Welcome to the Grooming Guide Holiday Edition 2022 featuring NIVEA Men and more brands, from me, with love at Beauty Buzz.
Now men enjoy self-care and can appreciate the wonders of skincare, easily including various steps in their own grooming rituals; to enhance their features, protect and invest in their skin and maintain its peak appearance for years to come.
Here is a little year-end, round-up of some of the best grooming products I have tried and discovered over the past year, hopefully these will make great gifts for someone you care for, or a great read or suggestion to any reader, curious for themselves.
Let’s delve into this Holiday Grooming Guide and enjoy the products together.
The Inevitable Shave
The art of shaving is one that men have been performing for millennia and it has evolved considerably over time, been highly influenced by fashion trends. However, one thing remains certain, most men, will at some point in their lives, take part in the act of shaving.
Perhaps this act will be rebellious, perhaps by necessity or simply by choice, the art of shaving is one that has endured, and its practice has been refined and upgraded; allowing all people the tools necessary to acquire a clean, close shave in the comfort of their home, without necessitating a trip to the barber.
If you enjoy a close shave, the kind you get from a sharp blade dragging along your skin and cutting the hair at the root, then you likely love either a good shaving cream, foam, or gel.
These products are excellent lubricants on the skin and often help to numb the skin somewhat allowing the tug and pull of the razor along the surface of the skin to feel like abrasive. I have been using these types of products for many years now and no, they are not made equal, here are a few of my latest favorites.
Deep Shave with NIVEA Men
This is a more recent try that I am loving, from the first time I used this product, I knew we were going to get along. The NIVEA Men Deep Shaving Foam with Active Charcoal is an excellent shaving foam that hydrates the skin and features Active Charcoal which is known for its skin purifying capacities and how well it cleanses the skin at a deeper level.
By mixing this great and highly trendy ingredient into the NIVEA Men Deep Shaving Foam with Active Charcoal, NIVEA has made a winning formulation that will protect and hydrate the skin and keep the area clear of dirt and debris, truly great for closer shaves.
Innovative Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin
I have spoken at length about both shaving products from the Sensitive Skin selection from C. W Beggs & Son, read about them, here. However, I feel they are worthy of a good reminder as both work brilliantly on more sensitive skin and help to minimize razor burn or any irritation from shaving itself.
I tend to prefer a foamy type of cleanser, so I was more naturally inclined to want to try the Senstive Skin Shave Foam by C.W. Beggs & Son, which I thought was incredible; I have since bought a few for myself as it truly is one of my favorite shaving foams ever.
However, the Sensitive Skin Shave Cream by C.W. Beggs & Son really impressed me, though it has a much thicker and creamier consistency it does such a great job at numbing my skin, it truly made shaving easier.
A winning, no-nonsense and no-fuss product, this will give you a close shave and help to protect and ease the skin during the shaving process, I can’t recommend these enough, you ‘ll love them and thank me for life, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Shaving With No Blade Touching The Skin
Many men prefer the ease of an electric shaver, allowing them to trim the hair growth quickly and without a blade coming into direct contact with the skin.
The Barber Shop Pro Series by Conair Metal Foil Shaver is an excellent little shaver that works fast, looks elegant and sleek and is easy to transport.
The Barber Shop Pro Series by Conair Metal Foil Shaver makes for an excellent gift for the perfect gentleman in your life or is an excellent option if you are searching for an electric shaver that will get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Beards Need Care Too
Beards and facial hair have been so mainstream, for such a long time, that it is hard to remember a time when most men presented clean-shaven faces. Beards are a natural way that a man can express himself through the growth of his facial hair, It is a fun vanity for them to indulge in.
Conair has a great beard trimmer on the market and I thought I would showcase it to you and give those bearded men a little more love and attention.
The Barber Shop Pro Series Adjustable Beard Trimmer by Conair is a great tool to sculpt, trim and shape your beard and stay up to date with current trends or specific styles you prefer, that speak to you.
The Barber Shop Pro Series Adjustable Beard Trimmer by Conair is the perfect trimming tool for any bearded beauty in your life ladies, and can be a great tool gentlemen, to perfect your face fuzz and seduce the world.
A Deep Cleanse For Your Beard
Any wise and sage beard owner will no doubt know, of the great importance of keeping the beard properly cleaned, as part of any grooming regimen.
The NIVEA Men Deep Face & Beard Wash with Active Charcoal is an excellent cleanser to clear out any impurities and dirt and pollution from your beard and the skin under your beard as well.
The NIVEA Men Deep Face & Beard Wash with Active Charcoal is a great cleanser to deeply clear out the daily grime we accumulate, this efficient cleanser will impress you as it keeps your face and beard super fresh, to get close and personal to spread some cheer and love.
Hydrating Your Beard With a Great Local Brand
Beard care has been all the rage as years of beard popularity has made these products a necessity for many a beard lover.
The Shaman Beard & Hair Oil by 7 Deadly Soaps is a stylish and natural solution to hydrate your beard or hair, not only will you smell divine, you’re supporting a local brand and artist.
Soaps, Suds and Exquisite Smells
7 Deadly Soaps also makes incredibly fragrant, organic soaps that are unforgettable and truly unique. An olfactory experience unlike any other, these wonderful soaps make great gifts and are made with some of the most nourishing oils found on the market today.
A Shower Gel I’m Loving Right Now!
2022 was for me the year where I rediscovered body washes, in particular body gels and cleansers and I am head over heels in love with the J.R. Watkins Sandalwood Vanilla Men’s Body Wash.
This amazing gel cleanser is gentle on the skin and super efficient at cleansing the skin without stripping it. A truly wonderful and slightly fragrance-d experience.
The J.R. Watkins Sandalwood Vanilla Men’s Body Wash comes in a generous bottle format, meaning that this cleanser will last a long time and leave you smelling fresh and a little, too delicious to resist, if you’re not alone.
Body and Shampoo in a Bottle
The Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser by Jack Black is the perfect gift for any man who loves to streamline his grooming time without skimping on the steps for a satisfying, complete cleanse.
The aromatic formulation of the Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser by Jack Black features Glycerin and Aloe Vera, infusing it with skin soothing extracts as it lifts away dirt, sweat and oils from the skin and the hair.
The Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser by Jack Black also comes in a huge bottle meaning this is a gift that will last for a long time, it also has a very fresh fragrance that contains Bergamot, Marine Accord and touches of Amber to invigorate and refresh the senses.
The Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser by Jack Black is an excellent cleanser that will be very happily received and will get used up with pleasure.
Gently Exfoliate to Reveal Smoother and Brighter Skin
Our skin is constantly assaulted by pollutants and dust, debris and grime can lodge itself deep within the pores of our skin and fester to cause problems.
This is why I recommend an Exfoliator, as this type of product is designed to cleanse more deeply than any topical cleanser; as it has exfoliating particles that help to dislodge deeply rooted grime and smooth the surface of the skin.
Savan Skincare have a beautiful bottle that will make exfoliating feel like a science experiment everytime. The Ultra-Gentle Physical Exfoliator by Savan Skincare is 100% biodegradable and is made from Cranberry Seeds and Apricot Kernels, simply add to your favorite cleanser and use it to gently scrub your skin.
The Ultra-Gentle Physical Exfoliator by Savan Skincare is delicate on the skin and will not feel too abrasive on said skin, it is a wonderful exfoliant to use on your skin, I love that you can mix it into whichever cleanser you prefer, simply genius!
A Hot-Ticket Gift-Set That Any Man Would Love!
CLINIQUE was actually the first skincare brand or product, I ever tried, many, many moons ago.
I recently reached out to CLINIQUE and have begun enjoying the high quality and the incredible thoughtfulness that is layered into their products. As I was looking at their Holiday selection I came across the following set, I think this one is a great value with a selection of truly efficient products for any man’s face.
The Great Skin For Him: Men’s Skincare Set by CLINIQUE for Men is an excellent value set for the Holidays that is quickly selling out at many retailers, and I can see why.
The Great Skin For Him: Men’s Skincare Set by CLINIQUE for Men features 4 of the brand’s most performing and popular products for men. The Great Skin For Him: Men’s Skincare Set by CLINIQUE For Men features the excellent Maximum Hydrator 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, a Charcoal Face Wash, a Face Scrub and a Maximum Hydrator Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate, all in one box.
This popular gift-set is a great way to introduce your man to the wonders of CLINIQUE For Men skincare.
Jack Black’s Got Your Lips Covered
The Moisture Therapy Lip Balm Mint SPF 25 by Jack Black is likely my favorite lip blam, out of all the many lip balms that I tested out this past year. It has the slightest minty smell to it and it spreads across the lips so smoothly and really coats the lip in a protective and hydrating sheet.
The Moisture Therapy Lip Balm Mint SPF 25 by Jack Black has an SPF of 25 meaning that it will also protect your lips against unwanted sun damage which is one of the main reasons we loose volume in the face due to a breakdown in our collagen fibers.
So keep your puckers nice and plush gentlemen, everyone appreciates a soft lip to kiss and the Moisture Therapy Lip Balm Mint SPF 25 by Jack Black is the perfect tool to hydrate your lips and pave the way to seductive, long nights of kissing and perhaps more.
Quality Eye Care For Men
Eye care is supremely important, especially in places with colder climates, as we are continuously hit in the face by high pressure winds trailing numerous bacteria and particles of dirt and dust in our eyes, which are parts of our bodies that are continuously exposed to the elements.
For this reason, I have been preaching the gospel of eye creams for decades and I have seen firsthand how much these hydrators can be of service to the fragile, under-eye area.
The NIVEA Men ActiveAge Eye Cream is an excellent under-eye cream to use to hydrate and help protect the area under the eyes.
The NIVEA Men ActiveAge Eye Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which will help to attract water to the skin, as it is an excellent humectant and good for water retention in the skin. This in turn plumps up the skin and makes the fine lines less apparent.
The NIVEA Men ActiveAge Eye Cream is a great stocking stuffer or product to consider if you’ve started noticing more lines around your eyes than you’re comfortable with.
A Snowy Fragrance For Sensual Winter Nights
Watier has been producing some of the our beautiful province’s most iconic fragrances for decades and with the immense success of Neiges by Watier, many had hoped for a male counterpart, to accompany the original classic.
Hommes Neiges by Watier has been a grooming staple for many years now. This beautiful fragrance has a sophistication that mirrors its sleek, elegant bottle.
Hommes Neiges by Watier has an intoxicating blend of exquisite fragrance notes, all expertly blended in a stunning, glass bottle. Hommes Neiges by Watier beautifully mixes the fruity accents of Mandarin and Bergamot, with notes of Cypress and the warm seductive tones of Amber and Musk.
I have been using Hommes Neiges by Watier for almost a year now and always receive compliments whenever I wear it.
Les Parfums Essentiel From 7 Deadly Soaps
Come On, Spray & Get Happy!
CLINIQUE Happy For Men is a fresh and joyous type of fragrance that is sure to lift spirits and energize.
The CLINIQUE Happy For Men is a crisp, clean and cool fragrance that features Kaffir Lime, Kalamanzi Fruit, Mandarin, Cedar, Mediterranean Cypress, Giuacwood and more.
The CLINIQUE Happy For Men comes in this great set, as seen above, which makes it a joyous scent to share, this Holiday season.
Thoughts For Reflection
Hopefully, some of these suggestions will be of use to you, or someone you know. Remember to take time for yourself and there is no better way t0 slowing down, then to take some time to give yourself some self-care.
It is a discipline that yields impressive results, as impressive as any gym and diet routine can.
On top of it, it’s a discipline that will always keep you looking your very best, as you put yourself out there in this wild world, we call home.
Enjoy your Holidays and spread the freshness around!
Until next year, stay beautiful fellas!
Lead image courtesy of NIVEA Men.
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