“If you don’t mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.”
– Barry Goldwater
Grooming habits and what is considered “good grooming” have varied greatly over time. Around 10,000 B.C., scented oils were a popular method of cleaning and softening skin and masking body odor. In ancient Egypt, kohl and red ochre featured prominently in the grooming arsenal of most men, as did a variety of skin care creams. Additionally, tribes around the world frequently used makeup in the form of dyes and paints for medicinal and cosmetic purposes as well as to psychologically prepare for battle.
In Elizabethan times, ultra-pale, powdered skin was the dernier cri in men’s grooming, as was hair bleaching. The repressive conditions of the Victorian period, however, led to a decline in the importance of men’s grooming. During the 20th century, the popularity of men’s grooming waxed and waned, but there’s no doubt today that male grooming has made a strong comeback with the market for men’s grooming products experiencing explosive growth and huge profits.
Unlike females, however, most modern men were not inducted into the world of grooming from an early age. Fortunately, we’re here to help. So, consider Men in Malta your secret weapon when it comes to grooming.