Kit Dopp: how to create the perfect toiletry bag

Father’s Day is on a Sunday, and encouraging a loved one to make their grooming regime more innovative is always a great gift to give. This is where a Dopp kit, the cornerstone of men’s personal care and grooming, comes in. A neatly organized Dopp kit, which will contain his essential toiletries at home and while traveling, can also make his more special daily regimen. as high with handpicked new additions.

“A Dopp kit shows your dad you’ve thought about his gift, especially if you’ve filled it with products you’ve selected especially for him,” says grooming expert and author Garrett Munce. Personal care for men. “It’s something that he may have thought of in purely utilitarian terms and that takes him into a new realm: personal care.”

Where to start? “When looking for new things for your dad, ask yourself, ‘What problem am I helping him solve? Will he actually use it? Is it done with his needs in mind?’” says Tristan Walker, founder of the Bevel skincare line, which he founded to help black men get rid of the problems associated with razor bumps and skin irritations. “This intergenerational conversation is what makes Father’s Day so A chance for the younger generation to put dad on this new product that he may not know yet, but it’s better than what he’s been using for most of his adult life. whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to refresh his current supplies, grooming experts take a look at the best way to stock a Dopp kit for the father figure in your life.

Choose a practical bag

Essentially, a Dopp kit is a container for a man’s self-care routine, Munce says. “A lot of guys keep them on their dressers or stuff them with toiletries even when they’re not traveling,” he explains. “The perfect Dopp kit should mirror your normal grooming routine.” In this regard, the most important part of choosing a Dopp kit is making sure it is the right size. “The most important thing for a Dopp kit is that it’s big enough to hold everything you want, but not so big that you can’t easily fit it in a backpack or carry-on case,” says Munce, who also recommends styles that are lightweight, not too stiff (for packing purposes), and have a waterproof lining.

Shinola Navigator Zip Travel Kit

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Bric’s Firenze Trifold Toiletry Bag

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Start with the basics of shaving

“A good pre-shave oil is essential for a smooth, comfortable shave,” says New York-based celebrity groomer Barry White, who uses Xotics by Curtis Smith Shave Therapy pre-shave lotion, which contains butter. shea and hemp seeds. , olive and avocado, on its customers. In addition to a prep product, consider a safety razor like Bevel’s sleek, weighted brass model, designed for a “close, clean, and comfortable shave,” says Walker. It comes with five complementary blades and is a durable alternative to disposable razors. If Dad loves an electric razor, White recommends a portable, full-featured model for smooth cutting and precise detailing, like the Andis 74000 Professional Cordless T-Outliner. “These are great shaving and contouring products that work well on most hair and beard textures and thicknesses,” he says.

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Safety razor with beveled shaving system

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King C Gillette Beard Trimmer

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Andis 74000 Cordless Professional T-Outliner

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Xotics by Curtis Smith Shave Therapy Pre-Shave Lotion

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Claus Porto Classic Scent Pre-Shave Oil

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Pankhurst London Rechargeable Shaver

Make sure his beard gets extra care

For her bearded clients, White suggests cleansing with a special beard wash, like Scotch Porter’s Ultra Moisturizing Wash, which moisturizes the beard area with aloe, burdock root and beard leaf. ‘nettle. “It gently caresses hair that can get stiff and dry, and leaves beard hair smooth and soft,” he says. In addition, he advises to choose either a beard oil or a balm as a nourishing styling ointment. “Shorter beards benefit more from beard balm for the perfect style, while longer, thicker beards can benefit more from beard oil to keep it nicely conditioned,” he explains.

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Scotch Porter Moisturizing Beard Wash

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The Art of Shaving Unscented Beard Oil

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Kiehl’s Grooming Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil

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Anthony Revitalizing Beard Wash

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Upgrade her skincare, but don’t overdo it

“I think a Dopp kit is a great gift because it encourages men to get away from it all as well as stepping up their grooming game,” says Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat, who points out that shaving and skin care are inextricably linked. If you want to encourage your dad to take his diet up a notch, an antioxidant-rich vitamin C elixir is a good place to start. “It helps soften and smooth skin texture by helping to stimulate collagen and elastin as well as slough off dead, flaky skin cells,” says Robinson. “It’s great for men as it helps them shave faster and closer. Plus, they have the added benefit of firmer, tighter, less wrinkled and more even skin.

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Facial Cleanser

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M-61 Hydraboost Treatment SPF 30

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BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner

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MAX LS Skin Replenishing Water Lotion

Provide the right hair tools

Combs and brushes are sturdy tools for keeping hair, as well as beards, clean and groomed. When choosing one for a loved one, consider their hair type and texture. For example, a fine or medium tooth comb may work best for finer, straighter hair, while a rubber brush may be better for thicker curly and frizzy textures. To keep hair soft and shiny, White recommends her clients stick to an oil-based styling cream, like her go-to Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine, or a pomade, like the hair-care brand’s Semisumo Elixir.

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Mason Pearson Styling Comb

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Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Travel Size

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Bumble and bumble Semisumo

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Bumble and bumble Brillantine

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California Baxter Comb

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Patricks M3 Matte Finish Strong Hold Pomade

Keep body fresheners in the mix

“Giving your dad a grooming gift isn’t just giving him something he can use, it’s also giving him something he’ll love. want to to use, but would never buy,” says Munce. With that in mind, upgrading your everyday bar soap, shower gel, or deodorant with something a little more luxurious is a good strategy. Plus, a scent that hits all the right notes is a special addition. “Put in a tester or two of his favorite cologne or a new one you think he might like,” Munce says. “It is difficult to travel with Cologne, so he will appreciate that.”

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Smart Deodorant + Goetz Eucalyptus

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Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Wash

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Baxter Exfoliating Body Soap

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Diptych Philosykos Eau de Toilette

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Le Lab Iris 39 Eau de Parfum

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Krigler Cozy Cedarwood 72

Consider a pre-organized kit

If your dad needs a Dopp kit upgrade, but you’re not sure where to start, Munce recommends using a pre-arranged kit. “They might not be a personalized routine just for your dad, but they’re a great starting point and are likely to open his eyes to new products,” he explains. “They’re also great because he can just grab it and walk away without worrying if he’s missed anything.” However you put it all together, it’s the thought and feel of that fresh shave, or the invigorating scent of his new favorite soapy cleanser that counts.

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Bevel Shave Kit The complete shaving system

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Aesop Starter Travel Kit

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The Art of Shaving 7 Piece Manicure Set

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Harry’s Essentials Travel Kit

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Men’s Discovery Kit

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Dollar Shave Club Ultimate Super Shave Gift Set

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