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    The Grooming Products Guys Should Know

    27th November 2012

     

    This was a fun one. Consider this Pinterest board a double whammy – guys, you might learn some new hair and facial product brands you didn’t know about before. And for the ladies in your lives reading: take note! These products all make great stocking stuffers.

    A few I’m loving right now:

    Cleanlogic soap+sponge

    I’m giving one of these to every guy I know this Christmas. I always forget when to toss my own old shower poufs so I don’t even want to think about how long they live in some guys’ showers. You’re supposed to throw them away every two weeks! Or is it every week? …It’s definitely more often than any of us actually do it, that’s for sure.

    This body sponge is infused with all natural glycerin soap – when the soap is gone, you throw out the sponge. So you don’t keep it around longer than you should.

    Trader Joe’s Peppermint Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

    The more I read about the effects of the chemicals in our lives, the more I try to look for grooming products that are sulfate-free. This one – from Trader Joe’s of all places! – smells amazing (fact: guys dig tea tree scents) and is thankfully au naturel when it comes to the back of the bottle.

    Also, a reader had this tip on sourcing natural products in your area:

    “A nice place to pick up natural/organic products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Cleansers, Moisturizers, etc.) is your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Selection is hit or miss but you can find items at a nice discount compared to Whole Foods.” Good tip!

     

    Bumble and bumble Sumotech

    I love this stuff. Ever since working at Bumble and bumble manning the front desk as a fresh-faced, fresh off the Wisconsin boat 18-year-old (have I ever told you that story?), I’ve been an evangelist for all things Bumble. Take a small amount of sumotech in your hand and rub it between your hands until the color goes away, then slick through hair for a light hold and matte finish.

    Tell me:

    What products do you swear by in your grooming routine? See any you’d like to try?

    • average joe

      Remember the show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”? One of the early episodes had them using Bumble and Bumble products on their subject to helped him get better grooming.

      • Martin

        I just know the South Park episode about this show.^^

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        I don’t remember that episode (though I watched that show religiously!), but I do love their stuff!

    • average joe

      Remember the show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”? One of the early episodes had them using Bumble and Bumble products on their subject to helped him get better grooming.

    • marcus

      that product would never work for my asian hair. i use gatsby.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        link?

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        link?

      • http://www.twitter.com/iPodschun Derric

        I’m Asian (or Pacific Islander, whatever you want to classify Filipinos as) and sumotech works great for me.

      • http://www.twitter.com/iPodschun Derric

        I’m Asian (or Pacific Islander, whatever you want to classify Filipinos as) and sumotech works great for me.

    • marcus

      that product would never work for my asian hair. i use gatsby.

    • Nate

      My hair is super fine (not like, really cool, you know what I mean…) and those lighter hold products don’t work for me either. I’ve had a lot of luck with Lock, Stock & Barrel products. Their Pucka Grooming Creme is my favorite hair product… smells amazing. Highly recommend!

      http://themotley.com/index.php/hair/hair-style/lock-stock-barrel-pucka-grooming-creme.html

    • Nate

      My hair is super fine (not like, really cool, you know what I mean…) and those lighter hold products don’t work for me either. I’ve had a lot of luck with Lock, Stock & Barrel products. Their Pucka Grooming Creme is my favorite hair product… smells amazing. Highly recommend!

      http://themotley.com/index.php/hair/hair-style/lock-stock-barrel-pucka-grooming-creme.html

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        I’ll have to check them out, thanks Nate!

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        I’ll have to check them out, thanks Nate!

    • Jim

      A while back I found a new shower poof in my shower caddy, so I asked my roommate if one of hers fell into there by accident. She said “No Jim, that’s for you. You’ve been using the same one for a year and a half.”

      I’m Jim. I’m disgusting. I use bacteria-riddled shower poofs until a woman tells me that’s not OK.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        hahahah

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        hahahah

      • Dan

        It’s just like towels – they never have to be washed because you’re always clean when you use them :)

      • Dan

        It’s just like towels – they never have to be washed because you’re always clean when you use them :)

      • Chris Rogers

        They should make a poof that disentigrates when it’s time to quit using…I can definitely picture guys getting the cleanlogic one and just adding soap once it runs out lol.

      • Travis Austin Hoopz

        I used a bath brush until all the bristles fell out once. Holding on long past the end.

      • Andrew So

        Oh snap. I just realized you pulled an old Friends reference on us; it’s the catchphrase from “The One with Ross’ Sandwich”.

        • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

          duhhhh!

      • Andrew So

        Oh snap. I just realized you pulled an old Friends reference on us; it’s the catchphrase from “The One with Ross’ Sandwich”.

    • Jim

      A while back I found a new shower poof in my shower caddy, so I asked my roommate if one of hers fell into there by accident. She said “No Jim, that’s for you. You’ve been using the same one for a year and a half.”

      I’m Jim. I’m disgusting. I use bacteria-riddled shower poofs until a woman tells me that’s not OK.

    • ChrisReetz

      Aveda makes a nice shampoo and conditioner that washes out easily without leaving behind an oily residue. Also, American Crew’s Fiber is great for no-sheen, full hair styling.

      http://www.aveda.com/product/5311/16530/Hair-Care/Shampoo/Rosemary-Mint-Shampoo/index.tmpl

      http://www.americancrew.com/products/classic/fiber

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        mmm, aveda smells so good..

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        mmm, aveda smells so good..

    • ChrisReetz

      Aveda makes a nice shampoo and conditioner that washes out easily without leaving behind an oily residue. Also, American Crew’s Fiber is great for no-sheen, full hair styling.

      http://www.aveda.com/product/5311/16530/Hair-Care/Shampoo/Rosemary-Mint-Shampoo/index.tmpl

      http://www.americancrew.com/products/classic/fiber

    • Mark

      I use Pureology Texture Twist in my hair. It says it’s for color treated hair but mine’s not. I like it a lot. It doesn’t make my hair all hard and crusty but it just sort of makes it hold fairly naturally. My wife made me go to a legit salon right before our wedding. It was my first non-Supercuts haircut in pretty much ever and the guy used Texture Twist. I’ve been using it ever since – over 8 years. I’ve also been going to that salon since then. It’s a far cry from my $10 Supercuts cuts but so much better.

      http://www.pureology.com/systems/texture-twist

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        yes! a good haircut makes SUCH a big difference! Glad your wife convinced you to make the jump :)

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        yes! a good haircut makes SUCH a big difference! Glad your wife convinced you to make the jump :)

    • Tres

      Jack Black Face Buff is the best. It’s available at Nordstroms. It’s a really good kickstarter on those mornings when you just don’t want to leave the apartment.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Love Jack Black products!

        • Tres

          Whenever my friends see it they’re like, “….Jack Black?” That’s always fun.

    • ScottWC

      These are my three favorite grooming products:

      Kiehl’s Creme de Corps (every day)

      Kiehl’s Energizing Scrub (Skin Buffer) only twice a week… mon and fri

      Kiehl’s Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream (every day.. sometimes twice a day…best face cream ever)

      They’re a bit expensive, but they last a really long time, which makes up for the cost.

      I tried the Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap a few times but I just couldn’t justify paying $18 for a single bar. Hah. I just stick with Dove’s Men + Care now, BUT… I might have to try that Cleanlogic sponge thingy. ;)

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Love Kiehl’s, all good reccos:) but yes, understand why you don’t want to spend almost twenty bucks on a bar of soap!

    • Fragrant Moments

      In the winter months I use Cetaphil Cream as my body moisturizer. It was recommended to me by dermatologist. Portland General Store and Ursa Major both make excellent products for men. I often use their products while shaving.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        My brother-in-law swears by Cetaphil cleanser for his face. I think it’s a really great, simple line of products.

        • Fragrant Moments

          I’ll have to give that cleanser a try SG.

    • Fragrant Moments

      In the winter months I use Cetaphil Cream as my body moisturizer. It was recommended to me by dermatologist. Portland General Store and Ursa Major both make excellent products for men. I often use their products while shaving.

    • http://www.twitter.com/iPodschun Derric

      Missed seeing this post yesterday. Whoops. Just wanted to chime in and say B&b sumotech is awesome! Been using it for the last three years.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Yeah!!

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        Yeah!!

    • JBu92

      Jack Black and Every Man Jack both make fantastic grooming products.
      Also, while perhaps not a grooming product per se, Fresh Balls.

    • Matt S.

      I’m late on this article.

      Bumble & Bumble Gellac is what I use EVERY DAY for my hair. I do a whip-back part thing and this stuff makes my hair (as Pauly D says) ‘bulletproof’.

      • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

        But just to be clear – your hairstyle does NOT look like Pauly D’s, correct?! (I hope..)

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