It's time talk men and green skincare options. Because the men in our lives need safe skin and body care options too!
Who else has noticed an increase in men's products over the last year?
Driven by women's needs, the green beauty movement is finally catching on that men want and need safe options for their personal care also. From shaving cream to hair products men do use beauty products…so why not give them the luxury and safety of organic non-toxic options?
Today I've gathered and tested some of the best of the best in the men's green grooming realm. Here are my favorites...well should I say my testers favorites because I neither shave my face or require a pomade to slick back my hair.
Let's talk beards
Our bearded friends will be delighted to check out Arcadian Official's beard care products. The beard balm and oil are the two products my testers have tried and they love both!
All of Arcadian grooming products are handmade in Knoxville with love and attention to detail. Fragranced with essential oils and tested by many, Arcadian Official lives up to its 5 star customer reviews.
Arcadian Beard Oil
The oil is a lightweight moisturizing oil to prevent itching, dryness, and also moisturize the skin. Great for beards of all lengths, mustaches, and itchiness from stubble growth it easily finds a home in any mans medicine cabinet.
Arcadian Beard Oil is quick absorbing and lasts all day. Made with oils of jojoba, argan, grapeseed, castor, and apricot it gives an ultra soft touch to longer beards. The scent we tried is Appalachian, and the herbal, woody, and masculine smell is inviting. Find it here, available in 3 fragrances for $13.
Arcadian Beard Balm
While the Arcadian Bread Balm (pictured as the open container above) moisturizes too, it is for our longer bearded friends who desire some light styling aid. Non-flakey and no white residue, this Beard Balm meets all the requirements of a good balm.
Its texture is medium density and easily melts between the palms, it provides an extra light hold that's pliable throughout the day. Basically taming unruliness while hydrating. The oils and waxes soften and condition the hair, allowing it to forgo daily washes (which I'm told is best for the beard).
It's time to conquer that rough unfriendly beard by keeping it hydrated, supple, and touchable with Arcadian Bread Products. Find the balm here, available for $13 in the same three scents as the oil. Or bundle the two and save $6!
Psst…ladies I use both these products on my hair too! The balm is great at defining and controlling frizz when I wear my hair naturally wavy. And the oil is my go to for blowouts to tame flyaways and give shine. Just don't tell my bf 🤐
Moving on to our non-bearded friends let's talk green shaving.
LongRifle Shave Soaps
Wow! These soaps though🙌🏼
I didn't know shaving could be so luxurious. Coupled with the EvanPDesigns shave brush (more on that below) the foam of the Long Rifle shave soaps are out of this world!
I had no idea a foam of this caliper was achievable in a non-toxic, chemical free green option. Typically found in you conventional shaving isle, the airy and bouncy foam of Long Rifle leaves a lovely barrier between the razor and skin. Preventing irritation, cuts, and razor burn all whilst moisturizing. This shave soap means serious business.
Long Rifle soaps are sold in 3oz pucks or 6 oz filled containers (like photoed). They do have multiple scent options but, make sure to stick with the 3 that contain ONLY essential oils for fragrance. Some do use fragrance oils, which we at CTNB we don't fancy because of their chemical composition and potential toxicity.
The 3 scents that are solely essential oils are: Hawkeye, Leatherstocking, and Cedarwood & Lavender. All three are great choices, I fancy the Cedarwood & Lavender while my man tester likes the deep wooded Leatherstocking scent.
What gives the soap such amazing lather? Tallow, but not just any tallow. Locally sourced grass fed tallow for the cleanest most moisturizing foam around. Blended with shea butter, babassu oil, aloe, and coconut oil the formula is wonderful at hydrating. It imparts moisture even after it's rinsed and of course the slip it creates for the razor makes for a very smooth shave.
Find the soaps here for purchase starting at $10 for the pucks. And btw these soaps last a long while, it seems as if we've barely dented our 6oz container after frequent use.
EvanPDesigns Shaving Brushes
Hand carved in Portland, OR the EvanPDesigns shaving brushes are top quality and absolutely necessary to make that Long Rifle soap foam. Available in a variety of exotic hardwoods and handle shapes and all with high quality badger bristles EvanPDesigns spares no expense at making a quality artisanal product.
The brush photoed is made of African Blackwood, a rich dark chocolate hardwood. The handle is smooth and light in the hand. It's polished to a medium shine and I can tell it will last for years to come.
To use with any shaving soap you wet the bristles throughly and swirl in the soap vigorously to create magical foam. The swirling does take a good minute to get the right consistency, and sometimes more water is necessary. It takes a bit of trial and error the first few times, but once you get the right water to soap to swirl ratio every time produces amazing lather and a smooth shaving experience.
Bringing back the traditional shaving experience EvanPDesigns and Longrifle keep our mans shaving routine safe yet effective. Which brings me to wonder why the experience of a barber shave when out of style? Any guesses?
Get your completely customizable brush here, starting at $65.
For our non-bearded friends the winner in the ever important aftershave category is O'Douds Aftershave. Medium weight, easy pump formula, minty, and refreshing it's a win in every category. Blended with skin soothing aloe, menthol, and witch hazel (and alcohol free!) this razor bump fighter is great at keeping skin calm postshave.
The formula hydrates with butters and oils and also protects. However, it's light and quickly absorbs, leaving a matte finish to the skin. The essential oils in O'Douds Aftershave are antibacterial, which prevent ingrown hairs, plus the astringent properties of witch hazel closes pores.
My tester loves its menthol smell and cooling feeling to the skin. The formula absorbs rapidly and really helps to reduce razor redness and ingrown hairs. It's even strong enough on the bikini line. Find O’Douds Aftershave here for $18.
Way of Will 02 Deodorant
I've written a lot about healthy deodorant options in the past. And there's many these days that preform amazingly. However, most have rather feminine scents, so I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to the deodorant my bf uses. Way of Will 02 Tea Tree & Pumpkin Seed Deodorant.
Made with 100% non-toxic ingredients (more on why it's SUPER important that deodorant be non-toxic in this post) and working ALL day to keep smell at bay this is my choice for men's BO control. The Spearmint + Peppermint scent is very minty, matter a fact I can smell it for hours after application. The deodorant sells for $17.50 and you can find it here.
O'Douds Multi-Purpose Pomade
Wow! This is THE STUFF! Most definitely an amazing pomade and to my guinea pigs surprise (not mine) O’Douds Multi-Purpose Pomade works even better than the conventional stuff.
A thick opaque paste, this water based pomade gives a firm but flexible hold and semi-matte finish. The product allows for hair to be restyled as needed and never flakes.
An added bonus is it moisturizes the scalp to keep it healthy and hair strong. The scent is clean and minimal, fading quickly. The product will last until washed out, and keeps working for days even if hair's gotten wet without cleanser.
This is the ONLY pomade of choice in the CTNB house and will forever be a staple in my mans cabinet. Find is here for $18 and be sure to grab one of their unbreakable combs to really get the job done right.
Looking for another finish of pomade? Check out the variety of other options O’Douds offers here.
Georgia May Simple Man
Men often overlook moisturizing their facial skin...at least mine does. I literally have to do it for him sometimes when his skin is begging for some hydration (I know🤓).
Our choice for a nice dose of facial hydration would be Georgia May Simple Man Serum. While it is both a beard and facial oil, we only tried it as a facial hydrator. The oils is lightweight, rapidly absorbing, and smells of light wintergreen.
Formulated with argan, avocado, kukui, carrot seed, macadamia, and meadowfoam oils (to name just a few) Georgia May Simple Man prevents aging, soothes skin, hydrates, and calms. Plus the blend of essential oils prevents aging, tones, and keeps pores fresh. Find it here starting at $36.
That's a wrap...from shaving to beards to hair there's something for every man in this green man roundup. Anything I missed? I'd love to help you find a winner in a category I didn't cover.