August’s “Summer Camp” box may have recalled the days of bug juice and bunk beds, but that didn’t stop us from gleaning all sorts of real-world wisdom. From the best in SPF to some rustic style essentials, here’s what we’re stowing in our summer grooming survival kits.
Flying overnight is a great way to prolong a summer weekend jaunt, but it’s tough going from the Boeing to the boardroom on Monday morning. Pocket-sized, potent, and packed with antioxidants to reduce puffiness, the Air Repair Super-Hydrating Eye Cream will hide all manner of sleepless sins until you can get home and crash.
To fully rise to life’s challenges, a man needs marathon-worthy mobility. Reminiscent of running shorts, these soft cotton boxers from Grover provide plenty of airy comfort without bunching or riding up—which means maximum agility for commuting and grizzly-dodging alike.
Bear with us, fellas. Bison Made’s Double Wrap Bracelet is the wrist-sized equivalent of your best belt. It’s made from vegetable-tanned leather sourced in the Midwest and fitted with a nickel-plated Italian buckle. We’d happily sport this handsome accessory on its own or as a rugged accompaniment to a wristwatch.
You should have worn a broad-spectrum SPF, but we’re not here to sun-shame you. If you’ve already fallen prey to those sly ultraviolets, address the problem head-on with this after-sun lotion from Coola. Soothing agave alleviates the sting and expedites skin repair—which can lower the risk of long-term damage.
The days of s’more-eating contests are behind us (well, not entirely). But the sweet stuff that’s been deemed unhealthy by nutritionists can actually benefit your complexion. In suki’s exfoliating cleanser, for example, sugar granules slough off dead skin to even out roughness and enable a deeper clean.
If you associate showering with a garden in springtime, it’s time to reassess your regimen. Brimming with plant oils and infused with the woodsy scent of pine, this Dr. Squatch Bar Soap gives your skin plenty of TLC while making you smell like a seasoned (and spotless) outdoorsman.
We can sum up the dog days in two words: pit stains. Turns out they’re not from sweat, but rather the aluminum in most drug-store variety deodorants. If past forays into the “natural” category have left you smelling less than shower-fresh, try this fragrant stick from Baxter of California. A blend of botanicals and witch hazel makes it a natural choice that doesn’t, uh, stink.
Go blindly into your first beard-growing endeavor, and you’re sure to throw in the towel. Our bushiest brethren know that it’s a delicate process, in which beard oil plays an integral part. This blend of essential oils, infused with Vitamin E, softens scruff and the skin beneath, so that you can maintain your facial hair and your sense of dignity.
Wood was once vital to a man’s survival (thank you, electricity) but now has become a high-tech style staple. Wrapped in your choice of reclaimed ebony, beech, or cherry, these LSTN Bowery Earbuds have an anachronistic appeal that makes us want to plug them into an old turntable instead of an iPod.
At the risk of sounding like your Mom, your skin needs daily UV-protection—beach or no beach. This dermatology-driven formula from the folks at Clinique is a smart swap for your daily moisturizer. Still not sold? Sunscreen is instrumental in slowing the signs of aging.
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