Father’s Day Beauty Gifts That Don’t Suck

I think as a society, we have evolved in just giving coffee mugs and ridiculous ties to the fathers in our lives. I have to admit, I used to be guilty of just that. After all, I knew my dad liked coffee and he sometimes wore a tie.

Now, while I will include the aforementioned gifts in this post, I think we should explore other things for our special men. Let’s go!

Jack Black’s Beard Grooming Kit

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My hubby has a beard and while it’s easy for him to take care of because it’s rather small, some men might need a bit more work with theirs. I bought this for Maks a few years ago and not only does it last a long time, but it’s made his beard very soft and manageable.

You can get Jack Black’s beard care at Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and Target. The retail price is $35.00.

Oyin Handmade’s Smooth Operator

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So let’s say the special man in your life does have detangling issues with his beard and he’ll need a little more help. Oyin Handmade has a solution for you. This works on all beard types and will leave your man looking smoother than a Barry White record.

Oyin Handmade is available on Amazon and it’s retail site. It’s a black-owned company.

Barber’s Pro Gentleman’s Sheet Mask Duo

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Men wearing masks have become all of the Instagram rage. Whether they’re actually taking care of their skin or they’re just doing it for the ‘Gram, remains to be seen. However, if the man in your life is serious about having great skin, a good option is Gentleman’s Sheet Mask.

Not only is it formulated to take care of a man’s needs (not sure what that means but I digress), but it’s also facial hair friendly. Don’t let the price fool you – this is a splurge as many facial masks are under $5.00.

At Nordstrom, for two, you’ll pay $17.00 without tax. At Amazon, you’ll pay under $10.00 without tax.

Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme – Giorgio Armani

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This is one of my favorite scents that Maks wears and by the high ratings of it, a lot of other women love that scent as well. Its woodsy scent is a guaranteed heartbreaker for any man who wears it. It will also guarantee any woman to become full aware of a man who smells wonderful.

Available at Target, WalMart, Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, and Macy’s.

Connaisseur Paris

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You probably never heard of this brand and they’ve been around for a while, though they’re relatively new to me. They’re also black-owned.

They have a wide range of luxury items for any man to wear, regardless of race. I personally like their tie collection (but no men I personally know wear ties!). Check them out and give them a browse (and your dollars!)

Dapper Black Box

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What if your man is into subscription boxes but is trying to find the right one for him? Dapper Black Box will guarantee your man will love what he gets every month and even if he doesn’t love it, he can always share with some friends or family members. Dapper Black Box is also black-owned.

 

Now let’s just say the man in your life is very much a minimalist. He doesn’t do cufflinks, he doesn’t do high-end beauty products. In fact, you’re not sure when’s the last time he actually bought more clothing.

In that case, a gift card will just suffice. Seriously. Why go through all of the headache of trying to figure out what he wants when a gift card will just do the same thing.

I hope all of the fathers have an amazing Father’s Day! xoxoxo

 

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Hair & Body Product Review: KoilsByNature

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So, I’ve followed Koils by Nature for a while on IG before I actually purchased from them.  I was in the market to look for a summer butter and I wanted to try something different. I didn’t have to look too far as I remembered Koils.

Founded by owner Pamela J. Booker, Koils specializes in hair and body products and are vegan! How about that?

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I heard rave reviews about the Sweet Almond brand so I decided to pick this up. Although I could use it on my hair (it’s in braids now so I don’t know how useful my post would be), I did try it on my body so this is what the review will be on.

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First, it smells heavenly! It’s definitely sweet but not overpowering. You will briefly smell it throughout the day but it won’t nauseate you.

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It’s so light, it practically disappears when you glide it on. I kid you not, this is magical in a bottle.

And of course, here are the ingredients:

Ingredients:  Buttrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Garcinia Indica Seed (Kokum Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango Seed Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cocos Nucifera {Coconut} Oil / Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Butter), Avocado Oil (Avocado Oil), Prinus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Ricinus Communis (Jamaican Black Castor Seed Oil), Fragrant Oil

Now that you’ve played the game, how is it scored?

Pros:

  • Black-owned.
  • Very light.
  • Moisturizes all day.
  • Has numerous oils that have huge benefits.

Cons:

  • It might be pricey for some (with tax, I paid close to $25).
  • The Sweet Almond brand might be too sweet, though there are other butters, including an unscented one.
  • It’s primarily online so no brick and mortar shops yet.

In conclusion, I do recommend it! It’s definitely worth the splurge!

Product Review Week – Online Black-Owned Businesses

This year, I’ve shopped from a few of Black-owned businesses online. There are actually a ton of businesses and this link is a good resource to check them out. Just click on their name to check out their website/store.

Let’s get into the ones I’ve purchased from:

Blk Proverbs:

I follow her on Tumblr and she’s a riot! I love her store as well. And I’m so grateful for my mug!

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KaAn’s Designs:

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I really love these shirts. I see Moms do twinning stuff with their daughters and I thought, ‘Well, why can’t I do twinning stuff with my son?’

Kings722:

Normally, I would have a picture of Bear in this super awesome T-shirt and bandana bib but he wasn’t feeling it at the time and wanted to wear Thomas the Train.

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Huemanity Avenue:

She’s a local (to me) seller and just a sweetheart! She sells wraps and jewelry online.

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True Laundry:

Hands down, one of the best laundry detergents I’ve ever purchased! My clothes smell clean and not full of soap. The soap also lasts for a while, too!

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So, go check them out and visit some other online shops!

The True Products Will Make You Get Your Life

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I’m constantly on the search for new products to try and I love to spotlight Black-owned businesses whenever I can. You know, each one, teach one, buy one, etc.

So on IG, I ran across The True Products on WeBuyBlack.com. They’re a Black-owned laundry detergent company. I’ve heard pretty amazing stories about them and since I’m a fan of not using detergent that smells like soap and other sorts of nasty, I decided to try them. And of course, I put them to the ultimate test –

I soaked Bear’s diapers in them:

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Now you know the players, here’s how the game is played:

Price:

Reasonable. I picked up a bottle of 50 loads for $8.99+ shipping, which came out to $12.99, the same cost I would spend on Tide.

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Smell:

Very light and fragrant. Doesn’t have the heavy detergent smell.

Consistency:

Runny. Now, you would think this is a bad thing but it’s not. It’s actually a good thing.

Usage:

True products say you only need 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup to clean a full load, but do encourage you to use more if it’s heavily soiled. I used what I considered to be a 1/4 cup for Bear’s diapers:

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Result:

Super clean! The diaper on the right actually had a fantastic (sarcasm!) poop stain of orange and it just about got rid of it (though if you look carefully, you can see some remnants of it). However, these diapers are the cleanest they’ve been, period. I’m very impressed.

Review:

Pros:

  • Reasonable price.
  • Not a heavy detergent smell.
  • Less is more; you don’t have to use a whole lot to clean the load.
  • Black-owned!

Cons:

  • It’s runny so while that’s a good thing, you also might be led to believe you need to use more.
  • As of now, it’s not available in any stores so you can only order online.

In conclusion, I highly, HIGHLY recommend True Detergent. You can order here or here.