Good grooming goes a long way to making a good first impression –
with the janitor or the Japanese investor. So, whether the buck stops with you
or not, you can still dress like it does. For a series of scents that just
might rival the view from that corner office, check out this nice selection of
aromas and products that scream “success”.
Stirling Shaving Soap, Executive Man (soap/splash): Now this one is a given, and not just because of the name. Stirling’s Executive Man scent is a takeoff of the infamous Creed Aventus, an Eau de Parfum falling within the “Chypre” family scent. A chypre is a combination of oak moss, labdanum/patchouli, and bergamot. With notes of apple, pineapple, and blackcurrant in the mix, this chypre is often described as a “smoky pineapple”. Paired with the incredible quality and value so many wet shavers have come to expect from Stirling, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge (soap/splash/cologne): One of Czech & Speake’s pillar fragrances, Oxford & Cambridge has top notes of bergamot, peppermint and rosemary, middle notes of English and French lavenders, and a base note of oakmoss. Though not overtly complex, this is a man’s lavender: a green, peppery, mossy lavender that shows its dominance inside the workplace or out. The shaving soap uses the impressively slick Valobra soap base to produce a slippery cushion to whisk away facial hair with ease.
Musgo Real, Oak Moss: Since the 1920’s, the base of this shaving cream has featured lanolin, jojoba oil, glycerin, and coconut oil to condition and comfort the skin during each shave. This scent features notes of clary sage, clove, oak moss, balsam, and incense for an equal parts classic yet modern accord. Use their body soap to freshen up in the shower and help soften the hairs before your shave.
Soap Commander Shaving Soap, Courage: Soap Commander began back in 2014 with married couple Darren and Carrie desiring to provide sustainable, skin-nourishing products to those who may suffer from various skin sensitivities. Courage has a complex accord of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, lemon, peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, peppermint, patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense. Though lengthy, the scent profile comes together to create one of the cleanest fragrances I’ve had the pleasure of smelling. Their soap base is very slick and nourishing after the shave, and their post shave balm is a great value. Hardly a pea-sized amount is needed to cover the face with a comforting blend of extracts and a touch of menthol.
Barrister and Mann Le Grand Chypre (soap/splash): Barrister and Mann is widely regarded as having one of the slickest, most comfortable shaving soap bases in the wet shaving world. Le Grand Chypre, French for “The large cyprus”, is a combination of bergamot, lime, labdanum, oakmoss, patchouli, rose, peach, frankincense, cedar and cinnamon. This is an incredibly complex, yet well-balanced scent. Paired with one heck of an impressive soap base, and you can have a shave worthy of a king every day.
Kent 113mm Pocket Comb, Coarse/Fine: Don’t be fooled by the small size of this comb. Kent has been one of the most highly-regarded men’s grooming businesses since the late 1700’s. Each comb is hand-sawed to extensively round the end of each tooth to make it comfortable on the scalp while styling your ‘do. And what’s best, is it’s compact size means you can carry around a great value brush with you if you need to restyle on the go!
Chatillon Lux, Gratiot League Square: An artisan based out of Missouri, Shawn crafts some of (what I’d consider) the most elaborate and complex scent profiles that tell a story of their own. Inspired by Charles Gratiot’s fur trade, Gratiot League Square features notes of leather, rose, clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, musk, bergamot, and amber. The complex sum of these notes evokes a very spicy, smoky, authoritative aura that is fitting for those looking to make a statement.
Castle Forbes, Lavender Essential Oil Shaving Cream/aftershave balm: Sustainably produced at the Forbes castle in Scotland, these shaving creams are almost unanimously regarded as one of the best performing shaving creams in existence. Pure lavender essential oil makes this a very elegant yet earthy fragrance. With this formulation, just a pea-sized amount is needed to produced a voluminous, slick lather. So, though it’s price tag may initially say otherwise, this is one of the best value shaving creams you’ll find, as this will last you a very long time. And why not finish the ensemble with their matching after shave balm, which contains witch hazel, aloe vera, glycerin, and hydrolyzed wheat protein to tone, regenerate collagen, comfort, and soften the skin after your shave.
Badrick’s LSB Bar: Bringing back the bar, this soap is elegantly formulated with shea butter, tea tree leaf oil, trichilia emetica seed oil, sweet almond oil to give you a one-stop-shop for cleanliness & moisturizing. Scented with an overtly masculine, musky, and smoky blend of tobacco and vanilla, this is a surefire way to help start your day with confidence.
Casual Fridays might have had their day, but there really is no replacement for a sharp dressed man.