Men deserve safer products too.

If you’re wondering what might be lurking in men's products that could be bad for human health, here are a few examples:

  • Phthalates: Linked with childhood asthma, diabetes, and developmental problems, phthalates like diethyl phthalate (DEP) are often found in cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos, and deodorants. In fact, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports that Quicksilver, Calvin Cline Eternity for Men, and Old Spice After Hours Body Spray all contain DEP.

  • Lead acetate: A known reproductive toxicant, lead acetate is found in men’s hair and beard colorants, including Men’s Grecian Hair Formula and Youthair Hair Color for Men.

  • Formaldehyde: A known carcinogen, formaldehyde is found in many shampoos and body washes. It can also trigger allergic reactions.

  • Triclosan: A popular antibacterial, this ingredient is found in soaps and deodorants, but is linked with hormone disruption, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial. 

Source

Additional sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Men's Journal, Environmental Working Group, Good & Healthy

Men are also surrounded by unsafe ingredients in personal care products every single day just like women.  Men use an average of 7 products a day and many of them have unsafe ingredients added for the 'manly' or 'fresh and clean' scent.


Beautycounter has offered many products that are unisex for the full 7 years of the company, but a few years ago the CounterMAN line was launched including bath, skin and beard care. And there are many women who LOVE using many of the Counterman products in their daily lineup. The shaving cream and body wash are popular!

The Counterman holiday set launches TODAY with full size Counterman shampoo, full size Counterman body wash and full size deodorant.

I will be having Brian try the shampoo and deodorant.  His routine for years has been:

Beautycounter Daily Shampoo

Beautycounter Counterman bar soap

Beautycounter Counterman shave cream

Beautycounter Countermatch skincare line

Beauty for All Sea Salt Spray for hair (paid link)

Beautycounter Body Butter and hand cream in Citrus Mimosa for dry skin on hands


November has become known for Movember - an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The motto is 'changing the face of men's health.' Men's products are 'greenwashed' and misleading too!