Note from Erin: I’m welcoming my husband, Will, as a writer again today! I would have fallen over in shock if someone had told me a few years ago that he would be writing a post on natural skincare for men! If you are struggling to get your man to convert to a more natural, non-toxic lifestyle then I hope you will be encouraged by this post!
By Will Odom, Contributing Writer
Our journey into natural living was a slow process. We took it one step at a time, and often my wife had to drag me kicking and screaming. (
I still won’t give up my sweet tea; though, I do use organic cane sugar now. A miracle happened and Will gave up sweet tea in summer 2015!)
I quickly realized the benefits of changing our diet and eating whole, healthy foods. While we changed one area at a time, natural skincare seemed to be one of the last frontiers that I had even considered.
I had begun to read the labels on the food we ate in the kitchen and expanded that habit to the items we used in the bathroom. I found that I could not pronounce nor did I know what half of them were.
Over time, I began to realize that the ingredients of what I put on my body are almost (if not equally) as important as the ingredients of what I put in my body.
Growing up, I used traditional soap, shaving cream or other items. To this day, the smell of Coast and Barbasol remind me of my dad. Is it not amazing the memories a simple smell can recreate? But that’s for another post!
Now, I will readily admit that many men will not be bothered by the ingredients of their soap. While men’s skin care has grown over the past few years, many men know nothing of more natural options…options that don’t smell like flowers or their mother’s perfume bottle.
If you are man and are curious about natural skin care…or you care about a man in your life and want him to start using more natural products…or you’re a guy and have no idea what I’m talking about and don’t care…I have some suggestions for you.
Well, I’m here to tell you that is wrong, wrong, wrong.
You can naturally knock out that sweaty smell without coming out of the shower smelling like a patch of wildflowers.
One of my personal all-time favorites is the Memphis Brew (beer soap) from Lexie Naturals, which is made with beer from a local brewery. I always keep it on hand and have given it as gifts to a few guy friends.
Lexie’s Morning Brew Soap (coffee) is also great and incorporates an organic fair trade coffee.
Free Reign Farm uses goat milk (from their own goats) in their soaps. Their Lumberjack Pine & Clove Soap has a masculine smell.
I mean, come on, it’s called Lumberjack. You can’t get more manly than that, right?
The Log Cabin Fir and Cedar is also an excellent choice, as is the Hunters Camouflage Soap.
And while some men may not like the smell of tea tree, I find their Earth and Sky soap, infused with tea tree and lemongrass, has a clean scent.
They also have a poison ivy soap specially formulated to help the outdoorsman deal with that itchy plant.
If your man prefers no smell at all, both Lexie:Naturals and Free Reign Farm have fragrance-free, unscented soaps as well, especially for those hunting days when he doesn’t want his prey to smell him coming.
Your guy won’t smell like sweat or flowers, and you know you are taking care of him.
Best part is that I know exactly what is in these soaps and can pronounce all the ingredients.
These are soaps you want to use, not just put in your guest bathroom to look and smell nice.
If you prefer a foaming soap, then this recipe will do the trick nicely, and you can scent it using whatever essential oils you like.
Men sweat…a lot.
So when my wife suggested we try Lexie:Deo, I didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity.
However, knowing Lexie and trusting her products, I decided to give it a go. I have never looked back. It did take a week or two for my body to adjust to the lack of chemicals found in traditional deodorants, so give it a few days.
I quickly found that Lexie:Deo not only worked, but it worked exceptionally well. And don’t let the tea tree/lavender scent fool you. It still smells manly enough for daily use.
I really love the shave soap from Free Reign Farm. It is my favorite and has a great lather!
Shaving soaps have recently become more popular again. I have the cedarwood and sage soap from MadeOn Skin Care Products, but I need to get a shaving brush and a shaving bowl. I would like to try a safety razor as well.
Thistle Ridge Soap offers a great mug, brush and soap set as well.
If you prefer a more traditional take, then Pacific Shaving Company offers an excellent all-natural shaving cream. A tiny bit takes care of shaving my head and face.
I really like the Caffeinated Shaving Cream that the company offers.
If you prefer a traditional razor, then check out the Dollar Shave Club for great prices on razors.
If your man doesn’t shave, then I would highly recommend Lex: Beard Cream or Hobo Beard Oil or Hobo Beard Balm. Both are excellent products that I love. I also use the Lex: Beard Cream as an aftershave lotion on my skin.
One of the best ways to protect your skin is with a natural sunscreen. There are several to choose from that don’t include a bunch of chemicals:
While your teeth may not be considered skincare, they are nonetheless very important, and many commercial toothpastes are full of artificial additives and colors.
I use and love Earthpaste from Redmond Trading Company. It does not foam like regular toothpaste, so that may take some getting used to, but it comes in peppermint, cinnamon, wintergreen, and lemon. I love the peppermint, and our kids love lemon.
If you want your man to change to natural skincare, start small by changing one thing in his regime at a time.
* All these products are things I have used or friends have used, so I can vouch for their quality. Not only are you being healthier, but you are also supporting local businesses. You can always look into shampoos or other products for natural skincare for men, but I don’t have experience with those and only wanted to list items that I support. *
What are your suggestions for natural skincare for men? What steps have you taken to change your skin care products to more natural alternatives?