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Getting a HANDle on things: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

I don’t know many guys who get manicures, but most men that I know would acknowledge the importance of having presentable hands. Hands are often the first thing a person notices. We shake hands, hold hands, and gesticulate (albeit some more than others) in daily interactions. It’s totally possible to have very nice looking and feeling hands without the expense and commitment of regular manicures. Here are some must haves for hand maintenance.

Molton Brown Naran Ji Fine Liquid Hand Wash

Clean hands are nice hands and why not choose the best of the best when washing? Molton Brown is unparalleled in quality when it comes to hand wash and Naran Ji is their best seller. It is a dry, citrus fragrance (Florida orange and grapefruit) that is not in any way flowery or feminine. It cleans beautifully and eradicates odors while protecting hands from dryness and maintaining natural pH balance.

Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer

 When caring for nails, it’s important to keep them trimmed and buffed. This buffer has four numbered steps that provide a fool-proof route to shiny, smooth, healthy looking nails. I also like that none of the steps are at all rough or scratchy, which makes the buffing experience very comfortable.

Weleda Skin Food  

I was exposed to this brand when I first started at Birchbox and I have fallen in love with this cream. Formulated with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to soothe dry and rough skin, it will make even the gruffest of hands smooth and moisturized with no greasiness. The scent is earthy and neutral so it’s the perfect hand cream to have next to your kitchen sink or on your bedside table. 

—Eric

Read all of You’ve Got Male here and pick up more healthy hand tips here.

Obsession: Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod

I’m not usually one to go all spendy on bath products but I can’t resist Molton Brown. The UK company creates delicious scents with equally delicious brit-fab names (Blissful Templetree, anyone?). For years, my favorite has been the Re-Charge Black Pepper, their bestselling men’s scent that has a cult following among women too. It’s wonderfully spicy and clean without being masculine. Now, Molton Brown has finally created a feminine follow-up, the new Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod. Tongue-twisting properties aside, it’s an instant charmer, warm and delicate without being too sweet. The Pink Pepperpod bath gel, bath milk, and lotion all hit counters in Sept - start making space on your shelf for this new classic.