Introducing | Rapha Performance Skincare

Introducing | Rapha Performance Skincare

Folks, we’d like to turn you all to the first of the Rapha Performance Skincare range, which has been created to protect against the elements and repair the wear and tear of road riding. Now, imagine how effective the products will be for an average bloke like me.

The fragrance of Atlas Cedar, Lavender, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Cypress, Cistus and Patchouli are pulled from Mont Ventoux and are used across the range. Currently, this range consists of a chamois cream, embrocation and soap, all of which we’ve actually tested and approve.

Grooming | SHARPS Barber and Shop for Fall 2010

Grooming | SHARPS Barber and Shop for Fall 2010

I’ve been testing out some of SHARPS‘ grooming products from their fall line as of late and thought it only to turn you folks to the goods. For anyone not familiar, SHARPS Barber and Shop launched in 2002 in New York and has since been selling rapidly at fine barbershops and retailers nationwide and in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Japan, and Australia, as well as SHARPS’ own barbershops in London. They’re approach is phenomenal as any man will find appeal in the packaging design and sometimes outlandish product names.

The good thing is the products really work. Case in point, the “Happy Me All Over” soap bar. Not only does it have a kick-ass name, unforgettable name, but it delivers a healthy lather without damaging even the most sensitive skin. I say this because, folks, I have some God-awful sensitive skin which is easily irritated. The light green hard-milled soap bar produces maximum lather and is a pretty substantial in size compared to other soap bars. This will surely prevent some dropped soap incidents and give the soap bar some extended life versus the competition.

The Scent | Odin 04 Petrana

The Scent | Odin 04 Petrana

Many people are under the notion that men should avoid floral scents at all costs, but I beg to differ. The right mixture delivers a timeless scent, and 04 Petrana is most certainly ranking high on our list of scents for 2010/2011. Without getting to technical with details, just know Odin has cooked up their fourth scent, this time utilizing rare ingredients such as Black Iris, Pink Pepper and Herbaceous Coriander.

Essential: Natural Bristle Toothbrush by SWISSCO [Grooming]

Essential: Natural Bristle Toothbrush by SWISSCO [Grooming]

There’s much reason behind my decision to ditch the the modern toothbrush and go with an old-school natural bristle offering instead. Most of it stems from the fact that I’m fed up with the overly-commercialized dental care industry. Fact is when I used to walk into a drugstore to pick up a few necessities, I spent the most time looking for the right toothbrush. There are a hundred varieties of the same nylon bristle toothbrush, which tends to become less effective much quicker than its natural bristle counterpart.

Reviewed: Crown Shaving Company [Grooming]

Reviewed: Crown Shaving Company [Grooming]

A little while back, the folks behind Toronto-based Crown Shaving Co. turned us to their extensive line of shaving and grooming products for men. Before even cracking open any of the products for use, we were intrigued by the old school packaging. We recently came to find out the family’s been franchising hair salons since the 1950s, and over 45 uncles and cousins combined are in the barbering and salon/spa fields. These products, ranging from shaving cream and after shave to water-based pomade and styling cream (coming soon), were all crafted with the family’s heritage and expertise in mind.

Many will be glad to hear the ingredients used in Crown Shaving Co. products are actually brought in from the United States. Some receive the addition of essential oils while others are formulated specifically to the brand’s specifications. For anyone with sensitive skin, I’d suggest giving Crown Shaving Co. a shot as the products have been very kind to my skin. The products are actually alcohol, artificial colorant, artificial fragrance, paraben and sulfate free.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide [100 to Giveaway]

Por Homme x Gillette ProGlide Razor Giveaway

When you thinking shaving, you think Gillette, not those other brands that do a sub-par job at giving us a close shave while protecting our skin. Something that’s always been a hurdle for product makers in the past has been the “tug and pull” dilemma. The ProGlide, part of Gillette’s ProSeries, packs significant enhancements, that not only address the skin, but the hair as well. So what separates this new razor from the Gillette Fusion or other ones from years past?

First, and perhaps most importantly, the ProGlide has been fitted with low cutting force blades that feature finer edges and have been given an advanced low-resistance coating, which allow the razor to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull compared to other leading razors vs. Fusion. Other enhancements include a larger Lubrastrip for an even smoother layer of protection even when on repeat strokes, as well as the addition of a Microcomb, which helps to guide hair directly to the blade.

The Fusion ProGlide goes on sale in a manual and Power option next month, but Gillette’s actually been kind enough to give some of you guys out there the opportunity to grab one for free. A total of 100 razors are up for grabs, which you can grab from the widget below. It’s pretty simple, hit the widget, follow the instructions and get yours for free. No gimmicks, folks. We don’t believe in those. 

Now Open: Baxter Finley Barber & Shop [L.A.]

Now Open: Baxter Finley Barber & Shop [L.A.]

J.P. Mastey & Co. of Baxter, California-based maker of grooming products for men, have taken the brand to new heights since its initial launch back in 1965. When the original founder, Baxter Finley, started the company, we’re not sure if he envisioned it being as successful and notable across the world as it is now. They’ve actually now gone ahead and opened their first barber shop in Los Angeles and it’s exactly how a barber shop should be.

Expect to see upgraded products with an environment that’s timeless. Don’t think you’ll be watching the Sunday games here, ’cause there are no TVs or extra gimmicks. Heck, you won’t even be getting a beer. Not here, guys. Here, you’ll be given a haircut by lead barber Jason Simao, who’s coming over from Freeman’s Sporting Club. The services offered are limited to a shave or a haircut. Keeping things simplet. Alongside the full line of Baxter products will be a few notable brands including Dr. Bronners, D.R. Harris, and etaW of Japan.

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Kenton Sorenson Leather Dopp Kit [Travel]

Kenton Sorenson Leather Dopp Kit [Travel]Kenton Sorenson Leather Dopp Kit [Travel]

From American brand Kenton Sorenson comes this dopp kitt, just in time for the holidays. Hand made at Sorenson’s Wisconsin factory, this dopp kit is crafted of natural leather that will develop an amazing deep golden brown color with regular use. The kit has a simple leather wrap around tie closure that can be used to keep the kit open while in use. The functionality gets us as much as the aesthetics, as it’s got plenty of space for all your grooming products and then some. It’s in limited production though so you might want to grab it with some urgency.

More info and images after the jump