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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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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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I’m not going to waste anytime on a lead in this time around. The three products I was given to try out are by far the most impressive that I have used so far. The quality of the Epic Moisture line by Jack Black (no not the actor) is ridiculously high. Each product had a perfect balance of active ingredients and lavish bases.

To start, the Clean Cream Body Wash. This silky substance reminded me more of a lotion then a wash when I pumped it out of the bottle. It feels velvety and moisture rich on the finger tips and releases a soft yet enveloping scent of freshness. The scent is very hard to describe other then fresh and soothing. It’s the kind of fragrance that makes you think of clean summer breezes in sunny meadows (I know I sound like a commercial, but that’s what it smells like!). The rich cream turned into a bubbly lather that imparted all of its moisture directing into my skin. After rinsing, the dirt of the day was gone and the moisture and light scent were left. The perfect amount of clean to scent if you ask me.

Jack Black Epic Moisture 3 Products 10.4.13 Certified Fabulous

Next, I moved onto the Extra Rich Body Hydrator. This had the same incredibly silky feeling in my palm as the body lotion, so I instantly knew it was going to provide the EPIC MOISTURE that it advertised. On application, it held up to its promise. I now know why women take such care in applying lotion on their bodies. The powerful moisturizers in the lotion made my skin as soft as a new born baby. Maybe softer. And here is the kicker folks, the soft skin… lasts for over 24 hours. Your body is so enriched with nourishing butters and oils that your skin can't help but stay hydrated. All that hydrated goodness and no oily feeling. It’s a win win as they say.

Last, but very much, not least. The MP 10 Nourishing Oil. This oil is a Swiss Army knife in the field of grooming. It can be used in your hair to add body and shine. It can be rubbed into the face and skin to moisturize. It can be used as a shaving oil and then AGAIN as a grooming oil for shaping the hair you have left on your face! After trying each method, I found it perfect for a hair treatment. Great for a moisturizer and facial hair shaping. Shaving was a bit awkward for me, but I just prefer using shaving cream. Over all the oil performs wonderfully, moisturizing and protecting skin from the harshness of a days ware. I will be recommending it to the Swiss Army for use in the field. J

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There is nothing manlier then cars.  Therefore, it stands to reason that in order to make a truly manly line of skin care products you should model them after car care items. This revelation has given birth to the latest in skin care by FaceLube. This 3 step FaceLube Premium Kit treatment system is toted as a manly approach to anti aging skin care.

FaceLube Kit WhiteStep 1: Prepare and Clean

I like to think that cleansing the face is the most important step in caring for your skin. I enjoyed a powerful scent of cinnamon and cloves when applying the face wash. It’s bold combination of extracts had a slight tingle while I had its aromatic lather on my face. Then, after rinsing, that tingle turned into a refreshing cooling sensation. A bold clean is achieved by this product, for only the manliest of men.

Step 2: Restore and Repair

I have always been told to clean my face and to moisturize for protection, but never to repair it. Since FaceLube is making products to counter the damaging affects of aging, it only makes sense that they would put repairing into their line of treatments. This refreshing gel has little to no scent and reminded me of using aloe on my skin as a child. Slippery and cooling. I can’t say for sure if it truly heals the skin, but it was excellent for relieving razor burn on my face and neck. A welcome result that makes it worth the time to apply.

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My favorite products to try out and review are definitely colognes and body sprays.  With a lot of the products I test, there are so many different variables to evaluate: texture, scent, ease of application, effectiveness.  To many things to gage makes it less entertaining to review since I have to write a novel to cover it all (and I am sure that after 6 or 7 paragraphs you the reader get a little bored as well).  With scents, it’s a whole different story.  I get to spend time really focusing on the subtle elements that are put together to make a fragrance.  Each complete aroma has a little story to tell… or for the wearer to use to tell their own story ;-)

With this in mind, I have decided to give my guess of each fragrance in the Ralph Lauren: The Big Pony Collection for Men and then compare it to what the company has for a description.  Lets see how I did.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony 1 8.15.13

Eau de Toilette Natural Spray #1 - Sporty 

This first fragrance was a quick one for me to weigh in on.  It has a mild musk, as most colognes do, but then there were strong notes of citrus and melon.  I say citrus and melon because, to me I could smell the sharp skin of orange and then a mellow fruity smell after it.  Noticeable, but not overpowering to the people around you.  Over all a nice balance of “flavors”

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On hot summer days it’s hard to keep my face from looking shiny and gross. Daily activity and higher temperatures can add a shine to my skin, killing my confidence around people.  Nothing kills going out to drinks after a long day like feeling oily and gross. Thankfully Anthony Logistics has released a product to help you cut the grease and continue looking good.

Anthony Logistics for Men: Instant Fix Oil Control is specifically designed to take with you in case you
find yourself looking extra shiny while out and about. This is a mighty tool to have up your sleeve in a pinch.  That being said there were two factors about this product worried me before trying it out: I Anthology Logistics Certified Fabulou 6.10didn’t want to reek of chemicals and to dry my skin out and have irritation. 

The best way to describe the scent of this product is fresh. The lotion has a clean smell with a strong grapefruit element. While applying the lotion, I found that the scent actually woke me up a little. A fine pick me up while freshening my face.

The Instant Fix Oil Control did exactly what is says, it immediately absorbed the shine on my face and left my skin soft and smooth. No dryness and no irritation to speak of. With a quick application I was ready to go with a clean refreshed look. I was very pleased with the results.

Great performance and a fresh scent makes Anthony Logistics for Men: Instant Fix Oil Control the perfect addition to your fathers “on the go” bag this Fathers Day.

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Happy Father’s Day all. The product I am reviewing this week is AMAZING!! OROGOLD 24K Men’s After Shave Balm is a luxurious product, great for gifting to your wonderful dad. It is also a wonderful gift for that special man in your life, as the fragrance is so darn sexy. The fragrance reminds me of the sexy boy at the club who no matter how sweaty you are, he smells like a big batch of sexy man. Maybe not Orogold 24K Mens Aftershave Balm Certified Fabulous 6.14.13so appropriate for one’s daddy, but definitely an amazing product for any special man in your life.

What makes this project special is OROGOLD’s use of real 24K gold in their formulations. Gold and beauty are words that work well together. Throughout history, gold has been recognized for its luxurious and beautifying properties. Historians have long maintained that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night to enhance her captivating beauty. In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for of a variety of skin problems. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the key to youth; as the queen of the Ch'ing dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face daily. For centuries, pure gold has been used by the privileged and the wealthy as the secret to more youthful, beautiful skin. OROGOLD Cosmetics has included gold in their luxurious formula and made it possible to take advantage of these ancient secrets to their fullest, without having to be an actual queen to accommodate it.

This product is an aftershave balm and moisturizer in one. This lightweight hydrating balm softens and calms the skin to leave it feeling nourished and hydrated. It is quickly absorbed, helps calm razor burn, and provides the skin with balanced moisture. For use after shaving, before bed, or a moisturizer for maximum benefits. The gold is also a great addition to moisturizers, as gold penetrates to the inner layers of the skin and increases microcirculation, assisting the flow of moisture and nutrients to the skin's surface.

I let my husband test this and his helpful response was “I like it”. So descriptive, thanks hun. I tested this product on myself and found this to be so soothing on my skin. At the risk of smelling like a sexy boy, I tested this after my shave regime and my skin felt amazing. I could feel the astringent properties as I had no razor burn after my shave. As soothing and moisturizing as this product is, hands down Iove this product for its amazing fragrance. Mmmmmm, sexy boy smell.

Have a good one!

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As Father’s day approaches, we want to make sure you have all the gift options you need to celebrate your fantastic Dad! First up today are some great men's personal care products!

Dove Men Care Micro Moisture Body and Face Wash Cleansing Gel
Dove Mens Care Certified Fabulous 6.11This cleansing gel by Dove has a clean energizing scent to start Dad's day off right! The Micro Moisture allows for a more moisturizing body wash experience to fight dry skin. Make dad feel clean, pampered, and energized with this affordable cleansing gel! You can find Dove Men Care Micro Moisture Body and Face Wash Cleansing Gel for just $5.49

Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash
Organix Mens citrusThink dad’s interested in a bolder scent? Try Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash. With citrus extracts, spearmint and peppermint this 3-in-1 product smells amazing! It is invigorating, energizing, moisturizing and ultimately fresh. As the product description says “stop using your girls stuff in the shower!” – and get Dad his own irresistible product! Organix Invigorating Citrus Mint 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash is a great middle of the road option at $7.99 

Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo
Philip B Nordic Wood 6.11Take the boldness one step further – Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo has a potent woodsy fragrance with Norwegian spruce, balsam fir, white pine, cedar wood, and camphor. Show dad he can pamper himself while still maintaining an earthy and tough air. This hair and body shampoo will be a refreshing, relaxing escape into the outdoors!
Splurge a little bit for Dad this father's day! Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo - $36.00

Whether you want to save, spend, or substitute, you can find many scents and personal care product options to fit your Dad's style this Father's Day! Also check back later today for some intriguing cologne ideas for Dad!

Linnea

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Like most manly men in the work force today I have the daily task of keeping my man-beard in check. A close shave is important to keep myself looking professional in the office. Which is why I was happy to see a Gillette razor and shaving gel in my box of products to test.

We all have our rituals for shaving. Mine consisted of cursing at my razor as it shredded my face for many years. Eventually I switched to an electric alternative, so I wouldn’t have to walk around with toilet paper stuck to my face every morning. The trade off was a less then close shave and dealing with loud buzzing every morning. Gillette has brought me back to the simplicity of blade shaving with these two products.

The Proglide Sensitive Skin Shaving GelGillette Proglide Shaving Cream Certified Fabulous 6.10 is a shaving product that lives up to its name. This gel has a rich sent without being overpowering during the shave. It also produced a large amount of thick lather from a very small amount of gel. The first time I tried it I put the same amount of gel in my hand as I would shaving cream…. And I could have shaved my entire body with the volume of lather it produced. I can see this product saving me money by lasting longer then regular creams.

The Mach3 Sensitive Skin RazorGillette Mach3 Sensitive Razor Certified Fabulous 6.10 uses a single AAA battery to quietly massage your face while you shave. I have had bad luck in the past with multi blade razors biting into my skin, but while using it I found that it traveled smoothly across my face and left no cuts at all. I noticed almost no irritation, which is saying something for a man with sensitive skin. All and all, it was a great shave experience. One that I have been enjoying regularly since I received the products. :)

While testing these products, I even went so far in my testing to try shaving after a few days of man-beard growing. The Mach3’s vibrating blades managed to bite into the long beard without mangling my skin! And the gel left my face soft and mildly cologned. I was impressed! Gillette delivers a razor strong enough for heavy stubble and supple enough for my sensitive skin. This is definitely a worthy razor for any man’s medicine cabinet and would make an excellent gift this Father’s Day.

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I have used several different types of masks in the past.  Some offer cleansing properties.  Others offer pore-refining additives to smooth your skin tone.  The Resveratrol Renewal Mask by Vine Vera is meant to return the moisture to your skin and improve its softness.  In using it, I found that it do this and more!

Vine Vera Mens mask Certified Fabulous 6.10As I started to apply the mask, I found that it had a thick and smooth texture along with a strong aromatic scent.  It struck me as very rich and luxurious.  It was cooling on contact and, to my surprise, was slightly numbing.  The numbing itself was concerning, but after reading the package I realized that it was caused by the witch hazel in the mask.  After I read that and my panic subsided, I enjoyed the calming affect of the mask.

After 15 relaxing minutes, I rinsed my face and found a smoother me underneath!  My skin felt more supple and the wrinkles seemed less prominent.  That was, for me,  the most surprising benefit to this mask.  I have strong laugh lines on my forehead and cheeks, but after using this mask, they were very subtle.  For this reason ALONE I would purchase this product! :)

All and all this mask is pretty amazing.  It actively nourishes the skins and brings it back to life.  I am going to enjoy using it weekly to eliminate years of aging.  I suggest giving this gift of youthful skin to your dad this Fathers Day.

Nate

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