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At Birchbox Man, our brands come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the all-natural upstarts to the timeless household names. This month, our theme examined a gentleman’s code of conduct, and our brands stepped up to the plate, espousing everything from style and sophistication to oft-forgotten etiquette. Without further ado, allow us to present the Class of February 2014.
If you’re a man who relishes the simple pleasures (like a strong cup of coffee, or the smell of wood chips) then Schulz & Malley will strike a special chord. Launched this year, the exclusive-to-Birchbox brand crafts no-nonsense shaving products that look—and feel—like they came from an old-school apothecary.
In a complex field like haircare, hands-on experience goes a long way. This Swedish brand is the brainchild of two veteran hairstylists, who leveraged their industry experience to craft a one-of-a-kind lineup of hair products, from innovative repair treatments to dry shampoo.
This brand is bona fide proof that big things have small beginnings. While Strivectin entered the world as a remedy for stretch marks, it has since expanded its repertoire to include a host of antiaging wonders, like the clinically-proven Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles.
With its arid climate and moisture-rich ingredients, Australia has long been a source of top-quality skincare. Gentleman’s Brand Co. carries on the tradition with its simple, fuss-free lineup of cleansers and moisturizers, made with outback-exclusive extracts like Kakadu Plum.
Founded by industry veteran Alejandro Rasic, AYRES was designed to capture the essence of its namesake city: Buenos Aires, Argentina. With all-natural ingredients and a focus on fragrance, each product is designed to be a full-body experience.
Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt is a man of action: When he couldn’t find the perfect products to recommend to his patients, he decided to craft them himself. Years later, his brand has assembled a professional-grade roster of skincare solutions, from pore-busting serums to groundbreaking scrubs.
While würkins stiffs® are best known for its innovative (and magnet-powered) collar stays, don’t mistake the company for a one-trick pony. The family-owned brand has since branched out to craft a range of dapper accessories, including tie bars, cufflinks, and a stylish silicone dopp kit.
If you’re designing a classic accessory, style will always be key, but your foremost priority should be function, function, function. Led by a design duo with over 40 years experience, this upstart brand crafts manly essentials that look great, last long, and always serve their purpose.
This visionary brand was founded by Carlos Huber, an architect-turned-perfumer who specializes in historical preservation. As it happens, his passion for history transcended careers—each Arquiste scent is inspired by a particular time and place, from a 17th-century Spanish nunnery to the final duel of author Aleksandr Pushkin.
Christopher Wicks got his start designing shirts for one of England’s top menswear labels, but quickly found that that stiff atmosphere of Savile Row was decidedly not his style. Today, his fashion empire includes everything from denim to dress shirts, footwear to fragrances.
Armed with a set of antique presses and an eye for good design, this brand has crafted top-quality paper goods since 1999. If its vintage card stock doesn’t grab your attention, the collaboration with beloved website “The Art of Manliness” should certainly tip the scales.
When Emmy Award-winner Melanie Mayron failed in her search for natural, child-safe skincare products, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Mayron teamed up with her father—a pharmaceutical chemist—to found Mayron’s Goods, a brand that specializes in high-quality, organic skincare for all ages and skin types.
In the case of Reviver, necessity was truly the mother of invention. After noting the marked absence of a multipurpose deodorizer, founder Ben Kusin sprung into action, designing portable, reuseable wipes that remove any odor from clothing and hair alike.
Areaware began in 2003 as Are Aware, a name meant to convey the brand’s passion for design, along with the aesthetic sensibilities of its target audience. Since launching, its design team has attracted a wealth of world-class talent, producing everything from foldable bicycles to eye-catching kitchen utensils.
This grooming powerhouse made its debut in 1994, a welcome divergence from the distinctly feminine bent of 80’s haircare. Today, the brand touts an impressive lineup of skin and hair essentials, like its ever-strong, never-stiff Alternator hair spray.
This cutting-edge brand makes skincare products of every kind (they even have an eye-mask), but don’t mistake that for a lack of focus. Each of its products is designed especially for men, with nutrient-rich mixtures that forgo fancy packaging and marketing fluff for simple, straightforward results.
If you’re a proponent of minimalist grooming, you won’t find a better champion than ERNEST SUPPLIES. Its small-but-mighty lineup covers the three pillars of men’s skincare—cleansing, shaving, and moisturizing—using military-style packaging and a vast array of natural ingredients to craft an experience like no other.
This eccentric brand may have a knack for product names (our favorite is Cashmere Coat Hair Strengthening Conditioner), but its first and foremost love is the science of skincare. The results speak for themselves: Since its launch in 2005, the brand has racked up awards from FHM, Men's Health, and Esquire, to name only a few.
This soap company was born of healthy eating: It was just a short leap from an all-natural diet to the quest for an all-natural soap. To fight back against fruity fragrances and chemical-packed concoctions, Sasquatch crafts classic cold-pressed soaps in a range of manly scents, from Pine Tar to Gold Moss Scrub.
Beard Buddy was founded with the goal of crafting wholesome, high-grade products for the modern lumberjack, designed by people who understand his needs. Every item in its repertoire is made by hand, from silver dog tag combs to landmark Beard Oil.
When winter cold and stubborn gloves have you answering your iPhone with your nose, you know you’ve found a problem worth solving. That was the inspiration behind freehands, an innovative apparel brand from Josh Rubin, the founder of Cool Hunting. With cold-weather touchscreen solutions like conductive fabric and pull-away fingertips, freehands gloves are a winter essential for any avid texter.
If you’re in the market for a storied brand, you won’t do much better than PRORASO. Since 1930, its shaving products have been a staple of Italian barbers and discerning groomers alike, pairing simple, soothing formulas with a vintage aesthetic that stands out on any sink ledge.