I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I love dudes. Dudes are the coolest. I love the
way they look, the way they smell (oh, the smell of a man who's been working
outside, mixed with simple soap and maybe some diesel exhaust makes me weak in
the knees). I love them.
But I'm super-girly, so I'm never that girl with a
boyish style or a knack for blending the masculine and the feminine--unless we're talking about beauty products! Or,
rather, "grooming products."
There's been an upswing in dude-centric
grooming products in the past decade, and I am all about it. I like fancy
perfumes, face wash, scrubs and lip products and guess what? So do the men in
my life! This is coming from someone who convinced her no-frills dad (his
grooming routine is Lava soap and purple shampoo) to try out
Kiehl's shaving cream and quickly converted him.
Since I'm single as can be at the moment, I
don't have a boyfriend to swipe products from. Lucky for me, I can just pop
into Minneapolis's premier mens' shop, Martinpatrick3 to get my fix. The
fantastically decorated space in the North Loop neighborhood has expanded
massively over the past few years and now offers objects for all facets of
manliness, from clothing to shoes to accessories and housewares.
Obviously it's the apothecary section that I'm
into; they sell fragrances from Odin and Santa Maria Novella, Le Labo candles,
Marvis fancy toothpaste… to say it is exciting for a girl with champagne
tastes is a massive understatement.
So I spent a Sunday afternoon doodling
about, choosing a few dude-oriented products that even ladies like me could
appreciate. (Full disclosure: My old boyfriend used to manage this store.)
Though everything in the space is lovely, here are a few products I wouldn’t
mind taking up space in my ultra-girly bathroom cabinet.
Eight & Bob
This has Kennedy connections.
Selling point! When the young JFK smelled this fragrance on French perfume
fiend Albert Fouquet, he fell for it and requested a few samples upon his
return to the U.S. He asked for "eight, and if your production allows, one
for Bob." (That would be Bobby, if you didn't know.) Fouquet sent them, and
soon even Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart were requesting bottles of the scent,
now dubbed Eight & Bob.
reissued as of late and it is utterly charming. It's fresh and bright, owing to
the rare Andrea plant that can only be plucked a few months out of the year.
Notes of violet, citrus, iris and cedar keep it grounded in the masculine
realm, but it’s simple and well-rounded enough for a chick to wear too.
Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer
about this product before, but it is
my ultimate Holy Grail product. I have referred dozens of people to it, and they
all thank me later.
If you need a hard-working lip moisturizer that will give
you the soft, magical lips of your dreams, this is your ticket. It's a
semi-slippery, relatively thick balm that absorbs really fast so it doesn't
look like you're wearing lip gloss, which is one of the reasons why it's
strongly marketed to men.
I put the teeniest amount on before bed and wake up
with an angel mouth. It's not cheap, but I make a tube last almost a year.
Trust me on this one. If this stuff can best a dry Minnesota winter, it's worth
Nasomatto Silver Musk
I really, really hate
fragrance that claims to smell "clean." I do not want to smell like
laundry soap. I think that entire line of Clean perfumes are disgusting. You
may as well buy Tide and wear that.
However, Nasomatto's Silver
is a whole other story; it smells intriguingly clean, but nothing like freshly
washed sheets. It smells like silver, a little bit light and metallic. Do you
remember how Alex Mack would turn into silver goo? That's how this smells to me--like liquid silver.
Aesop Petitgrain Hydrating Body Gel
has always been anti-lotion. He doesn't like the way it feels on his skin and
says it's too greasy. Is that a guy thing? I guess I've never really noticed
any of my dude friends slathering on lotion now that I think about it.
why products like Aesop's Petitgrain
Hydrating Body Gel are right up my bro's alley; he gets the moisture he needs without
the slip-slide-y feel of lotion. And I am a fan of lotion in all its forms!
recommend leaving it in the fridge for use after sun exposure, which sounds
Jack Black Beard Lube
Don't you get sick of girl shaving cream
smelling like flowers and strawberries? I do. I don't smell like any fruity
floral fragrance period. And as much as I love a cheap can of Barbasol men's
shaving cream, it always leaves my legs feeling a little bit too squeaky and
Jack Black Beard
has a devoted following of dudes, but it's real good for lady legs (or wherever
else) too. It's made with jojoba and
macadamia nut oil to help soften and prime those pesky hairs for their eventual
decapitation and locks moisture in instead of zapping it.
What are your favorite dude products? Do you implement any
in your routine/steal them from your dad or your man or your friends? Have you
gotten the men in your life hooked on any products like I have?