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Hawthorne for Men: Skincare and scents that make sense

I am guilty of using dad brand skincare found in grocery stores. Check my medicine cabinet right now and you’ll find Old Spice and Aqua Velva. Look, there’s nothing wrong with either brand, but let’s be real, it’s not high-quality and hasn’t changed with the times and what we know about skincare now. That’s where Hawthorne comes in.

Hawthorne for Men recognized that guys were overusing dad brands made with lower-quality ingredients and sought out to make quality products easily accessible for masses. They didn’t stop there though. Hawthorne collaborated with multiple perfumers and developed an algorithm to help men find the right skincare, and scent for their unique body chemistry, skin type, hair type, and lifestyle with over 97% accuracy. It’s not only science backed skincare, but science-based selection.

Hawthorne for Men

How I reviewed Hawthorne for Men

The team at Hawthorne found out about my past skincare reviews and offered to a couple of products to sample and review. The most exciting part? Cologne. I wasn’t kidding around; my medicine cabinet has a bottle of Old Spice original scent cologne in it. I’ve always understood the appeal of men’s fragrances, but never the price tag associated. Old Spice Classic Cologne spray is about eight bucks in the grocery store or on Amazon, while Creed Aventis is over three hundred. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying Old Spice smells as good, but to me it smells good enough.

Anyway, there will be two facets to this article. The first is a Hawthorne cologne review and the second will talk about Hawthorne skincare. I’ll look at all the important features of whether Hawthorne is “worth it” and get some feedback on the scents from a heavy hitter, my wife. At the end of the day, skincare speaks for itself with results. However, fragrance needs a seal of approval. In this case, that seal needs to come from the person who is going to smell me the most.

Hawthorne for Men: Delivery and Price

Getting started with Hawthorne isn’t complicated, but it’s not a simple as picking a one-size-fits-all skincare routine from the grocery store shelf. After completing the Hawthorne customized quiz, a custom routine is generated by an algorithm that searches through over 500,000 combinations. The results include a complete bundle, cologne set, face set, and bathroom set. The team at Hawthorne shipped my custom skincare and fragrance set on a Monday morning and it arrived on my doorstep in four days, in four separate boxes. I received a dry skin face cleanser, medium weight face lotion, a bottle or Work Cologne, and a bottle of Play Cologne.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive all the products I was recommended. My custom set also included the Papaya Enzyme Exfoliator and Brightening Under Eye Corrector. I say unfortunate because I would have preferred to put Hawthorne in a heads-up comparison with other brands like Lumin and Tiege Hanley.

Hawthorne Dry Skin Face Cleanser – The face cleansers from Hawthorne cost $16 a piece or you can subscribe and save $2 per bottle. They are delivered every 9-weeks.

Hawthorne Medium Weight Face LotionFace lotions from Hawthorne also cost $16 a bottle with a subscription-based savings of $2 with 9-week delivery windows.

Work and Play CologneColognes from Hawthorne are a relative bargain at only $50 per bottle for a customized scent. There does not appear to be a subscription offer or a cost savings for buying both the Work and Play fragrances. If customization isn’t your thing, Hawthorne offer a selection of their three most unique, top selling colognes for $150.

Hawthorne: Packaging

Hawthorne is a classic brand, with a posh look to its products and site. The boxes containing my cologne, cleanser, and lotion were an extension of their brand’s vision. Understated and simple, the boxes were brown with a discreet Hawthorne logo, a piece of black Hawthorne tape, and minimal branding. The sophisticated look carried over to the interior of the boxes and the actual product packaging.

Hawthorne Dry Skin Face Cleanser – The cleanser was intelligently packaged in a foil Ziploc style Hawthorne bag to prevent a mess if there was a leak. Strangely, there is a small intentional hole at the bottom of the bag which would let out liquid if the tube were to break. The tube is a traditional lotion-style squeeze tube made of plastic, with a plastic flip cap.

Hawthorne Medium Weight Face Lotion – The lotion tube was packaged the same as the cleanser but in a different color. The foil Ziploc bag is color-matched with the bottles and at first, I thought was a wasteful addition to the packaging, as I didn’t see anything about whether the bag is recyclable. Although I am not certain of the environmental impact, I realized that the Ziploc indicates what tailoring was done to each product. It’s where you’ll find the formula and scent used on your custom product. This isn’t something that would deter me from purchasing Hawthorne products, but it’d be a wise decision in this day and age to eliminate unnecessary packaging for the sake of the planet.

Work and Play Cologne – The colognes, on the other hand, did have extraneous packaging in the form of a plastic bag around the box the cologne bottle was packaged in. The box containing the fragrance bottle was very high-quality and gives the cologne a chic appearance and feel. If you were to judge the quality and price of the colognes based upon the packaging and bottle, they feel much more expensive than their bargain fifty-dollar price tag.

Hawthorne for Men: Smell and Texture

Hawthorne Dry Skin Face Cleanser – The cleanser had an unexpected look. It reminded me of the semi-transparent, almost gelatinous, look of the Dark Circle Defense but in a squeezable tube. I was surprised to find there are no citrus ingredients in the cleanser, as its scent is reminiscent of lemons. Perhaps that is the “parfum” in the ingredients list – I am not sure.

Hawthorne Medium Weight Face Lotion – Although other face lotions from Hawthorne will vary in texture, despite the medium weight, the lotion still felt light-weight. It’s nothing surprising and won’t “knock your socks off” in any way. I would say it’s an average lotion and doesn’t have anything that differentiates it from other face lotions I’ve tested in a good or bad way. Sometimes it’s better to blend in than stand out. That’s precisely what the Hawthorne Face Lotion did, blended in well on my skin. There are no strong scents here, but there is a hint of aloe. Although the ingredients listed parfum once again, I wasn’t struck by any profound fragrance.

Work Cologne – It’s my understanding that these scents are tailored for each person, to some degree at least. As a result, your scent may vary from mine. My Work Cologne boats notes of sandalwood, juniper, bergamot, and mandarin. It’s an intricate scent has become my daily, but more on that later.

Play Cologne – My Play Cologne was the first scent I wore, as I unpacked the fragrances after work one day. It’s a complex fragrance of fresh wood accord made with Haitian vetiver, Canadian balsam fir, and violet leaf. The scent is bold and energetic, definitely more playful and less serious than my Work Cologne.

Hawthorne: Ingredients

My customized face cleanser formula was designed to be hydrating, refreshing, and energizing. It was every bit of those things. Made with Aloe and Centella Asiatica, the fragrances added to my tailored cleanser included geranium, chamomile, and lemon.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Limonene, Citronellol

My tailored face lotion was designed for me to be moisturizing, replenishing, and non-greasy. Given the intent, the formula makes perfect sense for my skin needs. The lotion was made with Aloe, Calendula, and Centella Asiatica with natural and subtle botanicals for the fragrance. The scent is subtle, though I prefer the scent of the cleanser.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Canola Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-40 Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Trideceth-6, Myristyl Alcohol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lauryl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool

An energetic, fresh wood accord made with Haitian vetiver, Canadian balsam fir, and violet leaf.

Intricate marine sandalwood with notes of sandalwood, juniper, bergamot, and mandarin.

Initial Thoughts

Hawthorne Dry Skin Face Cleanser – I genuinely enjoyed the first was with Hawthorne’s Dry Skin Face Cleanser. Despite being free of sulfates, parabens, silicone, and phthalates it worked into a rich lather and rinsed clean. What I truly enjoyed was the scent. As I mentioned, there are no citrus-based ingredients noted but the fragrance is a crisp and clean lemony smell. It almost pains me to apply lotion after using the cleanser because I wanted that fresh scent to linger.

Hawthorne Medium Weight Face Lotion – I was concerned about the lotion after my first use because it felt like I had moisture sitting on my skin after applying it. After a couple of uses though, I realized it was the humidity in my bathroom, though I’ve never had that experience with other lotions. I also used the Hawthorne product as an aftershave on my neck and head. Although it’s not intended for that, I found it to be great at dulling razor burn and preventing bumps.

Play Cologne – Out of the box, I liked the smell of the Play Cologne, though it is a departure from the Old Spice which had become my go-to. I followed the directions spraying my neck, waistline, and wrists before hopping in the car with my wife to grab some dinner. Although I didn’t realize it, I came to find out a couple of days later that my wife did not like the smell. Unfortunately, Play was relegated to the back of my medicine cabinet in favor of Work.

Work Cologne – The clear winner of the Hawthorne cologne review, the Work Cologne got the wife’s seal of approval. Again, a far cry from my Old Spice, but between the two it’s more in the neighborhood as far as fragrance goes. On the first day I wore the Work Cologne, she could immediately tell the scent was different and pointed out that whatever I had been wearing before was “not good.” My wife loves leather scents, but not cedarwood. Sandalwood and Juniper must somehow be a better combination than my Duke Cannon Old Glory body wash, which she regularly tells me smells like a hamster cage – despite the leather and tobacco, the cedarwood must overpower it.

One-week Impressions

The first week of a new skincare routine can wreak havoc on your skin. In this case, it was a seamless transition. The invigorating scent of the cleanser was a welcome stimulant during my morning cleanse and a pleasant scent to close out my evenings. After a week of use, I didn’t have any breakouts or increase in blemishes from the cleanser or lotion. Without the additional products, this combination feels more like good maintenance products than a skincare routine that’s going to reduce fine lines, breakouts, or dark circles. My impression is that Hawthorne, in this configuration would be a fine preventative skincare routine which is a better strategy than trying to repair damaged skin.

There’s something about a spritz of cologne after your morning routine that feels like you’ve completed your look for the day. I got in the habit of spraying myself with my tailored Work Cologne in the mornings before work, or after my gym shower. It genuinely makes me feel more complete and adds a dash of confidence to my outfit. However, nothing boosts confidence more than someone else telling you that you smell nice. My wife mentioned it three times in the first week and my best friends wife also said something when the came over for the Denver Broncos game one Sunday.

Hawthorne for Men: One-Month Results

I stayed religious with the skincare routine and feel that my skin maintained its appearance. As expected, I didn’t see a reduction in fine lines or dark circles. I made great strides with other skincare brands before this Hawthorne skincare review, so to overcome my current damage was a tall task for an incomplete regimen.

A month in and I still get a feeling of accomplishment and completion every time I spray a few pumps of Work Cologne on. I didn’t expect the 30-day “results” to have a positive impact or much to report on for that matter. I was wrong. Finding a new fragrance that fits you and gets a seal of approval from those around you can do wonders for your confidence. I spend a lot of time working remote and although I don’t see anyone but my wife and kids on those days, I still make it a point to wear my new scent.

Hawthorne for Men: Review Results and Final Thoughts

I wish this Hawthorne skincare review was more complete. In my experience, most skincare regimens leave out the exfoliating products from the bae bundle. It’s a step and product I find a great deal of value in. My results from the skincare quiz on Hawthorne’s website recommended an exfoliating product and an eye cream two products I feel I need in my daily routine. Given the quality of the cleanser and lotion, I am confident that the two missing products would’ve filled the void in my routine nicely. In addition, there are so many other products available from Hawthorne, including body washes, lip balms, deodorant, and candles. It’s a truly head-to-toe body care line with candles offering a sensory experience.

Weeks after the Hawthorne Cologne Review should have concluded, I am still using my Work Cologne daily. I’ve mixed in Play a few times and been scolded by my wife. So, for me only one fragrance can be used in my daily rotation. As personal as fragrances are, it’s important to know what you and those around you like. My wife is particular, while your significant other may not be. Regardless, the tailored fragrance from Hawthorne is something I find to have great value. Smelling great is a self-esteem booster and my Hawthorne Work Cologne is liquid confidence and not one I have to be worried about being pulled over after using.

Hawthorne skincare products are priced competitively in the market place. They’re more than grocery store products, but shouldn’t be compared because the quality is much higher. As far as the Hawthorne Cologne, it’s a great deal. As we mentioned in this Hawthorne review, the colognes are tailor made for each man and cost a fraction of other name brand fragrances, yet they’re created by some of the best perfurmers in the world.

In this day and age, nothing is only for men. Fragrances are intensely personal and no matter what you identify as, you should explore the right scent for you. Hawthorne can help.

All men will react differently to skincare and fragrances. If any irritation occurs you should stop using Hawthorne products right away.

Hawthorne Cologne costs $50 per bottle or $100 for the Work and Play set.

Yes! I took the quiz multiple times to see if the results would vary. In every instance, I received different results from my quiz. According the website, there’s over 500,000 combinations of products.

A typical 50ml bottle of cologne should have about 735 sprays. If you’re like me and spray 3 times per day, that’s about 3 months of daily use.