Grooming

Alford & Hoff Classic Eau de Toilette

This scent was crafted by world-renowned perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux, and it offers an immediate fresh tone, followed by a smooth, sexy musk, and finishing with a rich, warm woody background note, echoing the design of the scent’s packaging. $125 at Alford & Hoff.

Charcoal Toothpaste

The toothpaste itself is black, and uses the natural whitening property of charcoal powder, ideal for use in toothpaste. Unlike peroxide whiteners which can cause allergic reactions, this formulation is safe and gentle for everyone. About $9 from Sort Of Coal.

Kent Mustache & Beard Comb

Keep your facial hair in check throughout the day with the . Saw cut and handmade in England, this diminutive comb – just over 3 inches in length – is small enough to keep in your pocket for mid-day grooming, and is gentle enough to use on both the face and scalp. $9 at GroomingLounge.

Lee Allison Skull & Crossbones Tie

100% woven silk. Handmade. $90 at OnTheFly.

Baxter Safety Razor

With a classic polished design, textured grip, and double edge blade, the Baxter is a nice way to get into the world of wet shaving, and comes complete in a black gift box with a pack of starter blades and an instructional card. $60 at BOC.

Creed Windsor

CREED of Paris offers the public for the first time ever — and only online here — the extraordinary fragrance Windsor, created in 1936 for King Edward VIII of England from ingredients grown in the British Empire. Edward was the first air pilot to be king, and Windsor is presented in a shatterproof 1.7 oz. leather wrapped bottle ideal for aircraft carry-on (or in an 8.4 oz. flacon numbered by laser and signed by sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier CREED). Only 320 bottles and 70 flacons will be available in the U.S. Edward made headlines when he quit the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He wore Windsor as king and later when he and his wife began a new life in Paris as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, superstars of international society. More on the Notes at Creed. $405 at Creed.

Vivacité(s) de Bach Shower Gel


The 38 Bach Flower essences are natural remedies, made from simple flowers, plants and trees commonly found in fields and forests. Discovered in the 1930’s by Dr Edward Bach, a prominent English physician, these flower essences help us re-balance our emotional states, resulting in a better ability for our body to stay healthy or to recover from illness. Looking for a new, more natural, way to treat his patients, Dr Bach identified 38 remedies and their benefits. He described a method to capture and to preserve their active principles, as well as “Rescue,” a combination of 5 of these “flower essences” to remedy situations of emotional shock and anxiety. Les Fleurs de Bach is the first brand to offer you the proven benefits of Dr. Bach’s flower essences through an extensive, award-winning, range of beauty and well-being products for body, mind and soul. This Shower Gel’s fluid texture, as well as the Bach Flowers it contains, will boost your body and your mind. More about the flowers at Les Fleurs Bach. 200 mL bottle for $30.

Kenzo Power

Kenzo Power by Kenzo, which rhymes with Kenzo Flower no doubt for harmonizing branding purposes, is destined to be the masculine counterpart to their best-seller feminine scent created by Alberto Morillas in 2000. Like its predecessor, the upcoming Power to be launched in August 2008, takes as source of inspiration the imagined scent of a flower.

In the case of Kenzo Flower what served as support for poetic license was a scentless red poppy dear to the heart of designer Kenzo; in the case of Kenzo Power the fictionalized floral reference dissolves further into the vagueness of a non-entity just described as an “imaginary flower.”

Olivier Polge is the perfumer behind Kenzo Power. He is also the creator of Dior Homme, Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Dior Pure Poison, Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb, among others. More info at MimiMimiFrouFrou.com. About $55 for the 2 Oz.

Kenton Sorenson Dopp Kit

Kenton Sorenson Dopp Kit

The Kenton Sorenson dopp kit is the perfect holiday gift. This dopp kitt is hand made in Wisconsin using natural leather that will develop an amazing deep golden brown color with regular use. The kit has a simple leather wrap around tie closure that can also be used to keep the kit open while in use. $110 from Context.

La Cordonnerie Anglaise Truffle Leather Shoe Cleaning Kit

La Cordonnerie Anglaise Truffle Leather Shoe Cleaning Kit
Truffle coloured leather case with contrast stitching and 2 fasteners. Case contains a shoe horn, 3 brushes, 2x 50ml bees wax polish (black and neutral) and a cloth. Measures as 18x10x10cm. About $200 from The Bureau Belfast.

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