By Kim Taylor
Grooming is in the details: manicure, cufflinks, the state of your heels, shaving, moisturizing, exfoliating, toning, laces, socks and dozens of other small details that comprise the picture of distinguished elegance.
Tommy Hilfiger’s new Eau De Prep Tommy is just the right accompaniment this season for Pendleton striped shirts, boat shoes, Oxford wingtips, fabric ties and button-down shirts. Prep for the holidays with this fresh new cologne for men who know how to take tweed to new levels. Rife with clary sage and grapefruit, wet greens, Egyptian geranium, oak moss, amber, tonic, lavender and juniper berry, you can find it at http://www.Macys.com.
Rockefeller Center’s eShave modernized the wet shave tradition and offers a complete line of award-winning shaving products, accessories and sets. The store offers a Master Barber Service, complete with a hot towel treatment, shave and facial massage. The eShave Verbena Lime Trio collection is an especially refreshing way to start the day, though you might prefer Lavender, Orange Sandalwood, Almond, Cucumber, White tea or Fragrance-Free: http://www.eShave.com.
When it’s brisk outside it’s soothing to be enveloped in the warm scent of spicy Bay Rum cologne, and Geo. F. Trumper Bay Rum brand is one of the best. The C.O. Bigelow store and pharmacy in Greenwich Village, established in 1838, carries Trumper Bay Rum and hundreds of other offbeat, outstanding, high-quality grooming items. Locals from Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa frequent this one-of-a-kind store at Sixth Avenue near 9th Street; or order online at http://www.BigelowChemists.com
Remington fuses tech with function with the ultra-sleek Remington Touch Control Beard and Stubble Trimmer, complete with a USB port for men on the go. Featuring three speeds, easy touch interface, and a side lock for men with large hands, this is the shaver you’ve always wanted. Find it at http://www.RemongtonProducts.com.
Olie Biologique 004 Huile Moderne is a unisex nourishing and lightweight after-shave oil comprised of frankincense, bergamot, argan, neroli and rosehip oils to hydrate, smooth wrinkles and protect skin against harsh weather. Its scent is so subtle that it’s almost unnoticeable, so it works well under cologne or on its own, and leaves skin feeling dry and soft. Crafted with 98% certified active ingredients, Olie Biologique doesn’t use water, synthetics or carrier oils. Find this skin-saver at http://www.oliebiologique.com
Task Essential, a men’s skincare line from Switzerland, combines oxygen molecules with plant, fruit and vitamin extracts to revitalize and restore the skin’s natural sheen. Popular at Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s, this lauded line includes New Time Serum, Eye Rescue, Age Redeem, Face Wash and a dozen other phenomenal product offerings that have stood the test of time. See what captures your fancy at http://www.TaskEssential.com.
Chiefs Energizing Face Wash is a new, Atlanta-based product comprised of natural ingredients and no fragrance or dyes. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t smell incredible! Wafts of peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, ginseng and menthol scent the air for early-morning invigoration, and skin is left feeling soft and clear – naturally. Visit http://www.chiefsformen.com to find this rare gem.
Lab Series grooming products have legions of ardent supporters for good reason: they’re phenomenal. We recommend the Lab Series Night Recovery Lotion, which is suitable for all skin types and infused with vitamins and antioxidants for anti-aging hydration. Check out the complete line at http://www.labseries.com or find it at Sephora stores.
With every new product, the gentlemen at Beekman 1802 are quickly becoming our favorite go-to sources for all things natural and country-refined. Their Lump of Kohl skin detox treatment with bamboo charcoal and goat’s milk seals the deal; it’s chemical-free, generously proportioned and effective. Choose your favorite items at http://www.Beekman1802.com if you can – they’re all so outstanding that it’s nearly impossible.
Stolen Riches has been making high quality laces for more than four generations and through two World Wars. It’s safe to say they know their craft, and it shows. If laces could be “artisan,” these would fit the bill. Opt for the silver-tipped laces in Buster Purple, or the more muted gold-tipped Moville Green ones. Either way, you’ll appear extraordinarily well heeled. Choose your own color and style at http://www.StolenRiches.com.
Paul Mitchell understood that men needed their own hair grooming products, and that’s how Mitch came into existence. With seven unique products in the Mitch line, there’s truly something for every man’s style: 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, Construction Paste, styling cream, pomade, gel, spiking glue, matte finish and texturizer/Strong Hold. Check http://www.MitchtheMan.com for convenient store locations.
In 1893 a medical doctor and a veterinarian joined forces to launch Dr. Hess Udder Ointment, a balm designed to treat the dry, cracked skin of cows’ udders. Farmers soon discovered that their own skin was improving, and Dr. Hess became the go-to remedy for extremely dry skin and eczema-related skin conditions (which at least 10% of the population experiences). You can find this balm and amazing chapstick, as well as other useful finds at http://www.udderointment.com.
No one may know it, but if you’re stepping out in the winter with 3M Thinsulate thermal insoles under foot, you’re making a smart move. Not only will you stay warm and dry as you get to where you’re headed, you’ll be in a far better mood than you would be if your feet were frozen. Find them at your favorite boot and outdoor sporting stores, and at http://www.solutions.3M.com.
From hair to sole, you’ll be ready for anything and everything.