Father’s Day grooming gift ideas for guys

Some men probably want tools or camping equipment, but I love giving grooming products–whether it’s a splurge that guys won’t necessarily spend on themselves, or something new and affordable that I can get them hooked on for life. 

First up is the gift most men won’t splurge on themselves. This is the sportscar of  electric toothbrushs. The Oral-B SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush has bluetooth technology and it’s the first of its kind in the world – it works with a mobile tracking app so it connects to a timer to ensure you’re brushing for 2 minutes, and notifies you every 30 seconds so you move to a new area of your mouth. It records your brushing activity so you can track it, provides news updates to keep you busy while you brush, tells you if you’re brushing too hard and removes 100% more plaque than a regular brush, $200 at drugstores.

To go with it, add in a great whitening toothpaste. Some people have concerns with using whitening products because it’s assumed that it can weaken their enamel, but this Crest 3D White Diamond Strong Toothpaste strengthens weakened enamel while whitening your teeth so you have strong healthy teeth while looking your best. Designed with whitelock technology it removes surface stains and locks out future ones – it removes 90% of extrinsic stains in one week. It’s $4.99 at drugstores and mass-market retailers.

 

Hair loss is a big concern for men – and Viviscal Man is a supplement for men who are experiencing thinning hair to support healthy hair growth from within. It’s 100% drug free and formulated with a marine complex to nourish hair so men get thicker full looking hair when you take the supplement twice a day, you’ll see results in 3 months. It’s huge with celebrities, even lots of women in Hollywood who have thinning hair. $59.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Viviscal.

Also for the hair, here are two great hair products from got2b that are super affordable because I really don’t think you need to spend a lot on a great styling paste. The got2b phenomenal pomade gives a classically groomed look with a great hold. The thickening cream is scientifically proven to enhance your hair’s thickeness. Both are $7.99 at drugstores.

Cologne is a popular Father’s Day gift — and to choose the right scent look for one with classic base notes – leather, ginger, spice… Boss The Scent is a unique and seductive fragrance with exactly those base notes of leather and spicy ginger with heart notes of maninka fruit from Africa. The face of the scent is actor Theo James, who’s in the Divergent series. Starting at $78 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, The Bay.

For the guy who wants his fragrance in the form of body wash, Dial for Men Maximum Moisture has a non-drying clean-rinsing formula that creates a rich creamy lather, and a great scent based on the latest trends in fragrance for men. $6.99 at drugstores.

Finally, skincare.  No7 is the leading skincare brand in the UK and now they have a line of products just for men exclusively available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. This hydrating post-shave recovery balm is designed to cool and calm skin after shaving, sooth redness and irritation. $13.

Brand new is the innovative Canadian skincare brand called IDC that’s just launched – it targets the 16 factors of skin aging. I love the Anti-wrinkle and Firming Treatment for men, designed for the face, eyes and neck for day and night. It really does it all – fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, dark circles, tones skin and you don’t need to apply moisturizer afterward. $49 Available at beautyboutique.ca

Have you tried Lipidol skincare oils? And if not, why not?

Oils, oils, oils. Super-high end oil cleansers been around for years as cult obsessions, but these prestige brands cost $100+ for a bottle. So I’ve never been a huge fan because it should not cost that much to wash your face. But last year, the makers of Bio-Oil launched Lipidol, an entire line of skincare oils available at Walmart for $8.97 each. Lipidol products are designed to help replace the oils we strip away every day from shaving, soaps and dry air, and they also help protect skin against moisture loss.

If you see me on TV, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Lipidol.

I first tried the brand last fall. Then I did a segment on CTV’s The Social where I talked about beauty trends, including skincare oils. Then a few months ago I created a video with a tip for using Lipidol which I shared via Instagram.

The other day I realized I’m still using the Facial Cleansing Oil. Given that I try about 2-3 new facial products a week, it’s astonishing to me that I would come back to this product. But there’s good reason. It seems to fit that need at all times of the year. In winter, I tend to have super-dry skin, and I’ve found that using oils – whether it’s the cleansing oil or the overnight oil – way more moisturizing than even a typical face cream. And now that summer is here, I’ve found it’s been fantastic because it’s soothing, gentle (when I’m washing my face multiple times a day after playing tennis or soccer with the kids).

I just got back from a sunny holiday, and I packed Lipidol Facial Cleansing Oil instead of packing makeup remover and a face wash. The bottle’s plastic so it’s great for travel (and can even go into your carry-on bag). And when I was out in the drying sun for 10 hours a day, my parched skin craved a hydrating oil rather than a stripping face wash. For once, I came home from a vacation and didn’t have flaking, peeling skin.

Earlier this year, Chick Advisor asked 200 women from all across Canada to give Lipidol a try – and now the results are in. See what they had to say here.

Want to give Lipidol a try? I got my husband, dad, stepmom and best friend all hooked on Lipidol, and I know you’ll love it too. So I’m giving away one set of the entire line of Lipidol Oils for Daily Skincare, valued at $45! The prize includes Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil, Lipidol Overnight Face Oil, Lipidol Cleansing Body Oil, Lipidol After Shower Oil, and Lipidol After Shave Oil. To win, leave a comment or share this post via social media and let me know! Winner will be chosen on May 31, 2016.