By Eric Capstick
Surya Brasil Sapien for Men
Woke up this morning and reluctantly admitted that I needed a shave. I abhor shaving and only succumb to the chore two or three times a week. This time I bypassed the shaving cream can and picked up a tube of Surya Brasil’s Sapien Shave Cream. As I lathered the cream and covered my beard I was struck by the soft natural scent of the essential oils, Cedarwood, Lemon, Bergamot and Clove that distinguish this entry in the all-natural, vegan and organically-certified Sapien line of products. The shave itself was a rather pleasant experience as my much-used blade glided easily over my face. The Sapien Shave Cream formula contains Cupuacu and Macadamia to help renew cells, protect the skin and prevent irritation, in addition to plant extracts and lubricating emollients. The Surya Brasil line specializes in eco-friendly sustainable products that do not contain any of the nasty ingredients commonly associated with other grooming manufacturers, such as; sulfates, artificial dyes or fragrance, parabens, PVP, silicone, DEA, phthalates, GMOs or propylene glycol. Surya Brasil’s exclusively designed Sapien line of grooming products for men are all distinguished by a moisturizing vegetal base and include; Shampoo 2-in-1, Shower Gel, Facial Scrub, After Shave Cream and Styling Gel. A final step in preparation for taking on the outside world today was to work a little of the Styling Gel into my notoriously wild and curly hair. The gel contains Aloe Vera and Acerola that provides a medium hold and a little added sheen to even the most unruly hair, all without synthetic fixatives!
Luxury Polos from the Greg Norman Collection
If you are a fan of the popular ionic bracelets that produce negative ions to balance positive ions in the body, then the new ION 75 Titanium line of polo shirts from Greg Norman Collection are for you. This leader in golf-inspired sportswear has developed a remarkable shirt capable of balancing the body’s ions while wicking moisture and providing UPF in addition to anti-microbial protection. This unique fabric is constructed with an innovative stitching technique that embeds liquid titanium crystals into superior microfiber during the knitting process. The result is a polo shirt that is a dream to wear; not only is it extraordinarily comfortable but the shirt seems to lift your spirits as it brushes soothingly against the skin. The ION 75 Titanium polo shirt comes in light blue, incandescent white and charcoal black colors with solid pin dot and bar stripe designs. The revolutionary ION 75 TITANIUM performance polo promises to promote a healthy and natural flow of negatives ions and is ideal for work, play or golf. The shirts will retail for $89 when they ship to stores in December.
Another excellent luxury polo found in the Greg Norman Collection is the Temperature Control Polo. This well-designed and extremely comfortable polo uses technology to cool or warm the body depending on levels of activity and weather conditions. The polo is constructed of a super-fine microfiber yarn with an end on end knit collar and integrated UPF 25+ sun protection as well. The Temperature Control Polo shirts provide moisture wicking comfort and come in two styles; TCT Fine Stripe ($89) or TCT Solid – with a tonal stripe design ($79). The TCT Polo from the Fall 2009 collection are in stores now and the Spring 2010 TCT Polo collection will be available in December.
Oxylent Multivitamin Drink:
An alternative to taking vitamins pills and supplements is to enjoy a tasty multivitamin drink once a day. The health products company Vitalah has developed Oxylent, a multivitamin drink that promises to deliver immediate absorption of nearly 100% of the vital nutrients your body needs. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference only 10-20% of vitamins and minerals in pill form are absorbed by your body, so the thinking goes that you are way ahead of the game if you get your vitamins, minerals, enzymes, electrolytes and amino acids through the Oxylent effervescent delivery system. Oxylent recommends one package of their powdered form supplements each day mixed with water for cellular vitality and a more convenient and effective regimen than pill supplements. Oxylent oxegenating multivitamin drink comes in Mandarin and Berries flavors which can be purchased in individual packets or 30-count boxes.
Eco Lips Natural Lip Balm
Eco Lips is the leading organic lip balm company in the country and offers a wide range of exceptional lip balm products that will appeal to a variety of tastes. My favorite is the unflavored Eco Lips Gold which is made with certified organic jojoba oil and is rated 95% organic in addition to being vitamin enriched. It feels absolutely luxurious on your lips and provides exceptional and lasting moisturizing benefits. A sampling of other Eco Lip balms includes Sport, Medicinal, Bee Free for Vegans) and Hemp varieties as well as an assortment of flavored lip balms such as vanilla, grape and kiwi strawberry. The company also offers the Eco Clip, a carabiner designed to conveniently hold your lip balm. A new product, Eco Lips Energy is, believe it or not, infused with caffeine, green tea and vitamin B12. Perhaps the best and most inspiring aspect of Eco Lips and its impressive and broad range of organic products is the company’s commitment to sustainable living and farming demonstrated so effectively by the fact that all production takes place in a solar powered plant. http://www.ecolips.com
Flor De Caà±a 7-year Grand Reserve
Flor De Caà±a 7-year Grand Reserve rum is a slow-aged dark rum from Nicaragua that I’ve been sampling lately in a number of rewarding combinations. This flavorful rum derives from cane molasses native to the Chichigalpa region; in combination with yeast during fermentation the sugar in the molasses is converted into a gorgeous light brown alcohol. The season for making Flor De Caà±a rum coincides with the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the sugarcane harvest. In early November the soothing and tantalizing aroma of molasses envelopes the premises of Compania Locorera de Nicaragua as they begin the process of distilling Flor De Caà±a. The journey is unique among distillers of rum as Flor De Caà±a is aged in small white oak barrels, under natural temperatures, for a period of 7 years.
Flor De Caà±a claims to be the only slow-aged rum in the world and they also produce an 18-year vintage which I have yet to taste. The result of the patient and painstaking labor put into distilling Flor De Caà±a is immediately apparent in the aroma of the 7-year Gold Reserve. You are instantly transported to an island somewhere in the Caribbean, or to Central America as the case may be, by the aromatic aesthetic of Flor De Caà±a. It’s as though there are no longer problems in the world when you taste the rum for the first time, whether you sip it on the rocks or with a splash of fresh lime juice. Flor De Caà±a is also excellent in Daquiris as well as with the still trendy Mojito. The most unique experience that I found drinking this rum was when I tried out a drink recipe designed specifically for Flor De Caà±a 7-year Grand Reserve by the NYC mixologist Phil Ward. His recipe for Flordecopia Punch is below and I highly recommend checking it out at a party this Fall as the air cools, memories of summer fade, and we begin to dream of new and exotic adventures. http://www.flordecana.com
Created by Phil Wardâ€¨
2 oz. Flor De Caà±a 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 oz. club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. Fuji apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters
1. Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help process)
2. Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes
3. After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added
4. Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred
5. Stir the punch until it is chilled
Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion, top with 2oz. club soda and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.