[This is not a sponsored post. The products are gifted press samples.]
I get sent so many different products to test and review, that it’s easy for some to get lost in the pile. In fact, it’s terrible how many times I have to come back to people after months and apologise, because the constant influx has just got on top of me. Not that I’m complaining – maybe I just need to learn to type faster. Or, more likely, add a few more hours into the day. If only…
When I look at my grooming shelves, I can really only see the products near the front – the ones that I love, rave about, and use the most. So it struck me the other day that so much space was taken up by Jack Black products – one of my absolute favourite brands. And I’ve not even written about them on here yet. Not because I had nothing to say, but they’re one of those brands that has something for everything, and you kind of start to take it for granted.
So I really just wanted to talk about some of my favourite products from the collection, and why it is that I think every man who’s into skincare and grooming should have at least one Jack Black product on their shelf. Because not only is the quality of the products exceptional, but the price point is also fairly reasonable – note, reasonable, not budget – and they look great too!
Jack Black launched in 2000 with an independent line of 10 key products, aiming to offer for men a quality, cohesive grooming range. 19 years on, the company is still privately owned, and has quickly become one of the most successful and respected men’s grooming brands on the market, often coming out on top of editors’ lists for their brilliant formulations.
Co-Founders Curran Dandurand and Emily Dalton worked at large, global beauty companies before starting out on the Jack Black venture, and were inspired by the philosophy that men want high-quality skin care, but without the fuss of excessive products and time in front of the mirror. And that’s one of my favourite things about the collection today – yes, it’s expanded, but cut to the heart of it and what you’re getting is a quality, concise skincare regime that does what it says on the bottle.
Why I love the Jack Black range
Let’s get the shallow things out the way first – but, truthfully, they do matter. There’s not one product in the entire Jack Black range that doesn’t look good. I’m not ashamed to say I am drawn to products based on their packaging – then I’ll try them etc. and decide what’s good and what’s not – but that really is the first box to tick. And Jack Black ticks it.
Next up, the formulations are just great, and aside from all the active ingredients etc. I really like this these products because they’re not greasy and don’t leave a residue – which I think is a big thing for a lot of men. And achieving healthy skin without looking like you’re using product isn’t easy in some cases. But Jack Black excels at that, which is why I think it’s one of the most popular men’s grooming brands around.
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And finally, almost the entire line is cruelty-free – which I love. No, I’m not vegan, but I do try to be as kind in my choices as possible. And that’s something the collection’s good at too – and it always has been. The only reason I point that out is because, as other brands jump on the bandwagon (not that it’s in any way negative) and try to be more ethical, I think it’s important to remember which ones have embraced that philosophy from the get-go.
My top Jack Black picks
I feel like I keep going on about how much each product in the Jack Black range actually does, so I’m not going to go there again (even though I kind of just did). But that is a big part of the range, and the 3 products I want to talk about all have that in common – and that’s really the reason I’ve chosen them. Because I think, generally speaking, when it comes to grooming men lose interest fast, so the more you can cram into one product, the better. It also saves time and money, so everyone’s a winner.
I’m going to start with the Double Duty Face Moisturiser – which I love! As I always say, I am a La Mer devotee and I’m proud of it, but when I’m travelling or away from home I usually take something different with me, just to avoid leaving a very expensive gift for the hotel cleaning staff. However, I don’t like to compromise on quality, and this cream is one of my favourites. It also has some similar ingredients to La Mer, which might have something to do with why I’m so partial to it.
But another good thing about this moisturiser is that it has SPF 20, which I’m always in favour of. Yes, you should really be wearing a dedicated SPF as well, but any kind of protection is a start – and if you’re the kind of person who’s going to forget, get a face cream with it included. The same goes for lips, and the Intense Therapy Lip Balm is one of my favourites because it also has SPF 25. It’s also great for men because it’s oil-free and leaves no shine – so it doesn’t appear like a gloss. I think it’s touch to find lip balms that men feel comfortable wearing, but this is a good one.
Finally, I wanted to include the Turbo Wash gel – which is part of the Performance Remedy range. This collection is all about effective, efficient products that prep you for the day, and this hair and body cleanser is one of my favourites. I have to say, I’m often sceptical of these 2-in-1 products, mostly because they leave my hair feeling a bit meh afterwards, but this ticked all the boxes, and I think it’s great for if you’re travelling lightweight, or even if you just want to keep products to a minimum. The smell is also amazing, just saying.
All in all, Jack Black is without a doubt one of my favourite men’s grooming brands, and one I think should be on every man’s radar. And with the festive season approaching, I think it’s totally gift-able – whether you go for one of their pre-packaged gift sets, or make your own. Let me know if you want any more information about any of the other products included in the pictures. I’ll probably speak about them in more detail at some point anyway, but drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help.