Grooming

It's Time to Break the Last Male Grooming Taboo

Are Facials For Men?

Getting pampered in a Brooklyn barbershop proves a revealing -- and refreshing -- experience.

Take a romantic getaway with your beard

5 Beard Oils To Try Now

Facial hair looks and feel best when tamed through habitual shaping and conditioning. To accomplish the latter, try a beard oil that softens wiry bristles and smells the part too.

Falling Away From Summer

Five Great Fragrances For Fall

Whereas summer fragrance is largely dominated by citrus and aquatic notes, a proper curation of fall pays tribute to the diversity and range of the late season’s offerings -- the musty smell of fallen leaves; bourbon by fireplace; ma's pantry of spices wafting from the next room over. The days are falling heavy, so tuck away last season’s picks and choose something that fits the current mood.

It worked on your grandmother

6 Classic Colognes to Wear Now

Those funky-smelling bottles stowed in your grandpa's medicine cabinet were actually love potions you now wish you owned. The best was probably one of these.

Great Excuses For A Rubdown

11 Sunscreens for Every Occasion

We spend a lot of time outside, and the reality is that we’re often more fastidious about taking care of our bikes and boards than we are our skin. News flash: even if you don’t burn, you should be doing something to block the UV rays from permeating your dermis. These sunscreen options should cover whatever type of protection you need.

Juniper, lime and absinthe

Fresh Five: Summer Fragrances for Men

Summer is an olfactory roller coaster, a time to trade in heavy colognes for something lighter. These five fragrances are our favorites.

Smooth Operator

About Face: Upgrade Your Shaving Cream

Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend's unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.

Sharpen up

Guide to Life: Shave with a Straight Razor

Alexander the Great told his soldiers to be clean shaven so that the enemy couldn't pull on their beards in battle. And how did ol’ Alex and his boys do it? With a straight razor. You’ve seen the straight razor in your barbershop, and you’ve felt your barber use it on the back of your neck. Now you’re ready to give it a try -- on your face.

The Straightforward Essentials

Kit: Straight Razor Shave

Face it: you need a change in the shaving department. We're here to tell you that a straight razor shave is a good shave, especially if you're willing to take a little extra time every morning and you appreciate history and a good deal of custom. You don’t need to go nuts purchasing everything you see on the newest hipster shaving website, but you also can’t just buy a straight razor and call it a day. We've got your essentials.

Make Mr. Todd Proud

Upgrade Your Shave with these Five Great Straight Razors

There's something to be said for the simplicity of a straight razor shave. In spite of all the shaving gadgets available to the millennial man, the straight razor market is stronger now than it’s ever been. It may involve a little bit of blood at first and a few extra minutes of work, but using a straight razor makes for a close shave and involves a routine that feels timeless and empowering. If you’re ready to step up your shave game, here are the top five straight blades you ought to consider.

A Collection of Vintage Straight Razors

Photo Essay: Respect for the Blade

For many, shaving is a daily nuisance. Not so for everyone, we recently learned when GP writer Mike Henson shared his love of the straight razor shave. We asked him to catalogue his antique collection and got more than we bargained for in passion, history, and a set of beautiful tools.

Rough: The Way Your Face Likes It

The Nitty Gritty: 5 Best Face Scrubs For Men

One of the easiest ways to achieve clearer, cleaner, flake-free skin is to regularly rid your face of all the crap that builds up on and in it, but that's no easy feat. The best way to defeat face gunk is to scrub it out. Here are our five favorite men's face scrubs to get you started.

Always Be Closing

Kit: Power Lunch

The present state of business prizes efficiency above all else: large outputs from small teams, multitasking, checking email while jogging, jogging while conference calling, working vacations. In this paradigm a leisurely lunch gums up the works. But the reality is that a face-to-face over charred ribeyes and bone-dry martinis can replace a week’s worth of email exchanges. One good single-pump handshake and a knowing smile is good for a billion retweets. The power lunch, like the double-breasted suit, is not back: it never went away. To do it right you’ll need a few accoutrements, which you’ll find right here. We’ll see you at Dorsia.

Liquid Handsome

The Best Facial Moisturizers for Men

The first thing you should do after washing and shaving your visage should be to apply a high-quality moisturizer. You need to restore nutrients and hydration to your empty epidermis and protect against UV rays and premature wrinkles. You're a handsome dude -- keep yourself that way. Commit to being blemish free, skin cancer free, flake free, wrinkle free; let's aim to have clear, soft, touchable, youthful skin. Let's start with these, the best facial moisturizers for men.

36 gifts for the well-dressed gent

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

If you’re a stylish gent, you’re acutely aware of each seasonal shift. Spring affords chances to wear lighter, refreshed colors; summer is time for light material and sunglasses; autumn means breaking out a chunky cardigan. But it’s winter when a man can truly shine. He can layer. He can sport rich fabrics and hulking boots, overcoats and purposeful accessories. When there is such a wide, deep array of options in the winter wardrobe world, what exactly do you give the man who lives stylishly? We’re here to turn that dilemma into fruitful present curation. So brew up some nog, get out the wrapping paper (even if you’re giving to yourself) and check out our top picks in these important categories of winter style for the well dressed man.

Grizzly Adams, you are not

Handsomely Hirsute: 6 Best Beard Trimmers

Straight edge razors, Dollar Shave Club, electric, Mach 3, safety razors...for the clean-shaven out there, options truly abound. For those of us who opt for a little or a lot of facial hair, though, companies seem less inclined to provide choices. Keeping that beard trim and looking good is important regardless of season, particularly when research has shown women are more attracted to men with heavy stubble than their clean-shaven counterparts. In the interest of cleaning up this situation, we've rounded up our favorite beard trimmers.

Cool Shot

Video Breakdown: Braun CoolTec Razor

Thermo-Electric Cooling Technology -- that's not a term you expect to read on an electric razor's spec sheet. Thankfully, there's no need to butcher that science-speak in front of a sales associate; just ask for CoolTec. Fulfilling the next step in shaving innovations from Braun, it's the world's first razor that actively cools the skin via an integrated electro-ceramic cooling element in the head. To find out all grooming innovations the CoolTec has to offer, check out the video above.

Essentials for the daily grind

Kit: Office Space

Dali said intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Clearly, you've got both in spades -- all that's lacking is better preparation. Small upgrades can make big differences in organization, confidence and execution, and luckily for you, we've dug up the must-have office essentials to help you stay focused on conquering the office, one job done well at a time. Heed our advice and maybe you'll be patting backs soon.

Essentials for a Smooth Trip

Kit: Frequent Flyer

Travel pros. You've seen them. You've envied them. They glide through check-in, make the body-scan look like a photo shoot and sightsee like locals. Sure, part of it might be their passport with 200 stamps, but the right kit makes a world of difference, too. Whether you're embarking on a shuttle flight or a trip around the globe, there are a few pieces of gear that will improve life on the road dramatically. We've got 'em.

Groom like a big boy

Birchbox Man

When's the last time you tried out a new grooming product you didn't swipe from a hotel? Now eliminate the items your better half brought home. That's what we thought. Just because it's what your dad or your roommate in college used, doesn't mean it's the right thing for you. Luckily for your too-busy-to-possibly-stumble-into-a-drug-store self, Birchbox Man is a service that's designed to take the hassle out of finding your next go-to grooming supplies and tools. Learn more by clicking into the post, or join now below. Join Now: $20

Shave and a happy wallet, two bits

Harry’s: A Great Shave, A Great Price

Tired of feeling like they were "paying a tax on razors imported from the future", the smart gentlemen behind Harry's (Warby Parker co-founder, Jeff Raider, and his partner, Andy Katz-Mayfield) set out to make a well-groomed face affordable. What they've created is much better than a disposable and much (much!) cheaper than said "future" razors.

That's nothing to sneeze at

Follow Your Nose: Five Small-Batch Colognes to Try Now

Look on your bookshelf, in your armoire, wherever you stash your toiletries. We’d bet a shiny buffalo nickel you’ve got one bottle of cologne there, maybe a second collecting dust. That one you've got smells like getting socked with a powdery diaper, but the the packaging made you think of white sand, bracing saltwater and azure skies. What happened? More to the point, how did you end up with that bottle? For all the energy men expend making decisions about what to buy (we should know), we put comparatively little effort into cologne. That changes now. We’re going to take some of the guesswork out by testing men’s cologne here at GP, starting with a look at five men's fragrances from niche brands we like.

Old School, High Quality, No BS

Owen & Fred

In the constant pursuit of a high-quality, stylish lifestyle, it's understandable that we men may stray from the path a time or two -- a truck stop frozen burrito here, a discount-grade pair of white socks there. Most times, though, we regret purchasing shoddy products. Owen & Fred, The Store For Men is a response to just such disappointing gimmickry, providing the superbly crafted choice for everything from dopp kits to ties to kitchen accessories and all the rest.

A Locals Bar

Hudson Made Beard & Shave Soap

We’d like to regale you with stories of the good old days, when men would go down to the local soapmaker’s shop to refill their scuttle with something fresh and handmade and honest. But we’ll do you one better: Get ye to New York’s Hudson Valley — or at least to the Hudson Made website...

Pheromones are not enough

Juniper Ridge Backpacker’s Cologne

“Backpacker’s Cologne” sounds more like a euphemism for “smells like you haven’t showered in a while” than a natural fragrance made using pre-industrial perfume techniques — but that’s just what it is, camper. Juniper Ridge harvests wild plants from seven locations in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and the Desert Southwest, extracting the essential oils...

Care for your skin, Kiwi-style

Triumph & Disaster Grooming Products

These days, fame increasingly comes with the chance to delve into product development. Jordan transfered his ups into sneakers; Dre’s cashed in his booth skills on headphones; Beckham shills underwear — these all make perfect sense. Former New Zealand cricket star Dion Nash turned his right-armed bowling skills into… a men’s grooming line. It seems...

It puts the lotion on

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

Is treating your face well too effeminate for you? Get over yourself. Unless you’ve got the symmetry of Matt Bomer or go by first name “Tom”, last name “Hardy”, there’s no good reason to glorify skin like a catcher’s mitt. Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm ($36) is a great option for topical care this summer....

Solar, eclipsed

Davines SU After Sun Grooming Products

You’re well-dressed and fit, you drive a nice car and even your girlfriend is easy on the eyes. But you still park your face under the hot sun, thinking that you’re invincible. If you don’t want to resemble a baseball glove twenty years from now, you should be wary of sun damage to both your...

Cures what scales ya

C.O. Bigelow Lotio Mentholus No. 002

Are you the misinformed-type who thinks a “little” sunburn builds a base tan? Soothe your peeling skin with C.O. Bigelow Lotio Mentholus No. 002 ($25), a natural topical analgesic of .1% camphor, suspended in lemon, lavender, peppermint and rosemary oil, designed to pamper your epidermis without leaving you smelling like a high school locker room....

Clean (smelling) jeans

retaW MOOD* Denim Fragrance Liquid

We all know that wearing jeans just once out of the washer isn’t enough, unless you’re one of those unfortunate souls looking to revive the acid-washed glory days of the 80s. Two times maybe. Three times…well, that’s when they just start to stretch in all the right places, sag nicely, and feel great. Things only...

Perfect protection

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+

After months of holing ourselves up during winter, the sun is finally making a warm comeback, and unless you have dedicated your life to playing World of Warcraft, you’ll be outside soaking up some vitamin D. Thankfully, we all know what The Situation doesn’t seem to understand — that intense exposure to the sun is...

No ID required

Sierra Nevada Natural Lip Balm

The next time you’re in need of lip protection, stop stealing the cherry gloss from your better half’s purse, and grab some Sierra Nevada Natural lip balm ($1). It’s made from cascade hop oils and other all-natural ingredients, for a hint a Sierra Nevada flavor, minus the 5.6% ABV buzz. Keep a stick in your...

Shave and save

Dollar Shave Club

Few things pillage your wallet in such shocking fashion like re-upping your razor blade stash. Michael Durbin, CEO and founder of Dollarshaveclub.com was fed up with the price gouging going on in today’s $2.6 billion grooming market, and set out to change the game. As the name implies, for as low as $1 a month...

Bring the barbershop home

Imperial Barber Products

Imperial Barber Products is a new grooming brand, inspired by the founding team’s collective 26 years of experience in the LA and NYC barbershop scene. The made in the U.S.A. line started off with the classic pomade, which the brand boasts is the strongest water-based pomade in the country, and should be good for those...

Travel sheets to the wind

Travelon Toiletry Sheets

We can deal with the TSA airport security shuffle but the frenzy to keep grooming items down to the correct but annoyingly small 3 ounces is all but intolerable. To cut back on some of that hassle, consider using the cool and amazingly convenient Travelon Toiletry Sheets ($5). Each small plastic travel pack holds 50...

Ditch your eye baggage

Polaar Icy Magic

You work your ass off to get ahead in everything. You rise early and go to bed late. You eat well, exercise, and spend time with those you love. And everyone can tell you live life to the fullest, not from the pep in your step, or the smile on your face, but from the...

Style Pick: Mission Workshop Eiger Field Jacket

The first in a series of new technical pieces called the Advanced Projects Series, Mission Workshop has infused the classic military field jacket with their thoughtful, modern touch as well as a heavy dose of the murdered out look we can’t get enough of right now. Made from Swiss fabric called Schoeller c_change, the Eiger...

Pure and Simple

Prospector Co. Grooming Products

Prospector Co. is an independent men’s grooming brand that channels a similar vibe to the Portland General Store. All of their hand-blended, small batch products feature purely natural ingredients and are designed for those who care just as much about what goes on their skin as what they drive, eat, wear, or watch. Distinctive combinations...

Ditch the free hotel soap

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

Admit it, you’ve been caught by your wife/girlfriend washing your face with bar soap or whatever suds-creating substance is next to the sink. Embarrassing, isn’t it? What’s worse, that method isn’t doing your skin any favors. Time to upgrade several notches by using Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash ($26), a blend of natural and organic...

Personal stylist, in a box

Birchbox Man Limited Edition Collection

The popular direct-mail startup Birchbox has officially launched a one time edition of their subscription commerce service geared towards men. The limited edition box is filled with a trove of grooming finds from brand’s we’ve covered on site before including: Anthony logistics lip balm and shave cream, Jack Black moisturizer, Bvlgari eau de toilette, Supersmile...

Dope Kit

Hard Graft Driftwood Dopp Kitt

Hard Graft’s Driftwood Dopp Kitt ($204) is just as style focused as the goods it’s meant to contain. The exterior is crafted from a combination of Italian suede and vegetable tanned leather, while the interior sports a water resistant, wipe clean lining. A double zipper opening makes packing bigger items like that mega can of...

Smell Top Shelf

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

Smelling like a bottle of gin at one point was a bad thing in proper society. Now it seems the tides have changed for fans of the quintessential British spirit. Juniper Sling ($160) is a new fragrance from Penhaligon’s — a boutique brand that has held its own in the men’s grooming world across the...

Clean Your Slate

Portland General Store Hunting Camp Soap

Few boutique grooming brands understand how to catch our eye like The Portland General Store. Lisa Brodar and Troy Tyler’s latest creation is called Hunting Camp Soap ($13). Thanks to bold ingredients such as pumice, sandalwood powder, activated charcoal, frankincense powder, spikenard powder, and moisturizers, the soap is tailored to manhandle the grime and stench...