With Christmas around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to offer a few ideas for that man on your Xmas list…or for yourself.
Let’s start with something every man (except maybe Zach Galifianakis) needs: a close, smooth shave. The kind that doesn’t come from a quick slathering from a can of aerosol foam. The kind where a sharp blade meets prepared skin and a softened beard to make you feel like a brand new man. The kind without razor burn, razor bumps, nicks or cuts.
But you don’t have to drop $200 on a fancy blade holder for an awesome morning toilette. What I’m suggesting is an intro to a better shave: The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave set. Here’s what you get:
- Pre-shave oil, with essential oils to lubricate your skin and soften your beard.
- Shave cream formulated to condition your skin while lifting your beard for a closer shave than foam.
- A badger shaving brush to work in the shave cream, open your pores and further lift your beard – it feels incredible.
- After-shave balm with grapeseed extract, shea butter and other herbal ingredients, to soothe and refresh your skin.
I used to be skeptical about whether or not a high-quality shave cream or balm would make a difference for me. I’ve got pretty smooth skin and I’m not prone to the awful razor burn some guys get, so I was happy to stick with my canned gel for most of my life. Then I tried some samples of some quality shave products and was blown away, both by the unexpected closeness of the shave and by how great my face felt afterward.
Seriously, if you’ve never lathered your skin with a badger brush or prepped it with pre-shave oil, it’s a treat you’ll want to enjoy again and again, whether you shave with a modern triple-blade or a classic safety razor. And TAoS gives you a choice of lemon, lavender, sandalwood or unscented versions.
Set the tone for your day with a classic, stimulating shave. More gift ideas coming up.
Full disclosure: the product links above earn me a little bit of money. However, I’m not going to recommend something here that I wouldn’t recommend to a friend, or be excited to see under my own tree.