As someone who thinks Axe deodorant is the tackiest thing to happen to men’s grooming since Drakkar Noir, I prefer products that are either very slightly fragranced or unscented altogether so they don’t interfere with my chosen scent (Royall’s Muske, in case you were wondering). My favorite effective and affordable men’s skincare brand has just added a new entry into the men’s groomingsphere: deodorant.
Exclusive to the U.S. market, Bulldog Skincare for Men has just added Original Deodorant and Cedarwood & Patchouli Deodorant sticks to their offerings. Both deodorant sticks use world class natural ingredients including the brand’s signature blend of 8 essential oils as well as soothing aloe vera and grapefruit seed extract, which is high in antioxidants with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
Both are very gently fragranced. The Original uses the brand’s light, fresh signature scent while the Cedarwood & Patchouli add a clean, masculine element that is – lucky for me – not entirely dissimilar to my own fragrance. They’re both really nice.
Founded in 2006 and launched stateside in 2011, Bulldog Skincare for Men is an award-winning ethical men’s skincare line from the U.K. Using effective natural ingredients, the products are never tested on animals and they never use ingredients from animal sources. I’ve been a fan of Bulldog Skincare for years now, using the Original Face Wash, the Anti-Ageing Moisturiser and the Original Eye Roll-On in my daily skin regime. Each week, I add the Original Face Scrub into the mix.
Not only am I a fan of Bulldog Natural Skincare for men, I am also a customer. A happy one. For the past year or so, I’ve been a faithful user of the Face Scrub and the Original Moisturiser. While I only use the scrub about once each week, the moisturizer is a daily thing, both morning and night, either after a shave or a wash.
While both are a little denser in consistency than the Original Moisturiser, they both share the very light, non-greasy and good moisturizing qualities of the original. The Sensitive Moisturiser is specially formulated with two essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan and vitamin E. And it doesn’t seem to have any added fragrance, which can irritate sensitive mugs – great after a shave, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. The Anti-Ageing formula is a tad richer than its Bulldog siblings and has a mild but masculine, clean smell. It contains five essential oils, millet seed and oak apple tannins “to help deliver visibly younger looking skin in 4 weeks.” I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, and, though I don’t look 25 again, I can say that it does make the skin look and feel more supple.
No matter what any product professes in terms of age-defiance (yes, even that 2 ounce jar of Creme de la Mer for $275), nothing is capable of reversing years of bad behavior or making you look 20 again. Even plastic surgery will just make you look like someone your age who is trying to look younger, i.e. someone who had plastic surgery. Good skin is an inside job that requires good diet, plenty of water and enough sleep. Moisturizers, even ones as nice as these, are only topical notions that can help slow aging and help maintain the results of good habits and choices. Eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water, don’t smoke, go easy on the booze, keep your skin clean, and use a good moisturizer like Bulldog, and you’ll look younger than your contemporaries who are still partying like it’s 1999.
Skincare ain’t for sissies. In fact, overall wellness can seem like such a full-time career that people have actually turned it into a full-time career.
For guys, it’s a little tricky. Using moisturizer is still a weird idea for a lot of us, triggering cosmetics companies to repackage the same stuff with a butch design and a “for men” label so that we don’t feel unmanly for using it. (“After-shave balm” was a great way to get men to use moisturizer.) But good skincare is for everyone. It starts with a good diet, plenty of water and plenty of sleep, and continues with a good topical regimen.
Our friends at Bulldog Natural Skincare have conquered this on several fronts with a line of products designed for men by men. Not only does the stuff feel good and smell good, but it actually works. (And it looks handsome on the bathroom shelf.) I’ve been using it for several months now, and I’m loving it.
Newly added to their original U.K. line and soon to be introduced to the U.S. market is the Eye Roll-On. Eye Roll-On? I know, right? But this stuff is terrific. Rhodri Ferrier, one of the founders of Bulldog, was kind enough to send me a tube from Bulldog’s HQ in England. You simply roll it on (like a roll-on, see) under your eyes, and gently rub it in. This cool, soothing and gentle cream contains avocado oil, cucumber oil and Brazilian ginseng extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. I’m hooked.
After trying who knows how many different soaps over the years, from the most expensive soaps that look impressive to guests to Ivory, I’ve simply settled on what works. For me, it’s Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap. It cleans and invigorates the skin and the senses wonderfully, and it contains essential oils, giving the skin a good clean without drying. I look forward to every shower with it.
Like most guys, I wear my hair short, which means I really don’t need to fall into the shampoo/conditioner trap for a good head-cleaning. Hence, I use Dr. Bronner’s as my shampoo, too. True, the essential oils and other ingredients can leave a light residue on the hair shaft, but it cleans and moisturizes my scalp and leaves my hair malleable and primed for the messy and tossed style that so many of us gents enjoy.
It comes in other fragrances like Eucalyptus, Almond, Rose, Baby Mild, Citrus, Tea Tree and Lavender, but Peppermint is their best seller with good reason. I’ve been using it for almost ten years, and it’s the only bottle in my shower.
All the ingredients used in Dr. Bronner’s soaps are 100% guaranteed fair trade, and the bottle is made from 100% post-consumer plastic. One of the best parts? The world’s best soap is also one of the world’s least expensive. A 32 oz. bottle of this concentrated gold (pictured) lasts me about a month and runs between $10 and $17, depending on where you buy it and if it’s on sale. If you don’t want to order online, you can typically find it in Whole Foods and other health food stores. (CVS here in New York carried it for a short time.)