Ritual Men’s Grooming Products Giveaway!

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 7, 2008 · 233 comments

in Blog, Featured

Every man has their morning ritual. For many it consists of the simple “Tripple S”- Sh**, Shower, and Shave. Well, two gentleman have started a simple line of men’s grooming products that supports every step of the Triple S routine. Their company is called Ritual and they’re offering to giveaway $80 of their product to one lucky Art of Manliness reader.

Here’s what’s up for grabs in this contest:

The Kit- a $79 value

The Kit is Ritual’s entire line of products in a nice wooden box, branded with their ultra-cool old-school moustached man.The Kit includes the following products:

  • Nature Calls Toilet Deodorizer Drops. This is for the first S of the Triple S. Just two drops obliterate odor. The woman in your life will definitely appreciate this.
  • Trifecta Face, Body, and Hair Wash. The guys at ritual understand men like things simple. That’s why they formulated a product that can be used as face, body, and hair wash. One bottle and you’re good to go.
  • The Whip Shaving Cream. A nice rich lathering cream that will feel really nice to apply with your badger brush. Contains aloe, and lidocaine to reduce burning and redness from shaving.
  • The Balm Post Shave Gel. The Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel will continue to work throughout the day (or night) to soothe your skin and prevent irritation from shaving. It’s the perfect ending to your routine.
  • Razor Rinse Shaving Blade Antiseptic. Use Razor Rinse on your razor before shaving to kill the bacteria that causes razor burn and bumps. This is a really cool product. While most shaving products work on treating razor burn and bumps after you shave, Razor Rinse prevents irritation before you even lay the cold steel blade to your face.

The guys at Ritual are also throwing in a few Razor Rinses to giveaway to runner-ups. So, if you don’t win the big prize, you still have a chance to walk away with something. Very nice.

How to enter

So are you ready to get some free stuff? Alright. Here’s how you can enter. You have four chances to enter your name into a random drawing for the Ritual Kit.

  • Leave a comment under this post describing your morning ritual.
  • Register as a member in The Art of Manliness Forums. If you’re already a member, you’re automatically entered!
  • Sign up for RSS or email updates from the blog. A secret code will appear at the bottom of the RSS feed or email update. Email us what the secret code is through our contact form and you’ll be entered.
  • If you have a blog, link to this post. Email us a link to your post mentioning the contest so we know to add an entry for you.

Remember, you can increase your chances of winning by doing all of the above, so make sure to get cracking on them.

Deadline to enter is Monday, July 14 at 9PM. The winner will be announced Tuesday, July 15. Good luck!

201 Brett McKay July 14, 2008 at 8:13 am

@ Charlie-

2 hours! Yikes. Just out of curiousity where are you comuting to and from? I’m assuming it’s somewhere in PA.

202 Israel July 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm

haha, my ritual is:

Barely wake up. Shave. Take a dump. Shower and brush teeth in the shower.

203 Dan July 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I wake up first trying to recall what hotel, what city, and what time is my van ride to the airport. Once all that’s figured out its time to get rid of the morning brew, thunder, and gremlin, then into the shower, utilize the free hotel soap and shampoo, less for me to carry every day. Then its a shave. From there its putting repacking my stuff, putting on the uniform, and going downstairs to catch the van, hoping that breakfast is out a bit early or else I may not get a chance to eat for a long time. Van ride to the airport kicks off the rest of the day, all the way to the next hotel.

204 Waltman August 11, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Morning ritual consists of getting out of the house ASAP before the noise starts. I operate better alone till about 9 :)

205 Mike August 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Seems normal to me for a Man to prepare himself for the day’s activities, etc.

However, what I don’t understand is why this contest information is so out of date being that it closed July & we are now in August? Or do you guys over in USA work on a different date?

Thoughts’ anyone…?

206 Brett August 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm


We ran this contest last month. It has indeed concluded.

207 Ryan Castellucci August 20, 2008 at 7:42 pm

0500 – wake up
- 0505- breakfast/ proitien shake
- 0510- shower and shave ( mirror in shower)
- 0520- press uniform
- 0530- hair done, shoes shined
- 0535- feed fish/ kiss wife good bye
-0545 – leave for work and face the day!/ take on the world!

208 Michael Pozzi August 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Get up, Feed the animals, walk the dog, then get coffee

209 William R Kennedy September 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I’ll wake up to the sound of classical music on the clock radio, rise from the bed and do a few “warrior” stretches that I learned back in my youth. Padding across the room to the closet and dresser, I select my clothing. I’ll take a lukewarm shower, then shave and groom in a way that would make my great grandfather who owned a barber shop in Poughkeepsie proud. Dressing in my teacher outfit I’ll go downstairs to start the coffee and make some simple breakfast. like fruit and toast. I remember to brush my teeth and then, If time permits, I’ll join my wife midway through her own morning ritual for a spot of coffee before heading out to my teaching position and she to her work as a nurse.

210 Jack September 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Morning sex and a bloody mary is the only way to start a day.

211 Tim M September 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I start by throwing the closest thing I can grab at my alarm clock, which sometimes has an unfortunate result, then I wipe the crust out of my eyes, nudge the one sleeping next to me out of the way as I scratch my butt on the way to the bathroom, look in the mirror and recite my personal mantra, brush my teeth, grab my sharp razor and attach the stubble on my face which is an act of faith that I don’t fall asleep in the process, turn on the shower to let the water warm, wash, rinse and repeat. Jump out apply styling product, get dressed to impress and greet the day with bravado.

212 Patrick December 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm

delay waking up as long as possible, get up have some coffee and eggs, shower, brush, shave, begin a day of greatness

213 Rob January 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Wake up at 4:30 AM. Brush my teeth. Get into work out clothes. Go for a 3 mile run or 1 hour of gym time depending on the day in my rotation. Come home by 6. Three S’s. Eat breakfast. Get into my Army Suit (Uniform). Kiss the dog, yell at the kids, and kick the wife (maybe that’s not right). Go to work for the day, a month, or a year, depends.

214 Steven Domoslay January 11, 2009 at 5:42 am

Up early for morning run or weight training session, followed by breakfast. Then a nice warm shower, followed by the manly art of shaving. Nothing gets the beard more ready than this routine. I believe the sweating at the workout session, cool down of breakfast and then the showering set the beard up like no other.

215 man February 26, 2009 at 2:24 am

get out of the bed and straight into the shower
get out piss and shave
put some music on
get dressed
check the headlines
out the door

216 Jason Summers April 16, 2009 at 3:08 am

Well a typical weekday for me involves getting up early for classes. As a student living in the residence halls on campus, SIUC, I get ready and then head for breakfast.

Getting ready includes going to the bathroom, (the first S), shower, brushing my teeth, shaving, and styling my hair. Then I wash my face. Now I can get dressed.

Getting dressed starts the night before, by laying out a t-shirt, underwear, and socks. In the morning, I pick out a dress shirt and tie and iron the shirt if needed. Slacks and a blazer or suit are chosen. Then I’m off to breakfast or class.

217 Hunter April 24, 2009 at 7:47 am

Hit the alarm, stumble into the bathroom, put some mileage on the john, quick shower, shave with a badger hair brush and straight blade, coffee and email, brush the teeth, and then out the door.

218 Victor O. June 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

When I wake up it takes like 10 mins to shave, brush and floss, comb my hair and look decent. So I usually have to spread out those tasks thru out the day.

219 Matt June 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Wake (wife and young child make snooze a luxury of the past). Turn on shower water. Zone out for about a minute and a half. Wake up from zone out. Shower. Shave. Curse the old blade. Change blade. Shave again. Get Dressed. Read the Bible and pray. Fix and eat scrambled eggs. Kiss the sleeping wife. Walk out the door.

220 Brian June 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Every morning I wake up and take a hot shower after a loaf of French bread (wheat) and chocolate milk. Stepping out of the shower I lather up my face with my favorite shaving cream and proceed to shave like my grandpa used to, with my newly acquired safety razor, and get dressed to face the day.

221 Scott Muller June 30, 2009 at 6:11 am

Well, I became in such a hurry that my routine became nothing more than the first “S” a quick shower, using shampoo for the whole process I might add, (it was quicker than shampoo and body wash) , then my shave was water on the face and a quick couple swips without any cream with a razor to old to mention. After tripping onto The Art of Manliness site, I read “How to shave like your Grandpa” and it is exactly what I watched my Grandpa do! So, needless to say, I took it to heart and now get up a little earlier, still take care of the first “S” then like a fine oiled machine, same every day(mostly) 1) Brush my teeth 2) Put in contacts 3) Take shower with all new manly products (I dont mean axe or the like) 4) get out of the shower and prep for the manly shave with my newly purchased badger brush and antique safety razor, with the sharpest wilkenson blade, shave, put on some manly after shave and go get dressed for my day. This new “routine is awesome!” Win or not, Thanks for the kick in the arse.

222 Neil Thomas June 30, 2009 at 6:15 am

After stumbling to the sink for a glass of water, I start coffee. Then head to the bathroom to empty.
Put on the days clothes
Cold water face wash,
Brush teeth
wet and style hair

I usually shave the evening before in t he shower.

223 Chris June 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Im 19 and have been shaving since middle school, unlike a lot of my friends who dont seem to have any facial hair, i have quite the full beard. My parents are seperated and i never properly learned to shave and had learn the hard way through trial and error. i wish i had found more about websites like this that can halfway fill in for things that should have been taught by ones parents.

224 Ishvarlan August 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

Nice one. The triple S comment, while vulgar, was funny/reminds me of my Dad.

225 James Adams September 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

1. Urinate
2. Feed Dog
3. Brush Teeth
4. Change into work clothes
5. Shave and fix hair
6. Eat breakfast
7. Take dog out to do his business
8. Make a bagged lunch and head out!

226 Drew January 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

Its strange how every morning I get for work I feel like I have never had enough sleep, no matter how early I go to bed I still feel like I haven’t had enough sleep. My morning usually starts with me pushing the snooze button 3 or 4 times.
Then I blindly stagger to the bathroom and turn on the shower, As I am doing this my girlfriend rolls over from her side of the bed to mine.
I then stand under the hot shower drifting in between awake and asleep. Then when I have woken up I soap and rinse myself. Once out of the shower I towel off and shave the stubble using my beaver hair brush and soap and razor I then trim my beard and comb it. I then apply aftershave, deodorant and brush my teeth and floss, I then dry my hair and comb it into a stylish 1940′s style.
I then exit the bathroom and get dressed before grabbing my pre-packed bag (done the night before) and heading out the door for work.

227 BlizzardKing January 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

1: Wake Up
2: Lay With The Dog A While
3: Get Licked By The Dog A While
4: Make Myself A Smoothie
5: Make The Dog Breakfast
6: Drink The Smoothie
7: Wet Shave (with inspection by The Cat seated on the tank of the toilet).
8: Shower
9: Dress
10: Let The Dog Out/Walk The Dog
11: Work

228 Ken March 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

I work from home so my ritual has moved to later in the day. Brush after coffee & breakfast. Sht, shave (I use electric) then shower. Quick fix my hair and I’m great.

229 Michael O March 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

1. Wake up – usually before alarm
2. Take a leak
3. Get a cup of coffee
4. Make constitution
5. Eat light breakfast
6. Whatever is next for the day

230 Rich Hogan June 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

My morning ritual typically goes as follows.
1) Alarm goes off
2) Get out of bed and head to shower
3)Shower – Anti-dandruff shampoo on head and with non – offensive nor overly perfumed body wash on the rest of me.
4) Shave – Merkur adjustable safety razor, badger hair brush and glycerine based shave soap (the kind in a bowl. Not in a can). Followed up by lotion. I never use anything alcohol based after shaving, it dries out the skin to easily. You have just stripped it of it’s natural oils while shaving.
5) Brush hair – Brylcreem (a little dab will do ya)
6) Brush teeth
8) Get Dressed
9) Kiss the wife and kids and head to work.

231 Aeryk Pierson June 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

1. Alarm goes off. Curse God for creating 9 – 5 work week.
2. Pee.
3. Fumble around getting dressed to exercise. Curse God for putting doorways, desks and other furniture in my way.
4. Walk with dog for 30 – 35 minutes. Sweat profusely. Curse God for creating Houston, TX and Swamp Ass.
5. Drink a glass of water. Thank God for ice and air conditioning.
6. Hearty constitutional—walking’s great for getting the digestive tract working.
7. Light an incense.
8. Shower. Thank God for indoor plumbing.
9. Get dressed.
10. Feed dog.
11. Make sure stuff is packed for work.
12. Take break to collect myself before heading to the bus. Reflect on things not being quite so bad as they were at 5 a.m. when I got up.
13. Go to work.

232 Chris June 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

This only applies to weeknights: I throw on some shorts or something, let the dogs out, let the chickens out into their yard and go back inside. Then I shower, shave and get dressed. Then I get my son up. Once I see momentum towards getting vertical I go make his lunch for school and let the dogs back in. Next I make breakfast for us both. Sometimes I get to eat breakfast with him. More often I eat it in the car on the way.

233 John Dembowski June 22, 2010 at 1:59 am

I normally follow the Triple S routine, but I hate to shave everyday. After I brush my teeth and make my hair somewhat presentable I either do my morning prayers or eat breakfast as the order is not of particular importance.

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