When searching for the right products, men don’t have to dig into women’s brands to find their skincare staples anymore. In the last five years, the men’s beauty market has blossomed with creative eco-labels that offer efficiency without harsh or toxic elements. At BWB, we are always searching for the best skincare products that will respect both the environment and our skin. Here is a gift-guide for treating yourself or the men in your life with our favorite products.
1. Baxter of California Deodorant
Not only does this deodorant have an alcohol, paraben, and aluminium-free formula, but it also effortlessly soothes sensitive skin with notes of light citrus and musk. Witch hazel and tea tree oil gently calm the skin and tackle odors. The deodorant leaves a very subtle scent and won’t stain your favorite shirts. One of my friends originally recommended this to me, and I often use my husband’s because I love the scent and feel on my skin.
2. Bija Essence Massage Oils
Founded by a New York-based mom, Bija delivers multipurpose oils that are rich and luxurious. The line offers four types of therapeutic oils with many beneficial qualities, including anti-aging, soothing, and healing. Men can use the Revive Oil, with an inflammatory blend of wintergreen, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense and helichrysum essential oils, to calm stiff muscles after a hard workout. I love using the Rest Oil at night just before going to bed, as it has a calming and soothing scent. I can’t think of a better way to stimulate a good night’s sleep.
3. Uncle Harry’s Natural Toothpaste
Don’t be fooled by this small, clay-like paste. The peppermint formula stimulates the remineralization of tooth enamel by neutralizing acids & bacteria, supplies calcium, magnesium & phosphorus that strengthens teeth, and maintains a natural alkaline pH. Using bentonite clay, sea salt, minerals and other natural ingredients, this toothpaste leaves your mouth fresh and clean. I have been recommending it to all my friends who are seeking a more natural toothpaste. And the best part? It’s free of fluoride, carrageenan, triclosan, artificial sweeteners and SLS!
4. BRÖÖ Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner
This brand uses beer in their vegan shampoos, and the results are amazing: clean, rich, and oil-free hair! For years, people have been using beer to get shiny hair. Thanks to barley and yeast, beer has all the amazing B vitamins, minerals and proteins that make hair strong and healthy. The Ashville-based company only uses the best ingredients to craft their products, and their shampoo is free of all harsh ingredients like parabens, phthalates, silicons, sodium lauryl and dyes.
5. Marlowe Men’s Body Scrub No. 102
This American-made product is the best gentle exfoliating bar I know. Free of phthalates and parabens, this body scrub cleans your face & body and leaves your skin feeling fresh. Marlowe uses passion flower extract (high in vitamin C content), green tea (full of natural antioxidants to repair the skin), willow bark extract (reduces inflammation), and sea algae (calms irritated skin and provides necessary minerals). These soothing ingredients help protect and nourish without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
6. Green People for Men No.7 Antioxidant Repair Serum
This beautiful line is the most trusted brand for cruelty-free and vegan skincare, offering amazing products with sophisticated packaging. Made for the eyes, face and neck, this serum reduces the appearance of wrinkles and is perfect for sensitive skin. They use olive leaf extract and seaweed to help retain moisture. This natural serum is made without parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances in order to bring you the purest men’s skincare– plus, it’s ECOCERT-certified!
7. Naturopathica Shave Cream
Naturopathica is a great place to shop for men’s products, specifically shaving cream. For natural products, the brand uses nature’s best ingredients– including seed oils, probiotics, & botanical extracts– but also uses high-end technology, including plant stem cells, AHA’s retinoids, & peptides. Formulated for men, the creamy formula soothes razor burn and energizes the skin with cypress oil, shea butter and aloe vera.
Anne-Sophie is a French born adventurer who grew up skiing, dancing and cooking. She started making her own beauty products at age 17 and since then has been passionate about health, beauty and nature. She lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation and enjoys the eclectic restaurant scene of the city. As a teacher she is very curious and loves learning new skills.