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Stay fresh, save the rainforest

It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to buy vegetables that hadn’t been doused in chemicals or products not tested on animals, you’d have to go to a hippy health shop. But thankfully times are moving on.

In the next few months microbeads – that harm marine life and are found in loads of grooming and cleaning products – will be banned. And now if you want to buy a product that’s environmentally friendly, you won’t be compromising on quality. Here are ten grooming buys with a conscience that all deliver results.

We’ve chosen our top green grooming products, but you need to know exactly what makes them stand out. 

The Eye Gel 

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 eye gel (15ml) ()


All of REN’s cult products are made using pure plant and mineral-derived actives. They’re also free from synthetic fragrance and animal ingredients. But this doesn’t mean its stuff won’t deliver. This eye gel will cool and refresh, reduce puffiness and dark circles and make your eye bags less crinkly. It’s a genius product and even better if it’s kept in the fridge.

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel (15ml) £20


The Hair Paste 

Aveda Men Thickening paste (75ml) ()


Amla is a natural, wonder ingredient that’s been used for generations to plump individual hair strands and make hair look and feel thicker. Aveda sources this thickening agent from a small farm in Sangli, India, that combines organic techniques and traditional growing methods. Oh, and Aveda makes everything with wind power too.

Aveda Men Thickening Paste (75ml) £21.50


The Face Mask 

Plant me face masque (30ml) Plant me botanics ()


A fairly new kid on the grooming block, Plant Me uses Rose Otto in its products – an essential oil extracted by the steam distillation of rose petals. Known for boosting tired skin and reducing fine lines, red patches and wrinkles, rose otto’s use dates back to the ancient Greece and Egypt. It’s a luxurious ingredient, not a cheap one, so use this potent masque sparingly to intensely moisturise your face.

Plant Me Face Masque (30 ml) £31


The Cleanser 

Sukin purifying cleanser (125ml) ()


Made in Oz, Sukin is a natural grooming brand focusing on formulas containing active botanicals and essential oils. This cleanser is enriched with bamboo charcoal to purify and balance the complexion while chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber will soothe it. So it’s perfect for shaving irritations and breakouts.

Sukin Purifying Cleanser (125 ml) £9.95


The Body Lotion 

Jack Black cool moisture body lotion ()


The ideal thing to chuck in your gym bag, this body lotion will cool, calm and refresh overheated skin. The Soy Protein will also nourish your skin giving it a smooth appearance and soothing any horrible rough patches. It’s vegan, alcohol and colourant-free but best of all the lotion is super lightweight. So you won’t be feeling greasy for hours after your HIIT sesh.

Jack Black Cool Moisture Body Lotion (473ml) £22


The Shampoo 

Korres Magnesium and wheat protein shampoo (250ml) ()


This 21-year-old Greek brand has a simple mission: to use natural and/or organic ingredients of the highest quality, that are affordable enough to use every day and that make you happy. All of its products smell unbelievably good and this shampoo is no exception. It will not only leave you smelling as fresh and happy as a daisy but it also prevents hair loss.

Korres Magnesium and Wheat Protein Shampoo (250 ml) £8.55


The Shave Cream 

Burt's Bees Shave Cream (175ml) ()


Back in 1984 in Maine, a couple started making candles from the unused beeswax from Burt Shavitz’s beehives. Within a year they were making $20k and in 2007 Burt’s Bees was bought for $925 million – a success put down to the fact their ethos has always been that what you put on your skin should be the very best nature has to offer. This shave cream is 100 per cent natural and contains calendula and chamomile extracts for a close, smooth shave.

Burt’s Bees Shave Cream (175 ml) £10.75


The Body Wash 

Bryt gentle hair and body wash (200ml) ()


British brand Bryt has set the bar high when it comes to environmental standards. It uses only ethically sourced ingredients from Fair Trade partners, only tests on humans, and doesn’t do business with countries who animal test. Its stuff smells pretty amazing, too, because it uses the purest of plant ingredients and essential oils. This hair and body wash is full of mandarin, lime, apple and peppermint and will wake you up with a zing.

Bryt Gentle Hair and Body Wash (200ml) £13.99


The Moisturiser 

NYR Men rejuvenating moisturiser (50g) ()


Cruelty-free, fair trade, organic, vegetarian – Neal’s Yard has the world’s largest collection of Soil Association certified organic health products. The original grooming and beauty brand with ethics, it knows what it’s doing. And it understands skin just as much as the environment – so products like this rejuvenating moisturiser – are packed full of the good stuff. Men’s skin is generally less hydrated than women’s so this contains a blend of antioxidant green coffee and cleavers to hydrate and firm skin and prevent ageing.

NYR Men Rejuvenating Moisturiser (50g) £22   


The Beard Balm

It may have a cute dog on its packaging but all Bulldog products are suitable for vegans and certified Cruelty Free. They never contain ingredients from animal sources or artificial colours. This beard balm contains some sweet smelling ingredients including cacao seed butter and sweet almond oil.

Bulldog Beard Balm (75ml) £8

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