Not just your local apothecary

When it comes to men’s grooming and particularly shaving, I like to keep it classic. Admittedly, it is not something I practice everyday, but once in a while I like pull out all the stops – from carefully preparing the skin, lathering with a brush and caring for the skin afterwards - to create the perfect shaving ritual instead of just the daily routine.

C.O. Bigelow neon sign, photo: PR

A brand like C.O. Bigelow is perfect for that. Established in 1838 it is the oldest apothecary in the U.S. and the original New York store in Greenwich Village still keeps a lot of the old traditions. It is like a little time capsule tucked away from the bustle of NYC.

But even though the products might give a feel of times past, they are far from ancient relics. Because being an apothecary C.O. Bigelow carries a proud tradition of creating their own formulas, and of course it isn't all about skin care, because you can get your prescription filled here as well.

If you ever get to NY, do yourself a favor and visit this little gem where you can also find brands like Acqua di Parma, Yu-Be, Weleda, Dr. Hauschka  and Marvis.

Below are a few of my favorites for the perfect shaving routine.

Not yet in my possesion, but oh so beautiful! The shaving set is compatible with Gillette razor blades
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Ah, the classic scent of Bay Rum - unbeatable!
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This is perfect preparation for a shave - a (very!) cooling shower with the Mentha Body Wash.
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