male pattern beauty | a guy’s perspective on natural products

male beauty bloggersEditor’s Note: Introducing a new voice in the world of male beauty bloggers: Meet Sam, my boyfriend and the expert at giving me side eye when I take 40+ minutes to perform my evening skincare routine. In this new series, Sam gives his POV on various green beauty products. No fluff, no fuss — just a dude’s perspective on all these things cluttering up the bathroom.


Kim gave me some free skincare products, and it’s about time I tell you about them.

But first, I ask you to look past the fact that absolutely nothing qualifies me to write about green beauty. If it weren’t for Kim, I’d still be using Axe and eschewing moisturizer because my skin is oily and why would I need that?

But I also ask that you consider the fact that I can offer a perspective that Kim can’t: the male perspective. That’s right — I’m a man.

(Maybe not old enough to be a real man, but close enough.)

Anyway, from time to time, I’m going to share my thoughts about various men’s natural skincare products, and I won’t stop until:

  1. Kim stops publishing them, at which point I’ll go back to the unthinkable practice of performing basic personal hygiene without documentation or report.
  2. Kim stops giving me free products because let’s face it, good things don’t last forever.
  3. Views of my posts drop to zero.

I hope these reviews (ramblings?) — a small stain on an otherwise really nice and useful blog — help you help a masculine person in your life.

Let us begin.

Brickell Daily Strengthening Shampoo

When it comes to hair care products, I’m not what experts would call the “target market.” I wish I could’ve written this 10 years ago when I had a lot of hair.

<turns from computer and gazes out window, lost in a daydream>

Then again, I was also paying for shampoo 10 years ago. You win some, you lose some.

Anyway, I like this stuff. It smells like peppermint, lathers well and doesn’t dry out my scalp or hair.

Brickell Restoring Eye Balm

This is the first (and only and best) eye balm I’ve ever used.

Every night before bed, I touch the surface of the balm and then dab, dab, smear below and above each eye. It feels rich but not greasy.

And, judging by the amount in the jar and how much I use every night, it should last approximately 30-35 years. (Others might go through it faster.)

So it’s good, but is it necessary? In my opinion, if there’s a list of essential skin care products for guys, eye balm might be on it, but it’s at the bottom.

Ursa Major Essential Face Tonic

There was a time when I couldn’t name one thing a tonic did, yet this stuff claims to do four.

Not kidding — it’s right there on the bottle: “4 IN 1.”

It cleans, exfoliates, tones and heals skin after shaving. All this from a liquid that looks and feels like water. I use other products to clean and exfoliate, but I’ve used this tonic post-shave, and man is it soothing. I also like to slap it on my face before moisturizing to really crank up the hydration.

Think of it as an extender, like breadcrumbs in meatloaf. Plus, it has a faint Pine-Sol scent, in a good way.

So there you have it. Three reviews, expertly handcrafted by a non-expert.

Until next time (if there is a next time),

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