This week I had the pleasure of reviewing the Woodsman Kit from The Bearded Bastard himself. The kit contains a bottle of Woodsman 1 oz. Beard Oil and a 1 oz. tin of Woodsman Wax.
Upon opening the package sent to me I was immediately impressed by the design and construct of the items. From the simple, yet elegant, laser cut logo and text, to the wood-wrapped bottle, I was swept off my feet from the get go! If that wasn’t enough to get you excited about this product, the wood has a very strong cedar scent! As soon as you open the package, you will smell the amazing goodness!
What astonishes me most about these products is The Bearded Bastard was able to capture that fresh cut wood scent and inject it into these products. After smelling the scent you will be transported back to your childhood camp trips! If you’ve ever had the lucky chance to make it to Lake Tahoe in Northern California then you’ve probably smelled this scent before!
Alright, enough of my raving about the scent, let’s get down to the usability of the product. First, we begin with the Woodsman Beard oil. Other than the scent, what sets this item apart from its competitors is it makes use of eight different types of oil whereas many others companies only use around three. However, when you break down its benefits and/or usability, beard oil is beard oil. Without the wonderful scent, it would be hard to determine how this oil differs from others.
To use, simply pour a dime-sized amount of product into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and lightly rub into your beard (use a nickel-sized amount for longer beards). And remember, when putting new products in your beard, it is best to do so after a shower. This allows your hair to fully absorb the product and its nutrients.
PLEASE NOTE: when placing oily products into your beard, it is important to know that you should always start mid-shaft and rub down to the tips of the hair. Oily products should not be applied to the root of the hair since that will be the healthiest part of the hair. If desired you may want to blow dry your beard to dry out some of the excess oil.
This product can be used every day, or every few days (depending on your bearded needs). It is also important to understand this is an oil-based liquid and will not aid in keeping fly-aways and curly-q’s down as it doesn’t have enough weight to make your hair lay flat. After a weeks worth of use, I have not noticed any health changes in my beard, but it did aid in keeping my hair untangled.
Next comes the Woodsman Wax. This is a hard wax, much different than soft waxes such as Clubman wax or Fireman’s wax. There are a few ways of applying this product to your mustache. The first way is to use the back of your nail to scrape away small layers of wax and ball them up (about the size of a skittle). Rub the skittle-sized wax between your two index fingers until it becomes fibrous when separating your fingers. Once this is done, slowly spread the wax on one side of the mustache, starting from the center of the lip and moving out to the tip. The other way to scrape the wax out can be seen HERE, from the Bearded Bastard himself. If you have longer fingernails, or soft nails, it may be wise not to use the second method.
The wax holds fairly well. Inevitably you will have to monitor your mustache, as the wax may degrade throughout the day (especially when you eat and drink a lot, or if your body generates a good amount of heat). Still, this wax holds up better than any other that I have tried to date.
So the question is, would I recommend this product? Based on the scent alone, yes! However, at a price point of $35 for the set (soon to be $40), it definitely ranges on the more expensive side of things. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and in this case you get a good quality product that smells good and lasts relatively long. The Bearded Bastard also comes in 2 more scents, Morocco and Opium Den. These products and the Woodsman scented items can be found in the following locations:
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