The Wilderness Forager’s Guide to Grooming

Solo backcountry adventurers don’t have to worry about packing a Dopp kit. You, however, know that camping’s better when you’ve got company. And despite how refreshing it is to go all Man vs. Wild and abandon good hygiene, it’s even more hardcore to gather your own all-natural grooming products. Custom perfumer Yosh Han gave us a few ingredients to look for when you’re combating malodor in the great outdoors. Her tips will ensure you don’t mistakenly freshen up your underarms with poison oak. Here’s what to look for and how to use it.

Rosemary

Latin for “dew of the sea,” rosemary is an evergreen that historically subsisted on the humidity carried by sea breeze. It’s also a fragrant reprieve for unwashed hair. Han suggests rubbing a sprig of the herb between the palms of your hands, then massaging it into hair to give it a heady woodsy scent.

Sage

Native Americans burned this essential herb for its purifying properties, which also speaks to sage’s ability to curb odor. Underarms can get a boost from the herb’s minty musk when you rub wild sage leaves into the armpit area of your shirtsleeves.

Mint

“Put wild mint in hot water and drink it like a tea,” says Han of the natural breath freshener. A mint-flavored toothpaste can mask breath but digesting the aromatic herb will give you a whiff of cleanliness from the inside out.

Pine Resin

Pine has both antibacterial and naturally deodorizing properties. With the addition of a little grease you use it to give your skin gets a holiday-scented sudsing: “This one can get a little bit sticky,” says Han, “but if you rub pine needles or pine resin with a little cooking oil, this will give you a good body cleanser.”

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