Father’s Day Ultimate Gift: A Wooden Watch

Happy Father’s Day! Today is the day! How do you celebrate and pamper the Dad(s) in your life today?

I was looking for something different. For something innovative, unique, and natural. We love all things eco-friendly and with a natural feel, so it is only normal for us to be so inclined to this gift for Dad.  JORD Wooden Watches!

To be honest they had me at wood. But the more I saw of them, the more I LOVED them. Their designs are unique and elegant, which makes them a perfect fit not only for the natural, outdoorsy, woodsy dad but also for the office, sophisticated and fashionable dad.  Jord has something  for everyone.

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JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey.

JORD wooden watches are made by combining different elements and designs. They use woods such as Ebony, Koa, Rosewood, and Zebrawood among others. All of the woods are sourced from sustainable sources across the globe, and unique information about them can be found on their website.

For this Father’s Day my husband received a beautifully crafted Zebrawood & Maple watch from the Fieldcrest Collection. (pictured) Simple, elegant and clean lines with a finish complemented by the contrasts of the two grains. Your watches are measured to order and their customer service was friendly and on point.

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The Zebrawood & Maple features:

  • scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • case width: 39mm
  • case thickness: 11mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 20mm
  • band length: 195mm

It is the perfect gift for my husband.  Simple yet unique, and uncomplicated this watch is a perfect accent for his day to day lifestyle.

Make sure you visit their page, they are truly amazing and perfect for any occasion.

VISIT: http://www.woodwatches.com/onixj  

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OnixJ partnered with JORD for an exclusive GIVEAWAY!

Enter for the chance to win a $75 voucher toward your very own JORD watch.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY

Contest Dates: 6/17/16-7/1/16 

Enter to win the voucher (worth $75). The winner is automatically picked and notified via email at the end of the giveaway. As a bonus, each one of the entries that don’t win the voucher will still receive an e-gift card for $20 off their own JORD watch.

The $75 voucher will expire on 9/16/16 , and the $20 e-gift cards will expire 1/1/17

 


 

Wooden Wrist Watch

Naturally Handsome : Sam’s Natural #FathersDay

Father’s Day is Coming! (sorry, too much Game of Thrones lately) But it is! are you ready? have you got a little something for Dad? As part of my Father’s Day Gift Ideas Day 2, I bring to you an old time favorite! Sam’s Natural

A few months ago I featured them on the Blog  as part of my Millenial Men Series. You can read more about it on the link below.

MILLENNIAL MAN SERIES: SAM’S NATURAL HANDMADE IN AMERICA

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From my previous post: Their packaging is simple, and unsophisticated just like the woodsy millennial man. However, it spills high quality and freshness. Their scents are an ode to nature; some mature scents such as tobacco and cedarwood reminiscent of classic elegance (personally, tobacco reminds me of my grandad sitting in his room among his books, with his tobacco pipe and a cup of hot coffee) And some fresh scents such as peppermint, orange and vanilla come together beautifully to create a woodsy, natural, fresh aromas made specifically for men.

So yeah! they make a FANTASTIC gift for the nature lover, green, Treehugger, woodsy dads. On this occasion, I received a different range of products some of which are part of their Father’s Day Pack

Products in my sample pack included: After Shower Dry Oil, Body Wash, Hand Lotion, Knuckle Wax, Walnut Scrub, Down There Lotion and the Campn Stick.

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The walnut scrub is perfect to take on camping trips or for those days in the woodshop (or working on that greasy car engine? hands full of sticky oily stuff you don’t want on your bed, or your or the kids for that matter lol) The body wash smells of the woods! It is manly and unsophisticated, so if you have a weekend on the hamptins Dad maybe consider something different. But, if you have a live on the edge of adventure dad, this is how you want him to smell.

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Lotions are non-greasy and spread easily on the skin. No waxy residue (which some natural products can have) I know it’s hard to get men to moisturize because yeah, men. With these two products, you can give them (and their skin) the love they need without any of the girly scents they hate.

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Each one of the products has been designed for men. 100% Vegan, chemical free and environmentally friendly. So, go get some!


Not convinced yet? Enjoy a 10% discount on any order  of $30 or more, from now until July 31st (2016) courtesy of yours truly! BIG Thanks to Sam’s Natural!

Promo Code: ONIXJ10 www.samsnatural.com 

Brickell Men’s Products for Dad #FathersDay

I started my quest to find awesome and eco-friendly, chemical free gift ideas for dad. As you might well know (or not, hi new reader!) I am adamant on the use of natural ingredients and completely against animal testing.

Father’s Day is approaching and there is little time left for shopping!

I came across Brickell Men’s Products. Brickell is designed specifically with men in mind using 100% natural ingredients.

“We use only high quality natural and organic ingredients in every bottle”

The millennial man is now conscious not only of the need of grooming products but also about preserving the environment. Out there we find an  overwhelming amount of men’s skin care and grooming products made with harmful synthetic chemicals. These have proved to be bad for our health and for the environment (think contamination of water sources). Scientific studies also suggest these toxins used in food and grooming products penetrate the skin, accumulating in the body’s organs and causing major health issues (cancer, disease, chronic conditions, etc).

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So if you don’t think you should use natural grooming products, think again! Brickell has a wonderful selection of products from after shave to body wash and everything in between. They use ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Shea on their products creating subtle, gentle on the skin and masculine scents.

Their Face Scrub smells live heaven on earth. Packed with Aloe Vera, Avocado Butter & Vitamin E for absolute moisture, and coffee Extract & Green Tea for an energy kick this is the perfect go-to grooming essential for men. Avoid ingrowing beard hairs, and prep your skin for a fresh and fantastic complexion.

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Pamper the dad, or dad(s) in your life with some naturally brilliant grooming products!

Make sure you visit Brickell

http://brickellmensproducts.com

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And stay tuned for more #FathersDay Gift ideas on OnixJ!

Millennial Man Series: Have Them Smelling Forest Clean with Dr. Squatch

Looking for more and better natural alternatives for men, I came across Dr. Squatch Soap Co. They are a small yet vibrant soap company based in USA. Their designs are quirky and manly, with a touch of humor (I mean, can you imagine a Dr. Squatch?)

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Dr. Squatch Soap Co. founder, Jack the soap maker and guru and I started talking about the soaps, and I immediately fell in love with the innovative product he had to offer.

Dr. Squatch Soap Co. began as the founder Jack was putting in grueling hours as an IT Consultant in Chicago. It was the start to a good “career”, but the work was far from rewarding.

Dr. Squatch soaps are all natural, chemical free and designed with men in mind. “All soaps start as a basic mixture of oils and lye solution. The mix results in soap + glycerin. The big difference is what happens from here. In our handmade soap, the glycerin is retained in the bar, and combines with coconut, and olive oils to nourish your skin.”  

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Also, all of Dr. Squatch soaps are cold pressed.

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What is Cold Press Soap?

Soap made by the “Cold process method” requires exact measurements of lye (sodium hydroxide) and fat contents by using saponification charts to ensure that the finished product is mild and skin-friendly. This process should be made with precise weights and measurements to ensure an accurate lye/water/oil ratio. The soap formed through this process has a nice texture, lather, and good quality.

“Cold process soap has no need to add harsh chemicals or preservatives. The result? You’ll be skin-safe and feeling smooth.” Dr. Squatch

** Historical Fun Fact: According to legend,  cold press soap has its origins in ancient Rome. The ancient site at Mount Sapo in Rome was famous for animal sacrifices, after time the residual fat and ash got collected under ceremonial altars. One day heavy rain made fat and ash to mix with rain and that flowed down to the slopes to the banks of rivers where washer man were washing their clothes and this mixture made the clothes clean. Either that or, Zeus just send it down to kill nasty smelly men odors lol. 

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The Verdict: Dr. Squatch has a nice selection of scents. We tried them all! and oh boy we impressed! Our favorites were Gold Moss Scrub and Bay Rum. Both the Mr. and the little dude tried them. Yes! Dr. Squatch has a self-declared new little fan, my 10-year-old loved them too! He was happy to smell “like a man” and I was happy because he was using a chemical free soap, mellow enough for him to smell good without it being it overpowering. I think either of those two scents are kid and man-friendly (hey, even we can use them so woman friendly too). To me, the Pine Tart is the strongest. Strong in a good way though – Pine Tar smells like an herbal explosion of delicious manliness bathing in a forest waterfall (yeah, imagine that… Sun shining through and all) The soaps didn’t crumble, and didn’t become slimy,  they have stayed put on the shower shelve. My boys have soft and hydrated skin and smell nice and clean (always a bonus)

The Cool Part: the coolest part about Dr. Squatch is that they also offer a “soapscription” yes! you can get soap delivered at your door every month, and you can even customize the amount of soap and scents you want. Yay for cleanliness!

Subscription starts at $7 a month.

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Overall, 100% recommended! If you like us are in the lookout for a natural, chemical-free, good quality, sustainable and COOL product I strongly recommend you give Dr. Squatch a go! Because I mean, Millennial Men want to look good while being environmentally conscious right? and what better way to do it than by supporting local entrepreneurs like Jack who produce outstanding quality handmade in the USA products like Dr. Squatch soaps.

Stay tuned for more Millennial Man Series Posts as we keep discovering green, eco-friendly, fair trade brands!

Jihane

Millennial Man Series: Mountaineer Brand Made in USA

So yes, it is the 2016 and guess what? the modern, millennial, trendy man of today isn’t afraid of looking good. Looking good means, extra grooming care, especially if you have a beard.

Beards have become a trendy subject, and keeping it soft and shiny is one of men and their women main concern. I know! My dude has a beard and I don’t want any scratchy hair against my face lol. So, we did some research, and I say we because well, this time, it is up to him to try and test. We came across a brand that seemed to have everything we were looking for; natural, made locally, designed for men. The Mountaineer Brand. 

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Mountaineer Brand was founded in 2013 by Eric Young,  the idea was born after Eric struggled to find quality beard care products at a price that he could easily work into his already tight budget.

Mountaineer Brand is dedicated to bringing our high-end, 100% natural products to the market at a price the average wage earner can afford.

Mountaineer Brand claims to use only first-grade, 100% natural ingredients and never artificial ingredients, chemicals, or fragrance. Our beard oil comes in two-ounce bottles, which are often twice the size of most beard oils. All I can say is after we tried them, I can guarantee the high and unique quality of their oils. I am no newbie to oils, as I have used and worked with natural oils for my face and hair before (coconut and argan are my absolute favorite)  I also really like how Mountaineer Brand products are  presented in a humble and unsophisticated way, which works perfectly with the male understated need for personal care products. Mountaineer looks and feels manly.

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They offer beard oils, beard shampoos and washes, waxes and balms, lip butter, shaving & grooming supplies. Their selection is well thought and prepared with men needs in mind. As a woman I tend to overlook these needs, we (women) use so many products every year, and in many households men simply use what us (women) have for our own personal care, but keep in mind next valentines that your fur face love could benefit from using his very own products, just beware of the extra bathroom grooming time ;). For a full look of their products  ::Click Here::

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Photo Courtesy of Mountaineer Brand

 

So Mountaineer Brand provided us with their Handmade in West Virginia Beard Oils. With 100% natural oils and essential oils, this beard oil absorbs quickly and gives your beard a smooth, soft feel with a subtle shine. Great for taking care of that itchy, dry, flaky skin underneath.

Recommended: Rub 3-4 drops (more for a large beard) and massage into your dry beard then groom as usual. Use daily or anytime you want that fresh, clean beard feeling.

Verdict: The oil is light and smooth, which gives a soft result without resulting in a sticky, oily mess. Hair is manageable and looks shiny, yet not oily. The scents are musky and manly, very herb like – which we particularly like, but we like natural, chemical free scents anyway. The Mr. approved and I, as the one that has to put up with his face approve too! Our favorite was the Coal scent.

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The Mr.

 

We were also had the chance to try their lip balms.

Lip balm

  • .5 ounce Twist Top Tin
  • Handmade from 100% Natural Beeswax
  • Antioxidant Vitamin E to moisturize
  • Soothes and protects delicate skin
  • Prevents over-drying and cracking in harsh climates

Mountaineer Brand lip balms are handmade with 100% natural beeswax and oils that soothe and heal. This lip balm is made with simple, natural ingredients that will condition and protect even in the harshest of climates. Antioxidant Vitamin E to moisturize and Aloe to soothe. I personally loved peppermint one because I am obsessed with peppermint oil! I love how it is non-greasy yet smooth. My least favorite was licorice because it was a bit strong, however I am not a fan of real licorice so it makes sense.

Last but not least, we tried their Granny Vicars Hand Salve. I am IN LOVE! It is thicker than applying a hand lotion, but it heals your dry skin in an instant! I am confiscating this one. It is mine! Handmade in West Virginia, Mountaineer Brand Hand Salve goes to work quickly, soaking deep into the skin to repair dry and damaged areas. It works great on hands, feet, or any overworked or dry area of the body. Botanically infused oils and aloe vera help to soothe, heal, and repair.

Granny Vicars Hand Salve

  • Large 4 Oz Tin
  • 100% Natural Oils, Beeswax, and Essential oils
  • Contains Botanically Infused Oils and Aloe Vera
  • Scent of Lavender with hints of Eucalyptus and Rosemary
  • Handmade in WV

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Side Story: Granny Vicars lived in Roane County, WV in a house located on the family’s farm. In true Mountaineer spirit, Granny lived with no indoor plumbing or running water… nor did she have the desire to do so. This Appalachian medicine woman knew how to care for her family using only her own two hands and what the Earth and land had to offer.  ❤ 

 

Overall very impressed. The design, and execution of the products in on point. I believe they capture the essence of  manhood pretty well. Keeping it simple, yet delivering outstanding products, which, on a plus side are natural, chemical-free and green!

Don’t miss out more posts for the Millennial Man Series coming soon!

Jihane – OnixJ