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.