This spring, explore products we recommend from the best makers and designers in the country
One year ago, our world changed. And—after months of uncertainty and strife—the future is finally starting to look a bit more bright. Spring is the perfect season to celebrate good things ahead... and fold new products into your routine to reflect that optimism.
As we all head for better days, these finds will ensure you’re well prepped.
Inside this spring #editorsbox, you’ll discover products we celebrate for an obvious dedication to quality through and through: a grooming aid that provides a fresh clean for your shower in the morning; a facial product to help reduce the look of any wrinkles you may have fostered (especially over the past year!); a classic, sophisticated accessory that can be worn day or night with any outfit for a perfect fit; a simple fix to aid the dry, chapped hands we’ve all experienced lately; a protective sanitizer made locally with care; and, of course, an indulgent snack that we can’t get enough of.
From fine makers and talented designers from coast to coast, this season’s collection offers the best we have unearthed over the past few months of testing, and we’re excited to share them with you.
Here's a look inside our spring 2021 #editorsbox. Subscribe now to the country's "Best Men's Lifestyle Box" as awarded by the Annual Canadian Subscription Box Awards and our friends at A Year of Boxes—before it is sold out again this season!
1. AG – Balance Shampoo, $30
We toured the new Vancouver headquarters of AG when it first opened. The welcome was gracious... and the products blew us away. This apple cider vinegar shampoo perfectly encapsulates their core promises: simple, effective, vegan-friendly and cruelty- and sulfate-free. Formulated with 98-percent plant-based and naturally derived ingredients, this shampoo harnesses an exclusive blend of rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and clary sage essential oils to provide natural fragrance and the benefits of aromatherapy. It's ideal for all hair types.
2. Riversol – Hand Balm, $22
The professional-grade products of Vancouver’s Rivers-1ol were formulated by Dr. Jason Rivers-1 to aid patients looking for a healthy glow. This hand balm provides intensive hydration, which we all could use after more than a year of constant washing and drying to avoid germs and bacteria. The fragrance-free formulation is perfect for scent-sensitive locales and the hygienic aluminum tube even keeps bacteria and contaminants out.
3. Mistorm Socks – Melange Dark Grey, $17.99
Toronto-based Mistorm Socks demonstrates a dedication to quality in both their products and client service that drew us to them instantly, and their thin yet warm merino wool socks are the perfect way to introduce our subscribers too. The dark grey shade is among the most versatile available and the high-quality fibre has made this pair—complete with hand-linked toe—into a frequent best seller. (Check out their Etsy store for more options.)
4. BROmance – Under Eye Defence Serum, $42
Last season, we recommended the Age- Proof Peptide Moisturizer from Toronto’s BROmance. Due to popular demand, we asked if we could unveil a brand new offering to subscribers this time around. Their all-new eye serum is just the ticket. Lightweight and unique, it effectively smooths the appearance of wrinkles, evens skin tone and texture, and helps restore elasticity and firmness. Cruelty- and paraben-free, it boasts hyaluronic acid, periwinkle, licorice root extract and more. Plus, five percent of all sales are donated to Jack. org, a charity that strives to improve the mental health of men across the country.
5. Brockmann's Chocolates – White Chocolate Crunchetti, $5
It’s always worth it to revisit a classic, so we figured it was time to again herald the wonders of Crunchetti. One of the most popular items first introduced in our Summer 2020 collection, this snack food is the perfect combination of flavour and texture, and is available at retail in three flavours: dark, milk and white chocolate. Crunchetti is—without a doubt—a star in the offering of Brockmann’s Chocolates, which has been creating confections in Vancouver for more than 40 years. They’re sweet tooth experts... and we love this white chocolate, almond and cranberry combo.
6. AG – Hands Free Hand Sanitizer, $9.99
When COVID-19 hit British Columbia, AG instantly jumped in to help. They pivoted to create effective hand sanitizer to aid first responders, frontline workers and consumers alike. Their Hands Free formula is formulated with ethyl alcohol (73 percent v/v) for maximum germ-killing ability, exceeding both CDC and WHO sanitizer guidelines. Eliminating 99.9 percent of germs, this favourite leaves hands feeling moisturized and protected.