Without a doubt, spring is a time for freshness: fresh fruit, fresh flowers, and fresh insights on the world around us. And while we’ve dropped a lot of knowledge on our “Spring Fever” box, there’s always more to learn. From ingredient breakdowns to style revelations, here are 10 key insights you may have missed.
One of this month’s star samples was Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic, a natural blend that includes well-known oils like jojoba and hazelnut. However, it also features a wildcard in the form of apricot kernel oil, a lightweight emollient that absorbs with remarkable speed. If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin beneath your facial scruff, this warmly scented treatment will serve as a perfect remedy, without the greasy residue of a heavier oil.
Fun fact: If you’re suffering the effects of hair loss, you shouldn’t become fixated on the hair itself. Instead, focus your attention the follicles that keep them growing. This month’s Energizing Shampoo from Davines keeps those cells strong and healthy, thanks in part to beta-glucans. They are complex carbohydrates that boost your immune system and keep vital cells protected.
With the exception of Betabrand’s dress pant sweatpants, the stylish and comfy halves of your wardrobe rarely intersect. Alternative Apparel aims to change all that: Their Basic T-Shirt is cut slim for a vintage look, but also features a soft, worn-in cotton that feels like it’s been washed a thousand times.
As we learned in this month’s BB Man Test Drive, the true strength of Hanz de Fuko Claymation doesn’t come from wax or clay, but from the product’s adaptability. Whether you’re going for low-key bedhead or a glossy undercut, this hybrid styler delivers—no corner cutting required.
If your skin is prone to breakouts, but your beard is prone to itchiness, finding the right product to suit your mug can be a lose-lose situation. This month’s box featured a hybrid solution, in the form of stubble & ‘stache’s face moisturizer and beard conditioner. It conditioners like a beard oil, and hydrates like a serum, with a strong-but-gentle formula that won’t damage sensitive skin.
While we love to sing the praises of Technicolor socks, this month’s woven belt from Men in Cities really stole the show. Made with heavyweight cotton and a striking blue tone, this wardrobe workhorse is a perfect way to brandish some low-key color, through summer and beyond.
We’ve encountered a wide range of scrubs in our travels: some with enzymes, and some with microderm crystals, but never one that paired them both together. Vasanti’s fan-favorite BrightenUp! scrub was the first to break the mold, using enzymes to dissolve dead cells, and crystals to buff them away.
Honestly, all of us could stand to drink a bit more water, but the reasons why are probably more expansive than you think. On top of keeping your brain and liver well-fueled, proper hydration comes with benefits for your skin, muscles, and joints. With that in mind, we recommend keeping this month’s KOR water bottle ever at the ready.
If you’ve been around the block when it comes to cologne, the earthy scent of vetiver has probably crossed your path. A close relative of lemon grass, this enigmatic plant is native to India, but is widely cultivated in Haiti, Brazil, and Indonesia as well. When processed and concentrated, its scent takes on a multitude of characters—sometimes woody, sometimes warm—making it a perfect component in evolving colognes like Atelier’s Vetiver Fatal.
We last featured LSTN’s Bowery Earbuds in November’s “More Good” box, and with so much to love, and nothing to hate, we decided to come back for seconds. These natty numbers are made by hand using a range of reclaimed woods, and with a portion of all profits going to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which distributes hearing aids in developing countries, the appeal is more than skin deep.
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