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What happened to the classic men’s grooming routine?

It seems like most guys don’t care what they look like.

They scrape their faces with whatever cheap razor they can get their hands on.

They use the WORST shampoos and soaps to damage their hair.

Was it always like this, or did we mess up along the way?

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That’s what we’re exploring today. We’re going over how men in the 1920s groomed themselves…

And how things have changed.

 

Gents – I’ll get straight to the point.

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Yes, they even have natural deodorants.

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Contents

  1. Showering
  2. Shaving
  3. Hairstyling
  4. Nail care

 

1. Showering

The 1920s

The 1910s weren’t a fun time. The combination of World War I and the 1918 Influenza pandemic inspired a hygiene revolution in America.

All of a sudden, regular showers and grooming routines became commonplace from the 20s on.

What did the average American man have in his bathtub?

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Don’t be fooled – 10 cents was equal to about $1.36 back then. Still, that’s a great price!

The first liquid soaps were invented in 1865 by William Shepphard. However, it wasn’t until 1898 that it became common.

B.J. Johnson Soap Company introduced a liquid soap with natural ingredients. Palm and olive oils were major elements. “Palmolive soap” exploded on to the scene, making the use of natural oils normal for men across the country.

Shampoo was similar to body soap in those days. They both used natural detergents in order to cleanse.

Professional hairdressing was not substantial until 1927 when Hans Schwarzkopf opened the very first academy for hairdressers. Throughout the 20s, gentlemen relied on themselves to know what was going into their hair.

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Modern Day

Things changed in the 1930s when companies started bringing in synthetic ingredients

It’s a trend that stayed over the last 90 years, with men relying more on convenience at the expense of personal health.

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Modern men rely too much on harmful chemicals in their shampoos and soaps.

While the 1920s gent could expect a few simple natural oils on his label, today we are beset by endless lists of artificial chemicals.

A few common ingredients include Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which can damage your hair and make it frizzy. Parabens, while protecting the shampoo from bacteria, can also introduce minor hormonal imbalances.

Sodium Chloride – AKA salt – can dry the scalp and make it itchy.

Formaldehyde (a carcinogen), synthetic fragrances (hair loss)… the list goes on.

Part of the decline in the quality of men’s style is due to reliance on these chemicals.

Yet, there is hope…

With menswear experiencing a renaissance, more guys trending toward natural ingredients once again.

Sulfate-free shampoos,  silicone-free conditioners, and less shampooing overall to preserve scalp oils. This is where companies like VITAMAN come in and cleanse the competition.

 

2. Shaving

The 1920s

The safety razor dominated the decade…

People started to look for more convenient alternatives to the straight razor by the mid-19th century.

The first rudimentary safety razor came in 1847 by Willian Henson. The razor featured a comb tooth guard to protect the face. You could even attach the guard to a traditional straight razor.

it was in 1880 that we first see the term “safety razor” in ads by Frederic and Otto Kampfe, who operated out of Brooklyn, NYC.

Finally, in 1904, King Camp Gillette won the patent for interchangeable razors and was contracted to supply US troops with razors in World War I. It was because of WWI that the razor took off.

classic Gillette razors

The first Gillette safety razors were available in premium metals and came with disposable blades.

before World War I, it was common to go to the barber for a shave. American troops needed to shave by themselves on the battlefield. When the war ended, they brought their habits – and their razors – home with them.

They used shaving brushes (which were around since the 1750s) in the comfort of their homes. These came with boar, horse, or badger hair – the latter being the most expensive.

Shaving soaps in the 1920s were made with natural ingredients. The very first bars produced in 1840 relied on walnut oil and were supplied to the British armed forces.

They were characterized by the richness of the lather. The soap soon found a market around the world.

We do start to see a pre-lathered cream introduced in 1925 known as the Brushless Burma-Shave.

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Modern Day

Once again, men ditched luxury for low-end convenience…

Cartridge razors came about in the 1960s – now the most common razor across the world. These are made using various plastics such as polystyrene, polypropylene, and other resins that are cheap and easy to produce.

This often means you can throw the razor away once the blades dull. That starts to suck once you realize what it does to the environment.

Cartridge razors generate approximately one million pounds of plastic waste a year.

wet shave

Gents, it’s time to bring back the brush.

Cartridge razors rend to come with multiple blades (at least two). The idea is that the first blade hooks the hair while the second one cuts it. Fine in theory, but it makes the razor prone to pulling the hair and causing bumps.

One of the most popular shaving creams was released in 1919 by Frank Shields, a former MIT professor.

He developed Barbasol, canned shaving cream that’s still available today. This is what most modern men opt for as it requires no brush.

Let me ask you something – would you put propane on your face? It’s a common ingredient in canned shaving creams, along with Laureth Sulfate and synthetic fragrances.

Gents, we messed up here. We’ve forgotten the therapeutic benefits of a daily shaving routine, the healing properties of natural ingredients. It’s time we got back to basics.

 

3. Hairstyling

The 1920s

Brilliantine was the major hair product of the 1920s.

The product was first introduced in 1900 by French perfumer Édouard Pinaud and it soon spread across the world. Brilliantine is a fragrant oil used to soften men’s hair and give it a clean, glossy look.

It didn’t provide much hold, but it did allow men to style their hair in a myriad of ways.

leo in a suit

Here we see Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the Great Gatsby. He is rocking a classic side part.

A lot of guys opted for a simple, slicked-back look. This was the single most popular option for styling in those days.

Other styles included a deep part down the middle of the head – something we’d probably think of as silly today.

Finally, we also had the classic side-part.

What about different hair types? Men with curly and wavy hair could use hot irons to straighten it – though this was only common in the movie industry.

However, most guys let their hair bounce freely with a bit of Brilliantine to clean it up.

Men who couldn’t afford Brilliantine used petroleum jelly, which had been around since 1859. Though it functions primarily as a skin ointment, men used it to imitate their wealthier counterparts.

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Modern Day

We have a lot of options these days. Men can choose from at least 15 different hair product categories.

The problem is… you guessed it, synthetic ingredients.

To be fair, ingredients in hair gel are not necessarily harmful, but they can cause issues if mishandled.

If you allow too much buildup and fail to wash your hair appropriately, it can cause scalp irritation and dandruff flare-ups.

 

4. Nail Care

The 1920s

Patents for modern nail clippers start to crop up around 1875.

Valentine Fogerty was credited with the first US patent. The design resembled a circular nail file embalmed in a keratin clip.

By the 1890s, whole nail care sets were being sold. However, these tended toward a limited range of files and clippers.

Apparently, properly-groomed nails were indicative of a luxurious lifestyle. Nail care products were also part of the medical industry, rather than style.

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Modern Day

Nowadays, we have many more tools at our disposal.

You can get a complete nail kit for less than $15. What does the average kit come with?

  • Fingernail clippers
  • Nail scissors
  • Fingernail nippers
  • Nail files
  • Tweezers
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Nail cleaners

That means there are NO excuses, gentlemen!

 

Summary – Men’s Grooming Routine

A lot has changed in a hundred years.

Most of it for the worse.

We’ve abandoned natural, nourishing ingredients in favor of quick convenience.

It’s time to get back to basics, gentlemen. Your great grandfather knew what he was doing.

 

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If you want to master your men’s grooming routine, you need all-natural men’s grooming products.  Seriously, it’s the easiest way to look your best.

Head over to VITAMAN. They’ve got everything from natural shaving creams to skincare products that you can use to stay youthful.

Yes, they even have natural deodorants.

Say goodbye to the chemicals that irritate, dry out, and damage your skin. We used to use only the best ingredients – it’s time to get back to that.

Don’t know where to begin? The starter kits give you every tool you need to look your best – no brainpower necessary!

Click here to check out VITAMAN today!

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

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As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

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A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

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