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Name That Naked Upper Lip

  • Kempt Staff


You probably couldn’t put your finger on it at first, but a there was something a bit different about a few of your coworkers in the office this morning…

That’s right, they finally shaved that mustache they’d been growing last month for Movember. And to celebrate the bazaaro-world moment of a freshly removed stache, we’re challenging you to figure out which of the following famously mustachioed upper lips have been shorn to nakedness.

So, step right up and play a little game we like to call, “Name. That. Naked. Upper. Lip.”»

Follicle Chronicle: Brad Pitt on Screen

  • Kempt Staff


With this weekend’s release of Fury, Brad Pitt is back on the big screen again. (Hunting Nazis, again.)

And this time he’s sporting a pretty slick razor-sharp coif. Which reminded us of the many different ways his follicles have been molded, shorn or left shaggy over the past three decades. It’s an impressive kaleidoscope of strong cheekbones and scruff—and a few looks you might actually want to try at home.

So, let’s take a look back at Mr. Pitt’s greatest on-screen grooming moments...»

Smell Test: Jimmy Choo Man

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Pineapple leaf: apparently sweeter than actual pineapple.

At least that’s what the perfumers over at Jimmy Choo are thinking, ’cause that’s what’s at the heart of their first-ever men’s fragrance, bookended by lavender top notes and a patchouli base.

Seems... worth investigating.

As such, the ever-critical noses here at Kempt HQ took a whiff, then another—to bring you the official Smell Test™ of Jimmy Choo Man...»

Follicle Chronicle: Tom Hanks on Screen

  • Kempt Staff

091114_Tom-hanks-forrest-gump To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Tom Hanks’s tour de force, Forrest Gump, select theaters are rescreening the movie this weekend.

And the impeccable high-and-tight Hanks sports throughout most of the film—save for a cross-country jog or two—got us thinking about the many wonderful grooming journeys his roles have taken him on...

From his boyish mop of curls to something that can only be described as Colonel Sanders–esque, this is the Follicle Chronicle of Tom Hanks on screen.»

Now You Can Bring the Fellow Barber Home

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Because as of yesterday, they’ve launched their own proprietary brand of grooming products—the same stuff Sam Buffa has been perfecting in his barbershops for years.

You’ll want to hop over to their (also) new online shop and preorder the lot, shipping before the end of June. While you’re there, you may be tempted to pick up a few other essentials from the likes of Odin, Filson and Baxter. Just go with it.

Fix up, look sharp—after the jump.»

The Greatest Soccer Mullets of All Time

  • Najib Benouar


The mullet doesn’t get much love these days—and for good reason.

But there’s one place it has always enjoyed a warm welcome: the world of soccer. In fact, you’ll still spot a surprising number of them on the fields of Brazil this month. (Look no further than tournament favorite Brazilian wunderkind Neymar, who’s sporting the updated Euro-fied version of the haircut that verges on faux-hawk in front, ducktail in back.) Needless to say, if there were ever a group of people who knew how to make an already flamboyant hairdo even more flamboyant, it’s soccer players.

So, without further ado, here are the greatest soccer mullets of all time...»

What Your Spring Scent Says About You


The birds are chirping. The trees are in bloom. The sun’s still up when you leave the office... most of the time.

Ah, isn’t spring glorious?

Now that the better weather’s here to stay, it’s about time to swap out your deep, smoky winter fragrance for more a seasonally appropriate option—that is, something light, fresh and probably with a hint of citrus. But, of course, not just any eau will do.

So behold, our practical guide to what your spring scent says about you...»

Ranking the Best Dictatorial Coiffures of All Time

  • Najib Benouar


The latest grooming news sweeping the world: Kim Jong-un has required all male students in North Korea to wear the exact same haircut as his.

The coiffure in question could best be described as the unholy union of a crew cut and a bowl cut—shorn to the scalp on the sides yet long enough on top for a middle part. On a good day, it’s reminiscent of something out of a Color Me Badd music video. But really, having a signature hairdo is classic totalitarian dictator stuff. They all had a “look” that they adhered to—and some were better than others.

Which is why we’ve gone ahead and ranked the best dictatorial coiffures of all time.»

The Kempt Lab Report: Recipe for Men


As you’ve probably realized—what with the dry patches, chapped lips and other little tortures this winter has forced you to endure—the cold can be a real bitch on your skin.

So we thought it would be in your best interest to call in the experts from up north and try out Recipe for Men, a highly scientific battery of weather-defensive skin care out of Sweden, “tested in the extreme conditions of the Scandinavian climate” and slowly making its way onto American stock lists. Because if it can really endure the Arctic Circle, it should be good enough for your walk to work.

Our full diagnostic breakdown, after the jump...»

Smell Test: Demeter Pizza


Tomato sauce, mozzarella, a touch of oregano: ingredients for delicious pizza or top notes for dubious cologne?

If you’d asked yesterday, we’d have scoffed at even the idea of the latter. But then a bottle of Pizza, the Neapolitan-inspired aroma from Demeter Fragrance Labs, found its way into Kempt HQ. Claiming to “stretch the boundary of the concept of wearable fragrance,” it’s “a departure” that we couldn’t not have our resident scent-hounds put to the test. Because as much as we love the cheesy stuff, we’re just not sure if we’d want to reek of it.

Their nasal musings, in the form of a Smell Test™, after the jump...»

Smell Test: John Varvatos Artisan Acqua


With his stellar track record, nobody is doubting John Varvatos’s fragrance chops these days.

But when a sample of Artisan Acqua, his latest citrus-and-basil-laden scent, made its way into Kempt HQ with the oddly specific claim to “embody the panache and leisure of the Mediterranean man who, without overthinking, achieves high style and an effortless nonchalance,” we couldn’t not be curious.

Fortunately, we have protocols in place to handle such skepticism. And so it was up to our resident bloodhounds/writers to take a good, strong whiff of the stuff and put into words what their noses were telling them.

Their olfactory musings, after the jump.»