The 26 Best New Grooming Products of 2021 for Hair, Face, Body and Beards

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New isn’t always better, but sometimes it is. Like any other year, 2021 was filled with lots of great products, some not-so-great products and, of course, plenty of new products.

Across the SPY team, we receive and test out hundreds of products every year across all categories. Like any other product category, grooming got its fair share of new products too.

Whether you’re looking at hair, face, body or taking care of that beard, you had a lot to check out in 2021. Luckily for you, we’ve had the chance to review many of the best new grooming products of 2021, and we rounded up some of our favorites below.

Before we dive in, one thing to note: Not every single grooming category had a new product we loved, so if you don’t see a particular category represented, that’s why.

Now, let’s check out some of the best new grooming products of 2021.

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The Best Hair Products of 2021

  

1. Hardworking Gentlemen Shampoo and HWG Conditioner

BEST SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Hardworking Gentlemen may not be a brand you recognize, but they’re well-known for their hair styling products (especially an awesome sea salt spray). Now, HWG’s moving into the hair care space with the HWG Shampoo and the HWG Conditioner. With coconut oil, aloe vera and chamomile, the new shampoo is about as gentle as a hair cleanser can be while still actually, you know, leaving your hair feeling fresh and clean (and smelling like pinewood too). Follow the shampoo up with the new conditioner, which is loaded with moringa oil, argan oil, aloe vera and marine extracts, for hair that feels cleaner, softer and healthier than it’s probably felt in a long time.

Hardworking Gentlemen Shampoo Courtesy of Hardworking Gentlemen

  

2. Seven Potions Hair Styling Paste

BEST STYLING PASTE

When you need conditioning and control for your hair and beard, Seven Potions has you covered. In particular, we loved the new Seven Potions Hair Styling Paste in 2021. Water-based, this paste is like a thicker hair cream that offers a medium, lightweight hold and a non-sticky smooth matte finish. Translation? It’s easy to use, easy to style and will work great for a wide variety of hair styles and hair types — pretty much anything except for styles that require a strong hold.

Seven Potions Hair Styling Paste; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Seven Potions

  

3. Baxter of California Thickening Style Gel

BEST GEL

Pomades and hair creams may be the new hotness, but for high hold and high shine, nothing beats hair gel. But instead of turning to the extra crusty hair gel of your youth, give the Baxter of California Thickening Style Gel a shot. It delivers the thickness and strength you want for slicked-back styles without the flakes of hair gels of yore.

Baxter of California Thickening Style Gel Courtesy of Baxter of California

  

4. Reuzel Concrete Hold Matte Pomade

HIGH HOLD POMADE

Speaking of strong hold and pomade, if the idea of using a gel is intolerable, you can always turn to the new Reuzel Concrete Hold Matte Pomade. With a wax base, this pomade delivers a super-strong hold that’s ultimately still workable throughout the day. And unlike some other strong hold pomades, this one doesn’t feel heavy in the hair and looks surprisingly natural. Plus, it’s pretty affordable, so if you need a new pomade, give Reuzel’s a try.

Reuzel Concrete Hold Matte Pomade; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Reuzel

  

The Best Body Grooming Products of 2021

  

1. Dove Men + Care Body Wash

BEST BODY WASH

We love premium grooming products as much as the next guy, but price is important to us too. But that’s only partly why we love the new Dove Men + Care Body Wash. The formula gently cleanses and hydrates without stripping your body skin, comes in a couple of different light fragrances and, yes, is highly affordable.

Dove Men+Care Body Wash in Charcoal and Clove; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Walmart

  

2. Jack Black Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser

BEST 2-IN-1 WASH

Going for two-in-one body and hair washes is always a little bit risky if a product turns out to be too harsh. That’s not the case with the Jack Black Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser. A play on Big Sur on the California coast, this shampoo and body wash lathers up wonderfully and smells of bergamot, marine water and woody amber. Sure, there are cheaper body washes/shampoos out there, but in terms of 2021’s offerings, this Jack Black wash is the best.

Jack Black Big Sir Body and Hair Cleanser; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Jack Black

  

3. Harry’s Odor & Enhanced Sweat Control Extra-Strength Antiperspirant

BEST ANTIPERSPIRANT DEODORANT

Antiperspirant deodorants are a dime a dozen and there’s not a lot of innovation in the space. That being said, the Harry’s Odor & Enhanced Sweat Control Extra-Strength Antiperspirant was one of the best new deodorants we tried this year. Loaded with 20% aluminum salts, it offers top-notch sweat prevention and four appealing scents. Personally, we like the redwood fragrance.

Harry's Odor Enhanced Sweat Control Extra Strength Antiperspirant in Redwood; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Harry's

  

4. Patricks ND1 Natural Deodorant

BEST ALUMINUM-FREE DEODORANT

Patricks is one of the most luxurious grooming brands out there and the brand just released a brand-new aluminum-free deodorant, the ND1 Natural Deodorant. There are two things to love about this deodorant. First, it features multiple ingredients to help fight sweat and keep your underarms sufficiently moisturized, including Amazonian brown clay, coconut oil, Niodor, zinc and tapioca starch. But we wouldn’t be recommending it as one of the best new grooming products of 2021 unless there was something else too. In this case, this deodorant smells absolutely fantastic, with notes of bergamot, neroli, jasmine and musk.

But wait, there’s more! The deodorant also comes in a recyclable case made from 100% recyclable materials and is itself vegan. Seriously, there were quite a few new deodorants this year and the ND1 blows them all out of the water if you’re willing to pay the price for a legitimately premium product.

Patricks ND1 Natural Deodorant; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Patricks

  

5. Jack Black Turbo Body Lotion

BEST BODY MOISTURIZER

The Jack Black Turbo Body Lotion delivers the same Turbo fragrance from its washes in this new lightweight hydrating body lotion. With multiple soothing plant-based ingredients and extracts, such as aloe leaf, eucalyptus and prickly pear seed oil, this lotion will calm, soften and moisturize dry, red, irritated skin.

Jack Black Turbo Body Lotion Courtesy of Jack Black

  

6. Oars + Alps SPF 35 Go Stick Clear Sunscreen

BEST SUNSCREEN

Spray sunscreens are great and all, but a sunscreen stick like the Oars + Alps SPF 35 Go Stick Clear Sunscreen can be just as protective and way more convenient.

It goes on clear, moisturizes skin with jojoba and sunflower oils and is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Plus, you never have to worry about it leaking or exploding.

Oars + Alps SPF35 Go Stick Clear Sunscreen; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Oars + Alps

  

7. Dollar Shave Club Ball Spray

BEST BALL SPRAY

Whether for your own comfort or someone else’s, fresh balls are an underrated part of the body that feels great when clean. To either freshen up in a pinch or better prepare your balls for the day after a shower, the Dollar Shave Club Ball Spray promises to freshen up your undercarriage. Just give the region a quick once-over for reduced chafing, more moisture absorption and just generally improved comfort.

Dollar Shave Club Ball Spray Courtesy of Dollar Shave Club

  

8. Wahl Manscaper Body Groomer

BEST BODY GROOMER

If you’ve got wild body hair, including below the belt, the Wahl Manscaper Body Groomer has got you covered. What makes this product, a SPY 2021 Man winner, so great is really quite simple: It allows for custom trim lengths, so you can trim without going fully bare. That plus all the other expected features, including wet/dry capabilities and a nice 100-minute runtime, make this a no-brainer for best new body groomer of 2021.

Wahl Manscaper Body Groomer; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Wahl

  

The Best Face Grooming Products of 2021

  

1. LAB SERIES Daily Rescue Gel Cleanser

BEST DAILY CLEANSER

LAB SERIES must always be in the literal lab, tweaking its products to make them better and better. This time around, it’s the LAB SERIES Daily Rescue Gel Cleanser. Reworked from previous iterations to be better suited for daily use, this updated cleanser is gentle and hydrating and won’t leave your skin with that tight, too clean sensation.

LAB SERIES Daily Rescue Gel Cleanser Courtesy of LAB SERIES

  

2. Harry’s Exfoliating Face Wash

BEST EXFOLIATING FACE WASH

Harry’s Exfoliating Face Wash was one of our favorite new grooming products for 2021. It foams up really nice and offers a thorough cleanse to remove grime and dead skin without stripping skin too much. If you’re looking for a new face wash, this one works great and is pretty dang affordable to boot.

Harry's Exfoliating Face Wash; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Harry's

  

3. Geologie Active Recovery Hydro-Gel Moisturizer

BEST MOISTURIZER

Geologie has fast become a SPY favorite for its customized skincare lines. But many of their products work great for any skin type, including the Geologie Active Recovery Hydro-Gel Moisturizer.

If you’re dealing with dry skin, this moisturizer has the ingredients to help: niacinamide, squalane, hyaluronic acid and allantoin. It goes on with a fresh cooling sensation and leaves nothing but smoother, healthier skin behind.

Geologie Active Recvoery Hydro-Gel Moisturizer Courtesy of Geologie

  

4. GetMr. The Daily 3-in-1 Face Lotion

BEST DAILY SUNSCREEN/MOISTURIZER

Adding sunscreen or sunblock into your skincare routine may be the single best thing you can do to prevent signs of aging. Even better, you can turn to a daily sunblock/moisturizer like the GetMr. The Daily 3-in-1 Face Lotion. A lotion, sunscreen and aftershave all in one, this mineral SPF lotion is loaded with hydrating ingredients to restore skin and sunblocking zinc oxide to stop sun damage in the first place. Pick it up now and start saving your skin the easy way.

GetMr. The Daily 3-in-1 Face Lotion Sunscreen; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of GetMr.

  

5. Harry’s Hydrating Night Lotion

BEST OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZER

Nighttime is one of the best times to up your skincare game. Harry’s Hydrating Night Lotion is about as simple and excellent as it gets. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, absorbs quickly and is a better value for its price than its small size would lead you to believe. Just use a little bit of lotion nightly for softer, brighter, smoother and more hydrated skin.

Harry's Hydrating Night Lotion; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Harry's

  

6. Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum

ANTI-AGING SERUM

Every guy needs at least a few anti-aging products in their grooming drawer. Besides moisturizers and sunscreens, the best thing you can get is an anti-aging serum like the new Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum.

In conjunction with skin-restoring ceramides and peptides, retinol works to firm up skin and reduce signs of aging, including wrinkles, blemishes and discoloration. But most importantly, this serum only uses a small dose of retinol to ensure you can use it every day without leaving your skin red and irritated.

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum Courtesy of Kiehl's

  

7. Baxter of California Skin Concentrate BHA

ACNE-FIGHTING SERUM

The right serum can clear up acne, blemishes and discoloration in no time. The new Baxter of California Skin Concentrate BHA serum keeps the formula simple, with salicylic acid, beta hydroxy acid and vitamin E to reduce redness, unclog pores, even out discoloration and break down fine wrinkles.

Baxter of California Skin Concentrate BHA serum Courtesy of Baxter of California

  

8. The Ordinary Concealer

BEST CONCEALER

Concealers need not belong just to women. Men have blemishes too and The Ordinary Concealer comes in 36 different shades to blend with your skin tone and cover up anything you’d like to stay unseen.

The Ordinary Concealer Courtesy of The Ordinary

  

9. Oars + Alps Natural Lip Balm with SPF 18

BEST SPF LIP BALM

In addition to its new sunscreen stick, Oars + Alps also came out with an excellent Natural Lip Balm with SPF 18 in 2021. Without SPF protection, the sun will age your lips, but the 18 SPF, vitamin E, shea butter and beeswax in this lip balm will work to block UV rays and keep your lips moist. Plus, like the sunscreen stick, this lip balm is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Oars + Alps Natural Lip Balm with SPF18 Courtesy of Oars + Alps

  

The Best Beard and Shaving Products of 2021

  

1. Schick Stubble Eraser Razor

BEST CARTRIDGE RAZOR

A SPY 2021 Man winner, the new Schick Stubble Eraser Razor really surprised us. Not only is it reasonably priced and new, it features a deep stubble comb to help the blades slice through longer facial hair. It’s also designed to rinse through more easily, making this not just one of the best new razors of the year but a likely annual contender for SPY’s favorite razor, especially for non-daily shaving.

Schick Stubble Eraser Razor; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Amazon

  

2. King C. Gillette Double-Edged Safety Razor

BEST SAFETY RAZOR

We really tried to exclude any product that had a release in 2020, but given there isn’t a lot of (real or good) innovation in the shaving space, we’re going to make an exception for the King C. Gillette Double-Edged Safety Razor. Can you buy cheaper safety razors that work? Yes. Can you buy more expensive safety razors that work? Yes, but this razor still works great, has a nice weight to it, is pretty competitive on price already and provides a smooth, clean shave.

But perhaps what we appreciate most about this new line is the fact that Gillette is enormous and everywhere and is finally throwing its weight around to bring safety razor shaves to the masses. If you’ve never used a safety razor before, this is a damn good time and place to start.

King C. Gillette Double-Edged Safety Razor Courtesy of Amazon

  

3. Fulton & Roark Formula 5 Beard Oil

BEST BEARD OIL

Fulton & Roark makes our favorite solid cologne, but the brand also released a fantastic beard oil in 2021, the Formula 5 Beard Oil.

It’s called Formula 5 because it’s designed to be used five different ways, as a beard oil, a pre-shave oil, a scalp moisturizer, a dry skin treatment for body skin and even as a lightweight hair styling product. But that would all be irrelevant if it didn’t actually offer peak moisturization or if the sandalwood fragrance didn’t smell as good as it does. (Shocker, who would’ve suspected that a cologne company could produce a fantastic-smelling oil!?)

Overall, this beard oil is one of the best new grooming products of 2021 and, as a SPY 2021 Man winner, one of the best beard oils money can buy, period.

Fulton & Roark Formula 5 Beard Oil; best new grooming products of 2021 Courtesy of Fulton & Roark

  

4. King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash

BEST BEARD WASH

We’re going to make one more late 2020 exception for the King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash. When you’ve got a beard, you need a wash that will take care of both your beard and the underlying skin and that’s what you get in Gillette’s new wash. With coconut, argan and avocado oils, this wash cleanses skin and facial hair while leaving both feeling moisturized and renewed.

King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash Courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Seven Potions Beard Conditioner

BEARD CONDITIONER

Seven Potions makes an all-around great line of beard care products, including a brand-new Beard Conditioner. If you’re dealing with beard dandruff and beard itch, the variety of oils here will take care of them with minimal effort and smelling of cedar and sandalwood.

Seven Potions Beard Conditioner Courtesy of Amazon

  

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