TheNaturalBeardsman

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

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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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