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The Boys (Products) of Summer

Grooming has come a long way since Barbasol. 

From shrunken blazers and boyfriend jeans to oversized watches and oxfords, women’s fashion has been taking plenty of cues from men. My bathroom is in the same mindset, with more and more man products creeping in. I’ve been a longtime fan of grooming products ever since I started stealing my dad’s razor and Barbasol. I’ve since graduated to more sophisticated picks: Anthony Logistics must-try shaving cream; Malin & Goetz’s unisex body washes; and Kiehl’s heavy duty sunscreens. I love how men’s products tend to be more straightforward than women’s products, with scents that are more fresh and zesty than heady and floral. But don’t worry — I’m not giving up my fuchsia lip gloss anytime soon.

— Mollie

Read our roundup of the best products to steal from the men in your life, then pick up my favorite Anthony Logistics shaving cream in the Birchbox Shop.

Of a Kind Designer Matt Singer Travels in Style

Not to brag or anything, but we have some pretty fashionable friends. And they’re blogging for us! Every other week, Of a Kind founders Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo will be introducing us to one of their brilliant designers, along with his or her beauty essentials. This week’s star: designer Matt Singer and his practical-but-stylish dopp kit. I can think of quite a few guys who could use this little guy - not to mention my dad! Read on for Matt’s grooming picks.

Designer Matt Singer Packs his On-the-Road Grooming Essentials

Matt Singer has amazing taste. Walk into any Jack Spade store, and you’ll see his influence: He was the brand’s creative director before launching his own collection of shirts, bags, and accessories that you didn’t know you needed until you saw them. He designed an awesome toiletry kit just for Of a Kind that we think makes the perfect grads-and-dads gift—and an even better one when stocked with some of Matt’s favorite grooming products. “I am a big fan of Ursa Major’s Stellar Shave Cream, Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste, Mario Badescu Body Sun Block, and the travel-sized bottles of peppermint shampoo and conditioner from Malin & Goetz,” he says. If you haven’t heard of some of these brands, trust us: They’re worth tracking down.