Men's Grooming Monthly Favorites

July Beauty and Grooming Favorites

August 1, 2015

The month of July has flown by so quickly I can’t believe it’s already over. It’s been a while since I’ve shared my monthly favorites so I decided to try something new – I’ve compiled a list of favorites in skincare, haircare, makeup and grooming in a his and hers edition. My husband has always been a well-groomed man and likes testing new things but is very particular about smells, textures and performance. He will research products to death before he splurges on grooming products so I always try to bring him home samples to try when I shop at Sephora or Nordstrom. When he saw me gathering a pile of products for this post, he said wanted to participate by sharing a few of his favorite grooming products too. I hope you enjoy this roundup of favorites we’ve been testing for the past month!

First up for me include fragrance, body, skin care and hair care favorites.

  • It was love at first smell with L’Artisan Mûre et Musc Eau de Toilette. This tiny Coffret Miniatures Set is the cutest thing ever with my two favorites the Mûre et Musc and Las Chasse Papillons. It’s too small to have a spritzer so you
    have to dab it on the skin but it’s perfect for a clutch or
    small bag.
  • For body I’ve been loving the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for a dry body oil. It absorbs into the skin quickly and has an amazing smell. You can often find the deluxe minis online from – they have lots of good promos from time to time.
  • For the face I’ve been loving the First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist. It’s hard to describe the smell but it is very fresh and slightly sweet/citrusy. It makes the skin feel nice and hydrated and has a lightweight feel.
  • Beautylish has finally started carrying the travel sized Bioderma Sébium and Sensibio H20 Cleansing waters separately. They are the perfect size and price to try them out before buying the full sized versions. I’m obsessed with mini sized beauty products – these are beyond cute.
  • The Drybar Mudslide Hair Mask is the most incredible hair treatment that I’ve tried. I bought mine from Sephora in store (I don’t see it online, but it is available as a mini in this set). It leaves the hair super soft and silky. After I use it I can air dry my hair without it getting frizzy (no hair dryer or flat iron needed). I use it as a weekly treatment.
  • R+Co is a new brand I’ve been experimenting with. I picked up two of the items from Space NK and the Moon Shine Shampoo and Conditioner are among the best I’ve tried ever. It cleans the hair really well and leaves it feeling well hydrated, soft and shiny smooth without being too heavy. It leaves the hair feeling bouncy and weightless all day long. Since it is a hydrating product I wouldn’t recommend it for daily use but I like it 2 to 3x per week (I wash my hair daily but alternate shampoos). It smells amazing with a mix of orange, cardamom, fig, guava and amber. It sounds like a lot but it’s not too sweet or rich in scent.

My husband’s name is Andrew. He’s always been a well-groomed man for which I am really grateful. For his group of favorites, he’s tested a few new brands in shaving and also pulled out some tried and true staples to share in this month’s roundup. In case you shop for any of the men in your life, he says he hope this is helpful for gift ideas or recommendations if they are looking for something new to try.
  • The L’Occitane Cedrat Stick Deodorant is an alcohol-free and aluminum salts-free deoderant (two of the things he checks for on the ingredient list). This one from L’Occitane lasts all day and smells really good. It doesn’t make his skin peel or feel oily. The entire Cedrat line has a good mix of masculine citrus and wood.
  • For skin his go-to moisturizer is the Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF 20. He uses this daily and it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. It dries down to a nice feel so there is no oily or greasy texture and absorbs into the skin quickly. He does wish it came with a higher SPF but so far it’s the best one he’s tried and he’s stuck with it for quite some time.
  • For shaving, two brands have been in rotation. First his regular go-to is the L’Occitane Cade Plisson Razor + Shave Cream Duo. His quick take on each:
    • The L’Occitane Shave Cream is the best he’s tried because it’s thick, it lathers up well, and it keeps the blade from touching his skin. According to my husband, the cream is gentle with a clean scent and doesn’t break out his skin.
    • The L’Occitane Plisson Razor is crafted in France and comes with wood, chrome and brass handle. These come with the Gillette Blades that are easy replace. He likes the look of the wooden handle and the shape is tapered and long so it fits well into his large hands and won’t slip while he shaves.
  • Harry’s Shaving Sets come in several options. He tried the Truman Set which is priced at $15. It includes 1 Truman Razor Handle, a 3.4 oz shave cream, 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges and 1 Travel Blade Cover. The packaging and presentation for the price point is all on point. According to my husband, he believes this is truly is the best shaving set for the price (he says drugstore prices can’t even beat all that is in the box for $15).
    • The Truman Razor is well designed and even though the handles are plastic, it’s very good quality with some weight to it so it doesn’t feel cheap. He likes the modern look and design and the blades are good for the price but not quite as sharp as Gillette.
    • The Shave Cream is ok – the packaging is on point and it does the job but it has a slight menthol scent and isn’t as thick as the L’Occitane (which gives him a better shave). He still thinks it’s definitely worth trying out. He ordered the Foaming Gel to give it a try.
  • For scent, his go-to these days is the Chanel Bleu de Chanel. He likes the travel size because it’s easy to carry in his briefcase and also doesn’t take up a lot of space on his desk at his office. He says it’s got a good masculine scent (that’s all he gave me for the description, lol).
  • For the hair, his favorite styling product is the Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade. He’s claimed several of my tubes as his own. He likes this because it’s lightweight and keeps the hair looking groomed and soft. It helps manage his hair without feeling or looking greasy. I agree with him and like how it adds shine and makes the hair soft – it lasts all day and leaves the hair feeling soft. Because we use it daily, we’ve gone through around 8 tubes already.
  • Last but not least he’s obsessed with the Muji clear flat zip pouches. The website is under construction but the options we bought are shown here. He likes the texture and feel.
That wraps up our July favorites for beauty and grooming. As always I would love to hear what your favorites were for the last month. If you have any recommendations for men grooming products my husband says he is open to suggestions! Also if any of you or if the men in your life know of any good men’s grooming blogs – please shoot me an e-mail or let me know in the comments below 🙂

This post features some items that were sent for review consideration including the Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquers, Harry’s Truman Set, L’Occitane Cedrat, Clarins Lip Perfectors and Burberry Shell Eyeshadow. All other items purchased by me.

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  • Rachel Polansky August 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    So many great favorites! I also love the new Marc Jacobs foundation as well as Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow in Mona Lisa 🙂

  • Duffi McDermott August 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I would love to see a review of the Tilbury Cream shadows. I can no longer use powder shadows – too drying, they settle into every crease and wrinkle — so I'm poking around for good creams.

  • Duffi McDermott August 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Also! If you know of any good beauty blogs aimed at women 60+ I would really be grateful. Still following you, of course 🙂

    • Unknown August 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      I am over 60…hard to believe how fast time goes by..i have been using Kiehls Multi correcting Eye Opening Serum followed by a MAC paint pot..let that sit a bit then apply my Les Beige powder all over. Then my powder eye shadow..either Chanel or MAC and they don't crease….worth a try

  • SJ Sellers August 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    this month i tried the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O which is formulated especially for DRY skin. i like it much better than the other 2 formulations. it might be even better than the Koh Gen Do Spa Water, but i'll need a bit more testing to be sure. i like KGD better than Bioderma Sébium or Sensibio.

    i'm also a fan of Skinny Dip!!! such a good summer color!

    for men, my S.O. say The Art of Shaving's Sandalwood Shaving cream in the tub. he says it feels great on his skin and gives a wonderful shave. (plus it smells nice for me 🙂 )

    xo sj

  • みか♡ちゃん August 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I'd love to see a review of the CT cream eyeshadows! So far I have three of them but I'd love to hear what you think!

  • NJ August 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Another vote for a review of the CT cream eyeshadows here, thanks!

  • Emmys Beauty Cave August 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    The Clarins Lip Perfecteos are on my list! Gorgeous photos! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • Stephanie August 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I would love to see a CT cream shadow review if they're Tom Ford level. I am obsessed with Skinnydip, might be my favorite lippie ever!

  • Lauren Selwood August 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    So many divine products here, and so many of them I've added to my wishlist as of now!

    Lauren x |

  • Stephanie August 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    OH! Have you tried the Tom Ford A/W Runway Color? It's really interesting! I've gotten pretty into adding it under darker shadows as a light pop of "something else". Super buildable and easy to blend out. I like it on the cheeks, too.

  • nueyork August 2, 2015 at 2:54 am

    The Clarins balms are so, so high on my wishlist but they haven't launched in Australia yet! They sound beyond incredible. x

  • Holly August 2, 2015 at 3:09 am

    I would love to see a Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow review!

  • Ellen Rozalia August 2, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Oooh so many great products there. Probably the main two I'm curious about are the Charlotte Tilbury Cream Shadows and the Marc Jacobs Foundation….

    Ellen Rozalia

  • A August 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Would love the charlotte tilbury review for the eye shadows!

  • Anonymous August 3, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I purchased the CT cream shadow online in Veruschka before reading this, so I would definitely like to see a review, please. Thank you.

  • Petunia August 3, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Um, yea, I would love to see your review of the Eyes to Mesmerize.

  • Julie August 3, 2015 at 5:59 am

    So many great products for men here. I am eyeing on that L'Occitane Cedrat Stick Deodorant. It seems a good one. Even the L'Occitane Cade Plisson Razor + Shave Cream Duo. Will do check on these….

  • Kica August 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    How nice your hubby contributed this month and yes please on the CT creme shadow review because the green one is calling my name 🙂

  • A August 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Would you recommend the genius gel foundation over chanel's vita lumiere aqua?

    • Sabrina August 4, 2015 at 2:21 am

      Yes, I prefer the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel over Chanel's VL Aqua by far!

    • A August 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much for responding! I love all your posts and look forward to them 🙂

  • Unknown August 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    My July favs..Chanel

  • lmc1971 August 5, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I would love to see your review on the CT cream shadows! Lovely post! Cheers, Lisa