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Live Clean Men’s Classic Clean Shampoo Review!

Good Evening Ladies and Gents,

In a previous post I mentioned how I was looking for a quality shampoo that is as natural as possible (by natural I mean sulfate and paraben free etc). And while I love Brickell products and was seriously considering their shampoo, the $26 CAD price tag had me hesitant. Seemingly devoid of options I was going to pull the trigger on it until I searched one last time and came across the Live Clean brand, a Canadian company (with Canadian made products, a bonus for the folks here in the Great White North!) founded in 2006 with eco friendly, plant based shampoos and grooming products. At $13 CAD (including shipping) from Well.ca, I pulled the trigger on it.

Now before I get into the review of this product, I thought it would be important to mention why I wanted a shampoo that was sulfate and paraben free. First off what are sulfates exactly? Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate to be exact) is a chemical that turns the shampoo into a rich lather in the shower (it is also used in many cleaning products). So what is so bad about it? Well, sulfates in your shampoo have a tendency to dry out hair and scalp by stripping them of their natural oils. They can also cause an allergic reaction in those with sensitive skin. For me, not something that sounds particularly enjoyable.

Onto parabens, what are they? In essence, they are preservatives that have been approved for use in cosmetics and grooming products. They are virtually harmless (although there is conflicting research on the topic). For men however, they can cause a couple of unpleasant effects by causing hormonal imbalances that can lower sperm count and testosterone levels. Now I just recently turned 30 years old and I know that testosterone levels naturally start to decline at that age, so in no way shape or form do I want to help accelerate that process!!

Back to the point of writing this, the shampoo! What does this eco-friendly, paraben and sulfate free shampoo contain? The 3 main ingredients (what they call Power Tech 3) are tea tree oil, peppermint extract and Jojoba oil, all natural and efficient ingredients. But how does this stuff look and feel when it’s in your hair?

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Pretty much a clear liquid, not too thick however

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Lathers nicely, not as foamy as regular shampoo with sulfates but that’s alright.

So my thoughts? Lathers nicely, feels really nice when it’s in your hair. The tea tree oil and peppermint extract give it a pleasant tingly feeling while giving a nice deep cleanse to hair and scalp. I will say that after a couple of weeks use, my hair does not at all feel dry or brittle but a little more soft. At half the price of Brickell, although you could find it cheaper on Amazon! (sorry Brickell, still do love your other products!) it’s definitely great value. My only gripe is that I wish it came in a larger size than just 300 ml.

Thank you always for reading and I hope this review will be helpful for you in your search for quality grooming products.

-The Don

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Product Reviews Oldschool and Newschool

Good evening dapperites,

Before I being this review, I feel it’s important to note that I have not been paid by either company to conduct these reviews nor were the products given to me by them for free. So with that out of the way let’s get right to it!

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The first product up for review is an oldschool hair grooming product, Jeris Hair Tonic. For those of you unfamiliar, hair tonic used to be a common product back in the day especially by barbers who would use it to massage the scalp and style the hair at the same time. Now I like to use tonic occasionally to give my hair a more natural yet structured look since tonic dries out and doesn’t have that “wet-look”. I just finished up a bottle of Vitalis Hair Tonic so when I was dragged along to Sally’s Beauty Supply, I spotted the bottle of Jeris lurking at the bottom shelf near the cash. I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. So how did it turn out? Pretty disappointing to say the least. I find that while it smells nice, it offers very little hold to the hair. At first I thought since I was in need of a haircut that it was hindering the product’s ability but even after cutting my hair thus having less of it, it was a disappointment. In other words, you practically have to carry the bottle around all day and re-apply to have a decent hold. I think I will be going back to Vitalis once this bottle is done. But I will say this about hair tonics and oldschool hair products in general, if it’s been around a long time, there’s a good reason for it. I have read that the Jeris version with oil offers a bit more hold, but I don’t plan on taking that plunge.

Onto the second product, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisturizer . Now I’ve stressed the importance of taking care of your skin before on here and when doing so, I encourage the use of the best products you can afford. Your skin is no place to skimp out on. I discovered this moisturizer when I purchased my face wash from Kiehl’s and took the moisturizer as one of my samples. When my old moisturizer ran out I didn’t hesitate and immediately purchased the Kiehl’s one because I loved the sample. So why do I love it so much? Well when putting it on I immediately felt it go to work “waking” my skin up making it feel energized and ready for the day. It advertises:

“Our vitamin-enriched and energizing non-oily moisturizer wakens and uplifts dull, fatigued skin. This “facial recovery accelerator” helps skin resist the affects of environmental stress for a healthy, invigorated appearance. The formula, with Vitamin C and E, Chestnut extract and Soy, helps waken tired-looking skin and helps improve skin’s look and texture. With use, your skin will feel refueled, re-energized and revitalized!”

And boy does it ever perform. Living the student life again, it’s full of late nights and early mornings and this does the trick in the morning to help me look my best and improving the look of my skin. This is one product I definitely recommend. Remember, being dapper goes beyond just the clothes you wear, it’s about taking care of yourself too!

Hopefully these reviews will help a few of you out there make smart decisions when it comes to buying products to fulfill a dapper life. Until next time….stay dapper my friends!

The Don 😉