“He’d avoided ‘product’ all his life, but I moved in, bringing a ton of good stuff and shared,” says CEO Maude Burns of her husband Kevin. “He discovered that using better products on your skin and hair can make you not just look better, but feel better.” Meanwhile, Burns was pretty sure she could do better.
Like all Gentleman Farmer products, Hair and Body Wash Sport is vegan and cruelty-free and contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing agents, mineral oil or other petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or propylene glycol. Basically, no yuck. It’s sold in a brushed aluminum bottle; packaging is minimalist, and avoids plastic as much as possible. “We’re working on it,” Burns pledges. “We’re always looking for ways to do better for the planet and everyone on it.”
That ethic drives every business decision at Gentleman Farmer “Our candles are made by women refugees at Prosperity Candle in western Massachusetts. We develop the scents and they turn them into eco-friendly candles,” says Burns. “These are women who are starting over, and they make a living wage and are breadwinners for their families.” Finding the right lab to produce skin care products took some work, but they’ve found a solar-powered one committed exclusively to ethical sourcing.
A few Gentleman Farmer products are currently available at Hudson Valley Malt in Germantown; you can shop the entire line at shopgentlemanfarmer.com.