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August 23, 2016

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15 Beard Benefits - An Infographic

Our friends at Beardsmen, one of our premiere retailers "across the pond", came up with an excellent infographic on 15 Little-Known Yet Brilliant Beard Benefits.  Beardsmen was gracious enough to offer up the infographic for all of our customers, so have a look at the fifteen reasons below!   

For more information, including a breakdown of the research behind each of the benefits, or if you're looking for a place to purchase CanYouHandlebar products in the UK, visit Beardsmen, and tell them CanYouHandlebar sent you!

June 10, 2016

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Virtuous Fathers Giveaway Contest

Quick View: To celebrate awesome fathers we're giving away some beard care goodies for you AND your father. We want to hear which virtue(s) your father embodies.

In honor of Father's Day we want to take a moment to remember and talk about our fathers. We realize that no father is perfect and this could be a challenge for many. Let's keep it positive and share some memories! Oh and we're giving away some beard care goodies too!

Virtues

All of our beard oils are named after virtues to help us remember to be virtuous. For the contest feel free to use the virtues are products are named after: Wisdom, Devotion, Initiative, and Temperance. You can use other virtues too.

The Contest

 It's simple. Comment on one of the Father's Day contest posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know which virtue your father embodies and why. We'll pick THREE random winners from the submissions. 

 

The Rules 

1. Leave a comment on one of our original Father's Day Contest posts telling us which virtue your father embodies and why.

2. One entry per person.

3. We will pick THREE random winners from all the submissions.

4. This contest is for U.S. only. Sorry international customers but we needed to keep this one U.S. only. : )

5. The contest will run from Friday June 10th till Monday June 13th at 12pm Central.

6. Have fun and keep it positive.

The winners will get any two beard oils or beard dry oils of their choice for them AND for their father. 

Good luck, have fun, and happy Father's Day!!

 

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. 
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