Our personal care picks

Among the many lessons 2020 has so rudely offered is that we all need to take care of ourselves better. Not our parents, not our spouse, significant other, bed buddy, or friends — WE need to take the initiative. And while there is no substitute for eating right, sleeping, and working out — a little TLC in our daily routines seems to help. So we’re sharing some personal care picks from the team. Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary folks — we know there’s something in here to make your day a little better.

Catrina

Wonder Valley Oil Cleanser — Wonder Valley is a California olive oil company that happens to have skin care products. The company harvests their olive oil from groves in Northern California and they use it as a key ingredient in this awesome cleanser! It’s a perfect, non-foaming product that cleanses without drying skin out.

Koa Anti-Pollution SPF45+ — Sun protection is having a moment, and rightfully so! Everyone needs it! Facial sun protection has come a long way, and I think Koa’s sunscreen is a good option to know about. It checks so many boxes: non-chalky, natural formulation, and made with sustainability in mind.

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant — Eucalyptus is one of my favorite scents, so it’s no surprise that this deodorant made its way into my bathroom. It’s aluminum-free and I love the “this-doesn’t-look-like-deodorant” packaging.

Wary Meyers Poolside Glycerine Soap — Wary Meyers soaps are far from the Irish Spring soap bars my parents bought in bulk at Costco when I was growing up. A husband-and-wife duo hand makes these delicious-smelling, pleasant-looking soaps at their home in Maine. My favorite is the Poolside soap because it smells so good I want to take a bite out of it.

Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texture Mist — Sometimes the best self-care product is the one that permits me to do the least, and this styling product is it. It solves a conundrum I created for myself: I want good-looking hair, but I’m not motivated to work for it. I’ll watch re-runs of Ally McBeal and admire Portia de Rossi’s decidedly done, perfect up-dos, but I can’t escape the appeal of having messy-but-styled hair. I just spritz this on, do a couple of quick head bangs in the bathroom, and I’m done.

Dave

Public Goods — Their products are ethical, smell/feel good, and the minimal branding is beautiful. I like them for all the things, but my top three are the moisturizer, hand soap, and shampoo & conditioner.

Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Deodorant in Clean Comfort — I’ve been using this stuff for a few years now and never looked back. Plus, I can get behind Unilever’s commitment toward reducing environmental impact and increasing positive social impact.

Kandypens — I love the simplicity in terms of branding and ease of use on this Kandypens get-you-high-device. It fires up right away and allows you to fall into the couch and turn off all the noise.

Allbirds Men’s Wool Loungers — I’ve been living in these since the pandemic started. Both inside and outside, my feet have never felt so loved. I just ordered a backup pair.

Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar in Cedarwood & Oak Moss — I never got on the body wash train, have always been a bar soap kinda guy and aside from being an ethical company, I absolutely love the smell, lather, and post-scrub feeling this bar delivers. Worth every penny.

Oral-B Clic toothbrush – I bought this like buying a new record — simply because of its artwork. Who knew they could design a toothbrush so beautiful and functional?! Well, Oral-B did and I’m hooked. I went with the matte black and just picked up some replacement brush heads.

Kiran

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash — Looks great on my bathroom counter, but more importantly keeps my face clean without drying out. The smell is pure pleasure and just a little bit goes a long way.

Green Goo Face Wash — It took me a while to get over the anti-oil propaganda I picked up in my teenage acne days, but man I’m glad I did. This stuff is perfect to use before going to bed and keep my face moisturized.

Bathing Culture Mind & Body Wash — I dig the groovy personality this brand has going on. This stuff smells like the redwoods and you can even get refills at local retailers.

Soapbox Soaps — Clean, quality ingredients and a TOMS Shoes like 1:1 program to help others in need? You can even check out who the purchase supported with the HOPE code on product you buy.

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Cream — Throw this stuff on overnight and you’ll feel like you turned back the clock. You’ll smile even bigger when you realize Alaffia is non-GMO and all about ethically-sourced ingredients.

Well, that’s it for right now. If you’ve got a reco you can’t live without, share it in the comments.