Trying out Forestbare

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

So, yet again, one of my fa­vorite men’s style web­sites, Well Spent, clued me in to a com­pa­ny sell­ing ex­act­ly what I’ve been look­ing for. It might seem ba­nal to you, but, as part of my quest to buy more American-made stuff & fo­cus more on nat­ur­al foods, clean­ing sup­plies & groom­ing sup­plies, I was re­al­ly ex­cit­ed to learn about this all-nat­ur­al, American-made men’s groom­ing shop: Forestbare.

So far I’ve been re­al­ly im­pressed with the qual­i­ty and price of the things I got from them. And I es­pe­cial­ly like that the in­gre­di­ents and man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tion is list­ed on every page. I guess I’m kind of be­com­ing that guy.

So here’s a quick run-down:

Abraham’s Face & Beard Wash

This was rea­son­ably priced enough that I ba­si­cal­ly bought it be­cause Abraham is my son. I’ve been us­ing it for a week now, and due to the sal­i­cylic acid/​jojoba oil com­bo, I have had no beard/​shaving re­lat­ed pim­ples. It bare­ly has a scent, but match­es up nice­ly with the awe­some Duke Cannon hair wash I’ve been us­ing. (I found that via Lodge Goods, an­oth­er one of my new fa­vorite on­line re­tail­ers of American-made stuff.)

Craftsman Soap Company Activated Charcoal Soap

I’d stopped us­ing soap be­cause that shit dried out my skin and moved on to body wash. It’s ac­tu­al­ly nice to be us­ing soap again, and this stuff doesn’t dry out my skin or leave a no­tice­able residue. I’m down.

Puur Beard Face Beard Balm

Despite all my beard oil tom­fool­ery, I hadn’t bought any­thing, uh, gooier to put on it, but this stuff looked promis­ing. As it says, it’s not a mous­tache wax, but I’ve been us­ing it as such. My beard is so wiry, that I’ve been tam­ing the bits around my face with this. I like it, and might up­grade to a mous­tache wax even­tu­al­ly.

Puur Fireman Fresh Scent Beard Oil

So of course I bought the beard oil. I was stoked to see that, where most beard oils start out at $10/​oz, this one was $7 for 2oz. That’s be­cause the oils used are pret­ty com­mon, but the scent is just the right blend of smoke & cit­rus, and it’s work­ing just as well to keep my beard shiny & hap­py. I’m def­i­nite­ly us­ing this as my dai­ly beard oil, un­less I’m feel­ing fan­cy.

KOTFW Hair & Beard Pomade

I’m not re­al sure about this one. It’s ba­si­cal­ly an odor­less wax. I have to use the edge of my comb to get any of it out, and then rub my hands to­geth­er Mr. Miyagi-style to melt it enough to get in my hair. Once in there though, it does a great job hold­ing my hair­style with­out a wet look. I wish it came with a lit­tle scraper tool to get it out & smelled a bit more like the Iron Society po­made I won from Cloak & Dapper.

Live Beautifully Fresh Mountain Timber Deodorant

This is the stuff I was most ea­ger to try. I’ve been stuck us­ing a salt block as a de­odor­ant be­cause my armpit flesh is ex­tra-sen­si­tive due to all the chem­i­cal burns oth­er de­odor­ants have giv­en me. Even Tom’s of Maine ir­ri­tat­ed me. And the salt block killed the stink (un­less it is re­al­ly hot out) but did noth­ing to stop me from pit­ting out. I’m hap­py to say that this stuff is amaz­ing. Smells a bit like an all-nat­ur­al Old Spice, no burn­ing, no full-on pit sweat, and it on­ly needs to be ap­plied very very spar­ing­ly to get the job done. Definitely buy­ing this again and again.

So if you’re a dude who’s in­to any of the stuff I just wrote about, give this shop a try. They al­so have great cus­tomer ser­vice and ship quick­ly.

A Further Examination of Beard Oil & Its Ramifications

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Way back in September of 2013, I wrote a post about what it was like to lose my beard oil vir­gin­i­ty. I’ve come a fair dis­tance since Beard Oil & Its Ramifications, and I thought this might be a good time to re­vis­it the is­sue. My beard is not as frig­gin’ huge as it was back in September. My beard is like a bram­ble patch, and I’m still in the process of fig­ur­ing out if there’s a low-has­sle way to mit­i­gate that. I don’t re­al­ly mind hav­ing a face that looks like there’s a pu­bic bush grow­ing out of it, as long as I can keep my chin-hedge prop­er­ly clipped.

Beard oil doesn’t help with that. I have dis­cov­ered that I like how it changes the feel of the beard, and I am very in­trigued by the scent pos­si­bil­i­ties. It should be clear that in gen­er­al, I’m cheap, and I’m picky. Know that be­fore read­ing on. I’ve done a bit of re­search, and here’s what I’ve tried out so far:

Queen Bee Trading Company All Natural Beard Oil

My friend Jerika rec­om­mend­ed this one to me, at $10 (plus ship­ping) it’s about as in­ex­pen­sive as you can find beard oil, and it has a pleas­ant but unas­sum­ing woodsy scent. I’ve been us­ing it as my dai­ly beard oil, and it’s done the job very well. You can al­so place a cus­tom or­der re­quest and get pret­ty much any scent you’d care for. The or­der came with a sam­ple of the cof­fee-scent­ed oil, and I was a big fan.

Odin Spiced Mead Beard Oil by Bath Sabbath

By far the brand clos­est to my black heart. Everything Bath Sabbath makes is met­al-themed, and they’ve got bitchin’ graph­ic de­sign. I couldn’t pass up try­ing their Odin beard oil ($10 plus ship­ping). If you like sweet­er & more flo­ral scents for your beard, a stronger scent, or a beard oil that’s a bit thick­er than stan­dard, make a run for this. Spiced Mead is right on for the de­scrip­tion. Think wild­flower hon­ey, drink­ing from mead horns while out­side, in the dark, some­thing slavers. I was con­tact­ed by the pro­pri­etor af­ter leav­ing my Etsy re­view, and she said she’d send me a sam­ple of her up­com­ing Cernunnos scent.

Tree Ranger Beard Oil by Beardbrand

I just re­cent­ly re­ceived this beard oil, and though it’s nor­mal­ly out of my price range ($25 plus ship­ping) I got a good deal on it from Huckberry. I like its woodsy scent, the cedar­wood & pinewood es­sen­tial oils are a good com­bo, but it’s def­i­nite­ly less vis­cous (it ar­rived frozen) than any oth­er oil I’ve tried, and doesn’t come with a drop­per. This means it is get­ting used up re­al­ly fast. Unless you’re su­per picky about the types of oil used and its sourc­ing, you can get a sim­i­lar prod­uct for sig­nif­i­cant­ly less in a va­ri­ety of places.

The Carpenter by Dream Beard

This was one of the sam­ples that I got in my first at­tempt at beard oil­ing. It was my fa­vorite, so I bought a prop­er bot­tle ($15 plus ship­ping). The name is spot on. It smells like a wood­shop. What’s not to like about that?

The Gentleman’s Beard Grooming Kit by First Olympian

I felt like I took a big gam­ble with this, but it def­i­nite­ly paid off. This amaz­ing groom­ing kit (£94) came with 4 trav­el-sized oils (Hermes, Ares, Zeus, Eros), trim­ming shears, and a badass wood­en comb. Each of the oils smell good enough to eat, and kind of leave every­thing else I’ve re­viewed so far in the dust. Seriously the best stuff I’ve tried. I’ll have to use it par­si­mo­nious­ly.


I knew I need­ed a de­cent wood comb for the beard, the Conair comb I’ve been us­ing for my hair for a bil­lion years ain’t got what it takes to clear a swath through my tan­gle, and I want­ed some­thing wood­en to ab­sorb the ex­cess oil. I bought a cheap neem wood comb from Amazon and it’s done a great job. I want­ed to find some­thing a bit bet­ter qual­i­ty and made in the USA, if pos­si­ble. All I could scrounge up at the time was Sierra Legacy Hardwood Combs. What I got was a great comb, but not for my beard. Now I’ve stum­bled across a few oth­er beard comb op­tions, but haven’t picked any­thing yet.

Beard Accident

Monday, 10 February 2003

-Why are things like this re­port­ed?

Honestly, it serves on­ly as an ex­pli­ca­tion of cul­tur­al val­ues in­stead of any­thing re­mote­ly health-re­lat­ed. It is al­so far too nar­row, deal­ing on­ly with Welsh men. Now, they men­tion that so­cial fac­tors are prob­a­bly the cause of a ma­jor­i­ty of the dis­eases, ap­par­ent­ly be­cause men that don’t shave reg­u­lar­ly are blue col­lar work­ers that don’t get any. But this is im­me­di­ate­ly dis­missed in fa­vor of the ev­i­dence for shav­ing. and ap­par­ent­ly, not shav­ing reg­u­lar­ly fucks up the testos­terone lev­els which in turn leads to stroke. ex­cuse me, but a beard grows whether or not you shave it. and the lack of sex is most def­i­nite­ly due to mate ap­pearence pref­er­ences rather than any­thing to do with the phys­i­ol­o­gy of fa­cial hair. if a girl doesn’t like fa­cial hair she won’t sleep with you. if fa­cial hair mess­es up sex­u­al viril­i­ty Homo sapi­ens sapi­ens would have died out long be­fore the first ra­zor. how can peo­ple get 20 years of fund­ing for this when an artist or in­de­pen­dent film­mak­er has to kiss pim­ply ass and jump through flam­ing hoops blind­fold­ed just to get the chance to ask for mon­ey. Stuff like the above ar­ti­cle will de­stroy the world.

why am i so emo­tion­al­ly in­volved? well, i do have fa­cial hair. i do not get any, and i would much rather think that it is be­cause girls don’t like fa­cial hair rather than the idea that hair makes me im­po­tent. was it not a sign of po­ten­cy back in the day? al­so the NEA gets axed while 20 year stud­ies on shav­ing get plen­ty of fund­ing. yeah, the NEA was a US thing and this was in Britain, but they are most def­i­nite­ly re­lat­ed phe­nom­e­non.


not two min­utes ago af­ter go­ing to the bath­room to trim said fa­cial hair, the elec­tric trim­mer slipped from its se­lect­ed trim­ming length and be­fore i knew it i had tak­en quite a chunk out of my beard. i had to trim it al­most to obliv­ion. po­et­ic jus­tice my ass.

Bad Hygiene

Tuesday, 23 July 2002

i’ve stopped even mak­ing the at­tempt to get up ear­ly enough to do ba­sic hy­giene be­fore stum­bling in­to work. at the be­ginnning of the sum­mer, i strove to start my sched­ule at 9 in the morn­ing but since clus­ters open at 8 i was not per­mit­ted to sched­ule my­self at 9 with­out al­so sign­ing up for 8. this wasn’t a ter­ri­bly big deal since for the past three years i have been get­ting up at 5:30 in the morn­ing to go to work. so i start­ed get­ting up at 7, show­er­ing, eat­ing a bit of break­fast and then go­ing in to work. this worked out well un­til i start­ed my night job. then, get­ting back in­to the dorm at one in the morn­ing made get­ting up 6 hours lat­er much more dif­fi­cult. at first i start­ed get­ting up at 7:15, then that turned in­to 7:30, now my alarm goes off at 7:45 i sleep for an­oth­er ten min­utes, roll out of bed and wan­der over to the clus­ter right as it opens. my breath smells, my face is greasy, i’m pret­ty sure the these shorts i’ve been wear­ing are the on­ly ones i’ve ever had in my en­tire life. my hair is mussed, i need to shave. flow­ers wilt be­fore my pres­ence and chil­dren are afraid of me. thank­ful­ly, once lunchtime rolls around, it is just as easy to wan­der back to my room and show­er up. on­ly 9 more twelve hour days un­til i ac­tu­al­ly get some­thing re­sem­bling sum­mer va­ca­tion. al­right!

i found the CSS ref­er­ence sec­tion in Dreamweaver. Now i can ac­tu­al­ly start fid­dling around! but lo and be­hold, one of my pre­vi­ous pages was pret­ty much done in CSS and i didn’t even know it. grant­ed, that was the page that a stole prob­a­bly 80% of the code from, but it was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. maybe this won’t be as bad as i had ex­pect­ed.