If, like me, you wash and iron your own shirts and if, like me, most of those shirts are white, you probably get ring around the collar and the inside of the cuffs. The temptation is to use bleach or some other chemically corrosive agent you found in the laundry aisle at Rite Aid. Don’t.
The vixens over at The Laundress have created the Wash & Stain Bar. It was originally developed for taking care of tough stains on sweaters and other delicates, but it is also brilliant for getting out those stains inside our shirt collars and cuffs. I’ve been using it for months, and my collars and cuffs have never looked better and whiter.
Non-toxic, biodegradable and allergen-free, these small airplane-friendly bars can also be used inside of your drawers, your closet or your luggage for extra freshness. (The smell friggin’ amazing. Sage, I think.)
After wearing the new, stiff, unwashed jeans for as long as I could stand it, I soaked them in lukewarm water with a capful of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap for about 20 or 30 minutes, giving them a good “hand wash” while I was at it. (A lot of blue dye washed off the jeans, and my tub looked like I slaughtered a Smurf in it.) Then I let them hang dry. Once they were damp, I put them on and wore them until they were completely dry. I did this for the first few washings, and it worked perfectly.
Now I machine wash them cold (inside out) and hang them dry. All is well with a pair of jeans that now fit like they were made for me.
There’s a great line of skin care products from London specifically formulated and designed for men called Bulldog Natural Skincare. Founded by Simon Duffy and Rhodri Ferrier in 2006, Bulldog is a small company that boasts natural ingredients in their products with a very transparent ingredient outline that uses a minimum “low-risk synthetics.”
I recently bought a tube of their Original Moisturizer, which has eight essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan, vitamin E and a mild, unobtrusive masculine smell. My skin feels like silk when I use it in my morning and evening regimen.
In addition to the Original Moisturizer, the original Bulldog line in the U.S. also includes Face Wash, Face Scrub, Shave Gel and Aftershave Balm. (The full range of products is currently only available in the U.K.) Coming soon is the Eye Roll-On, which contains avocado oil, cucumber oil and Brazilian ginseng extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.
Their price point is terrific, which ranges from only $10 to $15 for individual products or $34 to $55 for bundles (which are on sale for much less as I type this). You can find Bulldog at Whole Foods or other specialty health and grooming shops and at their online store: http://meetthebulldog.com/.
Having recently purchased two new pairs of Levi’s 501® Shrink-to-fit jeans ($66 for both of them, btw), I have finished the first step in Levi’s suggested care steps: “Wear them as long as possible before you wash them.” I’ve worn a pair for six straight days. Now it’s time for the second step: “On the first watch, soak in a capful of Dr. Bronner’s soap for 20 minutes,” which I’m going to do in the bathtub. The hotter the water, the more they shrink.
Levi’s mentioned that it’s normal for the dye to color the water. What they didn’t tell me was that my tub would look like a Smurf was murdered in the tub in Cabin No. 1 at the Bates Motel…