This article was originally published on MWGmma.com. It is reprinted in full here with permission.
There are a number of different companies out there offering quality facial hair products, and most of them can be classified as a “local business”, so support of these businesses can help support your local economy. But don’t be fooled, plenty of these local businesses can have a national reach, and such is the case with the company I’m reviewing products from today; the Kentucky-based Grandpa Brands Company.
In the early 1870′s, Jess Hoffman made the very first bar of Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap from his own recipe on his family farm, located in Tippecanoe, Ohio. During an era of innovation, this family recipe was proclaimed for its restorative and cleansing benefits. As Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap continued to earn praise and popularity, Grandpa went back into the kitchen and created more specialty soaps for different purposes. Today, you can find a whole line of soaps that have been thoughtfully crafted. We are confident that you will enjoy his products as generations have since the first batch was sold in 1878.
I came across Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap when looking for a soap for my beard. The longer I grew my beard, the harder I found it to manage. I know there is a school of thought that says beard growers should not wash their beards everyday, because it strips the natural oils that keep your beard healthy. However, I’m the type of person that needs to wash my beard everyday. I do not necessarily engage in strenuous activities that get it particularly dirty, but I’m obsessive enough that I need to wash it everyday. As it started to get longer, I noticed that no combination of shampoo and conditioner or regular bar soap would give me the results I wanted.
After doing some searches, I saw that two-time World Full Beard Natural Champion Jack Passion is an advocate of using Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap. Take a look at Passion’s beard in the video below and you’ll see that he obviously knows a thing or two when it comes to growing an epic beard, and he has some good things to say about Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap as well.
I did some research on the Grandpa’s Brands company and was pleased to learn that their operations are now based in Kentucky; I was then fortunate enough to find the Pine Tar Soap at a local health foods store, and then requested some from the Grandpa’s company for purposes of this review. I received some of the Pine Tar bar soap to review in addition to some of the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
The bar soap is a dark brown color, but lathers white. It has a strong, pleasing scent that reminded me of a campfire. But if you’re concerned about the scent, don’t be. While it is strong during the initial washing, it does fade fairly quickly, and never once bothered me.
The scent is still strong, but not as strong with the shampoo, conditioner and body wash. All three also lather white, and all offer some great cleaning benefits. I do still prefer the bar soap to the body wash, but that was as preference I had prior to using the Grandpa’s pine tar body wash.
The shampoo and conditioner offer many of the same benefits of the bar soap in terms of effectiveness in cleaning my beard, but again – my preference is to the bar soap. I did find that my beard was consistently more manageable after using the bar soap versus the shampoo and conditioner, but the manageability that the pine tar shampoo and conditioner give is still highly superior to other shampoo and conditioner combination that I have tried.
Once I started using the Pine Tar soap, I was immediately impressed with the results. Both the Pine Tar bar soap and shampoo did a great job of cleaning my beard without stripping the oils out of it. It keeps my beard manageable and looking good, and provides an excellent base for any other products I choose to use on it (i.e. beard conditioner or beard wax).
I have used the Pine Tar soap as the exclusive soap to wash my beard for about four months and I am definitely pleased with the overall look of my beard and the quality of the wash the Pine Tar soap provides. The advertising materials that accompanied the soap stated that some customers have found the soap helpful in dealing with skin irritations like psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema. Thankfully, I do not suffer from any of these irritations, but because of that I cannot speak to the effectiveness of the soap in dealing with any of these conditions.
I can say that both the body wash and bar soap rinse off very well and I did not feel like there was a film left on my skin like I have felt with other body washes. All in all, Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap product line is a solid line of products – and I especially would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering using it for washing facial hair.
The entire Pine Tar soap line of products is available on GrandpaBrands.com. The price breakdown is as follows:
- 4.25 oz bar – $5.55
- 3.25 oz bar – $4.29
- 1.25 oz bar – $1.39
- Shampoo (8 oz) – $12.39
- Conditioner (8 oz) – $11.29
- Bath and Shower Gel (8 oz) – $12.39
Grandpa’s Brands also offers a wide variety of other types of soaps and even some deodorants. To see the full line of what Grandpa Brands has to offer, visit GrandpaBrands.com. Also, be sure to like their Facebook page for more info on products and the occasional giveaway.