky clean in a babbling brook or whatever. I try to go places with plumbing.
Now, tell me about the cool dudes in your life. If your dad is awesome, tell me a heartfelt story. If your dad sucks, tell me about another cool male. And, I don't know, what products they use.
Sometimes I tweet about the funny stuff my parents say: @hannahejo. P.S. Hi mom, I know you're reading this!