We’ve warned you about the hidden toxins and chemicals lurking in your drugstore cosmetics, shampoos, and other hygiene and pampering products, but there's no need to stress just yet. Turns out, there are plenty of natural, small batch, artisan-made alternatives that you can feel good about slathering on your face, hair, and body.
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“When I started making soap at home, it was with only two ingredients,” Evan Worthington, founder of Craftsman Soap, told us. “I've built better and more elaborate formulas since, [and] continuing to only use natural ingredients seemed like the most logical progression. Synthetics, surfactants, and other additives just never seemed necessary to achieve a better soap."
In soap, cold process soaps retain their hydrating glycerin content and make a better bar. In conditioners and balms, oils and butters are undiluted by water and emulsifiers, which also eliminates the need for synthetic preservatives. (Read more on lotion vs. oil: which is better for your skin?) Instead, skin-beneficial antioxidants like vitamin E oil can be used to support the shelf life of the product.” Worthington’s Etsy shop sells beard oils and soaps as much inspired by nature as by your bar cart. Not only are they free of synthetic fragrances and colors, they’re completely void of palm oil, the typically rainforest ravaging ingredient frequently found in the health and beauty aisle. (He uses tallow made from purified suet from his local butchers, so vegans be warned.)
We scoured the web to find some of the coolest bath and body shops that also happen to sell conscientious, cruelty- and chemical-free goods. Below are seven of our favorites—including Craftsman Soap—for men and women to add to their bathroom routine.
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