Monday, May 31, 2010

Product Review



When I was first contacted by Bluebeards Original to review their products for Beardsman, I remember being very skeptical of a “beard shampoo and condition”. It seemed almost hokey, and to be a cheap marketing tactic. Needless to say I kind of had it out for them from the get go, but I was very interested to see and more importantly feel the difference.

The thing that I was most skeptical about was the “Beard Wash” shampoo. I don’t by any means have a brutal beard, but it does pose some of the usual problems including tangles, rough texture, and the inevitable shedding. After the first several days I noticed a pretty big difference in the texture and especially the cleanliness of my beard. The smell is a faint natural lime scent that truly is wonderful and I’m sure to be a positive change for the cuddle buddy in your life. My girlfriend loves it.

Bluebeards Original advertises that the Beard Wash is less harsh than other, more chemical based shampoos for your head hair. Their all natural ingredients maintain a great clean without those chemicals leaving not just your beard, but your face feeling very clean.

The only real “cons” of the product is the miniature size bottle that it comes in, even though, your only really needing about a nickel sized squirt to get the job done.

Next to try out was the “Beard Saver”. Made with the same natural ingredients and lime scent of the Beard Wash, the Beard Saver leave-in conditioner is really an awesome product. Right after the first application I noticed a drastic physical change in my beards texture. It made my beard have a soft, more “hair-like” feel. Combing through my beard with the Beard Saver in it made for fewer tangles. After about a week of daily applications I noticed that my beard was starting to shed a lot less as well. The overall feel was just a healthy and vibrant man-scape. I was genuinely surprised by the product and have been recommending it to close friends who have way more gnarly beards than I do to try it out. It’s worth it.

Bluebeards Original Duo is $36.00

Beard Wash alone is $14.00

Beard Saver alone is $24.00

As a cheap dude that’s not a great price, but it is a fair amount of product for the price. I have been using both products almost every day for over a month and have about 50% of it left. Being made in the USA and from all natural products it’s a reasonable price for a higher end hair care product.

Bottom Line: This is a solid product that I recommend for the pros or for the everyday beard wearer. It made my beard feel awesome, look fuller, and smell amazing.

For more information and details about Bluebeards Original products go to their website at http://www.BluebeardsOriginal.com/

Sincerely bearded,
Austin

Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 Bay of Beards Results!

Hello, Beardsman! It has been a while since I’ve had some time to sit and actually update the site a bit since the contest. So this will be a big post to catch all of you up on everything.

First and most importantly, the contest went incredibly well. The rnout was great with over 250 attendees. All together we raised 2090 dollars; crushing last year’s proceeds and this year’s goal. We couldn’t have done it without a handful of amazing volunteers that made a ton of the event what it was.

Special thanks from myself (Austin) and Beardsman go out to the following individuals: JP Marra, Randon Martin, Anthony Grajirena for the beautiful flyers, Jocelyn Nunez and Yvonne Rygiel for the amazing handmade trophies and other d├ęcor, Justin Brecese, Morgan Gall, and Chris Denny for being the critical beard growing judges, and Adam Williams and Dylan Williams for helping out at the door, Lilt Lathauser, Andrea Jenkins, Kendal Fleming, The Dunedin Brewery for keeping everything together and doing a great (job again), Shark Destroyer, and lastly all of the great sponsors that contributed to the raffle and prizes.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous donations: The Dunedin Brewery, Classic Tattoos, Forever Tattoos, MAC, Bluebeards Original, Moe’s Mexican Grill (Countryside), Chainwheel Drive, Peg & Awl, Kabob House, Dunedin House of Beers, Tampa Bay Paintball, Chris Reed, Ryan Cullen, Scott Lukacs, Keller, Jocelyn Nunez, Daniel Mrgan, Allen Hampton, Anthony Grajirena, Chris Parks, Berto, Girl.Bike.Dog, Hands On Bicylcles, Burro Bags, 66Fixed, Heart of Gold Clothing, Yanko Pads, and City Cycle Supply.

For those that haven’t heard, seen, or met any of the winners from the beard and moustache competition, please allow me to introduce these amazingly bushy Beardsman.

Bearded Ladies

1st – Lizz Teti

2nd – Tiffany Cortes

3rd – Angel Toston


Longest Beard

1st – Dan Wing (13”)

2nd - Mark Stewart (10 ¾”)

3rd – Jason Mott (10”)


Natural Full Beard

1st – Dan Wing

2nd – Mark Stewart

3rd – Ryan Lessl

Garibaldi

1st - Jason Misner

2nd - Kienan Almeida

3rd - Chris Reed


Sideburns

1st – Bato Ijacic

2nd - Charlie Haueter

3rd – George Gallandre-Lebhar


Styled Moustache

1st – Zak Kuhn

2nd – Austin Peterson

3rd – Jason Messick


Freestyle Beard

1st – Brandon Wagner

2nd – Jason Misner


Best Overall Beard

Mark Stewart


Shortbox Beard

1st – Joe DiSanza

2nd – Jake Connelly

3rd – Tyee Jordan


Natural Moustache

1st – Matt Patton

2nd – Tony Tietto

3rd – Brian Nitzer


Goatee

1st - Damon Goldsmith

2nd – Jean-Paul Gagnon

3rd – Charlie Haueter