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Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set Review + A GIVEAWAY!

Every gent needs a good shaving system as some point in his life. I recall the days when I first started shaving and struggled with nicks, cuts and just using whatever the cheapest shaving products was out there. As the years have gone by, and I’ve been exposed to a wider variety of product choices, I’m glad that I’ve been able to try Van Der Hagen’s line up from time to time.

Shaving soap is something I’m still not all that familiar with, as I’ve mostly tried out gels and creams, however there is something to be said to using a tried and true method like the Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set.  It comes complete with a shaving brush and soap which is housed within a nice ceramic bowl.

After washing your face, and exfoliating which I recommend, you wet your shaving brush with warm water, lather up the soap in the included bowl and then brush your face in a gentle circular motion. This part is important, especially for gents with curly or coarse hair types. Applying shaving soap in a circular motion will help lift those stubborn hairs reducing irritation and nicks.  From there, you shave as normal.

The Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set is affordable at about $13.99, which means it works as gift for anyone, especially someone who may not have used a brush or shave soap before. It’s a great value.

My only qualm about the product is that, at times, the brush sheds a few hairs, which can trip you up at shaving time so be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, the set presents an affordable and quality option for gents looking forward to having a better shave without breaking the bank.

I’ve also teamed up with the folks at Van Der Hagen to bring you the opportunity to win a shaving set for Father’s Day! Enter in the widget below for your chance to win. Winners must be U.S. residents and one winner will be chosen one week from today, on June 5.  Good luck!

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Old Spice Hydro Wash Giveaway!

Disclosure: This content was sponsored by Old Spice, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on the new Old Spice Hydro Wash. From there you might have gleaned that I’m a fan of the product. So much so that I have steadily been using these new washes for a couple months now.

Here’s the skinny on Old Spice Hydro Wash:

  • Hydro Wash offers superior hydration with over 20% hydro-moisturizing complex.
  • Features Old Spice’s proprietary “dual stream” formula, keeping moisturizers and cleansers separate so that the moisturizers don’t wash away with the lather before hydrating the skin.
  • Thicker and richer lather means less product down the drain, resulting in a better overall shower experience that leaves skin feeling hydrated and clean.
  • Debuts in NEW Steel Courage scent. Old Spice’s daring new scent is assertive yet laid-back, combining the energizing top notes of pineapple and warm rum with a mid-note of intoxicating clove, crisp pepper and sage. Hints of sandalwood and warm amber add a balanced finish. SO GOOD!

Today I’m happy to share with you that I’ve teamed up with Old Spice to host as giveaway of their Old Spice Hydro Wash “Power Shower” Pack!

In this pack you will get the following:

  • *New* Old Spice Hydro Wash – Combines ultra-superior hydration with Old Spice’s long-lasting, masculine scents. Guys, you’re smellcome. (Enjoy in new Steel Courage scent, plus popular scents Live Wire and Pure Sport Plus.)
  • Old Spice Shower Speaker – Another way to amp up your shower experience. Power ballads or air guitar optional.
  • Old Spice Towel – Go ahead, show your #smellegendary status to your medicine cabinet mirror-reflection self. And as a BONUS you’ll also get Old Spice Sweat Defense – Your post-shower Hardest Working Collection hero. Because your pits deserve powerful anti-perspirant protection, too.

The team over at Old Spice also sends some thoughts via Janine Miletic:

We’re proud to support guys on their journey to legendary freshness with the launch of new Old Spice Hydro Wash body wash,” said Janine Miletic, Old Spice Brand Director at Procter & Gamble. “This new shower innovation combines ultra-superior hydration with our long-lasting, masculine Old Spice scents. Guys, you’re smellcome.”

Winner will be announced next week. Enter in the widget below & good luck!


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Old Spice Giveaway!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored Old Spice.

Last week you may have read my review of Old Spice’s Swagger Gel, well this time around the folks at Old Spice are giving away a TON of grooming goodies and you have a chance to win!

Swagger Gel is an easy to use hair gel (and so accessible and affordable too). It has a great #smellegendary scent and offers high hold and moderate shine, which is good for a variety of hair types.

By entering the giveaway below you have a chance to win a prize pack that includes:

  • Swagger Gel, Pomade, Steel Courage Shampoo, an Old Spice Beanie AND a $25 gift card for popular online hat store Lids!
Old Spice Swagger Gel Giveaway Bundle. Winner we be announced on March 30, 2017.

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And for those of you who struggle with hat hair, check out these tips from Old Spice and Celebrity Groomer, Benjaming Thigpen.

How to Combat “Hat Hair”

Start with Old Spice Swagger Gel

Simply apply a small amount (no more than nickel size) to your fingertips and rub together before applying to the hat line.

Keep it Dry

Make sure your hair is completely dry and styled before wearing the hat. Otherwise, your hair will flatten and take the hat’s shape when wet.

Hat Indentation Quick Fix

Use your fingertips to press and start rubbing the hat line out. Think of your fingertips as an eraser!

Water Works

In a pinch and without product? Wet your hands with water and flick excess off. Start with a small amount because you can’t unwet your hair. Remember, it’s just a quick touch up!

Hats Off to Hats

Many guys wear hats on a daily basis, and hats can also be cleverly used as a styling tool. They work great to bring down hair volume, or to help keep Swagger-styled hair in place from home to your destination.

Benjamin’s clients include: Marc Jacobs, Bruce Willis, Nate Berkus, Francisco Costa, Nick Swisher, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, Jimmi Simpson, Boyd Holbrook, and many more.

You can find Old Spice Hair products nationwide in retailer hair care aisles (usually ranging between $6.99 – $7.99). To learn more about Old Spice you may visit the brand’s site at oldspice.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@OldSpice), Instagram (oldspice). You can also catch more Old Spice videos on the Manmercials channel on YouTube.

Harry’s Truman Shave Set GIVEAWAY!

Happy November all…or should I say Movember?

If you’re not familiar, every year men and women around the globe raise millions of dollars for men’s health initiatives. Movember focuses on raising awareness and funds for men’s health concerns such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health.

To honor Movember, and maybe get you the shaving tools that you need for the month, I’m partnering with Harry’s to give away a Truman Shave Set to one lucky winner! The set includes:

  • 1 Truman Razor Handle
  • 1 Foaming Shave Gel (4.0oz)
  • 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
  • 1 Travel Blade Cover

As a bonus, the winner will also receive a daily face lotion from Harry’s to hydrate their mug after shaving. This also has SPF 15 which is great to use to combat wrinkles year round.

The winner will also receive this bonus Harry's Daily Face Lotion!
The winner will also receive this bonus Harry’s Daily Face Lotion!

Enter your giveaway below. There are multiple ways to enter and you may tweet up to once per day for additional entries! The winner will be announced on November 8, 2016 here on the blog.

Good luck and happy shaving!


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Guys’ Night Out Rockport Challenge Giveaway

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As promised in my previous post, A Guys Night Out with Rockport,I’m happy to bring you our latest giveaway!  Sponsored by Rockport shoes you can win a  pair of Rockport Parker Hill Desert Boots for yourself (or a friend you really like).  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to enter.  That’s the only mandatory option!  Follow me, @manemanblog and Rockport shoes @Rockport for an additional entry each.  Winners will be announced on Monday, September 29, 2014.  Please enter the contest via the widget below.

Good luck!

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Product Review: Obviously Boxer Briefs with Anatomical Pouch

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I don’t purposely make it happen to review underwear here on MANE MAN but it seems as though it’s something I’m growing accustomed to. Truth be told, I’m a bit of an underwear aficionado (no, not in a creepy way) but just in that I want to try out different undies to make sure I’m super comfortable.  There’s nothing wrong with that, right?  That being said, today I bring you my review of Obviously’s Basic Boxer Briefs with Anatomical Pouch.

OK, I know what you’re thinking. Anatomical pouch?! Yep!  Here’s the thing, Obviously (the underwear brand) has created the anatomical pouch to give a “nearly naked” feel.  Now, that’s a tall order.  And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.

For guys who are looking for superior fabrics, Obviously has definitely got that covered.  These boxer briefs were definitely one of the most comfortable pair of underwear I’ve ever worn.  Yes, this specific pair comes in at $27 bucks a pair, but maybe they’re just worth it.  The 90% micro modal and 10% lycra fabric is awesomely smooth and offers sweat absorbent technology.  I tried mine out on a 85 degree plus day here in NYC and was really thankful that I had worn these briefs instead of some cotton ones.  It goes without saying, humidity is not my friend.

On top of that, the anatomical pouch makes for a comfortable day, even if it is super humid outside.  Is the “anatomical pouch” a little strange to look at? Sure, I’ll concede that. However, what it lacks in handsomeness it more than makes up for in comfort.  After all, it is designed to let you enjoy that natural hang you already have and ain’t nothing wrong with that!

No chafing, no squashing, very little sweat, and not hot.  Yep, these are a winner.  I think it’s time you try your own pair of Obviously underwear…


Enter your info in the widget below to win your own pair of Obviously Comfort Urban Hipster Briefs (random color chosen as availability permits).  You can do one option or all below, your choice.

Win a pair for yourself or for a “friend”.  The winner will be announced late this week and contacted via email by yours truly!  MANE MAN subscribers will get a big advantage on this one so make sure to join the mailing list in the left sidebar there.  You will get max 2-3 emails per week.  Now get to work and GOOD LUCK!

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Disclosure: Products for review and giveaway have been provided courtesy of MensUnderwearStore.com.

Win a Pure Sport Package Courtesy of Old Spice: A Giveaway


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Old Spice Pure Sport bar soap

Alright folks, this one is BIG.  MANE MAN has teamed up with Old Spice to offer you a giveaway of their new Pure Sport bar soap along with a whopping $200 in Stub Hub cash.  That’s right, $200!  One lucky winner will score big with this prize designed to keep you smelling your best and seeing the best sports or cool events in person. Oh and don’t forget to read my Old Spice review on the new bar soap line up too. =) Pure sport will leave you smelling so fresh and so clean, clean after your trademark workout or as you get ready for your next date. And it could be yours…FOR FREE!

Not familiar with Stub Hub?  Stub Hub is a one stop shop to offer you safe access to purchase sports and events tickets.  Founded in the year 2000, Stub Hub is one of the most popular ticket exchange sites in the United States and if you have not used it before, now’s your chance!

To enter the giveaway, sign in using the widget below.  For the next 7 days you will be able to gain an entry for liking Old Spice and MANE MAN on Facebook as well as tweeting with the hashtag #smellitforward on Twitter.  Don’t forget to mention @manemanblog in your tweet!  Tell me and Old Spice what you’re most excited about using the Stub Hub moolah for and you may just get your wish.  To be eligible you must also leave a blog post comment here telling MANE MAN what you want to use your Stub Hub dough on (this is the only mandatory option).

The contest ends on July 2, 2013 and you will be able to gain one entry per tweet. You can tweet as much as once per day if you would like!  Just don’t forget to use the hashtag #smellitforward or else it won’t count.  Ladies and gents it’s time to start your engines.  Are you ready to rumble?  Get your head in the game…NOW!

Old Spice Smell it Forward Giveaway

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De-stress a Bit with an AXE Relaxation Kit

The swag up for grabs!
The swag up for grabs!

This post is a sponsored giveaway courtesy of AXE.

April is National Stress Awareness month and to help you feel a little more refreshed this month, AXE is offering MANE MAN readers an awesome relaxation kit which features the following items:

So how do you enter? Head over to the MANE MAN Facebook page and leave a comment on my post announcing the giveaway…that’s it!  You can say anything you like.  I will be contacting the winner via Facebook on April 22, 2013.  Good luck!

Product Review: Pitstik + A Giveaway!

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Disclosure: Product was provided courtesy of Pitstick for the purpose of this review.

5 ingredients. 5 ingredients!  Have you ever heard of a deodorant with just 5 ingredients?!  Well, now you have.  Pitstik is an all natural deodorant crafted by Froasis based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The folks over at Froasis were kind enough to share their product with me so that I could bring you this review!

Scent: As a guy, there are plenty of deodorant or anti-perspirant products out there for us to choose from, however, they often contain carcinogens (potentially cancer-causing ingredients) and other ingredients such as parabens, silica and aluminum that have their own problems.  Well, Pitstik has none of those and as a guy I also found the smell pretty pleasant and fresh, inoffensive and not overwhelming.  In addition, the product is gender neutral and you can even mix in your favorite essential oils to create your own signature deodorant. How cool is that?!

Consistency:  I like to think of Pitstik’s consistency as similar to a thick, shea butter based pomade.  It’s a bit more gummy in texture but is easily spreadable.  I will say that application is a bit unorthodox as you have to dig in with a few fingers to apply the product to your underams.  Now, I’m not used to my hands touching my deodorant but after the initial weirdness of that wore off, I realized that Pitstick really is a good and effective product.

Price: A tin of Pitsik sells for $7.95 on Etsy here. According to instructions, one tin of Pitstik should last about 1-2 months depending on how much you use and how often you reapply.

Overall Impression: The more products I use, the more I am surprised by the creativity and diligence that smaller brands have in crafting good quality, natural products (shout out to the little guys!).  So far I’ve had a really good experience using Pitstik and haven’t noticed any underarm odor when I use it.  Keep in mind that this is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant so you may not get wetness protection if you’re looking for that.  But, if you’re looking to dig further in the “natural lifestyle” then Pitstik is definitely worth your time (and money).  And you have the chance to try it…FOR FREE! Just enter the giveaway below by posting a comment here or go “LIKE” MANE MAN on Facebook!


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Movember Comes to a Close and a Giveaway!

Greetings all!  The end of Movember is coming to a close so I thought I’d share with you some quick facts and an update.  To date, I have raised $190 for men’s cancer research.  Thank you to everyone who has donated or spread the word so far.  I’m only $10 away from my personal goal.  With that, if you are unable to donate please share this link widely (mobro.co/manemanblog) so we can get those last ten bucks!

As Movember is all about spreading awareness, here are a few quick facts about men’s health taken from us.Movember.com:

  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35
  • Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women
  • In 2012, an estimated 13 million or 11.8% of all adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes
  • 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women

I’m also pleased to announce a new giveaway sponsored by our friends at Dreadnought Shaving.  One lucky winner will be awarded a full-sized (100 ml) tub of Dreadnought’s Luxury Shaving Cream, a unique product that reduces facial hair with every shave.  Pretty cool, huh?  Just enter using the widget below.  The giveaway will run from today (November 26) to December 2 with the winner being announced on December 3.  Good luck!

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