No matter where you shop for your bathroom products, it seems there's at least three separate aisles stuffed with grooming "essentials" in every store. How to navigate such an extensive selection of oils, creams, gels and essences? Some sites will tell you less is more—to stick to one tried-and-true product, while others will note the importance of several different mineral extractions to keep you from turning into a wrinkled prune.
In situations like these, there's only one sure solution: turn to the real experts. Which is why, to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Birchbox, we've enlisted the sage self-care wisdom of Birchbox Man's Grooming & Lifestle Merchant, Kyle Bergman, to tell us, once and for all: what should we be using to have our skin and hair feeling its best?
Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash Traveler:
"I love a face wash that foams nicely and leaves my skin feeling super clean, almost to the point of dry after using (and before I apply moisturizer)," says Bergman. "Not only does this face wash do just that, but it's made with high-grade natural and organic ingredients that you can actually pronounce."
If you shave...
Harry's Truman Razor:
"I love the rubber grip handle in olive, and the new generation of this razor has a single blade on the head of the razor for closer, detailed shave spots. The durable, flexible handle makes it easy to toss into any dopp kit or gym bag."
Proraso Liquid Aftershave Cream:
"We don't carry a ton of travel-size aftershave products, but this cream from Proraso is too good to pass up, and technically meets the travel-size requirements at 3.4 oz. Super hydrating with slight hints of green tea and oatmeal, this is simply the best aftershave product I've ever used for my skin."
If you rock a beard or some facial hair...
Northern Fir Beard Co. Beard Oil:
"A relatively new brand, this 100% organic beard oil has a crisp, woodsy scent, and does a killer job hydrating a dude's beard as well as the skin underneath it."
All housed in the...
Tooletries KOBY Bag:
"Durable, waterproof, made from 100% silicone, complete with a rubber over-molded zipper, it’s roomy, leaf-proof, and incredibly easy to clean if one of your products' caps happens to be a little loose (we've all been there)."