From “clean” skin-clearing formulas and brightening/ whitening products to multi-use products bound to make your bathroom look more minimalist.
Organic Skincare for Men:
Today we’re making the best of the fantastic, powerful spring cleaning vibe that’s certainly in the air now.
1 ROSEMARY & NETTLE SHAMPOO, GOLCONDA
For a plastic-free, no-fuss bedroom: this cleansing vegan bar free from palm oil derivates comes to you wearing a bio-degradable jute dress and is quite versatile, as bars are. Quality ingredients and hair-friendly herbal extracts (nettle and rosemary) for a healthy scalp and vital hair roots, gentle on dry skin. Doubles as a shaving bar, because: foamy!
65 g, €5.25
[Where to shop: amazingy]
2 BIRCH & CEDARWOOD CLEANSING & SHAVING BAR, JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS
Just as versatile – body & hair shampoo, shaving bar – but in a different formula, this bar provides anti-inflammatory and sebum regulating benefits on top. Personally I would say this is more for gentlemen with thicker, oilier skin prone to ingrown hairs and inflamllations.
128 g, €9.75
[Where to shop: i+m shop]
3 ROSE WATER, SPINNRAD
Rose water is a simple, affordable yet very, very powerful “potion” for all your after-shaving needs, in particular if your skin is dry or fragile, but you still need that anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, adstringent and refreshing something.
Now, the Spinnrad rosewater is a blend of rose hydrolate and a few more natural and tox-free ingredients, but you can of course resort to h
Further reading: the benefits or rose extracts in skincare.
[Where to shop: spinnrad]
4 SUPREME-C SERUM TREATMENT, NUORI
Now how about some skincare knowledge to impress your partner with?
+ A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C in skincare can strengthen, firm, smooth the skin by boosting its natural collagen production and help sun-damaged skin, fending the photo-damage and thus also helping with skin pigmentation issues.
+ Serums with vitamin C are applied to cleansed skin – before any moisturiser or oil. Of course, the fact that vitamin C can help with brown spots doesn’t make it a sunscreen!
+ There are also different types of vitamin C that can be found in skincare products including: ascorbyl palmitate (aka E304 in food), L-ascorbic acid, retinyl ascorbate (a vit A and vit C ester), sodium/ magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (stabilised vit C). All offer their own slew of comparable beneficial effects, but it’s worth mentioning that the L-ascorbic acid or ascorbic acid is the one to look for in particular as it’s the one “starring” in the most studies about skincare benefits.
+ Don’t forget that antioxidants will break down when exposed to air and light, so look for air-tight and UV-blocking packaging.
The Nuori Supreme-C Serum Treatment comes in two small glass bottles and a clever packaging that allows to freshly blend the vitamin C into the light nourishing serum base. The ingredients are beautifully pure – Glycerin (plant origin), Water/Aqua, Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid (7.5%), Damask Rose/Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Pentylene Glycol (plant origin), Arginine, Gluconolactone, Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate, Ferulic Acid, Citronellol, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance/Parfum (from 100% natural Damask Rose/Rosa Damascena Flower Water).
One more thing to notice: well hello again, beneficial flower queen!
Apply to freshly cleansed skin morning and evening for as long as the two bottles last you but keep an eye at the calendar: once blended, each bottle has a shelf life of 10 days. After that, the vitamin C will eventually break down.
[Where to shop: amazingy]
5 ORGANIC PURIFYING FACIAL CLEANSER, DR. ALKAITIS
My favourite doctor brand! Dr. Alkaitis formulas are the Rolls Royce among organic skincare formulas: made from bio-dynamic, synergetic and efficient ingredients, they don’t contain any fillers – nothing to cut the efficacy of the key ingredients.
(Warn your female skincare thief, if any around, that this cleanser is not made to take off make-up.)
This cleanser is gentle and powerful at the same time. Packed with vitamins, healing oils and plant extracts, it’s designed to form an ultra-fine foam when you add a few drops (!) of water and rub the product between your palms. Works beautifully for stressed and inflammation-prone skin.
30 ml €22
60 ml €37.50
120 ml €59
[Where to shop: amazingy]
6 HAND CARE CREAM 14, SATIVA
The light and air-tight packaging of this hand cream makes it a great product to carry around or to keep handy at the office.
The Hand cream 14 formula is organic, bio-mimetic (to easily penetrate and support the skin), prebiotic and hard-working to protect the outer skin layer from environmental damage – you kind of can tell that the founder is a biochemist and an allergy sufferer.
[Where to shop: shop finder at Sativa.by]
7 ACTIVATED CHARCOAL, COCONUT & BENTONITE CLAY WHITENING TOOTHPASTE, MY MAGIC MUD
One of the best and most meticulously tested formulas based on activated charcoal, My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste is not your conventional harsh whitening product. It works rather subtly but sustainably and, the unusual colour aside, it has a fantastic, mildly sweet and pleasantly fresh taste, which is not always the case with organic toothpaste. Brush like a boss!
…And keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming product batte involving this gorgeous tube.
113 g, approx. €12-14
[Where to shop: amazon, more info: My Magic Mud]
8 SUSTAINABLE TOOTHBRUSH, BIOBRUSH BERLIN
And while we’re talking green dental care, how about a green and fabulous toothbrush that doesn’t look like a bad joke from the eighties?
Available in a multitude of gorgeous colours (and, in a collab with My Magic Mud, soon in black… Black!! Shutupandtakemymoney) – green, cyan, bright purple, orange, white and a very elegant grey – the Biobrush Berlin toothbrushes are as sustainable as today’s toothbrushes get. And the most stylish to date.
Set of 4 brushes: €10.50
Set of 6: €15
Set of 12: €28
[Where to shop: biobrush]