By Lora O’Brien
As many women who share a bathroom with a guy know, men do care about their skin. Whether you’ve noticed that your skincare products are ‘mysteriously’ disappearing fast, or that there’s a proliferation of guy stuff fighting for space with your own beauty products, it’s pretty apparent that men no longer believe a bit of shaving cream and aftershave is all they need in their toiletry bags.
But sadly, dudes are often pretty clueless about the fact that whatever we put on to our bodies is just as important as what we put into them. Whatever you put onto your skin ends up directly in your body, so you only want to use products that are going to be kind to your skin and your health.
It’s pretty easy to get your guy into organic skincare brands for men by switching their usual products for kinder versions. They’ll definitely thank you for pointing out – or even buying – healthier, cleaner products for them. And the best part? You can always help yourself to a dab here and there, too!
At the very least every guy needs a cleanser and moisturiser, and Lyonsleaf makes both. Using gentle, natural ingredients like calendula and aloe vera, their cleansers never strip the skin of natural oils, which we need to seal in moisture to keep us looking fresh and youthful. And to lock in natural moisture, their all natural creams and beauty balms work a treat on everything from elbows to the face.
The packaging for this brand just oozes testosterone. And rightly so, as John Masters Organics now has a range just for men that takes away the effort behind maintaining their appearance. With the fresh scent of eucalyptus and a healthy dose of vitamin E, these products – which include shampoo, skin cream, shaving cream, and more – are a great value due to their multifunctional qualities. For example, the facial wash also works as a shaving foam, whereas the moisturiser also doubles as an aftershave. Plus, the entire men’s range is also cruelty free and vegan.
3. Dr. Alkaitis
The ethos behind Dr Alkaitis’s seriously pure brand is: ‘If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.’ And in fact, Dr. Alkaitis products are so natural, you could actually eat them, although I don’t recommend you telling that to the man in your life (we just know he’ll put it to the test…LOL). These gender-neutral products are suitable for literally anyone: babies, children and adults – it’s always a little bonus when you can steal a little bit of your boyfriend’s face cream!
4. Dr Jackson’s
This is a luxury skincare brand that uses the very best ingredients that nature can provide, so it’s great to invest in it if your man is a bit savvy about grooming products. Everything in the Dr Jackson range – from eye cream and toner to lip balm and shaving cream – has been crafted after doing studies of natural products and the traditional uses of plants. Plus their moisturiser also has SPF20, which is perfect to protect your guy’s skin – especially if he works outdoors or loves outdoor sports like running or cycling. And just look at that packaging! Minimalistically gorgeous.
This range of men’s skincare from Trevarno is perfect for the manly man. Not only have the products in this range been expertly crafted to meet the needs of thicker, hairier, masculine skin, but the blends of natural oils and butters have very masculine scents, like juniper berry, pine and sandalwood. Containing zero chemical nasties, the brand clearly labels its products as either being fully ‘organic’ or merely all ‘natural’ – either of which is way better for his health and skin than most of the junk available in drugstores today. And the best part is that Trevarno do starter gift sets that include the basics for everything from shaving to skincare, so you can gradually switch your man over to a truly great, all natural grooming brand.
Big Green Tree (BGT) uses raw ingredients that are either natural and organic, or farmed in an ethical manner. No harsh chemicals are ever used, and those nasty parabens that can cause irritation simply don’t exist in this range. Its silver and green recyclable packaging has a manly aesthetic, and Big Green Tree’s Virtus line for men includes a comprehensive group of products, including moisturisers, skin balms, cleansing lotions and body washes and more, meaning every step of his grooming routine is catered for. So whether he’s looking to keep dry, winter feet smooth, or looking to tame the frizz of his hair, Virtus will keep him preened to perfection using the power of nature.
Bulldog was one of the first ranges of skincare to be certified cruelty free by Cruelty Free International. They’re proud to fight back against animal testing and part of the campaign to man it worldwide. Not only are their ethics great, but their products are just as wonderful. They don’t contain any of those chemical nasties or synthetic fragrances and absolutely nothing inside of Bulldog products is derived from animal products making them vegan friendly. There are moisturisers that fight back against aging, face scrubs to keep their skin nice and smooth, and there’s even a roll on eye cream making the work to maintain perfect skin pretty easy. If your man likes to indulge a little or is prone to troubled skin, there’s a face mask and a blemish controller to help keep bad skin at bay. So now your man really can take part in your girly pampering evenings with this range that is nothing but manly.
Green People is one of the most trusted go-to brands for cruelty free, vegan skincare, and now they’ve expanded their range of products to feature an exclusive line for men. The sleek, black packaging of Organic Homme just screams chic masculinity, and what’s inside is just as sophisticated as the outside: think high-tech eye creams, anti-aging serums, and scalp-nourishing shampoos, for example. There’s even an Organic Homme deodorant making the switch away from those nasty brands full of cancer causing ingredients super simple.
9. NYR Men
Many of us have probably already been introduced to Neal’s Yard Remedies by now, so we know just how wonderful their organic products are – they smell great and they feel heavenly on the skin – if you’re a fan of NYR in general, then don’t hesitate to buy the NYR Men’s range for the guy you love. NYR Men is packed full of organic herb extracts and oils, and there’s everything he’ll need to maintain perfect skin, from a face scrub and body cream to a calming shave balm. And did I mention that Neal’s Yard’s Frankincense Cologne is totally swoon worthy? Not part of this range, but worth checking out, none the less.
10. OM4 Men
Just as women need skincare brands to cater to different skin types, so do men. Organic Male OM4 was the first complete skin type and condition-specific men’s line to launch in the US back in 2008, blasting the myth once and for all that every man’s skin is created equal. Believing that the science behind great skincare exists within nature, OM4 has developed a range with the mantra of 4 products, 4 steps, 4 minutes, 4 men. The products come discretely colour coded for each individual skin type, and is completely quick and fuss free to use. The four steps take you from a gentle gel face wash and onto a soothing mineral splash, followed by a serum and topped off with a moisturiser. With a 71%-98% certified organic content, this is a natural brand whose proof is in the products!
This Canadian based brand offers a limited range of 8 products for guys, including beard oil, deodorant, facial toners and more, all crafted from natural ingredients like cucumber oil, green tea and amino acids. Due to the silk content in some products, it’s not fully vegan friendly but it is as eco-friendly as a redwood tree in a British Columbian forest.
12. Rebels Refinery
Ooh, we do love the packaging of this brand! It’s a little bit ‘Olde Fashioned’ mixed with ‘memento mori’ (just check out those skull soaps in our main pic!) and all macho. But the mission at Rebels Refinery is actually much softer and sweeter than their packaging would suggest: they aim to help make people look good, feel good and raise money for Prostate Cancer Foundations.
The brand has created a comprehensive line of natural skin care specifically for men as an alternative to chemical intensive mainstream products that probably do more bad than good to your guy’s skin and health. Rebels Refinery uses only the highest quality natural ingredients – including 90% organic – that are guaranteed to outperform the synthetic crap pervasive in the grooming industry.