Novella’s Fathers Day Gift Guide: For the Well-Groomed Gentlemen Found in all Our Dads

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

If you’re looking for something a little bit different for Father’s Day this year, these high-quality skincare brands and grooming tools are bound to impress. So skip the tie and dress shirt and give him something he really wants.

Les Industries Groom

If you have been searching relentlessly for the perfect gift for dad who also happens to be of the bearded variety, look no further than Les Industries Groom’s Beard Grooming Kit ($90.00). This multifunctional kit includes everything your dad will need to rock his beard this Father’s Day.

Tough on dirt and grime, Grooms Conditioning Beard Wash is formulated to deeply clean and condition the beard, yet gentle enough to protect the skin from dryness and irritation. Certainly something all dads can appreciate. It’s naturally fragranced with clary sage, lime, juniper, and pine.

Groom’s uber-masculine Tobacco Beard Oil is lightweight but dense, and works well for all beard types. Beard oil tames those unruly whiskers while keeping it healthy and conditioned. The key ingredients include sandalwood, spikenard, and tobacco.

For optimum results, follow with Groom’s game changing Beard Balm to style and shape the beard. High-quality ingredients include cedar wood, bergamot, lavender, and pine.

For other fine grooming products search www.lesindustriesgroom.com

American Crew

Cool and refreshing, Crew’s Revitalizing Toner ($16.68) soothes and hydrates freshly shaved and prepped skin. This lightly scented toner tightens pores, evens skin tone, and smooth’s out the complexion. Skin is left feeling rejuvenated, clean and polished. Apply directly after shaving for best results.

Crew’s Moisturizing Shave Cream ($15.95) gives an extra close shave without over drying or irritating the skin. Its rich and hydrating lather is ideal for all skin types and works well for clean-shaven dads or those in search of the perfect beard line.

Similar to the amazing benefits serum brings to the face, Crew’s unique Beard Serum ($19.63) offers an incredibly soothing yet highly effective blend of high-quality ingredients that soften, smooth, and condition the beard. This fast absorbing serum instantly leaves the beard healthy, well nourished, and free from breakage.

American Crew products can be found at salons throughout the Toronto area and online at www.americancrew.com

Clinique

Clinique is a great example of a beauty and grooming brand that understands the skincare needs of both men and women. Recently, the skin gurus at the iconic brand have launched the Maximum Hydrator for men  ($46.00), which hydrates the skin for an astonishing 24 hours due to its highly activated water-gel concentrate. It tightens and firms the skin while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s formulated for all skin types and is 100% fragrance free. Apply to face in the morning and evening.

For high-quality men’s skincare, shop www.clinique.com

Esquire Grooming

Since 1933, Esquire Grooming has been a leader in men’s grooming and styling tools. Known for their high-performance Thickening Creams, Firm Gels, and Pomades, Esquire understands life is hectic and complicated enough for our dads, and that his grooming and styling regimen shouldn’t be.

Esquires 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash ($17.50) is guaranteed to save your dad a few extra minutes in the morning before his important meeting. Fragranced with Oud, this multifunctional wash cleans and moisturizes the skin without leaving a heavy or oily residue after use. This 3-in-1 time saver is also a perfect companion for after the gym or a quick get-away to the cottage.

Esquire grooming products and tools can be found at www.esquiremensgrooming.com

Philips Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

Unfortunately, there comes a time in every man’s life where general grooming will reach far beyond styling the beard and shaving the face. Dads of a certain age can all attest that eventually hair will begin to grow in the most unfortunate of places. From pesky ear and nose hair to unruly eyebrows, the Philips Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer ($19.99) allows for painless and easy hair removal due to its advanced ProtecTube technology and angled design.

Find this product at www.bestbuy.ca

Conair Even Cut: Cordless Circular Haircut Kit

With his fast paced and hectic lifestyle, there is bound to be a time when dad needs a quick touch-up between barber visits. The Conair Even Cut ($49.99) gives a straight even cut every time without the fuss. This cordless little wonder, with its unique rotating blades and easy to use design, allows for easy cutting along the sides and back of the head. Perfect for the classic military cut or other tightly cropped hairstyles.

The Conair Even Cut can be found online at www.conaircanada.ca

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Les industries Groom: Keeping it Inline

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Known for their high quality, natural, and handcrafted beard products­, Montreal-based Les Industries Groom has a full line of high performance shaving products guaranteed to give the other guys a run for their money. From old-school shaving creams to slick oils and crisp aftershaves, Groom’s ultra-masculine, retro-inspired grooming products will make your morning routine a little less routine.

Groom’s premium Shaving Cream (24$) transforms your ordinary shaving regimen into a theapeutic and luxurious experience while keeping it clean and classic. With a modern twist on an older design, this multifunctional shaving cream is not only great for guys who like to keep it slick and on point, but also caters to the lighter shaving needs of the lumberjack set.

It conditions and moisturizes while leaving your skin feeling fresh, smooth, and free of irritation. Castor and coconut oil are two of the main ingredients of this highly versatile product­. The scent is cool and crisp with a touch of black licorice, lumber, and pine.

Say goodbye to ingrown hairs, skin irritation, nicks and cuts. Groom’s Shaving Oil (28$) perfectly preps your face while naturally lubricating your beard to leave your skin incredibly clean, polished, and moisturized. Whether you keep your face clean-shaven or prefer a clean line for your beard or mustache, Groom’s naturally infused shaving oil will ensure an extra close shave every time.

The scent is woodsy and manly. Perfectly fragranced with sage, pine, and vetiver grass. Due to its lightweight texture and nourishing properties, it’s ideal for dry skin and will not leave your skin feeling greasy or heavy after use.

This is an amazing product and I would highly recommend it. Groom’s shaving oil is a game changer­ — perfect for those hard to reach shaving areas that need a little extra care and precision such as the cheek and beard line. Use sparingly. I made the mistake of over-using this product (like I do with most products) and it got messy rather quickly. All you need is roughly 3 to 5 drops for a spa worthy shave.

Alongside the impeccable shaving and grooming routine, the aftershave closes the deal — Groom sets the bar high with their classic Aftershave Splash (26$). Think cool, modern, and refreshing. The scent is strong, charismatic, and boldly masculine. Lightly fragranced with vetiver, juniper, and lime, this healing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory aftershave delivers the goods.

This full-bodied aftershave is a must have for any post-shave treatment as it will keep you feeling fresh, invigorated, and hydrated throughout the day. Rugged and masculine, it has a classic barbershop smell that lingers on the skin longer than most other brands currently on the market. If you happen to be one of those unlucky guys who suffer from minor skin irritation due to shaving, then you might want to consider Groom’s Aftershave Splash for a perfect post-shave finish.

Choosing the right shaving products can make a world of difference between a healthy well-hydrated face and one that is irritated by painful nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs. Whether your daily shaving and grooming routine involves a bar of soap, a little water, and an aerosol spray, or a multi-step process involving cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers, good shaving products are an absolute must. Take your shaving game to the next level and smell like the man you were born to be with Les Industries Groom.

Les Industries Groom is available across Canada, the United States, and online. In the Toronto area Groom is available at RW&CO., Frank & Oak, and other fine retailers.

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