Ritual Men’s Products Giveaway Winners!

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 15, 2008 · 5 comments

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Last week we announced the Ritual Men’s Grooming Giveaway Contest. Up for grabs was a $79 kit with the full line of Ritual Products. We also selected three runner-ups to receive a bottle of Ritual’s Razor Rinse. We asked you all to share what your morning ritual was with us in the comments. And boy did you all respond! Over 200 of you posted your morning rituals. Moreover, many of you subscribed to our RSS feed and registered in the forums. In all we had 839 entries.

How we picked the winners. Each entry was assigned a number. We then used the Random Integer Generator to select 4 numbers. Without further ado here are the winners.

The winner of the $79 Ritual Kit is Sanjay from New York. Congratulations Sanjay!

The runner-ups who will receive a bottle of Ritual pre-shave razor rinse are Manbearpig (from the forums), JFM, and Tron (from the forums).

I also decided to add one more prize at the last minute for this entry. I don’t know if it’s this man’s real morning ritual, but reading it definitely made me feel more manly. This is from Paul DeMuertes:

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.

A morning ritual like that, real or fictional, deserves to be recognized. Pato, you’re getting an Art of Manliness T-shirt for that comment.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the contest. Be on the look out for more giveaways coming soon!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Duncan Margetts July 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Three cheers for Paul DeMuertes he provides a wonderful antidote to the feminised consumerism that you were pushing with that competition for “mens grooming products”..

Men do NOT need grooming products other than a bit of soapy water to shave with. Anything more and we’re headed down the same sorry, sad path that women have headed down where their lives and existences are increasingly revolving around their possessions, their fashions and the products.. Possessions, products and fashions that they feel confident will deliver them the self esteem they so sorely lack.


2 Zach July 17, 2008 at 7:13 am

That ritual gave me goosebumps. Excellent.

3 Tony July 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm

I rarely shave in the morning. I like to go to bed feeling fresh and clean.
I strop my razor before I take my bath, then I fill a scuttlewith steaming hot water and allow my brush to soak while I bathe or shower.

Ater showerng I shake some of the hot water from the brush, and then whip up a hot lather from either Ogallala Bay Rum soap or The Gentlemens Quarter Cavendish Black soap. I make 3 passes, once with the grain of my beard, once against the grain (chin to cheek) and once across the grain (from ear to nose). After each pass I re-apply the warm lather with the brush, which acts as an exfoliant.

I prefer to use a straight razor, as they are good for the environment as well as the face. When you have the knack, they leave you as smooth as the proverbial babys bottom. I top my shave off with Ogallala bay rum aftershave skin toner or Old Spice.

It is gratifying to know that the razor I am using to take the whiskers from my face couldve been used by one of my forefathers and that their technology still works as well if not better than today’s “New and improved” technology.

4 Erik July 18, 2008 at 8:42 am

Hey, this Pato guy sounds suspiciously like my little brother. Bald guy….really cool house? Is that you little ‘bro? Me thinks that you need to put down the J. Daniels, back away from whatever Hemingway novel you’re reading, and put some Hank Sr on that Oh-so-cool stereo of yours. I can tell you right now there will be no “morning ritual” when we’re on the road to Dad’s place next month. Leave the mustache wax and “chamber pot” at home please. I am cool with the kippers though.

your Hero

5 Adam December 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

New to AOM, but reading Duncan’s comment made me think back to when I first watched “Band of Brothers.” I remember seeing the men shaving at Bastogne in the dead of winter and thinking “How could they shave in those conditions,” but shaving just may have been the one comforting thing that took their minds off of the fact that they were on the business end of German artilery. Duncan hits it on the head; we don’t need grooming products to enjoy the ritual and escape of a shave.

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