Some grooming products have stood the test of time, keeping men looking and feeling their best. But formulas – like the best men – evolve and are reinvented
In a world where sensuality is king, it’s hard to believe that a scent was once kept from the public because it was deemed ‘too sexy’ for its time. Kiehl’s original musk oil, aptly labelled ‘Love Oil’, was discovered in storage of the original Kiehl’s pharmacy in the 1950s and was only introduced to customers in 1963. Though it was an instant hit, it only hit shelves in the form of the eau de toilette that we know today in 2004. The iconic signature scent is now available as a unisex fragrance with a synthetic musk base, top notes of bergamot and a heart of ylang-ylang and neroli.
Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette 50 ml, R790
Think of your dad or grandpa’s bathroom and the whiff of Old Spice, Aqua Velva, English Leather or Brut might come to mind. That, and the stinging sensation of alcohol, one of the top listed ingredients in most aftershave solutions of yesteryear. Thankfully, the products we use today offer a less overwhelming fragrance pay-off and gentler ingredients to help combat ingrown hairs and soothe razor burn. It also won’t put you in danger – unlike Hai Karate’s infamous instruction booklet (now discontinued) on self defence against overly eager women that came with every bottle of Oriental Lime.
Clubman Aftershave Lotion R199.95 available at Dis-Chem
Splurge! Tom Ford Skin Revitalizing Concentrate 30 ml R2 500
If you shave on a daily basis, you know that a proper, good quality razor is essential to achieving a clean and smooth finish sans any nicks and cuts. Now, your 20-blade razor may be getting the job done, but nothing beats a double-edged safety razor. A daunting task, yes, but since the razor cuts only the hair above the surface of the skin (unlike multiblades, which grab on to hairs and cut them lower), there’s less chance of clogging and ingrown hairs, and fewer blades at a gentler angle also mean less razor burn. A word of warning, though: Take your time learning the technique as a razor could easily be mistaken for a weapon of facial skin destruction. However, once you’ve got the hang of it, we promise you won’t look back.
Baili Double Edge Razor – Butterfly R199
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