There are plenty of things in this world that are out of your control — the weather, tax increases, your mortality — but what you can control are your perfectly-sculpted nails, with this Czech & Speake Manicure Set ($560). This handsome leather-bound set includes eight tools for maintaining your nails — slanted tweezers, safety scissors, nail scissors, nail clippers, a nail file, toe nail clippers, cuticle nipper, and a double-ended cuticle tool — each tool is finished in a matte black coating, and is hand-made in Germany. The kit comes with convenient slots and loops for each of your tools, making them easy to transport and store.
If you're looking for a distinct, yet subtle fragrance that you can wear just about every day, you should give Givenchy Gentlemen Only ($60) a try. It features top notes of birch leaf, green mandarin, nutmeg, and pink pepper, giving it an invigorating freshness that's immediately apparent. Middle notes of cedar, patchouli, and vetiver lend notes of woodiness and masculinity, hence the moniker. With base notes that combine animal-like musk scents and frankincense essential oil for a sweet, warm aroma, this fragrance has a manly smell that lingers without being overwhelming.
Whether you have a hangnail that you just can't fix, or you're particularly obsessive about the appearance of your nails, the Niegeloh Toplnox Manicure Set ($200) is the one for you. Manufactured in Germany from high-quality stainless steel, this set will last for years without tarnishing or dulling. Each set comes with seven pieces: two pairs of scissors, a pair of tweezers, a nail file, a cuticle clipper, and two nail clippers in different sizes. The whole set comes packaged in a handsome black carrying case with slots for each tool — perfect for storing it away without losing important pieces, or taking it with you on the road.
Get a little more mileage out of your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition ($190). More effective than your typical toothbrush, this one removes double the plaque, resulting in healthier gums and whiter teeth. The set includes a durable travel case for when you're on the road that also doubles as a USB charging station, as well as a unique charging glass that gives the batteries some juice while it sits on your sink. And with its all-black finish, chances are your roommate won't mind you leaving it sitting out.
Think of Tattoodo Tattoo Designs ($60 and up) as a sort of Threadless for the tattoo industry — it's one part open market for tattoo artists to share and sell their work, one part opportunity for customers to hire artists to create custom, one-off designs. If you know what you want, but don't have the artistic skill to come up with your own design, all you need to do is start a contest, set a budget, and artists will submit work for you to evaluate. If you find something you like, they'll send you the work to take in to your local shop. If that's not your style, you can browse hundreds of designs from various artists, purchase them on the spot, and go get inked.
Ideal for a crisp evening in November spent at your favorite bar, Encre Noire Cologne ($35) is a woodsy scent that begins with fresh piney top notes of cypress. Middle notes of bourbon vetiver add a cool, woody, leathery dimension to the scent, while base notes of cashmere wood and musk balance it out and add a seasonally-appropriate rustic element. Made by Lalique, this scent is created for the guy who isn't afraid to wear something bold and powerful, yet complex.
Even though inspiration for this scent was drawn from every facet of the whiskey production process, Hylnds Spirit Of The Glen Whiskey Fragrance ($180) won't leave you smelling like the crusty drunk at the end of the bar. Instead, it channels the deep distilling heritage of Speyside, Scotland (home of The Glenlivet), including the floral notes characteristic of its legendary spirit, the woody scent of aged oak casks and charred bourbon barrels, and the sweet aroma of wild pineapple weed. What you get is a unisex cologne that begins with the vanilla scent of wood, and finishes with the deep and unmistakeable scent of Scotch Whiskey.
Channel your late grandpa every time you engage in the manliest of morning rituals with the Jack Black x Muhle Safety Razor & Shave Brush ($200). This combination safety razor and shave brush takes shaving back to the old days, before razors had multiple blades, vibrating heads, moisturizing strips — and whatever other crap the big shaving companies cram onto a razor to try and make a buck. This classic shaving method helps prevent razor burn and bumps, will giving you a closer shave with less irritation. They feature tastefully-designed long blue handles, replaceable blades, and bristles made from Silvertip Fibre, so you don't have to feel bad about badgers losing their coats to give you that perfect coating of shaving cream.
Take yourself out of the bleakness of your Fall and Winter blahs with a subtle hint of Summer every time you wear Odin Roam ($135). The newest scent from the New York brand is unisex — just like the rest of their catalog — but it won't leave people wondering if you walked through the wrong section of the department store. It has masculine top notes of saffron and pepper, followed with middle notes of ginger flower and coffee blossom. At its base are coconut milk, ebony wood, and incense, giving it a complex scent that's as delightful as it is interesting.
Fight back against the damaging effects the dry fall and winter weather has on your skin with Kiehl's Ultimate Man Soap-On-A-Rope ($15). It's made with natural oat bran, oat kernel, and pumice, giving it an abrasive surface that works well to exfoliate dead, dry skin, keeping your skin healthy in the process. It also has a great citrus scent that's really refreshing on a cold, dark morning, helping get you moving when you'd rather stay in bed. The convenient rope helps you get a handle on the bar, while letting you hang it up in between uses.
There's probably no better time than early fall to commit to growing that carefully cultivated stubble of yours into a full-on beard. By the time winter comes around, you won't even need a scarf to keep your face warm. And with Beard Buddy Beard Wash ($14-$24), you can keep it looking clean and nice — no need to worry about your glorious facial hair repelling that special someone. This beard wash is made entirely from vegan, organic ingredients and essential oils that cleanse your whiskers while ensuring a moisturized and healthy face underneath. Each small batch is hand crafted in their shop in California, and comes in either a four-ounce size or a convenient two-ounce travel size (so your beard can even look great on the road).
Everyone loves the smell of freshly-cooked bacon in the morning, so it stands to reason that adding the smell of bacon to your morning shower routine could only make it better. With Bacon Soap ($10), you can do exactly that. Made from natural, vegan ingredients (that's right, no actual pigs went into this soap) like coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, and olive oil, it works up to a nice lather, leaving you feeling clean and smelling great. Each bar is dyed and shaped to look like a slab of bacon straight from the butcher, and comes wrapped in a burlap bag, adding to its rustic appearance.