A Guide to Natural Grooming Products for Men
All the same functionality, none of the dangerous chemixcals
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When it comes to grooming needs, we all want products that leave our skin, scalp and underarms feeling good and thoroughly cleansed. Unfortunately, too many of today’s shampoos, soaps deodorants, hair products and sunscreens are plagued by icky ingredients — many of which can become hazardous to your health.
Many bar soaps and body washes contain sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, dioxane or polyethylene glycol — substances that will likely irritate your ski and could even have carcinogenic effects. When it comes to preventing pit stank, the conventional deodorant or antiperspirant you’re slathering on every day could also contain harsh ingredients like aluminum, triclosan and phthalates, all of which have been linked to myriad health problems, including cancer, hormonal disruption and Alzheimer’s disease.
Making the switch to natural grooming products doesn’t just protect your health; clean, nourishing ingredients often promote things like hair growth and keep skin from becoming dehydrated. Unlike most of the shampoos and conditioners you’ll find on drugstore shelves, natural hair products rid your hair of dirt without stripping its natural oils, delivering shinier, stronger hair while preventing dryness which can lead to an itchy, irritated scalp.
We understand it can be hard to break up with a trusted product, but if you find yourself running low on a particular item, we encourage you to switch to an au natural version. And to make that feat a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a bunch of hydrating, nourishing and totally clean grooming products below to help get you started.
Dr. Squatch Deodorant 4-Pack
Commonly known for their line of quirky bar soaps crafted from clean ingredients, Dr. Squatch also offers a selection of fresh, all-natural deodorants. Utilizing natural deodorizers like charcoal powder, probiotics, arrowroot powder, the California-based brand’s deodorant blocks odor, stops odor-causing bacteria growth and absorbs moisture with a quick, smooth glide — all while nourishing skin thanks to ingredients like jojoba and shea butter. You can shop individual deodorants or pick up Dr. Squatch’s 4-pack of refreshing, woodsy scents: Alpine Sage, Pine Tar, Fresh Falls and Birchwood Breeze.
Native Bar Soap
Available in five scents, including Eucalyptus & Mint and Charcoal, Native’s sulfate- and paraben-free bar soaps are loaded with clean ingredients, many of which derive from palm oil that serves as the soap’s key cleanser. Add shea butter for moisture, coconut oil for vitamins and antioxidants and glycerin to help lock in skin’s natural moisture, and you’ve got two purifying, skin-saving, natural bars of soap for the low price of eight bucks.
Brickwell Daily Revitalizing Men’s Hair Care Routine
This rejuvenating hair care duo from Brickwell delivers stronger, healthier hair by using powerful — but natural — ingredients and oils. The brand’s Daily Strengthening Shampoo stimulates hair growth and increases its thickness with hydrolyzed wheat protein and Vitamin E, while peppermint and tea tree oil stimulate the scalp and prevent flakiness. Using Organic Aloe, Borage Oil and Avocado Oil, Brickwell’s Revitalizing Hair Conditioner also promotes growth while restoring hair’s moisture and shine and repairing damaged hair cells.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare routine, and we’re big fans of Supergoop, which doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky and bogged down like traditional sunscreen. Not only that, it’s the first SPF devoid of oxybenzone — a common ingredient found in sunscreen that has been linked to a multitude of health issues, including hormonal disruption. Also, unlike many sunscreens, Supergoop! is reef-safe. Good for you, good for the planet.
Public Goods Shaving Cream
Lather up with Public Goods’ top-rated sandalwood-scented shaving cream that contains zero parabens, synthetic fragrance, sodium lauryl sulfates, phthalates or anything from formaldehyde. Instead, soothing aloe vera, eucalyptus and coconut-derived ingredients deliver a smooth, clean shave.
Jack Henry Clay Pomade
Using just four ingredients — Coconut Oil, Bentonite Clay, Beeswax and Lavender Oil — Jack Henry’s all-natural hair product is designed for all hair types, holds for 48 hours and adds thickness, texture and volume to hair. Humidity and sweat-resistant, the Clay Pomade manages to stimulate growth and fight dandruff all while keeping your hair styled just the way you want it.
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