Author: Jon Wogoman

Strikegold ‘Clinton’ Shave Soap


What are the qualities you look for in each shave soap that you use? What are your standards you follow before buying a product? In other words what determines whether or not you buy it? Does television and radio influence you? Do you see products in the store, research and then buy? or do you just buy and hope for the best? If you have answered yes to all of these questions than you’re not wrong. What product you use to shave with and why Is strictly up to you. I know I say this every time, but that’s because it’s true. Some shavers use the same products religiously because they are familiar and these products work for them, they know what to expect and they know where to buy them from. There is no thought to how this product will work for them, they already know how it works. If you fall into this category and your perfectly happy I say God speed to you Sir! I get to review lots of shaving products and I feel very fortunate to be in this position. I can review a product and relay the important information to you (my readers). I try to be as in formative as I can, I want my readers to basically know the product before they buy. More than half of the products I review you can only order online. There are shave shops located in different states that carry these items and if you are close to one count your self lucky that you can probably find and purchase the items there. Lets talk more specific shall we? I research products all the time. I also have a couple of trusted sources that I follow online through different social media platforms and what these sources review and talk about plays a big role in what kind of influence they have on me.

Social media is a great tool if you know how to use it. When I decide I want to try a shaving soap I look for different things but there are three main attributes that are at the core of my decision. These core attributes are quality, comfort and cushion. These three work together as well as overlap each other. Quality as in what ingredients are used in the production of the soap? Are they all natural or organic? How big are the batches, usually small artisan brands take pride in producing smaller batches because they can control how much and what ingredients they use. Comfort as in do any of these ingredients cause skin irritation? Usually natural and organic ingredients do not lead to skin irritation but its always good to do your research first. When reading the list of ingredients do any words look funny to you? if the answer is yes then look them up, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad ingredient, it just doesn’t look familiar to you. Cushion as in what kind of lather does this soap produce and what kind of slickness and cushion does it offer. There is a difference between slickness and cushion. I’ve used lots of soap that do not produce a lot of lather but offer an over the top slickness. The same goes for cushion, I’ve used soaps that don’t have a lot of slickness but make up for it with a slick lather that cushions the trauma from shaving. Just know that slickness and cushion mean less irritation after shaving.

I recently had a chance to try a soap that met and exceeded the three main attributes quality, comfort and cushion, that I always look for in any soap. the ‘Clinton’ shave soap from Strikegoldshave.etsy.com is from the C.I.C series which stands for ‘Commander In Chief’. Hand made in small batches in Massapequa NY this soap contains several all natural ingredients with many skin care benefits. Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Glycerin helps moisturizes dry skin, Treat acne and blemishes, Reduces skin inflammation, Has anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and A slowing down the aging process, Is anti-irritant providing relief to itchy and peeling skin-Reduces razor irritation and bumps, Restores and can increase the elasticity and collagen production of the skin while improving cell maturation, Reduces stretch marks and can tone your skin. I couldn’t wait to try this soap for myself. I’ve read several great online reviews for strike gold soap, more specifically on social media and every review has been positive and after the first use of this soap I can definitely see why. I received in the mail a sample size of the ‘Clinton’ soap so I decided to test it in two ways. The first way by pressing a small portion of soap into the bottom of my shave scuttle and the second way by just rotating my saturated brush over the surface of the soap. Both ways produced a great lather but the first way for me worked much better. The process was more manageable. I pressed a small amount of soap into the bottom of my scuttle and started rotating my brush with force across the top of it. It didn’t take long to produce a thick and creamy lather that filled my scuttle from top to bottom. I then filled the scuttles reservoir with warm water and set it aside to wait for the lather to warm.

After I completed my skin prep on my head and face I dipped my saturated shave brush into the full scuttle of lather making rotations filling the bristles of my brush with warm and soothing lather. The lather spread across my skin evenly in a nice thick manner. The weight and warmth of the lather felt very soothing and luxurious. Its consistency was creamy and thick not dry and fluffy. The glycerin and tallow created a creamy/thick lather with a lot of slickness providing my razor with a lot of cushion that lead to a close and comfortable shave. I could feel the razor glide across my skin with the razor blade cutting my hair with no left over irritation cuts or nicks. The quality of shave on my face followed suite with the head shave, nice and comfortable with no left over irritation. Overall I really enjoyed shaving with the ‘Clinton’ shave soap from Strikegoldshave.etsy.com it has the three main attributes that I talked about above. The quality of soap is above the mark containing some natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Glycerin. Comfort from this soap containing some natural ingredients that help clean your skin without clogging the pores, increasing hydration and moisture at skin level while hydrating at an even deeper level. Last but not least cushion from the thick, rich and creamy lather this soap produces providing a nice cushion for your razor taking razor burn, cuts and nicks out of your shaving routine.

The second way I tested this soaps lathering abilities was by merely saturating the bristles of my shave brush and rotating them over the surface of the soap with minimal pressure. After this creates a thin pre-shave lather you continue to turn it into a full blown shave ready lather by rotating the bristles of the brush on your skin with a small amount of pressure. This method works up a lather in no time and takes less product compared to creating a full blown bowl of lather. This method is also a little more messier since your not using a bowl to catch the rest of the lather. This method is great if your in a hurry and you still want to practice wet shaving. This method is also useful for traveling light. Both methods of lathering this soap were great and your gonna love this soap no matter how you decide to lather it. Would I recommend this soap to another wet shaver? Absolutely! Thanks for reading!

-Jon Wogoman-

You can find Strike Gold on these other social media platforms

(1.) Instagram
(2.) Facebook
(3.) Etsy.com

 

Taconic Shave Products

Eucalyptus Mint

I’m back! From were you might ask, I’m back from the land of the hair and it’s good to be back. If you are still confused let me explain. I was on social media at one point as Thebaldnation. I reviewed shaving products for bald men for a couple of years. Then I participated in no shave November one year and it totally threw me for a loop. I decided to grow some hair and a beard for about a year and a half. The whole experience was perfect and also awakening I guess you could say. Change always comes at different times in your life and its amazing how one change can spark so many other changes at the same time. So I changed my whole social media presence and revolved around beard products. Then, just like that, I decided to go back to the bald lifestyle and once again I had to change everything around. I learned a couple of valuable lessons. One of those lessons is to just be yourself and speak from the heart, people will respect you for it. Another lesson I learned along the way is that changing your online presence can be tough. It’s hard to start all over again. So now I’m back but I rebranded myself under my own name. I figure, you can’t be more original than that right?

What do you look for in shaving products before you buy? What kind of consumer are you? Do you fall into the category of you need to know all you can about a product before you buy? or, are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of consumer that buys something if it looks good? Honestly there’s no wrong answer because the choice is really up to you. I lean more towards shaving products that have either all natural and organic ingredients or products that have partial natural and organic ingredients. To be honest with you I have used a lot of products in the past that were all chemical based, but that was before I started researching shaving products with more natural ingredients. I also look for products that have more bang for your buck such as shave soap that comes in a container that you can also build the lather in. I’m a big fan of those soaps, that saves you time in the bathroom. I also look for soap that has a reputation for a lot of lather. Soaps that make a lot of lather typically take less time to initiate a pre-lather either in your shave bowl or brush. I recently had a chance to try the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ shave soap and aftershave splash along with the unscented pre-shave oil and a pack of 5 Parkers DE blades from Taconicshave.com which are also the proud owners of Supersafetyrazors.com

The ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ shave soap came packaged in a 4 oz. tin. The soap puck was in a clear package inside of the tin for protection. This also means that the puck can be taken out of the tin and put in a shave bowl for blooming or just to build a lot of lather. If you have never bloomed your shave soap I suggest you try it. Blooming your shave soap makes for a fantastic shave like no other. I have not bloomed this soap yet, the key word is yet! The ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ soap is made by artisan soap makers in New York’s Hudson Valley. They handcraft this soap in small batches to ensure you get a product with the highest quality possible. When a soap is handcrafted in small batches the artisan or artisans making the soap have more control over what and how much of what goes into the soap. Glycerin-Coconut-Palm-Safflower-Olive-Castor & Essential Oils-Bentonite clay-Soybean & Wheat Protein are some of the natural ingredients found in the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ offering many skin care benefits such as Treats oily skin and removes dirt, helps prevent dry and rough skin, Helps treat Eczema-Psoriasis & Acne-skin infections-wrinkles & fine lines, Acts as an Humectant attracts water from the air trapping it in your skin, Acts as an emollient that keeps your skin not only moist but soft and supple to touch promoting elasticity, Contains Vitamins A-C & E, Antimicrobial-Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties protecting the skin from harmful bacteria killing off free radicals that can lead to premature aging. Bentonite clay is one of my favorite ingredients you can find in a soap.

Bentonite Clay has so many benefits such as all the ones I listed above plus many other benefits as well. Bentonite Clay has a very special ability, it produces an strong negative charge when hydrated bonding to the positive charge carried by toxins. It draws toxins out of your body! So yes I definitely get excited when I see soaps that contain Bentonite clay. The unscented pre-shave oil came in a 2 fl. oz plastic bottle with a pump style lid. This pre-shave oil is also handcrafted with all natural and organic oils consisting of Vitamin E, organic safflower, organic castor and grape seed oil. Not only do these oils have lots of skin care benefits such as attracting moisture and keeping your skin hydrated and moist, they also have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help sooth dry and irritated skin. The list goes on and on. The unscented pre-shave oil also is designed to provide a barrier of protection between your skin and razor while creating a smoother shaving surface increasing the glide for your razor. More glide means less irritation with less chances of cuts and nicks. The alcohol free Eucalyptus Mint aftershave splash came in a 4 fl. oz amber tinted bottle. The amber tint helps prevent the break down of the organic and natural oils found in this aftershave splash. To much direct sunlight or exposure can and will start to break down the oils found inside changing the consistency and functionality of the aftershave splash. The Organic Herbal Extract, Glycerin, Allantoin, Essential Oils, Menthol eucalyptus, spearmint and added witch hazel have anti-inflammatory, toning and antiseptic properties that help moisturizing and heal your skin after shaving. The menthol will leave your skin with a lasting cooling sensation adding comfort to the long list of benefits.

After I prepped my skin for my nightly shave I first applied the unscented pre-shave oil. I only needed 2-3 pumps of oil to coat my head. The consistency of the oil was thick but not to thick. I always add a couple drops of water to dilute the oil a little bit making it easier to spread evenly across my head. The added water did not change the effectiveness of the oil. It was still thick and provided a nice glide for my razor. While the oil was soaking into my scalp and working its magic I started working on getting my lather ready. I decided to go with my shave scuttle for building a good lather. I saturated my brush prior to my shaving routine opening up the bristles getting them ready to soak up some lather. I tilted the container of soap on its side and started rotating my brush across the surface creating a thin pre-shave lather that dripped into my scuttle. After I reached the desired amount I then continued to rotate my brush inside my bowl with a little force turning the thin mixture into a thick and rich shave ready lather. I filled the outside reservoir of the scuttle with hot water to keep my lather warm. The warm lather applied evenly across the top, sides and back of my head. Next I changed the DE blade of my pre-selected safety razor and started shaving. The pre-shave oil created a slick surface that made my razor glide across the surface of the skin. The head shave was close and comfortable with no irritation cuts or nicks. The warm and thick lather provided a lot of cushion for my razor and felt very luxurious on my skin. I was very impressed. The aroma of the soap was very minty and pleasant. The face shave had the same results as the head shave did. I washed the remaining soap off of my head and face noticing right away the fantastic post shave feel the soap provided. the water increased the cooling sensation from the soap as well as the level of slickness. My skin felt very slick. I patted my skin dry waiting a couple of minutes before moving on. After my nightly was completed I finished it off with the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ after shave splash. I turned the bottle upside down over the palm of my hand a retrieved 6-8 drops and lightly patted it on the top of my head working my way down to my neck and over my face. The menthol added a nice tingling sensation that increased the intensity from the shave soap. My skin felt cool and refreshed. I followed it up with an aftershave balm and lotion to keep my skin soft and smooth.

I wanted to test this soap in regards to building lather in two ways. The first way and always my favorite way is with a shaving bowl. The second way by just rotating my brush over the surface of the soap. What I found out was that I liked both methods and with both methods you could preserve product, let me break it down for you. My fist test was by way of shave bowl, actually it was my shaving scuttle. If you are not familiar with a scuttle its basically a shave bowl that keeps your lather warm. You can research it on google for more details. I started with a saturated shave brush making rotations on the surface of the soap creating a thin pre-shave lather. I tilted the tin of soap on its side over my scuttle as I was rotating the brush so my pre-shave lather would fall into the scuttle. Then I started the process of creating a shave ready lather by continuous brush rotations with minimal force adding small amounts of water if needed until I reach the consistency I’m looking for. The second method was merely just rotating my wet brush across the surface of the soap until it formed a thin pre-shave lather. Instead of transferring it to a bowl like last time I decided to work it into a shave ready lather by rotating the brush across my skin turning the once thin lather into a thicker lather.

The truth is I like both methods, there are pros and cons to each one. The scuttle method takes more product to achieve and allows lots of thick shave soap left over in your bowl that you can save until the following night. The next night I added a little more water to re-work the lather back into its former glory. The later strategy works more on the side of preserving product. It only takes a small portion on your shave brush to turn into a brush full of lather. The downfall is you have no way of saving the left over lather on your brush, so the remaining lather goes down the drain. No matter how you choose to create lather with the ‘Eucalyptus Mint’ your going to have a fantastic experience. Would I suggest this soap to other shavers? Yes absolutely! Thanks for reading.

-Jon Wogoman-

You can find Taconicshave.com on these other social media platforms

(1.) Instagram
(2.) Facebook
(3.) Taconicshave.com

 

Dichotomy Beard Products

Caramel Nut Mocha!

Ok so lets get down to the nitty gritty! we all know what beard products are for and what the do right? If not then here is a very quick run-down. Beard oil and balm keeps your skin and beard soft and healthy. Beard balm also contains bees wax which provides a holding power needed to help manage and maintain those fly away whiskers. Who/where and why you buy these beard products is up to you. Do you want to buy products that use all natural butters and essential oils? or products that use all chemicals? The choice is up to you, that’s the only right or wrong answer when it comes to buying beard products. What’s most important to me when I look for something new is, how natural are the products? and what kind of scent do they have or what’s available? To be honest, I do have some products that are not 100% all natural and I’m fine with that, it doesn’t keep me up at night. I try to stay on the all natural side but stray every once in a while. The scent of a product and the strength of the aroma is also important to me. My wife is sensitive to strong aromas so I have to be careful. I also don’t want to knock people over when I walk past them so the strength of the aroma really matters to me. I had a chance not long ago to review the Caramel Nut Mocha beard oil and balm from Dichotomygrooming.com They sell beard care products and also shaving products. They have several choices to choose from. One of the things I liked right away when visiting their website is how the shaving and beard products were tied together by scent. Yes men with beards do shave. Some men shave their neck/cheek lines while others shave more than that.

I on the other hand have opted to put down the razor and let my beard grow in with the natural look. I am shaving my neck line just until my beard gets long enough to hide my neck. I don’t bother with using shave soap because I only have to shave a very small area but if the area was bigger I would definitely check out the shaving cream selection from Dichotomy Grooming as well. Like I previously stated their beard care and shaving products work together through matching scents. They also carry after shave lotions in the same scents so you can match all of your grooming products with the same scent. I like that, it’s unified grooming, you can take care of your beard and shave with the same scented products and follow suite finishing it off with an aftershave lotion to help prevent razor burn. I received in the mail a 1 oz. fluid bottle of the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha beard oil’. The beard oil bottle is amber tinted to preserve and protect the natural oils used to make the beard oil. To much exposure to light can cause the natural oils to beak down and weaken. The dropper style lid helps you conserve oil by only allowing one drop at a time. Along with the oil came the pairing ‘Carmel Nut Mocha Beard Balm’ in a rounded 2 oz. jar. The rounded jar was also amber tinted preserving the natural and essential oils used to make this balm. The first thing I did before anything else was open each container so I could smell the product. The caramel nut mocha aroma is fantastic, if these products tasted the same way they smelled I would have eaten them by now, but unfortunately these products are just for beard care and should not be eaten.

I washed and towel patted my beard to dry in anticipation of trying these new products. I applied 3-4 drops of oil to my hands and rubbed them together thoroughly coating my hands with oil. I worked the oil into my whiskers and waited a couple of minutes to let my skin and beard soak up the oil. The ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard oil contains a lot of natural and essential oils such as Jojoba-Argan-Apricot Kernel-Sweet Almond-Avocado-Grapeseed & Vitamin E Oil that have a lot of skin care benefit. These oils have Vitamin E and antioxidants that help restore and balance your skin keeping it looking supple and glowing, Moisturizes Skin, Prevents Razor Burn, Promotes Skin Health, Wont clog your pores, protects and cleanses the skin, Soothes fines lines and wrinkles, Fights the early signs of aging, helps treat eczema and psoriasis, helps stimulate hair growth, makes hair more pliable and soft, keeps moisture in the scalp, protects your skin from harmful UV rays, helps keep your skin looking smooth and healthy, helps sooth chapped and irritated skin. With all those benefits I think the question you should ask yourself is why am I not using this beard oil on an every day basis.

I let the oil work its magic for a few minutes and then decided it was time to apply the balm. I can’t say enough good things about the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard balm, but here are a few. First it has a softer consistency but yet provides a light hold. A dime sized amount of balm in the palms of my hands with a little friction and its ready to coat your whiskers and provide all the management you need for the day. The fragrance follows suite with the oil only a little more milder. I noticed this is the case with every oil/balm combo I have reviewed in the past. The aroma is fantastic just like the oil. Last but not least its full of all natural and essential oils and butters that are good for you and the environment. The Apricot Kernal-Jojoba-Grapeseed and Vitamin E Oil, Mango and shea butter along Beeswax offers the same skin care benefits as the oil consisting of containing antioxidants that help restore and balance your skin keeping it looking supple and glowing, Moisturizes Skin, Prevents Razor Burn, Promotes Skin Health, Wont clog your pores, protects and cleanses the skin, Soothes fines lines and wrinkles, Fights the early signs of aging, helps treat eczema and psoriasis, helps stimulate hair growth, makes hair more pliable and soft, keeps moisture in the scalp, protects your skin from harmful UV rays, helps keep your skin looking smooth and healthy, helps sooth chapped and irritated skin. The Mango and Shea Butter also help to moisturize and reduce beard itch, prevent beard dandruff, eliminates split ends and locks in moisture.

Once the balm was worked thoroughly into my beard I ran my beard comb through my whiskers a couple of times evenly spreading the balm out. Next I grabbed my boar bristle beard brush and starting on the right side working my way over to the left side I stroked my beard downward. After reaching the end of the left side I did the same motion towards the right side. Next I started underneath my beard on the right side stroking my whiskers upward working my way to the left side again and then back to the right side. I always end my comb/brush ritual with one last stroke on the outside of my beard starting from the top with a downward stroke to bring my beard back into a resting position. The ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ beard balm held strong all day long and helped manage any fly away strands of hair there might be. Would I recommend the ‘Caramel Nut Mocha’ to other beardsman? Absolutely! Thanks for reading.

-Jon Wogoman-

You can find Dichotomy on these other social media platforms

(1.) Facebook
(2.) Instagram
(3.) Dichotomygrooming.com

 

 

Urban Beard Beard Products


I would say this year has been a pretty big year for me. Actually, epic! would be the correct word to use. Why is that? well I’m glad you asked. From the year 1996 up to 2017 I was bald and clean-shaven. I never thought for one second that I would ever change being bald. I joined social media and started my website Thebaldnation.com reviewing shaving products for bald men. I built custom content for Thebaldnation revolving around the bald lifestyle and I loved every minute of it. Being bald on social media is just like being bearded in the same aspect as you’re in your own little club. Yep, not for one second did I think I would be reviewing beard products and growing hair. Then ‘No Shave November 2017’ came along and changed everything. I partnered with Cremo crème on a project to raise awareness for cancer and decided I really liked having hair on my head along with facial hair. Truth be told I had though about it many times but was so used to being bald with no facial hair. The thought of making a drastic change of appearance kind of scared me. The older you get the more routine you like to stay and making drastic changes takes a lot of energy. I’m lucky to have a very supportive wife that I can talk to and bounce ideas of off. I decided to continue with the pursuit of hair and reinvented my social media presence into what it is today. Just to be clear, this decision has nothing to do with social media or my blog/website. This decision is strictly freedom of personal growth.

I’m still pretty new to being a beardsman. 11 months to be exact, 1 months away from a (Yeard) or a one year beard without trimming or cutting. The first couple of months were the hardest because of the itching and uneven parts that stick out like a sore thumb. Good skin care is important especially when it comes to growing a beard. Little tiny glands in your skin produce sebum, this oily or waxy matter protects your skin and hair by keeping it hydrated and moisturized. Dry skin under those precious whiskers of yours can be very uncomfortable and lead to beard dandruff which from what I hear is very uncomfortable. Dry skin can easily be caused by washing your beard with the wrong kind of soap. The hair on your head is different from the hair on your face so using regular bar soap or shampoo can and will strip the natural oils from your beard causing itchy and irritated dry skin. A fungal infection can also cause dry skin and beard dandruff. The yeast that lives on your skin finds hiding places in your beard and grows until it’s to late to catch it on time.

So how do we stop or control these issues that are very common among beardsman? Starting with a good natural soap or wash that wont strip the natural oils away from your beard when washing it is a good step in the right direction. Exfoliation of the skin underneath your beard clears out any dead skin and bacteria that’s been hiding behind those whiskers of yours. Beard oil also helps control dry and irritated skin while keeping your beard soft and healthy. Beard balm has a lot of the same benefits that oil has but also has beeswax that gives you a little more control of your beard. Beard butter is another product that I think is highly underrated. I think the biggest question that’s asked is what’s the difference between beard butter and beard balm. One of the main ingredients found in beard balm and not beard butter is beeswax. Beeswax is what gives beard balm its holding power among other things. Beard butter does not contain beeswax, even though it does possess some holding power from other ingredients its main purpose is keeping your skin and whiskers healthy. The holding element is not as prevalent.

My night-time beard care routine used to be the same as my morning routine but I changed it up several months ago for certain reasons. I don’t need as much control of my beard in the evening so I mainly focus on cleaning and conditioning. I use beard oil/balm as well as comb and brush in the morning as part of my grooming routine before I head off to work. In the evening once I’m home for the night I mainly just use beard butter. Sometimes I use a fragrance free beard oil first but that’s only on occasions. I also just let my moustache go wild instead of taming it since I’m not going any were. This change in routine has freed up some time in the bathroom and I’m still working on beard care. A while back I had the chance to review some beard products from Urbanbeard. Urbanbeard is a Canadian company that features an online store selling a range of beard products made from top quality ingredients. Their products range from beard shampoo, conditioner, oil, wax and beard butter. All of their beard care products are handmade in small batches with vegan friendly certified organic ingredients. They also sell T-Shirts and grooming instruments such as razors, combs and brushes.

I had the chance to try their (Peppermint) beard butter. Beard butter can contain a lot of the same carrier and essential oils that you may find in other beard products such as oils and balms. Beard butter moisturizes your whiskers and the skin underneath your beard keeping both soft, clean and healthy. The Urban beard (Peppermint) Beard Butter came in a round 150 ML or 5 fluid ounce aluminum tin. Urban Beard is an eco-friendly company. They only use recyclable materials when packaging their products. Aluminum also does not allow any harmful chemicals to seep into your product like plastic does. This Peppermint beard butter contains a lot of organic oils such as Sweet Almond-Jojoba-Frankincense-Eucalyptus-Peppermint and Pine Oil, Vitamin E Oil is also one of the ingredients used as well. These organic and natural oils offer a lot of skin and facial care benefits such as an excellent emollient, softens and re-conditions facial hair, Rich in proteins considered to be extremely nourishing, Stimulates the hair follicles helping to grow stronger & healthier hair, Improves shine/thickness & overall health of your hair, Can penetrate your beards hair follicle & strengthen the fibers increasing elasticity & softness of your beard, Has anti-aging/rejuvenating & healing properties, Can sooth dry & irritated skin, Can help heal burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, & skin infections, Can help treat psoriasis, Itching, Pimples, Eczema, Scabies & sores, Resembles the sebum of the skin, Rich in vitamin E promoting a glowing complexion.

I also received one of their long-handled boar bristle hair brush and handmade pocket beard combs that you can also use to comb the hair on your head. Boar hair distributes your skins natural oils throughout your hair to the end of the shaft. A boar hair bristle brush can help repair dry and damaged whiskers while giving them a nice shine. A Boars hair bristle brush can also stimulate blood flow to your whiskers promoting increased and healthy growth. The Urban Beard Boar Hair Bristle brush overall length is 8″, 4″ of that is the head of the brush and just over 1.5″ in width. The handmade saw cut comb is made from cellulose acetate with a faux tortoiseshell finish. This comb has booth fine and coarse teeth perfect for any beard. Measuring in at 127mm in over all length, this combs fits in your pocket comfortably. I used the peppermint beard butter for seven days. I primarily used it in the evening before I went to sleep. I washed my beard with a good beard soap and let my whiskers somewhat air dry. I dipped my finger into the thick beard butter and retrieved a dime sized portion and rubbed it between the palms of my hands. I then applied it to my beard working it in, the butter soaked into my whiskers and the skin underneath my beard quickly. Even though the butter is thick it didn’t feel heavy on my beard or face and it had a great peppermint aroma that was very light and pleasant. The peppermint oil felt cool and calming on my face. This would be a perfect product to use during the summertime to keep your face feeling nice and cool during those hot summer nights.

After the beard butter worked its magic on my beard it was still a little saturated so I used the handmade pocket comb first. I used the fine tooth side to comb out any tangles. I started from the right and combed in a downward direction making my way over to the left side. I then started from underneath my beard combing in an upward direction still with the fine teeth working out any snags there might be. Then one more time in a downward direction to bring my whiskers to a final resting position. I had several tangles along the way but they weren’t a problem for the handmade pocket beard comb, it glided through my whiskers detangling any tangles painlessly. The faux tortoiseshell finish gave this comb a great glide perfect to tackle any major tangles you might find along the way. Once my beard was dry I followed it up with the boars hair bristle brush. I kept the same routine as with the comb when it comes to direction. One pass in a downward direction from right to left. Then in an upward direction and lastly once again in a downward direction to bring my beard back into the resting position. I liked how the boars hair felt on my whiskers and skin very therapeutic, calm and soothing. Last but not least, after I was finished with my boars hair brush I finished styling my beard and moustache with my pocket comb and that was that. I had a great week with the Urbanbeard.com beard products. Thanks for reading!

TheNaturalBeardsman

You can also find past shaving reviews on TheBaldNation.com

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(2.) Facebook
(3.) Instagram
(4.) Urbanbeard.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LoneBear Beard Products

Let’s talk about the animal kingdom for a minute shall we? Seems only fitting since we are talking about beards and beard care. There are a multitude of animals that have beards and honestly their beard will always look better than ours. I know, I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. Sometime when you are just sitting around your computer or laptop google animals with beards and see what you find. Amongst the many animals that google would pull up in a search the three that I automatically think of are lions, tigers and bears. These three animals don’t just have a beard, their whole face seems to be one big beard. The other fictional character that comes to mind is Chewbacca from star wars. Chewy stands about 7 foot tall and is pretty much one big beard from head to toe, and trust me you will never beat his beard! The one animal I see the most of as a mascot for different brands of beard care items is the bear. A bear is warm, fuzzy and a perfect mascot to represent a brand of beard care items.

That’s exactly what I found with Lonebearbeard.com. Lone Bear is a small artisan company that started off with a vision of creating all natural beard products made with pure and high quality ingredients. Lone bear makes all their products in small batches ensuring quality every time. All their beard oils contain the same carrier oils such as Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. These carrier oils have many skin care benefits such as Hypoallergenic and won’t clog the pores of your skin, Has Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory properties fighting premature ageing, conditions and cleanses the skin helping to fight Acne-Black heads and psoriasis, balances out oily and dry skin, Helps increase hair growth, Soothes dry and irritated skin-sunburn-bug bites and stings, Protects your skin from harmful UV rays and helps to smooth out razor bumps. Lone Bears also uses the same carrier oils of Jojoba-Argan-Coconut and Sweet Almond but also uses an all natural Beeswax and unrefined natural organic Shea Butter when hand crafting all of their beard balm. Shea Butter contains a lot of fatty acids and vitamins that can help soften/heal your skin while conditioning and toning at the same time. Beeswax has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help fight chapped skin. Beeswax forms a protective barrier on the outside of your skin sealing in moisture keeping your skin hydrated without clogging the pores of your skin. Beeswax is also the ingredient that gives beard balm its holding power. The more and less Beeswax your beard balm contains the more or less holding power it posses.

I received in the mail from Lonebearbeard.com 1 Fluid Ounce bottle of ‘Grizzly Bear’ beard oil and matching 2 Fluid Ounce beard balm. The oil came packaged in an amber tinted bottle to preserve the integrity of the oils inside the bottle with a dropper style lid. I like the dropper lids, it helps me conserve as much oil as possible. I can be more precise when using it and deciding how many drops I need to get the job done. The balm was packaged in a round sturdy aluminum tin. I used both the ‘Grizzly Bear’ oil and balm for one week and it was without a doubt a full week of bearded glory every day. I only needed 5 drops of oil to generously coat the whiskers in my beard. The oil felt smooth and had a consistency that fell some were in the middle of thin and thick. In my opinion I thought the consistency was perfect. Lone bear doesn’t use any fillers in their oils such as water or alcohol. They only use all natural carrier and essential oils so you know exactly what you’re putting in your beard, A healthy and safe product that’s good for you, and the environment. The oil soaks into your beard and skin quickly without leaving behind a greasy residue. The only thing the oil leaves behind is a glistening beard every time. After a few minutes I ran my wooden comb through my beard a couple of times and then my brush to evenly distribute the oil. I started on the right side of my beard working my way over to the left side in a downward stroke. Then in an upward stroke starting from the left side working my way over to the right. Then one more time to bring my beard back into a resting position.

I followed up with the ‘Grizzly Bear’ beard balm. I took the lid of the tin and gently pushed the pad of my finger into the top of the balm. The consistency was firm but soft enough to easily scoop out a dime sized portion of balm. I rubbed the dime sized portion of balm between the palms of my hands softening it even more making it easier to work into my beard coating the whiskers. The balm felt thick but not so thick that it would weigh down my beard. The balm was thick enough that I could style my beard but also had some flexibility so it didn’t look stiff and uncomfortable. All of the Lone Bear beard balms have a medium holding power which is perfect for me. Once the balm was applied I waited a couple of more minutes and finished my morning beard grooming routine of with a quick run through with my comb and brush in the same fashion as I did after I applied the beard oil. The only difference between the two routines is after I finish with the brush for the second time I follow it up with styling my beard and moustache with one of my favorite pocket combs. The ‘Grizzly Bear’ beard oil and balm have a great cedar wood aroma that’s not overwhelming to you or the people around you. I also received a 1 Fluid Ounce bottle of Vanilla/Coffee scented ‘Brew Bear’. The ‘Brew Bear’ came packaged in the same amber tinted bottle with the same style dropper lid and contains the same carrier oils as the ‘Grizzly Bear’ does. Functionally there is no difference between the two oils except for the scent and the aroma it produces.

Last but not least lets talk about multifunctional. Not only can the oils and balms from Lonebearbeard.com be used for beard grooming necessities but they can also be used as a number of other remedies as well. Skin conditioning, Dandruff control, Control and spot treatment of acne, Casual cologne, Chigger bite relief, Dog hot spots, Tattoo conditioning, Hair styling, Hair conditioning, Healing rough elbows/feet and Lip balm. These are just a few other remedies that the beard oil and balm can be used for. Thanks for reading!

TheNaturalBeardsman

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The HeirComb-Beard and Hair Comb

When you think of the different aspect of Beard care what first comes to mind? Moisturizing? beard oil or balm? Today I’m going to talk about the grooming aspect of beard care more specifically, I want to talk about beard combs. If you google beard combs online you’re gonna find a lot of brands that sell their own version of beard combs and what they claim is that their beard comb is the only comb you need to buy. I don’t necessarily believe that, not because I think their product is over rated or because it’s not worth buying, but rather a beardsman may need a different comb to fill different needs. I have several wooden beard combs all different sizes that get the job done. I like all my wooden combs for different reasons, but, I don’t use even one of them to comb the hair on my head. The wooden beard comb is not really meant to accomplish that. I also have a couple of handmade combs that I’ve tried using for moustache styling but get really warm when I’m using my wife’s blow dryer to warm the wax spreading it throughout my stache. I have a whole drawer full of beard combs that I use throughout the week. Why so many beard combs you might ask? The simple answer is, because I want to! I love beard combs and I can’t seem to get enough of them. I recently had a chance to try a comb from Heircomb.com If you read the about section it tells the story about how their company was founded when he came across the metal comb passed down to him from his grandfather. His grandfather used this metal comb everyday. Through thick and thin with all of life’s ups and downs, good time and bad times he always carried his comb. Years of living life day in and out and learning from your mistakes helps you grow as a person and gain wisdom. Eventually his grandfather passed his metal comb full of wisdom and glory down to him to carry on passionately throughout life gaining his own wisdom until one day passing it on again.

Obviously I’m referring to the comb in more of a symbolic and not organic manner. His grandfather used his comb during the AH-HA and OH-NO moments in life. Passing his comb down is his way of saying without words, this is what I used everyday as I was becoming the man I am today, now it’s your turn. I get it 100% and I’m along the same train of thought when it comes to passing things down to my children. My eye glasses, watch and wallet are all small items to me but are the things I want to pass down to my children. My wallet represents my passion and strength in providing for my family and the sacrifices I made along the way. My watch represents all the minutes I’ve counted until the time I can be home with my family. My glasses represents trying to see the obstacles in my way of raising a family with good morals and judgement. They also represent seeing visions of the future when I retire so I can spend more of my time with my wife. I can add a comb to my list that represents pretty much what I described above. Heircomb states on their website, “Restoring American Pride…..Pride in our Family, Pride in Ourselves, Pride in our Country, Pride in our Products” and I think that’s a powerful statement. Our children today are living in a society that provides whatever they want when they want and tells them that they don’t have to work hard to get the things that they want. The pride of craftmanship, stewardship and just making a living through hard work and pride for what you do is slowly slipping away. Heircomb is simply saying, let’s make America great again even if it’s through smaller increments at a time so lets start with a smaller token that is useful in everyday life that you can take pride in, Enough about emotional stuff!……..let’s talk about the Heircomb shall we?

I was very excited for the chance to try their ‘THE HEIR’ beard and hair comb. The comb came packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. The comb itself was sealed in soft plastic resting against a foam insert with the American flag printed right on the front. The first thing I noticed when unpackaging was the weight of the comb. It was neither to heavy or to light. The ‘THE HEIR’ comb is laser cut from T304 stainless steel. T304 is the most common used stainless steel in a lot of products including forks, knives, steel wires, medical and personal care instruments, automobiles, machine parts, so on and so on. The T304 steel comes from the family of 300 steel grades. The T304 is very soft and durable with a lot of long time reliability, better finish and durability, as soon as I held the comb in my hand I knew I was holding something special and one day could be passed on to my son or daughter. Measuring in at 5″ x 1 1/4″ ‘THE HEIR’ fits perfectly inside your pocket and is just the right size for beard management. The signature ‘H’ cutout located at the top gives this comb its own flair. The comb is dipped in their premium “Satin Black” polyester coating creating an effortless glide through your beard and the hair on your head. I used this comb every day for seven days straight and loved every minute of it. Every time I got a chance to I was in the bathroom combing my hair and beard. The polyester coating provides a static free ultra smooth glide that’s very important. The last thing you want is to be out and about or at work with your hair sticking up from static cling. That’s just no good for anyone! Each stroke of this comb through my hair and beard felt good on my skin, like a mini massage for my scalp and face. This increases circulation helping to promote hair growth. I really enjoyed using ‘THE HEIR’ beard and hair comb and I know you will to, all you have to do is try it for yourself and you will be happy you did. Thanks for reading!

-TheNaturalBeardsman-

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