We apply products, creams, lotions and potions to our skin and hair everyday, but it’s not often we stop and think about the ingredients included within these products. It’s a little known fact that around 60% of the ingredients we apply are absorbed by our bodies, which is why natural and organic skincare has become one of the biggest players in hair and beauty – with men’s grooming hot on its heels.
In recent years we’ve really started to sit up and take notice of the food we’re putting in our mouths, and there’s widespread thought amongst industry experts that we should be paying just as much attention to the ingredients within our grooming products.
But its one thing agreeing with the principle, and another putting it into action. Sometimes it’s not that clear what ingredients are included in our products, and the line between what is ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ (and what’s not) is often blurred.
With this in mind, within this article I’m going to try and add some clarity to natural and organic grooming, giving you guys a clearer picture so you can make up your own minds about the products that you’re using on a daily basis.
What Do ‘Organic’ & ‘Natural’ Mean?
Before you start examining tubes and boxes, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for, and establish the difference between the terms natural and organic. By definition, ‘natural’ means anything that is grown well… naturally, or is basically not created by guys with lab coats.
For ingredients then to be considered ‘organic’, the product in question would have to be grown without the use of chemical nasties, pesticides or other potentially harmful formulations. So for example, tea tree (something that’s found in many grooming products) is a natural ingredient, but it may not necessarily have been produced organically.
The rules for labelling something as organic or natural aren’t that clear either. Something may be called ‘Organic Shampoo’ but not actually be certified organic. As a rule, for a product to be considered certified its ingredients need to be 95% organic or natural, and here in the UK the Cosmos Standard have a labelling system to help make these products easier to identify.
If your grooming products contain any of the logos below, then you can rest safe in the knowledge that your products are certified:
Why only 95% organic I hear you ask? While natural and organic ingredients are fantastic, in order for companies to give their products a shelf life, carefully selected preservatives are utilised in order to stop your products going off within days of opening them.
Why Should You Choose Organic & Natural Products?
As I mentioned in my intro, around 60% of the ingredients in our products are absorbed by the skin or scalp we apply them to. And while many man-man ingredients may be effective and have all the plumping, smoothing or soothing properties under the sun – they can have long term effects on the rejuvenating properties of our skin.
Over time, as our skin tries to cope with these foreign or unnatural ingredients, it can become weakened and as a result more susceptible to further damage. This damage makes us more exposed to pollutants, free radicals, dryness and sensitivities that impact ageing and overall skin health. Obviously natural – and more specifically, organic products – don’t have the same damaging effects.
Not only that, but product ingredients grown organically using sustainable farming methods, or those that have been ethically sourced, have much less of an impact on the environment.
What Are The Best Natural & Organic Products?
So we’ve covered what it means for something to be natural, and why products with a high level of organic ingredients could be better for your skin. If you like the sound of going back to nature with your grooming routine, then you’ll need the very best products on the market.
Best For Grooming Beginners: Bulldog Natural Grooming
With all of their products boasting over 90% natural ingredients, Bulldog Natural Grooming are vegetarian approved, are accredited as an Ethical Company by the Good Shopping Guide and are also proud to have achieved BUAV certification for their commitment against animal testing.
The brand are passionate about the ingredients they use in their products and want you to care as much about what you put on your skin as the food you eat:
- Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml
- Bulldog Sensitive Moisturiser 100ml
- Bulldog Natural Skincare Anti-ageing Moisturiser 100ml
- Bulldog Original Eye Roll-on 15ml
- Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Shower Gel 200ml
- Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Shave Gel 175ml
Best In Hair Care: Aveda
One of the biggest names in professional hair care, Aveda have lead the market by setting standards that have made them the pioneer in the green cosmetics world.
Striving to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, 90% of the essential oils and 89% of the raw herbal ingredients used in Aveda products are certified organic:
- Aveda Men Pure-formance Shampoo 300ml
- Aveda Mens Pure-formance Conditioner 300ml
- Men Pure-formance Firm Hold Gel Maximum Hold And Control 150ml/5.1oz
- Aveda Mens Pure-formance Exfoliating Shampoo 200ml
Best For Skincare: Green People Organic Homme
A pioneering brand established in 1997, Green People is the leader in certified organic products. With an extensive range of natural products, packed with over 90% active natural and organic ingredients, their Organic Homme range is full of powerful organic products created exclusively for men.
This range of effective skin care products is perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive, as it made without the harsh chemicals often found in high street brands. Every product is made from pure, natural and organic actives, chosen for their soothing and calming properties:
- Green People Organic Homme 4 Skin Guard Face Defence Lotion Spf15 50ml
- Green People Organic Homme 1 Scrub It Exfoliator 125ml
- Green People Organic Homme 8 Stay Fresh Deodorant 75ml
- Green People Organic Homme 3 Cool Down Moisturiser 125ml
- Green People Organic Homme 7 Active Fix Repair Serum
- Green People Organic Homme – 9 Stay Cool Deodorant
The Best Of The Rest
Here are a few more recognised brands that strive to create superb organic and natural grooming products for men that actually work:
- Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser 150ml
- Ren Multi Tasking Aftershave Balm 50ml
- Ren Neroli And Grapefruit Zest Body Wash 200ml
- Nickel Green Boost Organic Moisturising Facial Energiser 50ml
- Nickel Green Boost Organic Energising Eye Concentrate 15ml
- 66°30 Purity Cycle Hair & Body Shower Gel 250ml
- 66°30 Radiance Cycle Natural Glow Face Serum 15ml
- 66°30 Purity Cycle Daily Face Cleanser 50ml