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What’s the Deal With Shaving Brushes?

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Of all the instruments we use to keep ourselves groomed, few are as mysterious as the shaving brush. To the untrained eye, they might look like that weird fluffy thing…

Grooming

Grooming Alert: Portland General Store

These days, smaller and local is better, and grooming lines are starting to follow that whole ethos. One such company is Portland General Store, which was founded by Lisa Brodar and Troy Tyler in 2007, and...
produces all-natural, small-batch products in Portland, Maine. Here they discuss how they came up with the idea for Portland...

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An Affordable Men’s Grooming Kit

Sometimes it’s essential to shake things up. Grooming is one of those essential things (or at least rolling out of bed to take a shower once in while). We found this super affordable grooming sample box...
with a terrible name. Dare we say it … the Glossybox. And to be fair the company usually caters to women....

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Steer Clear From Pimples and Blemishes

ACNE - it’s not just a brand -, it’s a real life issue. Even as adults, mild acne, blemishes, and pimples can pop up at any given moment – especially under stress. And they always seem to...
drop by at the worst times – like right before that interview, or the day of a special...

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The Five Top Fragrance Picks From Elements

This one is for those of you who are looking for a fragrance that stands out from the sea of scents you can find at the department store. The Manual visited the most recent edition of Elements to find five...
colognes that you should get your nose on. Aperture Ulrich Lang This new scent by...

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Manready Mercantile’s All-American Grooming

First a guy is making candles in small batches on his apartment stove and suddenly a business is born. That’s exactly how the curated goods site,  Manready Mercantile burst onto the scene. Founder...
Travis Weaver began his experimentation using all-natural ingredients and then went on to develop additional products. Most of the grooming items are...

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Feel Good Friday – Every Man Jack

We are big fans of natural and organic products but we also know they can hit the wallet harder than a hippie hits a bong. That is why we are fans of Every Man Jack. Based in Marin Country, California the...
line offers products that contain only naturally derived ingredients. No parabens, no phthalates, no...

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Get Blinded By The White

We all want perfectly white teeth, but sometimes obtaining those pearly whites can present a challenge. Not all products work as well as they say they do – so The Manual did some investigative...
reporting to figure out which products won’t burn a hole in your pocket (or your enamel). For those of you who...

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The Best Haircut for Your Face Shape

The time has come for a haircut once again, and you’re unsure of what to ask for at the barber. Maybe in the 4-6 weeks it’s been since your last trim, you spotted a celebrity or friend with the...
style you want. But before taking that photo to your stylist, it’s best to find out...

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Beard Trimming Tips

Having a beard reflects a certain serenity to your life—avoiding the daily ritual of shaving is, after all, one reason to let the follicles on your face flourish. And true, being bearded requires a lot...
less upkeep than being clean shaven, but still, unless you’re on Duck Dynasty, you’ve most likely got a job that...

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Dove Debuts “Expert Shave” Products At Pop-Up Barbershop

It seems that everyday there’s a new hipster men’s grooming line coming out of places like Portland, Austin, or, obviously, Williamsburg. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that trend, but...
sometimes we want to save our green for other things (Cutty Sark hot toddy, anyone?). So, we were pretty thrilled to check out the debut of Dove’s Men+Care...

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Just Launched: Tom Ford Grooming

Tom Ford doesn’t exactly skew with our readers per se. His line can be a bit OTT for our tastes, but when we saw he launched a grooming line, we were intrigued. There isn’t another major designer who...
has launched a men’s line since 2006 (that was Jean-Paul Gaultier). Warning, this line is pretty pricey,...

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The Manliest Cologne

The manliest cologne isn’t necessarily made from tobacco, wood, whiskey or even motor-oil (yup, it exists). Though all fine, the true measure of a manly cologne goes much deeper than the  business...
of fragrance (itself a word unbecoming of manly men). We’re talking about build, gentlemen. As in a solid cologne; no dainty sprays, messy...

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