The Archive

A collection of old and new posts. Some of my personal favourites that I'm not quite ready to let disappear.

Grooming for guys

Grooming for guys


There's very few guys that can talk about grooming with confidence (spoiler: I'm not one of them). I'm wanting to learn more about what we can use for our hair and skin and that starts now.


House 99

Neat cut shaving cream

Acqua Di Parma

Colonia Nomade set

Le Labo Fragrances

Hand pomade shea butter

Clinque for Men

Oil control face wash



Grooming is a complicated world. There’s a lot to learn and a lot of brands to get my head around. I’m asking more questions than I’m providing answers, but we’ve all got to start somewhere. When it comes to menswear I feel pretty confident in my own style and what I like to wear. As for grooming, that’s a whole different matter, which frankly I know next to nothing about.

So here I am, admitting to you that my grooming posts from here on out are very much a case of learning on the job. And before I delve into anything grooming related on here, I want to prefix any existing knowledge to my community after I shared this photo last week and Robin. If you want expert advice, I say go to Robin James (Man for Himself) who knows his pomades from his pastes better than most.

I’m wanting to incorporate grooming more because I feel like a lot of guys – myself included – aren’t particularly making decisions with considered thought when it comes to what we use on our face, hair and skin. Grooming for men is such a growing market, with new and exciting products coming to the forefront every day.

So, what do I value in a grooming brand? I think it comes down to making a positive impact on my appearance, being long lasting and on an aesthetic note, considers its packaging as much as its ingredients.

I feel it’s important to note that I feel that grooming, like style, is subjective. What works for one person, might not work for someone else. There are so many variables involved with grooming (i.e. skin types) that it’s more of a personal preference thing. What I can do though is share my thoughts on how it works for me, what kind of skin I have and then go from there. I also question the effectiveness of some products as well. What’s not to say your skin was just behaving well coincidentally at the same time of trying a new product? You really have to use something for a couple weeks before you can give credit to the product in some instances.

I’m fortunate enough to have relatively clear skin, with the odd scar here and there. At the same time, it’s quite oily and aside from my face, very dry. Overtime, I’ve accumulated various moisturisers, scrubs, fragrances and creams and now I feel I want to bring more of this over to the blog. *First things first, people say I need a grooming routine. Where do I even begin?*jbicon