I would consider myself to be a metrosexual male. When the term came out in the early 1990’s I self-assigned the label to myself. My gay male friends were so enamored with the new focus by the beauty industry on male grooming. That’s not to take away from my excitement too. At last I need not be a pariah shopping for skincare products.
Even before the advent of this increased desire for the modern man to scrub up nicely by the mainstream media, I was a convert to male personal grooming, skincare and fragrance.
As a teenager heading to college I was already using Clinique products. I used a strict daily regimen of washing my face upon waking up and applying an SPF sunscreen. Gel would sculpt my hair that I would get cut every 3 to 4 weeks. Plus, a crème de corps would leave my skin moisturized.
I think it’s wonderful that we men, whether we are gay, straight or whatever takes our fancy have a phenomenal range of products at our disposal in 2017 to look good, feel good and smell good.
For me fragrance is the piece-de-resistance in getting ready daily before I greet the world outside my front door.
Over the years’ the colognes and eau de toilettes I’ve used have evolved as new lines have been brought into the market. I remember using Cool Water by Davidoff in college and Sculpture by Byblos. I love experimenting with new colognes when traveling through airports, ending up smelling like a French Madame’s boudoir. I’ve even worn the world famous Eau De Cologne No. 4711 on a visit to the German city of the same name.