While visiting Taiwan, a close friend of mine brought back a few gifts for me. One of the gifts that resonated with ManPossible was the Gatsby Deep Pore Cleanser. For those who have been with us since the early days, you might recall the two-part (part 1 & part 2) feature of Gatsby’s renowned hair wax. At that time, my own knowledge of Gatsby was that the brand made exceptional hair wax tailored to individual’s various styles. Warp forward a year and I am staring at a black, gray and red cardboard box with a plastic translucent shape of a nose sticking out of the top right corner.
Turning this foreign package over reveals a mesh of jibber jabber known to some on the Far East hemisphere as Japanese. Of course yours truly is barely able to muster the alien speech known as English, thus will not even bother attempting to decipher these hieroglyphics. What I do know from looking at the pictures and the little available English writing is this: 1) This product is applicable for one’s nose; 2) The initial contact will result in heat/warmth; 3) The finished product should result in a clean and cool experience. With those thoughts in mind, I was ready to put it to the test.
Through a bit of trial and error, I figured out how to best apply this product.
1. Wash your face – The first step before the application process is to rinse and rid any grease and dirt from the surface of your face.
2. Quick wipe – Here is where trial and error comes in. Instead of stuffing your face with a dry towel trying to soak up all the moisture from the wash, simply go over the nose and face with a quick wipe while leaving some moisture on the surface.
3. Squeeze and apply – Twisting the top off of this 25g travel size tube gives access to a solidified white cream. As you get closer, the cream evokes a refreshing citrus and mint scent that brings life to anyone who inhales this stuff. Giving the tube a light squeeze yields a dime-sized volume of cream, which is more than enough for your nose.
The magic really starts when you apply the cream. Once you start applying some force and breaking into the structural integrity of solid cream, that is when you will notice two things: 1) within this dense cream are micro-sized crystals that are similar to those found in other face washes; 2) Once the physical form of this product is disrupted by the kinetic force, you’ll begin to notice a light stinging and warm sensation. The heat and stinging feeling intensifies as you apply the cream to your nose. It’s also written on the packaging that the cream is to be left on one’s nose for 30 seconds. What happens during that time is the chemicals within the cream continue to bring up the temperate of the skin to approximately 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), causing the pores to open up. Once you hit the 30 second mark and notice the heat and tingling sensations start to subdue, it’s a sign that the cream has worked its magic and your pores should be opened. We may now proceed to the cleansing process. It’s worth mentioning that during this process, it’s wise to run your fingers (with some force) over the area where the cream was applied. This will help work the micro crystals against the open pores and in-turn digging out any dark spots, dirt and bacteria. After a quick nose scrub with your fingers, rinse it with cold or warm water. The instant your nose touches the water, you’ll be hit with a cool and refreshing sensation. The mint scent we picked up earlier comes back during the final stages of the cleaning process as the stinging sensation transitions to a light tingle note caused by the mint in the cream. The end result is a smooth and soft nose with every inhale triggering a light breath of freshness.
We’ve been doing this grooming thing for quite a while now; this is possibly the first time where I personally came across such a unique product. The intricate play between hot and cold, fire and ice puts a whole new perspective on the concept of cleansing. As technology and science become more advance, humans have come up with some exciting ways of tackling everyday problems. It’s really exciting for us to discover such products from around the world and it would be even more exciting if we were to see more of these distinctive products featured here in the states. Until then, you can bet that MP will have you covered on all things in grooming and life!