Grooming is a ritual I’ve always enjoyed because it quiets my mind and relaxes my body. Do you get flashes of insight while brushing your teeth or washing your hair, too?
In no particular order, here are my 10 favorite natural grooming products. Each is made from natural ingredients that aren’t tested on animals.
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave, Cool Mint (left) – This product from “obsessively natural” company Kiss My Face is definitely “the best a man can get.” The label says it’s great for ladies too! ($7 – natural foods stores or larger grocery chains)
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo (right) – Spendy! But once you try it, you’ll see why. As you massage the shampoo into your hair, rosemary and mint fill your senses and your scalp begins to tingle slightly. They also make a Rosemary Mint Conditioner. ($18 – Aveda online, Aveda concept stores, salons)
Jason Rosewater Satin Shower Body Wash (below) – Yes, sensitive guys like roses. Paradigm subversion aside, I love this stuff. It’s the perfect way to wash off a bad day and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. ($12 for 30 oz. pump – natural foods stores or larger grocery chains)
Blue Cammas Lavender Spritzer (left) – My mom makes this by hand from only select natural ingredients including high quality lavender essential oil and excluding animal and petroleum byproducts. If I take a shower before bed, I spray this on right after drying off for a peaceful night’s sleep. ($6 – available exclusively from Blue Cammas)
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (below right) – I’ve had problem skin my entire life, and have searched almost as long for skin care products that cleanse without drying and moisturize without leaving oily residue. When I found Dermalogica, my search ended. This particular product is best for combination skin. It deep cleans and leaves skin soft and tingly. ($31-Salons that offer skin care and select online sources only. If you find this line cheaper somewhere else, it’s probably expired or counterfeit – seriously.)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (left) – This is a gentle daily exfoliant made of rice powder and other natural ingredients. It refines pores, sloughes off dead skin cells and gives your face a slight glow. I use it before I shave to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumbs ($49).
Dermalogica Active Moist (right) – Simply the best facial moisturizer ever made, and worth every penny of its $50 price tag. I’m serious! It’s very light and not at all greasy. Especially helpful for people with combo dry/oily skin.
Dermalogica SPF 30 Solar Defense Booster (below left) – Lack of an ozone layer got you down? Add a little dab of this to your moisturizer to keep the Donatella Versace syndrome at bay. ($43)
Tom’s of Maine Natural Peppermint Whole Care Anticavity & Tartar Control Plus Whitening (left) – When I found out the national brand of toothpaste I was raised on contained artificial sweeteners that’ve been linked to MS and/or cancer, I grabbed Tom’s off the shelf and never looked back. This will leave your mouth feeling clean and keep your smile bright. ($5 – natural foods stores or larger grocery chains)