DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Honest Amish. The opinions are completely my own based on my own beard care techniques and my experience with Honest Amish products.
When I started looking at potential facial hair products to purchase, one of the first companies I came across was Honest Amish. A local beard club had mentioned them on Facebook a number of times so I thought I would give it a shot. Suffice it to say, I am huge fan of Honest Amish products, and I was honored they chose to advertise here on TitleBeard, both because I believe in their products and my readers can benefit from what they have to offer. Part of the ad campaign includes sponsored posts like these, the subject choices of which are mine own.
For this first sponsored post, I thought it fitting to highlight perhaps my favorite aspect of the Honest Amish brand; their all-encompassing product line, and how it can offer even new wearers of facial hair an introduction into beard care basics.
For purposes of this post, the beard care basics we’re going to cover are cleaning, conditioning and styling, and the Honest Amish products that can aid you at each of these stages. Honest Amish covers each of these categories with products available at affordable prices that I have personally used and can personally recommend.
As I have stated previously, I am the kind of guy who feels compelled to wash my beard everyday. I don’t work outdoors or get particularly dirty everyday; I have an office job and spend most of my day behind a desk. However, especially as my beard has gotten longer (when I wake up it can be quite unruly), and given the fact that I take a shower everyday anyway, I wash my beard everyday.
Many wearers of facial hair advocate washing your beard only a couple times a week, to keep your beard healthy by not stripping oils from it. While I believe this is more of an old school way of thinking, it is not necessarily incorrect in its logic. The more you wash your beard, especially with traditional soaps and shampoos, the more oils you’ll strip out of it, and the drier and unhealthier it becomes, leading to split ends and weaker hairs, which make your beard appear less dense.
However, the need to wash less presumes that you would only use traditional soaps and shampoos (and no post-washing conditioning products) on your beard. With the advent of beard specific soaps, wearers of facial hair do not have to sacrifice beard-cleanliness for beard health. Honest Amish offers an excellent beard soap, in three different scents that coordinate with the scent of the waxes. My personal favorite is the Slick Beard Soap.
The Slick Beard Soap lathers well and has a pleasing scent. Each bar weighs approximately 5-6 ounces, which is about twice the size of many traditional soap bars. The soap also functions extremely well as a body soap, but you can prolong the life of it for an extremely long time by using it only as a beard/face soap. If you do choose to buy it, I would also recommend investing a couple bucks in a soap tray as the tray will allow the bar to fully dry out between uses which also serves to prolong the life of the soap.
I spend a fair amount of time washing my beard. After working up a good lather, I work the soap all through my beard, from the hair closest to the skin out to the tips, at all different angles to make sure all the hairs are washed. Honest Amish Slick Beard Soap does not strip the oils out of my beard, even with daily use, and it offers solid cleansing with a great (but not overpowering) scent.
A bar of the Slick Beard Soap (and other varieties) comes in at $6.50 (plus shipping – unless you take advantage of the special code for TitleBeard users – see below for the code).
Cleaning is the first step, but only the first step. Even if you clean your beard on a regular basis with a solid soap like the Slick Beard Soap, I highly recommend a conditioning product to help keep your beard healthy. When I say “conditioning product”, I do not mean a traditional liquid conditioner. Honest Amish offers three varieties; Beard Balm, Heavy Duty Beard Balm, and Unscented Beard Balm.
The benefit of a leave-in conditioner like the various beard balms Honest Amish offers is that that mix of oils and ingredients work to strengthen your hairs and replaced any oils lost through the cleaning process, in addition to softening and taming your beard, even moisturizing your beard if it is particularly dried out.
Application is easy – you simply scoop or scrape out a small amount of the beard balm, rub it between your hands to liquefy it, and then work into your beard. I tend to start on the underside of my beard, working my fingers out to the ends of the hair, and then once I’ve covered it from the underside, lightly run my hands along the outside of my beard to give it the shape I want for the day. The Heavy Duty Beard Balm does offer a slightly stronger hold.
If you have a shorter beard, I would say 4 inches or less, you may not need any products after the balm. But again, do not be afraid to experiment. When I first bought products from Honest Amish, I purchased the Original Beard Balm and Slick Wax, because I wanted to make sure I could achieve the groomed look I wanted to present to my legal clients. It did not disappoint.
I have not yet tried the Unscented version, but I do not feel the need to. I like the natural scent of both the Original and Heavy Duty Beard Balm. If I had to pick one, I think given the current length of my beard, I would stick with the Original. However, if I started the process all over again, until my beard hit 4-5 inches, I would likely use the Heavy Duty, because the extra hold it offers could likely negate the need for further styling products. But if you want to make sure to maintain the shape of the beard the beard balm gives you, read on to find out more about the wax.
A two ounce tin of any of the beard balms runs $14.50 (plus shipping – unless you use the special code below). However, Honest Amish now offers four ounce tins of the Original Beard Balm and Heavy Duty Beard Balm for $25.50 before shipping. If you have tried Honest Amish before and like either of these beard balms, do yourself a favor and get the larger size; it is much more cost efficient. If you are not sure, try one of the smaller tins – even the smaller tins give you an amount that will last a while at an affordable price.
Finally, we have the styling category of products. But in terms of beard care basics, I am not referring to the type of beard freestyling you may see at beard competitions, but simple styling for the day-to-day wearing of facial hair.
For those familiar with moustache waxes, a good beard wax typically has a much softer consistency and offers less hold. However, this is precisely what you are looking for in a beard wax. Unless you are doing a more aggressive style or freestyle design, a beard wax is simply the finishing product used to maintain the shape you give your beard with your conditioning product of choice.
Slick Beard Wax is a TitleBeard favorite. It offers an all-day, natural looking hold. Original beard wax does have a slightly stronger hold which can be useful in “training” your beard hairs to lay a certain way; a useful technique that can give your beard a look of uniformity in how the hairs lay. Extra Grit Wax is not an “extra hold” wax; it does offer a minimal hold, but the additional ingredients tat provide the “grit” are meant to help further condition your beard. The Slick Beard Wax has a fresh, spicy scent; the Original wax has strong clove notes, and the Extra Grit smells strongly like black licorice.
My preferred wax application method is similar to how I apply the beard balm. I use my thumbnail to scrape out an amount of wax slightly larger than a pea. I coat my palms and inside of my fingers with the wax and then start on the underside of my beard and work the wax in. Afterwards, I lightly run my hands all around the outside of my beard to give it shape, and I also work some of the beard wax through my moustache to keep it out of my mouth. Throughout the process, I sometimes get more wax, if needed. But especially if you have a shorter beard, I encourage you to start with less – you can always go back and add more if needed.
I prefer the Slick Bead Wax because it does offer a light hold, but not so much that my beard looks excessively styled. It lasts throughout the day but doesn’t prevent my beard from moving naturally with my face.
A two ounce tin of any blend is available for $12.95 (before shipping costs) from the Honest Amish Etsy shop.
The best part is that Honest Amish’s ad campaign with TitleBeard comes with a benefit to readers and friends of TitleBeard – use the code TITLEBEARD to get FREE domestic shipping on ALL orders over $25.00. That means you can get the full facial hair care line mentioned above (with the 2 oz size of the balm) shipped to you for just $33.95.
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