Over the years, I’ve been experimenting with finding the best brands for different scenarios. I tend to focus on brands that produce natural cosmetics and for clothing those that focus on natural materials like merino wool.
This exercise is important for me because once I know which are my favorite brands I can reduce my options and know that whatever I buy from these brands will fit me well and feel good. Having many options to choose from is a huge time sink for me and one of my main enemies in the quest for high productivity.
Here’s a list of the clothing brands I love and typically stick to.
- Icebreaker for daily wear
- Derek Rose
- Polo boxers (for sleeping in)
- Under Armour/Puma/Odlo for sports
- The North Face
- Paul Smith
- The North Face
- Asics & Wilson – Tennis and Padel
- Nike – casual shoes, football
- Salomon – hiking shoes
- Timberland – winter boots
- Xpand laces
- Vincere for Beach Tennis
Using the right products around the house and for personal hygiene and care is very important. So you can say that every product I own has been carefully selected to make sure there are no harmful chemicals present and that it does what it says. I’ve honed this process over many years, so I wanted to document my process in a few lines here.
I use the following apps and websites for research into ingredients:
- INCI Decoder – tells you what ingredients do in layman form
- EWG Skin Deep – ingredient and product research
- Skin Carisma
- Skin Safe
These are some of my favorite brands:
- La Roche Posay
- Satin Naturel
- Golden Beards – beard care
- Mr Natty
Hanz de Fuko
- Cellar Door
- L’Occitaine – most daily care products
This PDF is worth a look at for understanding the basics on product safety and how to pick better products.
I like using essential oils or blends of them in diffusers while I work. The world of aromatherapy and oils is quite an interesting one, although it can also be quite scammy in terms of claims and products.
When buying essential oils you need to make sure you’re buying the right quality, which means products that are 100% natural. If the price looks too good and it comes from suspicious vendors (looking at the Chinese ones on Amazon especially here) you should look away.
In the United States, companies like Doterra have quite a bad reputation due to their MLM-type structure and outlandish health claims, so be aware of things that are too good to be true.
In Spain, I’ve encountered a few reputable brands:
- Essenciales – only available from their online store
- Sisen – high-end brand with excellent info about each oil
- Phytofrance – very good French brand
- Pranarom – French brand found in many local shops
- Terpenic – a Spanish brand
In Barcelona a good shop for essential oils is Arke.
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