With little more than a day left before Christmas, you've likely wrapped up your holiday shopping. But if you're nipping out to pick something up, we've got a few last-minute for-him suggestions.
Put coal in his stocking via Prada Luna Rossa Carbon eau de toilette ($82 CAD and $68 USD at sephora.com.) Clean, invigorating and also available as part of a gift set ($115 CAD at thebay.com and $93 at macys.com), the scent is all freshly-showered masculine appeal with lavender and pepper bathed in bergamot and watery and metallic notes and anchored with coal, soil tincture and pachouli.
Within the last six months, Marley Naturals body care has been discontinued and I didn't find out until after I'd snapped the opening shot. Oh well! It's a bit of a shame, though – I really like the multi-purpose balm and the hand cream. (That said, the body range was likely a negligible percentage of the Marley Naturals business, which is back to focussing only on the cannabis side of things. Yes, that Marley, as in Bob.) No matter; I also really like the next suggestion too...
The Body Shop Hemp (from $10 at thebodyshop.com) may no longer feel even a bit gleefully subversive now that marijuana has achieved legal status in Canada, but it's still one of most satisfying skin-conditioning collections (I recently re-upped on a Hardworking Hand Protector from an airport boutique before hopping on a flight). Plus, obvi, this stuff's not just for him.
It took a while for guys to get on board with skincare, didn't it? I get such satisfaction when I hear "Hey, do you have any more of that Jack Black eye stuff?" And of course a Jack Black Eye Balm Cooling & De-Puffing Gel ($30 CAD and $25 USD at sephora.com) is a cinch to slip into a stocking.
Citrus and spicy with a thread of incense and a base of cedar and sandalwood, Bleu de Chanel (from $39 CAD at thebay.com and $25 USD at sephora.com) is a handsome addition to his fragrance wardrobe (two words he's probably never used together, right?).
Give him ideas with basd Body Wash in Seductive Sandalwood ($15.99 at basdbodycare.ca), Canadian botanically-based body care made with ingredients such as organic aloe vera juice, organic green tea and vitamin E oil. Basd – pronounced "based" – Invigorating Mint is a wakey-wakey alternative for slow-to-start mornings.
A natural water-based recipe that includes castor and cannabis sativa hemp seed oil along with hydrolized wheat and silk proteins, Barber & Co. Classic Pomade ($28 CAD at barberandco.ca) won't make hair greasy – and its juniper-berry-and-lime-peel essential-oil scent might inspire a gin cocktail or two. Also, Canadian company.
The L’Oreal Men Expert BarberClub collection (from $11.97 CAD at amazon.ca) put beard care on the drugstore-aisles map, and includes Long Beard & Skin Oil, 3-in-1 Beard, Face & Hair Wash, and After Shave Balm. My brother's a fan of the BarberClub Beard & Hair Styling Cream for his 'do.
Shave-club programs apparently supply clients with what many of them say is a surplus of blades, so Gillette has launched a no-commitment Gillette-on-Demand subscription service (US site here) that allows guys to replenish via online order as needed. One-off purchases are permitted; annual rates depend on the blades selected and frequency of shipments. If he's already a fan of Gillette razors – they're the best on the market for close, comfortable shaves – he'll appreciate the subscription-gift convenience, that handles are complimentary with every order, that shipping (in Canada) is free, and that every 4th order (with subscription and recommended order frequency) is free too.
Another option is the sleek, limited-edition Gillette Fusion ProShield Razor ($29.99 CAD at walmart.ca and $19.99 USD at walmart.com) with a matte black handle and co-ordinating stand. (Seriously, the shave is worth the price tag.)
Do you get grooming stuff as gifts for the guys in your life? If yes, do they have faves or regular requests?
(basdbodycare.ca and barberandco.ca are non-affiliate links)