Getting fresh and then staying fresh is never more important than during the Summer months. The products I use need to be effective, stylish and most importantly, non-toxic. It may seem a bit much calling products ‘non-toxic’, surely the use of toxic ingredients in any cosmetic would be illegal? Well, I’m afraid that’s not the case, obviously we aren’t talking about anything that could potentially melt our skin off but many companies formulate with ingredients that are known to be bad for our health. Making the switch to natural or a combination of plant based and healthy chemicals is a no brainer. But finding the alternatives that look right, smell right and work as well as the best of the rest – is slightly more challenging.

Since relocating from London to Germany I have embraced the German culture, from the food to the beer to the many cool brands, whilst more slowly than surely taking on the language. Having discovered the Hamburg based Brooklyn Soap Company I was keen to give it a go. This is a brand founded in 2012 by three guys who were inspired to create the range after their time spent living in Brooklyn. All of the products were formulated specifically for men, using only natural, herbal ingredients that are also vegan and cruelty free. For a while I have been looking for a good natural deodorant, annoyingly the ones I have tried simply haven’t worked and went straight in the trash. So when I saw that the Brooklyn Soap Company carry a natural deodorant in their line of grooming products I decided to try one alongside their body wash which doubles up as a face wash. I had high hopes for the deodorant but from my last experiences I didn’t hold my breath. I’d also like to add that I am one of those people that NEEDS deodorant so I was really happy to discover that this one works, very well.

The body wash is sulphate-free, which I like. About five years ago I ditched products containing sulphates because I find them drying on the skin and scalp. Bear in mind that a sulphate-free product may foam less which can take some getting used to, this product foams nicely and removed the dirt without stripping away the skins natural moisture. Both products smell great and the ingredient list is impressive. The line includes hair and beard care.

The body wash is priced at 24,90€ for 300ml and the deodorant is 17,90€ for 100ml you can buy them from here.

Choosing independent brands is super important to me and Germany has some incredibly innovative and creative entrepreneurs, who in my opinion, are amongst the new generation of brands that are re-educating the market leaders in producing responsible and ethical products that are also really, really good.

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