As I type the title I am struck by the thought that perhaps I can’t or shouldn’t use the term “beauty” about men. I don’t think this is the case as I believe there is beauty in everything in nature. We are so trained to think of beauty as being an essentially female quality rather than a male quality when really it is neither. Sadly the beauty industry doesn’t share my view of how things should be or perhaps we wouldn’t have to have such gender division drawn up so starkly in the differences between products for men and women.
Now I am not a beauty therapist or a man but to my way of thinking, hair is hair, skin is skin. To say that all men’s hair is thicker or coarser and their skin is tougher is to ignore vast swathes of the population who do not fit into the idealised images on the boxes of products on the shelf. Quite frankly I don’t look like the lady on the box of Wahl hair clippers cordless even after I have used it. We all know this and yet we go along with the idea that men are different and must be segregated off into a small section at the back of the store or the end of the aisle. Honestly, in some shops, blink and you’ll miss it.
They do get a fair go in the shaving section I’ll admit, there are plenty of choices there and there is usually a big range of shaving soaps, creams and gels to choose from. I have recently learned a fair bit more than I thought I needed to know about shaving oils. I am clearly not a man as my husband looked at me blankly when I told him about my discovery and said, “Well, of course”. Anyway, shaving oil is basically a terrific and natural vegetable oil mixed with essential oils (the ones from plants that smell nice) which you pop on before using soap or cream or you can even use it on its own (that appealed to me) and to make your hair look beautiful. It has the advantage of moisturising the skin without clogging the pores and provides a lubricated surface for the razor so you avoid razor burn and skin cuts.
So after this little revelation about shaving oil I went hunting for other men’s products that I could use. On the whole they seem to be a lot more down to earth and practical than the comparable women’s products. Perhaps men just aren’t going to buy those wild promises or they aren’t going to read all the stuff on the packet anyway so don’t bother with it (my husband liked that reason). I found a good website that I am happy to recommend called Menscience that has a decent range of men’s gear (including some things I would happily use).