TreeBeard – Product Review

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July 13, 2015

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Last week you’ll remember I interviewed Iain Mackenzie, the founder of TreeBeard Beard Balms and today I’m posting the review of their Signature Honey Bourbon Beard Balm and Beard Soap (which I might add is also a fantastic facial cleanser for women – I’ve used it myself so can safely vouch for it).

As you’ll see the products went down a storm with one of our testers so head over to TreeBeard on Etsy UK and start ordering ASAP – this is VERY popular stuff.

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Let me be honest from the outset.  I’m really not one for pills or any kind of potions. Having grown up in Australia any bloke who was caught using moisturiser or something of that ilk would have been thought a bit of an odd bod.

As a photographer, I’d recently spent the day shooting facial hair at a beard and moustache competition in Dorset and was impressed by many of the beards on show.  I almost felt embarrassed sporting something between stubble and a beard.

The World Beard Championships in Austria were coming up in October and I would be attending the event in a working capacity – I wanted to blend in with the competitors even though I wouldn’t be competing myself. So I decided to let the follicles on my face grow for the next few months and see where it took me.

I’ve had a beard for the best part of twenty-five years and as I said I’ve never been a big one for product.  That said, I only discovered beard trimmers a few years ago so in my early beard growing days I used to hack at tufts with an old pair of scissors. Looking back at some photographs the result of this hacking was not fantastic!

A couple of months later and my beard was coming on fairly well I thought.  It was a bit curly, fairly lush in parts (although the amount of grey was a trifle disappointing).  The beard was also somewhat dry and scratchy.  People were noticing it and passing comment but it was, I fear, a little out of control.

By complete chance I was offered a couple of products to try out.  Beard soap and Honey bourbon beard balm made by those good folk at TreeBeard.  Why not try them I thought?

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I took out the soap and although I didn’t see any instructions I bit the bullet and washed my face and beard with it.  My beard felt instantly cleaner as I had expected it would but it also felt far softer which was an added bonus.  I was very impressed and vowed to continue using it. On the TreeBeard website I noticed that Yorkshire Tea and Australian Clay are two of the ingredients in the soap.  I don’t normally drink tea but now I wash my beard in it!

Next for the beard balm.  I smoothed a small amount between my hands and applied it to my beard.  The balm made it very easy to neaten, reposition and keep my beard in place. I could even give my moustache a bit of a twirl at the end and that appeared to stay in place too.  As an added bonus I didn’t find it greasy at all. The mixture of butters, oils and Bourbon worked a treat. The only thing that the products didn’t sort out was my propensity for grey beard hair but hey, you can’t have it all…..

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With only a few weeks till the World Beard Championships my girlfriend arrived back from a quick cruise around Europe.  “Your beard’s too long” she instructed.  A few minutes later I was back to the familiar territory of that limbo land between beard and stubble.  But, thanks to TreeBeard, it is clean, soft and much improved.

You could say I’m a convert to potions.

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