It’s no surprise that men are paying more attention than ever to their wardrobes, but they are also remembering that one’s face is the true focus upon which most attention is leveled. That market for men’s skincare and grooming products is expanding at a healthy clip, and that’s a good thing. Taking care of your skin and hair are at least if not more important than shining your handmade Edward Green balmorals. Really.
OTC has assembled a collection of some great men’s grooming brands with which you may not be too familiar, but should be. So, even though Father’s Day just wrapped up, consider helping the special man in your life have a face that looks just as fresh as his new suit.
We absolutely love the entire Mister Pompadour range of products. From hair products that do the job with smooth styling and a natural feel to peppermint shampoo that smells like a refreshing summer drink every time you open the bottle, founder Zack Henry has created a winning brand.
We also like the unabashed name and company logo – in your face hair styling, plain and simple. No hipster, hyper-urban, lumberjack-cum-Jack-Kerouac-moody-drifter stuff here. The Raleigh, North Carolina company channels more Dean Martin than Chris Martin. Most importantly, the products deliver.
Jack The Snipper
From Australia comes another great hair product brand. Jack The Snipper, praiseworthy for clever historical word play alone, was named by Australia GQ as a desk drawer essential. We agree. Their three products – Original Styling Creme, Original Matte Creme, and Original Pomade – each deliver a distinctive level of hold and finish.
Each JTS product is geared to solve a particular hair styling issue, and created by hands-on experts with a combined 25 years of experience. For example, the Original Styling Creme acts like a water soluble pomade, but unlike other pomades has a medium hold, is easy to manage, and simply rinses out with water. JTS also makes a great hair and body wash.
Rod’s Royal Treatment
Vegas, baby, is home to Rod’s Royal Treatment. And that’s just what you get with this line of skin and hair care products designed for guys. Made in U.S.A. from the finest ingredients and designed to give you smooth, comfortable skin and a fresh ready-to-hit-the town feeling.
OTC testers were particularly taken with the body lotion, which is super hydrating, absorbs quickly, and leaves a light, masculine scent. The lip balm was also a big hit and a now stays close at hand.
Detroit Grooming Co.
For the bearded among us, keeping your facial hair soft and comfortable is a daily challenge. Keeping your face happy as well is important too. Detroit Grooming Company‘s Corktown Beard Oil is a great option for both these important needs. Named for Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, this beard oil makes your whole face happy. Rich in vitamins A, B and E, the base of sweet almond oil possesses many skin and hair benefits.
Detroit itself is an evolving story of rebirth and transition. Great, creative quality-driven brands like Detroit Grooming Company are helping to inject new blood into style, design, grooming, and lifestyle products. Yes, the whole beard, lumbersexual thing may seem a bit overdone, but these guys are the real deal – not only because they also know how to swing a straight razor. Which they most certainly do.
Clinique For Men
Not just for men, Clinique also has some excellent skin care products geared just for guys. In particular, the very scientific sounding UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a great choice for daily facial sun protection. Quick absorbing and non-oily, it helps you look a little less timeworn than you might really be and keeps your skin healthy healthy too.