Sifting through copious amounts of scientific literature — not to mention supplement-packed pharmacy isles — discourages most from both learning about and using natural products correctly. Care/of aims to help you make enlightened decisions regarding vitamins and natural supplements thanks to gentle guidance towards a combination of products suited to your specific needs as opposed to those of some arbitrary, average human. Their site first asks you roughly five minutes worth of questions to get a feel for what you might benefit from. Then, their algorithm suggests a personalized combination of daily supplements along with more detailed information on each one, an honest scientific analysis of the backing literature (ranging from emerging to very strong research depending on the supplement), and traceability with regards to harvesting and production practices. The end product is a good looking box that ships to your home every month and comes with thirty sachets, each filled with one day’s worth of vitamins and supplements.
Learn more at Care/of – $20+ per month
Lack of competition means contact lenses pretty much cost their weight in gold. But now wearers of dailies finally have another option: Hubble Contact Lenses. Partnering with Taiwanese St. Shine, an FDA-approved contact lens manufacturer who’s been in the game for over two decades, Hubble’s lenses are made of a high-grade methafilcon A hydrogel that’s UV shielding and boasts a thin edge for long lasting comfort and sharp vision. Since they sell straight to you there’s no middleman to jack up the price, costing just $30 a month for a subscription of dailies or $264 a year. If you’re skeptical the first trial box is free, minus three bucks shipping.
Subscribe at Hubble Contacts – $30 for a month worth of dailies
Overbuilt but definitely not over-designed, Hone’s Type 15 Razor is a minimalist’s dream. All three main parts are CNC machined of either lightweight aluminum or heftier brass, the former in either a classic silver or black anodized finish for longevity. Models of both metals are nicely balanced and are so precisely cut they almost look as if they were sculpted from the same one piece. The aluminum one comes either with a standard 85mm handle or a longer 100mm one and won’t develop a patina like the raw brass, though they’re both compatible with standard safety razor blades and make your morning shave something to look forward to.
Learn more at Hone Shaving – roughly $85 (aluminum) to $143 (brass)
Forget plastic. Big Red’s No.88 Beard Combs are made of stainless steel that’s sandblasted on its faces and polished, on its edges, to a shiny mirror-like finish. The No.88 Lite is made of nothing but stainless steel, though the two models shown both feature Rosewood scales as their handles, differing only in width of tooth pattern to accommodate either thicker or finer beard hair — and to bring them some much-needed order. Plus an integrated bottle opener behind the comb makes carrying yours daily a no-brainer.
Find them at Big Red Beard Combs – $38 to $54
Unless you’re a chemist, there are too many ingredients in most skincare products to keep track of. For that reason Whistler Wash Co subs in high-performing natural alternatives extracted from eucalyptus, baobab, cucumber, juniper, and sea kelp, amongst others, to clean, hydrate, and repair skin in their washes, shampoos, and face & body soap bars. The wash also produces a cooling sensation post-shower and both smell like a mix of campfire and cut grass — a notable improvement over traditional artificial scents.
We’ll (sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly) admit that lip balm has recurring spot in our everyday carry. Harry’s Lip Balm takes the brand’s face care know-how and infuses it into a pocketable stick that protects your kisser from the elements. Shea butter provides lasting hydration without much unwanted sheen while an sun protection to SPF 15 shields your lips from the sun. And since it gives off a peppermint-like cooling sensation you’re further incentivized to keep re-applying, making it work even better.
Learn more at Harry’s – $9 for three
First they made vacuums. Then hand dryers, bladeless fans, and air purifiers. So in a way the advent of the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is barely surprising considering the company specializes in moving air powerfully. A 13-blade propeller within the handle is spun at up to 110,000 rpm and sits on a rubber mount, reducing vibrations and producing just one inaudible frequency to make the hairdryer far quieter than all others. Sensors monitor air 20 times per second as it flows upwards to control temperatures and to prevent burn damage to hair. Couple this to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology and you’ve got a hairdryer that’s smaller, better balanced, and dries hair quickly and safely, all without being deafeningly loud.
Read more at Dyson – $400
It looks like your run-of-the-mill safety razor. But it isn’t. The dial below the Rockwell Model T Razor’s hints at the difference. Load a blade in, turn the bottom dial to close the top doors, then turn the numbered dial to select your shave depth. Lower numbers are for men with sensitive skin while higher numbers tackle thick, coarse hair and more serious beards, avoiding razor bumps and skin irritation either way by cutting hair at the skin’s surface without any tugging. Best of all the compatible Rockwell Razor Blades cost just ten bucks for 100 blades — or 10 cents a blade — significantly undercutting any cartridge razor system in terms of price over the years.
Find it at Kickstarter – $95