If you're the kind of guy who would rather spend his weekends outdoors — climbing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing — rather than hanging out at the newest club, the way you smell probably isn't top of mind. But at some point you've got to get clean, so you might as well do it with something made from simple, natural ingredients that won't dry out your skin — something like Sasquatch Soap. Available in a range of manly recipes, you can choose between pine tar, gold moss scrub, cedar citrus, cool fresh aloe, and more, each handmade to suit guys like you.
Sure, we should moisturize our hands more often — after every trip to the wash room would be a good start — but we're guys. We just don't. Sometimes that leaves us with chapped, red, gnarly-looking hands. And when that happens, it's a good idea to have a rub of Weather Ready Hand Repair Balm handy. This healing product includes natural oils, beeswax, Calendula extract, Myrrh, and Bentonite Clay, all of which combine to get your hands looking and feeling like normal in no time.
It may have been developed for the Swedish Military, but you don't need to be a soldier to enjoy the benefits of Hudsalve. Well adapted for use in cold weather and wind, this balm is great for protecting your lips, as well as your face, hands, joints, and feet. And as with any great multi-use substance, it's become popular for more than just skin protection, being used as mosquito protection, weapon grease, and even leather treatment. Just don't go looking for it in cherry or some similarly silly flavor.
Body washes, cleansing bars, exfoliating scrubs, moisturizing creams — come on guys, do we really need all this? After all, we're still men. So get clean like a real man, with Chiefs Pine Man Wash ($29). It's all you need for your morning ritual, with a smell like fresh pine, and organic coconut and olive oils for a lather that will get you clean without leaving you feeling dried out. It's also non-toxic, biodegradable, and made in the USA, all while coming in one of the largest bottles on the market (16 ounces). So ditch all those extra bottles cluttering up your shower, stick with the basics, and keep it manly.
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.
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.
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.
Don't worry — it won't leave your mouth smelling like beer. That said, Atlantic Farms Hops Lip Balm ($7) is made using that favorite of beer flavorings, hops. The process starts by steeping citrusy, potent varieties of hops in virgin olive oil, which is then blended with coconut and hempseed oils, as well as organic beeswax. Finally, the mixture is enriched with vitamin E, has its flavor added, and is then finished with finely ground hops to improve the texture and provide a hoppy finish — just like your favorite IPA.
Tired of your hands smelling like cucumbers, orange blossom, or whatever other feminine fragrance happens to be in the soap around your house? Pick yourself up some ManHands Manly Scented Soap ($6). These uniquely scented, handmade soaps come in amazing manly scents like beer, cash, bacon, bonfire, top soil, baseball glove, fresh cut grass, and muscle rub. The only downside? They're bar-only, so if you're looking for a pump soap to replace the liquid lavender by the bathroom sink, you're SOL.
We have no idea what it has to do with the movie(s) — other than the fact that the soap maker's husband is a fan — but True Grit Soap ($6) still seems manlier than anything you're grabbing off the shelf at your local Target. Ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, shea butter, sodium hydroxide, pumice for scraping away grime, and essential oils — several of the citrus variety — that give it its fresh, clean scent.
Let's be honest: we put our skin through hell. Give it a little break with Hudson Made Fancy Black Soap ($17). Hand poured and cut, each unique bar is made with natural volcanic ash and fresh, local goat milk, which gives it a high butterfat and protein content that's great for your skin. It's lightly scented with oils, so you'll leave the shower smelling good, and hey, it doesn't look too shabby, either.
Give yourself an extra boost out of bed and help take care of your face at the same time with Chiefs Energizing Face Wash & Alarm App ($17). The face wash is specially formulated to help wake you up with an ingredient list that includes ginseng, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary. It works in conjunction with the Alarm Clock App for Android, which wakes you up with one of a variety of sounds — or one of your own choosing — and can only be turned off by scanning the bar code on the back of the face wash, giving you extra motivation to leave the warm, fluffy fortress of your bed and step into the cold hard reality of morning.