The Gentleman’s Guide to Grooming
January is a time to let your beard express itself. You’re wearing your shawl-collared cardigan by the fire, reading a thick Russian novel, savoring a bit of whisky. But just because you’re thinking distant midwinter thoughts does not mean you should leave your beard unkempt. In fact, at a certain point you must emerge from hibernation. Since you’re preserving your energy in the cold, you can leave the shaving and beard trimming to an expert.
Having your beard shaved or trimmed is a great pleasure. You can head to FSC Barber off the Bowery, which has a few ships and the odd antlers on the wall to recall outdoor pursuits. They’ve expanded into the West Village and Williamsburg, just follow the urban lumberjacks.
If you’re near Bergdorf Goodman you can head up Lexington Avenue to Paul Molé which has been around since 1913. You can’t get any more old New York.
Of course, you can also take matters into your own hands and do it yourself.
You undoubtedly have a razor but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trade up. Acqua di Parma has a smart razor and brush stand that you can use and admire in equal measure.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 is a mainstay, and for good reason. Their toner is what your face wants after it’s gone under the blade. And with no alcohol it doesn’t burn.
The Acqua di Parma Barbiere Shaving Collection has everything you need from shaving cream to after shave balm.
Jack Black Face Moisturizer is what you want after you’ve gone under the blade.
Eau Sauvage After-Shave Lotion from Dior is a still a classic scent. You’re ready for civilized mischief of the highest order.
Creed Green Irish Tweed After Shave Balm is one of the signature fragrances from the venerable House of Creed. It puts you in the mood of a black tie dinner party at a sprawling Scottish estate.
In the end, you owe it to yourself to put your best face forward.
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