Not everyone wants to smell like a lumberjack. But for the rugged individualists who catch of whiff of fir trees and camp fires and think, "wow, sexy!", Juniper Ridge has just the right scents. They're the world's only "wilderness fragrance distillery". If you're wondering what that designation means, their mission statement -- "We go to the mountains, harvest wild plants and distill natural fragrance" -- pretty much sums it up. During harvest season you can find their hikers and backpackers climbing through the mountains and meadows of California, collecting the plants they use to make their fragrances. A company that turns their work into an adventure? Sounds familiar. We can dig it.
Of all the colognes, sprays, soaps and incenses in the Juniper Ridge lineup, our favorite is the Yuba River Cabin Spray. You'll roll your eyes when you hear the description: "Northern Sierra lake shimmering with fall sunlight, cedar, a cozy cabin and the smell of winter right around the corner". Then you'll get a whiff and find yourself transported back to that evening at Camp Walden when you got your first kiss. Other scents, from Siskiyou to Big Sur to Caruthers Canyon, are just as distinct and no less viscerally fragrant.
"This is fragrance for people who normally avoid fragrance", says Juniper Ridge Founder Hall Newbegin. "I'm a backpacker, and I'd never buy a perfume or cologne from a department store, but I knew how transformative it was to crush black sage leaves or mountain fir needles under my nose."
If you're someone who typically avoids cologne, or if you're just trying to up your mountain man street cred, we couldn't think of a more fitting product than Juniper Ridge. As a bonus, all the scents are unisex, so you and your favorite mountain woman can both smell like your forest-dwelling ancestors.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.
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Jeremy BergerBen Bowers