The 2023 GQ Grooming Awards

Clear your bathroom counter: We tested hundreds of new grooming goods—buzzy fragrances, cutting-edge shavers, A-list-approved hair creams—to help you waltz into your handsomest era yet.
The 2023 GQ Grooming Awards

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What distinguishes a GQ Grooming Award winner from any of the other top-shelf products we’ve tried this year? It’s a good question, and one we take pretty seriously. The answer comes down to a mix of factors, including sheer novelty, superlative excellence, and the holy-shit-you-need-to-try-this feeling we get deep in our bones when we spritz on a cologne that transports us to coastal Italy or exfoliate with a serum that shrinks our pores to the size of quarks. (A healthy dose of office-wide buzz never hurts, either.)

Every single one of the 86 winners below passed that vibe check with flying colors, catalyzing reactions so ecstatic we couldn’t help conveying them to you. Here’s what made the cut in 2023—and why they deserve prime real estate on your bathroom counter.

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The Best in Facial Care Products

The Best Face Cleansers

The first and most important step for keeping your face clean and breakout free? Washing it twice daily with a cleanser powerful enough to blast away dirt and impurities, but gentle enough not to strip your mug of its moisture barrier—the natural layer of ceramides that keeps your skin hydrated, firm, and protected from pollutants.

For that, our new go-to is the extremely thorough Glucoside Foaming Cleanser from The Ordinary, which leaves your skin feeling fresh and pristine and ready to take on the day. If you suffer from severe dryness, CeraVe’s Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser is specially formulated to rehydrate your skin and give it the hard reset it so sorely requires.

The Ordinary

Glucoside Foaming Cleanser


Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser

To help boost your moisture barrier’s strength and effectiveness, meanwhile, the Jaxon Lane Boom Cica Wow Gel Cleanser comes loaded with a grip of fortifying ingredients like centella and chamomile. And finally, if you’re looking for something tailored to your individual needs, Prose—whose custom haircare goods have long been a GQ fave—recently launched a custom skin care program, which includes a bang-up cleanser composed to match your skin type and lifestyle.

Jaxon Lane

Boom Cica Wow


Custom Cleanser

The Best Face Exfoliator

Once or twice a week, you’ll want to give your face a more serious scrub down to rid it of dead skin cells and any deep-set impurities. Your best bet there is Horace’s Gentle Face Scrub, which uses all-natural argan seeds—as opposed to environment-harming plastic microbeads—as its primary exfoliant.


Gentle Face Scrub

The Best Face Serums

Now that your moneymaker is nice and clean, it’s time to apply some serums to target any specific concerns you might have—like, say, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation—and generally feed your skin the nutrients it needs to look brighter and more vital.

The buzziest ingredients in skincare right now are epidermal growth factors—plant-derived stem cells that help to repair and plump your dermis. The Multi Peptides & GF Advanced Lifting Serum from Allies of Skin uses that innovation to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and deliver smoother, fuller skin.

Allies of Skin

Multi Peptides & GF Advanced Lifting Serum

Breakouts left your face all spotty and irritated? A few drops of Sunday Riley’s B3 Nice Serum—engineered with niacinamide and trans-resveratrol—will help lighten post-acne marks, reduce redness, and shrink pores. Or, if you’re simply looking to be told you’re looking absolutely radiant, take the B-Goldi Bright Illuminating Drops from Drunk Elephant out for a spin. The gold-hued serum also uses niacinamide to lighten dark spots, while serving up a blast of texture-smoothing hydration that leaves your skin positively glowing.

Sunday Riley

B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum

Drunk Elephant

B-Goldi Bright Illuminating Drops

Finally, the Vitamin C Serum Set from Prof. Dr. Steinkraus (who really wants you to know he spent a lot of time in grad school) is as fun to use as it is incredible for your skin. Each individual dose of the high-performance anti-aging serum comes in a space-agey spherical bead, which you “activate” using a special liquid and then apply all over your face and neck for a refreshing, illuminating rush of vitamin C, glycerin, and jojoba oil.

Prof. Dr. Steinkraus

Vitamin C Serum Set

The Best Face Moisturizers

If you’ve just applied a serum, then all you really need out of a daily moisturizer is, well, moisture—-which means it’s fine to keep things pretty basic. However! Many of the best new moisturizers on the market contain active skin-nurturing ingredients that can serve as either excellent tag team partners to your serums or, in many cases, replace ‘em all together.

Toronto upstart Margin’s Active Moisturizer, for one, is billed as a “moisturizer-serum hybrid” and features a heady mix of glycerin, niacinamide, bakuchiol, and more to hydrate, protect, and enliven your skin all in one step. The Revival Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Pretty Boy similarly promises 6-in-1 uses in a simple, lightweight gel package, with a formula designed to help relieve everything from eczema to razor burn.


Active Moisturizer

Pretty Boy

Revival Recovery Gel Moisturizer

Meanwhile, if you’re wondering how to age as freakishly well into your 50s as recent GQ cover stars Pharrell Williams and Brad Pitt, you’re in luck: Both stars have their own highly-touted skincare lines with elite daily moisturizers. Pharrell’s Humanrace 7D Mystifying Gel Moisturizer uses hyaluronic acid and marine-derived extracts to firm things up and leave your face dewy, while The Cream from Pitt’s Le Domaine has a sumptuous texture and antioxidant-rich recipe for wrinkle reduction and deep nourishment.


7D Gel Moisturizer

Le Domaine

The Cream

The Best Face Sunscreens

Last step before you leave the house: slather on some SPF. We all know the importance of proper suncare—and it’s especially crucial if you’ve put certain ingredients like retinol on your face, which can increase sun sensitivity.

Our go-to facial sunscreen for everyday use over a moisturizer is Dune’s Mineral Melt SPF 30, a breezy mineral formulation that blends in weightlessly and imperceptibly. Or, if you’d prefer to get your sun protection on with your moisturizer, the Force Field SPF 30 by Ursa Major is as good as it gets: lightweight moisture, smooth application, dermatologist-approved SPF value.


Mineral Melt Facial SPF 30

Ursa Major

Force Field SPF 30

The Best Night Creams

The eight hours you’re (hopefully) clocking every night is an excellent time for your skin to recharge and soak up some extra goodness. The Doctor Rogers Night Repair Treatment uses bakuchiol, glycolic acid, and sodium PCA to build up your face’s collagen supply, reverse sun damage, and generally help you wake up handsomer. If budget is no factor, though, you may want to splurge on the Supremÿa La Nuit anti-aging cream from Sisley, the old-school brand that beautiful French women have relied on for decades to preserve their youthful glow.

Doctor Rogers

Night Treatment Cream


Supremÿa La Nuit

The Best Acne Treatments

Whether you’re 17 or 45, zits are gonna zit from time to time. Thankfully, over-the-counter acne solutions have improved drastically over the last few years. When you’re battling a full-on breakout, Murad’s Rapid Relief Acne Sulfur Mask is the ticket: apply a layer of its sulfur- and salicylic acid-powered mixture all over your face, and in ten minutes it’ll help shrink pimples, clear away blackheads, and reduce redness. For a more targeted treatment, a single drop of Kiehl’s liquid Truly Targeted Acne-Clearing Pimple Patch will blitz your zits in a matter of hours, visibly minimizing their size and color.


Rapid Relief Acne Sulfur Mask


Acne Clearing Salycilic Pimple Patch

If you can feel something forming but it hasn’t quite surfaced yet, the new Micro-Cloud patch from Justin Bieber-loved Starface cuts troublesome spots off at the source by using its hydrocolloid surface to suck up excess fluid and salicylic acid to unclog pores. Or, if you’re prone to developing nasty ingrown hairs after shaving, Fur’s Ingrown Microdart Patch similarly employs tiny microneedles and a slew of formidable ingredients to penetrate the bump, limit inflammation, and jumpstart the healing process.




Ingrown Microdart Patch

And when the damage is already done, the Sealed Active Scar Primer by Topicals works to fill in deep acne scars and quicken their recovery over time.


Sealed Active Scar Primer

The Best Eye Treatments

Eyes feeling a little puffy after a wild night out? Dab a little bit of Current State’s peptide- and caffeine-infused Firming Eye Cream all over ‘em, and you’ll be looking and feeling alert and revitalized.

Current State of Skin

Firming Eye Cream

Lumin’s yellow-hued Instant Dark Circle Corrector, meanwhile, helps to cancel out the blue and purple tones in your bags through the power of color theory—while also attacking them the old-fashioned way with skin-brightening ingredients like licorice root extract.


Instant Dark Circle Corrector

And if you really need to go the extra mile before a big meeting or date, Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright+ Vitamin CC Stick offers a more serious coverup which, perhaps coupled with a little concealer, will instantly make those dark circles and under-eye veins vanish.

Ole Henriksen

Banana Bright+ Vitamin CC stick

The Best Concealer

Speaking of concealer: Live Tinted’s signature Hueskin Serum Concealer comes in 20 different shades—so you’re all but guaranteed to find a perfect match for your skin tone—and is suffused with a grip of skin-happy ingredients. Grab one of Glossier’s convenient, aesthetically-pleasing Stretch Face Brushes to help you blend to perfection.

Live Tinted

Hueskin Serum Concealer


Stretch Face Brush

The Best Face Masks

Nothing feels better on a lazy night in than treating yourself to a sheet mask—and nobody makes a better sheet mask than Narcyss. The Swiss brand’s Le Fix masks, powered by hydrating bamboo extract and brightening hyaluronic acid, feels decadent on the skin and leaves you with a lasting, noticeable radiance.


Le Fix - 3 Pack

On the techier side of things, Therabody’s TheraFace Mask utilizes LEDs—you can switch between red lights for anti-aging and blue ones for acne treatment—to give you firmer, healthier-looking skin, all while using built-in massagers at key pressure points for a truly soothing experience. (Well worth terrifying any unsuspecting onlookers with its Jason Voorhees-esque visage.)


TheraFace Mask

The Best Lip Balms

One of our all-time favorite lip balmsJack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm, with handy SPF25 protection—now comes in a tasty new watermelon flavor. More of a roll-on guy? These Matte Lip Balms from Cardon have a subtle finish while thoroughly hydrating your lips with cactus extract, ceramide NP, and apple seed oil.

Jack Black

Intense Therapy Lip Balm


Matte Lip Balm

Or perhaps you’re looking for more of an unsubtle finish, in which case we’d direct you to Rhode—the new skincare line from gorgeous-lip-haver Hailey Bieber—whose Peptide Lip Tints use the titular ingredient to plump your lips in four softly glossy, highly kissable shades.


Peptide Lip Tints

The Best Body Care Products

The Best Body Washes

The attributes of a great body wash are simple enough: It should cleanse your epidermis thoroughly, leave it soft and hydrated, and—most importantly—smell fantastic. Augustinus Bader’s Body Cleanser clears all those marks with ease, thanks to a calming eucalyptus scent and a blend of coconut oil, ceramides, and other skin-boosting elements. For bar soap folks, the historic Claus Porto—Portugal’s oldest soapmaker, launched way back in 1887—has served up its invigorating new Alto Mar fragrance in an algae-infused shower bar, complete with a hand-wrapped rope to ensure a firm grip while lathering.

Augustinus Bader

Body Cleanser

Claus Porto

Alto Mar Soap on a Rope

Lastly, if you’re in need of a more rigorous clean, the Body Exfoliant from Sidia has exfoliating rice in the mix to gently scrub away any dead skin.


Body Exfoliant

The Best Face + Body Wash Combos

We’re normally down on combination products—most shampoo-conditioner blends, for instance, aren’t generally worth using—but Dove Men+Care’s Advanced Care Sensitive Skin Calm Face & Body Wash is an effective face and body wash that’s formulated for sensitive skin and solid enough to keep your dermatologist happy. Toss a bottle in your gym bag for a quick, efficient post-workout shower. Or, for an altogether more elevated experience, splurge on one of The Grey’s butter-soft Face and Body Bars, enhanced with aloe vera and argan oil for a silky smooth, oh-so-lavish finish.

Dove Men+Care

Advanced Care Sensitive Skin Calm Face & Body Wash

The Grey

Face and Body Bar

The Best Body Peel Treatment

Every once in a while, when your skin is feeling especially rough or dry or generally in need of a real reset, you’ll want to give the Necessaire Body Peel a whirl. Headlined by a trio of acids—alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, and polyhydroxy—it’s a potent solution for combating bumps, scaliness, and other irritations.


Body Peel Serum

The Best Body Acne Treatment

No matter how old you get, it’s tough to avoid the occasional bout of body acne on your back, chest, neck, or otherwise. When those moments arise, simply spritz a healthy serving of this Zit Spray from acne innovators Frontman on the problem area, and the salicylic acid-fuelled concoction will take care of the rest.


Zit Spray

The Best Body Moisturizers

Just like your face, it’s vital you keep the rest of your body well hydrated. A big cheap bottle of California Naturals Body Moisturizer, bursting with all-natural nourishers like shea butter and sweet almond oil, will do the trick nicely. If you’re prone to breakouts and need something even mellower, Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Body Gel Hydrator is designed to keep your skin nice and moist without any fear of clogging your pores.

California Naturals

Body Moisturizer


Ultra Gentle Body Gel

On the fancier end of the spectrum, Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion has many of the same toning and smoothing properties as your favorite facial serums, coupled with a delectable floral scent.


Amazing Grace Intense firming body emulsion

The Best Body Sunscreen

Like we said earlier: SPF! It’s important. Stock up on Supergoop’s 40 SPF Unseen Sunscreen Body, which blends in clean and feels as light as air, and you’ll be good to go.


Unseen Sunscreen Body 40 SPF

The Best Deodorant

All the downsides of natural deodorants: the stickiness, the residue, the smells only a hippie could love? Geologie’s solved for them. The brand’s trademark deodorant rolls on clear and lasts all day, and its new Moab scent is delightfully citrus-forward.


Natural Deodorant

Still not convinced by the all-natural movement? Old Spice still does it right, and the Gentlemen’s Blend Himalayan Sea Salt Deodorant is a formidable new addition to its lineup.

Old Spice

Gentleman's Blend Himalayan Sea Salt

The Best Body Hair Trimmer

You could shell out for a bunch of individual devices—a body groomer, a nose hair clipper, a beard trimmer, a hairline detailer—or you can get all of those functions in the Braun All-in-One Style Kit Series 9. You can set the self-sharpening blades to 40 different length settings right on the handle itself, and it comes complete with a grip of attachments that offer the possibility of 13 distinct uses for head-to-toe upkeep. With a battery life of 100 minutes on a single charge and smooth, nick-free performance in even the most sensitive areas, your unruly body hair won’t know what hit it.


All-in-One Style Kit Series 9

The Best Hand Soaps

Nothing worse than cheap hand soap that leaves your mitts feeling drier and ickier than they did before you washed ‘em. That’ll never be an issue with Uni’s Restoring Hand Wash atop your sink, which foams beautifully and uses stuff like sea kelp and olive oil to nourish your hands. And when you really want to impress your guests, sub in a bar of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s new scented soaps, which utilize the vaunted French perfumer’s signature fragrances in a luxurious new form.


Restoring Hand Wash

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Aqua Media Scented Soap

The Best Hand Cream

In the dead of winter, when your hands are all cracked from the cold, keep a tin of Walrus Oil Logger’s Hand Salve in your pocket—a dollop of the creamy solution, made with coconut oil and olive wax, will bring your parched paws back to the land of the living.

Walrus Oil

Logger's Hand Salve

The Best Nail Care Goods

Been dabbling in painting your nails and ready to break out beyond the safety of black and white polish? The new UnGuilty Pleasures Nail Polish collection from Essie is chock-a-block with uncommon hues like a rich jewel-toned blue and dark chocolatey brown.


(Un)Guilty Pleasures

Prep your nails for polish with this Crystal Glass Nail File Set from longtime GQ fave Germanikure, which includes the brand’s new crescent moon-shaped file, and keep things in check on the road with Monte & Co. x ArteStile’s compact, leather-bound grooming kit, complete with a nail clipper and file, a tweezer, and beard scissors.


Crystal Glass Nail File Set

Monte & Co. x ArteStile

Grooming Kit

The Best Bug Spray

There’s nothing worse than enjoying a nice evening outdoors…and then suddenly being forced to decide if you’d rather endure mosquito bites or douse yourself in awful citronella-scented bug spray. The cheeky perfumers at Heretic Parfum have devised an elegant solution: The Entomologist insect repellent spray, which masks its effective all-natural formulation with a heavenly bouquet of cedar, geranium, and thyme.

Heretic Parfum

Entomologist Spray

The Best Haircare Products

The Best Shampoos and Conditioners

Nobody said your shampoo and conditioner had to come in big plastic containers. Church California’s Organic Shampoo and Conditioner Bars offer up an eco-friendly alternative that just so happen to outperform the vast majority of their traditional counterparts, containing an abundance of plant-based active ingredients—including virgin coconut and argan in the shampoo, broccoli seed oil and mango butter in the conditioner—that feels luscious and restoring in your hair.

Church California

Organic Shampoo Bar

Church California

Organic Conditioner Bar

If dandruff’s got you down, Head & Shoulders’ Bare Dandruff Shampoo does exactly what it says on the tin: It contains just nine essential ingredients—with nothing nasty like silicone to worry about—that work to ward off flakes and soothe your scalp.

Head and Shoulders

Bare Soothing Hydration Dandruff Shampoo

And when you just need a big ol’ bottle of conditioner—because you should be using the stuff every day, even if you’re not shampooing—Basic Maintenance is the way to go. The no-nonsense brand’s uber-affordable conditioner is brimming with volumizing, protein-boosting, antifungal goodness.

Basic Maintenance


The Best Hair Serums

Engineered for folks with thicker, curlier hairstyles—dreads, braids, waves—Bevel’s 3-in-1 Hair Oil keeps things healthy, shiny, and moisturized by way of a trio of powerful oils: tea tree, jojoba, and Jamaican black castor.


3-in-1 Hair Oil

For added body and definition between washes, the Roz Milk Hair Serum is designed to keep your tresses looking fresh and frizz-free.


Milk Hair Serum

Or if your scalp is giving you trouble—maybe it’s dry, itchy, flaky, or all of the above—massage in a layer of Seen’s Restore Scalp Serum to give your dome the rejuvenating reboot it so sorely needs.


Restore Scalp Serum

The Best Hair Styling Products

Highland, the upstart Colorado brand behind one of our absolute favorite hair clays, is expanding its offerings with its stellar Glacial Cream. It’s the ideal lightweight styler for fellas with medium-to-long locks to achieve that loose, wavy, natural look.


Glacial Cream

For those going for more of a Pat Riley-esque slick back, the new charcoal-infused Hair Gel from STMNT—founded by a trio of LA’s top celebrity groomers—has the high hold you need, only minus the aggressive shine and gnarly crustiness of the gels you used in middle school.


Hair Gel

If you’re lucky enough to have the kind of no-fuss hair that just needs the subtlest something extra to look its best, a few spritzes of Bulldog’s Original Salt Spray will give your ‘do that fresh-from-the-ocean flow.


Original Salt Spray

The Best Hair Loss Treatments

The Plus Range shampoo and conditioner from Patricks combines the big-four DHT blockers—baicapil, capixyl, redensyl, and procapil—to help jumpstart a fuller, thicker, softer coif up top. (Doesn’t hurt that the stuff smells great, either.)


Plus Range Ultra Thickening Hair Loss Set

CurrentBody’s Skin LED Hair Regrowth Device might look like something out of Tron, but it relies on clinically-proven LED technology to regrow your hair in just a few minutes of use a day—and effectively replaces the need for low-level laser therapy (which can cost thousands of dollars per month). (One formerly wispy-domed GQ contributor swears by this helmet as a major reason for his now-stellar hair density.) This new version includes built-in Bluetooth headphones to make your experience that much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Current Body

LED Hair Regrowth Helmet with Bluetooth Headphones

The Best in Fragrances

The Best Colognes


Gloam Eau de Parfum

It’s been a whirlwind few months for the Aussie skin care experts at Aesop, who toasted a mammoth L'Oréal acquisition by quietly releasing some of the best fragrances of the year. Among them is Gloam, a spicy EDP shot through with jolts of jasmine and patchouli. It’s woody and just the right amount of sweet, the most succinct explanation for Aesop’s sky-high valuation we’ve encountered yet.


L'eau Papier Eau de Toilette


2571 Eau de Parfum

Speaking of wood: the air was thick with it this year, as brands new and old, large and small, riffed on the accord to exhilarating effect. Diptyque’s L'eau Papier, a smash-hit debut from the Parisian parfumerie, blended blonde wood with white musk in an ode to ink-soaked paper. (You remember paper, right? It’s the stuff they used to send text messages on.) Then there’s Caswell-Massey’s 2571, a mix of woods and spices that riffs on the brand’s centuries-old Number Six, the first fragrance ever crafted in America. (George Washington was a fan.)


Myslf Eau de Parfum


L’or de Louis Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford

Myrrhe Mystère Eau de Parfum

In September, Saint Laurent introduced Myslf, a new fragrance that balances woody base notes with hints of bergamot and orange blossom, nabbing a cosign from Austin Butler in the process. Carlos Huber and the globe-trotting noses at Arquiste found inspiration in a similar combination for L’or de Louis, a formula that borrows its blend of orange blossom and wood from the trees that lined the exterior of Versailles. And Tom Ford’s Myrrhe Mystere—a sultry, swaggering mix of amber, sandalwood, and vanille that smells like Ford incarnate—proves the brand is in peak form even as its namesake decamps to sunnier pastures.

D.S. & Durga

Pistachio Perfume

Celebrity cosigns are cool and all, but is anyone having more fun making fragrances than the cheeky perfumers at D.S. & Durga? This year, the Brooklyn label dropped a tennis-inspired cologne they dubbed Crush Balls—and that wasn’t even their drollest (or best-smelling) release. That honorific goes to Pistachio Perfume, a deceptively thoughtful scent with, per the brand’s description, top notes of pistachio, hearts notes of more pistachio, and base notes of even more pistachio. The first run sold out fast, and the D.S. & Durga team is still laughing their way to the bank.

Brunello Cucinelli

Eau de Parfum

Tsu Lange Yor

Luca Eau de Parfum

What do Brunello Cucinelli, Italy's philosopher king, and Troye Sivan, the Australian actor and musician, have in common? As of this year, a new line of fragrances to call their own. Cucinelli’s debut Eau de Parfum is spicy and crisp, a natural complement to the plush cashmere menswear he’s famous for. Sivan’s Tsu Lange Yor Luca, on the other hand, is warm and floral, with notes of cedarwood and clary sage that pay tribute to the beachy accents of his home country.

Louis Vuitton

Pacific Chill Fragrance

In all the excitement surrounding Pharrell’s groundbreaking appointment at Louis Vuitton, it was easy to miss the release of Pacific Chill, a detox of a scent formulated with aimless, sun-kissed days in mind. Easy to miss, that is, until you catch a whiff of blackcurrant, basil, lemon, and coriander wafting out of a Vuitton flagship and find yourself compelled to grab a bottle.

The Best Home Fragrances


Sweet Grass Candle

Perfumer H

Ink Candle

Is it any surprise that one of the best candles we sparked this year comes from Byredo, the billion-dollar Swedish powerhouse whose fragrances smell as good as their smoked glass bottles look? If Sweet Grass’ sharp mix of sage, musk, and ambroxan doesn’t win you over, its telltale serif label will. Then again, if any brand can convince you to go niche it’s Perfumer H, the cult-loved British imprint founded by pedigreed career nose Lyn Harris. Its Ink candle blends notes of elemi, cedar, papyrus, and frankincense, planted in a discreet bottle guaranteed to class up your home office.


Aero Mini Pro Diffuser

Running low on matches? Clear the air with Seasons’ aero mini pro diffuser, a compact, portable version of the brand’s hero product. The cheery matte colors might be very right now, but the selection of essential oils they house—eucalyptus, French lavender, sweet orange—are as timeless as it gets.

The Best in Shaving Products

The Best Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco

S9000 Prestige Shaver

At this point, Philips Norelco has enjoyed the type of dominance rivaled only by Lil Wayne in the 2000s—each one of its electric shavers is the best until the next one drops. The S9000 Prestige is the grooming juggernaut’s Da Drought 3: a powerful, dexterous upgrade with an unusually long run time. The ultra-flexible rotary heads might be easier on the skin than a razor, but even mixtape-era Weezy would have a hard time beating their precision.

The Best Razor


Craft Handle Razor

A thousand startups have lived and died since Harry’s launched its first razor, but the brand’s value proposition—no-frills shaving products, no-BS prices—feels as vital as ever. The buzzy disruptor isn’t content to rest on its laurels: Its craft handle razor melds German-engineered blades with weighty, balanced handles that glide like an S-Class for a smooth, nick-free shave.

The Best Shaving Creams

Uppercut Deluxe

Shave Cream


Shaving Care Cream

In 2023, there are more ways than ever to get a lather going while you prep for a line-up. The best of them, like Uppercut Deluxe’s shaving cream, start off thick and creamy to protect your mug from the razor’s bite, but absorb fast to keep your skin soothed post-shave. Chasing an old-school barbershop vibe? Grab a bottle of Pisterzi’s shaving care cream and ditch the next-gen gloop for good.

Lab Series

Electric Shave Solution


Sensitive Skin Post Shave Balm

We liked a couple of specialty formulas this year, too—especially Lab Series’ electric shave solution, which offers the benefits of a more traditional shaving cream to anyone attacking their scruff the way Dylan scandalized the crowd in ‘65. Ditto Cremo’s post shave balm, a lightweight, fragrance-free option packed with essential oils for fellas with particularly sensitive skin.

The Best Beard Trimmer

King C. Gillette

Beard Trimmer Kit

Mountain-man whiskers? Artful perma-scruff? Barely-there stubble? However you wear your facial hair, King C. Gillette’s beard trimmer kit is equipped to handle it. (Think of it like the grooming equivalent of a Leatherman—with only slightly less functionality.) Three comb attachments slot neatly into the ergonomic handle, and with close to an hour of trimming power you’ll never run out of juice halfway through the job.

The Best Beard Oil

Caldera + Lab

Beard Oil

If you’d rather hold onto your facial hair for the long haul, make sure it’s nourished properly. Thanks to a blend of antioxidant-rich extracts, Caldera + Lab’s beard oil hydrates, soothes, and conditions the scruff on your face along with the skin beneath it, leaving them polished and smelling faintly of fresh apricot.

The Best in Oral Care and Teeth Whitening

The Best Toothbrush


iO Series 10 Toothbrush

Plenty of grooming brands introduce new products with the pomp and circumstance of a luxury car commercial, but Oral-B’s iO line actually delivers on the promise. The iO Series 10 toothbrush comes with more specs than a Lexus coupe—including AI-enhanced cleaning powers and the brand’s trademark tooth tracking—housed in an ultra-sleek device beamed in from a cavity-free future. The robot revolution is here, and it’s coming for your molars.

The Best Toothpaste


Edelweiss Strong Mint Anti-Aging Toothpaste

VVardis scooped a Grooming Award in this exact category a couple of years ago, and its Edelweiss anti-aging toothpaste picks up where that winner left off. The fluoride-rich, peroxide-free formula uses the brand’s wonky-sounding-but-wildly-effective Senolytic Hydroxy-Peptide 200 to shore up your teeth’s enamel, vanishing coffee stains and Malbec splotches in the process. If you’re looking to approximate the minty-clean feeling you associate with the dentist—sans the copay—ditch the drugstore schlock and grab a tube of this immediately.

The Best Flosser


Electric Flosser

Don’t let the cutesy name fool you: Flaus’s electric flosser is more than Millennial catnip. The DTC upstart combines old-school, shred-resistant thread with a genuinely novel design that makes reaching those hard-to-clean crevices a cinch. Big Floss, consider the gauntlet thrown.

The Best Whitening Treatments


Rapid Radiance Whitening Kit


1 Hour Express + LED Light 3DWhitestrips

As an alternative to its stinging, peroxide-heavy counterparts, Boka’s rapid radiance kit is aces. Its whitening gel leans on Phthalimido-Peroxy-Caproic Acid—which is easier on your enamel but an absolute nightmare for the gunk tarnishing your teeth—while an LED-activated mouthpiece expedites the process, leaving your pearly whites looking that way in a mere 15 minutes. The newcomers aren’t the only ones innovating in the oral care space: Thanks to the addition of a revamped LED light, Crest’s 3DWhitestrips, a stalwart of the category for over two decades, still set the standard.