One of the downsides of being a dapper, modern-day gentleman is that we’re expected to have an endless plethora of grooming products. Whereas once a guy could get away with a bar of soap, shaving cream, aftershave and a slick pomade, these days there’s face wash, body wash, eye cream, daytime moisturiser with SPF protection, nighttime moisturiser to combat wrinkles, serums, toners — the list goes on and on. Not only is it a hassle to deal with on a daily basis, but packing up all those products whenever you travel is a nightmare.
What a relief, then, that some grooming products exist to serve more than one purpose, which can free up some space in your bathroom or toiletries kit whilst streamlining your morning routine. We’ve handpicked five products we love from three of our favourite brands, so read on to discover these essential men’s grooming products that perform double duty.
Launched in Hong Kong last fall, Italian brand Selvedge Grooming boasts five multifunctional products that make looking your best a little easier. We’re regular users of the Cleanse & Shave, which doubles as a facial cleanser and a shaving cream. The antioxidant-rich formula gently removes dirt and excess oil, and it also turns into a rich lather that’s perfect for getting a very clean shave.
HK$250 for 125ml at Harvey Nichols, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3968 2668
Founded in 2015, Austrian brand SA.AL&CO crafts men’s products from premier natural ingredients, essential oils, and water from the Austrian Alps — and then packages them in beautiful brushed aluminium containers. To simplify our shower routine, we’ve taken to using the Hair & Body Wash, which is powerful enough to clean from head to toe, yet gentle enough to preserve moisture all over.
HK$220 for 250ml at JOYCE Grooming, Shop B28, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2886
The luxury styling products made by Pankhurst London are some of the best in our product arsenal — seriously, check out the Defining Serum and the Styling Conditioner — but its standout double-duty product is the Head to Toe Shampoo. Inspired by the warmth of a glass of whisky, this luxurious shampoo can be used for hair and body, and it’s imbued with Pankhurst’s signature bay rum and lime scent, a nice way to freshen up after hitting the gym.
HK$245 for 250ml at JOYCE Beauty, Shop G106, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2367 0860
If you’ve got a moustache or a beard, you know that you need a product to keep your facial hair styled. Rather than having a standalone oil or wax for that purpose alone, why not get one you can use to style your hair as well? We’re fans of Selvedge Grooming‘s Grooming Wax, which provides a matte medium hold for hair and beards; if you prefer a shiny finish, opt for the Grooming Balm instead.
HK$230 for 50ml at Harvey Nichols, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3968 2668
Another product we love from SA.AL&CO‘s vegan and GMO-free skincare line is the Light Moisturiser & After Shave Balm. Light enough to use as a daily moisturiser, this balm provides superior soothing when applied after shaving. Its combination of aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, macadamia oil and birch sap returns moisture to the skin and helps to heal cuts and micro-wounds caused by razors.
HK$320 for 100ml at JOYCE Grooming, Shop B28, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2886