After the past few weeks of lockdown, self-isolation and complete boredom it's safe to say that I wasn't looking my best. I decided to look inside my Toiletry bag to see what I had to transform the Beast into a Gentleman.
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So here are some of the main items in my Toiletry bag. Watch how I used them to transform myself from a beach bum into somebody who looked a little more respectable in the video at the end of this blog.
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So the first thing I needed to get under control first was my hair. I'm trying to grow my hair and have found a product like Formulate has really helped me do this.
I'm loving the fact that my hair has gotten thicker and is growing so much faster than it used to
So the whole Formulate process is quite interesting. Basically you complete an easy online questionnaire that the Formulate Cosmetic Chemist team then use to design and create your own unique hair care products.
The mobile app allows you to communicate directly with your personal formulation team,
who check in on your progress after each shipment. Work together to evolve your formulas
based on how your hair and scalp are responding.
I love the fact that you never have to go out to the store to get your hair products anymore. Your Formulate is shipped to your door when you need it.
Now anyone who follows me knows I swear by the Geologie Skincare products. Basically its a personalized skincare range that is created for you after you complete a simple online questionnaire about your skin type. CHECK YOUR SKIN TYPE
I know a product is working well for me when I stop using it and see a difference or deterioration. For Geologie this has certainly been the case. The past 2 weeks or so I got a bit lazy and didn't keep up with my Geologie Skincare regimen and as a result my skin became quite dry and flaky. Also my blemishes started showing up again. I've started using my Geologie again now and getting back into my daily skincare regimen and things are looking good.
Every now and then I get something in the mail that makes me all silly with excitement. That's how I felt when I first received my Box of Shaving goodies from the Classic Blade Co.
The Classic Blade Company is a remarkable Men's Grooming brand that is truly bringing back the class and ritual of male grooming back to the market.
For my #Makeover I made use of a few of their amazing products, the most notable being the glycerin-based shaving cream from Truefitt & Hill with its very enticing West Indies Lime scent. I had never used a shaving bowl before and so the whole process of making your own shaving cream in the Shaving Mug was quite fun. But more than this I can see why men do this.
The shaving cream or lather comes out so much more gentle and thick, completely without bubbles. I'm told that this is also due to the amazing Simpsons Commodre X3 Shaving Brush which I use. The Commodore is turned in three sizes and filled with Best Badger Hair making it uber soft on the skin.
I'm obsessed with their amazing Edwin Jagger Chatsworth imitation Ebony DE Razor which includes the feather blades. The razor is elegant but also perfectly balanced and weighted. I get a very close shave with this one and don't think I'll be going back to a cheap crappy reusable razor ever again.
The Classic Blade Co. have a huge variety of shaving products from the most reputable brands in the world. There after shave balms like the Truefitt & Hill West Indies Lime is a rich moisturizer with a soothing base of lanolin and aloe vera and the Citrus scent in it will really bring your partner in a little closer ;-)
I love that shaving has become more than just a daily, get it over with, routine and is now more like a relaxing ritual that with the Classic Blade Co's help is becoming far more classy. I look forward to sharing more of their wonderful products with you all in the upcoming months.
Beard Bros is a top Grooming brand in South Africa that produces some exciting beard products. Their new scent 'Phoenix Tears' is quite phenomenal and I am super excited to have a range of their products with this scent in my toiletry bag.
Something I really like is their spray can Phoenix Tears Beard Oil which makes applying the oil so easy. The oil contains a unique blend of essential oils that moisturize and strengthen hair follicles. One of these is Cedarwood oil, which has been proven to stimulate hair follicles and increase circulation which contributes to hair growth and slows down hair loss.
The Beard Bros Beard Butter that I use is a mix of beeswax, cocoa butter and essential oils which gives my beard a healthy, shiny quality. Once again the Phoenix tears scent is quite something - so much so that after I got a bit heavy handed on the butter one night my wife commented 'oh my gosh you smell amazing!' Beard butters are great for dry, straw like beards if you leave the butter in overnight you wake up the next morning with a softer beard.
Their glycerine, cocoa butter and essential oils based Beard Soap is really great for sensitive skin. Its also packed with Vitamin E Oil which along with its anti-oxidant properties stimulates healthy hair growth.
I totally dig their Beard Bros balm which consists of beeswax, cocoa butter and essential oils. Men often underestimate the importance of a beard balm so I encourage you to check this out on their website.
ORA'S AMAZING HERBAL
Ora's Amazing Herbal has literally got everything your family will need when it comes to hygiene, beauty and grooming products. My wife and daughters have been using their products for years now so I was super excited to learn that they had a Mens range.
I make use of their Ultra Healing Body Butter which is really great for dry hands, feet, elbows and pretty much anywhere that needs some extra TLC. I find the winter months really take their toll on certain body parts - this body butter keeps these areas moisturized and soft.
The Ora's Beard & Hair Oils are great and I particularly like their mini packs which are super convenient for taking with you on the go. I fly a lot (well at least until Covid-19) and just before landing I like to freshen up, especially if I'm going into a meeting. These mini beard oils get the beard looking shiny, healthy and smelling good.
Now another essential in my toiletry bag and something often forgotten by a lot of men is a lip balm. Ora's Amazing Herbal has some of the best lip balms on the market and they keep my lips moisturized the whole day.
I've created a few review videos for the Mangroomer products which is a testament to how much I love this brand. They truly think of men and their hairy challenges.
First off the Mangroomer Lithium Max Plus Body Groomer and Body Trimmer is the one I use the most. Probably because I can trim and maintain so many body parts with this one device. It's actually two shavers in one. One side with its shock absorbing pivoting head helps to keep hair short to the skin while the other side is a trimmer which has 8 length settings. I use the Body groomer on my chest, stomach and legs but a lot of men also use it on their shoulders, arms, groin and I even know a guy who shaves his head with it.
The next Mangroomer device is the biggest thing in my toiletry bag. My Mangroomer Lithium Max Plus Back Shaver is great for getting to those hard to reach areas on your back. Its fully adjustable so you can make sure you get a comfortable shave. It has 2 pivoting head options. One that is for thicker, longer hair and the other that helps maintain a close shave. Once again - the battery on this thing is amazing, I've only charged it twice!
Another Mangroomer tool I use is the Mangroomer Professional Plus Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer which runs off a penlight battery making it super convenient and easy to take with you on the go. It even includes a little light in it to see into those dark caves you call your nostrils.
Guay Guay is a sexy Beard brand from Cape Town that makes use of all natural and organic ingredients in producing some of the most exciting beard products on the market.
For my #Makeover I made use of their Earth Tones Beard soap which has a lovely earthy scent thanks to the Pine Needle and Cedarwood essential oils. I find this soap/shampoo lathers really nicely and it leaves my beard feeling clean and ready for the next process in my routine.
I'm obsessed with the Guay Guay Citrus Splash Beard oil that has lemon and grapefruit essential oils which give a lovely fresh scent and invigorating feeling to my beard and face. I love changing up scents when it comes to beard oils so I'll typically wear a different oil each day to keep the wife guessing :-)
Their Citrus Splash Beard Balm has a well balanced scent and I totally get why its so popular. Its sweet almond and coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter ingredients help to nourish my beard and improve its growth. Check out their website to see all their other products.
Sorbet is a hugely successful and popular beauty franchise in South Africa but its their excellent Men's range that finds its way into my toiletry bag. I make use of quite a few of the products and therefore like to refer to them as my 'bread and butter' beauty products due to their good value for money.
First off their 3 in 1 Shower Gel is like my staple body soap and because its mild its great for using on my hair, face and body.
Probably one of my biggest surprises has been how many face and skincare products Sorbet has for men. I use the Sorbet 2-in-1 face wash & scrub every day and love it because its 2 products in 1 - a face wash and exfoliator. Anything with dual purpose always gets my vote!
The Sorbet MAN Face Moisturizer comes in a 50ml can which is a nice quantity so you don't have to keep running to the store to replace too often. This moisturizer is great for softening and hydrating the skin while reducing the appearance of age lines. I also like the fact that it includes a SPF 15.
Because my hair is going through a weird, uncontrollable phase right now I've found the Sorbet Pomade to be my saving grace. I'm currently staying in a really windy place and without this pomade holding everything in place I think I'd look like a bum all year round.
This name cracks me up every time! Here is one product you will always find in my toiletry bag and is used by pretty much everyone in my home - even the baby! What I love about it is its not only an anti-chafing powder but it also helps ward off odors and repels moisture and sweat.
That makes it great for any sportsmen, active people or anyone that has issues with sensitive skin due to chafing.
In the spirit of good humor I created a review of the product with a David Attenborough twist to it which you can watch here:
I don't know what it is but my nails grow at the speed of light. It makes my wife and teenage daughters super jelous. As a result I've had to find a nail care kit that can stand the test of time and rigours of my claws.
Manscaped also produces the best Ball Shaver which I reviewed in this video here
I use my Viking Revolution Beard Brush every day. I find it gives my beard some much needed discipline and training while gently stimulating the hair follicles for growth. You don't want a brush that pulls at your beard hair and ends up damaging your beard. This one works and so it's a permanent fixture in my toiletry bag too.
Now that I've shared with you what I use in my Mens Toiletry Bag you should take a look at how I transformed myself from beach bum to gentleman in this video:
I would love to know what different items you have in your toiletry bag. Please let us know in the comments below.