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5 Best Men’s Personal Care Gifts for Father’s Day | Product Reviews

Though plenty of consumers will be looking for great men’s gifts for Father’s Day, the opportunities don’t stop there. More and more consumers are looking for men’s gifts yearround, especially personal care items, like solid cologne, body wash, bars of soap and other bathroom accessories. According to Grand View Research, the men’s personal care market is rising and could mean some serious dollars for those cashing in. In a market analysis report by Grand View Research, the global men’s personal care market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent through 2030. The industry was already valued at $30.8 billion in 2021.

Here, the Gifts & Decorative Accessories editorial team shares five of their favorite men’s personal care items that would not only make great additions for a Father’s Day display, but for a men’s gifts display, in general. After all, according to Keith Schwartz, CEO of Mad Man, retailers would be wise to add men’s gifts to their assortment in order to increase sales without cannibalizing them from other vignettes in the store.

1. Lavish Men’s Shower Gel by Mistral

Mistral Cedarwood Marine Body Wash
Mistral Cedarwood Marine Body Wash.

Not only is Mistral’s extra-rich body wash delightfully scented, it’s also convenient for men since it’s a 2-in-1 hair and body wash. Editor in Chief Lenise Willis bought the company’s Cedarwood Marine body wash for her husband this past Christmas and says she is “addicted” to how good it smells. “When I first bought it, I kept taking the top off and smelling the bottle; it smelled that good,” she said. “My husband loves it, too. When I asked him if he liked it, he commented that it had a really great lather and didn’t leave his skin feeling dry — definitely something we need for the dry Chicago winter weather.”

Mistral describes the hair and body wash on its website as, “a convenient 2-in-1 body and hair wash with natural wheat protein and gentle cleansers that respect the pH of skin and hair. [It] fights dryness, lathers generously, leaves hair soft and clean while delivering the refreshing overall experience you want.”

“I found this fancy-looking body wash at one of my favorite local stores, The Thoughtfulness Shop, in Woodstock, Ill.,” Willis added. “They have a simple black bookshelf near the front of the store that holds several items from this line and I always end up stopping to look for something for my husband. I actually ended up buying a large bar of soap from them for my grandfather, too, and he loves it, as well, which is really saying something because it’s really hard to get him to try new things!”

2. Solid Cologne for Traveling by Fulton & Roark

Fulton & Roark Kiawah Solid Cologne
Fulton & Roark Kiawah Solid Cologne. Each cologne comes in a solid metal case with swivel top.

Willis says she first came across Fulton & Roark in the Road Runners showroom at Dallas Market Center and it was the company’s great-smelling solid colognes and their “super cool” carrying cases that drew her into the brand’s booth.

Not only are the solid colognes perfect for men who travel a lot or are constantly on the go, since they won’t leak, but the cases are made of solid metal with a neat “swivel” top. The case alone really elevates the experience of the cologne, and the cologne itself smells amazing. Willis’ favorite scents include Kiawah, a fresh, coastal scent with a hint of cedar, and Blue Ridge, which has notes of sage, amber and sandalwood. The colognes are long lasting, too, so men don’t need to apply more throughout the day.

“I think these colognes are a fabulous way to make any man in your life feel special, even if they aren’t used to treating themselves to higher-quality personal care,” Willis said.

3. Upscale Men’s Face Care by Jack Black

Jack Black Skin Saviors Set
Jack Black’s Skin Saviors set includes a full skincare regimen in TSA-approved sizes to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect anywhere. The set includes the brand’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, left, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 and Face Buff Energizing Scrub.

When Associate Editor Adelaide Elliott received samples of some of Jack Black’s skincare products at Atlanta Market earlier this year – the samples included trials of things like the brand’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Face Buff Energizing Scrub and Intense Therapy Lip Balm – she had her doubts about whether the men in her life would get on board with Jack Black and actually doing a full skincare routine.

“Skincare is something I’ve discussed with girl friends and family members like my mom for as long as I can remember,” she said. “But I’m not sure I’ve even ever heard guy friends or my dad say the word skincare before.”

But Elliott says times are changing, and Jack Black’s line of skincare options for men are perfect for longtime lovers of skincare and those men in your life (or a store) that is just getting into it. Every Jack Black product is dermatologist tested, paraben free, cruelty free and free of harsh sulfates, plus almost all products in our line are vegan, free of artificial colorants, safe for sensitive skin and made in the U.S. Most important to skincare lovers and novices, though, each product features clear directions on how and when to use each cream, cleanser, balm and serum and a “What’s In It” label on each product breaks down the ingredients and how the product is meant to help.

“Everyone wants to understand the products they are using on their bodies, especially when you are trying to learn more about how to care for your skin, but that can be a big undertaking and mean reading lots of confusing labels,” explained Elliott. “Jack Black has simplified that.”

To help ease men into the skincare game and to help them set up a routine, Elliott suggests keeping things simple by offering a few Jack Black sets for different skincare concerns in your store like the brand’s Defensive Line Anti-Aging Triple Play Set, Skin Saviors Set and Acne Starter Set. When adding standalone products, be sure to offer lots of educational signage and make pairing different products for different skincare concerns simple and straightforward.

4. Exfoliating Men’s Soap by Dr. Squatch

Burkard Brick Dr. Squatch Bar Soap
Outdoor, travel, adventure and surf photographer and influencer Chris Burkard poses with the fruits of his Burkard Bricc Bar Soap collaboration with Dr. Squatch in a photo from the brand’s Facebook.

Dr. Squatch’s line of soaps fill a few niche voids Elliott has observed in men’s grooming and skincare.

“These soaps are 98 to 100 percent natural in origin – meaning they are made almost entirely of natural ingredients – and they are specially formulated for men’s needs and men’s health,” explained Elliott. “So in addition to avoiding harmful ingredients in general, Dr. Squatch’s line of soaps also purposefully avoids estrogenics like soybean oil.”

Its ingredient conscious formulation has also made for a particularly effective soap. Her father and brother both work in construction and often come home dirty with dry, rough skin from working outside, but Dr. Squatch’s Heavy Grit varieties like its Pine Tar Bar Soap and Cold Brew Cleanse Bar Soap cut through all that mess and dry skin while still nourishing what is left behind thanks to their high glycerin content. For those looking for less exfoliation, no grit and two other diminishing levels of grit are available in a wide range of man-approved scents like Grapefruit IPA, Coconut Castaway and Wood Barrel Bourbon.

“For many people – especially men – scrubbing down with bar soap is the most regular skincare they do,” added Elliott. “So taking a closer look at the ingredients and things like exfoliation options is important when looking to upgrade a man’s bath and body gift or display.”

5. Shower Accessories by Tooletries

Tooletries shower organizers
The Mason Razor Holder, left, George Toothbrush Rack and Arnold Reusable Hook are made from silicone and can be removed and reused on a variety of bathroom surfaces.

Elliott loves Tooletries‘ body and face care products – she noted that her brother has really loved trying out the brand’s The Fighter Eye Gel recently – but its tools and organizers are the real winners for this brand in her mind.

“Pairing Tooletries’ pieces with body care products is a perfect way to upgrade a gift for any man in your life,” she said. “I added Tooletries’ Body Scrubber in Burgundy to a body gel gift I gave in stockings over Christmas and I have been pleased to find that every guy who received that gift combo is still using Tooletries’ scrubber even though the original body gel ran out months ago.”

Each Tooletries organizer and tool is made to be reusable and removable, so its silicone grip hooks, mirrors and tool holders can all be removed and reapplied to different bathroom surfaces without losing grip and its personal care items are made from that same silicone, making them long lasting and naturally more antimicrobial than porous materials like wood. Complete your men’s personal care displays by displaying Tooletries’ Mason Razor Holder alongside other shaving creams and products and pairing up other pieces like the brand’s face scrubbers with face washes from Tooletries and any other brand you carry.

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Mistral describes the hair and body wash on its website as, “a convenient 2-in-1 body and hair wash with natural wheat protein and gentle cleansers that respect the pH of skin and hair. [It] fights dryness, lathers generously, leaves hair soft and clean while delivering the refreshing overall experience you want.”


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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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