When it comes to stealing—sorry, borrowing permanently—from my significant others, I'm pretty shameless. But hey, there's only one way to find out how the other half lives. It's not my fault that the roomiest sweatpants, coziest cardigans and coolest jeans are marketed to men. But when it comes to apothecary products—you know, skincare, soap and the like—I always thought women had the upper hand. Now that I'm living with a guy, I know better.
It's true that every razor in the grocery store is ridiculously overpriced, but the cost is even greater when it comes to women's shavers—they are a prime example of the "pink tax" phenomenon, when manufacturers bump up the cost of products simply because they are marketed to women. And yet mail-order razor services are mainly sold to men. My husband clued me in to Dorco, a South Korean company that makes great razors for much lower prices. (Dollar Shave Club members are already buying re-packaged Dorco razors.) We both use the Dorco Pace 6 Plus, which is $6.50 for a handle and two cartridges and $26 for a refill of 16 cartridges. My legs have yet to lose their womanly curves.
I started borrowing this when my own pink, floral scented shaving cream ran out, and I fell in love with the tingle on my skin, courtesy of its blend of peppermint, menthol and tea tree oil. Also: a little cream goes a long way, and it has a light formula that really does smooth wonderfully for a knick-free shave. I'm never going back to the pink stuff.
This body cleanser is also marketed as an all-in-one shampoo combo for lazy dudes, but I just straight-up use it for the scent. I love a smell that wakes me up in the morning and this does it with rosemary, eucalyptus, juniper berry and arnica. It's a little bit herbal, a little bit woodsy and a lot delightful when I'm sick of flowers and fruits in my body wash.
Alright, this isn't strictly marketed to men, but my husband was the one who brought it home to help with his dry, flaky scalp. (Fun fact: Tea tree oil is literally magic.) My main hair products are designed to be sensitive to color-treated hair and to help it resist frizz, but I'll use this one a week as a more clarifying wash that really removes all the oil and other build-up on my scalp. Surprise, I'm also into the tea tree tingle and smell.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, $18-$47.50
I bought this moisturizer for my husband, desperate for something effective in hydrating his chronically dry skin. Since any product is only effective if used regularly, it needed to be unscented and feel light on his face, too, or I knew he'd skip it—and the minimalist jar helped, too. He was quickly convinced of its greatness, and eventually I started raiding his Kiehl's stash rather than using my own moisturizer because I loved how light it felt on my skin for daytime. Hopefully the couple that hydrates together stays together.