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5 posts tagged "Harry’s"

Five Products You Should Buy for Him (And Steal for Yourself)

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Forget the tie and invest in some grooming goods that will benefit him (and beautify you). Nothing says “I love you” or “Thanks for being there, Dad” like stocking his bathroom with lotions and potions you can snag later. Here, five guy-friendly finds both sexes will enjoy. (We suggest giving the old man at least a day or two to enjoy his new fragrance or face scrub before you poach it for your powder room.)

Harry’s Father & Son Shave Set

One distinctive memory I have from childhood is watching my dad shave before work and being surrounded by the scent of Barbasol. This duo—which includes an engravable aluminum Winston razor for the big kid in your life and a toy version for any active tot—will build memories and buy you five precious minutes to yourself.

$30, harrys.com

Baxter of California Facial Scrub

This gritty blend of walnut powder, chamomile, honey, and lavender smells like sweet almond and keeps skin smooth. Tell Dad to use it before shaving to prevent ingrown hairs from forming.

$17, baxterofcalifornia.com

Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Refreshing Shine Control Spray Toner

Spritz this menthol-infused toner for an instant cooling sensation and a mattifying effect. He’ll love the refreshing scent and you can use it to set your makeup.

$20, kiehls.com

Anthony Logistics Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub

Perfect post-workout, this allover exfoliator eliminates rough patches via sea salt and soothes care of sea kelp and aloe.

$28, anthony.com

Krigler America One 31 Eau de Parfum

Worn by John F. Kennedy and favored by Ivy League fraternities, this blend of cedar, black pepper, vetiver, and mandarin is what a leader smells like.

$305, krigler.com

A Boy and His Bouquet: A Man Reveals the Secrets to Great Skin (and a Mother’s Day Gift for Procrastinators)

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I am obsessed with flawless skin—and stealing secrets from those blessed individuals who have it. One of the facades I continually admire (aside from Rihanna’s) actually belongs to a man. His name is Daniel Tyson, and as a beauty publicist he knows a thing or two about lotions and potions (his regime rivals that of the women in Korea, who, on average, incorporate twenty-seven steps into their routines). The only other peaches-and-cream complexion I’ve seen on a male that could match Tyson’s belongs to my almost-2-year-old nephew. But great skin isn’t his only God-given attribute—he can whip up a flower arrangement faster than a bodega (and trust me, it doesn’t include baby’s breath). Come Saturday and Sunday, Tyson will be stationed outside of Harry’s Corner Shop (located at 64 MacDougal Street in NYC’s Soho), crafting bespoke bouquets for the deserving mother in your life that you forgot to shop for. For guys who need a clean-shaven face to please Grandma and a gift, this weekend collaboration between Harry’s and La Fleur Garçon (Tyson’s side business) offers both; flowers will be on sale (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday), for $20 with an in-store purchase and $30 for those just passing by. If you’re lucky, Tyson might even share a beauty tip or two. Here, he reveals the lessons he learned from his mama.

What are the best beauty secrets your mom shared with you? Did she start you on a skincare regimen?

So it’s funny, my mother is a Mary Kay director and now beauty junkie. Like mother, like son? She didn’t teach me about my skincare regimen, but recently she introduced me to a cleansing brush [Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush], and I have to say it is amazing! I use it every other day and it has nearly nixed all my breakouts. It’s also great for men because it helps prevent ingrown hairs after shaving—something I’ve always had a problem with.

Did you literally come out of the womb with that complexion?

No, I definitely did not come out of the womb with my current complexion—minus my perfectly blushed cheeks, which I can only explain as a result of genetics! I have experimented with many products and routines over the years, finally landing on [one] that works for me. I have a nine-to-twelve-step process, starting with a cleanser, then toner, face oil, eye cream, serum (sometimes two), moisturizer, spot treatment, BB cream, and a concealer for minimal cover-ups. What I have come to realize is that the routine is very important. I often change the specific products I use daily depending on my skin’s needs (i.e., an anti-redness serum might replace my hydrating serum for the day), but I always complete the same steps every morning and night.

I start first by cleansing my face. I absolutely love Dr. Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam (I use it every night), but it was just discontinued…super depressing. Another cleanser I use is the Darphin Purifying Foam Cleanser with Licorice. It’s very light and refreshing but effective. When I shave I use Harry’s Winston Razor and Shave Lotion; they’re priced right and provide a clean, smooth shave. I live for Darphin’s face oils and serums—my favorite is the Tangerine Face Oil and Hydraskin Serum. Dr. Jart+ also makes an amazing Time Returning Serum, which I apply every night. It has snail mucin that supports natural regeneration of damaged skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I have two go-to spot treatments; daytime I use Mary Kay’s Acne Treatment Gel, and at night, Darphin’s Aromatic Purifying Balm—it reduces irritation and redness overnight, a true miracle worker! For BB’s, I only use Dr. Jart+ and I am obsessed with [the brand's] Water-Fuse BB Cream. But one of my favorite products and the secret for glowing skin is Sisley’s Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care—an amazing self-tanner that enhances the skin’s natural-looking glow, without leaving streaks. In addition to all this, I drink at least three liters of water per day. Hydration is key to healthy skin!

How did you get into arranging flowers?

My grandmother and mother used to always keep a garden and I loved picking the fresh vegetables. We also planted flowers every season and this is how I learned to appreciate and care for them. My mom was also always a supporter of my creativity—starting early with my painting. I always enjoyed playing with color, and at a young age I realized all the amazing colors in nature. About four years ago I started playing with flower arranging for various events, and it was a hit. I find it relaxing, inspiring, and a wonderful creative outlet.

What are you giving your mom this year?

My favorite alternative to a floral arrangement is a Diptyque candle. My mom’s favorite is Roses.

What is the key to crafting a Mother’s Day bouquet that doesn’t look like you bought it last minute outside the corner deli?

The flower choice and color. My favorite flower is sweet pea—some have amazing two-toned color that I find irresistibly beautiful. For Mother’s Day, I like pastel roses because they are soft, feminine, and regal. I also suggest splurging a little and purchasing beautiful and feminine flowers, like roses or pink peonies; think of them as the foundation for the bouquet, the most important part. Then add simple greens and small pops of complementary colors. Remember, simplicity, especially in nature, can be beautiful, so don’t feel the need to overdo it.

Then again, I’ll likely take the easy way out and allow you to make something with love.

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Harry’s Keeps The Downtown Set Looking Sharp

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Harry's The Corner Shop

There are few guys that understand the luxury of a hot shave, but Harry’s, a grooming company that set out to provide stylish, well-crafted razors at reasonable prices, is determined to bring back the barbershop experience. There is something to be said about the badass-ness of a straight razor—letting a person wield a sharp blade over your bare neck is intrinsically dangerous and can be potentially lethal. And on the quiet, neighborhood-y MacDougal Street in Soho, you’ll find that this American pastime is alive and well at The Corner Shop. The intimate, 300-square-foot space boasts two refurbished 1920s Koken barber chairs—along with a well-edited selection of products (ranging from $6 Hanes tees to Makr leather goods). Naturally, Harry’s razors and shave cream are also available for purchase. Hanging on the walls are framed pages from retro barber catalogs picked up in Harlem, and at the far end of the space, a record player spinning vinyls by bands who recorded in New York City. The staff is equally legit: You could say Duval Lawton has razor-wielding talent in his blood (both his father and grandfather cut hair in Jamaica), and Matthew Wire spent over a decade in California tending to Hollywood’s leading men. And for today’s modern gent, there is convenient online booking and in-house iPads used to record photos and details (like the type of clipper guard used) each time a customer gets a trim. I for one appreciate a well-kept man who lives on the edge and fully understands the perils of stubble.

The Corner Shop, 64 MacDougal Street, New York, NY, (646)-964-5193; www.harrys.com

Photo: Courtesy of Harry’s

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

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Harry's Razors

When it comes to hair removal, the market gets creative in order to appeal to the female demographic—there are glittery handles, sweetly scented razor cartridges, and flashy cans of shaving cream. Men, however, get the smooth-skin technology minus all the bells and whistles. Harry’s, a company created by one of the co-founders of Warby Parker, Jeff Raider, and Andy Katz-Mayfield, a college chum, saw a gap in the category and filled it with high-quality razors (with blades designed by German engineers) and modern, ergonomic handles at a fair price in rich colors (like nautilus blue, olive, and total orange) and sleek, aircraft-inspired aluminum. Now the boys are launching a seasonal collection, which made its online debut today, reminiscent of worn-in flannel, “dusty sleeves of Zeppelin records,” and whiskey-enhanced weekends spent in tents. The limited-edition, two-tone handles will certainly brighten up any man’s medicine cabinet, but it’s the photos from Harry’s very first lookbook that piqued my interest. While our own deputy editor, Matthew Schneier, wonders if you really need to lather up before chopping down a tree, I find the cheeky images of guys grooming in precarious places so much more entertaining than the traditional campaign featuring a shirtless male model—white towel wrapped around waist—caressing his freshly shaven face. And while I’ve always loved not camping, suddenly the thought of spending time surrounded by Mother Nature (and these mountain men) doesn’t seem so bad.

Photo: Courtesy of Harry’s

Making The Blade

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The rise of the disposable razor industry has been so wildly astronomic that the so-called “razor-and-blade model” is actually taught in business schools. In short: Sell the razor cheaply and keep ‘em coming back for the blades. That’s meant a boom for consumer product companies, but it hasn’t necessarily led to great products—which is where the idea for Harry’s came from. Following a good old-fashioned bad consumer experience, founder Jeffrey Raider wondered, “How could I do it better?” With a fair bit of experience undercutting giants to offer products inexpensively directly to consumers (Raider, along with a few Wharton classmates, was behind the eyewear line Warby Parker), he came up with a new model: Offer razors, blades, and shave cream—for men, to start, with women on the horizon (although Raider notes that research indicates 30 to 50 percent of women use men’s razors anyway)—appealingly packaged, affordably priced, and, at least in this tester’s experience, as good or better than anything easily available on the market (although those shave connoisseurs who can detail the fine points of a straight-razor shave, and pit Freemans barbers against Blind Barbers and so on, would likely have plenty to add to the conversation). Harry’s handles, in chrome-plated Winston ($20) and plastic Truman ($10), are heavier than most for a better fit in the hand, with a rounded base to provide a better pivot, a hinged head for razor mobility, and a “saddle” to rest your finger on for better motor control. Five-blade steel heads, produced by a German company with 90 years behind it, will cost $2 (less for larger orders). And Harry’s paraben- and sulfate-free cream contains the requisite list of botanicals (coconut oil, cucumber, peppermint, licorice root, et al.) to sooth skin while prepping it for a close shave. I found it a little less foaming than I’d have liked, but for $8 a tube, I can live with that. Will Harry’s enjoy Warby-like success? (The latter just got a $41.5 million investment, and is said to be in talks with Google to design its Google Glass; Raider still sits on its board.) That remains to be seen. But I, for one, have a new razor—and they’ve got a new client for blades.

Available March 2013 at www.harrys.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Harry’s