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Ah, men’s toiletries. So simple. 

Let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we? Here’s what I carry.

 

1. Axe Hair Paste

Normally I steer clear from Axe products. They’ve got a bad reputation because they’re associated with Jersey Shore dudes who pump their fists and order more Jager bombs. This paste is pretty cool though because it doesn’t make it look like you’ve put Elmer’s glue in your hair and holds pretty much all day long. 

2. Downtown Barber Beard Oil

I wish I could take a bath in this stuff. I was first introduced to it when I got a haircut and beard trim in Stillwater, Oklahoma of all places while we were roadtripping across the U.S. I got an excellent haircut and beard trim, and then afterwards she put in some of this beard oil. Beard oil? What is that, some sort of hipster growth hormone? Am I going to start feeling the desire to wear shorts with a bro tank and scarf? Thankfully, that didn’t happen. But like I said, the way this oil smells will make you immediately want to go split some firewood or tackle a bear for fun. It comes from London, but the only way you can get this is through Downtown Barber. I love it so much, I’m plugging them for free!

3. Old Spice Deodorant

I’ve used Old Spice deodorant for the last several years and tend to stick with them. Gotta keep the pits smellin’ fresh, know what I mean?

4. Manufaktura Beer Cologne.

You read that right, beer cologne. This is a very popular brand from the Czech Republic, and Shelly was the first to turn me on to them. It’s got an awesome, manly smell and is unique from anything else you’ll smell. 

5. Teeth Stuff

Gotta have a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Can’t go around having yellow choppers, now can we? The toothbrush is another thing I picked up while in the Czech Republic. Shelly absolutely loves hers and picked up like a dozen of them. I like it just fine, too. 

6. Nail Clippers

Just some nail clippers. 

7. Beard Trimming

I don’t like to bring my electric shaving kit whenever I travel by backpack, especially to foreign countries. It’s too much of a hassle sharing an adaptor with that, and my phone, and my computer, etc. Instead, I opt for some small scissors and a tiny little comb. There’s nothing worse than getting that little rebellious hair that decides it wants to play in your nose or ears today. 

8. Beard Comb

I found this guy at a Target in Seattle. I was needing a small brush because my beard was getting out of control and this helped tame it. Also, it feels amazing to brush your beard. 

9. Ear Plugs

You’re gonna need some ear plugs if you ever want to stay in a hostel. It’s just a fact of life, it will be noisy. And when you’re staring at the ceiling at 4am as people finish up their drinking at the bar below, you’re going to thank me when you have some ear plugs. 

10. Manufaktura Beer Shampoo

If you visit the Czech Republic, it’d be a good idea to stock up on some Manufaktura Beer Shampoo. It’s hard to actually describe the way this stuff smells, but I like to think that the angels in heaven use it. 

 

Last day on the Appalachian Trail, day 168. September 2012.
Last day on the Appalachian Trail, day 168. September 2012.

 

 

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One comment on Men’s Products

  • Westly Smith

    I’ve never heard of beard oil before! It sounds like a great way to make your beard look how you want. I’ve been growing out my beard for about a year, and I would love this stuff. I like how you mention that it smells good as well. I’m going to try it!

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