Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Run Oregon’s Matt Rasmussen provides some initial impressions on men’s products from Brickell Men’s Products.
After doing research on popular skin care, shaving and grooming products, we discovered they were mostly filled with toxic, synthetic chemicals. We knew with today’s technology, that all natural and organic skincare products could be more powerful than these synthetic products.
We were interested in using the best, most advanced men’s skin care & grooming products, but we could never identify with the branding or ads for most of the companies.
All the best skin care products seemed to be for the ladies and buying a men’s product from a traditional female focused company didn’t feel right.
These three reasons were the driving force behind creating the most effective skin care and grooming products for men. The guy who knows taking care of himself makes for a better overall life. We wanted something a guy could wear while leading a business meeting, playing some pick up football, or a night out on the town with a special lady.
I was sent a few samples to try out and here were my thoughts:
- Charcoal Soap Bar ($12.00)
- Activated Charcoal deeply cleanses the skin without over drying
- Coconut & Palm Oil nourish and hydrate the body with essential vitamins
- Peppermint & Tea Tree Oil create a robust, energizing scent
- Face Scrub ($12.00)
- Jojoba Beads & Pumice effectively remove dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities from your skin.
- Aloe Vera, Avocado Butter & Vitamin E nourish the skin for a refreshed, moisturized feel.
- Coffee Extract & Green Tea energize your skin and senses.
- Face Wash ($13.00)
- Coconut based cleansers powerfully clean the face of dead skin, dirt, and oil, without over drying.
- Aloe nourishes and renews the skin by preventing over drying of the skin.
- Geranium provides a powerful, natural anti-septic that removes facial impurities and excess pore clogging oil.
- Face Moisturizer ($20.00)
- Aloe Vera penetrates the skin to provide moisture to your skin tissue.
- Jojoba creates a protective cushion on your skin to reduce skin water loss.
- Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E, & F to alleviate dry skin and fine wrinkles.
- Green Tea (along with Aloe Vera) provide robust anti-aging antioxidants to reverse signs of aging.
- Shampoo ($11.00)
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein increases the thickness of each hair strand & strengthens the underlying hair structure.
- Amino Acids restore hair shine and increase follicle volume.
- Vitamin E stimulates the scalp and hair follicles for hair growth and hair loss minimization.
- Peppermint & Tee Tree oil relieve scalp irritation and destroy skin flakes.
- Body Wash ($10.00)
- Glycerin promotes skin cell maturation in addition to being a humectant, which means it attracts moisture from the air allowing for all day skin softness.
- Jojoba rebuilds your skin’s natural protective cushion after cleansing it of dirt and bacteria.
- Aloe Vera restores moisture and important vitamins to your skin after other ingredients have cleansed.
Impressions: I always like trying out new skin care and hygiene products. With every passing week, it seems like companies are bringing forward men-centric hygiene products to the market. We stumbled upon Brickell a few weeks ago as we “crossed paths” on Instagram somehow. While I am not completely an “all things organic” man, I do try my best to be conscious of what are in the products I try.
I do have relatively sensitive skin when it comes to soaps and hygiene products – certain kinds can leave me feeling itchy (mostly from mass-produced soaps). I have been trying out a few other all-natural and organic soap companies over the past 6+ months (to pretty positive reviews) and have made the decision that my skin needs to be without the additional chemicals.
All of the different scents in the “shower trio” seemed to merge together nicely. I felt that I was getting a nice common scent profile as opposed to a smattering of too many different smells The body wash makes a really solid lather, even if you aren’t using a washcloth or scrub. The aloe vera in the face wash definitely brought on a cooling feeling to the face – which may or may not be your thing. It wasn’t off-putting, and it’s not generally my thing, but it’s important to know that going in. Charcoal soap is something that seems to be a staple in many men’s hygiene lines, though My wife isn’t the biggest fan of charcoal soaps due to black residue that sometimes comes from soaps as well as sometimes an overpowering scents. I felt that Brickell’s soap did a good job at getting a deep cleanse without being harsh on my skin, as well as keeping the smell a little more subdued.
My favorite product was the face scrub. As can be seen in the picture above, it’s more like a gel (almost “slime-like” actually) and different from most scrubs I have had. Putting it on felt gentle on my face, and I could see this being a really good option for those who have more sensitive skin. And a little went a long way, as only about a quarter sized dollop is needed. As a result, a 2-ounce jar seems like it will last a while if using 3-4 times/week.
Obviously, the biggest drawback is the price. With each 2 ounce bottle costing over $10, it really requires a committment to the organic nature and positive qualities instead of falling back into cheaper and non-organic options.