Categories
Uncategorised

MEN’S PRODUCTS

MEN’S Personal Care & Hair Products

(Updated March 2021)

This post may contain affiliate links, which helps keep this content free. More information on the Menu

There is a much more detailed Blog here on Men’s Beards & How to Take Care of Them Naturally

Due to the different products that are more suited to men of color, there is another blog here which foes into more depth on hair, skin and beard products.

In todays world, men are using many more personal care and hair styling products.

It is about time as often their skin is being exposed to different weather conditions, and pollution which can effect their skin. When was the last time you knew a guy that thought about putting on sunscreen before going to work?

Or moisturizing their face and lips if working in the elements? My husband is just as bad, he just never thinks about it, due to the sun here in France, I do push for him to pop on a hat.

Do you find that they raid your expensive creams ? Or are your shampoo & conditioners going down? In fact the growth of Men’s personal products has grown substantially on STATISTA

They say that “men’s personal grooming care products will reach $ 81.2 by 2024, “that is some serious growth in the market, with many more products now being used from moisturizers, face masks, facial cleansers and eye serums, the list goes on. Even bronzing products.

In my dads era, it was soap and a shave, some deodorant and hair cream, some Brylcreem  or Vitalis hair tonic.

Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas on Pexels.com

Or as my dad told us, his mate was using butter at one point! not great when it melted in the heat.

Mind recently seeing the photo of Rudy Giuliani leaking hair dye down the side of his face! I couldn’t believe someone in the public eye who could use that kind of product!

When I was in school, the guys doused themselves in Brut and Hai karate instead of washing and deodorant! I am not sure that anyone thought of using anything other than soap.

IS SHAVING WITH AN ELECTRIC RAZOR BETTER FOR YOUR SKIN?

Using an “electric razor could be better for your skin“( Ape to Gentlemen) say it is because an electric razor” roll up the skin, forcing up the hairs ” because it works much faster allowing you to go over the skin once instead of passing over your skin many times to get the finish you would like. Ape to Gentlemen do say that the shave isn’t as close or smooth as a Manuel razor, but can be more  versatile in what they can achieve with your beard, sideburns & moustache .

I know with my husband he finds it difficult to get that smooth “baby Bottom Finish “with an electric razor. I did offer having a go with a cut throat, that was a no as well!

How Stuff Works asks Are Electric Shavers Better for Sensitive Skin?

I love this video I found on their Blog, great information. Of course Electric razors should be safer in preventing cuts to your face.

The amount of times I have seen my dad or my husband wandering around the house with little bits of toilet paper stuck to a razor cut( manual shave) Though as he just said to me, the paper is great at absorbing the bleeding, but as soon as you peel it off, it starts again!

It does take practice to get the shave that you would like, even with an electric razor. Any skin can become irritated if rubbed enough.

Do you prefer shaving with an electric razor? –

I noticed today that Amazon are recommending an electric one by WAHL as it helps with the different texture of the hair, bumps in the skin and ingrowing hairs.

HAIR TYPES

What Hair Type am I ?

This video is by Trav White, he breaks down this complex subject really well – it just makes working out what products are best for your hair type.

MEN’S HAIR DYE & COLORS

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

Have you ever wondered like me, why men’s hair color/dye only takes 5 minutes to work, while a woman’s chemical color takes around 30 plus minutes? What are the differences in ingredients? Why does it only color the grey?

An interesting read from Class Action.orgJust For Men Hair Dye Is More Dangerous Than Consumers would expect” – explaining the issues ( 2019) Many problems with allergic reactions and the warnings on the packaging. This seems to stem from PPD’S yet again.

Thinking about men’s hair dye, this article on CONSUMER REPORTS explains how they are trying to get rid of LEAD ACETATE from products. Following statement from the article highlighted ( Lead acetate has been a key ingredient in what are called progressive hair dyes, such as Grecian Formula and Youthair.

These dyes, typically targeted at men, are applied over time for a gradual coloring effect as opposed to typical single-use dyes.)

They are trying to get this removed at last from these products in the USA , but from what the article suggests there may still be some left on the shelves!

Looking into PPD’s in men’s hair color , I even came across information on Charles Boyk- law.com On the allergic reactions to” Just For Men ” -covering PPD’s And their allergic problems.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR HAIR IS THINNING?

What causes this problem?

This can be genetic, and any age. It can be effected by medication or stress.

Healthline have some advice reviewed by a doctor. “ How To Grow Hair Faster For Men” These seem to cover much of what I listed before, diet and eating healthily, reducing stress using meditation, music, yoga. One that I didn’t add is to quit smoking and scalp massage.

WEBMD – Again going into things like a genetic traits, stress or an illness. ( from link –  “Hair loss that isn’t from male-pattern baldness often reverses itself.”)that is good news! They give some medications that can come from your doctor, or some over the counter medication such as Minoxidil . They also give a chart of male baldness and how it progresses.( Not sure I want to show my husband that one- too depressing) There are other drugs but you have to stay on them.

Another option is a wig. I dont think these are as bad as they used to be, you could see them from the other side of the room! I think even Elton John wears one now.

There is of course transplanting. How Does Hair Transplanting work? Will it last?

It makes me think of footballers and Elton John again. I believe that Elton John gave up on the transplant method . Its not cheap!

Medical News Today have a Dr reviewed article on this.” Do Hair Transplants Work- Types, Side Effects, and Recovery. “ They say that it wont stop future thinning.

Men’s Health have 10 Things You Should Know About Male Hair Loss – they explain what you should be looking for ( mind if you see a pile of hair in the sink or on your comb its pretty obvious)

“How quickly will you lose your hair “& “How to tell if you are going bald”.

When I got married to my husband, he used to have a fringe that was quite long, I don’t think you realize as it gets shorter and shorter over time!

What can you do as a quick fix?

HAIR FIBRES FOR THINNING HAIR 

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

TOPPIK – HAIR FIBRES  ( ORGANIC)

This was a surprise when I came across this product. I never realised that it existed!

A great idea if someone is self conscious, there are many positive recommendations on this link. The only thing that it reminded me of ,was the film “Shallow Hal “with Jack Black. His friend sprayed his head with a black spray before they went on a date with women

Toppik Hair Building Fibres have a strong natural static charge that creates a magnetic effect, tightly binding the Fibres to even the finest strands of human hair.

Derived from a natural wool source, the premium Keratin used to create Toppik Hair Fibres is nearly identical to human hair and allows the fibres to blend naturally and undetectable. ( information taken from the link )

TOPPIK HAIRLINE OPTIMISER

A type of shield so that the product doesn’t go over your face. Could get messy!

KERAFIBRE HAIR BUILDING FIBRES

Another brand also on this link. Available in 9 Colours

Keratin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Silica, DMDM Hydantoin, Iron Oxides (CI 77489)

Made of pure organic protein, KeraFiber hair fibres are completely undetectable and resistance to wind, rain and perspiration, yet easily washes out with shampoo

I came across a different way for helping with hair loss today, a product called ROLL’INS which seems to aid hair growth by rolling a wheel like attachment with small spikes ( not as scary as it sounds!) Another make being shown below in the video , is a Dermaroller. This is a clear video on how to use this with natural products.

SHAVING 

Photo by Collis on Pexels.com

I have to admit for me, a clean shave is wonderful, not to get a razor burn if you want a kiss!

I know the advertisements of men on the TV or in magazines, they have that kind of sexy stubble . Which does look good on those photos!

We were going through the routine of my husband shaving one day , then he would leave it for one or two days to ” give his skin a rest” . We had never really come across a product to give enough of a protection through the shave.

GQ have a list of the 11 best razors that they have found. Of course these are mixture of brands.

Sustainable brands are a little different, maybe you would prefer the handle made of bamboo?

BEECO.GREEN have a list of razors that are better for the environment. These allow you to just recycle the blade.

AMAZON also have a good selection of these.

Talking with my husband, we were wondering why these are still single blades, as he normally uses a three blade ,often a single blade isn’t enough. I much prefer the look of these razors and definitely the recycling aspect.

These razors remind me of old movies old single blade barber style , There is an art to using these and sharpening the blade.

There is a multitude of electric razor s. These come in all different prices.

SHAVING PRODUCTS

While hunting for recipes on shaving products, I came across a website called BUMBLEBEE APOTHECARY.COM 

This Shaving Butter is absolutely fantastic!

It is the first time my husband has been able to shave four days in a row. Which is amazing. It was really simple to make.

Normally he can’t shave more than one day in three.

We are totally sold on this recipe, not only good for men but for us women in the house too.

These products are also available to buy on her website

The Ingredients as mentioned on her video are-

1/4 cup of OLIVE OIL

1/4 cup of COCONUT OIL 

1/4 cup ofCOCOA BUTTER 

3 Tablespoons of CASTILE SOAP

24 Drops of —- 4 drops of TEA TREEessential oiland 20 drops of Lavender or Cedar oil.

We just used more of the Tea tree Oil.

PICTURES OF WHEN WE MADE THE SHAVE BUTTER

This was the mixture before the heat melted it all.

It melted down very easy .

You then whip up the mixture, I didn’t have an electric hand whisk, it would have been easier than using a hand balloon whisk, but it still came together really well.

This was our final product. It is certainly a big hit in our family.

Thank you so much for the recipe.

There are a number of Organic shaving products even on Amazon

MODERN SOAP MAKING have a tutorial complete with the recipe for making your own shaving soap without palm oil.

SHAVE MAG – Have The Best Organic Shaving Cream

SKINCARE OX Has 7 Best Organic & Natural Shaving Creams For Men & Women – Explaining what oils and creams work best.

RAZOR BLADES

Photo by Nick Demou on Pexels.com

The razor blades are great with that lubricant strip, but it doesn’t last too long. There seems to be a whole host of razor types around. At least there are a more sustainable variety on offer now.

Plastic Disposable Razors

Yes of course they are convenient but the cost to the environment is costly. The time in landfill could be hundreds of years, considering that they think it could take a thousand years for one plastic toothbrush, I can’t see the plastic razor being any quicker.

Rockwell Razors have written a report on just how detrimental these are to our environment. They say the life of an average disposable razor is 2-3 weeks and it having being used around 6-9 times.

They say that the blade will rust away into nothing, leaving the plastic handle behind. They say that ” safety razors are built to last a lifetime.” Rockwell handles are made of stainless steel and can be recycled.

Some other types on the link here too

This link is for a Bio Razor, pack of 4 disposable razor with a bio-degradable handle. Handy if you are travelling.

MEN’S SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Men’s Skincare is as important as women’s . Men’s skin has the daily weather elements and shaving everyday, which can take its toll.

Here are some natural brands that don’t use harmful chemicals.

LYONSLEAF Skincare– This company based in Somerset UK , Use only Natural Ingredients They also grow their own herbs and flowers to prepare their products .

They also make a number of products for skin with problems such as Acne, Hives, Dermatitis and many more.

They don’t use water in their products so they are more concentrated. I noticed that some do contain some nut oils , so checkout the label if you have any allergies.

Grown Alchemist Produced in Australia -by founders brothers Keston and Jeremy .

( from Link-” Optimal skin health is not only achieved with topical skincare, but also by treating the skin from the inside out, with targeted beauty supplements. We provide the most advanced professional nutricosmetic products, formulated with the purest and highest quality active ingredients supported by scientific research and clinical results”)

They have products scented with herbs for men. Products also available here on Amazon

DR JACKSON – ( from link– “All of our ingredients are rigorously tested in the lab to ensure the utmost purity, as well as being ethically sourced. Our formulations are free from parabens, sulphates, artificial fragrances or any synthetic ingredients that wouldn’t be kind to your skin.”)

This company is based on natural organic naturally sourced products.

Dr Jackson was a specialist in melanoma during his time at the Department of Dermatology at King’s College

JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS – These are a well known brand, available here on Amazon or above on the link. They have more manly scented products as well now.

Dr. Alkaitis developed in 1996 this “HOLISTIC ADAPTOGENIC SKIN CARE” organic skincare range is full of natural ingredients and the scent is neutral . Not the cheapest but it definitely looks like a quality product. Also available on Amazon here

GREEN PEOPLE – also have a range of products for men – offering Organic products with natural ingredients. I haven’t looked at every ingredient through their extensive range, but they do have neutral scents too.

BULLDOG skincare products for men. ( from Link” Our products contain brilliant natural ingredients like the camelina, green tea and aloe vera in our Original range. We combine these with carefully selected, man-made ingredients to offer superb performance at an affordable price”.)

Available on Amazon here

HAIR PRODUCTS 

Photo by TOPHEE MARQUEZ on Pexels.com

There are a ton of hair products on the market. A lot of them have bases like a chemical soup.

VICE.COM have a long list of chemicals that should not be in your hair products.

What do these chemicals can do to your system?

One which would shock most men is that they can lower your testosterone!

Of course there is the issue of skin problems like irritation. Using detergents in products which far too harsh.

Again the difference in the amount of chemicals deemed safe in the USA to the EU is shocking.

DR SQUATCH have written in depth on these issues. They also offer a range of products with natural ingredients, all explained that you can purchase. They offer starter bundles of products too. Made in the USA.

HOW TO GET A BALANCE

After looking into these products, it is usually what you feel you can live with personally, maybe you have been using a product for years and can’t do without it. At the end of the day it is down to a personal choice.

At least you can be informed as to what chemicals are used for and the effect of them, short and long term. You can find the link here to research sites. You can input one chemical or look for a specific product. 

HAIRSTYLING CLAY – by Seven Potions, formulated for men , a matt finish made with oils and essential oils.

NO GUNK STYLING FUNK love the labelling on this product, They have a number of products on their page, and won a PURE BEAUTY GLOBAL AWARD in 2018 .

This page has a number of men’s products. Though looking into some of them they still give the generic perfume or fragrance where they can hide a multitude of sins! I wish they were all up front on what they are hiding behind these labels.

You can also find a huge number ofSHAMPOO and CONDITIONERS also with recipes that are suitable for both Men and Women on this link. 

SHOWER PRODUCTS

Men have the same problems as women with the chemicals found in their products. Men are using more and more personal care products, and these will have the same accumulative effect .

My Little North Star Organics – This company make a load of Organic products without parabens, & plant based .

PURACY PRODUCTS – No triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, chlorine, dyes or caustics. ( From Link)

DIY & HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR BODY WASH

I wanted to add some recipes that I have found, on making your own DIY Body Wash for men in particular. To find a male scented product ,without the artificial fragrances that can hide so many unwanted and nasty chemicals. So as I haven’t tried these as yet, I will put a link to the fantastic sounding recipes.

This first one from Halfway Homesteaders Sounds wonderful, I love the sound of having a Spearmint oil added, it must be invigorating in the shower. The recipe is on the link, but it contains , Spearmint, patchouli, Castile Soap,  jojoba oil, Vitamin E ( I have seen this used to enhance the preservation of the product too). I am definitely going to try this one out, it sounds great.

DIY Lemongrass Body Wash – By She Knows – I absolutely love the sound of this Body Wash, my husband used to buy a lemon scented Aftershave ( until we realized just what was in it! )

I love the scent of lemon on a guy, it is really fresh. This recipe was written a few years ago, but sound wonderful and moisturizing too.

The recipe is on the link, but contains a block of pure soap, like Castile ( grated)glycerin and distilled water ( if you have problems getting this, we have used filtered and boiled water ) with 10 drops lemongrass essential oil.

Patricia makes a good point not to use essential oils if you are pregnant ( I know this on the guys blog, but if you are both using the shower, its easy to pick up the first product to hand)

I have seen that Lemongrass can help prevent pimples as it is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial , another great reason to try it.

DEODORANTS 

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

Thank goodness for these! They come in all types

GREENPEOPLE CO.UK and  have some warnings on inhaling  the spray deodorants, some explanations on other ingredients too. 

AMAZON also have a list of deodorants. As I mentioned before many deodorants are universal especially the crystal ones, which have no fragrance and are totally natural, both my husband and I use the same ones. There is much more information on my blog here on deodorants.

THE MANUEL .COM Have The Best Natural and Organic Deodorants for Men

DIY & HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR MEN’S DEODORANT

I wanted to include some male orientated recipes for deodorant more suitable for guys.

I came across a great site that has recipes for Deodorant, & Aftershave/Toner – Fab! called The Old Farmers Almanac

Recipe on the link but it contains – Arrowroot powder, unrefined coconut oil, Baking Soda & Essential oils, these to which ever fragrance you prefer. It is great to blend oils for your individual scent.

The Shaving cream recipe is very simple with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and an optional Essential oil ( Almond) More on the link.

Frugally Sustainable – Have a Natural Homemade Deodorant recipe that has been made with men in mind.

Recipe on link but contains ,” Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, She Butter , Beeswax, Arrowroot, Baking Soda, Bentonite clay, probiotic powder, vitamin E oil and Essential oils. “

This sounds very moisturizing, again you are able to personalize the scent

MEN’S HEALTH

I came across some information this week that I wanted to share, it is very worrying for the future of our children. The article was on Sky NewsHuman Penises Are Shrinking Because Of Pollution, Warns scientist

(Dr Shanna Swan-Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City ) This is due to phthalates found in the manufacturing of plastics. This then impacts the endocrine system, which in turn effects sperm counts. This mimics oestrogen which leads to problems in producing hormones. The really scary sentence for me was- ( From Link )

“Dr Swan believes that the rapidly decreasing fertility rate means that most men will be unable to produce viable sperm by 2045.”

That is just around the corner really!