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Natural vs. Organic Products

How to green your grooming—the right way

Most guys think the terms “natural” and “organic” are interchangeable. Nope. Generally, natural products are derived directly from nature. Organics are similar, but their ingredients are grown without most conventional pesticides or fertilizers. But is going green the best strategy? Not everyone thinks so. “I’d rather see guys choose ingredients based on effectiveness than on whether it is or is not organic or natural,” says West Palm Beach, FL, cosmetic dermatologist Kenneth Beer, M.D. “Poison ivy is all-natural and organic, but you wouldn’t want to put it on your face.” A few natural and organic products worth trying:

Aveda Men Pure-Formance Shampoo and Conditioner, $18 @ aveda.com Both carry the Gold Cradle to Cradle seal, a certification awarded for intelligent design and sustainability.
Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash, $8 @ burtsbees.com Like all Burt’s Bees products, this one is paraben-, sulfate-, petrochemical-, and phthalatefree. Trust us: That’s good!
Origins Totally Pure Deodorant Certified Organic, $15 @ origins.com Eliminate the stink with this combo of organic white willow bark, lavender alcohol, and 100% organic essential oils.
Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather With Macadamia Nut Oil & Soy, $12-$22 @ getjackblack.com It boasts certified organic, fragrance-free, colorant-free, and cruelty-free ingredients.

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