Friday, June 19, 2009

In Honor of Father's Day: Skincare for Men

Do men really need to worry about skincare?

Absolutely! For many men, skincare is probably an afterthought. However, with the growing availability and acceptance of facial care products designed for men, there really is no excuse for a guy to limit his skincare regimen to just shaving. Daily facial care is just as important for you men as it is for women. After all, doesn't everyone want to maintain a youthful, healthy glow and protect our skin from premature aging? Many of you guys put a lot of effort into your diet and fitness routines, but forget that the first thing someone notices about you is your face, not your abs.

Skincare does not have to be a complicated, drawn-out process. And we're going to make it easy for you. Good facial care for men consists of the same elements as it does for women: cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting. Guys, you actually have an advantage over women when it comes to maintaining youthful skin longer. A man's skin is about 20% thicker than a woman's. It is typically firmer because it is richer in collagen and elastin. This makes you less prone to wrinkling, and more resistant than a woman's skin to sun and other enviromental factors. With these advantages, however, comes skin more active with sebaceous glands, in other words, more oily with larger pores. And also, because of shaving, your skin tends towards dehydration more quickly.

So where do you start? You start with the basics - cleansing. Daily washing keeps the pores unclogged which can prevent a variety of common skin problems including blemishes and ingrown hairs. Our Cleansed Daily Aloe Facial Cleanser will get you started.You can also use one of our complexion bars including Citrusy Chamomile or Creamy Calendula .

What's next? Apply a moisturizer. Because the action of daily shaving can be harsh and drying to your skin, replenishing your skin's moisture balance is very important. Be careful in the shaving product selections you make avoiding those with alcohol and menthol which can be irritating. Of course, we highly recommend Flower Peddler Shaving Soaps! We suggest you follow up with Lubed, our daily facial moisturizer without an oily feel. Our Aftershave Balm also makes an excellent skin conditioner.

Exfoliation is also a great way to remove any debris that may be blocking your pores and dulling your complexion. We suggest you do this once or twice per week using our Buffed . You may find you actually get a closer shave following a scrub. Exfoliation can also significantly brighten the appearance of your skin and allow other skincare products to work more effectively.

Deep cleansing once a week with our Glacial Facial Clay Mask will tone, revitalize, and remove impurities and excess oils from the skin while improving its texture and appearance.

Perhaps the easiest way to maintain healthy skin, however, begins with diet. Proper nutrition with adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and proteins, and especially water help sustain our body's first line of defense against the elements. Taking multi-vitamins rich in anti-oxidants, reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, and limiting exposure to the sun are all ways you can help support healthy skin. Drink plenty of water (6 - 8 glasses per day) to help preserve skin's elasticity and prevent dehydration. Avoid smoking. And use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher! Sun damage and poor nutrition are the surest ways to speed up the aging process.

Skincare for men really does not differ from that required for women. Cleansing and moisturizing are key. Remember guys, proper skincare does not have to involve large amounts of time or your girlfriend's bath products; only a few minutes a day with products designed for you, will have your skin looking its best.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Bring on Summer!

Warm weather has arrived and it's time for us to roll out our special summer fragrances. For a limited time we are offering three mouth-watering blends in seasonal editions of our newly reformulated sulfate and paraben-free Aloe Body Wash, our paraben-free Petals Hand & Body Lotion, plus our super-fun Fizzing Bath Bloomers.



Don't forget that special man in your life! Father's Day is June 21st. And what better way to show him you care than a gift that will help him care for his skin. Our Essentials for Him line offers products from simple shaving soaps to elaborate gift sets all designed and packaged just for him. From now until June 12th save 20% on all items in our Essentials for Him collection*. Simply use coupon code: STUDBUBBLES when checking out.

*retail orders only please.


We're running a Soap BOGO! That's right, buy one - get one free! For 48 hours buy one soap and get a second bar for free. We are limiting this offer to 2 (two) freebies per customer but what a way to double your order! To take advantage of this deal simply add the soap choice(s) you wish to purchase to your shopping cart and before you check out leave a note in the comments section that includes the word "BOGO" and the name of your free soap of choice. So for example, if you buy one soap leave a comment that says: BOGO Lemongrass Poppyseed. Free soaps will be subject to product availability, and we reserve the right to make substitutions if necessary. The Soap BOGO ends midnight EST June 7th 2009, so don't wait!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

June News

Our Monthly Specials are back! We just loaded the page with some of our favorite goodies plus a couple items perfect for Dad this Father's Day. See them all here: Monthly Specials

Like a chance to win a terrific gift set?

Place an order of $25 or more this month and be automatically entered to win our Foot Spa Gift Set just in time to get those feet in shape for summer!

New Summer Fragrances available June 5th

  • Fresh Mango - Fresh and green with bright citrus top notes supported by a middle of ripe peaches and a sweet, lingering base of clean musk.

  • Yuzu Kwazy - Refreshing and uplifting with an amazing floral citrus blend of tart grapefruit, overtones of mandarin tempered with subtle green bottom notes and bright blossoms.

  • Cucumber Lettuce - Ultra cool, sweet and refreshing - the perfect fragrance for summer! This is not just ordinary cucumber; it's a delicious combination of crisp garden lettuce blended with just the right amount of cucumber and a touch of melon for the ultimate fresh fragrance.

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