With Earth Day almost here, we can’t think of a better opportunity to show the planet some love by greening up your grooming routine. For those who don’t know, the beauty industry as a whole (hair included!) is one of the biggest culprits of generating environmental waste, with an estimated 120 billion units of packaging being produced each year, according to Zero Waste Week.
As consumers, we have a responsibility to help save the planet that we play a part in damaging. One way you can do your part is by actively supporting grooming brands that are making it their business to be kind to Mother Nature all the time and not just one day out of the year. When it comes to their products, these companies are committed to using sustainable ingredients and eco-friendly practices.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Earth-friendly grooming products that you’ll feel good about adding to your shopping cart this month and always!
Kelsen Shampoo & Body Wash
For head-to-toe cleansing, look no further than this 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash from clean hair brand, Kelsen. Its microplastic-free formula is made with clean, organic ingredients —including a special “Marine Performance Blend of sustainability harvested organic kelp, sea holly, and sea rock fennel — that won’t harm your skin or the sea. Not to mention, the product comes housed in bio-plastic packaging made from 85% plant-based sugarcane. And, did we mention that the brand donates one percent of sales to 1% For the Planet, an organization that supports environmental causes.
Promising review: Patrick says, “Besides it all being great for the environment … love the idea of combining the shampoo and the body wash into one. It makes so much sense. Plus, the fragrance and feel of it makes you feel like you are showering in the rainforest. Also, it does leave any residue and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed.”
Shop: Kelson Shampoo & Body Wash, $26.00
Jack Henry Clay Pomade
Crafted from beeswax, coconut oil, bentonite clay, and lavender essential oil, this clay pomade gives an all-day effortless hold as well as added thickness, texture, and volume. This product is not only perfect for styling your locks, but it also does amazing things for your hair’s health thanks to its ability to provide nourishing antioxidants that stimulate hair growth and eliminate dandruff. Best of all, this pomade comes packaged in fully reusable and recyclable glass bottles!
Promising review: Sean says, “This clay pomade is a game-changer. It has all natural ingredients which you can pronounce and lasts all day. It is wind-proof, sweat-proof, yet workable all day long. If a magical unicorn hair product ever existed, this is it.”
Shop: Jack Henry Clay Pomade, $20.40
Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel
This shaving gel from Australian brand Grown Alchemist packs a serious punch when it comes to protecting your skin during a shave. Infused with sandalwood and sage to calm irritation and razor burn, this gel is formulated to soften and lift the hair follicle to achieve maximum glide for a close and comfortable shave. With bio-active tri-peptides blended into its formula, this product also works to protect the skin cells from free radical damage, leaving you with smooth, supple, and nourished skin. Oh and this shaving savior comes packaged in eco-friendly tubing.
Promising review: John says, “This smells great and has a great smell for men. I feel like I don’t need a ton of aftershave or cologne with this and just feel fresh. I like it.”
Shop:Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel, $34.00
Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar
If you’re looking to make the switch from bottled shampoo to a shampoo bar, you need to give this multi-tasking Ethique bar a try! This one in particular is perfect for anyone who wants to shave as well as wash their body and hair, all in one go! Made with sustainably produced ingredients including cacao butter, coconut oil, kaolin clay, and glycerine, this bar is also 100 percent soap free and safe for color treated hair. Not only is this product vegan and completely plastic-free thanks to its compostable packaging, but it’s also equivalent to three bottles of shampoo.
Promising review: Conny says, “My husband is using this bar for shaving and as a shampoo for his curly hair. He is very picky when it comes to shampoo and conditioners and this is a rare case of him actually being very happy with a hair product. This one is a winner!”
Shop: Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar, $15.00
Bravo Sierra Dry Shampoo
For anyone looking to add volume and texture to their locks, this dry shampoo from military-native wellness brand, Bravo Sierra, is your best bet. This climate-friendly dry shampoo has been field-tested by over 1,000 active duty military members in order to meet the highest possible performance standard and uses first-of-its-kind non-VOC environmentally friendly propellant. Suitable for all hair types, this product doesn’t leave a white cast on locks and ensures clean strands in seconds —no water necessary.
Promising review: Douglas says, “This is a great product. It goes on feeling dry and doesn’t leave any residue in your hair. The product smells amazing with a subtle fragrance that’s not overpowering.”
Shop: Bravo Sierra Dry Shampoo, $11.00
Bulldog Skincare Original Bamboo Razor
Reduce plastic waste while you shave with this bamboo razor from vegan-friendly skincare brand, Bulldog Skincare. A sustainable alternative to plastic and metal options on the market, this razor consists of a recycled bamboo handle and recycled steel blade. It comes with 4 refill blades and each refill has 5 blades for precision while you shave as well as a aloe-infused lubricating strip to prevent skin irritation.
Promising review: Billy says, “I love this razor! It has a really elegant styling to it with the bamboo handle and a nice weight as well. You can definitely feel the quality of this razor when you pick it up to use it!”
Shop: Bulldog Skincare Original Bamboo Razor, $14.99
Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream
Ensure a smooth shave every single time when you use this shave cream from Ursa Major. Made from natural and organic ingredients, this rich cream is super-nourishing and non-lathering. Suitable for all skin types, this product will minimize nicks and razor burn while soothing your skin as you shave.
Promising review: Evan says, “First, smells wonderful. A little goes a long way —great lather. It’s so creamy and gentle on my skin. My skin always feels nourished after a shave. And my razor glides with ease. This really made shaving feel less like a chore and more like a treat to me.”
Shop: Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream, $26.00
Aesop Classic Conditioner
Formulated with hair softening botanical oils like lavender, rosemary leaf, and sandalwood as well as hydrolyzed vegetable protein blend, this conditioner from Aesop provides lightweight hydration to soften, smooth, and protect your locks. Suitable for all hair types, this cream formula has a subtle fragrance and comes packaged in a recyclable glass bottle.
Promising review: Diego says, “Definitely one of the gentlest and most effective conditioners for dry hair. Swimming regularly this helps repair my hair along with the shampoo and as a treat the repairing mask. I love the way it makes my hair feel. Lovely delicate smell, too.”
Shop: Aesop Classic Conditioner, $17.00
Product reviews have been edited for length and clarity.
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