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Paul + Simone soft beard

All things considered, I am new to the facial hair scene. My face has been smooth as a baby’s bottom most of my life. But a couple of years ago, while camping in the mountains in northern California, I discovered I could grow a mustache. Oh, the possibilities, I thought! I could grow this out, change my name to Buck or Anders, build a cabin right here out of hand-milled redwood, and spend my days bow hunting caribou and trading furs on the festival scene… Unfortunately our rented Miata was due back in San Francisco later that week, where I maxed out my budget on burritos, Negra Modelos, Uber rides and a few vintage shirts. So I returned to Boston in need of some work and resumed the clean-shaven life for a while.

That winter, New England was hammered by an infamous series of blizzards. Society came to a near halt. We were trapped indoors by walls of snow and ice for weeks. I wistfully recalled my time in the warm, dusty mountains and waited for the thaw. When we emerged from our various hideouts in the spring, I had a sapling beard on my face. Nature had taken it’s course. But I was still a novice with no clue how to care for a newborn beard.

Beyer's Oil beard oil all sides

I got lucky with Beyer’s. It’s made in Bavaria from a handful of rich natural oils like jojoba and lavender, and nothing else. Love it. Natural and simple. It smells like fresh orange zest in my palm — a scent that’s rivaled only by my fresh-ground coffee — which is reason enough to crack the bottle open each morning. I didn’t realize what a big difference it would make! My whiskers are soft and silky to the touch now instead of coarse and wiry. There is a natural order and calm to previously frizzy patches. My skin is more comfortable, smooth and moisturized. I’m especially loving it this time of year, when the winter air is distressingly dry. The rich, lightweight botanical oils seem to have a nice warming effect. I rub it on my neck and cheeks to soothe itchy skin and stubble before going out in the cold. I’ve even been using a little in my hair to add some moisture and shine!

 

Paul + Simone Beyer's OIl

 

The best endorsement Beyer’s Oil got wasn’t from me but from my lovely girlfriend, Simone. She nuzzled my face one morning and noticed right away how soft it had become, seemingly overnight. She lit up and couldn’t get enough! I have happily endured many more nuzzles, cuddles and kisses since then. Definitely an unexpected benefit — I feel like a human teddy bear. In a good way. I should have known. It says it right on the bottle — “Rub in your beard and be happy!”

 

Beyer's Beard Oil

Filed Under: Groom, Jackmauh Tries It
Jackmauh brushing with Scuba

For my first review we decided to start with something fundamental to daily life: brushing one’s teeth. And the essential pair of items to do it — in this case, The Scuba toothbrush and Theodent toothpaste, featuring a curious patented formula derived from chocolate! For a week I brushed each day (twice or maybe even three times, if my dentist asks) with the new brush and the toothpaste. Here’s what I found out.

First the brush. Finally! A toothbrush to be excited about. The Scuba feels more like a tool in your hand than a toothbrush. It’s craftily manufactured from soft, flexible rubber with a plump ergonomic handle and an angled brush head for precision scrubbing. Better yet the Scuba comes in right-handed and left-handed versions — quite a gratifying breath of fresh air for this world weary lefty. My hand just wants to reach out and hold it. The idea here is control, and you’re going to want it for the oversized brush head. That’s right – we did it to the golf club, we did it to the tennis racket, now Radius has done it to the toothbrush.

Radius Scuba toothbrush in hand

 

Like with some other innovations in history, I was a little perplexed, maybe even intimidated, when I first picked it up. After a few times around the block I got the feel for it, adjusted my brush stroke and quickly understood why the Scuba is a superior oral care tool. The bristles, made from natural vegetable-based nylon, are pleasantly soft, much softer than your average toothbrush. Couple this with the oversized head, which naturally scrubs your gums and palate as much as your teeth, and you have an advanced implement that cleans and massages simultaneously.

No fear for those with sensitive gums prone to bleeding or sores either — this brush is gentle. Cleaning is more efficient too. It’s possible to cover large areas of your mouth in a few minimal motions. On top of that I felt like an eco-champion, since this brush is 100% petroleum free and made in Radius’ own Pennsylvania factory, which produces two thirds of it’s own electricity from solar panels. And thanks to the Scuba’s dynamic design and quality composition, it’s likely to last three to four times longer than your average toothbrush. That means less plastic in my trash.

Scuba toothbrushes

 

Now let’s spread some of the good stuff on that beast! Enter Theodent. My appreciation for this novel toothpaste began at first sight, with the elegant filigreed box and matching tube, both a rich dark chocolate color that’s easy on groggy eyes. I was surprised when the product itself came out a nice clean white. I was expecting some lighter shade of brown, since this toothpaste is made from chocolate. That’s right, chocolate. Sort of… Here we have a truly innovative dental cleanser.

Theodent Classic

 

Theodent uses theobromine, an extract from the cocoa bean, as the main ingredient in its proprietary fluoride alternative (called Rennou). This makes it entirely non-toxic, while still a powerful formula for protecting and strengthening your teeth’s enamel.  According to Theodent’s research, theobromine has actually proven to increase the size of the mineral crystals that compose your enamel by fourfold. That means more protection for your dazzling smile, and considering that it was the mellowest-tasting toothpaste I’ve ever used – more like an after dinner mint than, well, toothpaste – I was quite impressed that it could be so anti-cavity. And I thought chocolate couldn’t get any better! I guess it’s just another instance where science and nature work in graceful synergy to create an effective natural alternative to a synthetic product.

Delicate Theodent and Supple Scuba – the match made in dental heaven.

Theodent toothpaste Scuba toothbrush

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Fulton & Roark product line

Our first solid colognes are here! Along with a new bar soap and shave cream, too. From down South a bit, these are from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Solid cologne is an immensely convenient form of fragrance, being that there’s no liquid to spray or spill. It can be applied anywhere without intruding on the nearby would-be-splashed, and it’s highly concentrated, so one quick touch of the finger from wax to wrist and you’re all set. Onlookers need not even know what rarefied deviousness just transpired. Really, that’ll be enough. Inconspicuously rub wrist to wrist and if you see fit, each to the opposite side of your neck, and your intimate vicinity shall be an olfactory delight!

Fulton and Roark_Solid Cologne_info cardPocket-sized, solid metal containers make this slight of hand especially doable. And while 0.2oz isn’t big, it lasts a good long while, so don’t worry about running out any time soon.

Fulton and Roark Solid Cologne_Tin_openThree scents match personality and occasion. Shackleford is warm with notes of amber and sandalwood, rich and round, hints of campfire. Hatteras is fresh, light, and green, a classic sport scent with hints of tennisball and light spice. Tybee is light and clean, subtle musk, on a backdrop of rosewood and cedar. All three are well balanced, masculine, and accessible.

Fulton and Roark_Solid Cologne_groupFulton & Roark shave cream is something special. Emollient and non-foaming, it’s made to be used without a brush. Squeeze a small dollop into your fingers and apply directly to your skin, spreading across the desired area. Avocado, tea tree, jojoba and citrus oils ensure a smooth, close, irritant-free shave that will leave your skin moisturized and calm. Bergamot, spearmint and ginger grass scent make shaving with this cream an awakening but relaxing experience. As with all F&R products, a little goes a long way, and with the built-in roller you’ll never struggle to get every last drop out of this tube.

Fulton and Roark Shave Cream with soap in package

 

Last but not least, the bar soap! This stuff has caused a veritable frenzy amongst aficionados, as it’s achieved something so few bar soaps manage to do: not dry out your skin. Shea and cocoa butters, olive oil, glycerine, and oat flour combine to create a rich, moisturizing lather that nourishes while it cleanses. Gentle enough for the most sensitive skins. Moroccan red clay, eucalyptus, sage, black spruce, white grapefruit, and black pepper oils give it a faint scent light enough for daily use without overwhelming other fragrances in your routine. Triple milled, this soap bar can last months.

 

Available now in Craft & Caro’s Groom collection, check out this line of fine, made-in-USA grooming products intended just for gentlemen: bit.ly/FultonRoark

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MCMC group for EMMH

 

Visit the Groom collection to see five new perfume oils from MCMC of Brooklyn, NY.

Corresponding to our collections of MCMC candles and eau de parfums, these fragrance oils come in five scents: Hunter, Maine, Noble, Garden, and Love. Each is unique in essence and equally well balanced, with a base of organic jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, fragrance, and essential oils. Roll on each wrist sparingly, then rub wrists to neck, and you’ll waft delicately masculine aromas all day, especially to those who get close, such as huggers and kissers.

Crafted in small batches and hand bottled by the sisters McClain (MCMC – get it?!) each bottle is accompanied by a batch number and a short story of how the scent came to be.

MCMC Fragrances Perfume Oil Hunter

Hunter

“When I was younger I had a friend named Harrison, who I liked to call Hunter. He lent me the book Ishmael, and played guitar, and taught me about loving the environment.

Years later, memories of our long friendship and his adventures building maple sugar cabins in Vermont inspired the fragrance Hunter. With tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and fir balsam, this fragrance is best worn with a flannel shirt.”

MCMC Fragrances Perfume Oil Maine

Maine

“Maine is inspired by a day spent on the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine, falling in love.

Bulgarian rose absolute, local clary sage, wild Somalian myrrh and French seaweed absolute convey the fresh scents of sea, air, sun, pine, and discovery of a single perfect beach plum rose. Dries down into the musky scent of sensual skin coupled with sun-dried grass”

MCMC Fragrances Perfume Oil Noble

Noble

“Noble is the first fragrance I ever created. Long before formal training, I was toying with the sensual, intoxicating scent of Indian jasmine absolute and combining it with the fiery, earthy vetiver oil of Haiti. The two ingredients are a symbol of time spent in the beautiful and spiritual country of Nepal.

Combined with rich almondy notes of chai tea, burning incense, amber and musk, the jasmine-centered Noble is a long-lasting floral woody with an ethereal drydown”

MCMC Fragrances Perfume Oil Love

Love

“The first time I fell in love, it was all fireworks and sparks and a rush of crazy dancing. The second time I fell in lover, it was in a field by the ocean. My love is infinite.

Intense and spicy top notes of Japanese yuzu citrus, French sweet basil and Chinese magnolia oil grow into the burning intensity of ancient templewood and gunpowder. The scent lasts forever, just like true love.”

 

Check out these lovely fragrances along with the rest of our collection from MCMC right here: bit.ly/MCMCxCC

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Wash For Men body wash

Part of Craft & Caro’s Groom collection just since yesterday is Wash, body wash for men.

This straightforward body wash is sustainably made in USA with just a few natural ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, sodium cocoamphoacetate, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, pro-vitamin B5, hydrolyzed wheat protein, citric acid, and essential oils.

Though some of these ingredients are hard to pronounce, they’re all a-ok. For example, decyl glucoside is produced by reacting corn sugar with a fatty alcohol from coconut, and is a gentle cleanser that won’t bother sensitive skin. And Wash is free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes, and synthetic fragrances – the usual suspects. Even the bottle is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, and is recyclable. Of course it should go without saying, this product was never tested on animals.

The formula Wash for Men has worked out is highly emollient and leaves skin feeling moisturized, soft and smooth, never dry, itchy, or tight. A little goes a long way with this stuff and it lathers up lusciously. The light citrus scent is noticeably orangey; a welcome, waking aroma first thing in the morning that whets the appetite for some fresh-squeezed with breakfast. And a note on aesthetic: the stark white bottle with black lettering is easy on bleary eyes, making for a modern, minimal, luxurious overall experience. It’s surprising how much difference a good-looking bottle can make.

Wash For Men body wash back label

Get this proudly produced product (indeed, it’s the only thing they make) in Craft & Caro’s Groom collection here: bit.ly/WashForMen

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