Sunday, August 13, 2017

Question for the Community: Grooming Products?

Father on Maine Windjammer - Original Photograph from Archives
I have a question for the community about what grooming products folks swear by. Tried-and-true brands their parents and grandparents used, whatever is on sale at the drugstore that gets the job done, or splurge on something fancier?  
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  1. I travel 90% of the time for work - using conditioner to shave with has been a game changer on the road. It's one less thing I have to travel with and even the cheapest hotel has conditioner that works. My post shave routine involves Kiehl's Post Shave Repair. My razors are from Harry's and I've been seriously contemplating using just a straight blade but haven't yet. Finally the Kiehl's Agr Defender Power Serum is a splurge that does amazing things to keep my skin from looking like a old catcher's mitt.

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  2. I have tried and recommend the following -

    Floris perfumers - Number 89 used by James Bond in Ian Fleming's novels
    DR Harris (Royal Warrant from HM Queen and HRH Prince of Wales) - Arlington range plus shampoos
    Truefitt & Hill (Royal Warrant from HRH Duke of Edinburgh) - Grafton range
    Geo Trumpers - Curzon and GFT colognes
    Taylor's of Old Bond Street - Jermyn Street collection

    All, except Floris, sell a large range of shaving equipment and grooming products.

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  3. For clarification, Floris has a small range of expensive shaving equipment.

    Taylor of Old Bond Street and Trumper's have a huge ranges plus hair grooming accessories . Taylor also sells sponges, clothes brushes and shoe horns (real).

    DR Harris's website lists its stockists around the world. There are around a dozen in New York.

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    1. You reminded me to add re hair grooming, Kent combs are superb.

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  4. Not sure if this is directed at men only, but in case not:

    I have very sensitive skin and am allergic to most synthetic fragrances. Long ago I attended an estate sale where there was a still sealed box of Sweet Heart soap, circa 1950s/60s which I bought for a dime. I decided to give it a try! When I opened the box and then removed the pretty bar of soap I noticed the wonderful old-fashioned "clean" scent that it had. I loved it! My skin didn't have a tight, dry feeling the way it would after using new soaps since most soaps today aren't even soap, but "beauty bars" comprised of detergents. I went on ebay and found a seller that had a whole vintage carton of them and spent a pretty penny so that now I have dozens and dozens of Sweet Heart soap bars.

    So, as for shaving applications, they make a wonderful lather and I use this soap for shaving my legs.

    There are some bars of Sweet Heart soap on ebay right now. The kind I use--the package is blue and white-- sells for about $10 a bar. I also have acquired vintage English soaps (still in the original packaging, of course!) which make daily grooming extra special.

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    1. Actually, it's more teal and white but age fading of the box will alter the color.

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    2. Here are our favorite fragrance and chemical irritant free products:
      Free & Clear shampoo and conditioner (Target/CVS pharmacy)
      Vanicream Cleansing Bar
      Free & Clear Hair Gel
      Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fragrance Free Hand Cream
      Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin
      We usually buy these at the pharmacy at Target but have also seen them at Walgreens. Even though the Vanicream/Free & Clear are non-prescription, you may need to ask the pharmacist if they keep it in back.

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    3. I use Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Castille Soap and Primal Pit Stick. Both are availabe online and at most health food stores. When I need a simple hair conditioner, I often use apple cider vinegar and water mixed equally.

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    5. Mrs. Hutchinson, Would you suggest apple cider hair conditioner for dry, fine, flyaway hair? Thanks.

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    6. I have fond memories of Sweet Heart soap. My childhood friend's mother kept an apothecary jar of unwrapped bars on the bathroom vanity. I'll never forget the fragrance nor that image of beautiful bars waiting to be used.

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    7. Anon...I don't know, as my hair is thick and somewhat medium to course. This apple cider mixed with water thing is an "old way", so I would ask an elderly lady about it. They used this "beauty treatment" long ago. Hope that's helpful!

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    8. P.S. I did a quick check online regarding apple cider vinegar hair rinse (pros and cons) and there was a lot of information and recipes available. Purhaps they may have your solution (pun intended). Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    9. How kind of you to do some research, Mrs. Hutchinson! Now I'll go try to find a solution ;-) Thank you!

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    10. Sweet Heart soap! I haven't thought of that for years. It used to be my Mom's favorite and a staple in our household. I didn't realize it's still available. I too am sensitive to many products and search for Cashmere Bouquet (even that bothers my skin), Pears, Dr. Bronner's, but my latest favorite is Asquith and Somerset Soap, especially the White Jasmine. Other favorites come from Clarins..especially their chamomile toner and their moisturizers. So many products contain alcohol, which is irritating. For the most part theirs do not.

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    11. Glad to bring back some fond memories! It's such a special soap and the scent will transport you back instantly. Sadly it's no longer in production (I think maybe it stopped in the 1980s?). At one point The Vermont Country Store brought it back with their own version, although how it compared to the original I don't know. Presently the only way to get a bar is on ebay, but they are there and I think worth it!

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    12. Anon @ 6:34, you just took me for another walk down memory lane...Cashmere Bouquet! I haven't heard that name in eons. Unfortunately, Pears and Dr. Bronner's formulas have changed over the years. I'm not sure why, when they have a good thing going, it needs to be changed. I still, however, use both. You mentioned Clarins and although I switched to Dr. Hauschka skin care products for their purity, Clarins is my next favorite cosmetic/skin care line. They claim to use plant-based ingredients for the most part and the fragrances are heavenly. I feel so pampered when using them.

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  5. I have been using Truefitt & Hill 1805 shaving cream and a badger hair brush since college. I will never go back to canned shaving cream ever. And I will only shave after showering. The best time to shave. I tried using Harry's blades, but my face won't tolerate 5 blades. Way too rough! On occasion I will use Creed Green Irish Tweed cologne, but never to work. I have found that MenScience has great face cream. Really helps sooth the skin after shaving.

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    1. Are you using a safety razor? I highly recommend using one if you are not.

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  6. Bald, beard, Ivory soap, Thai stick deoderant....I'm pretty basic...

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  7. I use a Merkur double edge razor, Feather razor blades, and Barbasol. When I use after shave it's Old Spice.

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  8. St. John's Bay Rum aftershave. The original, and still the freshest, cleanest, and best.

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  9. Barbasol shave cream. Tried and true. A can will cost you a $1-1.50.
    Pair it with Schick disposable twin-blade razors and you're there. Who needs Harrys?

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  10. For what seems like forever, Old Spice Stick Deodorant and Vitalis with V7 although I have no idea what V7 is. More recently, Harry's razors. Shampoo and after shave balm is whatever my wife finds on sale.

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  11. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, can be used by the entire family. Very gentle, very economical.

    Those who recommend Ivory Soap are spot on. Smells so clean.

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  12. Someone else mentioned Kent combs and I agree. I purchased a Mason Pearson brush 15 years ago (made in London, England) - it will last a lifetime. Also recommend Pre de Provence bath soap (product of France). I prefer the refreshing "lavender" fragrance. In the lavender bar are dried flowers of the lavender plant that adds an invigorating exfoliating feel.

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  13. For my husband, it's Schick twin-blade razors, a badger brush and Tabac shaving soap. I have to order the Tabac from Amazon as the retail stores no longer stock it and haven't for years. For myself, I use Beauty Counter Protect All Over Sunscreen every day, even in winter. Beauty Counter is free of harmful chemicals and is effective without feeling heavy or greasy.
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  14. Clubman Pinaud products, still used at my barber shop 58 years, and in the mens locker room at our country club.

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    1. I'm with you; Clubman still works. Refreshing after a shave, without adding too much. They now have several varieties now, but the original is still just right.

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    2. Clubman Lilac Vegetal is a favourite of mine.

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  15. Jack Black makes very reliable products. Their Supreme Creme for shaving gives the ultimate smooth shave. Their face moisturizer has SPF and their body moisturizer absorbs very well. Both have a pleasant scent. Their deodorant is a little wet at firs but absorbs very well. For shampoo and conditioner I prefer Blind Barber. Soap? Costco's Kirkland.

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  16. Imperial Leather soap bars, Kent brushes, Yardley perfume, Floris perfume for special occasions and Astral face cream are sworn by in my household. Especially the Astral!

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  17. An old standby, Nivea moisture cream, in the blue jar, looks like Crisco but has kept my skin soft for many, many years. My grandmother used the oily lotion that came in a clear glass bottle. You had to shake it because the oil separated from the lotion! I thought it was gross. Now, I wish they still made it! (Many Nivea products, however, have too much fragrance in them to be tolerable.)

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  18. My dermatologist says it does not matter what one uses, its all bad for the skin. Who listens to their doctor anyway? PA

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  19. I enjoy Pears soap, Mason Pearson brushes and combs, Dr. Hauschka skin care products, Thayers rose petal witch hazel toner and have recently adapted an old skin moisture remedy into my daily routine - castor oil, that my grandmother used.

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  20. For Travelers: Liggett's bar shampoo (does not strip hair of natural oils so no need for conditioner, you can also hand-wash clothes with it), Grandpa's pine tar soap (you can shampoo and shave with it too), Eco-dent baking soda tooth powder. All of these get right through TSA at the airport so you don't have to worry about liquids.

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  21. I’m 54 with super fair skin and natural strawberry blonde hair. I’ve tried everything, but here are the products I’ve come to love and use all the time: Osmotics Age Prevention SPF 45 Sunscreen (a little goes a long way, oil free and can be used on face, neck and hands etc.) – I have super oily skin, so I use this as my moisturizer; ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam - all-over body & hair (can be used as a no-rinse formula, so great it’s for camping, boating and traveling); CeraVe Cream; Janeke Brush (made in Italy); Clinique “all about eyes” cream & Superbalm Lip Treatment (you can’t go wrong with Clinique); Pantene Classic Clean Shampoo and Conditioner; Floris Fragrance in Lime. When I go to work, for makeup, I’m hooked on ONLY two Sisley, Paris products: Phyto-Cernes Eclat concealer and L'Orchidée Rose Blush. I’m all about the right colors for my complexion. They are superior products and even though they are very expensive, I only need to buy them once a year or so – that’s my justification - therefore, I don’t waste money buying other makeup products - just a little mascara (drug store brand in brown), little concealer to cover some red spots, little blush, little lip balm and done and out the door! I try to keep in simple and classic.

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  22. Harry's razors (better than Gillette at a fraction of the price), shaving gel (Gillette now available only in aerosol form, so when the tubes I bought up are gone, will need to switch to King of Shaves from Britain), Dove after shave balm, and Tom's unscented deodorant.

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  23. I have had difficult skin all my life (acne starting at age 10, now in my 30s that's mostly gone but I have rosacea. My skin is alternately oily and dry/sensitive...sometimes at the same time! Two years ago, after much experimentation, I tried Cerave dry skin facial wash (the white/green label) and I cannot say enough good things! It gets my face clean but doesn't strip it. It just has a basic, clean scent, and it works well no matter what state my skin is in that day. I also swear by their face lotion...NOT the a.m. or p.m. versions, as they clearly have something else in them and they BURN!! Just the regular Cerave lotion in the blue/white labeled pump bottle. I also like the Cerave cream in the jar for when my body is really dry. Most of all, I like that a big bottle is about $12 and lasts at least 4-6 months.

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  24. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and having a nice cake of soap I think brings a person a little closer to that sublime state. With all the liquid soaps/bath & shower gels around (and I do think they are convenient) there is still nothing that beats the feel and smell of a nice triple-milled bar. Some favorites are Caswell Massey (Sandalwood and No. 6), Claus Porto (Banho) and Magno by Toja. On a good soap dish with drain, they last a long long time. After grubby work in the garden on a hot summer's day the effect is miraculous.

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    1. Sometimes cleanliness is next to impossible.

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    2. I so agree. I have a bar soap addiction. I like the feel of a bar in my hand, love its creaminess and aromatherapy of its scent. I only buy cruelty-free

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  25. Mason Pearson combs and brushes, Aveda rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner, Meiling lavender and frankincense soap, any of the Dove spray deodorants for women, Rodan and Fields skin care and Marvis toothpaste.

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  26. I still adhere to the simple routine for my face of removing my minimal make-up with lukewarm water, followed by a cold water splash and application of Oil of Olay with SPF after a gentle drying. I've used Oil of Olay for decades and it works for me. Beautiful skin and hardly any work. I attribute my fine skin to genetics, plenty of water, a simple routine and sleep.

    At the end of my shower, I turn the water to cold for as long as I can stand it. After showering I rub on baby oil while my skin is wet (not the face) and briskly towel dry with a line dried course towel. I've been doing this for 40 years and have lovely skin. I shower twice a week as a general rule. I've had to adjust my shampoo and conditioner with aging hair, but that is about all. Still use the same Kent comb.

    I am blessed with superb skin and hair though. My daughter is an entirely different story as she battles acne and has for years. She finds that Burt's Bees products work well for her. She does, however, follow the same showering procedure as much as she can while in college. I guess the other girls in her house wonder where all of her products are and how she can stand not to shower every day. I put this down to my lengthy Dutch heritage that has been passed along from my mother, and that I am passing down as well.

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  27. I use a safety razor. I started about ten years ago with a simple safety razor made in the US and bought in a second-hand shop. I use a badger shave brush by Omega that I bought in Venice at the same time that is still going strong. For lather, I use Cremo in a shallow bowl. After, it's Dominica Bay Rum that I pour from the new squirt bottle into one of the old historic cork bottles.

    I find that the safety razor works much better, but you need to take your time, use very short strokes, and a shaving mirror helps you see whether you've missed anything.

    For hair, it's a dollop of Shwarzkopf Got2be which works much better than Brylcreem for me. I keep it all in place with Kent combs and a boar's hair military brush.

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  28. I can recomend D R Harris products, I use both shaving soap and aftershave milk of their Arlington range and am truly satisfied.
    The aftershave milk is fantastic, I have rather sensitive skin and since I'm using that product I've had no problems with razorburn at all. I's also nice as a moistorizer, leaving the face hydrated without any greasy feeling.
    For lathering I use a large Kent silver-tipped badger brush which is also very nice.

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  29. Fond girlhood memory: My dad used a badger brush to whip his shaving soap into a lather, smooth it over his face and after all was done pat Old Spice over his face. I have his badger brush and shaving mug. A treasured memory. He died at 91 in 1999 and I am 73 so it has some age on it!!! PA

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  30. I've used Erno Laszlo's routine for 47 years (I'm a 10:30, so slightly dry), just as my mother and grandmother. I inherited great skin and VERY thick hair so my hair routine, while time consuming, is simple - chin length classic bob, trim every 4 weeks, wash every other day, blow dry straight with minimal products ie, only a straightener serum and smoothing cream. Same hair style since age 2. I always go back to Ivory soap and if I want to wear scent, it is only Chanel No. 5 body cream or powder. Reading this makes me think I should shake things up a bit, but I won't!

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  31. I use whatever products the Club has in the Men's Locker Room.

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  32. I tend to use products which use natural ingredients, traditional scents or scents from nature. Particularly keen on Truefitt & Hill, Penhaligon's, Acqua di Parma, ManCave, The Bearded Man Co, Primal Earth, Aveda.

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  33. A few of my favorite things: Yardley oatmeal & almond soap, Clinique cleansing balm, Yves Rocher roll-on deoderant for sensitive skin, Burt's Bees lip balms, Ultra Brite toothpaste.

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  34. For more than 30 years, I have used the following vegan, cruelty-free products that are safe and healthy: Kiss My Face Honey Calendula Lotion, Rosebud lip salve, Tom's of Maine toothpaste, Klorane Chamomile Shampoo, and Clearly Natural glycerine soap. I also use Coastal Classics powder and cosmetics...made in USA and no toxic ingredients. I love Floris scents, such as Stephanotis, in the winter. For summer, Terra Nova Rain or Calyx. These are all older products, except Coastal, and they work great for me.

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