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!

101 Brett July 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I always get up and go to the can. Read an article or two in whatever magazine I find. Shower, shave (like grandpa used to), bruch my teeth, dress and head to the office where I finish off my routine with coffee and a cigarette. It’s been working so far.

102 Anatole July 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I awake the static of my alarm clock and a tent in my sheets. Then I stumble with my eyes closed to the toilet – standing awkwardly from four feet a way I try to pee while my junk is pointed straight up. Then I grind some coffee straight in to my French press mug. After the caffeine has entered my bloodstream I shower and shave (Merkur Classic, Mug and Brush). The first ‘S’ I saved until later.

103 Joe Emmerth July 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I get up, curse the burning orb in sky.
Stagger to the bathroom, answer the call of nature.
1/2 hour shower of power, shave, polish canines.
Attempt to dress myself, stagger out of home and into car.
Run approximately eight people off of road, pull into Dunkin Donuts.
Medium Hazelnut, cream only. Run another four people off the road, pull into work.
Simmer and glare for approximately one hour until wake up.

104 Garfield July 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm

I shave every other morning and I have recently tried using the straight razor from a previous article on here. It takes some practice for sure. I have been looking for new products to use with the straight razor and these look good.

105 jlecaroz July 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

No real “ritual” here. Stumble out of bed after hitting snooze about 6 times, shower real quick, run downstairs to the laundry room throw some clothes on and get on my way to work.
My morning coffee and oatmeal comes when I’m booting up the computer.

106 Arnie July 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm

scratch, sniff, pee, poop, coffee, repeat…

107 Brew July 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm

My finely-tuned man morning:
- rise before the sun does
- eat a hot bowl of oatmeal
- exercise at least three mornings out of the week (see crossfit.com)
- shave with a brush and safety razor; thickness of lather is the key
- take a utility shower (short as possible while getting the job done)
- change gears and be productive for a half-hour, either with reading, woodworking, praying/meditating, cleaning, or something of the sort
- go face the day with satisfaction that you’ve done more before 8:00 than most jokers do by dinner time

108 JP July 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I have to wake up really early for work, so I go all out and wake up at 3am to do an hour of aerobics in front of the TV. It may sound wimpy, but it sure works! I then shower and shave: I don’t grow much facial hair, so I just shave blindly in the shower. I use Neutrogena face moisturizer on my face when I get out. My hair is short, so I just pat it down with my hands. A quick on-the-go breakfast to get me through the first 2 hours of my job (I work in broadcasting), and I have something more sustaining when I get my first break at 7am.

109 Tim S. July 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

When I get up, I usually relieve myself first, then say my prayers. Then I feed our pets: two parrots, a gazillion guppies, a pygmy frog, and a beta named Horace. Then I water our two outdoor mums, Bonny and Clyde. Then I eat breakfast and read the paper, after which I brush my teeth, shower, and shave. That’s about it.

110 Brent Duncan July 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Every morning I have either two rituals.

One, which involves waking up very early to continually prove myself. I am a rower, and as I’m sure many people know, most rowers are very early risers.

Often my coaches prefer practicing in the afternoon, or evening, but if there are time trials, or a need for a double practice, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. I eat an apple as I get my bag ready, get my clothes on and wake up. I go to practice, row my heart out, and return around 7:30 (later if I drive a friend home), to shower, clean up, and begin my day…again.

However, if I have school, work, or nothing else that day, I’ll sleep in…for a few more hours. Many years of rowing, I can’t often sleep past 9 anymore. I’ll wake up, and shower right away to get myself going. Then I’ll drink a glass of apple or orange juice (water if we’re out) while I check the weather, news, and my email. Next comes a breakfast usually consisting of eggs and toast, though sometimes cereal, or pancakes. Finally, get dressed, and head out to begin my day.

As much as it pains me to say this, the first choice is preferable. Yes, you get less sleep. Yes, it hurts to wake up that painfully early. But the sweat dripping down your face, as you pull as hard as your body possibly can, just as the sun is coming up over the horizon? Nothing, absolutely nothing beats that.

111 Brent Duncan July 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

^also, being a somewhat young age, it’s not yet necessary to shave every day. However brushing my teeth always comes after breakfast.

112 Luftvier July 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Get up, listen to news. Shower with Dr. Bronner’s soap. Shave with safety razor and brush. Suit up. Take the trolley to the Courthouse.

113 KevinA. July 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

My morning ritual (until I am rejoined with my family who’s on the other coast…long story):

Go to the john and let nature take its course
Make breakfast and pack lunch
Brush my teeth
Take my vitamins
More nature taking it’s course in the john
Slap on some cool after-shave
Put on my suit or semi-formal attire for the office
Fix my thick, course asian hair with some spray gel
Spray on some manly cologne
Drive to the office which is 50 miles away

My commute crosses pretty historical sites such as the Battle of Shenandoah. Mighty fine and pretty cool.

114 Reid July 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Mostly the ritual surrounds the kids. But what I won’t give up is my morning shower. It’s the ONLY place I am by myself for a few minutes. Usually shave there too.

115 Luftvier July 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Oh, and at some point amidst all that, drink a pot of coffee! :-D

116 Frank July 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm

I live in a 600 sq foot house with my girlfriend and her two teenage kids. Our bedrooms have no doors, only curtains (yeah, not much privacy for anybody). I get up at 5:00 AM for my commute, so I have to do most of my morning prep IN THE DARK. I’ve become quite adept at dressing myself with only the breaking light of dawn lighting my way.

Shower, shave, but the s**t usually has to wait because the sound of the flushing commode will wake everyone up!

117 Sundar Nathan July 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Wake up around 11:30 am.
take my meds.
shower first. Nioxin shampoo + Old Spice body wash.
brush teeth. sonic + colgate.
stare at the mirror and do the following affirmation: “In spite of your faults, blemishes and weaknesses, I love you, sundar”, 20 times.
shave — i’m a gilette man.
decide if I feel like working or not.
go work on a cool project.
or go to school to take courses.

118 Daniel Mick July 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Mr. Daniel Mick’s Daily Revitalizing Morning Ritual:

I arise cracking early each fine morning rested and ready for the day. The early bird gets the worm, as they say! After a vigourous CrossFit workout to keep my body tuned and humours balanced, I retire to the bathing room. A hearty scrub leaves me refreshed and my skin glowing. I then proceed to the sink to tame my wild whiskers. I apply a frothy lather to my face and crown and guide my honed steel with the grain as to not irritate the sensitivities of the dermis. I splash with warm water, lather again, and followup then against the grain for smooth and shining features. Then it’s a dash of aftershave to sooth the skin, a dab of medicated tonic to battle unsightly blemishes, and a dallop of cream to leave my features radiant. I then consume my balanced breakfast (with a spoon of cod oil for virility!) and a quick cuppa vigorizes me for the day. I apply deodorant to my underarms to prevent any offending odours, and then don my undergarments, socks, slacks, belt, undershirt, dress shirt, and knotted necktie. After a glance in the mirror to ensure this Daniel is truly dapper, I gather my bags and locute to work posthaste ready for the challenges of the day!

119 Naomi July 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm

WIsh I could sleep past 6 but the baby doesn’t let me. Wish my husband would take the baby so I could sleep more. No dice.

120 Dennard July 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I shave at night with a merkur double edge razor and one of a few different shave creams I keep around. In the morning my routine is shower, dress, breakfast, brush teeth and head out the door.

121 Thomas "Duffbert" Duff July 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Evening is reserved for the shower, as I’m on impulse power in the morning at 0-dark:30… The morning is comb whatever hair is left, brush the teeth with a SpinRite toothbrush, and dry-shave under the neck up to my beardline.

Yes, the dry shave freaks out my 22 year old son. :)

122 misty July 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm

When my man gets up he has to have 2 hours, mainly just to sit and watch the weather channel (he has issues). Then he does the three s’s. Ya know…Sh@t, Shower and Shave. And then he brushes his teeth, and dresses. And annoys the heck out of me by being too loud and waking up my daughter. Which means my lazy butt has to get up. Oh … too much? Anyway… thanks for the opportunity.

123 Andrew July 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Wake up with no alarm, my room faces east so when the sun rises is when I get up everyday. Hop in the shower with my girlfriend, take the dog out while she’s getting breakfast ready. Shower, shave if necessary with safety razor. Eat breakfast together and talk about the days events and than i go to work to play with apes all day. True story check out the website.

124 Adam July 8, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I used to be a really simple shower, brush teeth, shave with an electric razor guy.
Now I shower, brush teeth and shave with a straight razor :-) Not that huge of a change overall but shaving has become much more of an activity and a ritual than it used to be. It puts me in a great mood to start the day.
Oh, I also now drink a liter of water 45 minutes before any other drinking/eating in the morning. I think I saw that tip in somebody’s comment somewhere here and I’ve really been noticing the effect of it. I almost never get headaches anymore and I have a lot more energy throughout the day.

125 Mike July 8, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I wake at 6am, roll over and tell my trusty Lab to wake up (wife sleeps in the other room to avoid my manly snoring – Lab snores too so we sleep together). I feed the pooch and while he’s doing his ‘morning ritual’ in the backyard, I make my lunch. When the pooch returns I hop in the shower. Because I believe God wants us to all have facial hair, my shaving routine consists of opening the shower curtain and using the mirror above the sink to shave under my beard. I turn sideways to make sure my physique is still more Teddy Roosevelt than Teddy Bear (there’s a fine line i will not cross).

After showering I dress for work while watching the mornign news and then go to the kitchen where I try to make something remotely healthy for breakfast. A short meal and leftovers for previously mentioned pooch and I’m out the door.

My final S usually shows up around 10am and I proudly head to the restroom at work with a magazine under my arm. I spend roughly 10 minutes in my other office and dare my coworkers to say a word. After 8 years their silence confirms that i should be ‘out and proud’ and not sneaking off to the McDonald’s restroom on my lunch break.

126 Chris R July 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I wake up at 7 AM every morning to the sound of my alarm clock – only to hit snooze two or three times before actually waking. I hop in the shower, clean up and rinse, and get right out. Afterward, I go over to the sink and shave, getting any stubble that may have appeared overnight.

Next, I cook myself some breakfast – be it a couple of eggs and toast, bacon and waffles, or any other combo of breakfast foods (cereal for those lazy mornings), munch away, clean up, BM if I have to, and bike off to the university or work.

127 Galletta July 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I, for one, roll from my bed, enjoy a hot shower, literally push my hair back, and dash out the door. I save the shaving for night, because an accident while rushing with my Dovo straight would be more than unfortunate

128 Robertito Giovanni July 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I get up at what my daughter’s used to affectionally call, “The Butt Crack of Dawn,” and what my military buddies used to call “0 Dark Hundred. I meditate for 30 minutes fall back asleep for 30 minutes then really get up. I turn on the shower and while the water heats up sit on the commode and empty my bladder. I hit the shower leaving some soap suds on my face and shave while I’m rinsing off.
I have fun with shaving because this month I am growing a “Zorro” style mustache. I have to shave every day because I am a high school teacher and don’t want my students seeing my grey beard. But my mustache is a different story, they get such a kick out of my different styles. Next, I have breakfast and my digestive system does not kick in until after I have my morning coffee, unless of course I have my Espresso. Then it kicks in pronto and I can’t wait until I get to work to have a bowel movement. Normally, after my coffee it takes about 30 minutes to have a bowel movement, but because I do yoga, walk extensively and eat Flax cereal with Bran, when I do have a bowel it is enormous. But you probably don’t want to go there. So, I practice Shave, Shower and Shit in the reverse order of this time honored tradition. Thanks for asking.

129 Daniel Coronado July 8, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Up at 5 am

set of pushups
set of sit ups
set of lunges

repeat 5 times each time with different form
5-20 reps of each exersizing depending on what kind of workout I have for the rest of the day

Shower and grooming

Read a chapter in the bible- I like the open to the random page method.

Then I read a couple of pages from a disign book by Chan and asociates called 100 ways to peace

THEN Breakfast.

finally my day starts at 7am

130 jeremy. July 8, 2008 at 8:59 pm

my morning ritual: wake up, yoga, shower (sometimes shampoo, always conditioner), brush my teeth, deodorant, shave (sometimes…), and then dress. done.

131 Zachary Wong July 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Wake at 8 in the morning
Relieve self
Brush Teeth
Wash Face
Apply aftershave
put on deodorant
wax hair (on some occasions)
go to desk to write in daily journal
have breakfast
go to work.

132 Stian July 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

I get up when I get up (early if I’m going to work, not early if I’m not), and head directly for the toilet, then the shower. Afterwards I wash my face, then shave if it’s necessary, then put on after shave, and use a deodorant roll on under my arms. For a finishing touch, I style my hair, and I’m good to go.

133 Andy July 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Get up, check email, brush teeth, tongue scrape, mouthwash, shave, shower, and go!

134 Gerard July 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Pretty straightforward. Hit snooze about 3 times, shower, shave, make lunch, get dressed, grab gear and run out the door just in time to miss the bus!

135 HLocke July 9, 2008 at 4:28 am

Nothing fancy. Get up, drain the bladder, oatmeal, shower (or shower then oatmeal, I love variety!), brush teeth, dress, pack the gym clothes and out the door.

136 TWAtkinson July 9, 2008 at 4:32 am

Three S’s say it all….
getting to be my age though, they seem to occur earlier and earlier each year. Now, ready for the day’s action by 6am….

137 Charles July 9, 2008 at 4:40 am

I focus on S1.

It’s usually pretty easy to predict what type of S1 is involved. A review of previous evenings intake helps, but more important is the relative feeling of bloatedness and an aural assessment of any noises coming from the internal pipes.

First, it is essential to allow pockets of trapped air to escape. This in itself is an excellent predictor of what is to follow. Loud and staccato is good, sloppy and silent implies a trickier process to follow.

Taking all factors into account, evacuate completely.

Then get out of bed, get dressed and go to work…..

138 Ed M. July 9, 2008 at 4:45 am

Get up, feed and let out the dog, pill the cat, make the coffee for the significant other, set up the Pod to update with overnight podcasts, let in the dog, shave (twice a week), shower (which includes face wash and brushing teeth), put in contacts, deodorant, hair stuff, moisturize face, dress, pick up the Pod, make breakfast for both, eat, make lunch if needed, and go …..

139 wordcooper July 9, 2008 at 5:07 am

Roll out of bed late and grab coffee and breakfast on the run. I used to be more of a morning person, but lately have just been lazy.

140 Roomba July 9, 2008 at 5:09 am

Here goes. Wake at 6am. Let the dogs out. Let the dogs in. Feed the dogs. Let the dogs out. Shave before the shower. Let the dogs in. Shower. Iron something for work. Deodorant. Put in hair gel and fix hair. Dress. Gather all my stuff for my pockets: wallet, phone, etc. Proceed to make lunch and breakfast. Eat. If my 3-year old is up, entertain her a little or make her breakfast. If the 1-year old is up and I am on schedule, I will get her up and play for a bit. Teeth brushing. Pet the dogs. Kiss the girls. Kiss the wife. Wish them a good day. Grab lunch and coffee and head to work. This all happens in about an hour and 15 minutes.

141 Alex July 9, 2008 at 5:12 am

Get up, run to the other side of the room where my alarm clock is (I insist there is no better way to get up, anyone that uses the snooze button is WRONG). Stumble into several walls on my way to the bathroom, shave, shower, dress and go.

142 Charlie Kondek July 9, 2008 at 5:21 am

Terrific contest! My ritual varies, but basically it’s up and into the shower, shave, dress in the dark – and by now my little children may be up and needing attention or may not. If they are not, I slip quietly out the door. If they are up, I grab ‘em and start getting them into their rituals – pee, brush teeth, downstairs to play.

I don’t get coffee til I get to work, usually. But that’s the next thing. Must have coffee.

143 Alan Cranis July 9, 2008 at 6:18 am

It always starts with a shower, then after drying off, a shave and into my robe. Breakfast is next, along with the newspaper and then whatever books I’m currently reading. Then comes waking my son and helping him prepare his breakfast. Then it’s time for me to get dressed. I start with cologne, deorderant, burshing my hair, then putting on the shirt, sox, pants, and shoes. Then it’s a quick overview of the stuff I’m taking to work, securing correct change for the bus, goodbyes to my wife and son, and I’m off into the world.

144 Bub July 9, 2008 at 6:37 am

I’m up by 5:00am, I shave my head with a Headblade (back to front then front to back), then shower and get dressed. (I’ve tried shaving in the shower, but it seems to waste a lot of water.) Then off to work.

145 Alec Satin July 9, 2008 at 6:43 am

Morning Ritual:
1. Quick exercises.
2. Brush teeth and scrape tongue
3. Soak Badger Brush in warm water
4. Shower
5. Whip up Castle Forbes or Taylors Shave Cream and enjoy a fine relaxing shave.
6. Dress
7. Plan the most important items of the day
8. Think of some things I’m grateful for.
9. Enjoy breakfast
10. Launch into the day!

146 Matthew July 9, 2008 at 7:14 am

Here’s my routine:

5:15 alarm goes off
5:21 alarm goes off
5:27 alarm goes off
5:30 stumble into kitchen
5:32 pour cereal into bowl, add milk
5:33 alarm goes off
5:34 “reading time” while cereal achieves desired sogginess
5:40 eat cereal
5:45 shower, including shave (soap in a $0.25 mug bought from a thrift store + faux-badger hair brush + Gillette Fusion Razor)
5:55 dress
6:00 read, make lunch, play baseball on PlayStation, blog, whatever (as long as it’s quiet and doesn’t wake up the family)
7:15 open front door, forgetting to disarm ADT protection system
7:15:01 alarm goes off

147 Jaime July 9, 2008 at 7:32 am

Sometimes I skip the last S (shave). All other grooming is included in “shower” — so, it’s nice and simple — and I’ve been blessed with a natural alarm clock in the form of the first S. Haha!

148 Daniel July 9, 2008 at 7:38 am

This product is something that I really need. I like to take care of myself and there’s really no cohesive product line out there for a man like me. I do the triple-s (of course) in that order. I like to put on a nice moisturizer, too.

149 Keith July 9, 2008 at 7:48 am

I mostly shower and NEVER shave in the evening…that way I can spend more time in the morning fog after getting out of bed. Upon waking I stumble to the kitchen for that necessary first cup of coffee (with cream) and the Break-fast of the day…usually just cereal. I then summon up the energy to stumble downstairs where I decide what needs ironing and plug in the iron, while it is heating I wet my hair, brush my teeth and NEVER shave…well if needed I’ll trim up the beard. Then I iron in my underwear and get dressed as I finish each piece. Then it’s the drugs I have to take daily and then the shoes and almost always running to catch-up with my wife who is waiting somewhat patiently in the car for me…

150 Jim Phelps July 9, 2008 at 7:51 am

I shower in the evening.

Morning: I get up, wash my face and wet down my hair, shave (electric shaver), put in my contacts, put a moisturizer on my face, eat breakfast, take my vitamins, brush my teeth, pack my pannier with lunch and work clothes, hop on my bike and ride to work or to my personal trainer.

151 Jalapenyoface, Jesse July 9, 2008 at 7:59 am

Wake to the music and the sunshine.
Enter the bathroom, double checking for a handy, fresh roll.
Focus. Drain the main vein and then some.
Light a match.

*break* for nicotine rush.

Power-shower, but for no more than a quarter-hour.
Bust a move for that fresh towell.
Get my shave on. Aloe anyone?
Work the pitstick.

*break* for a creative, fast breakfast.

Mult-vitamin, ‘C’, and zinc, 16oz of H-two-O.
Rock the block with some wake up jams.
Put on those treads and paste-up dem purley-whites.
Loop the tie, straighten the collar and get the follicles in order.


Get the mega-head-start, early-bird, home-court advantage on another righteous day full of success and pure Manliness, oh yes.

152 Josh Landis July 9, 2008 at 8:17 am

7:30 – wake up to deafening alarm clock
7:31 – downstairs to feed the dogs and let them do their business
7:45 – relieve myself, maybe shave (I keep a beard so occasionally it needs a trim), and shower.
8:05 – get dressed, pick out a tie that doesn’t clash too horribly
8:10 – finish brushing teeth, splash on some cologne drive to work

10:00 – realize I haven’t eaten anything yet – grab a late breakfast

153 Ave July 9, 2008 at 8:34 am

2. Pry one eye open, adjust to light, 5 minutes
3. Pry other eye open, adjust to light, 5 minutes.
4. Swing legs over edge of bed, hard, or I’ll decide it’s easier to stay there.
5. Stumble to bathroom.
6. Splash face
7. Brush teeth
8. Stumble to edge of bed, sit
9. Wonder why I don’t sleep more
10. Profit

154 E.J. July 9, 2008 at 9:13 am

Well, for me the standard “Triple S” is how I roll. You know, if that involves me shaving with a Badger brush about 4 times in a row because it feels so right! Can I get an Amen!

155 Zach July 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

I´ll tell you what it was like today. Woke up, got dressed, walked out the door to go down the street to get some breakfast.

You know why? Because yesterday, everything I own on this trip to Peru was stolen during the bus ride from Ica to Nazca. I currently have no clothes, no toiletries, and nothing more than what I´m wearing plus my Lonely Planet guidebook and copy of Ulysses. I could really use some nice manly grooming products to pamper myself when I get back home on August 13th. I just thank the good Lord that I´m a guy, and it is possible for me to live without that stuff.

156 Kevin July 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

Stumble into the bathroom.
Brush teeth.
Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and preshave face scrub.
Quickly dry my hair and body, but not my face.
Work lather of Trumper’s Almond with badger hair brush.
Baxter of California aftershave.
Get dressed.
Bowl of strawberry and oats cereal.
Sprint to the the bus stop to barely catch the last of one of the two buses I eyed the night before to take.

157 Steve July 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

My morning ritual consists of getting up very early. The dog & I watch the news & read email. About 45 minutes before work, I commence with the 1st “S” followed shortly by the shower. The shave usually takes place the night before.

158 Shane July 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

I usually take care of my first S the at night before bed. When I wake up, I go for a run and then do some strength training with free weights (i’m too cheap to get a gym membership). After that, comes the shower, which I turn on very hot, and then turn down to very cold right before I get out, it’s very invigorating and it wakes me up. Then of course, the old fashioned wet shave(unfortunately with a cheap boar’s hair brush). Then I dress, eat breakfast, and brush my teeth right before leaving the house.

159 Cédrik L. July 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I just don’t feel good if I change something in my morning routine :

Wake up, (think about throwing the alarm clock as far as I can!)
Take my pills (oh disgusting !!! water magnifies morning breath)
Get in the shower (almost drown because I’m still asleep)
Shaving time (try to avoid cutting half of my upper lip)
Too hungry to take a step further without eating : two toasts with Phillie cheese.
Time for the first S. (just isn’t right if I don’t)
Dress up and leave for work.

Don’t mess this order or you’ll get me kinda destabilized for the rest of the day.

160 D. July 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Here it goes:

1) 5:30 – get up to my dog (a 6-month old weimaraner) ready to go for her morning pee.
2) 5:35-6:30 – go back to bed.
3) 6:30-6:50ish – shower…Paul Mitchell Teatree Shampoo, Kheil’s Facial Fuel face wash, Kheil’s Ultimate Man body scrubbing bar.
4) 6:50-7:00 – shave…CO Bigelow Shaving Cream and Aftershave, Kenneth Cole Reaction Cologne, Tom’s All-Natural Deodorant.

161 Vlad July 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Toilet, toothbrush, shower, beard grooming.

162 Dan July 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

wake up, feed daughter, check email and news while eating breakfast, shower, shave, dress, done

163 Timothy Selig July 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm

check email wash up eat breakfast comb hair

164 murchmb July 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Get up. Throw some old clothes on. Go outside and water the plants, feed the dogs, and clean up after the aforementioned animals. Go back inside, shower, shave (wetwshave), dress, say my goodbyes, and go to work.

165 Gabriel July 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Morning ritual Haiku:

sulk, shower, sun salute
settle in simplicity
sometimes sin, and smile

166 mrs applejuice July 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

My morning ritual? Lately, I wake up about 5:30 a.m. as my husband oh-so-kindly tiptoes around the house, getting ready for work, trying not to wake me. I adjust my big pregnant belly, say good morning to our baby-on-the-way, say goodbye to my man, and try to fall back asleep about 6:00 a.m. I doze in and out of sleep until I’m forced to get up for yet another potty break, and I proceed with a bowl (or three) of cold cereal in my PJs. The rest of my day may be crazy and unpredictable, but I’ve always got my hubby, my baby/belly, my toilet, and good ol’ cap’n crunch to greet me in the morning!

167 Joe Dito July 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Being a family man it’s tough to squeeze my personal time in so I get up before everyone else does in the home and go out for a nice run. I head back home after a 5 to 6 mile run and do my crunches and push ups. I then hit the shower and shave my face and scalp the old fashion way with a brush and shaving cream. I make my usual breakfast, kiss the wife and kids goodbye and stop at my local Peet’s for a cup of Joe.

168 Rico San July 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm

For me, it’s all about the freshly pressed coffee, in a French press, of course. I wake up, pee, and make my daily coffee (a cup in the morning and a travel mug for class). I then shower, get dressed, skim the RSS feeds, grab my gear, and I’m out the door.

Then there are the days where I wake up 10 minutes before class, and none of that happens. I throw the clothes I wore yesterday on, grab a Mt. Dew, grab my bag, and head out.

169 Jim Kirk July 9, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Get up, stumble into door frame, back up and try again, this time getting by the door frame into the “WC,” thereupon doing whatever Nature has decided for me to do this morning at this particular time. (Also depending on whether or not I can stand up or have to squat and pee…)

I then look out the left window to see if the cardinals have hatched or hatcheted their eggs, look out the right window and see if the deer are scarfing up breakfast in the upper or lower pasture, or if they’re running helter-skelter from the coyotes.

Once I have splashed enough water in my face to re-moisturize the Empty Quarter, I stumble in to the kitchen where the “giver of the elixir of life” lives–the coffee machine. I know where this is by built-in radar!

After dumping about “yo-much” coffee into the cute little white cupcake-holder-looking-paper-thingy and pouring about “yo-much” water into the-big-black-water-gulping-plastic-thingy, I collapse onto the couch.

Once I have re-educated myself on the magical goings-on of the TV remote, I turn on the news to see what-fools-have-done-what-to-which-other fools.

(I don’t hear what they say the first 15 minutes anyway–I’m checking out the sexy wardrobe of the gorgeous female newsperson–ain’t that whatcha ‘sposed to do? If not, make them wear long dresses with collars up to their necks. I mean, gee whiz, fair is fair!)

By the time I have re-sorted out which planet I’m on, which country I live in, and what my first name is, the coffee is ready. To me, coffee is nothing but black blood–if my red blood isn’t half coffee, it sure isn’t because I haven’t tried–God knows I’ve drunk enough the ‘morning after’ to turn me into the “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

Where was I? Oh yeah, morning.

Once I’m again amongst the human race (’bout a pot and a half of Holy Nectar later (that’s coffee to you lesser Earthlings)), I do all of that other stuff: shave–mainly, most of it, all that I can reach quickly anyway; I’ll run the electric razor over it later before I go out again anyway, so who cares.

Then, I wet both hands, wipe down both sides of my hair, and out the door to tackle the world once again!

Oh wait; damn. My office is downstairs–where am I going?

170 Joseph Riggs July 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Normally, I get out of bed reluctantly in the morning. Go to the head and take care of business. After that, I head to my closet and find the clothes I’m going to wear for that day and lay them out. I cook myself some breakfast (normally chopping up some red, green and yellow bell peppers, onions, eggs and habanero sauceroll in a burrito). Sit down to eat, while watching the news or weather channel. Then head to the shower. After washing, I use soap and a straight razor i bought a couple of years ago to shave, it gives nice straight lines. I pop out of the shower, brush my teeth, get dressed and start my day.

171 Grapfx July 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I get up in the morning and hit the shower,dry off, shave (except on Wednesdays), brush the teeth. I then get my clothes together for the day, plug in the iron, go into the kitchen, grind some fresh Trader Joe beans and get the coffee going. I go into the bedroom, iron my stuff. Then it’s time for a bit of coffee and RSS feeds before I have to walk the dog and get my son ready for daycare.

172 Matt July 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Having a nice set of shaving stuff would probably help my razor burn I get everyday from shaving … damn you military. Haha.

173 Westley Schomer July 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I wake up, turn on the light to my fish tank, cook up two eggs and two pieces of toast, down it all with a glass of milk. Brush my teeth, check my e-mail, brew a cup of coffee, and head off to welding class.

174 Chris July 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Wake up to first alarm at 7.
Fall back asleep till second alarm at 7:10
Actually get up at 7:15
Shower, Shave, Hit the Road by 7:40

175 D-Pol July 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm

4:51 am hit snooze
5:00 get up and let dog out
5:01 feed dog – he eats while I pee
5:02 he waits while I still pee
5:03 he pees while I wait
5:06 he goes back to bed and I hit the shower, shave and shake
5:15 dry off, brush teeth, get dressed
5:16 kiss wife, pet dog (he is now lying in my spot on bed)
5:17 drive to work…

176 Beowulf87 July 9, 2008 at 10:48 pm

The three S’s? I usually only do two. :-P

I get up, use the restroom, and shower. I don’t shave everday like I should, so just go slightly scruffy on the days I don’t. ;-)

So, I shave (with a Gillete Quattro and whatever cream I decided to buy at the store!), wash my hair and body in the shower (using a fog resisant mirror for the shaving part). If I think I need to smell particularly nice that day, I use Oxy bodywash, which also is supposed to aid against pimples, as does their face wash I use. Now whether it really works or not is another question….

I usually use Pert and some other shampoo such as Suave as well as Proactiv shampoo occasionally to break things up. I often use like Ivory or whatever for bar soap.

After that, I dry off, use some kind of deodorant (often Right Guard, etc.), get dressed, maybe a bit of cologne, and I’m off to work.

If I feel like it, I use a bunch of Proactiv products to attack my pimplifurous face. Very expensive, yes, but what can I say? I’m 19. ‘Nuff said. :-D

Anything more than that, no one needs to know. ;-P


177 David Gillen July 10, 2008 at 2:36 am

Morning Ritual
7 Put baby bottle on to heat, boil kettle for tea and make toast with marmalade for wife ( helps greatly with the morning sickness if eaten before even trying to stand up).
7.10 Give breakfast to wife and feed baby
7.30 Shower, shave, dress
8.00 Have breakfast
8.20 Do house work before leaving for work any time between 8.45 and 9.30 (hurray for flexible working hours.)

I’ll do the 3rd S shortly after arriving into work, I’m convinced the vibrations from my motorbike give my bowels a good kick start in the morning.

178 bunny July 10, 2008 at 3:58 am

Wake up, drink a glass of water, check my email, wake up hubby, shower, make breakfast :)

179 cory July 10, 2008 at 4:08 am

I’ve been late so many times I actually jump out of bed when the alarm goes off. I’m a writer, so I write first thing, take a bike ride, read the Bible, check email, take a shower, eat breakfast w/ my family, and take off for work.

180 izzy July 10, 2008 at 5:58 am

I always heard it as the 4 S’s…..

181 Supermale July 10, 2008 at 6:39 am

Every morning I cook breakfast [ bacon, oatmeal, apple slices, smoothie], brush my teeth and lotion my face, get my gear on, kiss my girlfriend goodbye and bike to work at the greatest bike shop in Orlando, FL. I usually shave after I shower at night because soon after that is when the smooth face comes into play.

182 plor July 10, 2008 at 6:55 am

I usually don’t save much time in the morning, so I take a quick shower and run out the door. On mornings when I don’t have anywhere special to be I’ll save some time and have a good shave with my straight razor. If I don’t have time I’ll do a quick shave with a double edge safety razor.

183 Pato DeMuertes July 10, 2008 at 10:38 am

My morning ritual?

I wake at dawn. The air has a stillness and a dryness only found on this plain, only at this time of the season. It feels good in my lungs. I lift the mosquito netting, roll out of the tent, and begin the fire. I prepare the coffee for it. Then gather the water from the salt lick for my shave. The straight razor feels strong and wet across my beard. It is a good feeling. It is right. I continue over the ears, across the top of the head, and down the back of the cranium. I wax my mustache, then apply a salve that the natives have given me of berries, mixed with beetle dung, to sooth my weathered face and scalp. It burns, slightly. The coffee smells strong in the morning breeze. It fills my nostrils with life.

I pick up my rifle, and ready it for the kill. The heaviness of the strap across my shoulder, the smell of the gun oil so close to my face, are full with memories of my youth, tinged with sadness.

The hunt commences. Somedays it’s kudu. Others hyena or rhino. Most days only opossum or squirrel. They like the backyard the best. Gentle reader, do not judge. I kill them not for the thrill. Not for the sake of the killing itself. I kill them to give the squirrels…the opossums…maybe, the occasional salamander…the dignity of a death they so richly deserve! After which, I empty my bowels, almost ritualistically, in the chamber pot. Then I make a morning meal of salt-cured, cold smoked kippers, as I drink the steaming, bracing coffee in the morning air. It feels good to be alive. To be a man.

184 LMJ July 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

My man’s ritual-
4:30 – early AM bathroom & then back to bed
8:00 – hit snooze
8:45 – shower, shave, dress in business casual/very casual, eat breakfast
8:55 – leave the house
9:00 – arrive @ work
…actual times may vary, sometimes he doesn’t have to work until 10…

Meanwhile, I’m up at 6 AM to shower, dry hair, style hair, apply makeup, try on 5 pairs of pants to see which one still fits, end up in some sort of acceptable business wear & heels, run out the door with a piece of bread & jam in hand, and make a 30-minute drive to work before 8, thinking on the way about how he kept me up late & is still soundly sleeping…

Not sure yet how we are going to mesh those morning rituals if we decide to take that big marriage leap…

185 paul anthony HG July 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm

wake up, take shower, brush teeth 3 times or less, work out if time permits, check email, read some of the bible, dress to impress, and the day begins!

186 Jason Ellis July 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

When I get up in the morning, here is what I usually do:

Turn on a show for my girls, who get up WAY too early (so my wife can snooze a little longer)

Head to the bathroom with a book (aka the library)

Do my stuff on the toilet, reading my book until my legs fall asleep (I love to read)

Shower, and while in the shower I brush my teeth and shave.

Get dressed. Head out to my home office in the garage.

I usually grab a breakfast bar and drink on my way out and eat when I have a break.

That’s about it.


Jason Ellis

187 Kevin July 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

alarm, gum, go!

188 Eric July 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Alarm goes off at 6AM

Hit the restroom and complete 1st S…

Put on deoderant.

Get dressed.

Put on hat and go to work.

15 minutes tops!

189 MaCayn July 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Alarm goes off at 6:30. Breakfast is usually handled by 7. Hit the first S then lather up, shave, and clean the blade. Done with the three S’s by about 8. Get dressed and do some work till 8:40 then out the door.

190 Evan M July 10, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I wake up, grab some strong coffee
let that work on me for about 10-15 minutes, then head off to take care of the first S
hit the shower, where I shave my dome with my HeadBlade
get out of the shower and shave my face, minus the ‘stache and goatee
get dressed, grab some food, kiss the wife and kiddies and I’m off for the day

191 Kat Charcos July 11, 2008 at 3:18 am

My boyfriend drinks a glass of water when he wakes up. And then he would wash his face with water (alleging he doesn’t need any more). But i force him to wear moisturizer, and on some days, he agrees on a toner!

192 Sanjay July 11, 2008 at 7:18 am

Shower, shave, brush my teeth, hastily get dressed, cup of tea, and out the door!

193 Leon July 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

I wash my face with soap and water and I brush my teeth. I’m getting married soon and my fiancee has been asking me to start a regime and moisturize, but I didn’t know what to get.

194 Danual July 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm

The ‘triple s’ may be for some men – but not always for me.

Every morning (after the fight with the alarm clock) I’ll take my morning shower.

Every 2nd day I’ll do a shave.

I never seem to have the strength for the third ‘s’ though. Maybe I need to do some morning exercises?

195 Todd July 12, 2008 at 10:55 am

Triple-S, breakfast, Sportscenter or a little Mike & Mike, and check the weather before I’m out the door.

196 Matt Thomas July 12, 2008 at 11:51 am

Wake up. Make coffee. Boot up my Mac. And then — ideally at least, for best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry — sit down to write. To quote novelist Jonathan Franzen, ” One abiding rule is that if I don’t start writing first thing in the morning, I won’t get any writing done at all.”

197 Chris July 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Turn over in bed, hit the snooze, and check the blackberry for e-mails and baseball scores.

Roll out of bed and hit my knees for a quick moring prayer. Put on shorts and run outside the get the paper and then read the sports, business, and funnies while taking my morning dump.

Have a shower, get dressed and grab my bible, my bagel, and kiss my baby before locking myself in my home office and having a quick breakfast and scripture read before starting work.

198 Michael July 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I wake up, call my wife (I am in Iraq), go back to bed. Get back up and run 4 miles. Take a combat shower and use bottled water to brush my teeth. Then check on my soldiers. I can’t wait until I am back to civilization.

199 Bob C July 14, 2008 at 8:08 am

I typically get up around 7, brush my teeth and wash my face, eat breakfast, blog for a popular gadget blog, get showered, shave with a single-blade razor (which is great if you haven’t tried it. This site has a good post on it), and then begin my day with whatever I have to do.

200 Charlie on the PA Turnpike July 14, 2008 at 8:09 am

“Woke up, fell out of bed, drag a comb across my head….”

OK, so that was just a Beatles reference.

“The day breaks, your mind aches…”

OK, no more songs:

03:50 Clock radio chimes (snooze)
03:59 repeat
04:10 cell phone chimes
04:15 start coffee
04:20 shave (I shower at night)
04:30 dress / while scanning e-mail
04:40 bowl of cereal, vitamins, supplements

04:55 in the car, starting my 2 hour commute.

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