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Getting My Desperado On At The Old Spice #SmellEm Dude Ranch Retreat

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Our friends at Old Spice thought that the best way for us to experience their new Desperado scent would be to fully immerse us in the cowboy lifestyle.. by bringing us to a dude ranch in Colorado!

Pretty crazy right? Especially for a city slicker like myself, since I’ve never ridden horses, gone trap shooting, thrown hatchets, or done any of the other manly activities that they had in store for us. But life is all about new adventures, so I packed my bags and headed out to the American West.

Our home for the week was the C Lazy U Ranch, an authentic dude ranch located about two hours outside of Denver that has been serving guests since 1919. Pulling up to the ranch, I was blown away by the endless green meadows, blue skies, and the crisp Colorado air. This was going to be a memorable experience!

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After getting settled in our rooms (and getting some much-needed showers), we met up for the #SmellEm Hat Swap, where each of us got to pick out a cowboy hat of our very own. Once we were properly cowboy’d up, we headed off to dinner, followed by a trick rope performance from the legendary “Desperado Kid”, which was incredibly cool. We even got to try roping for ourselves, which is way harder than it looks.

The next morning, I woke up early so I could watch the morning Jingle Run, where the C Lazy U Ranch horse wranglers bring the 200 horses back in from pasture. It was a pretty amazing sight to see, and you can get a taste of it in this video I shot. The sound of 200 majestic horses making their way into the ranch is like nothing you’ve heard before, it’s pretty surreal.

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Later that day, we met up at the hay barn for a #SmellEm Behind-the-Scenes session, where we got to learn more about the Old Spice Red Zone Collection, which “transforms men into legends of confidence.” Scent plays a significant role in how guys view themselves and how others perceive them, and the new “Smell ‘Em Who’s Boss” campaign brings this reality to life in an entertaining way.

The Perfect Ending spot you see below features Alberto Cardenas, the face of the Desperado campaign. We got to spend the week with him, and the dude is ridiculously good looking, has an effortless confidence about him, and is a genuinely good guy. He’s the absolutely personification of the Desperado lifestyle, and I have a feeling his commercials are going to help sell a LOT of Old Spice.

Fun Facts: 92% of Millennial guys think people treat them better when they smell good. And most guys feel that it would be more embarrassing to be told they smell bad on a date than to be locked out of their house naked. A stink is hard to come back from.

In the afternoon, our group went out for a #SmellEm Desperado Group Horse Ride, which was another first for me. Naturally, Alberto made it look easy, hopping right onto his horse and looking like something out a Western movie. Me, I was clutching onto my reins for dear life, as I got saddled with a crazy horse who was not interested in following the group and wanted to do his own thing instead. Thankfully, I lived to tell, but that’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever ride a horse..

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During our time at the ranch, we also went trap shooting (where I was a natural, so apparently all those years of playing Duck Hunt were good for something), hatchet throwing, archery (where I got to harness my inner Katniss Everdeen), and fly fishing. We also took a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, which offered some truly incredible sights. If you haven’t been out here before, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Overall, my first foray into the cowboy life was pretty dope, and I can’t thank Old Spice enough for bringing us out to their #SmellEm Dude Ranch Retreat. It was pretty exciting to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something completely new.

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While I don’t think I’ll be trading in my sneakers for a set of cowboy boots anytime soon, it was really cool to see what ranch life is like, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to shake things up a bit!

Photo credit: Old Spice/@JoesDaily

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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Gear Up For March Madness With These Great Deals From Target

March Madness is my favorite time of year.. But it’s also the most stressful, as all it takes is one little upset to send my bracket into a tailspin. The same holds true when it comes to your grooming game. Finding the right personal care products […]

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March Madness is my favorite time of year.. But it’s also the most stressful, as all it takes is one little upset to send my bracket into a tailspin. The same holds true when it comes to your grooming game. Finding the right personal care products can be a shoot and miss. So before game day is here, we’re here to help you find the items you need to stay fresh and clean before the jump ball.

Now I know what you’re thinking.. “Hey, I use soap, what more do I need?” Sorry guys, but it’s time to expand your personal care regimen beyond functional hygiene and get something that celebrates your true character and what makes you unique.

I’m personally a big fan of Unilever’s Men’s grooming products, which include AXE, Degree, Suave Men, and Dove Men + Care. They’ve got a wide variety of scents to choose from, all the products work great, and they won’t break the bank. They’re also the Official Men’s Personal Care Products of the NCAA®.

I’ve been using AXE products since college, and they’re constantly adding new products and scents that work great and smell amazing. I highly recommend AXE Body Wash (Apollo is my favorite), AXE Body Spray (to stay fresh on the go) and AXE Styling (to keep your hair looking on point all day long).

Degree Advanced Protection Deodorant is a must as well, as it provides powerful sweat and odor protection with a fresh fragrance, no matter what life throws your way.. even if it’s a last-minute loss at the buzzer.

I’m confident that once you see and feel the benefits of their products, you will realize these brands make the perfect starting lineup for your grooming and hygiene needs.

If you’re ready to improve your personal grooming game, Target has some pretty sweet offers for you to take advantage of now and in the coming weeks:

  • From 3/11 – 3/17, buy any four AXE, Degree Men, Dove Men+Care or Suave Men products, and you’ll receive a $5 Target Gift Card.
  • From 3/18 – 3/24, score 15% off any AXE, Dove Men + Care, Suave Men or Degree Men product when you use the Cartwheel app.
  • From 3/25 – 4/7, score 10% off any AXE, Dove Men + Care, Suave Men or Degree Men product when you use the Cartwheel app.

So what are you waiting for? Head down to your local Target and take advantage of these killer deals before it’s too late! And let us know which product(s) you ended up buying in the comments.

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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Goes Undercover As Head & Shoulders Massage Therapist

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. picked up a little side gig, working as a Head & Shoulders massage therapist, much to the surprise of his fans.

NOT!

Actually, Head & Shoulders’ new mane man pulled off a hilarious prank, going undercover at the Shoulders of Greatness Spa as a massage therapist. Odell surprised some of his fans with scalp and shoulder massages to help relieve the pressures they carry on their shoulders.

Watch as Beckham rubs them down and goes on and on about how his fans have “shoulders of greatness” and “really nice scalps” before revealing his true identity and making the day of some of his biggest fans! Seriously, how great is that?


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Head & Shoulders, but all opinions are my own.

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Say Goodbye To Shaving Nicks And Cuts With Glyder Styptic Balm

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Use Glyder To Stop Shaving Nicks In Their Tracks

Shaving technology has advanced pretty far since the introduction of the straight razor, but it is still no walk in the park. Not only that, but unless you work as a lumberjack, you probably need to shave regularly in order to professional.

Shaving means risking all kinds of horrors.. Electric razors never give you a clean enough shave, leaving you with no choice but to risk turning your face into a labyrinth of bloody cuts, even if you’ve got the steady hands of a surgeon. The best you could hope for was to use a chalky, evil-smelling styptic pencil to get some relief.

Introducing Glyder

Glyder Styptic Shaving Balm

The days of plastering little squares of toilet paper all over your face are over. Glyder Styptic Balm, the best shaving care product you never knew you needed, is here to save you from the horrors of blood on your shirt collar or from smelling like the inside of a medicine cabinet.

Using the same antihemorrhagic agents that that make styptic pencils work, Glyder stops your bleeding in its tracks without that awful smell or chalky feel. Loaded with all-natural skin soothing substances like Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera, Glyder doesn’t just keep you from getting bloody – it helps repair the damage you just did to your face in a way that’s scientifically proven. It’s also a lot more hygienic than a roll of toilet paper!

Save Your Face with Glyder

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Nobody thinks about the beating men’s faces go through. Years of pummeling your skin on a daily basis can leave your face looking like it’s made out of shoe leather, and unless you’re Robert Redford that’s not a look everyone can pull off. Plus, do you really want to look like you lost a fight with an angry badger?

You can short-circuit all that garbage with Glyder. Combining styptic agents with skin-soothers and making it easy to apply with a balm that feels clean on your skin and doesn’t make you smell awful, Glyder not only stops bleeding caused by shaving nicks and cuts but protects your face in the long run.

So Glyder must be some super-expensive product that only the most affluent can afford, right? Think again – it’s just $9.99, available straight from the company. Glyder even throws in free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

So what are you waiting for, try out Glyder for yourself today!

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