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Nathan Horn

Nathan Horn

Nathan is a modern male that takes pride in his overall health and appearance.  Working in both the creative field of independent film as well as the fast paced world of IT, he works hard and values products that can keep up with his busy lifestyle.  Bouncing back and forth from the professional offices of the University of Maine and sets and streets of the Portland independent film scene, Nathan has always kept a close eye on grooming products for the modern male that allow him to look his best in any situation.   He applies his keen experience with these products to providing clear and helpful input to those fashion forward men looking for a little advice.


SKIN TYPE:Combination


HAIR TYPE: Short, thick, wavy


HAIR COLOR: Auburn Brown


COMPLEXION TYPE: Pale and Freckled.


EYE COLOR:  Green


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: The One by Dolce & Gabana, Recover Bao-Balm Lip Therapy by Organic Male, Gillette Mach3 Sensative Razor, American Crew Defining Paste

Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics: Tatsu - Blue Dragon Foaming Shower Gel Sensation

When one thinks about rituals what comes to mind? Ancient sages and warriors reading from mystical tomes around a towering fire? The meticulous hammering and honing of a metal sword that has been folded and shaped over 300 times by a master blacksmith? Or perhaps is a man waking up at dawn to workout, shower, shave and head to the office? All of these are routines in their own right, but its how they are carried out that really makes them rituals. And it is the doing of these modern tasks that the Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics company has inspired to make a zen act with its Tatsu line for men.

Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics Tatsu - Blue Dragon Foaming Shower Gel Sensation men certified fabulous grooming

The Tatsu product that I have had the honor of sampling is the foaming shower gel. On first glance is looks and feels like a shaving gel. It starts as a clear aromatic gel at first, which quickly works into a thick and luxurious lather. With most body washes I have used, the foam or lather is very light and tend to wash away too quickly to do any real cleaning. In contrast, the Rituals shower gel clings to the body and envelops the dirt and grime. Then upon rinsing, the body is left smooth and lightly cologned, thanks to the combination of supple oils and bold cedarwood fragrance.

The fragrance of the gel was an added bonus. One that I did not expect. The scent of the lather is fresh and eye opening while showering, but then it stays with you all day long. I don’t mean in an overpowering, “good god man what are you wearing!? SEX PANTHER!?” kind of way. Rather in a subtle amount as if it were a cologne you used. I can see using this shower gel as both a body wash and as a cologne replacement in my morning routine. Cutting down on time getting ready so I can tackle my day that much sooner.

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Jack Black: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

In the modern world, one of our greatest assets is our face. Its the first thing that people see when we say hello and the part of our body that people focus on when we speak. So why don’t we take the time to make sure it is clean and nourished properly? Not enough time? Not having the right product? The scientists at Jack Black have given us the perfect product for our face cleansing needs, their Pure Clean Daily Cleanser.

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser sage aloe certified fabulous men grooming skincare

On first application, you will notice a light aromatic of spices and oils. The scent of sage is unmistakable in this product, yet also light enough it won't knock you over. As with most every Jack Black product, the cleanser has a supple and moisture rich texture that lathers nicely on the face as you rub it in. I personally noticed that the moisture rich lather was far nicer to my sensitive skin then other cleansers that use harsh astringents to clean out the pores of the skin and strip away oils. In fact, the Jack Black cleanser, didn’t feel like it was “stripping” my face of anything, but rather it was infusing nourishment into my skin while absorbing the grime from my pores. And after rinsing, my face felt clean and refreshed.

Some of my favorite products have come from the Jack Black line. Their series of products geared towards sensitive skin are rich with nourishing moisturizers and healthy oils. Because of this I was not surprised by the effectiveness of the facial cleanser that I was asked to try. This cleanser does an excellent job removing the daily grime accumulated over a long day working or playing. That alone earns it a place in my bathroom cabinet, but it’s the added skin nourishing formula from Jack Black’s scientists that keeps it there. I recommend this facial cleanser to anyone that has sensitive skin and are in need of a delicate daily cleanser. Further more, I encourage you to sample from the Jack Black line of moisture rich products… your skin will be happy you did.

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Orogold 24K Men’s After Shave Balm

Gold, you can spend it, wear it and now rub it on your skin. Well you could always rub it on your skin, but now it actually helps to nourish your skin instead of just being cold to the touch. Orogold has put 24K gold into their Men’s After Shave Balm to add a not so subtle hint of luxury to your daily shaving ritual.

On first inspection, this looks and smells like any other high end facial balm. It has a slick texture and a light cologne aromatic. But on a deeper look, you can see tiny flecks of gold leaf ground up into the lotion. I know what you guys are thinking, “gold leaf on my face? Im going to look like a sprite from the magical land of fairies.” This is not the case, after applying an even layer of balm to my freshly shaven face, there was absolutely no glittery residue, just a supple and nourished surface.

All and all this product delivers exactly what it advertises. A superior after shave treatment that tones the surface and leaves it well moisturized.  Complete with the added luxury of 24k gold. This is the perfect addition to  any man who has aspirations of becoming an James Bond style villain bent on world destruction… or a gentleman looking for a smooth face after a daily shave. Either way, this after shave balm is a decadent addition to the modern male’s grooming regimen.

Nate

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Coming from the ‘Land down under’, the good people over at Vitaman have a grasp on the needs of the modern man. They sell items that each man should have in his grooming kit.  From soaps and shave crèmes to body oils and hair tonics. They have a wide range of exotic goods to use and enjoy. This time around, I will be looking at a few key items for the man on the road to keep him relaxed and looking good.

The first box from Vitaman is their Travel Essentials Face. The first thing that people look at when you walk into a room is your face. If you are a man traveling for business, or pleasure, the last thing you want to do is look road warn and grimy. This is where the Vitaman line of cleansers comes in and saves the day. The trifecta of cleanser, toner and moisturizer combine to give you the tools needed to refresh your face and keep it sharp while on the go.

  • Face and Body Cleanser Cleans deep into the pores to brighten the skin.
  • Toner Tonic Removes excess oils from the skin and reduces shine.
  • Moisturizer – Replenishes the skin and locks in moisture to keep the skin healthy.

 

The kit delivers excellent results with a light scent that I would describe as spicy and woodsy. Mostly due to ingredients like witch hazel, lemon myrtle and tea extracts. Results that help to strip away the rigors of the past day and hone your face for the next days battles. Really, that is what face and skin care is all about: cleansing us of the days past and getting us ready for the future. While on the road that is no easy task, but Vitaman offers an advantage to the jet-set male. Fresh and clean from a compact three bottle travel kit….Definitely a space saver and a face saver while out in the world.

vitaman Travel Essentials Face and Body Cleaner certified fabulous mens grooming hugh jackman

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In this modern day world, we are becoming more and more aware of the environmental affects of our consumption of goods.  We all like to reduce, reuse and recycle.  (is that still a saying?  I remember it being said a lot when I was in school.  Maybe I am just old and they don’t use that anymore?)  One aspect that many people over look is how the products they buy are created and tested.  That is where Mix Chicks breaks the mold.  This company makes it a point to both create and test their products in planet and animal friendly ways.  Not to mention that they make excellent products.

His Mix by Mix Chicks Shampoo        

As Shampoos go, this blend of natural ingredients does the job well.  Cleaning deep into the scalp and scrubbing away the dirt and grime of the day.  But still managed to be light and leave no residue in your hair.  This combo makes your hair feel squeaky clean and light.  Mixed Chicks has done well to create a fresh and fruity smelling shampoo that is 100% cruelty free.  The cruelty free part doesn’t do much for the cleaning of your hair but it might help clean your conscience. 

His Mix by Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner

Conditioners have always been a mystery to me.  All I know about them is that they are designed to put moisture back into your hair after your shampoo strips out the excess oils from it.  I have been accustomed to this, but I have never used a conditioner that you leave in before now.  This was a pleasant surprise of a product.  The light scent and none greasy lotion went into my hair like hair gel.  And imparted the same holding power as a hair gel as well.  But I noticed that over time, as the conditioner dried, it became more like a palmade of a hold.  No helmet head, just a light clean look that lasted all day.  I recommend this product for people looking for a conditioner that also acts as a styling product.

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The Man Cave Company has an amazing line of products under their belt. Every item is specifically designed for the modern man concerned with his grooming and his environment. The two products I have tried out, the moisturizer and the shampoo, have two very awesome things in common: caffeine and shea butter. Individually these ingredients are great, but combined they make magic happen every morning.

Man Cave Shampoo 11.22.13 Certified Fabulous Man Cave Caffeine Shampoo

This shampoo is perfectly aromatic with a balance of cleansing and moisturizing agents. While using the shampoo I noticed a slight tingle to my scalp, presumably from the caffeine soaking in. This sensation added to the fresh scent of the lather to wake up my senses and get me ready for the day. This wasn't the only unexpected virtue of the Man Cave shampoo, because after rinsing I found that my hair was soft and smooth.  No conditioner was needed. The 12 essential oils and shea butter infused my hair with the healthy oils that other shampoos tend to strip out. The one step clean and added caffeine boost makes this shampoo awesome for sluggish mornings.

Man Cave Moisturizer 11.22.13 Certified FabulousMan Cave Moisturizer

Most moisturizers are pretty much the same. They all tote a long list of oils and butters, meant to enrich and nourish the skin. In this respect the Man Cave company has stuck to the main stream. Where they stand apart is the balance of these elements and the addition of caffeine to the mix.  Unlike their shampoo, I didn't feel a tingle while applying the lotion to my skin, but I did notice a slight invigoration (whether it was all in my head of from the caffeine in the moisturizer… I’m not sure… but it was there and I liked it!) The results of a morning application was a perfectly moisture rich face that stayed that way throughout the day - which is no easy feat in Maine during the cold winter months. This moisturizer held up against bitter winds and freezing temperatures without being defeated.

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When talking about hair grooming most men think about gels and pastes to shape and control. In this case I am delving into the realm of hair trimming and removal. The MicroTouch Switchblade, is a versatile tool used for find shaping of facial hair and unruly chest hair equally. The perfect go-to for the “manscaping” needs of the modern male.

The Face

As a worker bee in the busy cubicles of a large office, I need to keep my facial hair in neat and clean. For the most part this has consisted of shaving every other day. Simple, effective, and boring. With the addition of the Switchblade to my facial ritual, I have better control over sculpting clean straight lines. Offering me more options for a sharp looking beard line and sideburns.

Additionally, I am slowly creeping up there in age and discovering that hair on your chin is not the only place that needs tending. Lately, I have discovered the painful truth of wild eyebrows & ear hair. I remember making fun of my father as a child, because he has fuzzy ears…. And now I am paying for those insults with my own ears. Luckily for me, we have tools like this to solve this problem. A quick swipe of the Switchblade and the curse of the wolfman is gone. I think I might buy one of these for my father for Christmas and see if he gets the reference to my youth.

MicroTouch Switchblade 11.15.13 Certified Fabulous

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Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo 11.8.13 Certified FabulousFinally an all in one shampoo made for a manly man of the forests. A soap that is both strong in cleaning and in scent. Powerful enough to clean the dirtiest of men and leave him fresh as a newly fallen balsam fir tree…. These dramatic descriptions are the first things that come to mind when I was asked to try Philip B’s Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo. After using this product I can honestly say that it holds up to the descriptions above… almost to a tee.

This hair and body shampoo has a stand out scent, compared to a lot of different products in its class. It employs the extracts Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedar and Camphor as its main ingredients. These tree oils aren't just in there for its potent bouquet, they also provide nourishment for the skin. This dynamic mix of natural extracts combined with cleansing agents, provide an almost therapeutic spa experience while leaving the body fresh and clean.

The clean that this body wash and shampoo delivers is equal to its robust scent. After washing, my hair and skin had a “squeaky” clean to it.  You all know what feeling when you run your fingers through your wet hair in the shower and you hear a little “squeak”…. No… nobody?.... Well it’s the feeling of super clean hair. The shampoo strips out the grease and grime of the day and leaves clean and hydrated hair and skin behind. The refreshing clean that I find is perfect for waking up in the morning and facing the day.

My conclusion on this fine product is one of approval. The scent while using the product was aromatic and therapeutic, but didn't stick around and become overpowering after. The shampoo did a great job in cleansing the hair, skin, and pores of grime and oils. And on the frugal side of things, it doesn't take a large amount to get a nice satisfying clean. I would recommend this product to people with oilier skin and hair dynamics for its purifying nature, but also to anyone else looking to a nice healthy clean…. Especially nature lovers ;-)

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    Nordic Wood smells amazing
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Boots No7 Men Energising Face Wash 11.1.13 Certified FabulousThe Boots No7 brand of men’s skin care is a unique approach to the modern mans skin care needs. They have done an excellent job tailoring individual products to treat specific issues. Issues like: black heads in the pores, razor burned skin, and even tired looking eyes. By working to solve each issue, they have produced a dynamic line of products that complement each other perfectly. 

Boots No7 Men’s Energising Face Wash

This face wash is a refreshing splash of silky excellence. The light scented lather was invigorating to my skin. I could feel the oils of the day being gently coaxed out of my pores leaving a cleansed surface behind. After daily use of the face wash, my skin was clearer and less greasy over all. The fine balance of ingredients in this wash seemed to fully nourish my skin while achieving a purified clean. Definitely a winner in my opinion.

Boots Men Energising Face Scrub 11.1.13 Certified FabulousBoots No7 Men’s Energising Face Scrub

The face washes tougher brother. This scrub is an interesting mix of cleansing and exfoliating. I tend to have more sensitive skin, so I was recommended to use this product once a week, but daily washing is advised for those of a more rough skin type. The fine grit of this wash did a great job of shucking off dead skin and grime that your skin accumulates over time. I would equate it to a scrubbing pad to a pan, great for removing stubborn grime without damaging the surface. Word of caution though, don’t get over zealous with the scrubbing, this product doesn't pull any punches.

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On the list of top scents in the world, I would say that peppermint is one of the top 5. Right up there with fresh apple pie and the smell of a foggy morning in the woods. It’s a smell that wakes you up and soothes your nerves at the same time. Avalon Organics made the perfect choice for their Moisturizing Cream Shave product. A hot shower and a fresh shave puts your mind right where it needs to be to face the day ahead.  Using this product will do just that!

avalon organics moisturizing shave cream certified fabulous uni-sex male review

 Peppermint is used in many products from food and personal health, to air fresheners and perfumes. This has to be because of its unique therapeutic properties. The mint oil in this cream taps into these properties to help sooth skin and reduce irritation on the face and neck. When I applied the cream I noticed a cooling sensation on my skin, which I noticed tightened up the pores on my face and helped my razor bite into the stubble on my face. I have to say, I expected this brisk feeling on application of the cream. What I didn’t expect was the EXTREME cooling feeling after every razor stroke. This cooling affect that instantly quelled any possibility of razor burn. I am not sure why the peppermint cream has this chilling action, but it was a wonderful feeling none the less.

 If you have read any of my other reviews of shaving products, you may notice that I prefer shaving “lotions” instead of foaming creams and gels. This is not rooted in performance, because each product reacts differently on the skin. Rather, I like the “lotion” style of shaving creams because the product seem to get the job done with less volume used. I don’t like having a full lumberjack beard of cream on my face to shave my 48 hours of minimal stubble. Avalon Organics excels in its frugality (yes this is a word, look it up if you don’t believe me). Applying a “thin, transparent layer” of this cream does the work of the fluffiest of lather! At this rate of consumption, I expect the 8oz tube to last for a very very long time.

Avalon Organics have struck gold with this product. The value of a quick and hassle free shave combined with the undeniably refreshing nature of peppermint solidifies the need for this to be in the shaving kit of every man out there. Sure I may be a little bias because of my love of peppermint, but I think everyone should at least try this cream for themselves. I have a feeling that once you do…. You will be as hooked as I am.

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