With Father’s Day just a week away (June 19th for those unaware), there is still time to pull off that perfectly thought through gift idea. Happy to help! The following rounds up some of the most exciting grooming launches from Spring into Summer and includes unbeatable classic formulas bound to spruce up shower shelves and gym bags and that will make every dad feel and look spectacular. Your choice: haute or hotter?
Inclusive of all skincare needs of the modern male, philosophy just released a new trifecta to cleanse, shave and moisturize every guy handsomely. Popularized by everyone from Oprah to Miley Cyrus, the brand that gave us ‘hope in a jar’ is now catering to the male market with an on point range of chic black tubes. The simple and efficient three step includes the iconic microdelivery face and body scrub ($28), renewed razor sharp cleansing shave cream ($20) and renewed hope mattifying moisturizer ($36). Featuring a masculine blend of fresh, aquatic, and citrus notes, this grooming experience is a full on treat with skincare benefits. Personally obsessed with the shaving cream, btw. philosophy.com
Kiehl’s Age-Defender & more
Most comprehensive and always tailored to suit every skin, beard and personality type, Kiehl’s offers unbeatable options in the men’s department. This year, however, they cover generations with so much dude newness that no matter his lifestyle, age or skin concerns, your Father’s Day dilemmas are solved. Dads over forty will benefit tremendously from the recently launched Age Defender line up that aggressively targets visible signs of aging. The quick absorbing Power Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Repair aim to lift, firm, strengthen, and revitalize dull and lackluster skin while boosting its moisture and comfort levels. For the first time in over five years, Kiehl’s also released a new Close Shavers Squadron™ formula, the Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion. Soothing and nourishing, this clear and lather free option is perfect for beard upkeep or touch ups. Lastly, launching this weekend, Kiehl’s is adding a Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil! Explore the whole gamut of ‘gifts for him’ at kiehls.com.
Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper SPORT
Putting an athletic twist on its uber popular Re-Charge Black Pepper scent, Molton Brown gives us three new performance driven formulas in a SPORT variation. Known as a spicy classic, the new blend highlights a zesty and invigorating citrus note for that extra zippy clean feeling post-workout or not. If he lifts or runs, he’ll appreciate the Muscle Soak. If he needs a morning boost, get the Energizing Body Scrub to get him started for the day. And for everything else, there is the 4-in-1 Body Wash (and MasterCard, obviously) that works as a face and body wash, shampoo, and shaving gel. Perfectly timed, this launch from my favorite quintessentially British brand makes for a ‘can’t go wrong’ Father’s Day gift. MoltonBrown.com
Known as the most efficient, affordable and stylish delivery service that has taken the chore out of shaving, the Harry’s brand expanded significantly this past year. This Spring, a new Daily Face Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF15 ($8) and Lip Balm ($9 for a 3 pack) joined the range of non-negotiable staples. Crucial really to any proper grooming regimen, these quality complexion enhancers are straightforward, user friendly and top notch when it comes to covering your dad’s needs. Stark and trendy, the approachable minimalism of Harry’s proves that facial moisturizer with skin nourishing botanicals and lip balm rich in plant butters are indeed very masculine. harrys.com
If you’ve spotted your dad using questionable shaving products, pick up the dermalogica Shave Kit ($40) and get him hooked on this phenomenal range. Formulated to prevent irritation and provide maximum comfort, these daily use staples will deliver the closest shave without nicks, cuts, burns, or bloodbaths. Whether he’s dealing with sensitive skin issues or tough facial hair, the system includes Daily Clean Scrub, Pre-Shave Guard, Soothing Shave Cream, and After Shave Balm in generous and portable sizes so he can figure out his future favorites. As a non user of any after shave products, I vouch for the exceptional in dermalogica. My prediction: you will forever re-stock that Daily Clean Scrub for him though. So. Good. dermalogica.com
Edgy, modern, and with the distinct air of a true classic, the V76 by Vaughn range of luxury grooming products for men needs to be on your radar, gift giving or not. Launched by Vaughn Acord, a celebrity groomer behind some of the most prominent male faces from magazine covers to red carpets, the line addresses every hair, face and body need imaginable. Utilizing only American sourced ingredients and considering every eco conscious scenario possible, the sophisticated lineup is full of A+ formulas. From hair specific shampoo, conditioners and styling products through shaving options and in-shower must-haves, V76 by Vaughn is all about results without extra steps, ingredients, or dollar signs. If you’re new to the brand, my personal favorites include the Energizing Hair Care ($19) and Energy Body Wash ($16). Can’t. Go. Wrong. V76.com
No gift guide would be complete without L’OCCITANE because when it comes to saving time and finding giftable winners for any occasion, they’re the go to brand. Studded with choices in highly refined grooming options, these French imports serve up a one of a kind aesthetic with matching results. With the Body Soap Trio starting at $24, the offers are considerate of every budget. My favorite sets are the L’OCCITAN and Cedrat collections – featuring an Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel and Bar Soap in their respective scents ($65 each). If your dad prefers lavender and woodsy aromas, go for the L’OCCITAN one; if he appreciates a crisp citrus note in his routine, you won’t go wrong with Cedrat anything. loccitane.com
I rarely get excited about subscription boxes. Birchbox Man, though… *really* good. Primarily focused on grooming, each monthly box gets your guy four deluxe travel size products that may include a cologne, a shower gel, the latest hair styling product, or a tool he should probably begin to use. Genius for travel, his gym bag, or as a way to discover a new favorite that will replace a boring bar of soap or a bottle of questionable looking lotion, nothing beats the surprise element that each shipment brings. In addition to samples, a full size product is included in every box and can range from a fashion accessory through a tech gadget to stylish and practical barware. If he likes what he tries, he can find the full size item conveniently at birchbox.com where deals and incentives make shopping hard to resist. Yes, even for guys. $20 a month at birchbox.com