Thanks to Blue Planet II and Ms Greta Thunberg, the dialogue surrounding our impact on Mother Earth bears more weight than ever. While many conventional grooming products and their packaging are produced from less than wholesome sources, some brands are pioneering a greener approach to keep you and the planet looking as nature intended.
Plant Apothecary Be Well Body Wash, £20
We’re often told that a plant-based diet is the key to health and happiness, so it stands to reason that slathering botanical unguents on your skin will pay off. Plant Apothecary’s Be Well Body Wash harnesses the antiseptic and energising properties of eucalyptus and bergamot to pep-up your immune system during your morning ablutions. The brand itself is protecting the landscapes its natural ingredients are sourced from by following a climate-neutral business model, alongside a thumbs up from the Forestry Stewardship Council and PETA for its sustainable packaging and bunny friendly formulas.
Available at The Grooming Clinic.
Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum, £27
We’re all familiar with the post-shave tingle that follows a session of taming the face fuzz, but with its blend of orange blossom and clove flower oil and sandalwood, Aesop’s Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum will help you soothe the sting. As you’d expect from a brand that has been a standard-bearer for eco-awareness, its plastic packaging is formed from 97% of recycled kerbside waste and its preference for screw caps over plastic pumps reduces reliance on polymers. In addition, it’s also just introduced a refill scheme and is working towards making 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Blooming marvellous.
Available at The Grooming Clinic.
Korres Velvet Skin Drink, £36
Along with philosophy, the Olympics and Ouzo, the Greeks have given the world many useful things. So, when a Hellenic grooming brand releases a revolutionary new unguent, it’s worth taking note of. Korres’s topical Velvet Skin Drink is formulated in the brand’s zero-waste lab powered by renewable energy, and harnesses the natural benefits of skins and seeds of grapes grown on Santorini’s mineral-rich volcanic soil. It’s loaded with Resveratrol – the magical antioxidant found in wine – and hydrates, brightens and blurs imperfections, to ‘transform your skin into velvet’, the brand claims. Slap this on and knock back another glass of Retsina and you might just wake up an Adonis.
Available at Feelunique.
D.R. Harris Menthol and Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, £6.50
Chemist and perfumers D.R. Harris have been stocking the bathroom cabinets of the great and the good since 1790. This natural menthol and cocoa butter lip balm comes in a hand-engraved hallmarked sterling silver-capped tub, cast by London jewellers Bunney. While it isn’t exactly a steal, it does come with a lifetime of free refills, so you can kiss goodbye to chapped lips and those nasty throwaway plastic chap sticks forever. We’d expect nothing less from a toilette brand that comes by royal appointment.
Available at D.R. Harris.
Re=Comb Recycled Plastic Comb, £16
We all know that Ms Shania Twain wasn’t impressed by the chap who carried a comb up his sleeve “just in case”, but she might have been more forgiving had he been wielding a Re=Comb. A relatively new kid on the grooming block, the brand aims to create ‘beauty from waste’ with its vibrant hair rakes made entirely from recycled plastic derived from discarded containers. A win-win when it comes to the state of our green and pleasant land – and your barnet.
Available at Re=Comb.
Bulldog Glass Razor, £15
A weekly shop in the organic aisle of your local supermarket might make light work of your wallet, but being an eco-warrior in the bathroom doesn’t require a re-mortgage. Bulldog, which offers a wide range of men’s grooming essentials, is making waves with its eco-first approach to personal care that best of all, won’t dent your savings. Its recently released glass razor is made from recycled beer bottles and comes in entirely sustainable and recyclable packaging, which means you’ll finally have a good excuse to feel less guilty about cracking open another frosty one.
Available at Bulldog Skincare.
Cèdre Vétiver Natural Eau de Parfum, £32.80
A stroll through the perfume section of duty free might leave you with a slightly fuzzy head on account of the synthetic ingredients found in many modern scent formulations. But Gallic grooming brand Typology takes a more holistic approach to everything it does and its fragrances are no exception. Vetiver – a fragrant grass commonly used in men’s colognes to give them a rich, woody, smoky character – found in this Cèdre Vétiver eau de parfum in its purest form. As with all the brand’s products, it comes in 100% recyclable packaging that has been designed and shipped to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. Spritz it on and smell au naturale.
Available at Typology.