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When I give a gift to the men in my family, it’s usually something sports related like tickets or gear, food or drink related such as scotch or some kind of smoked meat, or apparel related in the form of a tie, belt, robe or socks. It’s high time they get treated to luxurious, pampering, beautifying goods instead. After all, they want to look their best too and most men love grooming products, soaps and special scents as much as we do.
Here are the top contenders for the men in my life:
Van Der Hagen Luxury Boar Shave Set ($30) is an especially elegant ensemble that comes with a boar brush, acrylic stand, apothecary bowl and hypo-allergenic soap so everything he needs to get a smoother, closer, nick-and-bump-free shave is at the ready.
Hermes 4-Piece Colognes Collection Travel Set ($128) contains four perfectly sized (.50 oz) EDT sprays. Rounding out the set are Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate (with bold, crisp, rhubarb notes blended with white musks), Eau de Neroli Dore (a neroli/orange-blossom/saffron blend), Eau de Pamplemousse Rose (a sharp grapefruit-rose fragrance) and Eau d’Orange Verte (an invigorating fragrance scent made up of green, orange and woody notes). He can make one his signature and wear the others when the mood strikes.
Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar ($22) will polish, cleanse and moisturize. It blends black peppercorn oil, bergamot and oak moss for an antioxidant-infused bar with a fresh, masculine scent.
Anthony Let’s Talk Dirty Duo ($39) is a set of 2 non-drying, glycolic acid-infused cleanser that gently washes away dirt, grime, oil and dead skin cells. It also prevents ingrown hair and razor bumps, moisturizes and soothes, guards against oxidation, and firms and brightens your complexion.
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler ($65) is a collection of 15 of the most loved modern men’s fragrances packaged in a faux leather travel bag. Unzip it and you’ll find Burberry Brit Rhythm For Him Eau de Toilette Spray, Dolce& Gabbana Light Blue pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray, Prada Luna Rossa Sport Eau de Toilette Spray, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Toilette Spray and so many more. Enjoy sampling them all and when you’ve decided on a favorite, simply take the included certificate to any US Sephora store and you can redeem the voucher for a full-size bottle of your chosen scent at no additional cost.
Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap ($15) just might be his favorite gift because who could ever outgrow the kitschy delight of a fresh bar of soap on a rope! This one from Jack Black is suitable all skin types — from oily to dry to sensitive and everything in between — smells wonderful, and is formulated with ginkgo biloba and blue lotus to stimulate your senses, shea butters and murumuru to boost hydration and natural lava rock to gently slough away dead, dry skin cells.
Note: The Van Der Hagen Shave Set was sent for review. All other men’s grooming products highlighted were tested in store. Opinions are my own.