The Art of Shaving Goes All Out for Oud

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts By now, you may be familiar with the fragrant note called Oud.Though men and women in the Middle East have worn its potent scent for thousands and thousands of years, it has just recently become popular stateside in the past several years. The intoxicating natural material is somewhat controversial thanks to this harvesting method that involves infecting an otherwise scent-less agar tree with a fungus thus killing it. But luckily today it’s possible to sustainably harvest or synthesize the dark, dense, and incredibly fragrant resin. So an ingredient that was once considered exotic and rare has become fairly familiar (though still pretty expensive), as Oud finds its way into an array of men’s fragrances, including one called Oud Suede, that’s part of The Art of Shaving’s debut scent collection.Now, The Art of Shaving is repurposing the warm, masculine Oud Suede fragrance, which balances the strong Oud with lighter notes of Bergamot and Lemon and headier ones, like Vetiver and Patchouli for a new grooming routine. The brand has infused its trademark four-step shaving regimen (Well, three because a scented razor would be weird.) with the same Oud-y blend.Start by prepping your face with the Pre-Shave Oil ($30), which uses natural Olive and Castor oils, plus various essential oils to soften you scruff and skin to help make what comes next more comfortable and prevent any razor burn nastiness afterwards.Follow that with the hydrating Shaving Cream ($30) that’s packed with more essential oils and a crap-load of Glycerin to provide a smooth a path for the razor. If you want to feel fancy while ensuring an even closer shave, use the shaving brush to lift hairs and work the cream up into an extra foamy lather. Then, comes the actual shave.Finish up with the nourishing After Shave Balm ($50), which is devoid of stinging, drying alcohol and instead packed with conditioning Shea Butter, Glycerin and even more essential oils (you can’t have too many of those) to ensure your newly-shaven face looks and feels like a baby’s butt. Sort of.Complete your exotic and enticingly-scented regimen with a few spritzes of the Oud Suede Cologne and off you go as an international man of mystery. How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 8:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets got off to a tumultuous start in the first trading day of the year as a sharp decline in China triggered a sell-off that spread worldwide.It started with a nosedive in Chinese stocks — the main index sliding seven per cent — after the world’s second-largest economy posted the 10th consecutive month of weaker manufacturing data.As traders reacted to that and other uncertainties affecting the country’s economy, the drop in prices enacted a new “circuit breaker” mechanism that closed trading early to limit losses. The Shanghai index shed 6.9 per cent to 3,296.66 before the market was closed early to avert steeper falls.The uncertainty appeared to set off a panic across other global markets as questions arose about the fallout’s repercussions to other economies.Toronto’s main stock market emerged less scathed than most others, losing about 0.6 per cent for the day, helped by a rally in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.80 points on Monday, taking the index to 12,927.15, after falling as much as 262 points earlier in the day.Wall Street didn’t fare quite as well.The Dow Jones average marked its biggest loss in two weeks, closing down 1.6 per cent, or 276.09 points, at 17,148.94. The broader S&P 500 index declined 31.28 points to 2,012.66 and the Nasdaq lost 104.32 points to 4,903.09.“This is really an affirmation to the market that China is going to continue being the central global risk,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Fehr said after years of stimulus from central banks, investors need to become more accustomed to relying on economic data to stand on its own.This year, the markets could feel the impact of the shift as traders respond to good news and bad news “more sharply,” he suggested.“I think this is going to be more the norm than the exception moving forward,” Fehr said.The Canadian dollar ended at 71.73 cents U.S., down 0.52 of a cent from Thursday’s close before the New Year’s holiday.In commodities, gold prices settled at their highest level in more than a week, helping the sector lead gains on the TSX, rising 3.7 per cent.The February contract rose $15 to US$1,075.20 an ounce. Gold is often seen as a safe haven in times of political or economic uncertainty.Fresh political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran left traders questioning the outlook for oil prices.The February crude contract was originally up but eventually gave way to close 28 cents lower at US$36.76 a barrel, while the February contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$2.33. Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016 read more