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The beautifully designed Woodsman combo

The beautifully designed Woodsman combo

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. Woodsman Beard Oil

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 other scents, Morocco, R.E. Byrd, Simply Vanilla, etc. These products and the Woodsman scented items can be found in the following location:

HERE for Mustache Waxes.

HERE for Beard Oils.

As always, feel free to post your questions and comments below!

You can also find me on Instagram/Twitter @incredibeard ! If you’re interested in me reviewing your product, you can contact me at incredibeard@yahoo.com!

Be Strong and Beard On my friends!Woodsman Wax

Woodsman Wax (backside)

Best leave in conditioner for dry hair!

Today, I will be reviewing Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-in-Cream product.

I have been using this product for many months now, and I have to say, it is the best leave-in conditioner/creme I have used to date. This product is perfect for beards because it nourishes, hydrates and detangles extremely dry hair.

The key ingredient for this product is Camellia oil (nourishes, adds shine). Mixed with other essential oils and creams, this product is practically tailor-made for beards! It does have a light floral scent but nothing too feminine for your masculine beard (I personally enjoy the smell).

To use, simply squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand and evenly spread throughout your freshly towel-dried hair (my beard is 6-7″ long and I use a dime-sized amount). You’ll want to make sure to do this after a shower so your recently cleaned hair can fully absorb the oils and creams. Also, it’s good if the hair is still slightly damp. This will allow the product to spread through your beard better.

To get the most out of the product, it is best to follow up with a quick blow dry on medium heat. The heat will help straighten the hair and activate the oil in the product. It also ensures the oil won’t rub off when you touch your beard.

You can use this product every day if you wish, but at a price-point of $45-$50, you may want to max out at 3 days a week. Using this product 3-4 days a week, it will last 2-3 months. When purchasing, make sure you only buy from a salon. Although you can find hair care products like this on Amazon, Ebay or Google shopping, these items will have likely already expired. So be wise when shopping for it!

All-in-all I highly recommend this product for anyone with a beard. The higher quality product you use, the higher quality beard you’ll have!

As always, feel free to post your questions and comments below!

You can also find me on Instagram/Twitter @incredibeard !

Be Strong and Beard On my friends!

Today’s review will be on Dream Beard’s “The Mechanic” Hand Crafted Oils.

Dream Beard's "The Mechanic" Hand Crafted Oils

Dream Beard’s “The Mechanic” Hand Crafted Oils

Before you read this review, if possible, please allow me to qualify myself as a beard care reviewer. My knowledge and history of facial haircare extends back 15 years. In addition, my wife, who works at a high-end hair salon, has also been an invaluable addition to my understanding of overall haircare. Suffice it to say, I know a couple of things about facial hair and how to take care of it. The goal of my beard care product reviews is to help you understand and determine what products would best suit you on your journey to creating the most amazing luxurious beard you can!

Last week I was fortunate enough to be sent a sample of Dream Beard Essential Oils “The Mechanic” to review. This couldn’t have come at a better time; just that week I had fried a small section of my beard while styling it for Monbeardday! After using this product every day for 1 week, I am now ready to report on it!

Let me begin with the product design. This product comes in a small dark blue glass bottle with a glass dropper. Though the bottle design is not unique, it is quite functional for dispensing oil without making a mess! Depending on your beard length, a quarter to a half dip stick is all you need for a good lathering! Be sure not to use too much as no one wants an extra oily face (this is especially true if your beard is shorter, i.e. 1-3 inches).

This product includes the following ingredients: EVOO, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Bergamot and other essential oils. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) acts like Nature’s hair and skin conditioner. Jojoba oil is special because it is a liquid wax, which is chemically very similar to sebum, the natural oil produced by your skin and scalp. Vitamin E is excellent at repairing damaged hair and preventing split-ends and dryness. Bergamot oil is a good hair stimulant but also acts as a relaxant to minimize frizz and curls. Finally, the essential oils aid in the overall strengthening of your hair.

Normal glass dropper

Normal glass dropper

To use, simply squeeze the desired amount of product into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and lightly rub into your beard. It is best to do this when your beard is fresh out of the shower, dried and ready to absorb! 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. Also, the natural oils from your skin will be enough for that area. If you apply extra oil to this part of your hair, it will not absorb into the hair well and may eventually irritate the skin or clog pores. To keep the product from being too wet, you can blow dry your beard, making sure to comb it at the same time (do not blow dry more than 3 times a week to keep your beard healthy).

My scent is called “The Mechanic” and is meant to emulate the smell of a manly-man mechanic. I personally do not enjoy the smell very much, but my wive loves it. I have now used the product for a week, and I have not noticed any significant difference in the health of my beard; however, I have noticed the natural sheen and softness of my beard hair has increased. Also, if applied before bed, the product will help keep your beard from tangling while sleeping (a very nice plus for moving sleepers like myself)! This product can be used every day, or every few days (depending on your bearded needs). Perhaps with continued use over a much longer period of time, my hair may heal using this product; however, if it takes that long, it would be wise to simply trim the tips of the damaged area, and let it grow out healthy again.

It is important to understand this is only 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. So the question finally arises, would I recommend this product? My answer is two-fold. I would not recommend this product as a hair healer, but I would recommend this product if your beard is dry or brittle (as that is a sign of unhealthy hair). This product will definitely plump up your beard and keep it from becoming brittle. At $15 a bottle or $30 for 3, the price point is spot on as the bottle should last quite a while (depending on beard length and usage). All-in-all, Dream Beard’s hand crafted oils would be a great addition to anyone’s list of beard care products because a healthy beard is a happy beard!

You can find Dream Beard and their products on Instagram @dreambeard or on Facebook HERE.

As always, feel free to post your questions and comments below!

You can also find me on Instagram/Twitter @incredibeard !

Be Strong and Beard On my friends!

EDITS: Thank you to BeerWarden and /r/beards for the following edits:

- Split-ends cannot be repaired, only prevented.

- Jojoba oil is a liquid wax, not a vegetable oil.

- Dry hair is a sign of unhealthy hair, not coarse hair.

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