Healthy Teeth

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What is a great outfit without a great smile? Men turn out to give more attention to shaving and skin care, but what about dental care? We found a nice article on this subject on

After having recently researched the preventative measures to keep my teeth through old-age and retain a smile worth showing, here’s a few tips I learned that will help save your smile:

  1. First thing’s first, stumble our from the covers and drink a tall glass of water.  Our lack of water consumption, and typically dry household air, radically dehydrates your body and mouth over the course of the night. Bearing in mind that a dry mouth breeds the very bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, start your morning off with as much water as you can drink in one sitting. One glass (10-12oz) is great, two is better. Your body and mouth will thank you!
  2. Floss, every tooth, morning, night and throughout the day. Lunch at Peter Luger’s leaving you picking at your teeth all afternoon? Reach for your dime-store solution to most periodontal problems. Starting behind your last molar, floss between each crevice twice, once pulling outward to clean the forward tooth, once pushing backward for the rear surface.  Difficulty fitting the string between your teeth? Experiment with thicknesses, from ribbon to fine until you discover what feels most comfortable.
  3. Rinse with warm water before brushing. Brush each tooth, moving the brush in small circles across the surface. Pay special attention to darker or discolored areas and crevices in molars that tend to catch food.
  4. While we’re on the subject, invest in a quality toothbrush. While we have no issue forking over money for new phones, televisions and gaming systems, the thought of spending money on a toothbrush technology seems unreasonable. Though the initial investment may hurt, trade up your traditional brush for its electronic counterpart. If you’re anything like me, you’re staring down the price-point, starting around $50, alongside the 2-for-1 supermarket special. This isn’t apples to apples, not even apples to oranges…this is like comparing a Ferrari to a Razor Scooter. You won’t regret it.
    After your purchase, read the directions! Most require charging well ahead of use and contain specific details regarding angle and pressure of brushing. Start chipping away at years of missed plaque and debris from traditional brushes!
  5. Rinse with warm water. Spit. Rinse again. Spit. Gargle. Spit. Rinse with non-alcoholic, fluoride rinse for 20-30 seconds. Spit. Leave for 20 minutes before eating or drinking again. Find a wash sans alcohol since, similar to booze, the chemical dries out your mouth and gums.
  6. Stay fresh throughout the day. Dental health shouldn’t be relegated to morning and nights. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, succeeding any cup of coffee, tea, alcohol, juice or other sugary drink. If you must consume sugars or dyes, water will limit the exposure to your teeth.  Use treated toothpicks, like those soaked in Tea Tree Oil, a natural antiseptic, to remove debris and chew sugarless gum to continually stimulate saliva production. If possible, keep a travel brush in your desk for discreet, after lunch, before meeting runs to brighten your smile.
  7. Consider investing in a humidifier for the bedroom. In additional to keeping your skin, sinuses and eyes better hydrated, thus preventing a myriad of other unsavory conditions, the balanced environment will help avoid hours of dryness throughout the night. If a humidifier seems too bulky, try setting a glass or pot of warm water adjacent to the radiator or floor grate for forced hot air.


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Grooming Boom

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Grooming, a once female dominated field, has transcended heavily into the male realm. These days men’s grooming regimens are receiving more hype than ever.  Magazines, such as GQ, Esquire, Details, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal have all reached out in attempts to appeal to the submerging world of men’s grooming.

One of the main incentives in increasing grooming advertisements is associated with the money.  Last year, Men’s Health readers, alone, spent $1.2 billion on grooming products.  The ad pages devoted to this category rose 37 percent in June 2012 in comparison to June 2011.

According to publisher Jack Essig at Esquire, advertising for grooming products is up 45 percent for the first half. Esquire editor in chief David Granger said that “We’ve made a big push on grooming in the last couple of years, talking to men about a common sense approach to taking care of themselves. As the category has exploded and product for men has multiplied, guidance is more important than ever.”

They also found a great percentage of growth (37) in advertising in the grooming category compared to last year at GQ. An online tracking system showed that GQ’s readers are very interested in hair, even more so as in shoes, suits and watches. ‘Hair’ turned out to be the number-two search term on their website.

Many magazines devote an increasing amount of pages to men’s grooming and the ad pages for this category are up 79 percent compared to last year.

Developments in the retail industry cannot stay behind on this trend. A partnership between Details and Space NK Apothecary resulted in endorsed products for men in 21 stores in the U.S. and shops-in-shop in Bloomingdales. “This is a pilot program for us and I believe Details endorsing a product as best of the category will of course have an impact,” said editor in chief Dan Peres.

Men’s grooming habits are sure getting a lot of attention these days. In Morgan Spurlock’s film ‘Mansome’, he gets models, actors, experts and comedians to weigh in on the subject. “I think you try to look good to meet a woman or you try to look good so the woman doesn’t run away,” explains Judd Apatow.

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How to Choose a Cologne

Scientists have investigated the effect of scent and it has been proven that we unconsciously store different scents in our memory. It has even been found that the well-known ‘Axe-effect’ really exists. Although unconsciously, someone’s scent is one of the most influential factors on the formation of your first impression about that person.

Fortunately, we are not totally dependent on our very own body odor. We can influence the smell that we distribute  to people around us by using a refined perfume. When you have found the right perfume that fits you, it can become your signature scent that will make people remember you. It might sound cliché, but it’s true.

For the guys that do not have a female friend, girlfriend or sister to help them out – because let’s face it, that’s the easiest way to pick a great scent that women like – here’s a guide on how to choose a cologne all by yourself. This guide is based on the guide by


Fragrance Construction

To create a perfume, a mixture of diverse fragrances is mixed into a dissolvent. The dissolvent is in most cases alcohol. The alcohol evaporates fast, but the fragrance ingredients will stay on your skin and will evaporate much slower.

Perfume types

Most people cannot tell the difference between for example an Eau de Parfum and an Eau de Toilette, while it is actually pretty simple. The difference lies in the relative amount of fragrance ingredients. Here’s an overview of perfume types and their properties:

  • Perfume: 20-40% fragrance ingredients
  • Eau de Parfum: 10-20% fragrance ingredients
  • Eau de Toilette: 5-10% fragrance ingredients
  • Eau de Cologne: 2-5% fragrance ingredients

Choosing a perfume type is mostly a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that as the fragrance concentrate gets higher, the price also rises. On the other hand, when using a perfume with a higher fragrance concentrate, less of the product is needed to achieve the same scent intensity with a lower concentrate perfume. There is no distinction between perfume types for men or women, colognes for example can be used by either sex. However, colognes are usually marketed to men as an alternative for perfume.

A classical constructed perfume consists of three notes: top notes, middle notes and base notes. These notes interact and create a full and rich scent.

Top Notes

Top notes, or tête in French, are the aromas that are dominant in the first few minutes after applying the perfume. These are usually bold scents and you can still smell the dissolvent at this point. As the top notes will influence your first impression of the perfume, these are meant to get your attention and are important in the sales of perfumes. Typical top notes are citrus fragrances. As the top notes evaporate, it is time to shine for the middle.

Middle Notes

The middle notes, or coeur in French, will rise after the top notes evaporated, usually after approximately ten minutes. Middle notes last for about half an hour. Soft floral notes are mostly used for this layer.

Base Notes

Base notes, or fond in French, are the odors that lasts after the top and middle notes have evaporated. Base notes are usually soft and subtle, like the scent of different types of wood. The base notes emerge after an hour or two after you have applied the perfume and these will linger until you change or shower.


All together, these notes create a layered, complex scent that changes while you wear it. It takes some practice to recognize different notes in a perfume, but a basic understanding of this can help you to select a great perfume over a mediocre one.

Picking A Scent

Important in the steps of selecting your personal scent, is to always make sure it fits with your personality and style. Go to a store where they sell a good selection of fragrances and try different scents on the tester cards. Remember that you should not rush this decision on investing in your personal signature scent. The best thing to do is to write down your favorites and come back later to try them again, since your sense of smell can be overwhelmed smelling many different fragrances.

If you feel like it is getting hard to smell the difference between scents, make sure you take a little break and smell the coffee beans that are usually around to ‘reset’ your nose. Coffee beans are known to remove odors and neutralize the perception of scent.

After you have selected two or three fragrances that you like, never skip the last step of testing them on your own skin. The same perfume can smell different on another person, because it interacts with your sweat, body heat and body chemistry.


Wearing Your New Scent

Where most women have developed their own elaborate ritual to apply their perfumes, many men seem to be confused at this point. Applying your fragrance is not subject to a real science, but we have some useful advise on where and how to apply.

Your body generates most heat on the wrists and neck, which is why these are called the ‘pulse points’. Perfume applied onto these points will emerge  from your body. Applied under your clothes like on the chest, back and thighs, perfume will be kept away from air and thus linger longer. Be careful with overuse, you don’t want to be walking around like one big cloud of perfume.

Do not combine your fragrance with a powerfully scented deodorant, as unexpected interactions can create unpleasant smell. Most department stores sell complementary deodorants, shower gels and more made from the same fragrance concentrate that was used for your perfume. Other than that, you can also use an unscented deodorant.

As you become more comfortable wearing your new personal fragrance, you can think about investing in other perfumes for different occasions.


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Shaving Tips

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Annoyed by the speed that your razor blades manage to go dull? You might not realize the influence you can have on keeping your blades sharp. We will provide you some tips and tricks how to make shaving a more pleasant experience.

For example, razor blades particularly do not like to be used on a dry skin, punishing you by speeding up the process of becoming dull. The beard has not been softened yet and this has a negative impact on your razor blades.

For your own comfort and to make your blades last longer, you should always follow these rules:

– When you wake up, your face is puffy with overnight fluid which will keep you from getting a close shave. We recommend to wait at least 20-30 minutes before shaving.

– Before you can start shaving, we would advise you to take a shower.  As we recommend you to wait for 20-30 minutes in the morning, it would be a great idea to shower first because showering will provide you with a perfectly relaxed skin and soft beard hair. If you’re not a morning shaver and/or shower taker, try to always soak your beard in warm water or steam for at least 15 minutes before you shave.

– Be parsimonious with the shaving soap/cream/gel or whatever product you’re using. The aim is to have a thin, even layer on your skin covering the hair. It’s not about how much product you use, but rather about how you apply it onto your face. When you use your hands, make a gentle circular motion. Make painters strokes when using a shaving brush.

– To clear out lather and hair, rinse your blade after every few strokes. Use hot water for better cleaning. Moreover, a hot blade will cut the hairs easier and more smoothly than a cold blade.

– Take a little time to clean your blade after using it. Rinse it in hot water and carefully dry it with a towel. To complete the process, rub a little alcohol on your blade to prevent any remaining moisture from oxidizing your blades.

– Also, keep your razor in a safe and dry place. Don’t leave it on the counter in the bathroom while your showering, because the humidity can affect your blades.


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