Today I forgot to put lotion on before leaving the house, probably because I was distracted by this punim:
Now I feel like I’m wearing a very dry (it’s winter y’all) mask instead of my own punim. Typically I use Aveeno Ultra-Calming (because it’s important to have an ultra-calm face) daily moisturizer which has SPF 15 in it. It’s crucial to wear sunblock every day, and there’s no easier way to do that than using lotion that has some in it. Even when we do not gaze into the sun, it gazes into us (please forgive this really poor version of Nietzsche). This is something you can find in your local pharmacy for about $13, or on Drugstore.com (for $13.43).
Here are some of the other products I use on a daily basis:
First there’s pomade, or “old-fashioned men’s grooming aid” as my barber calls it, which I have written about too many times to write about again, so here’s my post on pomades titled Pomades, plus A Tiny Present from the Handsome Butch. (If you were wondering, by the way, who was randomly selected to receive that tiny present from me, it was Tomboy Tailors out in San Francisco. Hi Zel!)
When you need to wash that pomade out, I recommend trying Caswell-Massey’s Dr. Hunter’s Hair Wash:
This fine shampoo is made with Glycerine, Vitamin B, Sweet Almond Oil and Ginseng which condition your hair and scalp, while extracts of Rosemary, Parsley and Lemongrass “restore its luster.” Use this “for a luscious head of hair” (as it says on the bottle). $16 and free of animal ingredients (and of course then not tested on animals). Not bad folks.
Next there’s another Caswell-Massey Greenbriar cologne, which I also wrote about once in Looking for a New Cologne? Unfortunately it looks like Caswell-Massey doesn’t carry their cologne sampler right now, but I do recommend considering this (vegan!) one from Portland General Store:
My apologies for redirecting you folks to old posts, but I don’t want to be redundant. I wrote about these vegan colognes, which have scents like tobacco, moss, whiskey, cardamom, something-or-other and sandalwood in Tiny Gifts for Handsome Folks. Also in that post is Swedish Dream sea salt soap.
The next product I use every morning is Chiefs face wash. It’s made with ginseng, menthol and peppermint (these ingredients really make waking up feel more like WAKING UP instead of well, w a k i n g u p). You can pick this up for $17 at The Motley, a webstore that specializes in “superior grooming products for men” (and perhaps unbeknownst to them, butches, et al).
I should add: since this is a face wash and not a face scrub, it doesn’t exfoliate. So there are some additional products you may wish to consider for, say, weekly exfoliation rituals. You can peruse your choices at The Motley. You can also try this (vegan) face bomb from the aforementioned Portland General Store:
I think Kiehl’s Facial Fuel works exceptionally well. It’s made with vitamins C and E, chestnut extract and soy. You can order it from Kiehl’s for $25.
The last of the products pictured above is Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care deodorant. It’s made with citrus, Cyprus and fir (in other words, it smells good). Burt’s Bees generally sells this for $8 but it’s on sale for $7. They also carry another deodorant that I really like, which is a very piney spray-on option. The pine smell is from sage, but there are also notes of lavender and lemon. You can it up for $8. If you’re like me you want to smell good (and ideally like a woodsman) but also don’t want to take any mental or physical health risks (as aluminum and other ingredients may in part cause Alzheimer’s or cancer) just to achieve that. Natural deodorants like these ones are thus crucial.
As always, please feel free to comment on the grooming products you use.
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