Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I have to admit that I’m a bit old school when it comes to male beauty products. I find them disturbing. Being in Paris I’ve kept my feeling on the DL (down low) and haven’t put anyone out on FS (front street) but men seem to be spending more time getting ready to go out then women and that just seems wrong to me.

Men run off to the tanning booth looking for that healthy glow year round- they are plucking their eyebrows, getting facials, highlighting their hair, putting a little curl on those eyelashes and dashing off to the ObGyn- ok, I made that last one up. The latest trend, thanks the Beckham underwear ad, is men having their entire bodies waxed- all of it- everything. What has become of us? I pondered this in my copious free time as I worked on my cuticle looking for that perfect crescent moon and it occurred to me that maybe I was going down this slippery path.

When we moved into our Paris apartment the previous tenants left a ¼ bottle of Dior Hommes cologne in the bathroom. I put some on out of curiosity and my wife liked it so upon occasion I’ve been wearing it. I’ve also begun to like to like the smell. The bottle is now gone and I miss the scent- it’s as though it was my scent- it seemed sophisticated and Parisian. Without mentioning it anyone I snuck into a store and priced a new bottle. 60 Euros! Cheapness trumps smell every time. Lately, whenever I’m near the BHV I slip in and spray some of the Dior Homme sample on me. How far away can a complete Brazilian wax be?

6 comments:

Lil Bro said...

Jeeez,,,,your Birthday is MONTHS away, and you are already dropping hints like an Anvil off of the Eiffel Tower. I'm still gonna get you an ugly tie...

Cécile Qd9 said...

I understand what you say about "your" scent perfctly well and I said about the same (but in french) here :

http://ceciledequoide9.blogspot.com/2008/01/comme-armani-de-giorgio-armani.html

It's time to read a bit of your adoptiv country language. Especialy today : I've decided to write a message about your blog in mine !!!

Karyn said...

Er.

Okay, look. The Unibrow isn't good, so men should (imho) feel free to pluck (OW) or wax (YOWZA) or whatever. Facials feel good, and I'm all about feeling good, so okay.

I think your quest for cuticular perfection is okay, because hands are always out there for people to see, and there's nothing wrong with wanting them to look the way you want them to look. Also, a jagged cuticle is inviting a rip which invites infection which hurts A LOT. So I think that makes sense.

I personally find tanning objectionable, but I generally take a minority view, so okay, whatever.

But I am entirely put off by the man-eyelash-curling. THAT belongs to the double-X chromosome contingent, just like the ob-gyn, but less humiliating and painful.

Also, IMHO, the de-hairification of men is creepy. I don't have a gorilla fetish or anything, but similarly, I haven't got a dolphin one either, and that's what hairless, shiny guys look like to me.

Okay, you can tell me how uncultured and uncouth and unsophisticated I am (but I already know).

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Polly said...

Perhpas you could find a bottle of Dior Homme at a depot-vente like Chercheminippes. No, don't worry, they sell unopened boxes of cosmetics and such.

If you're really on a lucky streak, maybe they'll have wax, too.

Parisian Cowboy said...

Dark is thine path, my friend...