Overbuilt but definitely not over-designed, Hone’s Type 15 Razor is a minimalist’s dream. All three main parts are CNC machined of either lightweight aluminum or heftier brass, the former in either a classic silver or black anodized finish for longevity. Models of both metals are nicely balanced and are so precisely cut they almost look as if they were sculpted from the same one piece. The aluminum one comes either with a standard 85mm handle or a longer 100mm one and won’t develop a patina like the raw brass, though they’re both compatible with standard safety razor blades and make your morning shave something to look forward to.
Learn more at Hone Shaving – roughly $85 (aluminum) to $143 (brass)
Forget plastic. Big Red’s No.88 Beard Combs are made of stainless steel that’s sandblasted on its faces and polished, on its edges, to a shiny mirror-like finish. The No.88 Lite is made of nothing but stainless steel, though the two models shown both feature Rosewood scales as their handles, differing only in width of tooth pattern to accommodate either thicker or finer beard hair — and to bring them some much-needed order. Plus an integrated bottle opener behind the comb makes carrying yours daily a no-brainer.
Find them at Big Red Beard Combs – $38 to $54
Unless you’re a chemist, there are too many ingredients in most skincare products to keep track of. For that reason Whistler Wash Co subs in high-performing natural alternatives extracted from eucalyptus, baobab, cucumber, juniper, and sea kelp, amongst others, to clean, hydrate, and repair skin in their washes, shampoos, and face & body soap bars. The wash also produces a cooling sensation post-shower and both smell like a mix of campfire and cut grass — a notable improvement over traditional artificial scents.
We’ll (sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly) admit that lip balm has recurring spot in our everyday carry. Harry’s Lip Balm takes the brand’s face care know-how and infuses it into a pocketable stick that protects your kisser from the elements. Shea butter provides lasting hydration without much unwanted sheen while an sun protection to SPF 15 shields your lips from the sun. And since it gives off a peppermint-like cooling sensation you’re further incentivized to keep re-applying, making it work even better.
Learn more at Harry’s – $9 for three
First they made vacuums. Then hand dryers, bladeless fans, and air purifiers. So in a way the advent of the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is barely surprising considering the company specializes in moving air powerfully. A 13-blade propeller within the handle is spun at up to 110,000 rpm and sits on a rubber mount, reducing vibrations and producing just one inaudible frequency to make the hairdryer far quieter than all others. Sensors monitor air 20 times per second as it flows upwards to control temperatures and to prevent burn damage to hair. Couple this to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology and you’ve got a hairdryer that’s smaller, better balanced, and dries hair quickly and safely, all without being deafeningly loud.
Read more at Dyson – $400
It looks like your run-of-the-mill safety razor. But it isn’t. The dial below the Rockwell Model T Razor’s hints at the difference. Load a blade in, turn the bottom dial to close the top doors, then turn the numbered dial to select your shave depth. Lower numbers are for men with sensitive skin while higher numbers tackle thick, coarse hair and more serious beards, avoiding razor bumps and skin irritation either way by cutting hair at the skin’s surface without any tugging. Best of all the compatible Rockwell Razor Blades cost just ten bucks for 100 blades — or 10 cents a blade — significantly undercutting any cartridge razor system in terms of price over the years.
Find it at Kickstarter – $95
Every bar is handmade to order using only the finest ingredients, four fifths being organic and vegan and containing only plant-derived oils and butters. But if that wasn’t enough, Pop Cauldron Soap will probably sell you with its pop culture-fuelled themed soaps. Bars include the black cherry-scented and dual-katana armed Chimichangas, Miami Snow, which contains a rolled up $1 bill resting on real silver foil, and the fresh air scented, politically charged Feel The Bern — alongside the promise of a $3 contribution to a certain populist’s campaign. Notably missing is anything referencing Tyler Durden’s product but perhaps that was a little too on the nose.
Check them out at Pop Cauldron – $8+
A traditional straight razor with a futuristic twist. The Aluminium Straight Razor from Discommon was created as a follow up to the original, pricier Titanium model through their self-proclaimed “Ocean’s 11” approach of product development, sourcing materials from a network of Discommon’s collaborates to push the limits of product design. The Straight Razor continues Discommon’s exploration of advanced materials featuring aerospace grade aluminum, and covered in a micro texture, providing grip even when wet. It’s comprised of hand polished finished parts, which are then anodized a gunmetal colour. Crafted in collaboration with Hart Steel, the custom blade cuts with exceptional precision, while a hardened steel stop pin holds the blade in closed position to prevent dulling when not in use. The entire razor rests inside a custom leather and felt carry case, and is the epitome of luxury.
Learn more at Discommon – $800