For years skin care has been noted as something that is mostly for women right? We've all been there and we've heard the pressurized ads. Women aren't allowed to have flaws in their skin. We have a different skin care product for almost everything... face wash, face moisturizer, moisturizer for our legs and hands, shampoo, conditioner, detangler, face masks... just to name a few.
When I set out on my journey creating HBC Organics, I didn't have a target market. I honestly just wanted everyone and anyone to give my products a try. It didn't take long for me to realize that 95% of my customers were women. So naturally, I began to market mainly to women. As the years went on and life changed, I created a line for babies and my men's line remained almost nonexistent like most brands.
Now don't get me wrong, I dabbled in a men's line a couple times but quickly retreated. I would usually create them around the holidays so that people would have an idea of what to buy for the men in their lives. Often times, I didn't fully commit to a men's line because... well men don't buy my products too often. In my experience, men have literally (yes literally) laughed at my products. "I don't need that fru fru stuff", "women just think they need these products... I guess whatever keeps the wife happy". I've heard all of that and MORE at festivals and markets where I showcased my products.
It wasn't until a conversation with my husband one night that made me really commit to a men's line. He was expressing how some of his friends were wanting more masculine scented candles for their man-cave. Some of his friends even wanted subscription boxes but saw that a lot of the scents were geared towards women.
His simple ramble got me thinking and eventually I developed a men's line. In the next month we will have more options for masculine scented body butters, pit sticks, and facial washes. We just released aftershave gel, men's candles, some masculine focused soaps, and masculine scented essential essences. Our subscription boxes are all available to men as well as women, simply let us know if you want more masculine scents!
Below are some reasons that men also need natural skin care products
I could come up with tons of reasons why men need & deserve natural skin care products, but I won't overwhelm you... I'll give you 3 reasons.
#1 Men are affected by Endocrine & Hormone Disrupting Chemicals just as much as women are.
Just because men are men doesn't magically make them immune to the chemicals, endocrine and hormone disrupting chemicals that are in personal care products. Often times, when we think of men + hormones we are thinking about sex. (I think it is safe to say we have similar thoughts about women & horomones). The truth is, hormones are responsible for so many functions in the male and female body.. but right now we are talking about men.
"Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are estrogen-like and/or anti-androgenic compounds that disrupt and interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism, binding, or elimination of natural hormones in the body responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis and the regulation of developmental processes."
We live in a scary era where we have no problem disruption the natural hormone processes in the body. All of these disruptions, false hormones, and so on have been PROVEN time and time again to have links to auto-immune diseases, mood disorders, fertility and more, but we are in a time where people seem to be blind or don't understand the information that is given to them.
So these endocrine disrupting chemicals effect:
There is an amazing study.. Link here.. that talks about endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effect on men.
#2 Men Have The Same Skin Care Needs Women Do
YES! Men have the same needs, they might not take care of those needs, but they still need them. Just like men need to take care of their bodies with food and water... they also need to care for their skin health-- even if they want minimal products. Men's skin also absorb everything that is put on it... in less than a minute!
LESS. THAN. A. MINUTE.
It takes less than a minute for what you put on your skin to get into your blood stream. That goes for men, women, and children!
Men need soap to wash their body. Men need wash their hair. At times men, just like women, have the need for a moisturizer because their skin is dry. Men need shaving cream to shave their face. They need beard oil or beard balm to soften a coarse beard. Some men need an aftershave.
You get where I'm coming from.
#3 MEN WANT THEM!
YES! You read that right! Men don't just need natural skin care products... they want them. I can't tell you how many women have told me that their husband steals their facial wash, their body butter, and yes.. even their bath bombs! Men want these products but maybe society tells them that they only need 1 product for their entire body... insert the shudder of the all in one products.
Men don't want to be dry and itchy from sulfates. They don't want products that are supposedly for sensitive skin but contain alcohols. Men don't want sunburns. Men don't want acne.
Men want good smelling candles that have a clean burn. Men want body wash that won't make them itchy due to chemicals. Men want bar soap. Men want face masks. Men want face wash. Men want aftershave that is gentle.
Men don't want to deal with sulfates, parabens, BHA, petrochemicals, DEA, MEA, TEA, propylene glycol, triclosan, synthetic fragrances any more than woman do.
It's time to make the switch. HBC Organics carries products that are geared towards men! More will be out within the next 6 weeks!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!