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.
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.
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).
Take your personal grooming routine back to basics with the Baxter Safety Razor Set ($250). This shaving set includes a double-edged safety razor, a genuine badger-hair shave brush, and a stand to hold both. The razor and the shave brush both have brass, nickel-plated handles, polished to a shiny finish, and featuring a pattern inspired by a vintage barbershop pole. The badger-hair brush perfectly distributes your shave cream across your face, lifting your facial hair, and letting you get a great shave every time.
Take care of all your shaving needs for the next month, season, or year in one purchase with Harry's Fall/Winter Truman Set ($20). This limited edition set includes a Truman handle, in your choice of seasonally-appropriate color schemes: ash fox, headily grange, nautilus captain, or woodsman. It also comes with three blades and shave cream — everything you'd need to avoid stubble for a month. Or, opt for a shaving plan and have blades shipped to your door every month, making picking up shaving supplies one less thing you ever have to worry about.
Shaving irritation — also known as burn — is a fact of life for most guys that rely on a electric razor. The Braun CoolTec Shaver ($200) aims to put that problem on ice. Literally. It's the first razor to incorporate Thermo-Electric-Cooling technology, cooling down as it runs, and using an aluminum cooling bar to soothe your skin with every stroke. Of course, it still needs to cut down tough hairs to be effective, and for that it has a three-stage cutting system with a SensoBlade that's designed to cut down hairs both short and long in a single pass, no matter which direction they're growing. Adding a touch of cool to the shaving aisle in August.
It's time to step up your shave game. Co-founded by one of the guys who started Warby Parker, Harry's is a new company that aims to shake up the grooming world, giving guys "a great shave at a fair price". Their launch collection includes two expertly-designed and super ergonomic razors ($10-$20) plus 5-blade replacement cartridges ($2) made by German engineers, and a special shave cream ($8) that's full of good vitamins and extracts. You can order all the Harry's stuff separately, or you can get everything in a set. Sayonara, stubble.
We all know that while there are many fine fragrances out there, few can begin to compare to the perfection of bacon. Now you can wear that scent proudly by working up a rich lather of Bacon Shaving Cream ($15). Crafted by the bacon masters at J&D's, this high-end cream includes moisturizers and essential oils to leave your skin feeling great and heat-activated aromatic technology to ensure that you smell like wonderful, glorious bacon for hours.
It's Movember once again, which means its time to get that two-week growth in check. Man's Face Stuff Moustache Wax ($5-$28) makes it easy. Handmade in facial hair mecca Portland, Oregon, it's weather-resistant, and comes in a variety of subtle scents — the tobacco and coffee infused All Nighter, Gin & Tonic, the crisp, cologne-inspired Stiff Breeze, the cinnamon-tinted Red Hot, and unscented for all you purists out there.
What do you get when you combine years of axe-making skill with a razor? Something along the lines of the Baxter Base Camp X Straight Razor ($280). This limited-edition razor features a Tennessee hickory handle produced by Base Camp X and a square point Hart Steel razor crafted in northern Michigan by artisans that hand grind, mark, and sharpen each blade. The entire package comes wrapped in a rolled pouch crafted from waxed canvas and oiled leather.
Tame your wild beard while coating it in manly fragrance with Tobacco Beard Oil ($70). This all-natural oil is made from jojoba, hempseed, and marula oil, while giving off tobacco and floral scents — perfect for making you smell like a pipe-smoking gardening enthusiast.