Father’s Day Gift Guide: The Outdoorsman

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Anytime he has time, your dad is playing in the outdoors. He’s hiking, skiing, canoeing, and taking each new day as an adventure. For the dad with a thirst for the outdoors, Father’s Day is a prime time to get him a gift that’ll keep him safe, sane, and clean during one of his expeditions.

Read on for our Father’s Day Gift Guide for the adventurer dad.

Poler Men's Rolltop Pack

Poler The Rolltop Pack $69.95

Hiking backpacks tend to be more function than style. Luckily, the Old Man will have both when he straps on Poler’s The Rolltop Pack, which comes in an assortment of complimentary colors and is equipped with compression straps for safe storage. This classic roll top backpack is made from campdura and lined with high tensile strength nylon so Dad can carry the essentials without worry.

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Peak The Ultimate Fitness and Sleep Tracker $199.99

For the active dad who’s also tech-savvy, there’s Peak, a stylish 24/7 fitness and sleep tracking watch that syncs with your dad’s smartphone. Since sleep is essential for strength during treks, the watch maps sleep patterns and provides sleep stage insights. It also tracks all physical activity as well as exercise heart rate. Since it’s a smartwatch, dad can get notifications for texts, emails, and calls conveniently from his wrist.

Eagles Nest Outifitters Double Nest Hammock

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock $69.95

There’s taking a break from hiking, and then there’s throw-your-feet-up bliss in a hammock overlooking a waterfall. Give Dad the most luxurious respite possible with the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock, which supports up to 400 lbs and can compress to the size of a grapefruit, so it easily fits into a backpack.

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Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit $36.00

The well-kempt outdoorsman doesn’t let basic grooming slack just because there’s no bathroom sink available. The Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit includes the basics to smell and look good – face wash, shave cream, face balm, and face wipes. In case Dad is hopping on a flight to his destination, these skin care tools are all TSA-friendly.

Need Supply Military Watch

G10 LM Military Watch $96 (20% entire Need Supply Co. store now through 6/13 with code GET20)

When all other electronic devices fail, an analog watch can save the day. The G10 LM Military Watch comes with a water-resistant time and date window and a 18mm military webbing strap made of heavy-duty NATO canvas.

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The Everyday Carry Complete Kit $107

If we could only take one item with us out in the wilderness, it would be this Everyday Carry Complete Kit. There are lots of things Dad can pack to keep himself comfortable, but this one we consider a survival essential. Made for the military, the kit is a compact lifesaver. Need to pry off a nail? Get the job done with the mini pry bar. Need directional guidance? Use the compass, complete with waterproof storage. Need to build a fire? Fire up the waterproof lighter. Got a splinter? Use the tweezers to take it out. There are more features to this EDC kit, but we recommend you check out the kit’s full potential in the link.

Culver Vintage Tortoise Glasses

Culver 201 Vintage Tortoise Polarized Sunglasses $179

Even the most style-challenged dad will look like a veritable stud – and protect his eyes at the same time – when he slips on the Culver 201 Vintage Tortoise Polarized Sunglasses. The darkened lenses add an aura of cool, and the tortoiseshell frames are an understated classic.

JBL Clip Portable Speaker

JBL Clip Portable Speaker in Black $39.95

Equipped with a handy carabiner, the JBL Clip Portable Speaker allows dad to sway with Michael Bublé when he runs or hikes. He can stream Bluetooth music and calls wirelessly while he’s on the go, and the device has a battery life of 5 hours – the length of a long run or day hike.

GSI Outdoors Coffee Pot

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Coffee Pot $24.95

If your dad is a fan of throwback pieces, the GSI Outdoors Enamelware Coffee Pot will hit the spot. Made of stainless steel coated in a speckled blue enamel, this vintage-inspired coffee pot can not only be thrown directly into the fire for a warm cup of coffee, but can also be used to boil water and heat up apple cider or hot cocoa.

Marmot Men's Jacket

Marmot Men’s Precip Jacket $100

We love the multifunctionality of the Precip Jacket – with a simple silhouette, it can be worn during a hike or a cold sidewalk stroll. Made of fabric that’s both waterproof and breathable, this jacket will keep your dad comfortable in just about all weather conditions.

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Enter the RoyalShave Father’s Day Giveaway!

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At RoyalShave, we believe there truly is an art to being a man, and no matter how old you are now, chances are your pops was there from the beginning teaching you the ropes. We appreciate our fathers, and as a men’s grooming company, we know that many of our customers are dads – and dapper dads at that.

To show our appreciation for fathers everywhere, we are giving away the ultimate Father’s Day package – a huge set of stylish essentials that includes everything Dad needs for a spry countenance. Whether you want to treat your dad or are a father yourself, we encourage you to enter!

See details below for how to enter – we look forward to seeing all your entries!

This Father’s Day Giveaway Includes:

  • Full-sized Truefitt & Hill Cologne in Grafton
  • Full-sized The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil in Lemon
  • 30 Degree Shaving Brush
  • Game Day Dopp Bag
  • The Art of Shaving Travel Bag
  • The Art of Shaving Wine Cooler
  • Plus lots of deluxe samples!

How to Enter:

Share a picture with us that’s Father’s Day-related and tell us why that picture is meaningful to you.

Submit your photo on Facebook or Instagram (rules for each respective social media site below). You can submit as many photos as you want, with each photo counting as one entry.

Facebook

Share the photo to the RoyalShave timeline or post your photo to the comments section of our Father’s Day Giveaway post.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Facebook >

Instagram

Post your photo with a caption, tag us @royalshave, and use the hashtag #RoyalShaveGiveaway.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Instagram >

Rules:

No purchase necessary. You may enter as many times as you want. Last day to enter is June 21st at midnight PST. The RoyalShave staff will select the most moving picture, and the winner will be announced on June 22nd via Facebook and Instagram, as well as mentioned in our email on June 22nd.

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Interview: Rex Wax

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Rex Wax founder Paul Branham’s journey to starting his own men’s grooming company involves some colorful twists and turns, including run-ins with the law while he was a traveling peddler of cannabis and a stint as a chef in Portland. Branham’s Long Beach-based line reflects his eclecticism, with beard oils and moustache waxes packaged in psychedelic prints and almost always featuring a miniature of his head as the mystical face of the brand. His products are exuberantly done and inventive in a market currently oversaturated with beardcare.

We recently had the chance to chat with Branham and discuss why he goes by the name Rex, the inspired process behind his first moustache wax, aesthetic influences, and much more.

Read on for our very elucidating interview with the founder of Rex Wax!

Where are you located?

I’m based out of Long Beach, CA.

When and why did you start this business?

It was 2009 and I had run out of moustache wax.  I was using two brands at the time, and against all odds, ran out of both, at the same time.  In my capacity as host of a popular restaurant, I had to maintain a certain image, and if I wanted to keep my moustache, I’d need some wax.

I had $25 to my name for the next two weeks, the cupboards were bare, and I had choices to make.  Being someone who never thought I’d be able to grow a moustache, I was keen to keep this one. It was born in the fire.

Essentially, the decision was made for me – I’d have to make my own moustache wax.  It took some trial and error, but I’m a fast learner, and came up with my first formula.   I made a few dozen tins and took them to work. I gave a few away and sold the rest over the weekend.  A business was born.  At that time, there were only a handful of makers worldwide who produced moustache wax.

You used to be a chef in Portland? Tell us more about that.

Portland is probably the best city in the United States for dining out.  The quality of food is unreal – the freshest,  most local ingredients at affordable prices.  You can go out to eat with a few friends at a top restaurant, order the entire menu (some places twice over), and have cocktails and only spend a couple hundred dollars.  The same experience in L.A., San Francisco,  or New York would be well over a thousand dollars.

That being said, the Portland food scene is hyper-saturated with restaurants and with eager, young, aspiring chefs.  This guarantees that you get worked like a slave and have virtually zero worker rights.  I also had a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong.

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How did you come up with the name of your company?

When I was younger, I used to be, shall we say, a traveling marijuana entrepreneur.  Part of my route took me to my hometown, and in an effort to keep my family’s name clean, I went by Rex.  A run-in with the DEA and half a dozen branches of law enforcement ended my career.  I had a lot of folks who still knew me as Rex.  As I was thinking of names for my new business, I decided on Rex Wax.   It was short and to the point, and it brought Rex out of the shadows.  Plus, Rex means King, and you can’t do better than king.

You have a very unique personal style.

Thank you.

How did you come up with your aesthetic and the aesthetic of your company?

My style evolved organically and draws inspiration from many elements, including: Georgian Era menswear, men’s work clothes from 1930s-1960s, and classic western wear, with a heavy psychedelic flair.  My company’s aesthetic follows a similar path.

What inspires you?

Beautiful music, magical books, epic films, and delicious food.

What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

I started with $25 and an immediate need for moustache wax. In a handful of years, I’ve grown Rex Wax into a respected global brand with an ever-growing range of products.

What do you believe makes a quality product?

A quality product begins with the finest ingredients available. They must be carefully chosen and masterfully blended.  Small-batch manufacturing ensures freshness and consistency.

What is one Rex Wax product every man should own and why?

Even though Rex Wax originated with a simple moustache wax, we have grown beyond the limits of facial hair to offer a full range of products, as we understand that not all men have facial hair.

But every man (and woman) has a set of lips.  The mouth is one of the most-noticed, most attractive features on anyone’s face.  If your lips are cracked and dry, you’re not making the best impression possible.   That said,  everyone needs a tube of Rex Wax Lip Balm; with its thoughtful blend of spearmint and peppermint essential oils,  combined with shea butter, mango butter, and beeswax,  Rex Wax Lip Balm refreshes, invigorates, and locks in moisture without feeling heavy or leaving your lips shining.

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What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Don’t start a bandwagon business.  That is, if you’re hearing a lot of press about a particular industry and hear reports of unbelievable profits, that’s not the place nor the time to jump in for your piece of the pie.  If you heard that story, read the article, or saw the TV show and then got the idea for your business, chances are, there are thousands who had the same thought at the same time.

Find something that you have an existing interest in or passion for and look for unexplored avenues, find the unmet needs and meet them.  The world doesn’t need more people regurgitating the same ideas and goods, over and over again.   Be bold, be different.

Invent something that makes me want to give you all of my money.

What do you have coming from Rex Wax in the near future?

Hard to say, I have so many products and ideas constantly in the works. I can say that I recently launched a special beard oil and moustache wax combo, the Longhorn Blend that is a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society.

Quick Question + Answer:
Right now, I’m obsessed with:

Canter’s Deli and figuring out how to get into doing voice-over work with the least initial investment.

I’d love to visit:

The French Laundry (a restaurant in Yountville, CA).

Rule I live by:

My motto comes from the play/film “Harvey”: “In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”

Where can readers find out more about your company?

Our website is a great place to start; then head over to our Instagram and Twitter and give us a “like” on Facebook.

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Best of the Web: 7 Ways to be Eco-Friendly Year-Round

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Happy Earth Day! In honor of the planet we live on, we’ve rounded up the best articles this week on how to easily tweak your daily routine to be more sustainable and budget-friendly. After all, the modern gentleman is the conscientious gentleman.

  1. If you live in California, you know we’re in a terrible drought. Fix leaks in your home to reduce almost 10 gallons of water per day per person. (USA Today)
  1. Go green with these easy, everyday tips, including adopting a dog and buying recycled. (The Bark)
  1. Can’t live without your Don Draper in place? Here are 5 ways to green your hairstyling routine. (Pomades Blog)
  1. Foodies rejoice – preparing meals in an eco-friendly way means you eat higher-quality food that’s healthier for you, too. (Tulsa World)
  1. Earth Day is a holiday that retailers celebrate by offering you enticing discounts. Get $10 off a $50 LivingSocial purchase and free technology, ink, and toner cartridge recycling at Staples, as well as many more deals. (Times Union Blog)
  1. Start – or continue – wet shaving. Doing so drastically reduces the amount of plastic you’ll be dumping into landfills. (Grooming Artist Blog)
  1. Purchase LED light bulbs that produce the same amount of light using far less wattage. Plus 8 more tips you may have not heard about here. (Huffington Post)

Whether you start with one change or several, it’s all incremental. And to help you along, the team at RoyalShave has curated an exclusive selection of our best natural and organic products. These are items that live up to the quality you’ve come to expect from RoyalShave while making a much smaller impact.

Check them out here.

Wishing you a dashing Earth Day,

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