We’re rapidly approaching the end of 2014, so it’s time to reflect on our favourite mens grooming products of the year. Today we’re tackling grooming goods, because all the nice clothes in the world won’t help if you look like you spent the last 12 months up a mountain with no company but a yak named Kevin.
Our favourite mens grooming products of 2014 have you covered from head to toe and back again, and are guaranteed to put you at the top of your game. Even Kevin would look presentable after this treatment.
For Men’s Hair
Complete Shampoo by Fellow Barber
Fellow Barber’s Complete Shampoo has everything you need and nothing you don’t want. A mild conditioning formula has been added so hair is cleansed without drying, and left looking natural and easy to style. Complete Shampoo is free of alcohol, parabens, and sulfate, and never tested on animals. Use a smaller amount if you shampoo daily and more if you shampoo less often.
S2 Shine Medium Hold by Patricks
Patricks S2 Shine Medium Hold is a styling product for all hair types, packing the exclusive Patricks Recovery Compound. PRC has been scientifically engineered to target four areas: hair loss, hair growth, scalp health and UV protection. The end result is thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair.
Rough Rider by KEVIN.MURPHY
KEVIN.MURPHY products are weightlessly designed to deliver performance, strength and longevity. Rough Rider is an antioxidant-rich strong hold clay that creates a matte, defined look. Thanks to an infusion of Soya Bean extracts and Golden Bamboo, the product also adds softness and shine, boosts scalp health, and has strengthening and moisturising effects.
For The Face
Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub by Triumph & Disaster
Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub removes the build-up of unwanted material that naturally forms on the surface of the skin, cleaning out dirty pores and revealing a fresher layer of skin underneath. Infused with a unique fragrance Triumph & Disaster calls ‘Smoke and Wood’, Rock & Roll Suicide uses a combo of volcanic ash (a natural abrasive) and green clay to get the job done.
Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturiser by Kiehl’s
Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with Kiehl’s products, and the Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturiser is no exception. Super absorbent and ultra light, the oil-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free moisturiser visibly reduces the appearance of pores and shine for 24 hours, leaving your skin feeling ultra hydrated and comfortable.
Total Revitalizer Eye Cream by Shiseido Men
If the eyes are the window to the soul, you’d best be sure you’re taking top-notch care of them. Shiseido Men’s Total Revitalizer Eye Cream will serve you well in that task. The 360-degree product acts as a multi-faceted men’s eye cream – tackling all areas of concern from wrinkles, to circles, to puffiness, to hydration, to sagging.
The Manly Body
Exfoliating Body Bar by Baxter of California
All skin types will relish a scrub from Baxter of California’s Exfoliating Body Bar. The hydrating and moisture-rich formula smooths out rough patches and laves off dirt with pumice, jojoba meal and crushed olive seed. It also earns points for its masculine scent, a mixture of cedarwood and oakmoss.
Deodorant by Aesop
The stick is so over. Try a spray deodorant from Aesop instead, which is even easier to apply and carries no risk of unsightly marks left on clothes. This aluminium-free deodorising spray is formulated with eleven essential oils that assist in neutralising underarm odour, and provides an earthy, appealing vetiver scent.
Extra Rich Body Hydrator by Jack Black
Don’t be fooled by the “extra rich” in the name – Jack Black’s Extra Rich Body Hydrator is actually surprisingly lightweight. Shea and Capuacu butters are combined in a unique Sheer Butter Complex that offer intensive hydration to the skin without greasiness. The ingredients list includes argan oil, coffee seed oil, and organic green tea.
A Smooth Shave
Foaming Shave Gel by Harry’s
Harry’s was born out of the desire to offer a great shave at a fair price. It started with razors (which we’ll get to a little later), then expanded to other products necessary for the perfect shaving experience. On that list is the Foaming Shave Gel, which is packed with natural ingredients that soothe irritation and hydrate your face.
Shave Tonic by Baxter of California
Take home the unique shaving experience of the LA-based barbershop/retail space Baxter Finley with the revitalising Shave Tonic. Shave Tonic contains natural essential oils – including menthol, rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor and spearmint – alongside aloe extract and vitamins E, D and A to provide skin with moisture and essential nutrients.
Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil by Tom Ford
The key to the perfect beard is a serious maintenance routine. Daily grooming and conditioning keeps your scruff looking anything but scruffy. Try Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil, which softens and nourishes with a blend of almond, jojoba and grapeseed oils. Also available in two other scents: Oud Wood and Neroli Portofino.
Tools Of The Trade
The Truman Razor by Harry’s
Back to Harry’s, as promised. It was razors that started it all for the brand, like the simple and modern Truman. The ergonomic handle is curved for comfort, weighted for substance and angled for precise control, so you end up with something that feels less like a tool and more like an extension of your hand.
Stainless Steel Li+ by Wahl
If you prefer a high-tech shave, we recommend the Stainless Steel Li+ by Wahl. The heavy duty, stainless steel body feels solid in your hand and the four interchangeable heads mean you have plenty of opportunities to nail the perfect trim. Worldwide voltage makes this an especially useful tool if you’re a frequent traveller.
Sonicare Diamond Clean Black Edition by Philips
Yes, it’s a pricey toothbrush, but you won’t regret splurging on something as important as your smile. The Sonicare Diamond Clean Black Edition from Philips promises to remove up to 7x more plaque and whiten teeth more than 2x better than a manual toothbrush, while improving gum health in only 2 weeks. There’s even a 2-minute timer to track the recommended brushing time.
Leather-Bound Manicure Set by Czech & Speake
And last but not least, don’t neglect your claws. Well-kept nails are a must, and Czech & Speake is here to make sure it happens. The Leather-Bound Manicure Set is a one stop shop for handsome hands. Eight tools are included in the kit: slanted tweezers, safety scissors, nail scissors, nail clippers, a nail file, toe nail clippers, a cuticle nipper and a double-ended cuticle tool.