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4 Days on a Desert Island with Shipwreck Soap

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Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Recently, one of the brave chaps over at Birchbox Man took on a daring Survivor-inspired challenge: Could he weather four days relying upon only one, sole product? Armed with just Mr. Natty’s Shipwrecked Soap, he put aside his body wash, shampoo, shaving cream, and (gasp) deodorant.

Find out how he fared here.

—Maura

This week, click around to uncover hidden deals in the Holiday Shop. Just look for the “HOLIDAY PERK” logo!

James Bond Download: 007’s Grooming Routine

If you’ve already seen the latest James Bond installment, Skyfall, you know that Daniel Craig is handsomer and Bond-ier than ever—a cool mix of dashing, elegant brutishness and utter brilliance. But did you know that this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Britain’s favorite spy on the silver screen?

In honor of such a momentous event, Birchbox Man broke down the grooming rituals of every James Bond: from Sean Connery’s after shave to Pierce Brosnan’s pomade, and of course, Daniel Craig’s secret to sexy skin. Don’t miss a very good looking trip down Bond memory lane—head over to the Birchbox Man Guide right now.

—Candice

Starting to pick out a present for the Birchbox Man in your life? Take a peek at these picks in the Birchbox Holiday Shop.

Poodle Power: Adventures in Extreme Grooming

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

Photo via Pinterest/Jennifer Cohn

We’ve discovered something a little shocking and unusual, and we had to share it. While we’re all busy dreaming up new ways to update our own hair, there’s an underground community of people who are exerting their creative energy onto their dogs—especially poodles. Since poodles have a single layer of dense, curly hair, it takes shape quickly and can easily be manipulated into whatever imaginative look a pet owner wants. This leads to extreme poodle grooming.

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Team Intros: Meet Martin!

It’s hard to know where to begin when introducing men’s editor Martinmainly because we should have introduced you to him ages ago. Since coming on board in March, Martin has ramped up Birchbox Man's editorial from zero to 60, and continues to churn out incredibly thoughtful, brilliant copy with only one staffer handy—himself. The ladies of team content appreciate him because he has single-handedly upped our sports IQ as well as our “man speak” translation skills; and the whole office continues to be impressed by his extensive vocabulary and witty email banter. 

Name/Title: Martin Mulkeen, Editor, Birchbox Man

Hometown: San Francisco 

Unofficial role: The San Francisco Giants’ East Coast Fan Club

Fun fact: As a kid, I was an extra in Homeward Bound 2 and Nine Months. My scenes in both films were cut.

Beauty confession: It’s been about two years since I used a razor that wasn’t electric.

Currently loving: 4711. Original Eau de Cologne. It reminds me of my old man getting ready for Christmas dinner, which is the one day of the year he wears cologne. It’s a lighter and sportier scent, but transports me to a nostalgic wintertime place filled with Irish fisherman sweaters and Tanqueray and tonics. Also, Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Scrub Soap. Who knew a soap could also be a loofah?

Worth the splurge: I’ve been into this awesome Age-Less Face Cream from Lab Series for a while. It has this great warming effect and really tightens the skin on your face. 

Best grooming trick: Since I was a teenager, my eyebrows have resembled Andy Rooney’s. A couple of years ago, I discovered that sticking a comb in each one and running an Wahl Beard Trimmer across (or asking my barber to do this) really helps to tame these beasts.

Be sure to check out all of Martin’s expertly crafted prose in The Guide

Our Resident Man Editor Knows What Your Dad Wants

For a few months now, Team Content’s section of the office has been feeling, well, manly. There are grooming products littered about, and instead of debating nail art trends we’ve been talking about Clint Eastwood’s top flicks and the shocking ascendence of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yep, our Birchbox Man editor, Martin, is making his presence known and we like it. Today, he’s helping us out with his picks for gifts for every type of Dad.

For the Bearded Dad: Give him MCMC Fragrance’s Dude No. 1 Beard Oil to keep his whiskers conditioned and smelling good.

For the Wine Lover: Give him the Quirky Verseur so he can uncork, pour, and store his latest vintage without skipping a beat in his speech about Willamette Valley pinots.

For the Marathon Runner: Give him RumbaTime’s VanDam GO watch so he can track his pace and pay for a bottle of water at the finish line.

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