I know it sounds crazy but I’ve been trolling beauty shops as of late. By beauty meaning anything related to the face, body, skin, etc. I like to think of myself as a pretty low maintenance kind of guy but the product junkie in me is coming out slowly. I think it started about two or three months ago when I went to a friend’s hotel room and saw the amount of products she brought with her — she had half a suitcase filled with everything from make-up and skincare to hair and beauty products. Comparing her stuff to mine (which I effortlessly dump inside a plastic bag), I realized holy Snooki batman, I spend ridiculous money on clothes and accessories and here I am using free generic shampoo they dispense at hotels, Colgate toothpaste, shaving cream from Gilette and to add salt to the wound, my deodorant is friggin Secret (I must confess it works)! That’s when it hit me — I need to take care of my body more by spending a little extra in quality products. So not only I go to the stores to window shop for fashion and accessories, I now go to beauty and skincare counters whenever I have free time.

Products from Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence

I skipped lunch to go to the ultimate Florentine institution, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella and picked up some shampoo, hair cream, body cream, shaving cream and a fragrance.