I was first introduced to Naturopathica years ago at a high-end spa in Atlantic City.  It was the last place I thought I'd have a run in with a natural skincare line and it made the visit to the spa a little more special. Naturopathica has been in the industry for almost 15 years, and I love the repackaging they recently received. One of my favorite products is the Naturopathica Clarifying Face Wash for Men ($28 for 5oz), which, by the way, ladies, is a great product for you as well.

Like all the brand's products, Naturopathica Clarifying Face Wash is ECOCERT certified, thanks to the brand's holistic approach to skincare. The Clarifying Face Wash is sulfate free. You'll notice in the list of ingredients there's a bunch of chemical-sounding stuff. Don't let that deter you. They are mostly from a natural origin, like plant derived, and have proven to be safe in the cosmetic industry. Almost all the oils here are from organic farming, a nice perk for the inner hippie in you, and you'll actually love the sweet scent of the oil concoctions. For instance, niaouli oil, derived from an Evergreen tree native to Australia and the French Pacific Islands, is truly a crowd pleaser. It also has antiseptic properties that help clarify oily and acne prone skin.

I should also mention the cypress oil that has a woody scent (believe me, ladies, this is probably the one thing that makes it special for men, is that this makes the scent just a little more masculine). There's a good amount of aloe vera, which helps sooth the skin and is an anti-inflammatory. The lime, spearmint and peppermint are incredibly refreshing and energizing, and the sugar and coconut work as great cleansing agents.

Labor Day gift, anyone?


Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sclerotium Gum, Cupressus Sempervirens  (Cypress) Leaf Oil*, Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil*, Melaleuca Viridiflora (Niaouli) Leaf Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil*, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol