Care/of Vitamins & Supplements

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

GET IT: $20+/month


Hubble Contact Lenses

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

GET IT: $30


Hone Type 15 Razor

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)


Big Red No.88 Beard Combs

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


Whistler Wash Co Wash & Shampoo

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.

Learn more at Whistler Wash Co (or grab some free here, just pay S&H) – $18+


Harry’s Lip Balm

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


Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

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


Rockwell Model T Razor

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


Pop Cauldron Soap

Every bar is handmade to order using only the finest ingredients, four fifths being organic and vegan and containing only plant-derived oils and butters. But if that wasn’t enough, Pop Cauldron Soap will probably sell you with its pop culture-fuelled themed soaps. Bars include the black cherry-scented and dual-katana armed Chimichangas, Miami Snow, which contains a rolled up $1 bill resting on real silver foil, and the fresh air scented, politically charged Feel The Bern — alongside the promise of a $3 contribution to a certain populist’s campaign. Notably missing is anything referencing Tyler Durden’s product but perhaps that was a little too on the nose.

Check them out at Pop Cauldron – $8+


Discommon Aluminum Straight Razor

A traditional straight razor with a futuristic twist. The Aluminium Straight Razor from Discommon was created as a follow up to the original, pricier Titanium model through their self-proclaimed “Ocean’s 11” approach of product development, sourcing materials from a network of Discommon’s collaborates to push the limits of product design. The Straight Razor continues Discommon’s exploration of advanced materials featuring aerospace grade aluminum, and covered in a micro texture, providing grip even when wet. It’s comprised of hand polished finished parts, which are then anodized a gunmetal colour. Crafted in collaboration with Hart Steel, the custom blade cuts with exceptional precision, while a hardened steel stop pin holds the blade in closed position to prevent dulling when not in use. The entire razor rests inside a custom leather and felt carry case, and is the epitome of luxury.

Learn more at Discommon – $800


Baxter Exfoliating Body Bar

Exfoliate while bathing your skin with the pleasant scent of cedarwood and oakmoss with Baxter of California’s Exfoliating Body Bar. The paraben-free formula simultaneously hydrates and cleans, removing dirt as well as dead skin thanks to a mix of pumice, jojoba meal, and crushed olive seed. It’s hard on grime while leaving your skin’s natural barrier intact, making it perfect for daily cleaning without drying you up.

Grab a bar at Amazon – $17


Power Energy Toothpaste

Can’t get enough caffeine? Then you’ll want to brush your teeth with Power Energy Toothpaste, the world’s first caffeinated toothpaste that’ll give you a jolt of energy before brewing your first cup of coffee. Its caffeine content absorbs through your tongue and gums quickly, far faster than the 30 to 45 minutes it takes for the ingested substance to hit the bloodstream, clearing up your morning fog in minutes. It’s packed with enough caffeine to work as a substitute for your morning cup of joe but not so much as to force you to cut it. Plus it won’t stain your teeth like coffee does, instead whitening and cleaning them like mainstream toothpastes. Just don’t use it in the evening, lest you need a boost to get some work done.

Check it out at Indiegogo – $12+


Ursa Major Stellar Shave Set

Ursa Major is all about minimizing human exposure to synthetic chemicals, instead using natural ingredients in their products. Case in point: the Ursa Major Stellar Shave Set, which includes a razor handle that eschews plastics for a reclaimed black walnut handle sourced along the Southeast Coast and that’s compatible with ubiquitous Gillette Mach 3 razor blades (and Venus cartridges, for the record). The kit also includes traveler formats of both their non-lathering soap-free shave cream, blended with hints of ginger, grapefruit, and vetiver, and their fortifying face balm that hydrates and keeps skin youthful with lavender, lime, spearmint, and rosemary.

Hit up Ursa Major for details – $62