Father’s Day Gift Guide — Grooming Gift Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts!  There are a bunch of great ideas for the men in your life.

Below are fragrance and grooming from Rituals, Harry’s shaving and TENZING skincare that will make great gifts:

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men

Rituals Oasis Vert Cologne For Men ($75 USD) — Created by world’s best perfumers and inspired by their journeys into the Orient. Evoke the fragrant world of a lush oasis hidden in the wilderness of ancient Arabia. Invigorating vetiver and green patchouli fuse effortlessly with the fresh coolness of spring water and a woody hint of fresh oak. A perfume that is as elusive as the desert wind.

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set

Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Refreshing Ritual Gift Set ($45 USD) — Discover and experience the energising Samurai ritual at home. Spoil yourself or somebody else with this wonderful gift. The gift package is wrapped in a colourful and beautiful gift box.

Each set contains:
– Samurai Shower foaming shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Cool Scrub 70ml
– Samurai Cool Down shower gel 200ml
– Samurai Magic Shave 70ml

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals Stores throughout NYC

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($30 USD) — This Father’s Day Shave Set has all you need to get started with Harry’s. A great shave at a fair price.

Includes
  • 1 Limited-Edition Storm Gray Truman Razor Handle
  • 1 Harry’s Razor Stand
  • 1 Shave Gel (4.0oz)
  • 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
  • 1 Travel Blade Cover

Available at http://www.harrys.com

TENZING’s Adventure Pack

TENZING, a brand-new men’s skincare brand, uses aloe based products that combine some of the healthiest and most natural ingredients known to man. A perfect gift to treat dads to something a little more luxe this year.

TENZING’s Adventure Pack (available in Sage Mint and Sandalwood), retailing at $55.00 offers:

The Pre-Shave Oil – a combination of rich oils (acai, olive oil and grape seed oils) blended together to create pre-shave perfection.

The Premium Shave Cream — Organically formulated with an aloe base, the shave cream strengthens and hydrates skin while supplying a smooth and comfortable shave.

The Face Moisturizer — Organically crafted moisturizer fights early signs of aging, tones skin and leaves you feeling ready with aloe and grape seed oil.

Purchase at store.tenzingskincare.com

 

What are you giving for Father’s Day?

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s still time to get Dad a great gift! Luxe shaving and fragrance gifts are always welcome!

Below, are some ideas to give to the special man in your life.  They include amazing shaving sets for different price points and fragrances, too:

The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave Full Size Kit ($120 USD) — Combines high quality products, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique to provide optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts. The Full Size Kit offers Pre-Shave Oil (2 fl. oz), Shaving Cream (5.0 oz), After-Shave Balm (3.3 fl. oz), and a handcrafted Badger Shaving Brush and comes in the following signature scents, Lavender, Lemon, Ocean Kelp, Sandalwood and Unscented.

The Art of Shaving Travel Kit and Razor ($175 USD) — Provides a close and comfortable shave while you’re away. The compact and water-resistant Travel Kit & Razor is a necessity for the busy traveler and includes the elegant Fusion Razor™, convenient travel pumps of Pre-Shave Oil (1 oz), Shaving Cream (1.7 oz), After-Shave Balm (1 oz) and a Pure Badger Travel Shaving Brush. Also makes for a perfect start-up shaving kit.

The Art of Shaving Razor, Brush and Shaving Stand Sets: Sets are customizable and Razors, Stands and Brushes are all sold separately ($150-$800+). Customize a set for your dad at The Art Of Shaving Stores, or at TheArtOfShaving.com. Shaving products are made with top quality materials and craftsmanship for longevity and quality. TAOS Razors are made to fit Gillette Mach and Fusion blades which are available in store, by replenishment or anywhere razorblades are sold.

Purchase at The Art of Shaving Stores and theartofshaving.com.

Harry's Father's Day Shave Set
Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($40 for set, $55 with engraving) — Black Matte Winston Razor, Chrome Razor Stand, Travel Blade Cover, Foaming Shave Gel or Shave Cream, 2 Blade Cartridges.

Cuba Variety Set
Cuba Variety Set

Cuba Variety Set ($14.99 USD) — Inspired by the Cuban cigar, this 4-piece variety set makes the perfect gift. Set includes Cuba Gold, Blue, Red and Orange. Notes of bergamot, lavender and vetiver, blended with woods and jasmine.

Available at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Kenneth Cole Black
Kenneth Cole Black

Kenneth Cole Black set — Sexy and sophisticated, Black – Kenneth Cole blends energy herbs with masculine spices and sensual woods to create an innovative scent that reflects the elegance and style of the city. Like a sumptuous black cashmere sweater or a buttery-soft black leather jacket, Black – Kenneth Cole evokes an undeniable presence that’s as masculine, modern and timeless as the color itself. This 3 piece gift set includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz After Shave Balm and a 2.6 oz Alcohol Free Deodorant ($40.99 USD).

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Father’s Day Gift Guide — Grooming And Fragrances For Him!

There’s still time to get your dad or the special man in your like a great Father’s Day gift!

If the man in question uses high end cologne or amazing skin care, I have some great ideas below.  They include a men’s skincare line, a fragrance layering set and two luxe colognes:

RE9 Advanced for Men Set
Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set

Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set ($122 USD, $136 value) — Set your clock back with this anti-aging trio. Includes Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser (4 fl. oz), Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (1.7 fl.oz.), and Eye Repair Cream (0.5 fl.oz). The products are:

Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser — Micromanagement can be a good thing. Our dual-purpose facial cleanser washes away dirt and oil buildup while micro exfoliants slough off dead skin cells to smooth skin and help reduce ingrown hairs.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen — To serve and protect. Refreshing, lightweight moisturizing lotion improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, firmness and suppleness. Protects against UVB/UVA rays with broad spectrum.

Eye Repair Cream — An easy step to improving your outlook. Just a few dabs to help reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine and deep lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Your skin will look renewed, de-stressed and ready for success.

What I think: This collection is perfect for the man who wants to start taking care of his skin, and the man who already knows how important it is!  These Arbonne products, have amazing anti-aging ingredients and moisturize so well.  Perfect for after sun use.  Also available is Shave Cream and After-Shave Soothing Lotion.

Purchase at http://www.arbonne.com

L’OCCITAN Collection
L’OCCITAN Collection

L’OCCITAN Collection ($65 USD) Created through the distillation of authentic A.O.C. lavender, blended with the peppery, nutmeg scent of burnt wood. A panoramic and complex fragrance, redolent with the rich scents of Provence, in all their ruggedness and mystery. This coveted fragrance and body care set is tailored for the rugged man in your life. This gift set includes a L’OCCITAN Eau de Toilette (100ml), Shower Gel for Hair and Body (250ml) and Bar Soap (100g).

What I think: This smells amazing, spicy, but a bit fresh, too.  I would totally use the body wash and soap, if my husband will share!  I love this set to give because the man in your life will be able to layer the scent and smell amazing all day!

Purchase at usa.loccitane.com

Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized
Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized

Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized — LACOSTE presents a new limited edition scent to tribute to their sporting heritage and the passion for the game. EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 ENERGIZED holds fiery ginger and cool mint notes that add a crisp energetic freshness to cedar leaf and citrus. The striking top notes complement the purity of EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 BLANC’s essence at the masculine floral heart of natural tuberose. ENERGIZED is the essence of the beautiful emotions sport stirs in those who live for the game: the pride of a cheering for a team and the joy of belonging wholeheartedly to a nation.

What I think: This is a bright and sporty scent!  Perfect for the man in your life who is active and likes fresher fragrances.

Available on Lacoste.com this June.

Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette
Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette

Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette ($85 3.3 fl. oz.) — boasts an exclusive ingredient from Africa: the aphrodisiac Maninka fruit, evocative of passion fruit and rum. However, the Maninka also evokes something deeper and more profound: the tug of desire and the pull of memory. Set on a virile leather base, its effect is potent, original, never to be forgotten.

What I think: This is a spicier scent and very masculine

BOSS THE SCENT is available exclusively at Macy’s (macys.com) retailing for $85 (100ml) and on HugoBoss.com.

What are you getting your father, husband or that important man for Father’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Product Review: TIGI Bed Head for Men

 

TIGI Bed Head For Men is a great line to help take care of your man’s locks.  I was sent some products for my (husband)’s honest review.

Charge Up Thickening Shampoo ($11.50 USD) — This thickening shampoo maximizes body and adds volume while adding shine and not adding build-up. This formula will balance hair’s natural PH and moisturize your hair to its fullest potential.

Charge Up Thickening Conditioner ($13.50 USD) — This thickening conditioner volumizes and thickens hair while adding strength and moisture. Also aids in repairing damaged hair while enhancing shine and fighting static.

Power Play Firm Hold Gel ($16.50 USD) — For shine and precision, this fresh scented gel provides firm hold and light texture. Vitamin E Acetate provides antioxidants and free radical defense to protect hair from damage, while a Defender Combo blocks humidity and damage from UV light for a frizz-free end look with flexible hold and translucent shine.

What I think: My husband has been testing these products for a couple of weeks now.  He really likes the shampoo and conditioner and says that they leave his hair very soft.  He didn’t notice the scent, but I think it is very light and fresh. I think his hair looks a little fuller, but he will keep using it and we will see!

The gel holds well but isn’t sticky at all.  It think it’s a great match for men who want to keep their style looking fresh all day!

TIGI Bed Head for Men products are available at Ulta stores, Ulta.com and select salons nationwide. Find a salon near you at bedhead.com!

New Yes To Skincare — Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating and Yes To Natural Man

Have you tried Yes to products before?  I have been with them from the beginning with Yes to Carrots, and I love to try any new products they introduce!

Two of their new collections are the Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating skincare and Yes To Natural Man.  I was sent some products from these lines to try for my (and my husband’s) honest review.

Here are our favorites:

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser ULTA Exclusive ($9.99 USD) —  This dual-texture cleanser can be mixed with water for a creamy cleansing experience or slathered directly onto skin (sans water!) for a luxurious, balm-like feel. Either way, it’ll melt right in, dissolving dirt and makeup and hydrating with virgin coconut oil and moringa seed oil… then effortlessly rinse right off.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask ($15.99 USD) — Get ready for some rest and re-hydration! (Some relaxation, too!) Perfect for those with very dry skin, this indulgent 10-minute mask gives you an extra dose of moisture and TLC with a decadent blend of deeply hydrating virgin coconut and avocado oils and detoxifying natural clay.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Creme ULTA Exclusive ($14.99 USD) — Tired of dry skin? Smooth on this luxuriously hydrating night cream and sleep it off! It’s formulated with virgin coconut and avocado oils, plus antioxidant-rich cocoa seed butter, to give parched (and even cracked!) skin a major moisture surge and strengthen your complexion’s protective barrier.

What I think: Is your skin parched? Use this trio, then go to sleep.  You will wake up with very soft skin!  I LOVE the melting cleanser.  I like to apply it dry to my skin, rub it in, then remove it (and my makeup) with a damp cloth.  My skin is clean and so soft!  I love a moisturizing mask because they can calm my redness, this one is no exception.  I applied it, left it on for 10 minutes, and my skin was smooth.

The moisturizer is a drink of water for dry skin.  It instantly softens and hydrates.  I love that it works overnight to deliver moisture by morning. There are other products in the collection, so check them out!

Yes To Natural Man Shaving Cream ($8.99 USD) — “Razor” your hand if you dread shaving…then use it to grab yourself a bottle of this amazing shaving cream. Its game-changing formulation contains calming aloe and protective vitamin E for maximum comfort and super-close results.

Yes To Natural Man Daily Face Scrub ($8.99 USD) — Check those rough cheeks at the door with this super effective face scrub. It’s formulated with a unique blend of soothing aloe, oat oil and exfoliating apricot seeds (environmentally friendly exfoliation, that’s how we roll!) to give your face a soft, even finish.

Yes To Natural Man Charcoal Bar Soap ($4.99 USD) — This charcoal bar soap (the first ever made for men, we might add!) goes to town on sweat, dirt and other manly impurities, leaving skin fully refreshed and smelling extra attractive. Made with aloe, citrus and activated charcoal (a magnet for the gunk and grime that get stuck in pores), this 98% natural soap makes “hitting the bar” daily a good thing.

What my husband thinks:  My husband loved these products.  They smell fresh and masculine.  He doesn’t use a lot of skincare, but he really liked the scrub.  It got rid of the dry skin and made his face soft.  The soap he used in the shower and liked how clean it left his skin.

He also liked the shaving cream.  He is used to shaving cream that foams, but he said that this worked just as well and that he got a smooth shave.

Learn more about these at YesToCarrots.com, Target and Target.com and Ulta stored.

Valentine’s Day Fragrance Gifts For Him and Her!

Valentine’s Day is in a little more than a week!  Do you have a great gift for your significant other? Fragrance is a very romantic gift.  Whether it’s a new scent or a fragrance he or she have loved for years, they will loving receiving it.

I love giving and receiving fragrance (especially receiving it)!  I love giving it to my husband, too. Below are some amazing picks from Fragrance.net:

For her

Lovely By Sarah Jessica Parker ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) — Introduced in the year 2005, by Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovely has a sent precious oils, lavender, orchid, amber, apple martini, paper, whites and musk. It is recommended for anytime wear.

Rose the One By Dolce & Gabbana ($46.99, $32.89 with 30% off coupon) — Explore your sophisticated side with just a whiff of Rose the One by Dolce & Gabbana. This lovely scent mixes Madonna lily, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant, lily of the valley, sandalwood, litchi, peony, ambrette seed, musk, vanilla, mandarin, rose and fresh fragrance that will add joy to your day.

Vera Wang Lovestruck By Vera Wang ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) — An alluring perfume you will want to reach for when you are in the mood for a romantic scent. This sweet fragrance for women makes an exuberant first impression with notes of juicy guavas and fresh angelica flowers. Notes of precious woods and warm musk then emerge to leave you feeling beautiful all night.

for him

Eternity by Calvin Klein ($30.99, $21.69 with 30% off coupon) — Embrace classic elegance and sophistication with Eternity by Calvin Klein. In this wonderful fragrance for men, greens blend perfectly with crisp jasmine, sage, basil and rosewood to create an ideal mix. Eternity is refreshing and crisp, the ideal complement to all your daytime activities. This classic, unforgettable scent allows you to add an old-world feeling to your day.

Noir by Tom Ford ($83.99, $58.79 with 30% off coupon) — This boldly unique fragrance for men was launched by world famous design house Tom Ford in 2012. Warm and spicy yet woody and aquatic, Noir for men is a casual, sporty fragrance that he will want to wear every day. Designed for the active, modern gladiator, this fragrance opens with top notes of bergamot, verbena, caraway, pink pepper, and violet for a go-everywhere scent that captivates and invigorates.

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf ($59.99, $41.99 with 30% off coupon) — A casual but distinctive daytime scent Spicebomb, Romance cologne for men is a spicy, moderate fragrance that balances its tobacco notes with woodsy undertones. Romance has a rich, appealing construction that combines dominant notes of warm and sexy grapefruit and bergamot with sweet spices, woods, and saffron.

Are you giving the gift of fragrance this V-Day?  Leave a comment and let me know yours or your sweetie’s favorite scents!

Gifts For Him For Valentine’s Day!

It is hard to find a great gift for guys on Valentine’s Day.  Many of them don’t love stuffed bears and flowers (but chocolates…?).

A very romantic gift is personal care products for him.  Below I have highlighted a luxe shaving kit and colognes that will make him smell amazing!

The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush
The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush

The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush ($120 USD) —

The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of The Perfect Shave®, Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush, and our After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face.

Features:

  • (1) Lavender Pre-Shave Oil (2 oz)
  • (1) Lavender Shaving Cream (5 oz)
  • (1) Black Pure Badger Shaving Brush
  • (1) Lavender After-Shave Balm (3.3 oz)

Purchase at http://www.theartofshaving.com

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc ($45 1 fl. oz.) is the signature classic that mirrors the intricate construction of the classic white polo shirt. Clean grapefruit, sensually pure tuberose, and masculine suede radiate a timeless masculinity.

Lacoste L.12.12 Noir ($45 1 fl. oz.)  is an intense, refreshing fragrance inspired by warm summer evenings; refreshing watermelon and lively basil intensified by patchouli, all beautifully wrapped in the smooth texture of dark chocolate.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.lacoste.com

Nautica Voyage Sport
Nautica Voyage Sport

Nautica Voyage Sport ($62.50 3.4 fl. oz.) — captures the mind, body and heart it takes to endure and push beyond one’s own limits. The new fragrance speaks to the man with a competitive spirit, who commits to every task. It opens with pure, cool accents of Sea Spray Accord and Sea Salt.  This invigorating breath of fresh air is enhanced with doses of spicy Coriander and crisp Citrus Zest. The heart is a powerful aromatic combination of Geranium, Green Peppercorn, Apple and Palm Leaves, reinforcing the fragrance’s bold and lush freshness. The base is a vibrant and magnetic blend of Brazil Wood, Musk, Patchouli and Vetiver.

Purchase at Macy’s stores and http://www.macys.com

What are you giving your man for Valentine’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!