In the spirit of Black Friday I spent several hours last night browsing cool shaving products online. I have no shortage of shaving creams, lotions and pre-shave oils but when it comes to the sandalwood variety, I can't resist.
Among the endless promos and deals, what caught my attention was a curated list of sandalwood grooming products put together by a lady called Chelsea MH. I don't know Chelsea but by the aptitude with which she had put her list together, I can tell she knows sandalwood and what a classy gentleman should smell like.
You can find Chelsea's idea list on Amazon and buy anything that tickles your fancy. If you are not sure what is really good, here are some of the products I really liked and plan to purchase in the coming weeks. I've also add some of my favourite sandalwood products that are not on the list.
Few other brands can claim the classic status of Proraso. A perfect balance between price and quality, Proraso has been the choice of fine gentlemen for decades. The sandalwood variety of their classic aftershave is guaranteed to keep your skin smooth, while spicing things up.
You can't get the aftershave without the shaving cream. The Proraso Sandalwood aftershave and shaving cream compliment each other perfectly. For a total value under $25, the combo makes a great gift for yourself or a special man in your life.
What The Art of Shaving lacks in history and tradition, it makes up in quality and presentation. The company's shaving creams have become a staple on the bathroom counters of the men in the know. Their Sandalwood shaving cream is no exception.
Loaded with vitamins A & E, Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood Shave Cream does a great job at soothing even the most irritated skin. This shaving cream is fortified with shea butter, which adds extra moisture. The spicy-woody aroma stays with you most of the day.
It's time to retire the good old Lever 2000 and try this puppy. It's made with shea butter using a traditional French soap-milling technique. If none of this matters, check this: its masculine spicy smell is great to wake up with every morning.
If a soap is too messy, Molton Brown has got you covered. Their Templetree body wash rivals some of the best triple-milled French soaps. Its soft smell of sandalwood and spices will make you want to shower several times a day.
Every Man Jack's Sandalwood deodorant is a deviation from the standard fresh fare. Getting your armpits to smell spicy, however is a risk that pays off. Every Man Jack keeps you funk-free all day long and doesn't need need aluminum for it.
If money is not a problem and luxury is a must, Antica Barbieria Colla is the one for you. Hailing from the renowned barbershop in Milan, Santalo Rosso delivers the elegance and class of a true Italian gentleman.
By Kilian's Sacred Wood feels like a soft cashmere sweater. It's cozy and elegant without trying too hard. By no means is this your clubbing chick-magnet cologne. Think of Sacred Wood as the scent of the handsome guy at your local artisan coffeeshop who you know is loaded but will never admit it.
In the same vein as by Kilian Sacred Wood, Santalo Nobile explores the creamy softness of Australian sandalwood. Freshened up by spices in the opening, Santal Nobile dries down to an elegant combo of delicious vanilla and sandalwood.