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- For Holden Caulfield: EvolutionMan's Wash and Buff cleanser to give to his pimply hallmate Ackley, to make him go away
- For the unnamed protagonist of Bright Lights Big City: Kiehl's Eye Alert, to help him hide the damage from all those hard-partying late nights
- For Lenny Abramov of Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story: Super Smile whitening toothpaste, to improve his hotness rating on the "apparats" of other bar patrons.
- For Jay Gatsby: Bulgari MAN shampoo and shower gel , to mask the lingering scent of booze from his history as a bootlegger and give him a metaphorical fresh start.
- For Patrick Bateman: Zirh translucent shave gel, so he can maintain his clean-shaven look
This Monday, subscription beauty service Birchbox launched a site for men.
For $20 a month, subscribers will get a monthly package in the mail filled with hand-picked men's grooming samples. Guys who like what they see can order the full-sized version online at Birchbox Man's website, which also offers all sorts of handy man-to-man style advice. Above, the site's editorial team picks out products for five fictional New York men—the protagonists of Catcher in the Rye, Bright Lights Big City, Super Sad True Love Story, The Great Gatsby, and American Psycho.
· Birchbox Man [Official Site]