For an aspiring gentleman, knowledge is power: Knowledge of culture, etiquette, fine spirits, and all the other cornerstones of a modish man about town. Our “Gentleman’s Code” box touched on each of this points, but with 24 brands in this month’s lineup, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the juicier insights from February's sample test drive.
As the styler that launched a thousand pompadours, pomade isn’t known for its touchable texture. Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade is one exception, and the results are stunning: Its formula pairs the strength of a pomade with the soft texture of a crème styler, producing high-flying hairdos that aren’t hard to the touch.
With its diverse ecology and arid climate, Australia has no shortage of moisture-rich ingedients, from creamy avocados to tea tree oil. One of the most intriguing is the Kakadu Plum, a small, green fruit native to the continent’s tropical woodlands. Long used by Aborigines as an antiseptic remedy, the plum boasts a higher concentration of Vitamin C than any other fruit, which makes it a superb antioxidant, and a star ingredient in products from Gentleman’s Brand Co.
While we can’t comment on Argentinian sights and cuisine, the aromas of AYRES Bar Soap paint a splendid national picture. Each scent is inspired by a different region of Argentina, from the grassy lowlands (the Pampas) to the brisk coastal waters of Patagonia. The results are captivating: One week with a scent had us cruising Google for airfare, though all we ended up buying was a Gaucho hat.
Though most of our writing is done on a keyboard, nothing will ever replace the simple courtesy of a handwritten thank you note. While this month’s Art of Manliness Stationery provided ample inspiration for some heartfelt prose, years of neglect have left our handwriting in shambles. Luckily for us—and the poor saps reading our chicken scratch—there are steps we can take towards improving it.
When concocting a fragrance, many brands rely on the same basic components, like bergamot, amber, and musk. Arquiste is a notable outlier: Each cologne is inspired by a moment in history, using unique ingredients to tell a story through the power of scent alone. This month’s Aleksandr—which recounts the last duel of author Alexander Pushkin—crafts a warm, fiery aroma with a blend of bitter neroli, violet leaf, and balsam fir.
Exfoliating scrubs may vary in terms of strength and grit, but most target the same primary functions: Buffing away dead cells, and scrubbing dirt and oil from clogged facial pores. Strivectin-SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub takes things a step further, using the brand’s top-secret NIA-114™ formula to stimulate cell regeneration, ensuring that bright, fresh complexion sticks around for years to come.
Thanks to a lifetime's worth of Bill Nye the Science Guy, we've never lost our fascination with the wonders of magnetism. Lucky for us, the designers at würkin stiffs® enhanced their high-tech Power Stays with a pair of powerful magnets: Placed under the shirt, each magnet holds the tip of a collar stay flush against your chest, keeping your collar in top form without obstructing the view.
Over the years, a badger hair brush has become a quintessential component of the old school shave. However, while this accessory may never go out of style, a new brushless shave cream from Schulz & Malley has challenged its ubiquity. Made with simple ingredients and a classic scent, it brings back the vibe of a heritage barbershop—whether you’re armed with a full kit, or just your trusty razor.
As a classic 80’s throwback, strapback caps are most commonly donned by skaters, baristas, and West Coast counter-culture rappers (we're looking at you, Kendrick). However, this month’s Mr. Cap from The Knottery flexed the format’s versatility, pairing just as well with a blazer as it does with your favorite Keds.
Despite everything we learned from Jaws, the ocean does seem to have our best interests at heart. This month’s Hair Repair treatment from Sachajuan uses nutrients sourced from ocean algae—four different kinds—to strengthen damaged hair, forming a protective film around each strand to improve both texture and volume.
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