AXE Sensitivity Shower Gel created for Sensitive City Study…

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AXE is giving a big boost to guys that need to get in touch with their sensitive side. The iconic leader in men’s care released a Sensitive City Study, conducted in partnership with Bert Sperling’s “Best Places,” to launch the brand’s newest Skin Contact shower gel, AXE Sensitive. California rose to the top of the list with Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for 1st place as the best cities for guys to show off their sensitive side. The South surprisingly came in with the worst marks, naming Nashville as the worst place to try to win a girl over by turning on a softer side.
The study was designed to identify the U.S. cities that are most in tune with the sensitivity girls want — and men need — to help them in the mating game. To produce the study, Sperling’s “Best Places” examined a series of criteria and ranked the cities best equipped to help guys tap into their softer side when it matters most to girls. The criteria included types of magazine subscriptions, abundance of cultural centers such as museums and music venues, types of retail stores and restaurants, and the least amount of “dude-friendly” activities such as fishing and hunting. The findings separated the sensitive from the insensitive, with some interesting results:
Best Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA (tied for first)
  2. New York, NY
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Santa Ana-Anaheim, CA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Cambridge, MA

Worst Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Cincinnati, OH
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Kansas City, MO
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA

California Cities Rise to the Top
The AXE Sensitive City Study revealed that the West coast, with many options for a romantic night out, is the best coast for guys to show off their sensitive side. Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for the No. 1 spot, each boasting a large number of top-rated restaurants and cultural centers. In fact, the Golden State came out on top overall, with six of the top 15 spots going to California cities – not bad odds for Cali guys!

Step It Up Down South
While their charm may impress girls at first, guys in the South need to step up their sensitivity if they want their girls to stick around. Despite the famous concept of “southern hospitality,” six out of the ten least sensitive cities are in the south. Surprisingly, Nashville fared the worst with a high concentration of very typical guy-related activities like motorcycle and RV enthusiasts, and relatively few cultural centers or date-friendly restaurants. Not to worry though, for those sensitive guys in Nashville, there is still plenty to do. Consider a jaunt to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or peruse the Frist Center for Visual Arts for your first date with a girl.
(top pic: Nick at AXE Lounge in the Hamptons; bottom pics: Nick knew how to use a bit of sensitivity to get pop diva, Mariah Carey)
Overcoming Obstacles
AXE partnered with Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” and dating expert Anna David to help guys find ways to turn on the sensitivity, regardless of where they reside.

“Guys, it doesn’t take much effort to show your girl how much she means to you,” Cannon advises. “Listening, understanding and sharing your ‘inner sensitive guy’ are keys to making your girl happy.”

Guys don’t have to be discouraged if their city didn’t top the list — AXE has them covered with some tips from dating and relationship expert Anna David. Now, no matter where you live you can turn on your sensitive side to keep your girl happy.

    • Trying to get the girl by following the old dating playbook is only a numbers game. Throwing out lines until you find someone who responds will only get you your last choice. If you want to get the right girl, you need to really focus on her.

    • If you take a girl to a party, don’t abandon her and expect her to fend for herself. Introduce her around proudly. Get her a drink. But don’t feel like you have to babysit her, either.

    • Make small gestures to show her that you care — whether it’s sending a sweet text or grabbing a bag of cherries from the corner store because you know how much your girl likes them.

    • If the girl in your life would rather cuddle up with a book than with you, odds are you need to take your grooming to the next level. Using products like AXE Sensitive Skin shower gel is a great way to keep your skin clean, smooth and irresistible… just how she likes it.
Put Yourself on the Sensitive Fast Track
If you’re not a softy your skin can still be, with new AXE Sensitive Shower Gel. The new mild formula is enriched with cucumber and milk protein, gently cleansing guys’ skin and leaving it soft. The dermatologist-tested shower gel is significantly milder and less drying than regular bar soap. The result is irresistibly soft skin with a calming fragrance that will make girls lean in close and keep coming back for more.

Sensitive is the latest addition to the Skin Contact line, which also includes Hydrating and Smoothing shower gels. Skin Contact Shower Gels feature subtle scents with ingredients such as aloe, cactus milk and cucumber protein and make guys’ skin feel irresistible to the touch.

Be sure to pick up a bottle from a store near you.

Don’t Drop the Soap: Best Soap Bars for Men (Top 10 List)

Some people just like good ole’ fashion soap bars… and here’s the best…
Tom Ford, $18

This cleansing bar seems to be making its way to every gentleman’s shower- the soap smells great, lasts, and has been highly rated since its release.

Bliss Mammoth Minty Scrub Soap, $18
Supposedly the currently most wanted big bar soap, mainly b/c of its ability to scrub.

Anthony Logistics For Men Glycerin Cleansing Bar, $8.50
100% vegetable-based with natural ingredients to
promote healthy skin.

Dove Beauty Bar, $1.35
Nope, it’s not just for women. Many men swear by Dove

The Art of Shaving Tangerine Body Soap, $18
Cleans, purifies and moisturizes with Tangerine essential oil, high in Vitamin C from California, and Kokum butter to nourish and revitalize the skin

Musgo Real Men’s Body Soap, $6.00
Developed for the aristocracy, this men’s soaps has been handmade and stamped in Portugal since 1887. One of the most popular soap amongst real men.

Sexy For Men Soap Bar, $5.00
A new vegan soap to try.

Molton Brown Moisture Rich Aloe & Palm Body Bar, $22
The “multi-tasker soap”- perfect for face, body, and creates the the perfect foam for a great shave. Contains shea butter, aloe vera, palm oil and pure essential oils.

Zest, $1.99 (3 bars)
There’s nothing like being zestfully clean.

Anthony Logistics For Men Mud Scrub Exfoliating Bar, $12.50
Deep Cleansing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product is donated to prostate cancer research.

Other Good Brands: Old Spice, Sharps Happy Me All Over (sold out everywhere though), Irish Green, Palms Cocoa Butter Soap (and Shea Butter Soap).

Celebrity Grooming Must-Haves: Xotics Sweet Jamila and Shave Therapy

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Hand made products the leave the hair and skin smooth and moisturized. Used by celebrities like Diddy, Usher, Ne-Yo, Nelly, and Dwayne Wade. The shave therapy soothes skin after shaving and can easily be used as a total body shaving creme.

Noted benefits of Sweet Jamila:
- Adds moisture and strength to hair (perfect as a leave in condition.)
- Helps against breakage and give hair body & manageability.
- Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, and omega-six that tones the skin.
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Soothes dry, abused skin and protects against moisture loss.
- Works as an antioxidant and natural sunscreen.

Purchase both products at janellebeauty (they are now sold out).

Groom My Travels: Baxter of California

This top-notch kit is a must-have for traveling men, only $50 for a kit that includes: face wash, moisturizer, shaving cream, after shave balm, protein shampoo, and 2 cleansing bars. Baxter of California is known for its cutting-edge men’s products that work for many different skin types. Plus you can get free samples online- how dope is that ($5 for shipping).

It’s Cold Oustide: Moisturize

Today, New York City was a mess… hella cold, hella rainy, hella windy. And I talked to my friends in Georgia and they’re pretty cold down there as well… so it looks like its officially cold in most of the US. Which means it’s time to give your skin extra care, check out these products:

1. California North Action Moisturizer
Award winning and can be used for your face and body. Official world triathlon skin care product.

2. Double Duty Face Moisturizer
Designed to hydrate the skin without leaving the skin oily. Suncreen and moisturizer in one.

3. Men-U Ultra Concentrate Facial Moisturizer Lift
Skin refresher that will give your face a noticeable lift (you’ll feel it).

4. African Male Ikhala Moisturizer
Dual-purpose facial moisturizer and post-shave balm.

For more Grooming Products, go here.

Be Smooth: Basic Skin Care for the Urban Gentleman


For some reason somebody created the myth that men don't need to do worry about skincare… "Lever 3000 and Suave is all I need" are words that have been echoed by many- and I must say, "It's sad, oh-so sad". A man doesn't need 20 cremes to take care of his skin, but please guys you can do better than Lever, Suave, and Old Spice.

First off everyone has a different type of skin, some of you may have really dry skin while others may have really oily, sensitive, normal, or problem skin- it's important to realize what type you have. Once you realize it you can buy products that are best for your type of skin.

There are a few key products that most men should use and own:

1. Palmers Products: Shea, Cocoa, or Olive

The realness of it all is that Shea Butter, Coca Butter, and Olive Oil are GREAT for the skin of people of color. If you want smooth, bump-free, stretch mark free (yes men get stretch marks too, especially if you work out) then it's all about these products. Palmers has the best range of products from oils to lotions to cremes to soaps they have it all. And the price of their products are great! Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Walgreens (most drug stores), and online.

Try this:

After washing your body in the shower, rub some Palmers Coca butter oil on from neck to toe then rinse it off. And once you step out the shower dab yourself dry instead of harshly rubbing the towel against your body… I promise you'll see a difference within a week or so.

2. Jack Black Products

They have such a comprehensive range of products that fits all skin types and complexions. There are many men who absolutely swear by Jack Black (I've met a few).
Where to buy: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora, and online.

Try this:

After washing your hands put on some Jack Black Hand Healer. It's the perfect product for men who work out alot and have rough hands from lifting weights, it's also great for guys who always work outdoors or have jobs that leave their hands rough and dry. I suggest carrying some in your car and having one at home.

3. The Art of Shaving
Oh how I love the name… it just sounds like it's good, huh. Like Jack Black, The Art of Shaving carries products that are great for all skin types. But the difference is that this brand specializes in products for shaving, every gentleman should own atleast one Art of Shaving product.
Where to buy: The Art of Shaving Store, Nordstrom, online.

Try this:
Many men, especially men of color, tend to get ingrown hairs and lots of bumps when shaving.
If you run into this issue then dab some Ingrown Hair Night Cream before going to bed.

Other Good Products:
4. Lab Series
5. MenScience

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For ALOT more Men's Skincare products go here.


What are your favorite skincare products?
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