Shop Swap: The Men’s Products That Women Will Love (And Vice Versa)

Gentlemen, admit it—you’ve secretly slathered on some of that exfoliator you found in the shower. And ladies, you know you’ve always at least wondered whether his razor might give you a smoother shave. The editors here at Birchbox aren’t afraid to experiment with products that are technically made for the opposite sex. Here, we share our discoveries about which beauty and grooming products work for both girls and guys.

Whitney’s Dilemma: Simplifying Her Morning Routine

I have to admit, I don’t like showering. It takes too long and I’ve got about 15 different products piled up in the shower caddy. My boyfriend uses all-in-one products, and I’d love to have the same minimalist approach.

Nate’s Solution: Anthony Invigorating Rush Hair and Body Wash

Whitney: This multi-tasker does the job (with a minty tingle, no less!). My boyfriend loved it too. It was a weird concept to just scrub a body wash into my hair (or use a shampoo on my skin), but now I feel silly that I never sought out this kind of product before. I think most people are stuck on the idea that they will only look their best if they use targeted products on each part of the body, when really the idea is simple: get clean, feel good.

Nate’s Dilemma: Oily, Delicate Hair

After years of daily shampooing, I’ve (regrettably) trained my hair to produce excess oil. That means if I skip a wash or hit the gym after work, my coif quickly resembles a soggy pile of noodles. To make matters worse, my hair is particularly delicate, so a standard hair powder is likely to dry it out.

Whitney’s Solution: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Nate: I’ve always been curious about dry shampoo, but this is the first one I’ve actually tried—and it really struck a chord. The formula doesn’t try to add fragrance or hold—it’s a simple, straightforward fix that obliterates grease. That means no residue, no white powder, and no more oily texture. Better yet, the oatmeal extract leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth, so it doubles as a leave-in conditioner.

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