While you weren’t looking, American men have become style-obsessed: J.Crew can’t open their men’s stores fast enough, Justin Timberlake gets keratin treatments, and we’re falling for well-packaged men’s grooming products. Here are ten we’d recommend buying two of: one for him, one for you!
D.S. & Durga Cologne ($94) in Burning Barbershop
The niche fragrance brand, run by a husband-and-wife-team in Brooklyn, offers the following description for their best-selling scent: “A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake NY in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender oils burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.” The masculine, smoky scent is already a runaway hit with women.
Harry’s Shaving Kit ($15) The Truman Set
Harry’s, just launched by one of the co-founders of Warby Parker, offers a similar story to the optical hit. They’ve designed chic handles and razors, cut out the middleman to make everything incredibly inexpensive, and will donate a dollar or a blade to charity for every purchase made. As if you needed another reason to step away from the pink razors at the drugstore.
Nell’s Compass Candle ($38) in West
This dark red candle smells of wood, bourbon, and just a little bit of vanilla, filling any space with a rich, masculine smell.
John Masters Organics Orange and Ginseng Exfoliating Bar ($8)
The organic orange and lime peels inside the bar exfoliate while the ginseng stimulates your skin. There’s coconut oil in there, too, to make sure you’re extra soft post-scrub.
Jack Black Performance Remedy Body Rehab Scrub and Muscle Soak ($35)
As you amp up your workouts in anticipation of bathing suit season, why not grab a body scrub that soothes your tired muscles while cleansing? The exfoliating salt and shea butter work the surface while eucalyptus, rosemary, Epsom salt, and Arnica relieve tension, increase circulation, and loosen knots.
Baxter of California Close Shave Formula ($16)
The number of women using this shave gel must be increasing exponentially given its growing buzz. The minty fresh whipped formula helps score an impossibly fresh shave and the tea tree oil and peppermint soothes your skin before it even has a chance to become irritated.
The Decent Man’s Grooming Tools ($6) Deodorant Wipes
Everything’s easier in wipe form--even deodorant! These can fit inside the tiniest clutch or save precious space in carry-on luggage: they’ll stop odor and actually reduce sweating.
Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum ($185)
The liquid inside this decadent purple bottle actually smells dramatic. There’s leather, as well as chypre, balsam, and musk. It’s designed to develop on your skin over time, starting with spicy pink pepper and orange, moving into cedarwood and rose, before finishing with notes of patchouli and coffee.
Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Shampoo & Shower Gel ($36)
Not quite ready to wear men’s cologne? Try a less flowery body wash instead. This one, from Ferragamo, leaves behind a light citrus scent grounded in lavender and rosemary.
Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist ($45)
If you find a man who uses a moisture mist, he’s probably using this one. The clean, forest green packaging houses a lightly scented mist that leaves a matte finish. It’s also full of apple stem cells inside to calm sunburnt, stressed-out skin.