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

Sincerely bearded,

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


1st - Jason Misner

2nd - Kienan Almeida

3rd - Chris Reed


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


1st - Damon Goldsmith

2nd – Jean-Paul Gagnon

3rd – Charlie Haueter

Saturday, March 20, 2010

2010 Beardsman Beard & Moustache Contest

The Bay of Beards website is finally up, and is always being updated. Check it out here. I hope you like it can make it out. The contest will be on May 1st 2010 at the Dunedin Brewery. Should be great this year.

Thats all for now,

Beard Team USA Announcement

To All Members and Fans of Beard Team USA,

Plans for the $5000 BTUSA National Beard and Moustache
Championships in Bend, Oregon on June 5 are well underway.

Huge Announcement

Online registration for the Nationals is now available!
Just go to for everything
you need to know. Registration for competitors is $40, which
gets you into the competition, two chances to win $1000 (one for
winning your category and another in the drawing), and free beer
during the event.

Before you register, be sure to check out the options available for
activities on Friday, June 4. When you register, you can sign up for a
choice of mountain biking, brewery hopping, canoeing, cave exploring, or
rafting. All of the activities have limited availability so be sure to sign
up soon. Click here for more information about the activities.

Also, note that there are three choices for lodging. The upscale Mt.
Bachelor Village Resort offer rooms and condos for a range for prices. Most
people will stay at the mid-range Phoenix Inn, which is offering suites to
our group for a rate of $109 per night. The budget option is at the Super 8
Motel with rooms for about $70.

If you stay at the Mt. Bachelor Village or at the Super 8, you will probably
want to have a car. If you are at the Phoenix Inn, you won't need one,
since the Phoenix Inn is right downtown.

Another Huge Announcement

Two-time World Beard Champion (Full Beard Natural) and noted beard book author
Jack Passion will not be competing. Jack is going to step aside and
give others with full beards a shot at the $1000. Instead, he will be the
onstage host of the competition.

Be sure to check for the latest information.

See you in Bend!

Phil Olsen
Founder and Self-Appointed Captain
Beard Team USA

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Hey Beardsman and Beard-ladies. I have a couple updates regarding the contest, new merchandise, and website updates.

The 2010 Bay of Beards Competition IS CONFIRMED!!!
On Saturday, May 1st 2010 the Dunedin Brewery will be hosting the second annual Beardsman beard and moustache contest. The Brewery did an amazing job last year, and we are looking forward this year going off even bigger. We already have received a couple very generous donations and are avidly looking for more donors. If you or your business is interested in being a donor for this year’s Beardsman contest please contact Austin at This week I’m going to be posting, the contest website.

I have updated the website pretty well in each of the pages. If you get a moment to check out some of the stuff I added, I think you’ll be into some of the additions. I’ve added a couple games in the arcade, and added one or two beard styles. Beardsman is looking for official Team members that are located in FL. Be sure to check out the “team” page, I have some more information on there.

We have recently put out a piece of merchandise called the Bearded Danglers. Check out the store. Yvonne Rygiel of stellasophia has hand made these wonderful little buddies. There are only a couple of the Danglers in existence as of right now, so make sure you move with haste! We will be releasing some more merchandise soon. It might keep you northerners a little bit warmer than a t-shirt (not to give it away or anything).

In other beard news, The WBMC and Beard Team USA have posted new websites. They look fantastic so check them out. If you are in the Austin, TX area Misprint Mag is hosting a beard & moustache contest.

Hope you enjoy the good news here and keep checking back for updates.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Holy City Beard&Moustache Contest

HCBMS Folks,

Lots in the works here for 2010 (Year of the Beard)!

The big event is February 13th at Tin Roof, the Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships. Make sure you get your registration form in (on the event page). A PayPal will be set up soon as well. We have beards coming in as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, & New York. I am working on the Round Holiday Inn as the event hotel.

Sponsors are shaping up as well. Volunteers will be need for Friday nights opening social at Southend Brewery & for the night of the competion at Tin Roof. Let me know if you can help & it is much appreciated! I already have a few & AmeriCorps might lend a hand.

Is anyone interested in HCBMS having a Twitter page? Would you be interested in running it, mainly to annouce monthly pub nights? Let me know.

Other news:
Jan 16th - at Flying Saucer in Columbia 8pm, 2nd Annual South Carolina Beard & Moustache Association Pub Night (after World Beer Festival)

Jan 23rd - Blind Tiger January Pub Night at 8pm

March pub night will be at Tommy Condon's in downtown Charleston.

Our 3rd Anniversary party looks to be a more "formal' affair at FIG (Food is Good). More to come.

Send in any suggestions or comments,

Commander, Holy City Beard & Moustache Society