Trying out Forestbare

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

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.

Combs

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

-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.

*UPDATE*

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

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.