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May 17, 2016

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A Guide to Pairing your Facial Hair with Sunglasses

Quick view: You're rocking that fantastic facial hair and now you're wondering which sunglasses are going to look best. This helpful infographic from Sunglass Warehouse will get you on the right track!

 Summer is here and it may be time to snag some new shades! The shape our your face has a lot to do with what sunglasses are going to look great and which ones just don't work. Thankfully for us fellas the ability to grow facial hair can really open up the options for us. 

Sunglass Warehouse recently let us know about a sweet infographic they put together that offers some great suggestions on styles of sunglasses for certain types of facial hair. We really dig it! 

I (Tim) had some cheap aviators but recently got some Pepper's Bluefin Polarized shades from REI (see below). What do you think? Do they work with my face and beard?

Andy prefers the Rayban Wayfarers and looks pretty awesome (see below)! He also will occasionally wear these fancy ones.  

 

What about you? What are your go-to shades and what kind of facial hair are you rocking with them? We'd love to hear from you!

We hope this short blog helps get you on the right track for some styling shades and a wonderful summer. With the change in temperature and more outdoor activities be sure to take care of that facial hair of yours with some fantastic beard oils. Special thanks to Bryan Vu at Sunglass Warehouse for sharing the infographic with us. Be sure to check out their article as well! 

 

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2016

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Beard Dry Oil vs Traditional (Liquid) Oil

Quick view: We take a look at what Beard Dry Oil and Traditional (liquid) Beard Oil are and which one is best for your beard. 

What is Beard Oil?

To start out let's first have a quick look at what beard oil is. Beard oil is a conditioning product made of base oils for conditioning and essentials oils for scent. It is 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? 

What is Beard Dry Oil?

Beard Dry Oil, or beard balm, is different from a traditional liquid beard oil. The main difference is that our Beard Dry Oil is made with just enough beeswax and lanolin to make it solid at room temperature. This makes storing, transporting, and applying really easy as you don't have to worry about it spilling out of the container. 

The beeswax and lanolin also provide just enough of a "hold" so that the Beard Dry Oil can help shape your beard. It isn't a styling product like hairspray but it can definitely help shape a beard. Check out our post How to Apply Beard Dry Oil with a Beard Oil Brush for tips on applying Beard Dry Oil to your beard. 

What is Traditional (Liquid) Beard Oil?

Traditional Beard Oil is a blend of lighter and heavier oils that help nourish and moisturize your beard and face. The main difference between Traditional (Liquid) Beard Oil and Beard Dry Oil is that Traditional Beard Oil doesn't have beeswax or lanolin so it's liquid not solid. 

Traditional Beard Oil isn't made for shaping your beard but rather just nourishing, hydrating, and making that facial hair shine!

Which Type of Beard Oil Should I Use?

It's best to try out both types of oils and figure out which works best for you. It could be that you decide you love both. Below we'll layout some basic guidelines that we've found to be helpful.

- The Beard Dry Oil is great for new beards or for when you want to control or shape your beard.

- The Beard Dry Oil is typically used by fellas with short to medium beards. This by no means excludes using it with a long beard though! For example our buddy Furby used the Beard Dry Oil daily on his Yeard (year long beard). 

- Traditional Beard Oil is great for the more mature beard and for when you just want to shine without worrying about shaping. 

-Traditional Beard Oil is typically used by fellas with longer beards as the Beard Dry Oil can tend to weigh down the longer beards.

-You will probably eventually find yourself wanting both types of oils because they're both awesome!

Hopefully this helps you in understanding the differences between Beard Dry Oil and Traditional Beard Oils. Feel free to check out our previous blog post: Should I Get Beard Dry Oils or Traditional Beard Oils for more info! 

 

 

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.

Details

 


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!

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