Picture this: You’re dashing into a local department store to replace your newly run stockings, when you’re suddenly bombarded with sales people spritzing a unisex fragrance at the front door. I can’t speak for you, but here’s what was running through my mind: “Stop. There’s no way a fragrance can be unisex.”
This got me thinking, are there any beauty/grooming products that are truly unisex, or will they all end up leaning one way or another? Gender-neutral products would certainly cut down on cluttered bathrooms and so, determined to find at least one product we can share with men, I hunted for real, unisex items. The good news is that there are several goodies out there. The bad? They’re not fragrances.
Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash
Molton Brown is a British classic, creating products that make us feel like royalty. But before you assume a black pepper bodywash would be a little more Prince William than Duchess Kate, think twice— this scent is spicy and sexy on men and women alike. Black peppercorn oil with bergamot and oakmoss make this ideal for a couple’s shower as it heightens your senses and brings a bit of zest in to the relationship.
at Molton Brown.
Garnier Fructis Daily Care Shampoo
The battle of shampoos seems to be endless among men and women; either someone sacrifices their scent of choice or you end up with two bottles of shampoo in one bathroom. That’s why we like Garnier Fructis Daily Care— it has a clean, fresh scent that lingers, but definitely isn’t too “girly.” Perfect for anybody’s everyday hair care.
at Garnier USA.
Joey Healy Elite Sculpting Tweezer
It doesn’t matter what your grooming preferences are, most people will agree that uni-brow is a no-no. But good tweezers—good grip and strong design—are hard to come by. These tweezers by Joey Healy are fabulous for both men and women. Whether you’re shooting for a neat, but rugged brow or a clean, pencil-like line, they will help with precision and give you complete control over your look.
at Joey Healy.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Short of finding a completely natural lip balm, Jack Black lip balm, available at Rakuten.com, is one of the best ways to moisturize your lips. Although this line is technically for men, women with extremely dry skin have bounced back with silky smooth lips thanks to its natural mint Shea butter. It’s color-free, mint scented and contains SPF 25, so works as a completely unisex product.
Cricket Ultra Smooth Argan & Olive Oil Conditioning Comb
Looking for one gender-neutral comb that everyone will love? This comb from Cricket is a must-try. Its plastic is infused with keratin protein and Argan and olive oil, to help reduce frizz and condition hair. Men will love it because it helps create great shape with pomade, while women enjoy tangle-free, silky-smooth hair.
You’ve heard of soap bars that double as a shampoo, and while we recommend you leave those products for camping trips, this bar might be the exception. This soap bar lathers really nicely and is designed for shower, shampoo and shave. It’s free of parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic dyes, preservatives, artificial fragrances and more, so you can guarantee a no-nonsense, good-for-you cleanse. Perfect for the gym or the gal and guy on the go!
at 3 Way Beauty.
Enter Pronoun Switchbox Concealer
Let’s not pretend that men don’t want the exact same flawless complexions women are always striving for. But like women, no man wants his concealer to be visible or cake-y. That’s why we love Enter Pronoun, a completely unisex cosmetic line. Their concealer is definitely worth checking out; with three different colors in each palette, adjusting the product to match your skin tone is easy and works great to cover dark circles, facial hair, blemishes and tattoos.
at Enter Pronoun.
Ilia Beauty Balmy Nights
Lip exfoliation is a forgotten grooming essential; it’s the best way to get rid of dry winter lips and dead skin cells. This Ilia product is an awesome lip exfoliator in a stick form, designed for women, but great for men who want smooch-able lips, too. It’s packed with organic ingredients and contains small particles of volcanic rock to exfoliate your skin—tell that to you science-loving man! Top with your lip balm of choice to lock in the moisture.
at Ilia Beauty.