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.





Monday Manscaper: YON-KA for Men Bronzer Moist

5 04 2010

No man should be without a quality face lotion; it’s the cornerstone to any skincare routine.  But before you head out to buy one think about your skin’s needs.  If you have acne you should look for one with an oil-free formula.  If you spend most of your day outdoors, go for a moisturizer with an SPF?  When it comes to my skin, though, I like a moisturizer that goes on smoothly and adds a hint of color to my otherwise pasty-white skin.

If you’re like me, YON-KA for Men Bronzer Moist is a perfect choice.  The anti-aging moisturizer goes above and beyond, providing a gradual tan for a more vibrant skin tone.

A combination of all-natural botanical ingredients including green olive, sandalwood and other essential oils provide anti-aging benefits as this creamy lotion tones, soothes and keeps skin supple for all-day moisture.  At $53 for 1.4 ounces, it is definitely an investment, but one that will impart your skin with a healthy glow.

Disclaimer: Samples were provided in exchange for editorial review.





Online Promo: 15% Off at Billy Jealousy – TODAY ONLY

23 03 2010

For one day only, today, Billy Jealousy is offering 15% off your online purchase when you use the promo code “15OFF” during checkout.

I’ve had the opportunity to try many of the products.  Among my favorite are the HYDROPLANE Super-Slick Shave Cream, named “Best Shave” by Esquire; WHITE KNIGHT Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser, named “Best Facial Cleanser” by Instinct; and ILLICIT Body Wash.

If you’re new to Billy Jealousy and want to start with a sampling, checkout the WANDERLUST Travel Kit.  It contains five products – a body wash, shampoo, cleanser, shave cream and hair gel – all for $36.  Factor in the 15% savings and you’ll be the grooming envy of all your friends.

Disclaimer: Samples were received 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





Product Review: Do You Like It Smooth or Rough? Top 3 Face Scrubs

26 10 2009

Some guys like it rough, but if you truly want to be a “smooth operator” during your next visit to the bar, there are some small steps you should take with your grooming routine first. That’s right, you morning ritual shouldn’t stop at cleansing and shaving. A great scrub can help even out your complexion, smooth away rough patches of skin, and when used before shaving, help soften and raise whickers for a super close, knick-free shave. To help guide you, I’ve road tested several scrubs, and these are my top three picks.

  • Every Man Jack Pre-Shave Face Scrub, available in Fragrance Free and Signature Mint, are blended together with coconut-derived surfactants that remove dirt and oil; marine extracts and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize; and scrubbing beads to remove dry and dead skin. Like the other products from this award-winning line, these scrubs are dye free, oil free, sulfate free and paraben free. We love: The refreshing, minty fragrance and gentle scrubbing beads.
    Retail Price: $6 each (5 oz.), www.walgreens.com 
  • Resurf.a.stic Face Scrub by blinc is the world’s first one-step at-home microdermabrasion innovation. Featuring diamond-shaped crystals that are evenly dispersed in a unique stick design for no mess or waste, this product effectively minimizes the appearance of dark spots and sun-damaged skin. The added cactus and orchid provides natural healing and moisturizing benefits to soothe your newly resurfaced skin. We love: The convenience of a solid stick; less waste on your hands and at the bottom of your shower.
    Retail Price: $40.00 (2 oz.), www.blincinc.com
  • Kyoku Exfoliating Facial Scrub, a new import from Japan, is a luxurious facial scrub that employs volcanic ash, Japanese rice bran and Adzuki bean to help deep clean pores, eliminate blackheads, free ingrown hairs, prevent blemishes and remove excess oil. Oh, and it exfoliates for a smoother, more even complexion. We love: The intense cooling sensation that makes the skin feel super clean.
    Retail Price: $29.00 (3.4 oz.), www.KyokuforMen.com

Tips: Most scrubs should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you shave every few days, use one in the shower just before you apply your shave gel or cream. Make sure to follow-up with a quality moisturizer like the new Heavyweight Champion Extreme Hydration Compound from JOCK SOAP.

  • JOCK SOAP Heavyweight Champion™ attracts moisture with the use of hyaluronic acid and binds it to the skin with vitamin E, squalane and other strong barrier ingredients including marine minerals, wheat and soy protein, and cucumber. Together with the powerful benefits of rare apple stem cells, which reduce the signs of aging, Heavyweight Champion is Jock Soap’s most intense moisturizing cream that can be used during the day or after the lights go out for an all-night moisture treatment. We love: The way this moisturizer dries to a matte finish without leaving the skin feeling oily. Retail Price: $49.00 (2 oz.), www.GetJock.com
From left to right: Every Man Jack, kyoku for men, blinc resurf.a.stic and Jock Soap
From left to right: Every Man Jack, Kyoku for Men, blinc resurf.a.stic and Jock Soap

NOTE: Samples were provided by each company mentioned above in exchange for possible editorial coverage.





Summer Sweepstakes & Grooming-on-the-Go

26 07 2009

Every Man Jack, one of my favorite grooming brands on the market today, is wrapping up their first WANTED contest.

Hundreds of guys submitted photos for the chance to star in the company’s first national ad campaign, which will run in Men’s Health magazine.

There’s still a few days left to sign up.  In the meantime, Every Man Jack has released their new Travel Kit, perfect for grooming-on-the-go.

The Travel Kit includes face wash, shave cream, face lotion and 2-in-1 shampoo, along with a bonus SPF 15 face lotion and lip balm. Everything you need to keep looking and feeling good while on summer vacation.

Every Man Jack Travel Kit

Every Man Jack Travel Kit





Should Men Get Manicures?

29 06 2009

A great grooming routine doesn’t stop after you wash your hair or shave your face.  Don’t forget about your hands; it’s actually one of the first things others notice about you.  It can even mean the difference between landing a job or scoring in bed.  So why is it that many men are still afraid to go into a nail salon and ask for a buff & shine? 

The fact is that while many salons and spas now cater to the male demographic, nail salons are still widely considered a female domain, leading most of us to forgo proper nail maintenance.  For guys weary of entering “no man’s land,” achieving clean cuticles and nails starts in your bathroom.  Here are a few products from butter LONDON that are guaranteed to help achieve hands that will leave a lasting impression.  

Start at the Base
If you are one of the brave men who’ve ventured inside a nail salon, one thing you may have noticed is that many charge us more money for the same basic manicure that our female counterparts are receiving.  Why?  Apparently, our cuticles are more difficult to work with, mainly because we so rarely take care of them ourselves.
 
Eliminate dry, split cuticles with Melt Away™ ($20), an easy and effective cuticle treatment that uses Potassium Hydroxide to break down and soften dead skin cells around the nail bed for simple removal.  Simply apply to cuticles, allow product to set for just a few seconds, and while product is still wet, brush away with a clean towel or toothbrush.  You could stop here, but I recommend trying two more products.

Buff & Shine
Though you probably don’t have issues with breaking nails like most women, don’t you want them to be as strong as they can be?  Horse Power ($20) is a nail fertilizer containing a powerful, non-toxic formula of herbal extracts and silica – a mineral proven to grow and strengthen nails – to achieve more resilient nails.  It is recommended that guys apply Horse Power once every day for the first week, followed by every couple days thereafter, to help achieve healthier nails that won’t bend, peel, flake, dry or become brittle.  Plus, one application gives a light sheen without looking over polished, so you can achieve a subtle shine without buffing.  So it makes your nails look healthier while saving time. 

Subtle Matte Finish
For guys who prefer a matte finish over the polished look, Nail Foundation ($18) is the way to go.  One coat helps hide and smooth tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail for a well manicured hand that won’t go unnoticed.  Apply one coat as needed, making sure to remove previous coats before reapplying. 

For the eco-conscience man, it is important to point out that butter LONDON uses NO formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP (phthalate), ingredients which are commonly found in most other nail brands.  These ingredients, which are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, are thought to cause cancer, neurological damage, birth defects and a host of other illnesses.

butter LONDON Manicure for Men: Melt Away, Horse Power, Nail Foundation

butter LONDON Manicure for Men: Melt Away, Horse Power, Nail Foundation