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Of Gallantry & Grooming


So as I hope most of you know, Father’s Day is coming up on June 15th. To help inspire you before you hit the mall to shop this weekend, I’ve deemed this week to be a Father’s Day-dedicated week, starting with yesterday’s Flash Post. Today’s theme is all about grooming ideas, for the dad that likes to take care of himself. And with that…

Euphoria MenCalvin Klein Euphoria Men – $72 – $92 @ Hudson’s Bay (+ drugstores and department stores nationwide)
Although this is a Father’s Day post, this one is a shoutout to my sister, who is a Euphoria perfume addict. I kind of love the idea of his and hers scents, as most discerning fragrance makers will design them to complement each other. Case in point – Euphoria is an exotic fruity floral, and Euphoria Men works well to offset it in a sugar and spice kind of way: it’s a woodsy cologne with strong notes of zesty ginger, spicy pepper, and earthy black basil at the top. The rustic amber, suede, and cedar tones make it a great pick for the outdoorsy dad too.

Dollar Shave ClubDollar Shave Club – $3.50 – $9.50 / month
Razorblades are bloody expensive – to the point where they keep the cases they’re stored in alarmed in most stores. Enter Dollar Shave Club, a cost-effective and face-saving alternative for men. For as little as $3.50 per month, they’ll ship you 4-5 cartridges (and during your first month, a matching handle) so you can change up your blade each week and keep that face baby smooth. No more spending buckets on so-called fancy razors: dad (and his face) will love it.

Staples & SundriesStaples & Sundries Soap – $7.95 each @ Old Faithful Shop
I don’t care how gruff and tough dad is – the man’s still got to have a bar of soap to keep him fresh and clean (literally). If he’s a rustic fellow, he might love one of these simple soaps, made in small batches right in Vancouver, and infused with natural and essential oils to give him a fragrant yet not overtly feminine scrubbing up. Buy him a set and wrap them in burlap for an earthy, simple present.

Jack Black Power Trip Travel SetJack Black Power Trip Travel Set – $63 @ Sephora
Whether your dad is already a Jack Black devotee or he’s looking for an introduction to a fabulous, full range of men’s skincare products, this handy travel set is a great way to experience the entire line and be set for any journeys this summer. Featuring top-to-bottom care, including a hair and body wash, a face moisturizer with SPF 20, a face cleanser, a pre and post-shave beard oil, a sample body moisturizer and a minty fresh lip balm, it even comes with a handy dopp kit to accompany dad’s new haul. Note that it’s only available online, so if you’re keen on grabbing this for Father’s Day hop on ordering it!

Billy Jealousy Shampoo and ConditionerBilly Jealousy Shampoo & Conditioner – $25 Each
Is dad still using a bargain brand off the shelf? Or is he a total Uncle Jesse-style hair fanatic that is known to take a second look in the mirror on his way out the door? Either way, he’ll love lathering up with a luxurious brand like Billy Jealousy, which has racked up some serious accolades and journalistic love since its debut a decade ago. PETA-approved and filled with DHT blockers to minimize hair loss, dad will appreciate this subtle way to keep up appearances.

Portland General Store Whiskey AftershavePortland General Store Whiskey After Shave Splash – $16 @ Men Essentials
I think this is a super fun idea for the dad that loves collecting whiskey – instead of yet another bottle of the strong stuff, why not give him a douse for his face? It actually moreso smells like barrels aging by some salty sea air, but no matter – this stuff is totally natural, making it soothing for freshly shorn skin without any nasty ingredients to absorb into those pores. Dad will get a kick out of the apothecary-style packaging for sure.

Calvin Klein Encounter FreshCalvin Klein Encounter Fresh – $72 – $92 @ Hudson’s Bay (+ other drugstores / department stores nationwide)
This scent is a great pick for the dad that’s also a fantastic host. Why you ask? Because it’s got a little party fever mixed in to its crisp, aquamarine bottle. Two of the most prominent top notes after taking a good deep inhale, in fact, are minty mojito and spicy rum – offset by one of my personal favourite fragrances, bergamot. Underneath that, take in the earthy, slightly hippie notes of patchouli, sandalwood and lavender and presto: dad’s got a signature scent and a big smile on his face for this thoughtful gift. You can thank me later.

Hopefully you loved some of these guy-oriented grooming gifts. And if you’re so inclined, I’m actually giving away the two Calvin Klein colognes featured within this post – one each to two lucky winners. If you want it to be you, here’s how to enter for the chance to win:

1) Tell me in the comments below by June 20, 2014: Which of these guy’s grooming gifts would you  most love to gift (or receive)?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 21, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: I featured seven lovely products in this post, and I’m giving you seven chances to earn bonus entries into the draw. All you have to do is Pin each item onto Pinterest (or as many as you see fit) and leave a link back in a separate comment per item. Please note, I will not accept pins that are pinned to random boards – if I see a cologne on a ‘recipes’ page, it won’t be counted, so pin wisely!

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79 Responses to “Of Gallantry & Grooming”
  1. Kimberley says:

    I would love to give my Dad the Portland General Store Whiskey After Shave splash. There is something sweetly nostalgic about the packaging.

  2. Joan G. says:

    The Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh – I love the fragrance.

  3. Erika E says:

    I’d like to give the Portland General Store Whiskey After Shave Splash to my husband. I’m sure it smells great.

  4. May says:

    I would gift the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set!

  5. Taps says:

    I would give the Billy Jealousy Shampoo & Conditioner to my husband as he is concerned about his hair loss.

  6. cookie3 says:

    I think the Dollar Shave Club is an excellent idea, especially for older dads on a fixed budget.

  7. Susan says:

    I like the Dollar Shave Club and those Calvin Klein Fragrances.

  8. BlessedTA says:

    Calvin Klein Encounter FreshCalvin Klein Encounter Fresh

  9. I would like the Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh

  10. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to give my nephew the Jack Black Set.

  11. janicour says:

    Euphoria Men Calvin Klein Euphoria Men Always loved this scent.

  12. beewbedard says:

    hubby would love to get Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set

  13. Sparkle says:

    I would most love to give Euphoria by Calvin Klein as a gift.

  14. mousecat says:

    I’d most like to give the Portland General Store Whiskey AftershavePortland General Store Whiskey After Shave Splash. Sounds awesome!

  15. Brenda Penton says:

    I would like to gift the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set to my hubby.

  16. Julie G. says:

    I think my husband would appreciate the Jack Black Power Trip Travel set, too.

  17. Jim says:

    I would love to try the Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh.

  18. Sherry K says:

    would like the Jack Black travel kit the best, perfect for that trip we are going to win

  19. I’d love to gift the Portland General Store Whiskey After Shave Splash!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  20. Phil says:

    I selected the Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh as it has an amazing scent.

  21. Lisa Bristow says:

    The travel kit would be my top pick as he is retired and travels a lot now. The after shave splash and the cologne come in a close second.

  22. intensev5 says:

    I would love to give the Billy Jealousy Shampoo & Conditioner

  23. Jessica P says:

    The Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh – I love the smell first thing in the morning

  24. crescenza2 says:

    Jack Black Power Trip travel set.

  25. diana p says:

    I love CK scents, so the Encounter Fresh for sure

  26. ryan hogan says:

    I would love the jack black travel kit

  27. 409cope says:

    I would love the black jack kit for hubby.

  28. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I would love to win the Encounter Fresh cologne for my husband.

  29. Lisa says:

    I would like to get my husband the Dollar Shave Club so he can get new blades every month.

  30. Tainan Lu says:

    CALVIN KLEIN Encounter Fresh

  31. Heather Swanson says:

    the Jack Black travel kit

  32. Sandra H says:

    The Dollar Shave Club would be my choice for my hubby. He goes through a razor a week with his course facial hair.

  33. truckerofbc says:

    I would love the encounter Fresh by Calvin Klein

  34. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to gift Calvin Klein Euphoria Men to my husband for Father’s Day.

  35. Edmond says:

    I’d like to give the Portland General Store Whiskey After Shave Splash to my cousin. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 😦 Starving artist here desperately needs the prize to smell good, to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  36. savanah ozman says:

    i would love jack power set travel set for my dad!

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  44. I would love to gift the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set to my hubby! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  45. debbie f says:

    I would love to give the Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh

  46. wendy Hutton says:

    Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set

  47. Donnas says:

    Calvin Klein is nice but I like the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set

  48. Donnas says:

    Pin #1

  49. Donnas says:

    Pin #2

  50. Donnas says:

    Pin #3

  51. Donnas says:

    Pin #4

  52. Glogirl says:

    I would like to gift the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set.

  53. thomas rusinak says:

    me and kevin are like “That” Yah like”That”

  54. wai man says:

    The Calvin Klein Encounter Fresh

  55. melanie Borhi says:

    Encounter fresh by Calvin Klein!

  56. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d most like to gift the travel set. He’d love this.

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  64. linnett says:

    would love to have for the hubby, the Jack Black Power Trip Travel Set for our vacation this summer, thanks

  65. Sara says:

    Dollar shave club – my husband is always complaining about the cost of razors!

  66. diane p says:

    I would like to give my husband the Calvin Klein Euphoria.

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