CBD Oil and Amish Beard Soap: 8 Things Franklin & Whitman’s Founder Can’t Live Without

Christopher Cieri spills his must-have products, ranging from beard care to vegan snacks.

Photograph by Melissa Anne Tilley.

In both the worlds of vegan goods and all-natural skincare, Franklin & Whitman is a local success story. The line of plant-based goods is beloved by many a wellness influencer and fitness professional for its simple ingredient lists and high-quality formulas — and the fact that F&W donates five percent of all sales to dog rescue organizations doesn’t hurt either.

Franklin & Whitman sells everything from plant-based skincare to haircare to men’s (and dog’s!) grooming products — all created by Christopher Cieri, a Philadelphia native who built Franklin & Whitman from the ground up in his downtime as the VP of Springboard Media. As a dog-lover and conscious consumer (and more recently, as a vegan), Cieri wanted to create a collection of products that were cruelty-free and preservative-free, while reppin’ the city we all know and love.

Below, you’ll find the products this local entrepreneur can’t live without. He covers everything from what he uses to keep his beard looking fresh to his favorite vegan on-the-go snacks and, of course, some of his favorite dog accessories. Plus, with just a few clicks, you can score your own versions of his favorite products!

Honest Amish Original Beard Soap

“Keeping my beard looking its best is a chore. While I use Franklin & Whitman beard serums to groom and moisturize it on a daily basis, I like using Honest Amish Beard Soap to keep it clean. I really like this soap because they only use organic natural oils and clays and it is gentle enough to use every day.” $6.77 from Honest Amish.

Pure Kana CBD Oil

“CBD oil has tons of health benefits, from relieving pain and inflammation to reducing anxiety and helping with insomnia. Being on the go all the time, I can use all the help I can get to center myself.” $54 from Pure Kana.

Hu Kitchen Chocolates

“These vegan, paleo-friendly bars are made of organic, fair-trade cacao and are amazing. The Almond Butter & Puffed Quinoa bars should be illegal they are so good!” $25 for a four-pack from Hu Kitchen.

Healthy Human Dog Travel Bowls

“These stacking, bento-style travel bowls are great if you are on the go with your pups! They are made with human-grade stainless steel and BPA-free plastic. They are great for carrying food, water, treats, or even toys when you are taking your dogs out for more than a quick walk.” Starting at $18.99 from Healthy Human.

Soma Water Filter Carafe


“Staying hydrated is sometimes a challenge for me, but I love my Soma Carafe. The glass is shatter proof, the plastic is BPA-free, and the filter is made of renewable, plant-based materials. It is also absolutely beautiful in it’s simplicity.” Starting at $49 from SOMA.

Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

“Braggs ACV is unfiltered and contains the raw vinegar mother which boosts your immune system, contains a powerful alkalizing agent, and helps with digestion. I drink a tablespoon mixed with eight ounces of filtered water every morning to get my day started off right.” $4.09 from Bragg.

AeroPress Coffee Maker

“As a former coffee shop manager, I can be a coffee snob sometimes — well, all of the time. I love my AeroPress because it brews an amazing cup of coffee in only a few minutes and the cleanup is a dream.” $29.95 on Amazon.

Square Organics Crisp Protein Bars

“Any time I get a chance to have some protein while on the go I am going to take it. These crispy protein bars from Square Organics are the perfect size, include 10 grams of sprouted plant protein, and are delicious!” $23.99 for a nine-pack from Square Organics.

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