Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s still time to get Dad a great gift! Luxe shaving and fragrance gifts are always welcome!

Below, are some ideas to give to the special man in your life.  They include amazing shaving sets for different price points and fragrances, too:

The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave Full Size Kit ($120 USD) — Combines high quality products, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique to provide optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts. The Full Size Kit offers Pre-Shave Oil (2 fl. oz), Shaving Cream (5.0 oz), After-Shave Balm (3.3 fl. oz), and a handcrafted Badger Shaving Brush and comes in the following signature scents, Lavender, Lemon, Ocean Kelp, Sandalwood and Unscented.

The Art of Shaving Travel Kit and Razor ($175 USD) — Provides a close and comfortable shave while you’re away. The compact and water-resistant Travel Kit & Razor is a necessity for the busy traveler and includes the elegant Fusion Razor™, convenient travel pumps of Pre-Shave Oil (1 oz), Shaving Cream (1.7 oz), After-Shave Balm (1 oz) and a Pure Badger Travel Shaving Brush. Also makes for a perfect start-up shaving kit.

The Art of Shaving Razor, Brush and Shaving Stand Sets: Sets are customizable and Razors, Stands and Brushes are all sold separately ($150-$800+). Customize a set for your dad at The Art Of Shaving Stores, or at TheArtOfShaving.com. Shaving products are made with top quality materials and craftsmanship for longevity and quality. TAOS Razors are made to fit Gillette Mach and Fusion blades which are available in store, by replenishment or anywhere razorblades are sold.

Purchase at The Art of Shaving Stores and theartofshaving.com.

Harry's Father's Day Shave Set
Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($40 for set, $55 with engraving) — Black Matte Winston Razor, Chrome Razor Stand, Travel Blade Cover, Foaming Shave Gel or Shave Cream, 2 Blade Cartridges.

Cuba Variety Set
Cuba Variety Set

Cuba Variety Set ($14.99 USD) — Inspired by the Cuban cigar, this 4-piece variety set makes the perfect gift. Set includes Cuba Gold, Blue, Red and Orange. Notes of bergamot, lavender and vetiver, blended with woods and jasmine.

Available at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Kenneth Cole Black
Kenneth Cole Black

Kenneth Cole Black set — Sexy and sophisticated, Black – Kenneth Cole blends energy herbs with masculine spices and sensual woods to create an innovative scent that reflects the elegance and style of the city. Like a sumptuous black cashmere sweater or a buttery-soft black leather jacket, Black – Kenneth Cole evokes an undeniable presence that’s as masculine, modern and timeless as the color itself. This 3 piece gift set includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz After Shave Balm and a 2.6 oz Alcohol Free Deodorant ($40.99 USD).

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Father’s Day Gift Guide — Grooming And Fragrances For Him!

There’s still time to get your dad or the special man in your like a great Father’s Day gift!

If the man in question uses high end cologne or amazing skin care, I have some great ideas below.  They include a men’s skincare line, a fragrance layering set and two luxe colognes:

RE9 Advanced for Men Set
Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set

Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set ($122 USD, $136 value) — Set your clock back with this anti-aging trio. Includes Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser (4 fl. oz), Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (1.7 fl.oz.), and Eye Repair Cream (0.5 fl.oz). The products are:

Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser — Micromanagement can be a good thing. Our dual-purpose facial cleanser washes away dirt and oil buildup while micro exfoliants slough off dead skin cells to smooth skin and help reduce ingrown hairs.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen — To serve and protect. Refreshing, lightweight moisturizing lotion improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, firmness and suppleness. Protects against UVB/UVA rays with broad spectrum.

Eye Repair Cream — An easy step to improving your outlook. Just a few dabs to help reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine and deep lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Your skin will look renewed, de-stressed and ready for success.

What I think: This collection is perfect for the man who wants to start taking care of his skin, and the man who already knows how important it is!  These Arbonne products, have amazing anti-aging ingredients and moisturize so well.  Perfect for after sun use.  Also available is Shave Cream and After-Shave Soothing Lotion.

Purchase at http://www.arbonne.com

L’OCCITAN Collection
L’OCCITAN Collection

L’OCCITAN Collection ($65 USD) Created through the distillation of authentic A.O.C. lavender, blended with the peppery, nutmeg scent of burnt wood. A panoramic and complex fragrance, redolent with the rich scents of Provence, in all their ruggedness and mystery. This coveted fragrance and body care set is tailored for the rugged man in your life. This gift set includes a L’OCCITAN Eau de Toilette (100ml), Shower Gel for Hair and Body (250ml) and Bar Soap (100g).

What I think: This smells amazing, spicy, but a bit fresh, too.  I would totally use the body wash and soap, if my husband will share!  I love this set to give because the man in your life will be able to layer the scent and smell amazing all day!

Purchase at usa.loccitane.com

Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized
Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized

Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Energized — LACOSTE presents a new limited edition scent to tribute to their sporting heritage and the passion for the game. EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 ENERGIZED holds fiery ginger and cool mint notes that add a crisp energetic freshness to cedar leaf and citrus. The striking top notes complement the purity of EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 BLANC’s essence at the masculine floral heart of natural tuberose. ENERGIZED is the essence of the beautiful emotions sport stirs in those who live for the game: the pride of a cheering for a team and the joy of belonging wholeheartedly to a nation.

What I think: This is a bright and sporty scent!  Perfect for the man in your life who is active and likes fresher fragrances.

Available on Lacoste.com this June.

Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette
Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette

Hugo Boss BOSS THE SCENT Eau de Toilette ($85 3.3 fl. oz.) — boasts an exclusive ingredient from Africa: the aphrodisiac Maninka fruit, evocative of passion fruit and rum. However, the Maninka also evokes something deeper and more profound: the tug of desire and the pull of memory. Set on a virile leather base, its effect is potent, original, never to be forgotten.

What I think: This is a spicier scent and very masculine

BOSS THE SCENT is available exclusively at Macy’s (macys.com) retailing for $85 (100ml) and on HugoBoss.com.

What are you getting your father, husband or that important man for Father’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Father’s Day Fragrance Gift Guide

I love giving fragrance as a gift, so I think it is the perfect Father’s Day present for fathers, husbands, etc.

Below are fabulous picks for all price ranges and tastes — read on to find the perfect fragrance for that special man in your life!

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani ($71.99 USD) — The blend of sea notes, lime, lemon, and orange shine through from the very first spray till the end. It is at the base where the white musk develops, making for the perfect daytime cologne.

Purchase at FragranceNet.com.

Stetson Caliber
Stetson Caliber

Stetson Caliber ($19 USD) — Perfect for the traditional dad at heart, who brings passion, integrity and a strong sense of commitment to everything he does. The fragrance opens with notes of sparkling lime and black pepper. The warm heart of the scent contains nutmeg and violet leaf. The earthy oak moss adds depth of character, while the true star is the woody red sequoia note. Embodying the subtle vigor and fervor of the modern cowboy, the Red Sequoia tree gives the fragrance a sexy, masculine finish.

Available at mass market retailers.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Edition ($44.99 USD) — Classy and outgoing, this cologne features a fresh blend of grapefruit, rosemary, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang.

Available at FragranceNet.com.

L'Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette
L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette

L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette ($58 USD, 3.4 fl. oz.) — The Cade Eau de Toilette is a spicy, woody fragrance that evokes the dry wood, red soil and hot stones found in the sunny Garrigue landscape of southern France. Top notes of bergamot lead to a generous heart of cedar wood and pink pepper. A base of cade wood and citrus linger on the skin throughout the day. Enriched with essential oils of cade wood and pink pepper, this eau de toilette complements all of the products in the Cade collection, emblematic of L’Occitane.

This product recently won a prestigious CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award. The CEW is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 8,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards recently, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts.

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Paco Rabanne Invictus
Paco Rabanne Invictus

Paco Rabanne Invictus ($82.99 USD) — is the fragrance of a champion. This aquatic, woody fragrance blends the excitement of sport with dreamlike elements that celebrate victory and power.

Purchase at FragranceNet.com.

Father’s Day Bath and Body Gift Guide

Father’s day is under two weeks away!  Do you know how you are going to pamper the main men in your life?  Maybe instead of barbeque items, golf balls and ties, you can get Dad a gift that will smell great and make him feel good, too!

Below are some of my favorite current face, bath and body products that will be perfect to give for your favorite guy:

L’Occitane Cedrat Shower Gel ($20 USD) — This shower gel is a two-in-one cleanser for the body and hair. Its fresh and masculine scent combines sparkling notes with a slightly woody wake. Enriched with organic Corsican cedrat extract for its energizing properties, it invigorates the skin and brings suppleness and shine to hair.

L’Occitane Cedrat Stick Deodorant ($18 USD) — Made without alcohol or aluminum salts, this deodorant glides on easily and dries quickly. It perfumes the skin with a fresh and energizing scent, while efficiently preventing body odor. Skin feels soft, and the body has a sense of well-being throughout the day.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Rituals Samurai RITUALS Collection
RITUALS Samurai Collection

RITUALS Samurai Collection ($45 USD) — is inspired by ancient Samurai warriors, who paid great attention to their personal appearance. The collection includes skin, body and grooming products formulated with powerful botanicals and enriched with Basil, Ginseng, Mint and Organic Bamboo to refresh and nourish dad. Contains shower foam, cooling shower gel, body scrub and shaving gel. Specially developed for men.

Available at http://www.us.rituals.com

Anthony Wake Up Call
Anthony Wake Up Call

Anthony Wake Up Call ($38 USD) — deeply hydrates, refreshes and stimulates your skin. Its unique formula soothes any irritation on the surface of the skin and helps reduce redness and puffiness caused due to stress and fatigue. Ideal for dull or tired skin, a powerful remedy for the effects of travel or a long night. Aqua Cacteen replenishes dry, dehydrated skin, and Green Tea reduces puffiness and inflammation. Caffeine, an anti-fatigue ingredient, stimulates and firms your face, while Menthol wakes you up in a flash.

This product also recently won a prestigious CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award. The CEW is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 8,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards recently, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts.

Purchase at http://anthony.com/wake-up-call

 

Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide

I know that this is a bit last minute, but I have great ideas for Father’s Day gifts! It is always so close to my birthday, that I have to take a minute to think of the men in my life and not myself for a minute! LOL!

The gifts below are perfect for any special man.  From great food to sexy cologne to skincare products…there is something perfect for that guy!

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Give Dad the gift of gourmet goodies!  Mantry ($75) is the definitive destination for modern men looking to discover American artisan food and how to cook and entertain with it, Mantry is an engaging food lifestyle resource. With an exacting filter and relevant voice that aims to inform and inspire, Mantry delivers remarkable products, stories and food experiences today’s man can appreciate, enjoy and share.

It arrives in their signature wooden crate and with a colored menu describing all the treats inside.  Visit http://www.mantry.com to order.

And…I will be receiving a Mantry to review soon!  I will let you know how fabulous it is and I may even share it with my hubby!

emerginC men’s skin care
emerginC men’s skin care

emerginC men’s skin care — Upgrade dad’s skin care routine with advanced, cutting-edge products specifically tailored for men.

liquid gel cleanser for men – Formulated with hops, because of its antiseptic properties, and pine, for its refreshing, stimulating essential oil, this lemongrass-scented oil cleanser gently removes excess oil and dirt without over drying.

post-shave reinforcer for men – This lightweight, fresh-scented facial balm is designed to improve moisture balance, tone and texture.  Made with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, sweet almond oil and olive oil, the post-shave reinforcer for men is a gentle yet effective treatment.

Now through Father’s Day receive a free liquid gel cleanser ($35 value) with the purchase of a post-shave reinforcer ($47). To redeem, simply type DAD into the customer notes section when checking out.

Available online via www.emerginc.com

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf ($49.75 for 1.7 fl. oz on sale) — Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf is a striking fragrance with a wealth of addictive notes including chilli and saffron combined with leather, tobacco, vetiver and pink pepper. Encased in a hand grenade shaped bottle this spicy, woody and oriental scent is highly seductive and explosive.

Available at http://www.fragrancenet.com

L'Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette
L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette

L’Occitane Cade Eau de Toilette ($55 for 3.4 fl. oz.) — a spicy, woody fragrance that evokes the dry wood, red soil and hot stones found in the sunny Garrigue landscape of southern France. Top notes of bergamot lead to a generous heart of cedar wood and pink pepper. A base of cade wood and citrus linger on the skin throughout the day. Enriched with essential oils of  cade wood and pink pepper, this eau de toilette complements all of the products in the Cade collection, emblematic of L’Occitane.

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

Father’s Day Fragrance and Body Care Gift Guide

Time to buy Dad something fragrant and/or good for his skin and hair.  This Father’s Day (or for his birthday or the holidays later this year) stray from the usual tie or wallet purchase and give him a nice new scent or personal care item.  He will thank you (or at least the other women in his life will)!

Some great products are:

Otter Creek Realtree Set

Otter Creek Realtree Set ($59 USD) — This is the essential set for Realtree® fans and hunters. Includes five (5) different Otter Creek products, each in a different official Realtree pattern. Includes:
One 8 oz. tube of Grit Happens (Scrubbing Body Wash)

One 8 oz. tube of Sasq(wash) (Shampoo + Body Wash)

One 8 oz. tube of Hair of the Dog – Evergreen Scent (Shampoo)

One 3 oz. tube of Camotion (Face Moisturizer)

One 0.18 oz. tube of Duck Call Primer (Moisturizing Lip Balm)

* This is a great deal! Bought individually these items would cost $81!  Purchase at www.ocreek.com

Soul 2 Soul

SOUL2SOUL Tim McGraw ($31.50 / 1.7 fl oz) is a fresh, modern and sexy aromatic woodsy fragrance. The scent opens with notes of Spicy Bergamot and White Pepper balanced with a Blackberry Brandy accord. At the heart of the fragrance is the Everlasting Flower wrapped in a classic blend of Oak Tree, Saffron and Cilantro. The deep synergy of sensual woods and musks provides the fragrance’s final encore. The scent is housed in a sleek, masculine bottle with strong, architectural facets that complement the modern refinement of the carton’s subtle starbust design. The contemporary gunmetal grey carton and bottle are balanced with polished silver design elements.

And for yourself, try SOUL2SOUL Faith Hill ($31.50 / 1.7 fl oz) — a romantic, elegant, radiant fruity floral fragrance. The scent opens with sparkling fruits like Georgia White Peach and Grapefruit, leading to a passionate heart of Everlasting Flower, Princess Rose and Lotus Flower. The fragrance dries down to a soft and intoxicating blend of cucumber, balanced with sensual sandalwood. The luminous fragrance is captured in a sophisticated, feminine bottle with accents of gold and pearl white. A captivating starbust incorporated in the bottle’s design complements the radiant gold carton’s subtle starbust accent.  I love this light, fresh scent!

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you!

Nautica Aqua Rush

Nautica Aqua Rush ($65 USD 3.4 fl oz).  Take him back to summers at the shore or on the lake with Aqua Rush, a bold, masculine and powerful fragrance that evokes the steadfast character of the classic seafarer. At once spicy and fresh, crisp and woody, Aqua Rush epitomizes what it means to be a man without limits. The energetic scent opens with brisk top notes of Sea Breeze accord and Yuzu splash with a twist of spicy-sweet Coriander. The fragrance’s heart uncovers notes of Watermint, Clary Sage Absolute and Violet Leaves. The scent is anchored by masculine notes of Amberwood, Water Musks and Teak Wood.

Nautica Aqua Rush is available at Macy’s department stores and other fine retailers.

aveda men pure-formance™ grooming essentials kit  ($32.50 USD) — Contains trial-sized products offered at an introductory price point, allowing men to easily try a range of top-selling favorites within the Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ line.  The Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Grooming Essentials Kit comprises Dual Ac­tion Aftershave, Shampoo, Conditioner, and Grooming Clay.

Purchase at www.aveda.com.

Enjoy!

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last-minute gift for Dad? Get him something that will make him smell, feel or look fantastic with one of these great beauty gift ideas:

L’Occitane Verdon Adventurer Set ($55.00 USD) — The L’Occitane Verdon range is inspired by the refreshing waters and rocky gorges of the Verdon Valley in Haute Provence. This bold set includes the Verdon Pure Face Wash, Outdoor Moisturizer SPF 30, Energy Roll-On and Fresh Shower Water – it’s sure to inspire your dad’s dynamic disposition. Purchase at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Let Dad unwind with the TOCCA candle in 007 ($38.00 USD). The rich leathery aroma is based on the distinctive combination of the interior of an Aston Martin and a dry Martini, in the “Bond-esque” tradition. You can find this at http://www.tocca.com/store or Sephora stores near you.

A woody-spicy, fresh and masculine fragrance, McGraw by Tim McGraw opens with a bright note of Bergamot that blends with spicy and sweet notes of freshly grated Nutmeg for a vibrant and exhilarating experience. The heart is lush, rich and crisp with Lavender wrapped in earthen Moss. It finishes with soulful and sensual notes of Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood blended with a touch of aged Whisky—perfect for the classic man. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers

Price Range: 0.5 fl oz ($18); 1.0 fl oz ($24.50); 1.7 fl oz ($31.50)

Whether he enjoys playing sports or is traveling on business, the Gray Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($149.00 USD) fits easily inside any gym or carry-on bag. It will also leave him with the smoothest shave! The Mia uses gentle oscillation to clear pores and cleanses so effectively that shavings products absorb better into the skin. Participants in a Clarisonic clinical study reported a closer shave, increased comfort, reduction in irritation and fewer razor bumps. He will wonder how he lived without it!

Availability:Nordstrom

Hope your Dad, husband and/or all of the other awesome dads in your life enjoy the day!

Quick and Simple Summer Grooming for Men

I know how it is ladies. In the summer months, your man just wants to go out and play, hygiene be screwed! So, get him out the door quick with an all in one shampoo, conditioner and body wash and a new deodorant that actually smells good! This way, you will both be happy.   

Pert Plus for Men 3-in-1 ($3.99 USD) is total shower simplicity for men, especially in the active summer months.  This cool combo of shampoo, conditioner and body wash creates a rich, foamy lather that will speed him quickly through his shower.  My husband’s eyes lit up when I explained it to him. So easy. Visit www.pertplus.com to learn more and you can purchase at your favorite drugstore. 

Sure For Men ($2.99 USD) — New Sure for Men claims to be heavy on protection and light on scent. What I like is that when I sniffed Crisp Breeze, I didn’t turn away in disgust from the old man smell. It’s a refreshing and light musk. So good when he plays sports, mows the lawn, chases the Great Dane puppy around the yard…

The website gave these benefits:

  • The maximum level of active ingredients without a prescription
  • Longer-lasting microencapsulated subtle fragrances that release over time
  • Backed by 30-years of trusted protection – Raise your hand if you’re Sure!
  • Plus these are the fun descriptions of the three scents:

    A manly musk with the power to protect, Sure Crisp Breeze is your ultimate weapon against odor and wetness. Apply once a day for a refreshing feeling that will keep you confident while holding underarm adversaries at bay.

    Mountain Frost combines the scent of cedar with the tropical intrigue of vetiver. Together, they create a masculine musk that’s bold without being overbearing. Goodbye sweat and odor. Hello clean and confident.

    Get all the animal magnetism of outdoor sports, sans the sweat and odor. Just pick up a stick, pop the top and introduce your underarms to that clean, open-air aroma. Strong enough to keep you fresh. Light enough to keep her interested.

    Visit www.suredeodorant.com for more info and they are for sale at drugstores near you. Enjoy your clean, good-smelling guy!

    Father’s Day Grooming Gift Guide

    Looking for grooming ideas for your dad or your man this Father’s Day? I have some good ones here that will make the men in your life look and smell their best!

    Liz Earle New Men’s Travel Kit ($66.50 USD) – This five piece  kit is perfect for travel and trips to the gym to keep him clean and smooth. It arrives in a hanging wash bag, which is perfect for the shower! These products are fantastic, they clean the face and body and theirs a great moisturizer for after shaving. The kit contains:

    • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 0.5 fl. oz
    • After-Shaving Moisturiser 1.6 fl. oz
    • Face & Body Wash 3.3 fl. oz
    • Face Scrub 1 fl. oz
    • 1 pure muslin cloth
    • Hanging wash bag (bag dimensions: 16cm x 23cm x 7cm)

    You can purchase this kit and others at www.us.lizearle.com

    Guys love trying new razors — getting the closest shave possible is key. The new Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($10.99 — $12.99) shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving  performance and comfort. It contains: Low Cutting Force Blades with thinner, finer blades and advanced low-resistance coating, enabling the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull; a Blade Stabilizer to maintain optimal blade spacing for comfort, while allowing the blades to adjust to the contours of a man’s face; a streamlined Snowplow Comfort Guard which channels excess shave, prep to help maintain optimal blade contact, stretching the skin for a close, comfortable shave; an Enhanced Lubrastrip™ larger than before, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers, enabling the razor to move smoothly over skin even on repeat strokes and An improved Precision Trimmer, including an enhanced blade, a comb guard to better align long hairs and new rinse-through slots. 

    Gillette Fusion ProGlide is available in both Power and Manual. Learn more at www.gillette.com

    Jack Black All Over Wash for Face, Hair, and Body with Wheat Protein and Panthenol ($14.00 for 6 oz, $8.50 for 3 oz). This is one of many great Jack Black products for face, body and hair, including great travel kits. This is the ultimate guy product–one product that does the job of three. Mild cleansers are pH balanced and gentle enough for face, hair and body. They work to get the rid of dirt and sweat without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture that keeps them looking healthy. Provides loads of thick, rich lather while special botanicals give a fresh scent without being too fragranced or heavy. This wash is paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan and contains certified organic ingredients. It contains:

  • Panthenol to condition and moisturize skin.
  • Wheat Protein to strengthen hair.
  • Certified Organic Olive Fruit Extract acts as an antioxidant
  • Certified Organic Sea Kelp Extract normalizes the skin’s moisture content.
  • Visit www.getjackblack.com to learn more and to purchase.