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.
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....
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.
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....
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.
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.