Best Men’s Deodorants & Antiperspirants

In this part of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, I want to talk about the best men’s deodorants and antiperspirants.

Did you know that your armpits can become immune to the ingredients in your deodorant over time and make them less effective? If you want to avoid having stinky and/or sweaty armpits, you, ideally, want to change your deodorant brand every 6 months. So if you’ve been using the same deodorant for the last couple of years, then it’s definitely time to switch it up and use one of the best men’s deodorants out there.

Before we get into the best deodorants, I want to over a few things, starting with women’s opinions about men and sweat, body odor and their deodorant:

  • Sweat, unless it’s excessive, is not a deal breaker.
    Just like men, we also get sweaty and since it’s a perfectly natural thing for your pits to be a little wet if you’re nervous or it’s hot, it’s perfectly fine.
  • What IS a deal breaker, though, is body odor. There’s no excuse for it.
  • When a man has chunks of deodorant in his armpit hair. It’s like dandruff on your scalp and just gross.

Deodorant vs Antiperspirant

There are very strong opinions out there about deodorants vs antiperspirants.

De-odor-ants help prevent body odor, which occurs from the bacterial breakdown of sweat. They don’t stop you from sweating, though. So basically they only help prevent you from stinking.

Antiperspirants, on the other hand, prevent your armpits from producing sweat, which is why people who sweat a lot prefer this over a deodorant. Aluminum is the active ingredient which blocks your pores so sweat doesn’t pass through. The controversy surrounding antiperspirants is that there have been claims that aluminum is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. On top of that, they also cause the yellow pit stains on your shirts.

So, unless you’re a heavy sweater, I’d recommend sticking with a deodorant over an antiperspirant.

Gel vs Stick vs Roll Ons/Sprays

It’s honestly all about your preference. Each have their pros and cons.

Gels are great because they go on invisibly, but the downside is that they can feel wet and sticky until they dry.

Sticks go on dry and some say hold off body odor longer, but the con is that they can leave little crumbles and flakes in your armpit hair and will leave white marks on your darker shirts if you apply them before dressing.

As for sprays and roll-ons, they dry in seconds, but may not provide the best coverage compared to sticks or gels.

When it comes to deodorants, there’s a couple of them that the Groomers I spoke with love and that also came out on top during our testing.

The Best Men’s Deodorants

$4 – Dove men+care Extra Clean Deodorant Stick

This is their clinical strength deodorant so it’ll provide 48 hours of odor protection and is budget-friendly.

$7 – Crystal Body Deodorant

It’s a mineral salt deodorant that will last you for years and is fragrance and paraben free. Dorian uses this currently and said it’s been great.

$5 – Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant

I like the unscented version, especially if you’re sensitive to fragrances, but they have other scents that you can choose from, as well.

$19 – Jack Black Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant

It’s a luxury deodorant, so the price tag is going to reflect that, but the quality of ingredients justifies the price. It’s aluminum and alcohol free and has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal ingredients to keep you odor free for 24 hours. Also, it has a really pleasant, light smell.

The Best Men’s Antiperspirants

$5 – Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant (Gel)

$6 – Dove Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant

$16 – Jack Black Pit Boss® Antiperspirant & Deodorant

$16 – Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant Cream

How To Shave Your Arms and Armpits To Please Women

As part of my Men’s Grooming Series, I want to talk about how to shave your arms & armpits to please women and be more hygienic. When it comes to your arms and armpits, women won’t necessarily notice if they’re properly groomed, but they will absolutely notice if they’re completely out of control hairy or full of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. So let’s talk about how to keep your arms and armpits groomed that most women will prefer.

Now, again, just like I mentioned in my How To Shave Your Chest, Shoulders & Back article/video – if you and your partner have a certain preference for your arm and armpit hair, then by all means, do whatever makes you both happy. And like I said, as well, there’s always going to be a minority of women who like the hairless or caveman look, but, in my experience, it’s VERY rare and for most women, is not a deal breaker if you’re keeping your arm and armpit hair managed either way.

To start, you’re going to need a good pair of clippers – especially since these will also be used in my other body hair grooming articles/videos.

$40 – Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Clippers #79602

I love and only recommend these trimmers by Wahl because:

  • This is what all my groomer friends, mentioned in the intro video, use.
  • Wahl has been around for a long time
  • Include a lifetime warranty (5 years on the blades, too)
  • Made in the USA
  • The kit comes with everything you could ever need
  • They’ll last decades with proper care

Arms

For a man’s arms, it’s not rocket science, you want your deltoids, just like your back and shoulders, to be bare or have very short hair, so you would take your handy clippers and use it with no guard and then once you hit your bicep and tricep area, you can use anywhere from a 1 to a 4 attachment on the clippers to your hands. I recommend a #2 attachment since it is short enough to allow some time for it to grow in, without looking too short and stubby at the same time.

Armpits

Now for your armpits, it’s very simple. And you want to trim them as well, because it can be a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria, and not to mention, can really gross people out by looking like there’s a bunch of spider legs creeping out of your pits.

So just like when doing your arms, use the same sized attachment to trim the hair to a shorter length. Make sure to run the clippers in all directions against the grain, since armpit hair tends to not grow all in one direction.

How Often

As far as how often you should be trimming your arm and armpit hair, that’ll depend on how quickly your hair grows.  When you forearm and underarm hair are properly trimmed, you shouldn’t let it grow than ½” more than the trimmed length.

That’s it – now get that arm and armpit hair trimmed, please!

Best Products for Men’s Hairstyles and Hair Types

As part of my Men’s Grooming Essentials Series, I want to show you the best products for men’s hairstyles and hair types because it really does matter if you’re trying to have the best hair and style possible.

Today’s article is part of a set, where I talk about the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth articles/videos for your specific hair type.

Just like I mentioned in my Shampoo and Conditioner article/video, if you’re not using the right products for your hair type, then you won’t be realizing the full benefits of them for your hair type, so pay special attention here.

Thinning or Fine Hair

If you’ve got thinning or fine hair, then lighter, matte styling products are made just for you. Products with shine will accentuate the thinness of your hair, so please avoid them at all costs.

Aside from a good thickening shampoo and conditioner, you should avoid most creams and gels. Stick exclusively to lighter products like mousses and texturizing sprays for your styling needs since they won’t clump your hair together or make your hair look wet – which, again, will accentuates the thinness. You can also use a thickening cream and blow dry it to add volume.

If you’ve got curly and thin hair, then you’ve got a unique problem of trying to keep your hair nourished without weighing it down with heavy products, so definitely stick to a thickening cream.

Thickening creams

$40 – Kevin Murphy’s Thick.Again Leave-In Thickening Treatment

You’ll spray the thickening treatment in your hair while it’s damp. What is so good about this treatment is that it creates a denser, more voluminous appearance by strengthening the hair at the root.

$27 – Living Proof Full Thickening Cream

Another fantastic paraben/sulfate-free product that you can purchase online. It also makes your hair look and feel thicker.

Mousse

$31 – Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

Super lightweight and will add a denser look to your hair.

Texturizing spray

 

$46 – Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

The groomers I spoke with all swore by this product. It’s part hairspray, part dry shampoo that creates fantastic volume and texture in your hair and absorbs any oil in your hair, which you don’t want. It’s not cheap, but it’s incredible and will last you a long time.

Hair Filler

If you’re thinning, you should also consider using fillers to give the appearance of fuller hair.

$57 – Topikk Hair Building Fibers

Toppik is the only hair filler that’s used by the hair professionals I spoke to. It’s absolutely mind blowing how well it fills in thinning areas and covers up any exposed scalp. Make sure to wash your hair before going to bed. Otherwise, you’ll leave dark spots on your pillowcases.

Curly / Kinky / Coarse

These hair types tend to have a lot of volume, so you don’t necessary need products to enhance the thickness, like your fine or thinning hair brethren.

You definitely want to stick to using creams, pomades, or oils to give your hair a little more weight to keep it in place and control frizz better.

Make sure to add product while your hair’s still damp and then let it air dry with whatever style you’re going after. You don’t need a lot of product, otherwise it’ll look very shiny and get weighed down too much

Combed Style

If you’ve got curly hair and want to go for a combed hairstyle, then definitely use a good amount of pomade, cream or oil to really weigh it down and make it more style-able. Then, hit it with a ton of hairspray.

Pomades

$24 – Saturdays Surf NYC Clay Pomade

It’s a medium hold, matte finish, and smells really good. It’s also water based, so it’ll rinse out easily. On top of that, if you’ve watched my more in-depth hairstyles for your specific hair type, Kyle Krieger, the groomer who joined me, recommends this.

$20 – Baxter of California Cream Pomade

For a good cream pomade, I recommend Baxter of California. It’s lightweight in terms of hold and will add a touch of shine to your curls.

Oils

Curly hair is always in need of moisture and adding oil to your hair after you take a shower and/or whenever your hair is frizzing or feeling dry will help smooth each hair strand and keep it nourished.

$10 – Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
$8 – NOW Organic Jojoba Oil

Creams

$39 – Oribe Curl Control Silkening Crème

Oribe’s creme does the 3 things you need for your curly or coiled hair: 1) It has avocado and coconut oil to hydrate your hair, 2) it defines your curls, and 3) provides enough weight to control frizzing.

$20 – V76 by Vaughn Grooming Creme

This product is both a leave-in conditioner and grooming cream so it’ll moisturize your curls while providing enough weight to control frizzing.

Leave-In Conditioners

Check out my Shampoo and Condition article/video. You can also use regular old hand and body lotion.

Straight / Wavy

For straight or wavy hair, you want a product with some hold, depending on the exact style you’re going for.

If you want a more loose, finger combed style, then a cream or light pomade is best.

If you want a more structured, combed style, then definitely a paste, clay or wax will work and give you much more hold.

The one thing to be very careful about is the different levels of shine these products will have:

  • If you want more shine, than a pomade is great, as well as some waxes.
  • For a matte (no shine) look, then it’s all about pastes.

And as for keeping your hair in place. Some men will use product and think that’s enough hold. Others will want more, in which case, you need to use a hairspray to finish it off.

If you have really thick, straight or wavy hair and want a sharp, combed style then:

  1. Get your barber to thin your hair out as much as possible during your next cut.
  2. Get the right haircut and length, as I discussed in my best hairstyle for your hair type article.
  3. Use a blow dryer to get your hair going in the general direction of the style.
  4. Use a little more product than recommended and really work it in and style it according to your tastes.
  5. Hit it with some hairspray to hold it.

Pastes

$21 – V76 Tex Texture Paste
$39 – Kevin Murphy Night.Rider Paste

My hands down, 2 favorite pastes are by V76 and Kevin Murphy. They both give you maximum hold and a matte finish. V76 contains both clay and beeswax, while Kevin Murphy contains just beeswax.

Hairspray

$16 – N.4 High Performance Hair Care Jour d’automne Mighty Hair Spray

This is a really good finishing hair spray that’ll hold your hair in place and doesn’t have that horrible hairspray smell that plagues most brands. In our testing, it didn’t clog your pores around your hairline in case you miss your hair and get some on your skin.

$3 – Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray

 

How To Shave Your Chest, Shoulders & Back To Be More Attractive To Women

As part of my Men’s Grooming Series, today I’m going to talk about your chest and back hair (and while we’re at it, your shoulders too!).

I want to start by saying, though, that if you and your partner have a certain preference for your chest and back hair, then by all means, do whatever makes you both happy.

With that said, – when it comes to your body hair, myself and a majority of women that I’ve spoken to, all preferred a trimmed look over anything else.

Now, of course, there’s always going to be a minority of women who like the hairless or caveman look (see video below for examples), but, in my experience, it’s VERY rare and for most of these women, is not a deal breaker if you’re keeping your chest and back hair managed.

If you’re naturally hairless, that’s perfectly acceptable – it’s when hairy men try to go for the smooth and hairless look that it goes wrong pretty quickly.

If you’re looking for me to discuss how to shave your chest and back bald, you’re going to be disappointed because that’s an unrealistic approach due to the side effects:

  • razor burn
  • ingrown hairs
  • itching
  • time commitment

Women don’t care as much about it as you think – to a point.

Chest

To start, you’re going to need a good pair of clippers – especially since these will also be used in my other body hair grooming articles/videos.

$40 – Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Clippers #79602

I love and only recommend these trimmers by Wahl because:

  • This is what all my groomer friends, mentioned in the intro video, use.
  • Wahl has been around for a long time
  • Include a lifetime warranty (5 years on the blades, too)
  • Made in the USA
  • The kit comes with everything you could ever need
  • They’ll last decades with proper care

Now that you’ve got the clippers, it’s time to get into how to do it:

  1. Trim before hopping into the shower so you can rinse off any hair that’s stuck to you.
  2. Use a 1 to a 4 attachment, depending on your preferred length. I recommend a 2 attachment (1/4″) because it’ll allow you to go longer between trims and it isn’t so spikey like a shorter attachment.
  3. Trim by going against the direction of the grain/hair growth. It won’t really work well going with or across the grain.

Stomach

While I’m talking about the front of your torso, don’t forget to trim your belly hair during this time, as well! You don’t want any line of demarcation, so use the same attachment as you used for your chest and trim whatever belly hair you have.

Stop at your waist, because below there will be a different topic for another day. 🙂

Back & Shoulders

There’s not a single woman I’ve ever met who said she thought back and shoulder hair was sexy – never once.

Luckily, you’ve got a 4 options, depending on the type and amount of hair you have on your back and shoulders.

1. Trimming

If you’ve got a little bit of back and shoulder hair that isn’t too coarse or thick, then trimming is for you.

I’ve recommended the ManGroomer to clients who are just in need of a once over every few weeks to keep it in check. It looks ridiculous but it works incredibly well!

$49 – MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver

This will allow you to closely trim the hair on your back and shoulders without needing to ask your partner or buddy to help you out. It’s a win-win for everyone, haha!

Pro Tip: Treat it as a back scratcher, rather than looking in the mirror and trying to use it. Just go up and down your back, starting at one side and going up and down to the other side. Do it a few times and you’ll get all your back.

2. Waxing

If you’ve got a little more than a sprinkling of back and shoulder hair, but it’s not a carpet, then you’re a good candidate for waxing.

You want to get it done every 4-6 weeks, but if you have an adverse reaction or get a lot of bumps or ingrown hairs, then it’s time to move onto the next option. Which is:

3. Laser Hair Removal

If you have an adverse reaction to waxing or you’ve got a lot of back and shoulder hair, then it’s time to call in the lasers.

It’ll take anywhere from 5 to 8 treatments every 5-6 weeks, but that’s the last time you’ll ever have to worry about it and my clients who’ve gotten it done have all said it’s worth it.

There’s one caveat, though. You can’t do laser hair removal if you’ve got light colored or super fine hair because the laser won’t pick it up. So in that case, look into trimming, waxing or the nuclear option:

4. Electrolysis

This is where each individual hair is zapped one at a time, and it works no matter what type of hair you have. It’ll be more expensive since it’s doing hairs one by one, as opposed to the shotgun approach like lasering, but it will work for everyone.

 

So that’s how to trim or shave your chest, back, shoulders (and stomach) hair to be more attractive to women.

EDC# 2 – The Effortless Gent

In this episode of the Everyday Carry series, I met up with Barron Cuadro, the founder of EffortlessGent.com, at the Todd Snyder store in New York to talk all about his EDC. Sorry for the audio quality – we put this together pretty quickly and hadn’t been to Todd’s new store yet, so we just had to roll with it. Hope you enjoy!

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

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The Best Men’s Sunscreens/Sunblocks

As part of my Men’s Grooming Series, I want to show you the best daily moisturizers with SPF as well as the top sport sunblocks for men.

On the most basic level, in your day-to-day life, you should be wearing a daily SPF moisturizer on your face, ears, neck and arms. If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time or participating in outdoor activities, then you should also be using a more heavy-duty sport sunblock from head-to-toe. Think you don’t need sunblock, even if you’ve got darker skin? Keep reading.

Difference between unprotected skin vs. protected skin

Take a look at this truck driver who had half his face in the sun and half in the shade throughout the course of his career. This is also how his face would look with half protected by sunblock, the other half unprotected.

Skin cancer is one of the easiest types of cancer to prevent and according to the National Cancer Institute, the number of cases are increasing yearly. It drives me crazy when guys don’t wear sunblock – especially if they’re my clients – because there’s nothing manly or attractive about sun spots, wrinkles, biopsies and chemotherapy.

I don’t care what your skin color is – sun damage affects everyone.

Before I show you my favorite sunscreens, let’s first go over some points to understand:

Use SPF 20 to 50

The SPF number indicates how long you can theoretically stay out in the sun before you burn, compared to your skin without sunscreen. So with SPF 20, your skin can be exposed to the sun for 20 times longer before it burns, but that’s in a perfect scenario without sweat and water washing it away. So don’t ever think you can go all day without re-applying sunblock if you’re outside doing extended activities.

Anything over SPF 50 Is Unnecessary

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and Skin Care Foundation, an SPF 30 blocks up to 97 percent of UVB rays and an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. So don’t think that the higher the SPF, the better it is. It’s a pretty arbitrary number after 50 that’s more used for marketing purposes than anything else.

Use ‘Broad Spectrum’ Sunscreens

SPF only measures UVB rays, but scientists have learned a lot about how UVA rays adversely affect skin and can contribute to certain types of cancers. You need a product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, also known as “broad spectrum.” If this isn’t listed clearly on the label, it isn’t a broad spectrum sunscreen and should be avoided at all costs.

Physical vs. Chemical Blockers

There’s still not a wide consensus about which type is better or safer for you in regard to cancer causing ingredients – the kind that absorb into your skin, known as chemical blockers, or the kind that sits on your skin, known as physical blockers.

Chemical blockers are more effective because they’re harder to wash or rub off, but they’ve been criticized for being pollutants that make their way in the ocean and large waterways.

Physical blockers are better for the environment, but less effective since they physically sit on top of your skin and can be rubbed off. Also, they can sometimes leave a subtle white film on your skin.

Best Daily Moisturizer + SPF

$28 – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20

This is hands-down the best moisturizer and SPF combo for it’s price. It’s a broad spectrum, chemical blocker that blends into your skin nicely. If you buy the 8.5oz bottle, it’ll should easily last a long time for daily use.

$350 – La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo SPF 30

This is the king of moisturizers with SPF. If your budget allows or you’re an older guy, DO NOT hesitate to get it. It really lives up to all the hype – goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, evens out your skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and protects really, really well, without making your skin shiny. Everyone of my test subjects that tried it loved it.

The added bonus is that it also comes with a powerful anti-aging night cream, which I go over in my skincare grooming routine.

Sport/Body Sunscreens

If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time, then you’ll need to use these sunscreens from head-to-toe and re-apply a few times throughout the day, depending on how sweaty you get or how much activity you’ll be doing.

$15 – Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+

This is, by far, the best sport sunblock. It’s pretty much bomb-proof and you’ll probably be whiter than you were before going outside.

The one downside is that it leaves a subtle white hue to your skin because of the Titanium and Zinc Oxide, but it works VERY well. I recommend getting this no matter what, and use it only your body if you want to avoid the white hue on your face and then get the face version, as well.

$19 – Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology, SPF 50

Absolutely fantastic chemical blocker that absorbs nicely into the skin, protects against UVA and UVB rays (broad spectrum), and has a pleasant light scent. They also sell this in bigger bottles, so it will last a long while for a great price.

$36 – La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen

Another really good sport sunblock that goes on easily and blends in perfectly and it’s not a physical blocker so no white hue. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, then this one is for you since it’s fragrance-free. They also make a spray version if you prefer that, but just make sure you rub it in after you spray it on. Check the video above at the top of the page to see what happens if you don’t rub it in.

Hope you enjoy!

2 Budget-Friendly Men’s Summer Essentials

Linen shirts and chino pants are 2 Men’s Summer Essentials that are also great if you live in a tropical, warm climate year-round. I more-than-briefly discussed them in my Summer Essentials Ebook, but since I’m about to leave on a tropical getaway (follow me on Instagram for all the fun), Dorian and I stopped by one of my favorite budget-friendly stores to show you what to get and why.

$20 – Uniqlo Premium Linen Shirt – white, light blue, light grey, and navy
$40 – Uniqlo Slim Fit Flat Front Chino Pants – navy, khaki, and white

Why I love them

  • Their linen shirts are super breathable, well-constructed, have a good, slim fit without being too slim, and they’re budget-friendly. What’s not to love? Be sure they fit according to these fit rules, though.
  • You can pair the shirts with chinos or shorts, either tucked or untucked and throw on some white sneakers, penny loafers, suede driving mocs with a casual belt and you’re good to go for casual or more dressy casual outfits.
  • The chinos have a fantastic slim fit (one of the best I’ve seen, actually) and I love that Uniqlo will hem them for free right after purchasing them in-store. There’s no other budget-friendly brand, that I know of, who does this. Be sure your chino pants are fitting properly before buying, though!

ASKAW 30: The Final Episode

It’s the final episode of my #AskAW Series! The team and I decided to move onto a better, more efficient way to interact with you that isn’t so rigid and repetitive like these episodes sometimes are, so we’re moving on to greener pastures. Subscribe to my email newsletter for the announcement of the next platform I’ll be using to interact with you. Thanks for all the support over the last 30 episodes!