You may be wondering why you would ever want to settle for men’s grooming products when as women we are privy to innumerable products of our own. Well, the answer is simple: some of the products in the men’s grooming section of your drug/department stores are the best kept beauty secrets! Not only are these men’s products often just as good or better than their female counterparts, but they’re often cheaper too! Sure the packaging might not always be as appealing, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Here are a few fabulous beauty products that you should be borrowing from the boys: stat!
15 Men’s Grooming Products You’ll Want To Steal For Yourself! 1 of 16
C.O BIGELOW for MACH3 Razor 2 of 16
This razor is the men's grooming product that inspired this post. I had just gotten back from traveling and couldn't find my razor. I was in desperate need of a shave, so I stole my husband's MACH3 and basically it rocked my world. It was seriously like a thousand times better than my usual razor...I guess they have to be pretty good to deal with coarse and manly facial hair. Anyway, I discovered that C.O. Bigelow teamed up with MACH3 to make this cool vintage looking shaver with the same MACH3 blades that I've already come to know and love. A cute razor that's amazingly effective? Yes please! Stealing this one from the boys for sure!
Purchase for $49.00 from C.O. BIGELOW
Old Spice Classic Stick Deodorant in Fresh 3 of 16
The absolute epitome of a great product to steal from your man. I dream about the scent of Old Spice - it's a classic - and in my opinion, infinitely better than the powdery women's scents in most deodorants. Men's deodorant (the non-antiperspirant variety) is also a great option for those who are looking for an aluminum free deodorant that will be strong enough to banish their sweat. Many women want to avoid the aluminum found in antiperspirant deodorants, but unfortunately there aren't many non-antiperspirant deodorants available for women. The only other aluminum-free option would be the natural deodorants and oftentimes they aren't strong enough for many women. That's why a men's non-antiperspirant deodorant is the perfect solution! Plus, can I just add again how nice it smells?
Purchase for $2.90 from Soap.com
Prada Amber Por Homme 4 of 16
If you like amber scents, then you'll love this men's cologne. Great for those of us who aren't into fruity floral notes that are prominent in women's perfumes. This smells warm and clean and perfect. As a bonus, cologne is a little heavier than perfume and will give your scent a bit more staying power.
Purchase for $60.00 from Sephora
Essie Man-E-Cure For Men 5 of 16
This nail polish may be for men, but it offters a natural no-shine finish that both men and women alike can appreciate. Because who doesn't like nicely groomed nails?
Purchase for $15 from Dermstore
AXE Clean Cut Look Pomade 6 of 16
I swear this will not make you smell like a douchey frat boy! My husband requested pomade recently while I was out running errands and when I came home with this, his response was "Seriously?! AXE! What am I...a junior higher?!!" After he tried it though, he was singing another tune. It was far cheaper than many of the other pomades and works swimmingly giving a natural but polished look - not super greasy like some pomades. The smell reads as "clean and fresh" and not as "in 'da club" and no one would be the wiser if you swapped your more expensive lady pomade out for this.
Purchase for $8.15 from Soap.com
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick-No-Shine SPF 15 # 1129 7 of 16
I love the C.O. Bigelow's women's mentha lip products, but sometimes I'm looking for something a little less shiny. Enter this lip balm for men. Totally matte and it has a built-in SPF, which is always a bonus. I like to layer it on before or after my lipstick if I'm going for a matte look that day, but its just as great on its own.
Purchase for $7.50 from C.O. BIGELOW
No Nix Astringent Styptic Pencil 8 of 16
Super old school, but still good. Perfect for those annoying cuts you get while quick shaving.
Purchase for $1.39 from Amazon
Barbasol Thick & Rich Soothing Aloe Shaving Cream 9 of 16
Barbasol is a total classic when it comes to shaving and it's way cheaper than most of it's feminine counterparts. I like that the foam is super thick and stays put, unlike some of the runnier women's shaving creams I've used. Some of the scents can be pretty strong, so unless you really love that manly scent, you may want to stick with the unscented version.
Purchase for $1.99 from CVS
Burt’s Bees Men’s Aftershave 10 of 16
Am I the only one who suffers from razor burn in the summer? Well, this product is great for banishing the burn. My husband has this and I definitely steal it from time to time. Bonus: it's all-natural!
Purchase for $8.69 from Soap.com
Dove Men +Care 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner in Fresh Clean 11 of 16
I adore all things 2-in-1, because anything that's a time saver is a winner in my busy-mom book. One look at the men's section of the shampoo aisle will tell you that men totally get this. You will find a plethora of shampoo/conditioner in one combos and this one from Dove is a great pick. Not too "boyish" in scent and a great way to skip a step during your busy beauty routine.
Purchase for $4.99 from Soap.com
MYEGO Cover Select Concealer 12 of 16
MYEGO Cover Select Concealer is a super natural concealer just for men that can disguise dark under eye circles and cover blemishes and imperfections. So why would a woman want to use it if we already have so many concealer options of our own? Well, this concealer is perfectly compact and it's applicator makes it ideal for throwing in your bag and using for touchups on-the-go. But, aside from that it's ridiculously undetectable. In tests 91% of men couldn't detect the concealer, which means it's the perfect way to look more polished without anyone actually knowing you're wearing makeup. Brilliant!
Purchase for £6.99 from MYEGO
Suave Clean & Fresh Men’s Body Wash 13 of 16
If you are a fan of that fresh and clean boy scent, then this body wash wil be right up your alley. So many of the women's body washes out there smell overly frilly and I'm just not a fan. One day during a shower I decided that the scent of my current body wash was just too much, I decided to give my husband's cheap-o body wash a whirl and I loved it!
Purchase for $2.99 from Soap.com
Basics Men’s Kit 14 of 16
Most makeup/toiletry bags geared toward women are designed with loud and overtly feminine patterns and colors. FYI cosmetic bag designers: just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I don't like the color black or sleek minimal products. This men's kit is perfect!
Purchase for $7.09 from Soap.com
Vaseline Men’s Face & Body Lotion Extra Strength 15 of 16
If you've got seriously dry skin, this is the lotion for you. Works on both face and body and is seriously moisturizing. Sure the bottle may not be as cute as your girly vanilla scented lotion, but it works amazingly.
Purchase for $4.05 from Soap.com
Conair Men’s 2-in-1 Personal Trimmer 16 of 16
Why use a pink trimmer when you can use the sleek black men's version? The price is right and it's great for those last minute touchups before hitting the pool or the beach this summer.
Purchase for $16.00 from Macy's
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