Metro Man & Metro Home

By Christopher Kennedy

Basic Black

Black by Kenneth Cole, is my favorite scent in the Kenneth Cole collection. Stronger than Reaction and more dynamic than the KC Signature fragrance, Black is masculine and modern. It boasts an energetic mix of mint, lotus flower, exotic woods and sensuous musk that is both metropolitan and masculine. Retails for $50 per 1.7 fl oz bottle.

I personally wouldn’t wear this to the office or casual events. Black is for evening wear, and contains mint, fresh fruits, spices, watermint, mandarin, basil, ginger, cedarleaf, nutmeg, incense, lotus flower, black suede, violet leaves, musk, and ambergris. Other products in the Black by Kenneth Cole line include after-shave, deodorant and body wash.

Coin Of the Realm

Aging will bring on wrinkles as sure as death & taxes, but at least the former can be avoided, up to a point. To fight wrinkles, Nickel Spa of New York has created Silicon Valley Wrinkles Equalizer, a hi-tech treatment to fight aging on all fronts: powerful double anti-wrinkle action, visible firming effect, and lasting repair effect.

Because a man’s skin is thicker and subject to more aggressions (sports, shaving) than a woman, Nickel formulas contain a higher percentage of active ingredients than any women’s cosmetic product. Featuring tensor agents, fruit acids, a blend of vitamins and oligo-elements, the products use ingredients that give sure-fire results. Price: $80 per 50 ml jar.

On the Cutting Edge

Since shaving is never anything but a nuisance, finding products that keep shaving interesting and/or speed up the process is always a plus. The Philips Norelco 8060X Shaving System is a good start.

This unique shaver combines a Nivea moisturizer dispensing system with advanced shaving technology. It can also be used in or out of the shower, saving time. The flex tracker automatically tracks the curves of your face and helps to protect against skin irritation. The shaving heads have unique glide rings to help the shaver move smoothly over your face. The 8060X also features a rubber anti-slip grip panel, a shaving time of 40 minutes, and a charge time of 1.5 hours. The 8060X retails for $140 to $160 online.

In the Thick Of Things

Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner uses natural ingredients to help hair look thicker and fuller and keep scalp healthy and flake-free. The manufacturer uses “Expansion Technology,” which delivers creatine and wheat protein into each hair shaft increasing the thickness of each strand for a volumized, full appearance. White Lupine stimulates the scalp and hair follicles to sustain healthy hair growth and minimize hair loss. Natural antibacterial ingredients, basil and tea tree oil combat dry, itchy skin, reducing scalp irritation and flakiness.

The PureScience formula locks in nature’s best to please even the most sensitive scalp – using a blend of naturally derived surfactants and certified organic ingredients with no fragrance, parabens or colorants. Jack Black is ideal of everyday use, perfect for all hair types, and safe for color-treated hair. Retails for $18 each.

Grab a Cold One

Now you can quickly chill warm beverages at home or on the road with the Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller. The Cooper Cooler can chill cans in one minute, bottles in 3.5 minutes, and 750mL wine bottles in 6 minutes to refrigerator cold at the touch of a button.

It is a simple product to use. You just add ice cubes and water, plug it in, and choose the chill settings on the touchpad timer. The CC stops automatically when done. The chilling process is much faster than a refrigerator or freezer and is perfectly safe for carbonated drinks like beer and soda, which will not foam over or explode upon opening. The CC also makes a “Tailgater” version, which comes with a 12-foot 12V cigarette lighter plug. The Cooper Chiller retails for $79.99; the Tailgater goes for $89.99.

Originally published February 2009
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