It used to be that my manscaping routine was more or less set. Lather up with whatever all-in-one body wash/shampoo/antifreeze the gym dispensed, run the trusty Gillette over my mostly barren scalp and rinse off. Usually, the gym provided a choice of suds: industrial-strength white or antiseptic orange. I preferred orange.
Then I heard about Mantl, the maker of a "formulated regimen" of men's skin care specifically designed for bald men like me. Mantl produces a gentle cleanser, face moisturizer and sunscreen, as well as "no-shine sheets." Gotta say, it's some pretty nice stuff.
The cleanser is light and washes off easily. No sticky film. I used it to soap up before guiding a razor over my dome. Definitely got a closer, longer-lasting shave. The face wash also has a pleasing scent, more appealing than the gym's white, though maybe not as aromatic as orange.
The moisturizer is similarly agreeable. It's a little thicker than I was expecting, but my skin seemed to absorb it quickly. It isn't greasy. The missus said I looked younger after using it. She also said my cheeks seemed fuller, though that might have been a polite hint to skip a third slice of pizza.
Mantl's SPF 30 sunscreen is different from other skin protection I've used. It's a clear gel, not a clotty goop that leaves smudges and streaks regardless of how vigorously it's rubbed in. I didn't put any on my scalp because I use what all red-blooded Bay Staters use to shield their heads from the elements: a New England Patriots ball cap. I did, however, apply some to my face. It spread evenly and wore comfortably.
Mantl also makes no-shine sheets designed to sop up excess oil on your scalp. Seemed a little fussy so I didn't try them. That said, they're probably pretty good if they're anything like Mantl's other products. Also, they're made with bamboo charcoal, which sounds impressive.
Like just about every other business these days, the Mantl people are marketing their products as a service and offer customizable quarterly boxes. A full kit costs $79 every 12 weeks. I'm not ready to drop $280 a year on subscription soap. But if my gym stocked it, I'd definitely use Mantl. Sorry, orange. -- Andrew Morse