All Natural and Handcrafted Products For Your Beard
When I decided to re-brand myself as a beardsman I also decided I wanted to review more all natural beard products. Granted, I will also review products that are not all natural as well. I love trying new products, It’s the thrill of the unknown that I’m addicted to. The unknown variables that decide whether or not this product will be your everyday or every other day driver is something I’ve grown accustomed to. When I reviewed shaving products for bald men The Mod Cabin was a brand that I really loved to use. First and foremost all of their products are all natural and no matter how you look at it you just can’t beat all natural. Their products do not contain any parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic dyes these are all chemicals that can dry out and irritate your skin. The Mod Cabin just uses good old-fashioned 100% all natural oils that are great for your skin and hair. Once again I was fortunate to review some of their products only this time it was beard care products rather than shaving products. I received in the mail a 6 oz. bar of ‘Amber Resin’ soap, 2 oz. tin of all-natural hand-crafted ‘Backwoods’ Beard Balm, 1 oz. glass bottle of ‘GunBarrel’ Beard Oil and a 1 oz. tin of all-natural hand-crafted #2 Moustache Wax. Oh man it was like Christmas day when I saw my new package sitting on my door step. I couldn’t wait to get started.
I’ve used their all natural soap before for shaving and I was really impressed at how much slickness and glide it provided. I’ve also used it for hand washing and I like how clean it makes my hands feel. This time around I used the Amber Resin soap for shampoo and Beard care. First let me tell you the list of ingredients that are used in making this soap. Are you ready? Olive oil, coconut oil, and castor bean oil. That’s it, No really that’s it! The Mod Cabin makes all natural soap. They handcraft all of their products in small batches to ensure a quality product that is good for you, your skin and the environment. The pure essential oils used to make their soap have a lot of benefits for your skin that in return also benefit your beard as well. Coconut oil helps clean and hydrate you skin. The conditioning properties of coconut oil help keep the roots of your facial hair softer. Castor Bean Oil has high content of minerals, acids and nutrients. Castor Bean Oil also increase circulation bringing these nutrients to your skin faster contributing to healthier hair growth. Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants, A natural emollient, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal and contains vitamin E. Olive Oil is also a natural moisturizer that can prevent beard dandruff and itch. The Amber Resin soap also contains Glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant which attracts and locks in moisture to the skin. The Glycerin helps keep the skin under your beard well moisturized and your whiskers conditioned no matter what length they are. I used the ‘Amber Resin’ soap for multiple days until it was all gone. I have nothing but good things to say about this soap, it produces a thick and creamy lather that made my skin and beard feel soft, clean and refreshed.
I’ve read many articles stating you should not wash your beard everyday for the fear of drying it out. If you are like me I hated reading those articles, I didn’t like the fact that I thought I couldn’t wash my beard everyday. If I couldn’t wash my beard how would I keep my face clean? The Mod Cabin soap uses all natural ingredients which means you can wash your beard and face everyday without worry of stripping the oils from your beard. After I used the bar soap to clean and condition my beard I towel dried it, combed through it to detangle it and continued with the ‘Gunbarrel’ beard oil. The oil comes in a 1 oz. amber tinted glass bottle. The dark tint of the glass bottle preserves the integrity of the natural ingredients used in making the beard oil. Lets talk about packaging for a minute. I don’t think that pretty packaging should be enough for you to buy a product. Don’t be fooled by bells and whistles because they often hide a products shortcoming. Sometimes that’s not the case but you should always do research before buying to be informed of what you are actually getting. I like to look more at the functionality of the product packaging. The Mod Cabin packages their oils in glass containers with either a pump style lid or Orifice reducer depending on the size of the bottle you order. An orifice reducer is located in the neck of the bottle which prevents spills and leaks if knocked over. I received the 1 oz. amber glass bottle with the orifice reducer.
I turned the bottle upside down and rested it on the palm of my hand and gently patted it 7-8 times to retrieve a small amount of oil. I rubbed my hands together and then applied it to my beard working the oil in gently. I had some left over oil on my hands so I ran my fingers through the hair on my head a couple of times. What’s good for the beard is also good for the hair. The ‘Gunbarrel’ beard oil from The Mod Cabin contains Argan and Jojoba Oil with an essential oil blend for fragrance. Rest assured that there are absolutely no synthetic fragrances what so ever. The Argan and Jojoba oil have many skin and Beard care benefits. These two natural oils help keep the skin underneath your facial hair well hydrated and moisturized while conditioning your beard and making it more manageable. These natural oils also give your whiskers a nice shine. It didn’t take long for the oil to soak into my beard. With a couple of strokes of my beard comb I evenly distributed it through my beard giving it a nice thin coat and vibrant shine. Now it was time for the boar bristle brush to further spread the oil thoroughly working it into my skin as well.
Next on the Beard care agenda was the ‘Backwoods’ All-Natural, Hand-Crafted Beard Balm. First I want to say that I don’t have a lot of experience with beard balms, however, I do have experience with balms in general. When I shaved my head I used a lot of balms for conditioning my skin after shaving and I really loved them for many reasons. I used several The Mod Cabin aftershave balms on a regular basis and what I liked about them are also what I like about this beard balm. This balm does not leave a greasy residue behind, it quickly soaks into my skin and whiskers making my beard easier to manage and style. The ‘Backwoods’ beard balm contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and essential oils for a woodsy aroma that’s light but makes its presence known. It has a soft consistency which makes it very easy to work with. Instead of using my thumbnail and digging the balm out of the container, all I do is press my first finger into the balm and rotate it with minimal pressure gathering a small amount on the tip of my finger. Then I rub my hands together warming up the balm lightly coating the palms of my hands. Then I work it into my beard just like I did with the oil. This balm is also a conditioner so you want to try and rub it into the skin to keep it soft and supple. My comb and beard routine after applying the balm is the same as after applying the oil. Once I’m done brushing and combing it, I finish it off with quickly styling it.
The other item I had the luxury of reviewing is the All-Natural, Hand-Crafted #2 Moustache Wax. This wax has a medium hold, very pliable and easy to use. The all natural ingredients of beeswax, lanolin and coconut Oil helps to soften hair while providing a long-lasting holding power. The blend of Bergamot and Spearmint provides a light fragrance along with the natural scent of Beeswax and Lanolin. I knew right away the first time I used this wax that I was going to love it. The consistency of this wax is a little harder than the balm, so I used my thumb nail to gather a pea size amount on the back of my thumb. I then divided that amount between the first two fingers and thumb on each hand and started working it until it was soft and more applicable to apply to my moustache. Once it was worked into my moustache I used a small comb and styled it the way I wanted to. I used my wife’s hair dryer and applied warm air to my Stache heating up and spreading the wax evenly. After the wax was evenly distributed I immediately changed from warm air to cold air and slowly combed through my moustache allowing the cold air to seal in moisture while hardening the wax. When I say harden, it wasn’t hardened to a point to were my moustache wouldn’t move, just hard enough to keep the whiskers out of my mouth. Last but not least I then brushed through my moustache with my beard brush to loosen the wax giving it a more natural look, combed it again and that was it.
My first experience as a beardsman with the beard products from The Mod Cabin was a good experience. My overall experience with the products from The Mod Cabin has been perfect. I have enjoyed every minute of use and I would recommend their products to anyone whether they are bearded or a shaver or both. Their products are All-Natural, Hand-Crafted and cruelty free. Thanks for reading!
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