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Valentines Day Guy-de

Whether it’s a Valentine’s dinner, a special anniversary or you’re finally meeting someone you’ve been chatting up on a dating site, chances are how you look is going to be at the forefront of your mind. You certainly won’t want a rogue spot or bad breath to let you down or knock your confidence. So here are a few points to keep in mind to help ensure that, when it comes to that special day, you’re always perfect…

Sanitary! I mean, this is a given isn't it?! We're not going to get into the whole thing about what causes bad breath but you should be brushing and flossing regularly. Luckily we carry Marvis toothpaste, which is one of those toothpastes that tastes and smells great at the same time. They suggest using it after every meal as to maintain a fresh breath throughout the day. It has a gentle fluoride-based formula which cleans and conditions your teeth. Cinnamon Mint would be our go to for Valentines Day.

Scruffy! Attitudes towards beards have changed massively in the last few years as their popularity has – like the whisker themselves – grown. But while women have warmed to them as style statements, many still have concerns about their itchiness and cleanliness. To make sure these beard-related fears don’t come between you and your date, simply practice a little basic beard hygiene. For starters, keep your beard clean and fresh by washing with a beard wash. Then, keep the hair soft and nourished with a little beard balm.

Smells! Forget what you know about perfumes – Laboratory Perfumes is all about the anti-fragrance. Suitable for any gender, their scents are inspired by the natural flowers, herbs and aromatic botanicals of Britain and beyond. Notes include Citrus, Cardamom and coconut as well as Juniper Berries, Veviter and Oak Moss. Staying with scents, given that daylight is scarce, instead of flicking on the light, try lighting a candle. If you're looking for something that not only smells good, but looks good on your mantlepiece, try the Brennan Michael candles and/or Diffusers. Candles make the home more inviting so whether you want your pad to smell of citrus, wood or jasmine, one of his five scents will have you captivated.

Style! You've secured your reservation, gotten the perfect gift, now what the hell are you going to wear? It’s surprisingly easy to leave this important aspect of a Valentine’s date to the last minute, but it’s worth bearing in mind that failing to dress for the occasion is not doing yourself justice. Whether you have a dinner date, movie date, day date or home date, keep your outfit relaxed but presentable. If you're going the chino and blazer route, try these slim-fit chinos from Bon Vivant. If you want to add a little formality to mark the occasion, consider introducing some neckwear from Cursor & Thread. Taking things a little more casual, start off with a solid pair of winter-weight fabric trousers such as the Outclass Wool Cargo Pant or a heavy pair of indigo selvedge jeans. Build on your base with a cotton, plaid or flannel button-down shirt and a knit to ward off the chill then polish your look off with a pair of smart boots in brown/black. Reminder, your aim here is to appear well-dressed and attractive, not upstage your date and make them feel uncomfortable.

What's The Difference Between After Shave and After Balm?

After Shave or After Balm? Tonic or Lotion? What's the difference?

Simply put, a tonic generally contains alcohol that works as an antiseptic to keep any cuts from becoming infected. It also works as a toner to close pores and tighten the skin (splashing your face with cold water post-shave will also close your pores). Typically an after shave tonic has a stronger fragrance, which appeals to men who want a subtle scent without using cologne. Many men with sensitive skin avoid an after shave tonic because they worry that it may itch or burn (think Home Alone). However, irritation can be avoided by choosing an after shave lotion which has no alcohol. After shave lotion is especially beneficial to those who suffer from dry skin or razor bumps because it hydrates and soothes the skin. Lotion has a more subtle fragrance than tonic, so it is less likely to conflict with cologne. It is also preferred by men who prefer to avoid fragrances on their faces.


The After Shave Tonic we carry from Crown Shaving Co. contains Bay Rum which is known for its moisturizing and astringent properties, helping your facial pores to close up, killing pimple-causing bacteria, aiding with dryness, and sealing cracks. Barber's Talc is known for reducing razor burns and skin shine, leaving the face smooth to touch.

The Soothing After Shave Lotion is a light non oily, non-greasy lotion that penetrates the skin quickly to calm and sooth newly shaven skin. The Glycerin calms and hydrates the skin while the Witch Hazel reduces skin inflammation and itching. The Jojoba oil prevents dryness and chapping while the Black Willowbark extract produces a calming sensation.