The 10 best natural skin-care brands for dudes

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Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 10.19.47 PMFor some guys, moisturizing is already one skin care step too many. (It’s a stereotype, but it’s true.) So it may be difficult to turn your partner, brother, or pops on to the benefits of chemical-free products.

The best way? Set them up with brands that cater to them with neutral packaging and subdued scents that don’t reek of roses and lavender. We enlisted the men in our lives to help us choose the most effective natural products that fit that criteria. Some are unisex (so you can share) and some cater to his specific needs, i.e., non-toxic after-shave.

Here are the ten guy-friendly lines to start strategically placing in the shower now.

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This Australian, Kiehl’s competitor has been a go-to line for guys for a long time, because of its no-frills, apothecary packaging. The Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser ($39) is a great mild face wash that comes in a tube he can toss in a gym bag, and if wants his own eye cream or anti-aging moisturizer (instead of poaching yours), Aesop makes those, too. Note: While the brand uses lots of plant-based ingredients and leaves out some gross chemicals like parabens, they’re not all natural.

Dr. Bronner's liquid soap citrus

This one is an inexpensive, first-step no-brainer. Dump his Axe Body Wash and have him soap up with the liquid or bar version of the certified-organic Magic Pure Castile Soaps ($16.99), in almond, peppermint, or citrus. The strange, hippie ramblings written on the label in tiny print make for great shower entertainment.


Intelligent nutrientsINTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda (who sold that company to Estee Lauder in 1997), made this farm-to-face line virtually edible, and in many ways his products have more in common with the supplements aisle or a salad dressing (think coconut and pumpkin seed oils) than Sephora. Almost all of them are based on an antioxidant blend of fruit and plants, so they're not a bit flowery in scent. And the skin care and hair care are especially high performance. So you might be able to swap out your guy's (hideous) drugstore hair product for Intelligent Nutrients's amazing Styling Pomade ($29).

This classic organic hair and skin-care brand always had unisexy packaging and masculine appeal. But its recently released just-for-men line, made with eucalyptus and agave, brilliantly appeals to guys by offering 2-in-1 solutions. The Face Wash ($22) doubles as a shave foam and the Moisturizer ($28) is also an aftershave. Talk about streamlined skin care.


This brand's functional products are made with results-oriented plant ingredients—from aloe vera to plant stem-cells—and come in sleek, sophisticated packaging for a classy dude. The Soothing Shave Cream ($25.70) was hands-down the best natural shave product my guy tried. And we quote: "It spreads out easily, unlike some of the other natural creams that can be pasty, and it provided great protection."

Joshua Onysko, the Boulder-based founder of Pangea Organics, is passionate about formulating non-toxic products in the way some guys are about a fantasy football team. The soaps won't dry out skin, the moisturizers aren't cloying, and the toners are great skin-calmers post-shaving or workout. And while the products are really simple, the herbal blends make them interesting, like the Italian White Sage with Geranium & Yarrow Shower Gel ($16). They're also affordable, and you can pick them up at Whole Foods.


This indie brand imitates Aesop in its glass-bottle, unisex apothecary feel, but unlike the bigger brand, it's totally natural. The “volcanic ash,” a type of clay, used in the Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($29.99) makes it sound bad-ass, and the Macadamia Hand, Body, and Scalp Scrub ($29.99) is great for sloughing off rough skin. And if he gets a little in his mouth, it may taste like dessert—other ingredients include dates, honey, and white tea.

Ren skincare for menREN

Ren is a much cleaner Malin+Goetz, the brand you're probably used to seeing at your fitness studio. In fact, "ren" means clean in Swedish (although the brand is based in London). It's become super mainstream, like Pangea, though it's higher end (and not quite as pure). REN makes a great anti-aging line—including a handful of products that deal with adult breakouts like this T-Zone Balancing Fluid ($52)—and its exfoliating masks are the bomb. The scents are light across the board, and largely herbal and citrus. So it's perfect for a guy who's worried about getting older.

This charitable brand has a military aesthetic, and it sends care packages to troops overseas. The Combat-Ready Balm ($13.50), made with beeswax and nourishing oils like apricot kernel and coconut, is a great go-to skin soother after shaving, according to our tester, who says he keeps red bumps at bay with it. In addition to calming irritation, it's also moisturizing. No more tight, dry face on the way out the door.

Weleda's found in every European pharmacy, where it's synonymous with good health. And the brand grows many of its ingredients—from witch hazel to jojoba—in its own biodynamic gardens. Its no-fuss packaging scored super high in the aesthetics department, and our tester loved the Moisture Cream for Men ($21) because of its lightweight texture. “I hate when I use face moisturizer and you can tell I just put it on,” he said. No shiny face here, and hardly any scent, either.


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  1. TITLE Boxing Club Charlotte
    April 16th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    We find this article so entertaining. Guys need to moisturize too!

  2. Liz
    April 16th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This a great post, and just in time. I am trying to get my husband to give up is St. Ives scrub for something else. Maybe I can get him to go for one of these. Thanks.

  3. April 16th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Real dudes use Face Oil. Once they try it they’re hooked! http://www.mvorganics.com/products/pacific-face-oil

  4. Annmarie
    April 17th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Know what you and your family are putting on your skin, our product line tells you ALL the ingredients that is in the products right on the bottle.

  5. April 17th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Arbonne is also a great choice! And it can be mailed to the house every 30, 45, 60, or 90 days. So guys don’t have to be overwhelmed in the health and beauty aisle.

  6. April 19th, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Oni-Bodi is an excellent Product for Nurturing Your skin Naturally. They are hand blend with avocado, aloe, mango and shea butters! They are also infused with Essential and NATURAL oils extract from plants. Wonderful blends that results in ONI-BODI aromatherapy BODI BUTTERS. Love it!

  7. April 19th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Well I am a guy and I have always used coco butter for my skin. I prefer palmers. I like the way it makes me smell like chocolate.

  8. Jamie
    May 4th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I would add Dermalogica to the list. Great natural products. I use the spf (unscented) moisturiser after shaving. Very nice !

  9. February 24th, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I prefer Monsia.

  10. July 21st, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hi, I’d recommend Monsia.

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