Clarisonic Brush Pro-Deluxe for Men
($195). If was a man, I would be bowled over to receive a Clarisonic Brush
. But then I already know what a difference it makes. I know that some guys will be put off by the idea of introducing another layer into their morning routine and yet all it takes is 30-seconds to get the perfect pre-shave prep. It can be used on dry skin or to apply cleanser or shaving soap. It will slough off dead skin cells for a smoother shave and it should reduce razor irritation and burn. It works miracles at cleansing and closing pores.
Pevonia Aromatic Seaweed Bath
($26.50). It's time Dad ditched the epsom salts. Not only is Pevonia mineralizing and detoxifying, it’s quite nourishing and de-stressing. There is laminaria digitata (algae) extract, a seaweed (from the Brittany Sea) that contains amino acids and vitamins (A,E, C and B), helping to strengthen the immune system, increase vitality and protect against damage from free radicals. Laminaria also increases blood circulation and stimulates lymph production to eliminate toxins (plus it's known to treat cellulite and obesity). www.pevonia.com
Art of Shaving: The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave - Full Kit - Sandalwood
($97). Art of Shaving
just got bought by Proctor & Gamble and with good reason: this is not your standard stubble control. The full range is worth a look; we like AoS's eye gel
and the moisturizer for sensitive skin
. This shave kit comes with sandlewood essential oil, Pre-Shave Oil (a simple concoction of castor Oil, olive Oil, essential oil), Shaving Cream, a pure badger shaving brush, and After Shave Balm. The shaving cream is, to be honest, pretty basic. But there is a lot to like about the balm. There are a couple of algae, plus antioxidant wheat amino acids, grape seed and vitamin C complex. There is plenty of science to back up the inclusion of ginkgo biloba - at least one study
has shown that it boosts collagen production and research on rats demonstrated
that ginkgo protected skin against UVB damage. For purists, there is an unscented version.
Osmotics Male Daily Essentials Kit
($55). Osmotics makes great anti-aging products - I am a complete convert to their body lotion
. The men's line is no nonsense and efficient, of which the Daily Essentials Kit is exemplary, consisting of: Osmotics Male Facial Cleansing Scrub, Ultra Shave Butter, Blue Copper 5 After Shave Balm, Daily Moisture Defense SPF 15. Almost all the ingredients are dervived from plants. A notable exception in the Cleansing Scrub is pumice, used as a mild abrasive. The cleanser also has antioxidant grape, raspberry and carrot extracts. The shaving balm has wound healing copper peptides to take care of any nics and, at the same time, deal with wrinkles. There is also healing allantoin
extracted from comfrey. Daily Moisture Denfense is packed full of vitamins: B5, C and E.
Max Green Alchemy Naked Rescue Cream
($19). Just about anything by Max Green Alchemy would make a welcome gift. The only hesitation that I have is that should the Old Man have a typically fragile male ego, there could be a little reaction to the name of this product: "What, I need rescuing!". Since 'rescue' crops up in almost all of MGA's really superior shaving, skincare and haircare products and Dad could probably do with being kidnapped and sent to Golden Doors for a full makeover, its worth the risk. Naked has great organic ingredients and is packed with antioxidants that work. While you're at it, you could throw in MGA's Scalp Rescue Organic Shampoo
- according to Jimmy, it deserves a medal
. He also likes the pomade
and I am a big fan of the conditioner
Ingredients in Art of Shaving After Shave Balm
Red Algae Gel, Shea Butter, Laminaria, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, Glycerin, Cocoyl Glucoside, Cordia Verbenacea, Wheat Amino Acids, Ginkgo Biloba, Centello Asiatica Extract, Nori, Horsetail Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosaminoglycans, Essential Fatty Acids, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Acerola (Vitamin C Complex), Amino Acids of L-Lysine & L-Methionine, Essential Oil
Ingredients in MGA Naked
Shea butter, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil and panthenol Conditioning: calendula flower, aloe vera leaf and MSM plant derived suphur compound, vitamin C ester, GMO-free plant derived mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) Purified Water, Octyldodeconol (plant emollient), Helianthus Annus* (GMO-free sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyl Stearate (plant emollient), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (plant conditioner), Sorbitan Stearate (plant emulsifier), Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM botanical sulphur compound), Simmondsia* Chinesis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Oenethera Biennis (evening primrose) Oil, Glycine Soja (soy amino acid), Glycerin (vegetable source), Sucrose Cocoate (plant emulsifier), Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E). * Organic
Ingredients in Osmotics Male Facial Cleansing Scrub
Purified Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Vera Gel, Pumice, Oleth-10, Jojoba Esters, Tromethamine, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium PCA, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Fragrance Oil, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium EDTA.