If youre reading this, I hope your Leapday is off to an amazing start. If it isn't, the good folks over at Husky Beard & Grooming have just the thing to instantly improve it, because for the rest of the day, they're giving you 29% off of everything on their website, including their all-new The Siberian oil that has been doing nothing but collecting high praise for the past two months since its release...or my personal favorite their tobacco scented masterpiece Royale Black. To take advantage of this great deal, simply head over to huskybeard.com, load your cart up with top quality beard-care grooming products and accessories (there are absolutely NO limits or restrictions, so go wild!), and enter code LEAP at checkout...It couldn't be more simple! But remember, this deal is only good February 29, 2020, so don't waste any time, head on over there and stock up right now!
So, if you havent been following Beardbrand's latest campaign, you may have missed two new cryptic videos posted to their Twitter account yesterday...This time their Four Vices and Tree Ranger oils seem to be on the recieving end of some destructive treatment, thanks to a firecracker, and some, um, greay paint? cement? cake batter? Either way...at first glance, it looks like these scents may be on their way out too...but others have speculated that this may be something much more innocuous, like a packaging change, or the doing away of specific gold and silver tiers, in favor of just combining everything into one great big collection. There is still no concrete evidence as to whether or not this has any connection to the "6 days" story that Beardbrand posted on their IG a few days back...although I'm pretty sure theyre all part of the same campaign (I guess we'll find out in a few days, right?).
On a sort of unrelated note, this is perhaps one of the most fun campaigns in the history of beard-care...It reminds me of this ad for the Rag & Bone Fall/Winter collection back in 2015...
Keep an eye on Beardbrand's Twitter feed for the latest clues and updates as to what in the heck is going on here...It should be pretty exciting to see what happens next!!!
I'm sitting here, enjoying an ice cold Lagunitas, watching my beloved Dodgers on television (albiet Spring Training, but any baseball is better than no baseball), and wondering...where in the hell did February go? It seems like this past month went by in a blink. Before you know it, spring will be here, and I think all of our beards will appreciate a break from the cool, dry days of winter. Now, I already know that you, yes you reading this right now, know better than to skip your daily beard-care routine, but when the weather is more pleasant, a more uninitiated type of bearded dude might think he can start to eschew his daily oils, balms, and butters. After all, his face might not be feeling as dry, and the cold air isnt wreaking havoc on his beard. This would, of course be a mistake, as you never want to skip out on all of that great conditioning and protection...on top of that, you don't want to miss out on the amazing scents that top-quality beard-care has to offer. When you're talking about great scents, you must include Bearded Mane in the conversation. Their Nile Blue oil and their Rustic Mint balm, are both quality scents deserving of a place in any well-rounded beard-care arsenal, so I was definitely excited to give their Saharan Musk oil a try...will it live up to the other efforts I've tried from this new and exciting company? Only one way to find out, let's take it for a whirl...
A sweet straightforward musk that is as much about what it isn't than what it is. Sporting something of a colorful minimalist appeal, reminiscent of a 1960's Frank Stella print, this is a bright, vibrant musk, completely devoid of the cloying heaviness that makes so many people's stomach's turn when they hear the word "musk". A stark cold almost floral sweetness, combines with a raw, animalistic, somewhat alien note that does a brilliant job of accentuating a background woodiness which seems to be imbued with warm notes of cognac and fresh, clean leather. Theres a bit more complexity at play in this scent than in your run-of-the-mill musk, it's full of enticing, seductive notes that border on gourmand with how very fresh and sweet they come across at times. At once instantly recognizable as musk, but distinctly lighter and more alive than what you're used to. Strength is initially medium, but this scent does seem to grow ever more faint as the day wears on. Staying power is decent, with this oil being detectable a solid 4-8 hours after application every time I wear it.
How does it work?
A bit less viscous as the previous Bearded Mane oil I tried, this stuff still does a great job of getting deep down into my beard and right to the skin where it gets right to work, offering exceptional levels of protection as well as moisturization. Conditioning properties are outstanding, leaving my beard feeling healthy, strong and soft, this is thanks in no small part to the fact that hemp seed oil is the primairy ingredient in this product. In-beard feel is lightweight, and absorption is very good, imparting no trace of greasiness. This carrier formulation is definitely different than that of the Nile Blue offering, in that it is missing the inclusion of rosehip oil, as well as avocado oil, I'm not quite sure why Bearded Mane chose to skip those two ingredients in this formulation, but it does seem to change the overall weightiness of this product, and although this is still a very good oil, I can't help but think that it would benefit from the inclusion of those two ingredients. Staying power is very good, as this product has my beard feeling touchably soft all day long on just a single application.
The bottom line
I'm a little perplexed as to why this company has multiple carrier blends for different scents, but I suppose it serves a purpose, if one blend doesn't particularly light your fire, you dont need to go to a different company to try something else. This is definitely a bit more of a middle-of-the-road type of oil compared to their Nile Blue offering, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you're looking for something a little bit lighter, that still offers a high level of performance. The scent is definitely a great version of an old classic, light and airy, while never skimping on the masculine allure. If I'm being honest, I wish that I had tried this product first, as it's a good oil all around, but I personally am a bigger fan of the Nile Blue offering. Still this is definitely an oil worth checking out from a company that offers solid quality every time!
Ingredients: Hemp Oil, Jojoboa, Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils
$16 at beardedmane.com
The Beard Baron knows that sometimes, when you're ordering beard-care products, it's difficult to choose between balm and butter. To make this decision easier, they're offering a great deal today. When you order a beard balm in any of their alluring scents, you'll also get your choice of butter for 50% off! There are no codes to enter, just put both items in your cart, and the savings will be automatically applied. You can also mix and match in case you were torn between two different scents, so head on over to thebeardbaron.com and get your order in now, because this sale ends tomorrow!
Big news out of Tuscaloosa, as the newest scent from Barn Brand is set to drop at 5:00 PM tomorrow! Blending citrus, florals, cucumber, and mint, Awaken is said to provide an overall uplifting feeling, the latest scent to continue the Big Tex's tradition of combining aromatherapy with beard-care. This scent will be sold as a three-piece set which includes oil, butter, and wax, all for the incredibly low price of $29.99! Seriously, how can you beat a deal like that? Initial supply may be limited, so make sure you head on over to barnbrandbeards.com and get your order in tomorrow, so that you can be among the first to experience this awesome new scent!
If you read my review of Beardbrand's amazing Stone Mason beard softener a few weeks back, then you already know that I am absolutely hooked on this scent. Easily Beardbrand's greatest effort to date, it goes without saying that this stuff smells amazing! With that in mind, I had to pick up some other products in this scent, so I guess that means you're getting another Stone Mason review...I mean, didn't Maye West say something about too much of a good thing being wonderful...or something like that? At least that's how I remember it from the placemats at the Spaghetti Factory when I was a kid. Aside from the obvious good-thing-ness of another Stone Mason review, this also serves another purpose, as I've actually never tried Beardbrand's utility balms, I've used their styling balm before, but somehow missed using its far more popular cousin. We already know I'm going to dig the scent, but will this become a product that I'm constantly reaching for, like the matching conditioner? Of course, you know that there's only one way to find out...let's give it a try!
Obviously very similar to the conditioner, but the leather in this reads a bit different. It feels as if the masculine appeal has been cranked up just a bit in this particular permutation. Where the last product I tried in this profile had a massive redolence of soft, luxurious suede, the balm emerges as more of a well aged leather, like that perfectly broken in jacket that I'm no longer young and handsome enough, and not yet old and ugly enough to wear. There is less of a straightforward sandalwood in this particular scent too, instead this scent is supported by a mineralic, almost industrial aura that when combined with the upfront well-worn leather, conjures up mental images of that cabinet in your favorite vintage bookstore where all the old, valuable leatherbound copies are held. Just above this, flinting around gracefully is an evanescent suggestion of never-too-heavy sawdust, just a hint, like the smell that greets you when you first step into an old toolshed. A brilliant compliment to the conditioner, that is at once, very similar, and still its own destinct scent that blends beautifully with a wide variety of oils (today I have it paired with Bibliophile by Anointed AK, just to play up that whole "old book" feel, and let me tell you, it's a legendary combination). Strength is a whisper below medium, but no so light that you don't pick up hints of it throughout the day. Staying power is good, still quite detectable a full 6-8 hours after application.
How does it work?
So it's been a while since I've broken out the Beardbrand styling balm, but I remember it being pretty different in texture from a traditonal beard balm, this on the onther hand, is more along the lines of what one might expect from a beard balm in texture. Soft enough that it can be scooped out without the assistance of a pick, this stuff melts with a brilliant ease. Formulated with generous amounts of shea and mango seed butters, this product delivers a really solid level of conditioning for a balm, leaving my beard feeling moisturized and soft...but where this stuff really seems to excel is in-beard feel, as it is extremely lightweight for a balm, leaving behind absolutely zero greasy or sticky feel, and not even a hint of "crunchiness", it honestly almost feels like I'm not wearing a balm at all. Hold is decent, although this product might not be enough to tame your beard on days when it really insists on misbehaving. Staying power is very good, delivering that great, healthy feeling all day long with zero need for reapplication.
Also worth noting (although it has no impact on this product's overall final score), even though my beard just loves this stuff, another great use for it is as a hand balm. Since it has a bit less wax than most beard balms, it doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky...and with the cold, chappy February days playing hell with my hands (especially in the form of dry, cracked cuticles), rubbing a little dab of this stuff into my hands in the morning and at bed time has been like intensive therapy.
The bottom line
This is obviously a great product, that smells amazing, but perhaps bigger than all of that is what a tremendous value this stuff represents. With a 3.4 ounce jar sporting a price tag lower than most two ounce (and even some one ounce) tins of balm, this is quite possibly one of the best deals out there in terms of not just beard balms, but beard-care products in general. After seeing some interesting posts from Beardbrand on social media yesterday, it seems like there may be some sort of shakeup coming to their catalogue, but with how much it feels they've stepped their game up with their Stone Mason offerings, I am quite sure that their position as one of the industry leaders is just as safe as ever! If you haven't made it to your local Target store to try these offerings yet, you have no clue how much you are missing out. Do yourself a favor and don't wait any longer, pick up some of this awesome balm today!
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Lanolin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance
$14.99 at Target stores and target.com
Savage Mane has been super busy with promoting their brand lately. They've partnered with Social Stance on a $5,000 giveaway (head over to their IG for details on how to enter that), and even though only one person can win that grand prize, literally everybody can benefit from their newest promotion! For the next two days, with every order you place on their website, they'll throw in your choice of beard oil, absolutely free! Just head over to their site, add the oil you want to your cart, and it will be deducted automatically at checkout! As always, they'll also pick up the shipping on your order no matter how big or small, so get over tosavagemanebeardco.com and get your order in now!
Earlier today, Beardbrand, makers of the conditioner that I currently cannot get enough of, posted the above cryptic message on their IG story...just a plain black background with the words "6 days" printed on it, conjuring up memories of The Ring, or something like that...well a bit later on, they posted these two videos to their social media feeds...
...I'm ummmmm...gonna go out on a limb here (while still reserving the right to backpeddle, in case I'm totally wrong), and say that these three posts are all connected. One could probably deduce that certain scents are being retired, but from some of the comments on these tweets, it almost feels like Beardbrand may be doing away with their tier designations all together...again, this is just me guessing here...maybe we will know more in six days? Either way, it deffinitely appears that there may be a few changes to the Beardbrand catalogue, it's not a stretch to say that those of you who enjoy the Temple Smoke and Spiced Citrus scents might want to consider heading over to beardbrand.com and stocking up, like, now...
There's clearly no shortage of beard-care brands out there to try. In fact, with so much variety out there, sometimes it can be easy to have a brand on your "to try" list, and then for whatever reason, not get to them for quite some time. Say, for example, you run a blog where you review beard-care products, and there is a brand that you've been wanting to try for a while now, you've seen them on social media, they have a loyal following, they have a wide variety of scents spread out over a full suite of products...but for whatever reason, you havent tried their products yet. Now you could go to the old, reliable "I don't know why I haven't gotten around to trying their products yet" excuse, or you could just write a rambling hypothetical scenario for your readers, and still not really explain why you've waited so long to getting around to trying their products, ultimately not offering any satisfaction in the form of an answer...
...So, Ferocious Beard Company...they've been around since 2017. A Veteran owned brand based out of Fort Worth, Texas, they've become well known for their hand-crafted, artisinal beard-care products, available in a wide spectrum of unique scents. This is a brand who really seems to give a shit...not just about making quality beard-care products, but also about their community and causes they believe in; every year they donate a protion of their profits to March of Dimes, as well as offering an every day 25% discount to veterans. The hardest part of reviewing this company was picking out a scent to try, I ended up going with this particular scent because it seems to get a high amount of representation on various social media feeds that I enjoy, so I figured it must be popular for a reason, right? Will this stuff turn me into the newest member of the Ferocious Beards fan club? Only one way to find out...let's check it out!
Billed as a combination of cherry, tobacco, leather, and cedar, Savage is a heady blend that projects so well that it could double as a high quality cologne. A provocative, masculine blend with layers upon layers of powerful, and destinctive allure. A beautiful boozy kirsch blends with an ephemeral almost candy-like cherry blossom that holds the door open for a very straight-forward, dry, shag tobacco. The sophisticated essence of vintage leather wraps around your senses, something like sitting in the seats of a well maintained 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 for the first time. This is rounded out by a brilliantly restrained baptism of just the perfect amount of red cedar, rugged and slightly exotic. This downright delightful scent combines a great natural leather with an almost fruity, boozy accord tied together by a sinewy twine of very plain tobacco to create something that definitely reads as much more than the sum of its parts, the hallmark of a scent blended by a competent nose. For an absolute brilliant combination, I highly recommend following this oil up with the Tom Ford inspired Scent #6 beard balm by BrokeAss Beard Supply. Strength is somewhere right in between medium and medium-plus initially, but this does seem to settle down to a solid medium pretty quickly after application. Staying power is very good, as this scent is still quite detectable a good 6-8 hours after application.
How does it work?
I was pretty sure I was going to like this oil before I even recieved it in the mail, and the reason being is that Ferocious Beard Company gives you the option to have castor added to your beard oil to thicken it. I mean, come on, how cool is that? (Although, this did make me wonder, who is going to pass up on castor when it's offered? Of course, that is a topic for a different conversation.) So obviously with the addition of a good quality castor, this is a very viscous oil, not rediculously thick, but definitely good enough to get deep down in my beard, coating each and every individual hair as well as the skin underneath. The rest carrier blend is pretty straightforward, but this is not a bad thing in-and-of itself, as everything serves its purpose, my beard and skin both especially appreciate the quality grape seed oil, which is full of beneficial vitamins as well as beta-carotene. In-beard feel is very lightweight, without even the slightest trace of greasiness. My one minor quibble is that, even though this oil does seem to assist in conditioning, leaving my beard feeling soft and my face calm and itch free, I just can't help but think that the addition of something like an avocado or hemp seed oil might really help make this oil become a bit more "next level" in terms of the levels of healthy feel it imparts. That being said, this is still a very good oil, and it is clearly blended from high quality ingredients. Staying power is exceptional, lasting all day long on a single application.
The bottom line
This is a very good oil, but more than that, there is something really cool about this company. They support good causes, they aren't afraid to expiriment with their scents, they let you pick components of your carrier blend, even the Dymo heat transfer labels on their bottles help set them apart from the competition. After trying just one of their oils, it's become abundantly clear why Ferocious Beard Company has such a ferocious following (I almost didn't say it, but I've been picking my spots with the lame wordplay lately, so indulge me). From a value standpoint, these oils seem to be perpetually marked down from their original MSRP, and as such, sport a price tag commensurate with others in their category...to that end, I have no reservations about recommending this product, as the scent alone makes it worth owning. An introductory experience this good only serves to pique my interest in this company's other offerings, and with that being the case, even though I did wait a long time to finally give this company a try, It's a pretty safe bet that I won't be letting nearly as much time go by before I review another offering from Ferocious Beard Company!
Ingredients: Sweet almond, apricot, grape seed, jojoba, castor, essential and/or fragrance oils.
$20 at ferociousbeard.com
Well, maybe not the deal of the day for today...but this is one you'll want to set a reminder in your phone for, because a deal this good only rolls around once every four years! Sircar Grooming, purveyors of some of the most high quality scents in the beard-care game, are celebrating the leap-year by offering 29 percent off of everything on their website, including their 100 pointOud beard oil. This sale is good for one day only, so make sure to head on over to sircargrooming.com, this saturday, February 29, and enter code LEAPYEAR2020 at checkout to enjoy this amazing deal!