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Manly Cosmetics

I vacated my bathroom for houseguests recently, and as I was moving my toiletries back in, with wry amusement I noticed how many face creams I have. Creams for eyes, creams for lips, creams for night, creams for going out into the sun, creams for after having gone out into the sun, creams for day, creams for “noticable reductions in wrinkles in 7 days or less.”

(The problem is, seven days later when I am looking for a noticable reduction, I can’t really tell if it is working or not. I look, but I am wondering what I might have looked like if I HADN’T used the cream? I don’t know!)

And I was thinking about men, who have skin, too. Particularly I was thinking about Adventure Man, and what would it take for him to feel comfortable using a skin cream?

First – it would have to have a very manly name. None of this Homme stuff, it would have to imply that this is a product a RUGGED man would use. Like Manly Lather. “Lather” is a word that goes with men, like barbers lather up your face before they shave you. Women use foam, men use LATHER.

Another name I thought might work would be Extreme Unction because manly men like flying near that edge of the envelope, it’s a testosterone thing, and unction means anointing, like with an oil. If you are Catholic, you receive extreme unction just before dying, or before people think you are about to die, so even unction has an extreme connotation.

Maybe Braveheart? Maybe Rock?

Help me out here.

If you are a guy, (please, keep it clean) what kind of names would allow you to use a face cream with dignity?

If you are a gal (and rolling on the floor laughing) what names can you think of that would encourage a guy to actually USE a face cream?

Have fun with this!

October 5, 2007 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Entertainment, Experiment, Health Issues, Humor, Hygiene, Marriage, Random Musings, Relationships


  1. I think you’d have to define the purpose of the cream. Many men have no desire for softer, glowing skin or whatever reason women use facial creams.

    Calling it a “cleanser” might work, but not if you’re supposed to leave the product on. Gels are cool.

    Comment by Darmok | October 5, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by intlxpatr | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. 🙂 Neutrogena has a full line of men’s products, in very MANLY packaging (i.e., lots of BLACK). Its categories are: Wash, Save, and Protect.

    My favorite product line is “Razor Defense” (with “Age Fighter” a close second), but Neutrogena Men also has products with “hydrating”, “cleanser” and “skin clearing” in the title so they must not be too off-putting for male consumers 😀

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hehehe… male resonses are nice to such a topic – You see, I’ve always wondered about that bas it’s the norm now for guys to pamper themselves… actually it’s better.. doesn’t make them less manly 😀

    Comment by chikapappi | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  5. LLLOOOOLLLL, LD, what straightforward labels!

    Chicapappi, I think this part of the world is ahead of the others in male skin care. Maybe in some of the big cities in the US, but most guys would be more than a little hesitant. I think it could become a secret vice, though, once they learn to enjoy it! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 5, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by Vera | October 7, 2007 | Reply

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  8. Vera – Thanks be to God!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  9. Intlxpatr, thanks for the compliment! I’m glad you like my blog!

    Comment by Darmok | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  10. Darmok – part of the purpose of my blog is to learn from my readers. Your input – and your blog – helps educate us all. You are welcome!

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