The inexorable rise of the “Cool Dad” — that divisive often comical subset of pater familias — has turned gifting into an increasingly sticky challenge. When it comes to grooming products, the difficulty is all the more evident. Cologne? Your Dad already owns 8. Electric shaver? He prefers a straight razor. Drug store moisturiser? Don’t even think about it.
Let’s face facts: if you intend to impress Dad this year, you’re gonna have to do better than discounted pomade from the local convenience store. Fortunately, we can help you with that. Check out our selection of handpicked grooming-themed gifts for Father’s Day 2019 below.
For Type A dads who prefer a “short back and sides”, Officine Buly’s drolly named “Righter of Wrongs” is a no-brainer. Along with its ancient perfume formulations, the esteemed Parisian apothecary is most famous for its combs — handmade from minebari wood or acetate, they are designed to meet the needs of straight, thick, long, and short follicles. Featuring medium teeth and a metal handle, this particular tail comb is ideal for styling hair of the short and straight variety. As with most Buly products, complimentary engraving (not exceeding 13 characters) is available.
Approx HK$183 from L’Officine Universelle Buly
Eau de Minthé represents a heel turn from the clean faintly imperceptible scents for which Diptyque have become notorious. Designed by long-time collaborator Fabrice Pellegrin, it’s nominally described as a “mythological dream in which mint reinvents itself”. In English? This is an EDP that riffs upon rather than reinventing classic fougères: the titular mint makes an extended cameo within the heart accord, before surrendering (almost inevitably) to a raw base of patchouli. Quite possibly the brand’s hunkiest (read: Dad-approved) release to date.
HK$1,400 from Lane Crawford
This purifying facial cleanser has always been a cornerstone of Tom Ford’s groundbreaking male-specific beauty line. Gel-based and water-activated, it’s one of a small range of formulas in the market that is actually designed for pre-shave usage. Made with all the usual naturally occurring ingredients (e.g. algae, chamomile, milk thistle), this cleanser’s secret weapon comes in the form of Panax ginseng. Considered “balancing” by practitioners of traditional medicine, this ginseng extract effectively cleanses skin without tightening or dehydrating; priming your face for an extremely smooth shave.
Approx HK$378 from Tom Ford
This advanced renewal cream is an intensive, age-defying treatment from the dudes at MALIN+GOETZ. Your Dad is probably looking forward to his silver fox era, and to ensure he makes that jump in good stead a regenerative nighttime/daytime face cream is extremely useful. This particular example ought to cover all of his bases: a lipid complex boosts the skin’s recovery and elasticity; acmella extract enhances firmness; and evodia fruits brighten complexion. Suitable for all skin types.
Approx HK$738 from MALIN+GOETZ
In the (unlikely) scenario that Dad is already nailing his daily grooming routine, take a leaf out of the millennial playbook and spring instead for a memorable experience at The Mandarin Barber. Throughout June, the de-facto hangout for Hong Kong’s deep-pocketed C-Suite will be offering the “Truefitt & Hill grooming experience”: a truly exhaustive multi-stage treatment entailing a cut; shampoo; manicure; and traditional wet shave (all utilising products from the eponymous royal barber). To finish, dads will also receive a complimentary Father’s Day gift.
Starting at HK$1,290. To make an appointment, visit Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong online.
Among Australia’s most underrated grooming brands, over the last two years Patricks has taken the world by storm. The brand’s CD1 conditioner contains a proprietary complex of natural ingredients and peptides, selected for their effectiveness at counteracting the formation of DHT — a by-product of testosterone that is the primary cause of male hair loss. 17 active ingredients, including caffeine and clary sage, leave the scalp feeling stimulated and refreshed, perfect on mornings following a red eye flight or one too many cognacs. Developed in Bondi and manufactured in the US, the CD1 conditioner is paraben and animal cruelty free.
Approx HK$330 from Patricks
To help Dad get the most out of his preferred conditioner — may we suggest Patricks? — we recommend teaming it with this stimulating shampoo from US beauty brand John Masters Organics. Over 70 percent of the ingredients used — in line with the brand’s promise — are organic, while foaming irritants (i.e. sodium lauryl sulfate) are entirely omitted from the recipe. Meadowsweet extract, a natural astringent, helps to prevent a built-up of hair product, while spearmint soothes and refreshes the scalp. Optimised for use on short to medium length hair.
HK$220 from John Masters Organics
La Mer’s “cool gel” isn’t technically formulated for male concerns, but its lightweight texture and antioxidant shielding make for a daily moisturiser that’s every bit as desirable for fathers young and old. Like all signature La Mer formulations, it’s made using Miracle Broth™️ — the sea kelp ferment that returns each wearer’s skin to its healthiest condition — which is then combined with a lime tea complex. The latter is designed to protect the skin’s underlying collagen supply from environmental stressors, and helps to promote the right kind of dermatological conditions for healing.
HK$2,700 from La Mer.
If you really want to hit Father’s Day out of the park, pick an option that will have Dad looking good (and more importantly) feeling great. The “Winston” shaving set from US grooming startup Harry’s ticks all the boxes: it includes the titular razor, made out of chrome and die-cast zinc at the brand’s own German factory; cartridges outfitted with a flex hinge, precision trimmer and protective travel covers; and a foaming aloe-loaded shave gel. The cherry on top? One percent of your purchase will go towards registered non-profits, working to improve the mental health of half a million men around the globe. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
Approx HK$249 from Mr Porter
A favourite of ours here at the LSA offices, Amyris eloquently expresses Armenian perfumer Francis Kurkdijian’s ongoing fascination with duality. Unlike its lemon drop driven feminine counterpart, Amyris Homme presents as a more versatile everyday EDT. There are a lot of classically “male” cues throughout: tonka bean emerges from the moment of skin contact; and is followed by the clean laundry-esque aroma of Florentine iris. (Interestingly, the latter ingredient is a “rhizome”, acting to boost the longevity of Amyris Homme’s other ingredients.) The rest of the composition is dominated by the titular amyris elemifera, a kind of West Indian citrus plant that — thanks to its resinous extraction method — possesses a powdery cadence that keeps things fresh until drydown. Great for fathers, nay men, of all ages.
HK$1,450 from JOYCE Beauty