Wednesday, August 02, 2006

L'Oreal He Man Skin Products

This is the most darling thing. L'Oreal has put out a line called Men's Expert Skin Care and you can find all the products here:

http://www.drugstore.com/search/search.asp?searchtype=1&trx=28199&trxp1=94796&ipp=20&srchtree=1&search=loreal+men+expert

What I find so hilarious is the names of the products. No French here. No euphemistic expressions like you'll see with women's beautification items. No, sir. We're talking to the boys here, and they've got to know what they're buying.

You get things like, "Anti-Dullness Scrubber" and "Laugh Liner Wiper-Away-er" and "Smoother Facer After Shaver."
I'm not being accurate, but you can look for yourself and see what I mean.

I saw every single one of these products in my friend Petey's medicine cabinet in Montreal and he says he likes them. Except for the moisturizer, which makes his skin too shiny.

Peter also uses Banana Creme Moisturizing Shampoo from Body Shop, which he loves. I used it and not only was my hair fresh and bouncy on the hottest bloody day on record, every monkey in town asked me for a date.

9 Comments:

Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Would that they used those names for women's products!

Though I was in the drugstore yesterday (CVS) and passing through the shampoo aisle (just passing through, I buy my hair products at health food stores, less junk in 'em, I read labels) and there was a line of products for women by I can't remember whom and one shampoo had the great name of, I kid you not, degunkifier!

Caroline

9:42 AM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

P.S. I did stop by the makeup brush area and I need your advice. Could you speak to us of makeup brushes, o wise one? I have a blusher brush from BOdy Shop from years ago and yes, I have washed it in warm soapy water, but I need a new one. My little Clinique bonus one from a few years ago is too small to spread blusher properly. And isn't there something about real bristles from animals (sorry, vegans) vs. bristles made of synthetics and what wears down and when and all that? Oh please advise. I often use fingers for eye makeup (clean ones) since they are more precise, but for blusher and shading one must have a brush, and I want to get a good new one (or two). Thanks!

Would love it if you started a thread on makeup brushes. (Commenters can't start threads.)

Good to have you back!

9:45 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

I believe it, Caroline! I believe it! Was it part of the TIGI Bedhead line?

12:33 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

I think it's Clairol Herbal Essences! And methinks it was "Degunkify" not "Degunkifier," but same difference.

They must be going for the youth market ;-). Great idea though. I didn't look closely since I was just passing through that aisle, but the other products in the line probably have similar names.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Peregrinato said...

I should probably try this line. I'm spending too much money as it is on H2O Plus, L'Occitane, Lush, Korres, and what not.

4:02 PM  
Blogger boyinthebands said...

What Studio Line from L'Oreal isn't manly enough?

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jordan Stratford+ said...

I used Body Shop products for years, they had simple packaging with a black swoosy M (for Men, presumably) and it was great stuff. Then one day they replaced their packaging with a "motor oil" themed thing, the idea being that men respect their engines more than their skin. It was insulting and sexist, I filled out a complaint form and turned heel.

Aveda has no such idiotic assumptions; their stuff is pricier, but lasts forever.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

I get my hair stuff at the health food store -- read labels and get the products with the least junk in them. Good for you, Jordan, for writing that letter.

But anyway... I was at the CVS and double-checked the line I mentioned, and it is in fact Clairol Herbal Essences. I just googled it now to get some more names besides "Degunkify" for y'all because I didn't remember them, and they have ones like "Totally Twisted" and "Hello Hydration." Going for the youth market is what they're doing. Use ye your ministerial critical minds.

But more interestingly, the Google search brought up a Wikipedia item (don't tell my students, I spend my time telling them Wikipedia is not an acceptable source for a scholarly research paper) which is verrrry interesting and is a comparison of the old Herbal Essences line and this new repackaged one. It's from a blog called The Beauty Brains. Check it out.

Okay, I'm going to go finish reading one of Dorothee Soelle's wonderful holy rants against the consumer society now. :-)

10:08 PM  
Blogger BaptizedPagan said...

Sorry this is so late after much of the conversation, but just wanted to add that the men's products tend to be a tiny bit cheaper than the women's, important for those of us in grad school.
As a man (not a minister, but a theologian, hope that counts!), I find the L'Oreal line good, but the Neutrogena for men are, for my money, the best value at your local cvs if you're not going to hit the aveda counter. What most men need most and don't use enough is a simple daily moisturizer with an SPF -- and not only for use when you shave, or on your face where you shave. I use that with the L'Oreal eye cream and find it works pretty well.

12:19 PM  

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