My dad’s a good sport. When I present him with puzzling things like under-eye rollers and face scrubs, he nods and says things like, “Thank you,” and “Okay.” He’s not fussy about this kind of stuff, but willing to try. I think. (I should ask my Mum whether he actually uses any of it!)
Is your dad into — or fairly accepting of — skincare and fragrance? Perhaps one or more of the following mostly super-affordable ideas would suit for Father’s Day:
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic X Total Skin Cleanser will appeal to Dad’s mud-pie-loving inner little boy — he gets to wash his face with black stuff. That its charcoal complex eats up oil and dirt is a bonus. $10.99, drugstores.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Sky Flyin’ Foaming Multi-Gel can serve as refreshing face wash as well as a satisfyingly rich lathering shave foam. And while you’re tooling around in Kiehl’s, you can pick up, say, the no-shine lip balm and cooling under-eye stick for Dad, too. $23, kiehls.ca.
Portland General Store Whiskey Natural Aftershave Splash is a natural blend of aloe, sea kelp, blue-green algae, black willowbark and tea tree oil — and the scent is more woodsman than old boozer. $18, Indigo Books.
Neostrata Men Soothing Moisturizer employs a soothing botanical complex to reduce redness and skin sensitivity, as well as a potent peptide to boost skin’s repair process. $29, well.ca.
Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MENSION Hair & Body Shampoo offers Dad zippy yet gentle cleansing for hair and skin, and makes a colourful splash in the shower stall. $15, select salons.
Byredo Sunday Cologne is zesty with a pinch of spice and incense, and sexier than its name suggests — in fact, its original moniker was Fantastic Man. (Um… it’s my new favourite scent. For me!) From $170, Holt Renfrew; byredo.com.
Givenchy Play Sport is as invigorating and clean as one might expect of a sporty scent, but, in keeping with stylish frontman Justin Timberlake, also has a cool, elegant vibe. From $65, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Sephora.
YSL L’Homme Libre is a light, modern fragrance for him, crisp with a hint of sweet and subtle warmth. It’s the YSL Homme version of sport, more principal-dancer athlete — Nathalie Portman’s dancer/choreographer baby-daddy Benjamin Millepied is the celebrity face — than hockey dude. $89, department stores.
Hey Dad? We need a new buddy photo. :-)