Those who have been following this blog would notice that grooming has taken a back seat. In the last year I have used a very good cream: Acca Kappa Almond Shaving Cream. As for my shaving brush I’ve stuck with a boar hair brush and I thought it was high time I upgrade my shaving routine by getting a badger hair brush. After doing some research and assessing how much I would spend for a shaving brush I decided to get the Edwin Jagger Best Badger Hair Shaving Brush. Continue Reading
In August eShave reached out and asked me to review one of their products. When I checked their products they didn’t contain any parabens, SLS or SLES which is very good. I agreed to review their shave cream in orange sandalwood scent. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s a very good product. Continue Reading
When the perfect shave has been achieved what else is there to add to a man’s skincare kit? There are quite a few starting with the spot corrector, lip balm and hand cream.
Whenever a pimple appears I like to reach for a spot corrector. My choice is Nature’s Gate Extra Strength Spot Corrector. A small amount quickly takes care of the redness and after two or three applications the pimple is gone. Useful for pimples that appear near the surface of the skin. It’s best applied twice a day after your morning shower and before going to bed at night. Did I mention that it works great on bumps caused by in-grown hair?
PHP 315 at Healthy Options. Continue Reading
I’ve missed shaving cream ever since I started using Portland General Store’s Old-Fashioned Wet Shave Jelly. Using a shaving cream just isn’t the same as a shaving jelly. A shaving cream just feels more luxurious and has more moisturizing properties. And that’s what I got with the Almond Shaving Cream by Acca Kappa. For only PHP 695 it was a small price to pay for a high quality product made by one of the oldest and well-known grooming companies in the world that still keeps the production in Italy. Continue Reading
I was running out of shaving cream and was in search of a new one. My trip to Hong Kong couldn’t have come at a better time as I had access to a wide variety of grooming products. I came back with this old-fashioned wet shave jelly by Portland General Store. Their products don’t have fragrance and harsh chemicals so it fits perfectly into my regimen. Notable ingredients are organic aloe juice (moisturizing properties), organic bilberry extract (anti-inflammatory properties), and witch hazel (astringent). Continue Reading
Using antiperspirants made with aluminum cause stains in the armpit areas of your shirts. This can range from tiny crystals on dark fabrics to yellowed areas on light ones. No one wants their shirts to have this kind of stain so I offer two simple tips.
Use an aluminum-free antiperspirant
Most antiperspirants sold in supermarkets have aluminum in them as a sweat blocker. Aluminum in different forms is often listed as an active ingredient on the labels. Choose an antiperspirant that does not have any aluminum in them. You can buy them from stores that sell natural and organic products.
Use an undershirt
If you can’t avoid using an antiperspirant with aluminum the next best thing to do is use an undershirt. An undershirt worn underneath a dress shirt catches the aluminum preventing it from reaching your dress shirt. This also has an added benefit of shielding your dress shirt from unsightly sweat marks.
Personally, I do both. A natural and organic antiperspirant keeps my body away from the bad stuff and at the same time prevents me from sweating too much. And if I do sweat a lot I have an undershirt to keep me looking fresh.
Two weeks ago I was in the market for a new facial wash. Before buying this I was using a local brand’s facial wash which I found too watery and felt didn’t contain enough ingredients to cleanse and improve my skin. I’ve been eyeing Desert Essence’s product for some time now but only decided to buy it just recently. Their Thoroughly Clean Face Wash – Original is for oily/combination skin.
I’ve used the product for the last two weeks and it cleanses my skin well. It removes just the right amount of oil without drying my skin. You only need a small amount as it lathers very well. The two ingredients that shine in this product are tea tree oil and awapuhi. The former is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties – essential in any cleansing product. The latter is known for its use in shampoos and conditioners but is also great for treating acne (I’m not acne prone but should help prevent). It doesn’t contain parabens, glycols, sodium laureth sulfate, phtalates, petroleum compounds and artificial fragrances/dyes making it very much all-natural and organic.
Desert Essence’s Thoroughly Clean Face Wash – Original is a great product to start your day & night routine. At 635 pesos for the 250 ml bottle, it should last up to six months of daily use.
Desert Essence products are available at Healthy Options.
I’ve been growing my hair long since the start of the year. Around February I realized I needed a product I could use to style my mane. I’ve used gel before and I don’t like it because it makes my hair hard and has ingredients which I wouldn’t want to put on my hair. My options came down to waxes and pomades – products that allow one to style hair without making it hard or showing an overly wet look. I stumbled upon this organic hair wax by Z.E.N. Naturals while browsing their products at the Legazpi Sunday Market. At only 120 pesos I thought I’d give it a try.
I used the product every day for a week to see how it holds and shapes my hair. I apply a pea-sized amount that I spread on both my hands after towelling dry. The combination of virgin coconut oil and beeswax (not stated in the list of ingredients) holds my thick hair quite well and makes it easy to style. It’s not as sticky as I expected it to be. It has a nice, gentle scent courtesy of the patchouli, rosemary and tea tree extracts added to it. Throughout the day my hair is kept in place and I hardly notice I had it on. Z.E.N. Naturals organic hair wax is a product I recommend to those looking to style their hair well using natural and organic ingredients.
Z.E.N. Naturals sells their entire line of natural and organic products at the Legazpi Sunday Market.
Every man out there who shaves has experienced cuts and nicks. The right preparation, equipment, creams and procedure lessen the likelihood of one ever getting them. However, they can still happen if one shaves too close, improperly angles a razor or the skin is uneven. Usually the bleeding is quite hard to stop so the solution is to use a styptic pencil such as this one by Clubman Pinaud. All you need to do is moisten the tip and rub it on the affected area. The bleeding should stop soon after. A pencil this size should last a couple of months.
It is currently on sale at 20% off and can be had for 60 pesos instead of the regular price of 75 pesos.
The Clubman Pinaud Styptic Pencil is available at True Value in Park Square, Makati City.
Last year I ran into Rob of Ritual at the Legazpi Market and he told me that their shaving soap is now available. I have not shaved with shaving soap before and I was eager to try it. I dropped by Ritual to check out their new products and purchased a bar of shaving soap which they playfully called ‘Ey Good looking!’ for 150 pesos.
Bea wrote down the name of the soap and the ingredients that go into the soap on a paper bag. One of the main ingredients is Kaolin clay. It is one of the purest forms of clay and is great in products used for shaving such as this soap. Aloe vera and castor oil seal in moisture and treat skin dryness. Bergamot (essential oil) adds a nice citrus scent and menthol (not listed) gives that cooling feeling while shaving. Continue Reading