Manscaper Monday: Greening Your Grooming Routine

19 04 2010

In honor of Earth Day this week, AreYouBeing.com is celebrating with a series of eco-inspired stories. From recycling to reducing energy consumption, being more eco-conscience starts with all of us making small changes that, together, lead to major, positive impacts on our environment.  And if you’re a guy who follows a regular grooming routine, you can start by switching to eco-friendly products.

For our “Manscaper Monday” grooming post we’re spotlighting one of our favorite personal care lines, Lavera.  Voted the “Greenest Beauty Brand in Europe” by OEKO-TEST magazine – the leading consumer report and environmental and health focused organization in Europe – Lavera upholds the highest levels when it comes to eliminating harmful ingredients and reducing contamination caused by outer packaging.

Lavera offers a full range of skin, hair and body products, and they’ve also launched a men’s collection called Lavera Men Care/Men SPA.  The collection covers all the basics including an after shave balm, face wash, moisturizing face cream and shave cream.  Several of these products have been awarded Natural Solutions 2009 Beauty with a Conscience Awards.

While we love the full range, especially the Mango Milk Shampoo – free of harmful sodium lauroyl sulfate and parabens – our favorite product is the Men SPA Cool Lemon After Shave, which is also vegan-friendly.  This refreshing splash features organic aloe vera gel and other nourishing plant extracts to soothe, calm and deliver moisture to irritated skin post-shave.  The most enticing aspect is the delicious aroma of lime, cool mint and mandarin.  Though it sounds fruity, it’s a light aroma – not overbearing – that will help wake you up every morning.

For more info on Lavera, log onto www.lavera.com.  Are you familiar with this brand?  If so, tell us about your favorite products?  If not, what other eco-friendly grooming products do you recommend?

Disclaimer: Samples were received in exchange for editorial review.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

18 12 2009

The holidays are quickly approaching.  And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, here’s a few guy-approved products that are guaranteed to please.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera: For the novice and professional photographers alike, this new camera from Panasonic has some of the best features available on a camera today.  It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. And because it is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof, you can feel confident taking this on your next cruise or camping trip. The LUMIX DMC-TS1 is available in silver, green and orange.
Retail Price: $399.95, www.Amazon.com

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Digital Camera

Soho HD Camcorder, Luxe Collection: The Soho 720p HD Camcorder, part of the new Luxe Collection from DXG, combines high-definition technology and style in one camcorder that is hip, hot and haute. The Soho 720p HD Camcorder comes in a blue argyle design that is inspired by the latest trend in fashion.  The Soho 720p HD Camcorder records real 720p high-definition video, and captures still pictures up to 8MP image resolution.  So whether you’re on the runway, or sitting around the fireplace with family and friends, you’ll be able to capture all your holiday memories.
Retail Price: $149.99, www.dxgusa.com

Soho HD Camcorder

CLEAR HARMONY™ Noise Canceling Headphones from AblePlanet: If you or someone on your list love to jam out to music as if no one else is around to watch as you mouth the words to your favorite GLEE songs, these are the must-have headphones.  Featuring award-winning patented LINX AUDIO® technology for the best sound quality, you’ll hear every detail in your favorite songs and movies.  And when you want to block out even more noise – these are perfect for your flight home to see the folks – simply flip on the headphone switch to cancel out virtually all other noise around you.
Retail Price: $299, www.ableplanet.com

CLEAR HARMONY Noise Canceling Headphones

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition: If a new cell phone is on your wish list this year, so should this chic bluetooth headset.  Available in an array of candy colors, the Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition features NoiseAssassin® to reduce background noise, as well as an industry-first digital wind filter, meaning you can say goodbye to conversations that make it sound like you’re in the middle of a blizzard; even if you are.  Bonus features allow the user to customize the fit and connect two phones simultaneously.
Retail Price: $129, www.jawbone.com

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition

191 Unlimited Apparel: Whether you dress them up with slacks or opt for jeans for a more casual look, the collection of solid, woven and flannel shirts from 191 Unlimited are perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner with friends to a big holiday bash at the office.  And for all orders placed between now and midnight on December 22nd, 191 Unlimited is offering a 40% discount and complimentary overnight shipping when you use the promo code “holiday”.    Retail Price: $89, www.191Unlimited.com

191 Unlimited Bottle Rocket Shirt

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit: If the economy has you feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge, turn that scowl into a smile with this budget- and eco-friendly gift set from Every Man Jack.  Featuring a massive collection of full-size products – Face Wash, Shave Gel, Face Lotion, Bonus SPF 15 Face Lotion and Lip Balm SPF 15 – the kit is value priced at just $10 to ensure that every guy on your shopping list is covered, especially when it comes to getting a great shave and smooth skin for all their holiday festivities.
Retail Price: $10, www.Walgreens.com

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit

GAGE FOR MEN® Responsible Style™ Gift Box: This handsomely packaged gift box, brand new for the holidays, features GAGE FOR MEN® Hydrating Hair & Body wash, GAGE FOR MEN® Daily Conditioner, as well as the GAGE FOR MEN® Shampoo Brush, which offers a unique experience by deep cleansing and exfoliating the hair and scalp.
Special Holiday Price: $19.95, Call 1-866-B-BRIGHT to order, www.benniefactor.com

GAGE FOR MEN Responsible Style Gift Box

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle: Diesel has teamed up with Bunka – the visionary artist behind some of the most coveted designer toys developed by Artoyz – to produce the limited-edition bottle for Diesel’s iconic Only The Brave fragrance.  The graffiti-inspired explosion of color is inked with words describing the power and courage of the fragrance, in a chaotic, vivid expression of what it means to be brave.
Retail Price: $65, www.Macys.com

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle

Disclaimer: The brands listed above provided samples in exchange for editorial review.





Fight Cancer: Grow A Mustache

5 11 2009

What do Gomez Adams, Hulk Hogan and that leather guy from the Village People have in common?  Aside from making great Halloween costumes, they each are known for proudly sporting mustaches.  And while the facial hair trend was all but absent from the face of men’s grooming until recently, it’s making a big come back thanks in part to Movemeber, a charity that is raising awareness about men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

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According to the charity’s website, “Movember – the month previously known as November – is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues.”

The idea was conceived back in 2003 when a group of guys were joking about the staches of their father’s era and how cool it would be to bring back the trend.  Taking the idea a step further, the guys decided to tie in a charity angle, and to date, Movember has raised $47 million globally, making it the largest charity event for men.  In the U.S., the funds raised are split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation – two worthy causes.

To get involved, Movember asks that you begin with a clean shaven face and take the mouth to grow your mustache.  As you go along, you can get friends and family involved by having them sponsor your efforts and sign up for their own accounts. 

Once you have your stache, send a screenshot of your new facial hair to the team at Asylum.com.  From the pack of entries, Asylum.com will gift 50 guys with a Signature Shave Kit from Every Man Jack, an award-winning grooming line.

What do you think?  Are you going to sign up and grow a mustache to help fight cancer?

Photo Source: Bonnie Biess, Asylum.com

Video Source: youtube.com/user/movembertv





Recession-Proof Father’s Day Gifts from Every Man Jack

8 06 2009

Every man deserves a quality shower and shave in the morning, so what better item to give your dad this Father’s Day than the gift of grooming.

To kickoff my Father’s Day coverage, I want to share with you two grooming must-haves from Every Man Jack, one of my favorite men’s personal care lines. If you’re new to AreYouBeing.com, I talk about the brand frequently because they offer a wide assortment of products to meet virtually all of your grooming needs. The best part is that the entire collection is available at Target, with the products only setting you back $3 to $8 each.

Realizing that budgets are tight this year, Every Man Jack is offering two new kits with the budget-conscience shopper in mind.

The Signature Shave Kit comes with three full-size products; a Pre-Shave Face Wash, Shave Cream and Post-Shave Face Lotion in the brand’s staple mint fragrance. The Citrus Hair + Body Kit also includes three full-size products including a 2-in-1 Daily Shampoo, Scrub Body Wash and Scrub Body Bar in a clean, citrus scent. You get all this, plus a travel bag, for just $9.99. So while it’s not a huge investment on your part, your dad will think you spent a lot more time and money finding him the perfect grooming set.

Every Man Jack Father's Day Kits at TARGET: Signature Shave Kit & Citrus Hair + Body KIt

Every Man Jack Father's Day Kits at TARGET: Signature Shave Kit & Citrus Hair + Body KIt

Check back every day this week as I continue to highlight some of the best in gadgets, gear, grooming, style and more for Father’s Day.





Every Man Jack WANTED Sweepstakes

16 05 2009

Listen up guys.  If you’ve ever dreamed of being a male model, now’s your chance.

Earlier this week I mentioned Every Man Jack’s WANTED Sweepstakes – a nationwide search to find the everyday guy on the street to star in their first national ad campaign.  Well, the campaign has finally launched, and you can be among the first to sign-up for a free profile.

All you have to do is upload a few snapshots and tell the guys at Every Man Jack a little bit about yourself.  From there, a panel of judges will narrow down the selection.  In the end, four guys will win be awarded an entertainment prize pack, a trip for two to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and a one year supply of Every Man Jack grooming products.  One lucky man will walk away with the ultimate prize; a feature in Every Man Jack’s ad in Men’s Health magazine.

Click here to signup now.

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Every Man Jack WANTED Model Contest - Men's Health Ad





Grooming: 5 Products to Beat the Heat Wave

30 04 2009

As we head into the hot days of summer, the temperature isn’t the only thing that changes; our skin and hair are also transitioning, requiring some extra attention.  Here are five products to help make sure you’re looking your best whether it’s 80 or 105 degrees outside.    

Every Man Jack Skin Clearing Face Wash
As the mercury rises, the overproduction of oil in our skin also kicks into overdrive. Skin Clearing Face Wash by Every Man Jack uses salicylic acid to treat and help prevent current and future breakouts caused by oily skin while coconut-derived surfactants remove deep-down dirt and oil. Aloe and chamomile extract are added to sooth irritation while glycerin keeps skin hydrated.
Retail Price: $5.00

ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40
I don’t always like recommending expensive grooming products because there are so many great options these days around or under $10. However, the ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40 is phenomenal. This oil-free moisturizer blocks sun with a mineral screen and protects skin from the harmful effects of pollution with Clarins’ patented Expertise 3P Complex. My favorite aspect about this product is that it goes on smooth, and dries to a matte finish. Retail Price: $42.00

Buster’s Skincare Buster’s Organic Body Butter Crème
Okay, I know what you’re thinking; a body butter for guys? It may not sound manly, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; your partner doesn’t want to feel like they’re rubbing up against a brillo pad. The Organic Body Butter Crème is formulated with organic botanicals including Tamanu oil to condition, lavender to soothe irritation and coconut oil to hydrate dry skin.
Retail Price: $22.00 

JOICO Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray
Whether you spike it, slick it or just mess it up, don’t let humidity undo your hairdo. Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, part of the JOICO Design Collection, uses an advanced blend of proteins, UVS/UVB filters and polymers to protect even the most extreme styles from the hottest and most humid days.
Retail Price: 17.95 Call 800-80-JOICO or visit http://www.joico.com to find a salon near you

Baxter of California’s HYDRO SALVE: LIP BALM
Don’t let dry lips stand between you and a hot make out session. Hydro Salve Lip Balm by Baxter of California is infused with vitamins and jojoba to soothe dry skin while maintaining optimal lip moisture. The Mojito flavor will leave you craving a second shot. Retail Price: $8.00

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Every Man Jack, ClarinsMen, Buster's Skincare, JOICO Design Collection, Baxter of California