Most guys we know pick up their soaps and washes from a major brand and in bulk because its cheaper, easier and outside of the natural chaos that is Target, it’s painless. One characteristic that virtually all mass soap & body wash brands have in common is a strong fragrance. Fragrances inherently contain alcohol which dries out our skin.
We recommend finding an artisanal soap maker. Most of the good ones will use ingredients like coconut oil, castor oil, aloe & olive that naturally aid in restoring a healthy moisture balance to your skin. They can be found at farmers markets, health food stores and of course online. If they aren’t provided, ask for the ingredients. Many soap makers will even allow you to choose which ingredient combinations you prefer.
Buying artisanal hand made soaps is not only a way to support local businesses, but it’s also better for your skin. It’s a little bit more expensive, but we’re willing to bet you spent more on green beers last week than you’ll spend on six month’s worth of soap.