Skip to main content

The Man Shop Believes ‘Less is More’ When it Comes to Cologne

the man shop solid cologne
Image used with permission by copyright holder
“Damn, dude, you stink.” In the grocery store, on the bus, at work — don’t you wish you could just say it sometimes? Whether it’s body odor or a zealous slathering of cologne, any smell can be offensive without the right balance. We turned to the guys at The Man Shop — a fragrance brand affiliated with The Lodge clothing store in New York City — to give us some insights on scent, and how to do it just right.

The Man Shop’s idea of cologne is something “to complement a guy’s life and inspire confidence.” Motivated by customer feedback, the company created a line of colognes that are affordable, not too strong, and easy to keep on hand. The message is loud and clear: Less. Is. More.

So, let’s talk smells. A nuanced aroma is defined both by its ingredients and its platform. Instead of using harsh alcohol-based sprays — which require bolder odors and tend to evaporate quickly — The Man Shop colognes come in a solid or rollerball form. These designs are well-suited for an on-the-go lifestyle and are great for traveling, tossing in your backpack, or keeping in your gym bag.

the man shop solid colognes
The Man Shop/Facebook Image used with permission by copyright holder

The solid cologne is blended with natural shea butter, beeswax, and jojoba and coconut oils to create a lasting smell that doesn’t overpower. The wax block comes in a small, airtight tin, keeping the scent inside and sidestepping the evils of a leaky cologne bottle. Rollerballs are another great alternative to sprays, as they allow for direct application to the skin and lack a harsh alcohol carrier. Both platforms apply quickly, blend nicely, and offer a subtle aroma.

Now, the scents themselves. After testing colognes with their team, their customers, and their friends, the guys at The Man Shop created the following core scents and provided their best uses:

  • It’s Lit: Notes of coolwater, geranium, cedar, and amber. This is your social cologne for a barbecue, game night, or knocking back beers.
  • Wingman: Sweet and spicy with citrus, ginger, mint, cedar, and sandalwood. It’s the most active scent. You’d wear this after a workout or to freshen up between the courts and happy hour. It covers up the remnants of sweat very well.
  • On The Road Again: Layers of sandalwood, vetiver, agar, amber, and vanilla. It’s the world traveler, a sophisticated go-to for dates, interviews, or formal events.

Other scents include Well, Hello There (with hints of lemon, orange, bergamot, amber, and neroli); Five O’Clock Somewhere (tobacco, vanilla, and tonka bean); and Happy Hour (citrus, basil, vetiver, and rosemary).

If you agree that less is more, consider The Man Shop’s new line of colognes. The subtle scents could be the right fit for your understated style.

Hendrik Broekelschen
When not leading active travel adventures around the world -- believe it or not, it's his job -- Hendrik strives to be…
Mineral vs chemical sunscreen: Which one should you actually use?
mens skincare routine changes to make man in sunscreen

Even on cloudy days or days spent indoors, wearing sunscreen every day is a non-negotiable part of a healthy skincare routine. Not only can excess sunlight cause premature aging of the skin, but it's also critical to wear sunscreen to protect against various types of skin cancer. When choosing sunscreen, you'll find two main types -- chemical and mineral sunscreen. The mineral vs chemical sunscreen debate has been an ongoing one, as both forms of sunscreens have their pros and cons. Below, we'll dive into the pros and cons of each type of sunscreen to help you choose the best option.

Pros and cons of chemical sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens, often made of chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, or other similar chemicals, are absorbed into the skin when applied. This type of sunscreen is generally easy to apply to the face and body and absorbs UV rays that touch the skin.
Pro: hydrating for the skin
Due to the thin and blendable nature of chemical sunscreens, they are generally hydrating for the skin and can be added to cosmetics such as moisturizers, skin tints, or foundation products.
Pro: sweat and water resistant
Many cosmetics that market "SPF included" contain chemical sunscreens. People also like chemical sunscreens because they are quite sweat and water-resistant.
Pro: no white residue
Chemical sunscreens also blend well into the skin and do not leave any white residue. If you think back to the sunscreen you used as a kid, chances are it was a chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens have become more popular in recent years as consumers are paying more attention to the ingredients in their skincare and health products.
Con: not the best for sensitive skin
Although chemical sunscreens are easy to use, they are not always a great choice for those with skin conditions or sensitive skin. The chemicals found in this type of sunscreen can cause allergic reactions or worsen conditions such as melasma.
Con: chemical ingredients and environmental impact
In addition, some of the chemicals used in these products may be linked to cancer, as trace amounts get absorbed into the bloodstream. Another con to consider is the environmental impact of chemical sunscreen, which may damage reefs and other marine environments.

Read more
Why everyone is saying bakuchiol is the new (natural) alternative to retinol for your skin
skin

Expected to reach USD 1.79 billion by 2030, the global retinol market has been on the rise recently -- offering an easy and accessible way to achieve brighter, more youthful skin at home. Retinol works by helping to increase your skin's proliferation (creating new skin cells) and helps increase your skin's collagen production to help target acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and other common skin concerns.

Although many people find they have great success with retinol, it's not for everyone. Not only can retinol be harsh on certain skin types, but it's not always the best choice for those who prefer a more natural skincare routine or one that is plant-based. That's why many people opt for Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative. Below, we'll break down the hype about Bakuchiol and its potential benefits for your skin.
What is bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol comes from a plant grown in India known as Psoralea corylifolia. Also known as the "babchi" plant, this botanical extract has been used in ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practices for centuries. Recently, Bakuchiol has gained popularity in the skincare world, offering properties similar to those of the well-known retinol. Bakuchol extract is offered in many forms to add to your skincare routine, such as in serums or moisturizers. Sometimes, Bakuchiol is also combined with other botanicals, such as jojoba or rose hip, to help improve effectiveness.
What are the benefits of bakuchiol?

Read more
My 5 favorite (discounted) Tom Ford colognes in April 2024
Someone spraying a Tom Ford cologne on themselves.

When you buy a Tom Ford cologne, you get one of the best men’s colognes around. However, understandably, such fragrances come at a premium. If you’re keen to save money while also scoring some great new fragrances this month, we’ve got all the best cologne deals on all things Tom Ford. Once you’ve chosen the right cologne for you, dive into our highlights below to see the best Tom Ford cologne deals that are available this month.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver -- $122, was $235

Launched in 2009, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver aims to encapsulate the modern man’s spirit with timeless elegance. It has top notes of grapefruit which blends with the aromatic freshness of sage. There are also notes of orange flower, orris, and a hint of spicy nutmeg and pimento. Base notes of amber woods and oak moss add earthy depth which last throughout the day in a manly yet sophisticated way. For a more traditional and classic scent, you can’t go wrong with Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.

Read more