Men’s Journal aims to feature only the best products and services. We update when possible, but deals expire and prices can change. If you buy something via one of our links, we may earn a commission. Questions? Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Sponsored content
The very word makes us cringe: Manscaping. It sounds more like a spa day than what it really is: nervous, cream-flinging whacks at trying to keep yourself neat. And the very idea of a razor getting that close to our stones? Nauseating.
That said, it’s time for you to, as the phrase goes, suck it up. We are officially mandating manscaping—especially considering all the great products available these days designed specifically for it. Manscaped has a great selection of fine products that make the job quicker, easier—and far less dicey.
Getting your body hair under control not only sharpens your look but is also a proven confidence booster. “It’s healthy for every man to consider,” says Craig Whitely, owner of The Grooming Concierge and The Men’s Room. “It’s amazing how much thinner someone can appear in their clothing, and how much more comfortable you could feel as well.”
If you’re one of the few remaining cautious souls who’s yet to take a stab (poor word choice) at body grooming, you’re in the dwindling minority. “Some guys think that when you start paying more attention to how you look, then it doesn’t look manly,” says Whitely. “That’s changing, and more men are incorporating it into their regimen.”
Now that you’re thoroughly convinced, it’s important to remember that you can’t just shave everything off and expect decent results. Welcome to Body Grooming 101. Don’t forget to bring a towel.
Crotch Rule No. 1: Keep the Stubble
We regret to inform you that you are neither a porn star nor a newborn baby. So when it comes to the area immediately below the belt, save the stubble. Less than an inch is ideal. This will, as Whitely says, “keep it cool enough where you feel comfortable about yourself and it doesn’t have irritation.”
For this sensitive operation, we recommend the cordless, rechargeable Lawn Mower 2.0 ($50) from Manscaped. The 6,000 strokes-per-minute motor can handle even the densest of forests. It features a rust-resistant, hygienic, replaceable ceramic blade module featuring SkinSafe technology, to prevent nicks and snags. The sturdy, shock proof housing is designed for carefree maneuverability, ultra quiet operation, and low vibration, and one charge will deliver up to 60 minutes of cordless body grooming.
Afterward, a spritz of Crop Reviver Toner and Refresher ($18) is designed especially for highly sensitive and high-friction areas of the body. It features aloe and witch hazel extracts for anti-inflammatory, anti-burn protection, and optimum pH levels for dryness and hydration control.
Finish the job with Manscaped’s Crop Preserver ($20), a residue- and oil-free, anti-chafing liquid talcum-like deodorant gel designed for your nether regions. It features ingredients that preserve the skin’s essential barrier, promote antibacterial protection, and maintain all-day freshness.
Crotch Rule No. 2: Pull the Skin Tight
That’s right: We’re telling you to pull the skin tight, especially when handling your boys. “Because the skin is so much looser and so much thinner,” says Whitely, “you want to make sure that you’re very conscious of the control that you’re having in that area.” Loose skin could cause the trimmer or razor to catch on the skin, causing outright catastrophes. “You have to be conscious and careful in those areas,” says Whitely. Amen.
Watch Your Back (Everyone Else Is)
Unless you wish to be privy to the pains of waxing (see: Carell, Steve; The 40-Year-Old Virgin), you need help with your back. A girlfriend, wife, or very, very discreet friend could be of service. “Stick with trimmers,” says Craig. Using a safety razor like Manscaped’s The Plow ($20) is fine for your face, but it can lead to pimples and irritation in an area that may not be used to such a close cropping.
Do It in the Shower
The Lawnmower is approved for wet or dry use, and doing your manscaping in the shower makes clean-up that much easier. For a smoother chest, going at it (gently!) with a razor is the way to go. Whiley says to save that operation for the shower, too. “You’re getting rid of all the dirt and oils that can prevent the trimmers or the shaver from maximizing its performance,” he says. Here’s where The Plow will come in handy. The two-sided blade combined with Manscaped’s Crop Cleanser body wash ($20) gives you the confidence to shave a simple area like your chest even when the water’s blasting down.
Finish the Job
We give women a hard time about all the products that crowd the shower and medicine cabinet. While it’s obvious that a lot of them are purely cosmetic, many serve a real purpose that guys would be foolish to disregard. Manscaped’s Crop Mop wipes ($13 for 15) are specially designed to meet men’s unique hygienic needs and provide extra care for your intimate parts by getting rid of sweat and bacteria. They reduce the risk of itching and irritation, while leaving skin smooth and balanced. And they’re individually packaged, so they’re great for on-the-go use at the gym, camping, traveling, or anytime a shower isn’t available.
Get A Set
Manscaped offers handy packages that make manscaping a breeze—and they make great gifts, too. The Perfect Package 2.0 ($80) covers the essentials. It comes with both the Lawn Mower 2.0 and The Plow, as well as Crop Reviver and Crop Preserver—everything you need for a safe, simple, and effective manscaping routine. The Nuts & Bolts kit ($70) is only for below-the-belt maintenance, and includes the Lawn Mower body grooming trimmer and Crop Preserver ball deodorant.