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May 02, 2016

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Spring Disc Winners!

Quick View: Our five winners are: JBoo, Monica Nicole Bishop, Chris Dela Cruz, Casey North, and Tipsy Hippy! Congratulations winners and thank you everyone for playing!

Thank you everyone for playing our Spring Disc Giveaway Contest. We've randomly selected five winners from all the entries. Please join us in congratulating JBoo, Monica Nicole Bishop, Chris Dela Cruz, Casey North, and Tipsy Hippy! We'll be reaching out via social to confirm your accounts and get your info so we can mail you the prizes! 

Each winner will be receiving:

-1 Special edition CanYouHandlebar disc (there are ONLY 5 of these bad boys!!)

-1 Bottle of our Initiative Beard Oil

-1 Bottle of our Devotion Beard Oil

-1 Can of our Initiative Beard Dry Oil

-1 Can of our Devotion Beard Dry Oil

Thanks again for playing everyone and stay tuned for more fun contests. Cheers!

 

April 27, 2016

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Moustaches - More Than Just a Modern Fad - Photo Blog

Quick View: Some of our customers use our moustache wax as part of World War I commemorations and living history events. Enjoy the pictures from a recent event and remember moustaches have been a vital part of history!

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Brian Hicks and Justin Runyon say, 

"We use the wax while participating in World War 1, Centennial commemoration activates and living history events, as we portray the 2dRegt. Gordon Highlanders, of the British Expeditionary Forces who fought in France throughout most of the war." 

 

As you can see from the pictures these chaps both have fine moustaches! Thanks for the great shots, Brian and Justin! Let's do our part to make sure moustaches remain a vital part of history :D 

 

(Above: Justin Runyon sporting a superb handlebar)

 

 (Above: Brian Hicks with a simple waxed moustache)

 

(The whole group portraying the  2dRegt. Gordon Highlanders, of the British Expeditionary Forces)

April 25, 2016

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Spring Disc Giveaway Contest

Quick View: Spring is in the air, birds are singing, beards are blowing in the wind, and games of disc golf and ultimate are being played. To celebrate all the goodness of Spring we're giving away FIVE special edition CanYouHandlebar discs and some beard oil. See below for details!

The Contest

To celebrate Spring and to encourage all you beards to get out and be active we're doing a fun giveaway contest. The contest is happening on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. If you don't have an account for those yet you'll definitely want to make an account for the contest (and you can always delete your account when it's done). 

The Prizes

Each winner will receive the following prizes:

-1 Special edition CanYouHandlebar disc (there are ONLY 5 of these bad boys!!)

-1 Bottle of our Initiative Beard Oil

-1 Bottle of our Devotion Beard Oil

-1 Can of our Initiative Beard Dry Oil

-1 Can of our Devotion Beard Dry Oil

How to Enter

-To enter simply share, repost, or retweet our original contest post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

- NOTE: Please make sure your account is set to PUBLIC to enter. If it is private we will not see the repost and you won't be in the random drawing. :D 

-You can share, repost, or retweet as many times as you like. Since we're picking the winners randomly it won't necessarily increase your chance of winning. 

-The contest will run April 25-April 29th with winners being announced on May 2nd.

- We will pick FIVE random winners across social.

-Each winner will get One special edition CYHB disc, 1 bottle of Initiative Beard Oil, 1 can of Initiative Beard Dry Oil, 1 bottle of Devotion Beard Oil, and 1 can of Initiative Beard Dry Oil.

Happy Spring and good luck!

March 09, 2016

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The Second Amendment and a Bearded Hero

We recently came across a local news story about a man who helped save a co-worker's life thanks to his bravery and quick action. When we saw the story we naturally noticed the hero, Didarul Sarder's excellent beard and decided to reach out to him. Check out the interview with Didarul below!

 

Like we said, we naturally noticed his excellent beard and decided to reach out. As you know we're big advocates of the Second Amendment so Didarul's actions meant a lot to us. We got in touch via Facebook and asked if we could send him some beard care products as a way of saying "Thank you" for his heroic actions. 

Didarul got back to us and we were able to send him one of our Beard Care Kits. He took a picture of it (see below) and said he loves the products. So much so that he pitched the other beard care stuff he had in the trash. Right on, Didarul!

 

Thank you Didarul Sarder for being an awesome bearded hero and advocate of the Second Amendment! We applaud your quick, brave, and heroic actions! Thanks for setting the bar high and being a wonderful example of what bearded men should be like. Here's to seeing more of these kinds of stories in the news. Cheers! 

March 07, 2016

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Mustache Wax Reviews' Infographic and Review of Secondary Moustache Wax

Quick view: Mustache Wax Reviews is a site dedicated to, well, mustache wax reviews. In their recent infographic they call our Secondary Moustache Wax "the first of its line."

 

We're really honored that Mustache Wax Reviews would call the Secondary Moustache Wax "the first of its line." They also go on to say that it "is one of the best moustache waxes you are likely to find in the market." Definitely check out his infographic to see a short history of the moustache and why grooming/caring the moustache is so important. Our previous post The Importance of Moustache Care is super helpful too. Superb stuff all around!

 

 

In addition to the sweet shout out on the infographic, Dylan at Mustache Wax Reviews also recently did a review of the Secondary Moustache Wax. He gives Secondary a 9.3 out of 10. Check out the image below to see how he broke down the rating. 

 

 

In the review he notes that Secondary Moustache Wax was one of his first moustache waxes and that he loves using it for occasions like weddings and other special events. His review concludes with the statement: "This is some high-quality mustache wax! Super strong, very firm, long-lasting, and great for special occasions!"

Again we're very honored to be featured in the infographic and appreciate the solid honest review of our Secondary Moustache Wax! If you're not already following Mustache Wax Reviews definitely go give them a follow and enjoy the excellent reviews, infographics, guides, how to's, etc. on the site. We'll link to their social accounts below.

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March 04, 2016

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Product Review--Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet

 

 

Quick View: At the time of this writing I’ve had and used my Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet for three years. The color is Tobacco Brown which was replaced a while back by the Tobacco color.

Overview

Saddleback Leather is known for producing over-engineered leather goods and the Front Pocket ID Wallet certainly fits that description. Made of full grain leather and perfectly stitched with marine-grade polyester thread the wallet has performed amazingly for three years with zero issues.

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The design is simple and very practical. The front of the wallet features a plastic-free window ID slot with a card slot behind it. The middle of the wallet has a simple cash slot. The back of the wallet features two card slots.

I purchased mine on Dave’s Deals so be sure to check there for discounted leather goods. The retail price is $39.00 (Made in Old Mexico) or $43.00 (Built in the USA). At the time I purchased mine they were only being made in Old Mexico. It comes with a 100 year warranty and will literally be the last wallet you ever buy (unless you buy another Saddleback Leather wallet).

 

Currently in my wallet:

 

  1. My ID
  2. 3 Credit Cards
  3. 8 Miscellaneous Cards (Gift Cards, REI Membership Card, Health Insurance, etc.)
  4. Cash: 5 $1 bills folded in half vertically

 

 

Verdict

 

The Front Pocket ID Wallet by Saddleback Leather is fantastic. It fits virtually unnoticeably in your shirt or pants pockets (front or back). It’s slim, lightweight, and built to last for at least 100 years. The only note to consider is if you tend to carry a lot of cash. The cash slot is not designed to hold a huge wad of cash but can definitely carry a small amount. Please note US bills fit best when folded in half or even thirds.


If you’re a minimalist or trying to head in that direction I don’t know that you’ll find a better wallet than this one. With the price point, the quality, and the awesome 100 year warranty I have no doubt one of my boys will be inheriting this wallet in a decade or so. This wallet also makes for an excellent gift!

Note: I, Tim, who wrote this review am currently employed by Saddleback Leather. I did purchase the wallet myself and really love it. 
March 02, 2016

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How to Maintain Your Beard--Brushing/Combing

Quick Tips: After washing and oiling your beard use a high quality brush or comb (Like our Beard Oil Brush, Kent Military Brush, Kent R5T Beard Comb, or Wet Brush) to brush or comb your beard. Then go be your awesome self and enjoy the “Nice beard!” compliments.

So far we’ve looked at How to Maintain Your Beard--Part One: Washing, then we talked about How to Maintain Your Beard--Part Two: Oiling, and now we will have a look at how to brush or comb your beard.


Why do you need to brush or comb your beard?


Without brushing or combing your beard it won’t be long before your beard is a shambled mess of tangles, knots, and maybe even some critters. Haha, okay, maybe not the critters part. Brushing and combing can, however, help with overall beard health by minimizing tangles which can lead to an unhealthy beard.

Brushing stimulates the natural oils in your whiskers, removes loose hairs, and encourages good healthy beard growth.


What brush or comb should I use?


For starters, pick a brush or comb that you love. We carry three different ones that are all amazing. I (Tim) personally prefer the Beard Brush by Wet Brush. It doesn’t hurt to have both a brush and comb to test out. Depending on the length or style of your beard one may suit you better than the other.


How do I brush or comb my beard?


After you’ve washed your beard and then oiled it you’re ready to brush or comb it. Here’s how:


  1. You’ll want to start the end of your beard.  
  2. You want to use light short passes. This allows you to work out any snags or tangles.
  3. Work your way from the bottom of the beard to the top this way and then you can go back through with longer passes. Brushing your beard this way keeps in the healthy hairs you don’t want to lose and also prevents tangles that can lead to split ends or other damage.

This video of Andy is a nice summary of the four steps above. 

 


We would caution not to overdo it. Find what works best for you and do that once a day. Over brushing your beard can actually do more damage than good.


Combined with How To Maintain Your Beard: Part One--Washing and How To Maintain Your Beard: Part Two--Oiling, you should be well on your way to confidently maintain your beard! We will explore the topic of brushing vs. combing your beard in future blog posts so stay tuned! 

February 26, 2016

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How to Maintain Your Beard--Part Two: Oiling

Quick Tips: After using a quality beard soap like our Every Day Beard Soap to wash your beard towel dry your beard and then apply the beard oil by hand or with our Beard Oil Brush.

In How To Maintain Your Beard Part One--Washing we looked at the importance of washing your beard. In part two we will talk about how essential it is to oil your beard, using our awesome beard oils.


What is beard oil?


Before diving into why you should use beard oil it’s important to understand what beard oil is. The answer is that beard oil is a conditioning product made of base oils for conditioning and essentials oils for scent, designed to keep your beard healthy and looking great. Check out the natural ingredients we use in our oils.


Another way of looking at beard oil is that it is a supplement that helps keep your skin hydrated, conditioned, and healthy. You can read more on what beard oil is in our previous blog: What is Beard Oil?  If your beard itches and you are seeing a lot of dandruff (or should we say beardruff) this is a sign of dryness.


Why should you use beard oil?


As your beard grows and is exposed to the elements daily it loses some of those hydrating oils that are needed to keep your beard and face healthy. Even washing your beard (which we definitely recommend, check out our recent blog (“How to Maintain Your Beard--Part One: Washing”) can remove some of these vital oils. As stated above beard oils act as a supplement to keep your face and beard hair follicles conditioned and hydrated.


Doing so will cut down on the aforementioned itching and beardruff. The scents from the essentials oils will help you smell amazing and the combination of base oils and essentials oils will give your mane a glorious shine!


How and when do I use beard oil?


We recommend applying the beard oil after a hot shower in which you’ve washed your beard. The heat opens up the pores of your skin so they’re ready for a nice conditioning drink of oil.


Applying the oil:


  1. Towel dry your beard.
  2. If you’re using our Beard Oil Dry the easiest way to apply is to use our Beard Oil Brush. See our previous blog post: How to Apply Beard Oil with the Beard Oil Brush. The Dry Beard Oil Brush can also be used to apply our traditional beard oils.

Andy did a sweet video on how to use the Beard Oil Brush.

3. The most common way of applying Traditional Beard Oils is to simply drop the oil into the palm of your hand. Depending on the size of your beard, pour between a dime and quarter sized puddle into your hand and massage the oil into your whole beard, front and back. Comb your beard with a Beard Comb

4. Start at the bottom of your beard and work your way up. Start with a small amount of oil and add more as needed.


Coming up next in part three will be how to maintain your beard by brushing it. Thanks for reading!

February 24, 2016

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Product Review: Whisker Dam

Quick Look: This is an unbiased review of the Whisker Dam. We did not receive anything for this review nor were we asked to do this review by Whisker Dam. The Whisker Dam is a fantastic accessory that every moustached man should consider owning.


Overview


In their own words the Whisker Dam is “the best dam invention for keeping your mustache dry.” It’s made of 100% copper and fits on pint glasses as well as most similarly sized drinking vessels.


It arrives with a nice patina and has a non-toxic barrier so you don’t have to worry about anything while you enjoy your beverage of choice. The simple design includes foldable tabs so you can adjust for a perfect fit.


You’re probably wondering how much does the Whisker Dam cost? My wife got it for me for Christmas and paid $25 for the Whisker Dam and a cool little leather pouch to carry it in. Shipping was $4 so a total of $29. Not bad! You can get just the Whisker Dam for $20. As much as I use it the price seems very reasonable.


Overall the Whisker Dam functions quite well. It definitely makes a huge difference in keeping my moustache dry. It’s so nice to drink a beer and enjoy more of it than my moustache does!


How is it used?


  1. Select a beverage of your choice and your favorite drinking vessel. It’s designed for a pint glass so naturally fits that sized glass best, but it can be used on any similarly sized vessel.
  2. Pour said beverage into the glass/cup/mug.
  3. Place the Whisker Dam on the lip of the glass/cup/mug and press gently with your thumbs on the outside tabs to make sure it’s on there securely.
  4. Enjoy your beverage without your moustache drinking all of it.
  5. When you’re done, dry off the Whisker Dam and place it back in its leather pouch, the box it comes in, or safely on a shelf.

 

 

 

Verdict


In conclusion I highly recommend grabbing a Whisker Dam if you are a moustached man or buying as a gift for your moustached man. The price is fair and it really does keep your moustache dry. Check out my Whisker Dam Video Review below to see more.

 

February 15, 2016

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How To Maintain Your Beard--Part One: Washing

Quick Tips: Use a quality beard soap, thoroughly wash and rinse your beard and the skin underneath.  Follow that up with a thoughtful conditioning regimen.


There are many things you can do to maintain your beard.  Over the next few blog posts, we’ll examine a multi-step care regimen that works on beards of any length.   


A quality beard care regimen starts with washing your beard. This may not be a new idea to most of you, but some obvious questions arise.

Why do you need to wash your beard?

Whether or not you still have hair on the top of your head, it’s important to make a conscious effort to care for your beard, not just because of your beard health, but the health of your skin that covered by that glorious mane.

Washing your beard helps clear out microorganisms that cause itching and flaking. It is vitally important to keep your beard hairs healthy and hydrated. Your beard does a lot for your face by protecting it from the sun’s UV rays as well as buffering it from the elements. All this hard work can quickly lead to a dehydrated, unhealthy, and sad-looking beard.

How should you wash your beard?

You should wash your beard with warm water as it opens up the pores on your face to better receive the life giving hydration. We sell an excellent Every Day Beard Soap made with ingredients that clean and hydrate.

  1. When you are in the shower get your whole beard wet, work the soap in your hands to create a good lather, then apply to your beard.. Be sure to give the skin underneath your beard a gentle massage as well.
  2. Rinse your beard completely after letting the soap sit for a minute or so.
  3. Once you’ve towel-dried your beard, follow up with the leave in conditioner of your choice.  We sell several excellent Beard Oils and Dry Oils. There are other soaps, shampoos, and conditioners out there just be sure the ingredients clean and hydrate, and be aware that the chemicals in many off-the-shelf conditioners can actually dry out your beard, doing more harm than good.

How often should you wash your beard?

As to the question of how often you should wash your beard the answers will vary by personal preference. Be sure to check out one of our prior blogs, How Often Should I Wash My Beard Or Moustache. The bottom line is that you should start with HOW to properly wash your beard, then you can figure out HOW OFTEN you like to do that.  Because of the quality ingredients in our Every Day Beard Soap, you can feel comfortable washing your beard every day.   

After washing, it is important to apply a leave in conditioner, and in the proper fashion. Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series where we’ll discuss how to properly oil your beard.
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