17 Grooming Brands You Should Introduce Your Man to This Christmas
Chances are the men in your life have been using the same grooming brands since they started shaving back in middle school, but it's time to expand their beauty horizons. Whether you're shopping for your husband, father, brother, best guy friend, or boss, there is something new he can discover when it comes to skin care and shaving. Our objective is to graduate him from his favorite drugstore brand to something more tailor-made. Does he always steal your body scrub? Hook him up with a spicy treat from Molton Brown. Is he sticking with his Movember mustache through January? Introduce him to Beardbrand's beard oils. Shop the perfect beauty brand for him below, and he'll never look at bar soap the same.
Baxter of California
When it comes to high-end skin care, women turn to brands like La Mer and Chanel. For men, Baxter of California is the top luxury in men's grooming. The brand carries a collection of classic shaving essentials like throat razors, tortoise combs, and fluffy shave brushes in addition to the soap essentials.
Try: Bar Bundle ($41)
Despite what most men think, guys need to think about skin care, too (we're talking beyond the basic bar-soap ritual). Lab Series offers numerous different lines of products to address male-specific issues like razor burn, bumps, and aging.
Try: Lab Series Max LS Daily Kit ($120)
The Pacific Shaving Company prides itself on natural products that are cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients. Plus, it plants a tree for every purchase sold.
If your guy prefers craftsmanship to mass-market appeal, Brooklyn Grooming is right up his alley. All of the oils, waxes, pomades, and soaps are handmade in a small East Coast studio and stamped with the illustrated logo.
Try: Brooklyn Grooming Pilgrim's Machine Oil ($26)
Some men shave twice a day to avoid a five o'clock shadow, but the Beardbrand founders embrace the scruff to the fullest. All of the kits are organized to help your man grow his longest, fullest facial hair. Believe us, this mindset goes way beyond Movember.
Try: Beardbrand Tea Tree Beginner's Kit ($100)
Malin + Goetz
Malin + Goetz is all about sensitive skin. If the man in your life suffers from itchy eczema or reddening rosacea, he'll find something worth trying in the label's lineup, which is formulated with natural ingredients. He'll also appreciate the simple frou-frou-free packaging.
Try: Vices Votice Set ($45)
Ask any man the leading name in razors, and Harry's is the name you'll hear. The brand has put a lot of research into creating an efficient German-engineered steel blade that it sells directly to consumers online (no middleman here). You can also sign your guy up for a shave plan, which will send refill razors and shaving cream on a regular basis.
Try: Harry's The Give More Set ($50)
Kiehl's Since 1851
Andy Warhol was a fan of Kiehl's Blue Herbal Astringent, proving it's a timeless skin care brand for men (and women). The NYC-based apothecary offers many scent-free options for guys ranging from a classic bar soap to antiaging eye cream.
Try: Kiehl's Men's Starter Set ($43)
The thing we love about Anthony Logistics is that it thrives on the basics. Some of the brand's best products include deodorant, body wash, and face scrub. However, you can expand your man's beauty horizons by adding the cleansing clay and exfoliating pads.
Try: Anthony Logistics Alcohol-Free Deodorant ($18)
Some skin care brands rely on fluff and frills, but Jack Black is sleek and simple. Plus, it's all about multitasking products that will save you time because most men don't understand the power of a 10-step skin care routine.
Try: Jack Black Grab and Go Traveler ($45)
Who doesn't love a man that smells good? London brand Molton Brown is known for its exotic fragrances, and the spicy Black Peppercorn scent is one of the bestsellers. Stock his shower with the entire set including the body wash, body lotion, bodyscrub bar, and antiperspirant.
Try: Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Set ($52)
If your guy has a great love of the outdoors, Ursa Major is the grooming brand he'll love. All the products are 98- to 100-percent natural, meaning there are no parabens, sulfates, or otherwise unrecognizable ingredients. You might love the individually wrapped face wipes so much, you'll keep them for yourself!
Try: The Minimalist Skincare Set ($70)
Is your man a guitar-strumming, bass-toting rock star? Try Billy Jealousy. This brand is for the man who works hard to look like he didn't do a thing. He'll really enjoy all the hair pomades and gels the brand has to offer, but the tattoo care kit is a personal favorite.
Try: Billy Jealousy Tattoo Care Kit ($30)
The Motley is the GQ of online shopping for men (think Net-a-Porter.com for guy's beauty). Each brand that is available in the shop gets an extensive background check and the Motley Men seal of approval. The site also has an online publication that provides grooming tips and tricks.
Art of Shaving
There's a reason the Art of Shaving is in every middle America mall and shopping center. The brand is one that curates to that barbershop experience. He can go into the nearest storefront and get an old-time shave, or you can just gift him all the tools he needs to DIY.
Try: Art of Shaving 7-Piece Manicure Set ($160)
EvolutionMan will satisfy the science nerd in your life. All the skin care offerings are created using the latest antiaging technology. We especially appreciate its acne-blasting products that will kick bacne in the butt.
Try: EvolutionMan Resurfacing Clay Mask ($29)