The last thing you need is a cumbersome bag when going to the gym. It’s just one more thing holding you back from even getting there. Which is why grooming kits have come in very handy when it comes to bringing all the essentials, sans the bulkiness and weight.
If you’re one of the rare few who conscientiously go to the gym at lunch or after work, you’ll realise that these small sized bottles in their matching bags are a godsend.
To make it easier for you, we’ve sussed out the best-ofs in the market today. English label Bamford Grooming Department has a blacked-out version that a lot of men will undoubtedly jump on for its minimalist, fuss-free look. Meanwhile, Aesop – no stranger to some of the most popular sets around – has teamed up with Mr. Porter for a special edition targeted at gym enthusiasts. To keep you smelling fresh at the end of the day, Byredo has a nifty set that will get you back on track.
Here are 5 of our favourite grooming kits to get fresh again post-gym.
Containing good-sized bottles of shampoo, hand and body wash, exfoliating face wash and moisturiser and fitted neatly into a sturdy and structured wash bag, the English brand really nails fuss-free grooming, especially after a long day at the gym. Expect a rare blend of fresh vetiver, bergamot and cassis, with notes of dark amber and leather for an alluring muskiness.
Three locker room essentials make up this kit exclusively put together for Mr. Porter, with the brand’s famous geranium leaf body cleanser, classic shampoo and parsley seed face hydrator packed into a durable and reusable case that protects the apothecary-styled glass bottles from breakage in your gym bag. The hydrator is particularly useful for freshening up on long-haul flights too, giving you extra mileage.
In a colour-coded set, Malin + Goetz is a cheerful rendition of the otherwise no-frills grooming kits for men. Inside, six products take centre stage, each carefully curated to work in perfect harmony to freshen you up. We’re particularly excited about the peppermint shampoo, which thoroughly cleanses sweat and product residue, and the Vitamin E face moisturiser, an oil-free anti-oxidative moisturiser that puts the glow back in your skin.
If your hairstyle requires more products than cleansing your hair, face and body combined, maybe it needs a kit dedicated to it. This set of six styling pomades comprises of all the pomades in the brand’s extensive collection, and will give you looks that vary in texture, hold and shine, depending on how you mix and match between the clay, water or cream pomades.
You’ll have to put this one together yourself, but you’ll get great mileage out of it because you’ll have the option of not just one, but three of Byredo’s most iconic woody scents: Black Saffron, Mojave Ghost and Super Cedar. In 12ml vials, the bottles are designed to fit snugly into the “Necessaire de Voyage” travel case, which protects the bottles while keeping them looking chic.