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Men’s Health 2019 Grooming Awards

Our product picks are editor-tested, expert-approved. We may earn a commission through links on our site. . The men’s grooming section at the drugstore (or Amazon or Target or Whole Foods—or even your local grocery store) contains hundreds more products than it did even a few years ago. To help you sort through shelf after…

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The men’s grooming section at the drugstore (or Amazon or Target or Whole Foods—or even your local grocery store) contains hundreds more products than it did even a few years ago. To help you sort through shelf after shelf of retinols and pastes, tanners and toners, we at Men’s Health called on our most kempt staffers to test them—and comedian/actor Ben Schwartz, too! Turns out the future looks amazing.

The latest innovation in grooming is the absence of certain ingredients—like natural deodorants without harsh chemicals that work just as well as the old-school sticks, and mineral sunscreens that your skin absorbs just as easily as the ones you’re used to.

Dove Men+Care SportCare Body Wash

Dove Men+Care SportCare Body Wash

walmart.com

Best Sports Wash Body washes can be harsh and drying, but Dove Men+Care SportCare Body Wash Active+Freshhas loads of moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin feeling clean and comfortable. $5.94

Baxter of California Detoxifying Charcoal Bar

Baxter of California Detoxifying Charcoal Bar

baxterofcalifornia.com

The charcoal in this bar soap helps deliver a down-to-the-pores clean feeling, but doesn’t make your skin feel tight and dry after use. $16.15

Necessaire Fragrance Free Body Lotion

Necessaire Fragrance Free Body Lotion

necessaire.com

Best Lotion Fragrance-free Nécessaire the Body Lotionsinks in quickly and contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), which helps keep your skin hydrated. We might finally be lotion converts. $25.00

Bare Republic Mineral Citrus-Cooler Sunscreen Spray

Bare Republic Mineral Citrus-Cooler Sunscreen Spray

walmart.com

Best Sunscreen You’re seeing more mineral-based sunscreens now because their ingredients aren’t harmful to ocean reefs. Bare Republic Mineral SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Sprayis one of the few in spray form. $13.85

Schmidt’s Water + Wood Deodorant

Schmidt’s Water + Wood Deodorant

walmart.com

Best Natural Deodorant The activated charcoal and magnesium hydroxide in Schmidt’s Water + Wood Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorantdoesn’t stop sweat, which means your skin won’t feel the wrong kind of dry. $4.72

Aveda Hand Relief

Aveda Hand Relief

nordstrom.com

Even semi-regular use of this hand cream will keep your mitts from feeling dry, but won’t make your handshake feel like a greasy, wet fish. $24.00

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Pre Shower Mousse

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Pre Shower Mousse

ulta.com

Say goodbye to zebra streaks and orange hands. Use this sunless tanning foam before you step into the shower and wash it off after just a few minutes. It gives gradual color so you won’t look like an Umpa Lumpa—use it daily ’til you reach your desired bronze. $20.00

Art of Sport Men's Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

Art of Sport Men’s Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

amazon.com

Our testers diligently tried dozens of antiperspirants during their workouts and this one kept them the driest and best smelling through all of them. $32.95 (4-Pack)

Jack Black Turbo Body Spray

Jack Black Turbo Body Spray

getjackblack.com

Forget what you think you know about body spray. This one smells more like a high-end cologne, but won’t shroud you in a cloud of fake freshness. Use it after a shower or when you don’t have time for one. $32.00

Old Spice Moisturize with Shea Butter Body Wash

Old Spice Moisturize with Shea Butter Body Wash

oldspicebarbershop.com

$5.49

We love the natural-ish scent of this body wash and the addition of shea butter means that it moisturizes even the driest skin (and keeps it that way throughout the day). $5.49

CBD Daily Intensive Cream

CBD Daily Intensive Cream

cbddailyproducts.com

This CBD infused cream can be used on your face as a calming moisturizer, but really shines when you use it on other parts of your body, too. The CBD helps to curb aches and pains, giving you a sense of deep muscle relaxation. $25.99

Hair products today don’t look like they used to. Now your pomade is a foam, so it won’t weigh your hair down; your shampoo is dry, so you can clean your hair at your desk; and your conditioner also improves your scalp, so your hair can be healthier, not just softer.

Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo

Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo

sephora.com

Best Shampoo Modern shampoos need to do more than just clean your hair—they need to protect it. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampooremoves product and hard-water buildup, but doesn’t strip your hair of natural oils. $28.00

SEEN Conditioner

SEEN Conditioner

helloseen.com

Best Conditioner Hairline breakouts, neck pimples, and shoulder zits might be caused by pore-clogging ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner. This conditioner is formulated more like a facial moisturizer. $26.00

Hairstory New Wash (Deep)

Hairstory New Wash (Deep)

hairstory.com

Best 2-in-1 Dryness-prone hair—particularly if it’s curly, thick, or textured—needs special care. Hairstory New Wash (Deep)is way gentler than most multiuse products, which tend to rely heavily on soaps. $40.00

Haz de Fuko Gravity Paste

Haz de Fuko Gravity Paste

hanzdefuko.com

Best Paste As one tester put it, “Pomades are classic, but paste is a superior product.” Hanz de Fuko Gravity Pasteprovides a natural, unshiny look while still giving you the hold you want. (Work from the back to the front.) $23.00

American Crew Fiber Grooming Foam

American Crew Fiber Grooming Foam

walmart.com

Best Hair Foam Most men use too much product in their hair. Part mousse, part styler, American Crew Fiber Grooming Foamis very forgiving. Apply it to damp hair and let it air-dry, or use a dryer and work it in as your hair dries. $19.50

Old Spice Pure Sport Men's Dry Shampoo

Old Spice Pure Sport Men’s Dry Shampoo

walmart.com

Best Dry Shampoo There are times when you need to look fresh but can’t shower. Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampooinstantly refreshes hair by absorbing oil and debris, rebooting your style without the need for more product. $4.97

Johnny’s Chop Shop Glide ‘Em High Grooming Cream

Johnny’s Chop Shop Glide ‘Em High Grooming Cream

amazon.com

Grooming cream is especially good for medium to long-ish hair since it gives a little bit of hold, but still leaves movement. Use this in place of pomade so you can still get your fingers through your mane. $19.99

John Paul Mitchell: Tea Tree Grooming Pomade

John Paul Mitchell: Tea Tree Grooming Pomade

paulmitchell.com

Classic pomades give shine and hold and this one doesn’t disappoint, but is more light weight so you can still shape it throughout the day. $19.00

Fatboy Hair Spray Putty

Fatboy Hair Spray Putty

amazon.com

Traditional putty is great for matte, piecey looks, but it’s easy to go overboard. This innovative spray putty is much easier to apply and you won’t see any gloppy bits. $28.00

Briogeo Scalp Revival Conditioner

Briogeo Scalp Revival Conditioner

sephora.com

Make your conditioner do more for you than make your hair soft. This one helps to remove buildup from your scalp (and leaves a fresh, cool minty tingle), but doesn’t strip your hair and make it feel weird. $36.00

Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox

Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox

violetgrey.com

A balanced scalp is a healthy scalp and a healthy scalp grows better (and more) hair. This scalp treatment uses natural ingredients like moringa oil and basil leaf to help keep your scalp skin in check. $42.00

Kristin Ess Scalp Detoxifying Bubble Hair Mask

Kristin Ess Scalp Detoxifying Bubble Hair Mask

target.com

This scalp mask bubbles up like magic and uses oxygen to help trap all the dirt and grime building up on your head. $14.00

Colognes used to be all about one thing: seduction. But now the coolest ones out there are about a vibe. They’re meant to evoke stuff like the wind over a sun-scorched New Mexico desert. They smell like flowers, fruits, smoke, and—if you really use your imagination—sky. They’re meant to transport and inspire, not just arouse. They’re for you, not for anyone else.

Montblanc Men's Explorer

Montblanc Men’s Explorer

macys.com

This mature scent uses three classic men’s cologne notes (bergamot, vetiver, patchouli) to create a modern update to a masculine scent you know well. $60.00

Ralph Lauren Men's Polo Red

Ralph Lauren Men’s Polo Red

It’s spicier and a bit darker than Polo Blue while retaining a familiar “Polo” scent. $54.49

Tom Ford Ombré Leather

Tom Ford Ombré Leather

sephora.com

Tom Ford’s colognes have an incomparable depth and luxury; when you wear them, you smell rich. This one is no different but happens to cost half what the other Fords do. $125.00

Versace Eros Flame

Versace Eros Flame

nordstrom.com

This citrus and pepper-infused scent is like a crazy night in Miami: It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot sexy. $80.00

Henry Rose Fog

Henry Rose Fog

henryrose.com

There’s a mystery to this cologne. It’s a scent you can’t quite put your finger on, like trying to navigate through an especially good-smelling fog. The fact that it’s non-toxic is just icing on the cake. $120.00

Abbott NYC Big Sky

Abbott NYC Big Sky

abbottnyc.com

This cool, airy cologne makes you feel like you just came back from a vision quest without buying new boots. $75.00

HUGO BOSS Hugo Reversed

HUGO BOSS Hugo Reversed

kohls.com

Herbal and citrus notes create a fresh scent without any cloying, artificial after-smell. $65.00

The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance

The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance

thenueco.com

Research shows that our sense of smell is closely linked to our cognitive function, which could be why aromatherapy works. So creating a wearable fragrance using specific smells meant to chill you out seems like a no-brainer. Did this one help calm us down? Maybe. We’ll keep wearing it because it’s a great cologne: crisp, citrusy, and light. $155.00

Armani Code Absolu

Armani Code Absolu

giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

This update to the iconic Armani Code adds suede and vanilla notes, which soften the original scent into a modern cologne that says “Yes, I drive an Italian sports car, but I also cry at romantic comedies.” $90.00

For years, you could get that really clean feeling in your mouth only by visiting a dentist. These days, you can experience it more frequently than once every six months. Professional-quality toothbrushes and whitening devices are now available for the home and are as easy to use as opening an app. (Though you should still go to the dentist.)

Philips Sonicare 9700 Diamondclean Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare 9700 Diamondclean Toothbrush

amazon.com

Best Toothbrush This toothbrush uses sonic technology and comes with a variety of brush heads for every imaginable dental need. It even got us to scrape our tongue. $272.89

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Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Deep Clean Charcoal Toothpaste

Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Deep Clean Charcoal Toothpaste

amazon.com

Best Toothpaste Old charcoal toothpastes were messy or too harsh. Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Toothpaste-Charcoalwon’t stain your sink and contains fluoride, which many natural pastes leave out. $20.91 (3-Pack)

Go Smile Blu Professional Teeth Whitening Device

Go Smile Blu Professional Teeth Whitening Device

circuitcity.com

Best Whitener The Go Smile Blu Professional Teeth Whitening device blasts stains from your teeth quickly. The best (and weirdest) aspect, though, is that it massages your gums while it whitens. $119.99

Brandless Peppermint Mouthwash

Brandless Peppermint Mouthwash

brandless.com

Best Mouthwash Rinsing after brushing helps eliminate bacteria that cause decay. Most mouth- washes have alcohol, which can be drying, but Brandless Alcohol & Fluoride Free Peppermint Mouthwashdoesn’t.

Hello Activated Charcoal Dental Floss

Hello Activated Charcoal Dental Floss

amazon.com

Best Floss Hello Activated Charcoal Dental Flosscontains the same charcoal as your new favorite toothpaste. Bonus: It tastes like peppermint, not charcoal. $15.42 (3-Pack)

Colgate Total SF Clean Mint Toothpaste

Colgate Total SF Clean Mint Toothpaste

amazon.com

This newly reformulated toothpaste not only prevents bacteria buildup in your mouth, but leaves a whole-mouth fresh feeling all day (even after your third cup of coffee). $11.96 (4-Pack)

We get it: Building a skin- care routine can be daunting. That’s why so many of us still rely on the same acne wash we had as teens. But making small changes, like applying a retinol cream at night or a sheet mask once a week, can mean big changes in your skin’s health (and look) with minimal effort. The products may seem a little outside the box—until you start using them.

C&C Total Care Calming Lavender Cleanser

C&C Total Care Calming Lavender Cleanser

ulta.com

Best Cleanser This calming cleanser is effective enough to wick away sweat and dirt after a workout, but won’t leave skin feeling dry and tight. $12.00

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Oil Herbal Concentrate

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Oil Herbal Concentrate

kiehls.com

Best Face Oil Cannabis Sativa oil is not CBD (it’s actually hemp oil), but it still helps calm red skin and has antibacterial properties which help control acne. Use it at night in place of or underneath moisturizer, especially if you struggle with breakouts. $49.00

ernest by Ernest Supplies Matte Face Moisturizer

ernest by Ernest Supplies Matte Face Moisturizer

target.com

Best Moisturizer Daily moisturizer can make you look like an oil slick, so opt for a matte product like Ernest by Ernest Supplies Matte Face Moisturizer. $9.99

Jaxon Lane Bro Mask

Jaxon Lane Bro Mask

jaxonlane.com

Best Mask The Jaxon Lane 100% Hydrogel Bro Maskdelivers deep hydration. Use it if you have dry, oily, red, or wrinkled skin and you’ll see a huge difference with little effort. $28.00

Clinique For Men Super Energizer™ Anti-Fatigue De-Puffing Eye Gel

Clinique For Men Super Energizer™ Anti-Fatigue De-Puffing Eye Gel

sephora.com

Best Eye Gel This de-puffing eye gel uses a metal roller ball to apply energizing ingredients like caffeine to help get rid of fluid buildup. $32.50

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

drunkelephant.com

Best Retinol Cream Retinoids can help reduce fine lines and control breakouts but can be harsh. Look for a gentler version in a cream form, like Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream. $74.00

Supergoop 100% Mineral Matte Sunscreen

Supergoop 100% Mineral Matte Sunscreen

sephora.com

Best Sunscreen This mineral sunscreen has a matte, powdery finish, so you don’t have to worry about extra shine. $38.00

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizing Toner

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizing Toner

sephora.com

Get yourself a face product that can do both. This milky concoction clarifies and balances your skin like a toner, but moisturizes and protects like a moisturizer. $49.00

Hims Goodnight Wrinkle Cream

Hims Goodnight Wrinkle Cream

forhims.com

This cream is thicker than your daytime moisturizer, which means it helps protect and hydrate your skin all through the night (and contains hyaluronic acid to help moisturize your skin cells from within). $24.00

Differin Gel

Differin Gel

ulta.com

Until recently this potent acne treatment was only available by prescription. The good news is that you can now buy it over the counter. The even better news is that it still works (really well). $28.99

Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

sephora.com

Swiping on this toner after you wash your face can help lighten sun spots and hyperpigmentation, thanks to the powerful exfoliating agents of glycolic and lactic acids. $28.99

Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm

Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm

This thick eye balm is best for those days where your eye bags are really out of control. It’s crazy moisturizing and the addition of CBD helps to calm inflammation and de-puff quick. $38.00

Sometimes the most exciting grooming products are elevated versions of what we already use. A great shaving cream, for instance, simply means a richer lather, a silkier texture, and a subtle scent that negates the need for an aftershave or even cologne.

The Art of Shaving Bergamot Neroli Shaving Cream

The Art of Shaving Bergamot Neroli Shaving Cream

amazon.com

Best Shaving Cream The Art of Shaving Bergamot & Neroli Shaving Cream will make shaving something you actually want to do instead of a chore, leaving your face feeling refreshed, not irritated. $25.00

Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel

Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel

amazon.com

This soothing shaving cream is the first line of defense against razor burn, even for the most sensitive faces. $10.14

Bulldog Original Bamboo Razor

Bulldog Original Bamboo Razor

amazon.com

Best Green Razor This razor has a removable bamboo handle and metal parts, and features recycled packaging. And it shaves as well as any other razor. $8.97

Zihr Tame Beard Oil

Zihr Tame Beard Oil

zirh.com

Best Beard Oil A good beard oil moisturizes the hair along with the skin underneath, which helps cut down on the new-beard itch. Zirh Tamedoes that without leaving your beard greasy. $18.50

SheaMoisture Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Balm

SheaMoisture Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Balm

walmart.com

Best Beard Balm Style, shape, and moisturize your beard with SheaMoisture Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Balm that penetrates deep into your skin and keeps your hairs soft all day. $8.95

Braun BT 5065 Beard Trimmer

Braun BT 5065 Beard Trimmer

amazon.com

Best Beard Trimmer Getting a barber trim every four months will maintain the right shape for your face. For those in-between times, use the rotary-dial-equipped Braun Beard Trimmer BT 5065. $49.94

Murdock Alum Bar Aftershave

Murdock Alum Bar Aftershave

neimanmarcus.com

Best Aftershave Murdock London Alum Bar allows you to cover a large area while zeroing in on nicks. The best part: It helps stop bleeding and heal cuts without the need for TP. $24.00

Philips Norelco Shaver S9000 Prestige

Philips Norelco Shaver S9000 Prestige

philips.com

An electric razor that doesn’t pull or irritate your skin, even during the adjustment period? Yes, please. You can use this one for both wet and dry shaving with minimal irritation and the cool charging pad will even charge your iPhone. $299.99

American Crew ACUMEN After-Shave Cooling Lotion

American Crew ACUMEN After-Shave Cooling Lotion

bloomingdales.com

This lightweight lotion instantly cools and subdues any post-shaving redness and doubles as a face-protecting moisturizer. $24.00

What makes something an innovation? When you didn’t even know you needed it until you try it. This year, grooming innovations came from every category: razors that actually make your face feel great, blow dryers that don’t make your hair crispy, and hell, even a mask that makes you look like an evil robot, but also makes your skin amazing. These products address our grooming problems in ways we never thought possible and man, are we happy they’re here.

Gillette Heated Razor

Gillette Heated Razor

gillette.com

Best Razor The new Gillette Heated Razorhas turned the warm barbershop shave into a chargeable, heatable cartridge razor that softens the hair while it shaves. $200.00

Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLight FaceWare Pro LED Light Mask

Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLight FaceWare Pro LED Light Mask

dermstore.com

Best Tech LEDs have been shown to address myriad skin issues. The Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Prolight mask uses red and blue lights to calm irritation and kill acne- causing bacteria. $435.00

Bioprogramming Repronizer Hair Dryer

Bioprogramming Repronizer Hair Dryer

amazon.com

Best Hair Dryer We know you’re probably not doing it, but blow-drying your hair really can make the difference between a cut and a style. Problem is, heat can scorch your hair and scalp. This hair dryer uses new “Japanese technology” that dries your hair but doesn’t bake it, giving it a softer texture than usual. $410.00

 By Humankind Mouthwash Tablets

By Humankind Mouthwash Tablets

byhumankind.com

Add By Humankind Mouthwash Tabletsto a glass of water to instantly transform it into breath- freshening mouthwash. $10.00

True Sons Color Foam

True Sons Color Foam

amazon.com

This ingenious semi-permanent color foam makes covering gray hairs all over your body (yes, even your chest) easy and mess-free. $35.00

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Geologie Custom Skincare System

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Building a skincare routine is hard when you don’t know where to start. Fill out a quiz on the Geologie website and they’ll send you a custom routine formulated specifically for your face.

Degree for Men Cool Rush Deodorant Wipes

Degree for Men Cool Rush Deodorant Wipes

target.com

We’ve all had those days where we need to feel a little extra fresh. A quick swipe of these deodorant wipes under your arms (or anywhere else) freshens you up without a shower. $4.99

C3 Head Wash

C3 Head Wash

cranium.care

Somewhere between a facial cleanser and a shampoo, this scalp wash helps keep bald heads healthy, balanced, and protected. $19.00

Garrett Munce Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming.

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