Grooming products for men fall into one of three categories; those made for men specifically, those that are made for both men and women and those that are made for women but can be used by men. The choices in the made for men category are slim pickings. Men get a small selection in the supermarket or chemist but there are some good online retailers now marketing to men and offering a nice range of products.
I found the Menscience website to be particularly good. This company was established in 2004 and in the past ten years it has expanded the range of products from just shaving products to a range that includes sports nutrition, acne treatment, shaving needs, hair care and anti-aging products.
They also publish an online magazine and the website has a lot of information available on skincare, nutrition and grooming. I like the styling and packaging of the grooming products; simple and to the point. Judging from the customer reviews, the products do the job as advertised with many men comparing them favourably against similar products that were either gender neutral (like organic products) or made for women.
Of course there is no reason why men can’t use a product that is made for women and of course they have the same range of hair and skin types as women. While few men use hair sprays, shampoo, conditioners, gels and waxes (or pomades) are all used across gender lines. The only actual difference between men’s and women’s products, apart from the packaging is that women’s products are generally scented. Floral or fruit scents are often unappealing to men, especially if they are using a cologne or aftershave, the effect on the senses would be somewhat confusing.
Unscented products are a good choice for either gender, allowing the cologne or perfume to do its work uninterrupted by other fragrances. Some men on the reviews page of the Menscience website also mentioned that they found that scented products also caused them some skin irritation. This should be avoided, especially on skin that is going to be shaved as any bumps on the skin will be susceptible to razor burn and ingrown hairs.
If sensitive skin is an issue, a facial wash or cleanser is a good idea prior to shaving. This helps to clean away dead skin cells (exfoliates) and prepare the skin for shaving. Shaving oil is an alternative t shaving soap or cream and although this is marketed to men, I have used it and found it to be a really good product for lubricating the skin and preventing nicks and cuts. Shaving oil is basically just a vegetable oil and an essential oil (if you have the scented version but you can get unscented too).
The natural ingredients are a bonus as you are not putting chemicals on your skin which can irritate. The big bonus in my opinion is that you can see where you are shaving and this means a better shave result and less cuts.