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Eco-friendly grooming products for men

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Look after your skin and look after your environment. Also look after stray animals, though that’s unrelated to this article.

Time was, you’d daub your armpits with whatever cheap plastic stick you could find, squeeze a foamy goo from an aerosol can on your face, and shave the damn thing with a harsh orange bic which was subsequently thrown into the bin after three months of blunt use. Now of course, us consumers want a more responsible approach, desiring to keep up a fresh face but still wanting there to be an outside world in which we can display it. Here then, are some of the top products currently out there which represent a new environmentally friendly approach…

Biork Crystal Deodorant, £12

This stick is plastic-free and sustainable, and most uniquely uses potassium crystal as an antibacterial agent and deodorant. It really does work as natural way to avoid unpleasant odours – plus, well, it’s a crystal, and there’s just something so winningly cosmic about crystalling your armpits each morning.

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Purity energising moisturiser for men, £18.99

Purity for Men are a great new brand, tuning into a modern man’s health and vitality aims as well as his planetary concerns. This luxury moisturiser nourishes and repairs as it moisturises and you only need a small amount to do the job each morning. As such, this is an excellent investment and we like the bamboo packaging too.

Buy now.

Eco Living safety razor, £35

This double-edged safety razor has a low carbon footprint since it’s made in the UK, and unlike the disposable razors clogging the market (and the oceans), it’s a stainless, plastic-free wonder, including the blades. To be kept, not thrown away, this is a razor that will last and last. Once you get the technique right (short strokes!), you’ll love it…

Buy now.

Sop. Dene Body Wash, £9

A zero waste body wash handmade in Norfolk with organic and vegan ingredients. With a Bergamot and Black Pepper flavour – smell? – it comes in a recyclable aluminium bottle and looks very stylish as well as being uber-environmentally friendly. Highly recommended, anything from Norfolk is brilliant, basically (apart from the pedestrianisation of Norwich city centre).

Buy

Doers of London Hydrating Face Cream, £20

Doers are, yes, from London, so you may think they’re built firmly on cruelty, but actually these upstarts are founded on the belief in natural ingredients with traceable origins, green biotechnology and green chemistry. We particularly like their Hydrating Face Cream, and yes, their overall style. Style with a social conscience, that’s where it’s at…

Buy

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Somersets Tough Stubble shave oil, £3.95

Natural ingredients help the removal of those with heavy beards, including added chamomile and tea tree oil to soothe any blood spilled as you battle the hairy beast. Made in the UK, Somersets are all about moisturising oils, and we for one, are fans.

Buy

Haeckels Bio + Energiser Shampoo, £28

This shampoo is by homespun eco-grooming heroes Haeckels, is a great choice. With a 100% recyclable dispensing pump, this 100% natural product is as refreshing as they come. And it’s great fun to put it on your kids’ hair then reveal afterwards that it has broccoli in it. Oh, their screams of joy…

Buy

Old Spice Clean Water deodorant, £9.99

Even the big brands are getting in on the eco act, with the reinvented Old Spice having just released this little wonder. The recycled paper packaging is particularly pleasing and inventive here, making it a joy to use along with the satisfaction that it’s aluminium free and no pirates have been harmed in the making of it.

Buy

Fair Squared Coffee Beard Soap, £11

This cleanser for beards uses fair trade oils and coffee bean extract for gentle cleansing and long-lasting gloss. It’s vegan-friendly and has zero waster plastic-free packaging along with a cute cotton pouch to keep the soap in. If owning this doesn’t make you attractive to every sex going, then we don’t know what would.

Buy

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