Thursday, May 30, 2013

Father’s Day Fragrance & Grooming Gifts

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Every man wants to look and smell his best, but let’s face it, there’s a flurry of products out there, and unless your Dad is a licensed aesthetician, he might be at a loss for the best in fragrance and grooming. That’s where we come in. Here, a list of the ultimate in fragrance and grooming products for that special man in your life: Dear Old Dad.

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Philip B. Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo, $35

I cannot rave enough about the Philip B. line of hair and body products, and the Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo, above, is one of my all-time favorites! Who knew that this elixir, which smells like fresh eucalyptus, is equally appropriate for women as it is for men? I just love the one-stop efficiency of a hair and body shampoo–and this one is magic–from the Houdini of Hair, Mr. Philip B. A small amount yields an intense, voluptuous lather. With a 6% herbaceous blend of pure botanical extracts, it’s spiked with Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood and Camphor (which makes showering a tingling experience!) It’s truly invigorating! I hope and pray that Philip B. will never discontinue this fabulous product. It’s beyond incredible. Perfect for low-maintenance men (and women) who also love luxurious preparations for hair, scalp and skin.

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Tam Dao cologne, $88 for 50 ml/$120 for 100 ml

I love my Tam Dao! Did I say my Tam Dao? I meant, my husband’s Tam Dao. This is my favorite men’s fragrance ever–so much so that I love wearing it myself. Sweet yet masculine, it’s rich with earthy notes of sandalwood and smells great on anyone. That may sound like a broad statement, but it’s true. I have never smelled another fragrance quite like Tam Dao. It’s completely unique, just like Dad. Every man should smell this good.

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The Art of Shaving Black Badger Brush, $55

Is there an art to shaving? Yes! The Art of Shaving products elevate a tiresome chore into a spa experience. This badger brush is the first step in his shaving ritual. It gently exfoliates the skin while softening and lifting the beard, preparing it for the closest of shaves.

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The Art of Shaving Soap with Wooden Bowl, $50

This solid soap-in-a-bowl produces a generous lather worthy of a proper shave. Formulated with glycerin and coconut oil, it generates a rich lather when used with a shaving brush and hot water. The lather protects the skin and softens the beard while providing an extremely close shave. The soaps come in elegant teak wood bowls, which can be refilled.

This soap comes in three masculine scents: sandalwood, lemon, and lavender, but if you are unsure, buy the lavender–it’s a natural antiseptic, great for preventing ingrown hairs!

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The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm, $40

This after-shave balm, formulated with shea butter and a touch of grapeseed extract, moisturizes and revitalizes to promote healthy looking skin. Antiseptic and alcohol-free.

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Rodan + Fields Redefine Brightening Hand Treatment, $32

If he’s grown accustomed to hard work, the least you can give him is soft hands. So many men are plagued with parched hands and miserably dry cuticles, and nothing seems to remedy it. Relief is in sight! This Rodan + Fields peptide-rich hand treatment is the solution. It’s rich in the best emollients and oils, yet doesn’t feel greasy because it dries to a silky powdered finish due to a unique ingredient: corn starch. Dad will love the way his hands feel!

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Rodan + Fields Redefine Eye Cloths, $29

Another brilliant product from Rodan + Fields, these peptide-drenched eye cloths are perfect for his gym bag. After a sweaty game of racquetball or an afternoon golfing, he can tidy up with a swipe of these gentle conditioning cloths, which are perfect for the entire face. And ladies, if you’ve never removed your eye makeup with one of these soothing wipes, you are in for a treat! This product makes the eye area look fresh, open and rested. After just one use, you’ll both be hooked…An ingenious unisex grooming product from two of the greatest names in dermatology: Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields.

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Laura Mercier Lip Silk, $22

Makeup artist Laura Mercier has created a matte lip conditioner that exfoliates and hydrates without leaving a greasy mess, so Dad’s lips will stay hydrated, soft and smooth. Available at department stores.

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Diptyque Candle in Baies, $60

Soothe his spirit with the powers of aromatherapy. This fabulous candle will transform any space into a veritable sanctuary–a garden of blooming flowers. You just haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the aroma of a Diptyque candle burning in your bedroom. Every celebrity is said to have their favorite scent in this high-end line of French home fragrances. Baies (pronounced, simply, BAY) is favored by the one and only legend, Francis Ford Coppola. The powerful scent lasts for hours. What can I say? I love it too. Diptyque candles are a guaranteed pleaser!

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