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Father’s Day Gift Guide

What do you get the best dad for Father’s Day?

Only the best.

Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for Dad.

Whiskey, Ink, & Lace Beard Kit

The ultimate Father’s Day present. Our kits include a beard shampoo bar, a tin of beard balm, and our popular beard oil.  Beard Kits come in all of our manly scents. Whether your dad is a viking or a lumberjack, he’s sure to love this gift.

Whiskey, Ink, & Lace Solid Cologne

Solid cologne is the way to go. It’s travel and TSA friendly and all natural. Made with our all natural, vegan oils, it won’t leave a bad chemical smell on your skin. Just a manly one. The one he wants.

Original Grain Watches

Based out of the Pacific Northwest, Original Grain make unique timepieces that suggest a certain smart and utilitarian attitude. The mixture of natural wood and metal is perfect for the craftsman in your house.

Bookers Bourbon

Food critic Morgan Murphy said, “The dark reddish brown liquid packs a serious punch with its high proof. But the robust, sweet, smooth flavor and cedar notes makes Booker’s a favorite.” Bookers Bourbon is a delicious, smooth, oaky whiskey. If he likes whiskey, he’ll like Bookers.

The Uncommon Green Rocks Glasses

For the reader and the drinker, Uncommon Greens Literature Rocks Glasses are the party conversation starter. Read and drink up!

Anything we’re forgetting?

Comment below with some cool gift ideas for Dad!

Article in Nashville Business Journal

Article by Eleanor Kennedy

“Coming soon to Elm Hill Pike: scented candles, men’s grooming products and a speakeasy-style barbershop.”

“It’s all part of entrepreneur Andi Murphy‘s mini-retail empire, combined under the umbrella company Whiskey Business. Just last week Murphy moved from Seattle to Nashville, and she’s hard at work readying 5,000 square feet of space at 1423 Elm Hill Pike to serve as her company’s warehouse, showroom and more.”

Read more at:

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2017/05/11/beards-a-barbershop-and-more-this-transplant-has.html

From the PNW to the South

The warehouse in WA, before they moved in.

For Andi “Whiskey” of Whiskey Business, expanding her businesses to Nashville from the Pacific Northwest made perfect sense. When she moves from Seattle in May with her husband Mark Murphy, she wants to jump right into becoming a part of the unique and growing community of creative small businesses flourishing in Music City. Whiskey is a serial entrepreneur by definition, having started and run a number of businesses (everything from private bartending services in Hollywood to a downhill skateboard magazine, which is reportedly where her name came from).

Her enterprising journey began when she was 16 years old. She opened her first business, a web design business that grew into a marketing company over 10 years’ time. Little did she know that one small decision would launch her into the “empire of soap and beard oil” she has now. When a client asked for copywriting services for DIY blog posts about homemade skin care products, Whiskey dove in, experimenting with different ideas for natural skincare using unique when she came up with a bar of soap made with coffee and beer.

“The client ended up not using the post, so I posted a picture of the soap for my followers on Google+ — I had over 6,000 followers at the time on that weird social network — and then they asked me if they could buy it,” she said.

Whiskey threw together an ecommerce website, but when orders started pouring in, she realized she was onto something. It was the birth of her next business.

Today, Whiskey, Ink, & Lace’s top selling product lines include all natural beard oil, vegan tattoo care, natural skincare made from unique ingredients like coffee, and more. Business picked up
so much that she quickly started hiring and things exploded. She moved the business from where it started in the boonies of North Carolina out to Portland, OR. A year later, she relocated to Seattle, WA.

The first Seattle workspace… It was small, awkward, but exciting.

Now, she has multiple sub-brands totaling over 200 natural, handcrafted products that are stocked in hundreds of shops all over the world. One of those shops happens to be Welcome Home, located in East Nashville, where her natural men’s grooming products have been stocked for the past few years. She also handles a bustling online store that ships globally.

“I prefer to work direct-to-customer so I know the experience they’re getting,” she said. “It’s really important that from the unboxing of the product to using the product itself, the customers
enjoy their interaction.”

When Whiskey and her husband move to Nashville this summer, her business won’t be relocating — it will be expanding. Operations will continue in Seattle, and be shipping from both WA and TN. This improves their nationwide distribution, ensuring their products will only take up to three days to arrive anywhere in the U.S. for more affordable shipping prices.

“A positive experience for our customers includes receiving their orders as quickly as we can hand-make them and get them to their doors.”

Whiskey also is working to open a barbershop attached to the Whiskey, Ink, & Lace warehouse in Nashville shortly after they settle in. The barbers will have direct feedback about the products she makes — and she plans to make them right next door to their warehouse, which is located on the way out of downtown, towards the airport.

Andi, upon first getting the keys to their new Nashville warehouse… 3x bigger than any other space they’ve had.

“It’s a weird place for a barbershop, for sure, but that’s why I love it,” she said. “It’s away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and all that chaos. We want to create a speakeasy-style experience, so when our customers step into this space, it really feels like you are away from all the craziness for a while.”

Whiskey’s biggest goal is to get to know the community in Nashville, find where she fits in, and help contribute.

“I chose Nashville because I want to be part of the community. I love the city,” she said. “I also want to help out other local makers. We’ll be injecting ourselves into the community and finding out where we can participate and help out.”

For more information about Whiskey’s businesses, visit whiskeyinkandlace.com.

How to Grow a Beard Faster and Fuller

Ernest HemingwaySo, you want know how to grow a beard.

Great! You’ll be joining the grizzled ranks of some of mankind’s most respected leaders, thinkers, lovers, and badasses (rank and share your favorite historical beards in the comments below). Unfortunately, beard growth isn’t equal-opportunity. You might want to grow a chin curtain as epic as Travis Frederick or Hemingway, and you might want to know how to grow a beard FAST, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to. Here is the not-so-encouraging reason why:

Biology Affects Facial Hair Growth

We won’t bore you with the details but the gist of it is testosterone plays a HUGE role in how FAST you can grow your beard, how THICK your beard is, if you end up with a patchy beard, or if you’re ABLE to grow a beard at all.

The fact of the matter is if you weren’t born with the right set of follicles on your face or if you have low T, you won’t be able to grow that epic beard naturally. Simply put, testosterone will make or break your beard growth.

Biology has dealt the cards, and you’ve gotta play with what you’ve got whether or not it’s a winning hand.

“Natural” Beard Growth Creams are Bogus

Some of you can (and do!) grow epic beards like it’s nobody’s business, but as for the rest, well, you may have to learn to live with that wimpy scruff. And no matter what the snake-oil salesmen tell you, there isn’t any natural beard growth oil or beard growth cream you can spend money on to make your beard naturally grow faster, or make your beard naturally come in thicker.

Sure, you might be able to find some crazy synthetic chemical topical cream to slather on your face that’ll alter your ability to sprout bristles…but do so at your own risk. Avoid these peddlers at all costs; they’re just looking to cash in on your hopes and dreams…and ruin them in the process (in the old days, frauds like that would be run out of town on a rail!). But if you must, we recommend checking with your doctor first to make sure there won’t be adverse effects.

But hold up, don’t get discouraged! There is some good news. If you want to grow a beard, grow your facial hair faster and fuller by making sure your follicles are getting the testosterone they need to grow. Here are two ways you can improve beard growth:

Healthy Diet for Beard Growth1. Keep a Healthy Diet to Boost Beard Growth

Boost your testosterone by eating foods rich in the minerals needed to get T production started (remember, your follicles depend on it!). Certain foods can help this by removing the estrogens that reduce T levels (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage). Avoid low-cholesterol and low-fat fad diets. Research suggests healthy consumption of fat and cholesterol actually increases levels of testosterone in men. Bottom line: avoid crap food, it doesn’t have the nutrients you need to promote beard growth.

 

2. Spur Beard Growth by Keeping it Clean

Encourage beard growth by keeping those hair follicles clean and your face moisturized. This will remove dead skin cells and anything else that might be holding back your scruff. You want to give those follicles a fighting chance at producing the best hairs possible. A natural beard wash shampoo will keep you clean and a good beard oil will help you keep your skin moisturized and healthy (having trouble choosing one? Try our Full Beard Oil Sampler Kit to find the right one for you). Bottom line: take some time to maintain the mane; you won’t regret it.

Good luck and keep us posted on your bearded ventures!

For more information about beard washes and beard oils, check out our tips on caring for a winter beard.

1. Cultured dermal papilla cells from androgen-dependent human hair follicles (e.g. beard) contain more androgen receptors than those from non-balding areas of scalp, http://joe.endocrinology-journals.org/content/133/1/141.short
2. Effect of Testosterone Administration on the Beard Growth of Elderly Males, https://academic.oup.com/geronj/article-abstract/4/3/200/591484/Effect-of-Testosterone-Administration-on-the-Beard
3. Alteration of character of male beard growth, https://www.google.com/patents/US4885289
4. Testosterone and cortisol in relationship to dietary nutrients and resistance exercise, http://jap.physiology.org/content/82/1/49.full

We’re Expanding… Again!

Good news for all of our friends!

Business has been good to us these past couple of years, and we’re taking the step in expanding our space… AGAIN!

Next month, we are more than TRIPLING our workspace footage (AGAIN!) and getting a second warehouse!

But here’s the deal. We’ll still be in our warehouse in Federal Way, WA. That’s really important, so we don’t want you to miss that detail. We aren’t leaving… just expanding!

We’re getting a SECOND warehouse in Nashville, TN! What what! The stars aligned and the opportunity presented itself to us for an expansion that would increase our distribution to the country. We will now be able to get orders to everyone in the country even faster because we will be closer to all our friends on the eastern side of the country.

What this means for you:

  • Sales!

    We’ve added more products to our Sale section, temporarily discounted so we can move through some stock as we’re going through the process of expanding.

    We’re also hosting an Expansion Sale at our Washington warehouse April 7-9. Not only will we be selling our products at discounts, but we’ll also be selling some of our supplies that we no longer need or never used. That includes soap molds, lotion bar molds, skincare ingredients, soapmaking ingredients, candlemaking supplies, and not to mention a bunch of office furniture. If you’re local to the South King County Washington area, click here to get more details.

    As the big Expansion Day gets closer, we’ll be holding a couple more sales here and there, too, so follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated.

  • You’ll get your orders faster.

    Like we said, this expansion is going to drastically decrease shipping time in the future once we get established in Nashville. The majority of the country, especially near metro areas, will receive their packages in 2-3 mailing days, even with USPS First Class or UPS Ground. That’s big!

  • Temporarily slower processing times.

    Processing times will initially be a bit slow for the month of April and beginning of May. Bear with us as we transition into our new space and get our team and equipment all set up. We are working on doing this as quickly and efficiently as possible to prevent any downtime, but orders may take a bit longer to process in the meantime.

  • Even more awesome products.

    With more space, we will be able to bring you a lot more awesome stuff! We have HUGE PLANS and we can’t wait to share them with you!

  • Improved products.

    You may have noticed we’ve “discontinued” a couple products. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and even better. With more space, we’ll be bringing in new ways to make our products even better and improving our quality standards in the process.

  • More stockists.

    Now that we will be able to produce more products in our larger space, we’ll be working on getting our products on more shelves around the world. This means you’ll be able to find us in a store near you locally soon!

    If you’re a retailer looking to stock our products, you can contact wholesale@whiskeyinkandlace.com and we’ll get you more information. Our new manufacturing space will also have a showroom so that local businesses can come see and try our products in person!

We want to reiterate that this is an expansion and not a move. We’re still Seattle local and going to be incredibly active in the maker community here… More on that later. 🙂

We’re so excited for all of the opportunities we’re pursuing this year. Stay tuned, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates during the expansion.

Most of all, thank you for growing with us! Here’s to you!

3 Tips to Care for Your Winter Beard

Well, the weather outside is frightful… and your beard might not look so delightful if you’re not taking the correct measures to keep it moisturized, groomed, and pruned.  Winter beards often come out looking scraggly and less like Santa’s luscious mane and more like a gang of wispy Irish pennants that would ignite quickly with a lighter.

You don’t need to settle for dry, itchy, and uneven-looking beards just because the mercury drops below freezing.

Make that Winter Beard something enviable to all your baby-faced friends by taking these steps to protect your neck, face, and ‘stash!

1. Grow with Confidence

First of all, if you’re afraid of your beard looking too thick and manly, then you might as well just save yourself the stress and trim it down to your face. 

Growing a beard nice and thick is beneficial for defending against the cold, trapping more heat, and therefore protecting your face’s skin, so you can be confident in your decision this season. Who wouldn’t want a sweater for their face in the cold?

Self conscious about crumbs in your beard? Wash your beard off after a collection of food particles using moisturizing soaps or special beard washing products

2. Face Washes for Men

You can buy special beard shampoo products that were designed and formulated with facial hair in-mind, making it easier to clean and remove food particles without stripping your face of its layer of protective oils.  These special beard washes also smell great, so you can stop using your girlfriend or sister’s face washes and smelling like a papaya fruit salad.

To make your face rinse more successful and make your sessions quicker, utilize a dedicated beard comb or brush to get in-between those whiskers, straightening out any possible knots along the way.

Every guy should own a beard comb that can put up with plenty of abuse and that has a proper amount of teeth to get a nice, even brush.  The price of admission is well worth having your own dedicated facial comb, it will make trimming and grooming much easier.

3. Beard Oils and Conditioning

After every shampooing, you need to follow up with a proper beard oil to keep your facial hair protected against the bitter and unforgiving cold. 

If you don’t, you’ll wind up with rough, damaged hair, no matter how moisturized you keep your face.  You may not notice it degrading right away, but after winter is over you’ll be slapping yourself and resorting to trimming it back to the base.

Don’t go cheap on beard oil, otherwise, you’ll likely wind up having to use more of it more often, as the budget brands often use cheap fragrance oils full of synthetic chemicals that are drying for the skin, and they order the oils off Amazon with no quality control. Go for the good beard oil to take care of your beard right.

Get a nice lil spot of beard oil on your hands and massage it into your face, right down to the roots.  You’ll leave this in for the day and it will protect your luscious face-sweater from all the elements.

Start Caring For Your Beard this Winter:

10 Reasons Why You Should Try Solid Cologne

Scent is EVERYTHING. It can draw you into a restaurant, convince you to buy movie popcorn, or even make you want to curl up with the stranger beside you (hey, we won’t judge, but buy ‘em a whiskey, first!). Having your own personal scent/s can boost confidence and influence your mood, as well as those around you! It can help make you feel like…you. At Whiskey, Ink, and Lace we are constantly trying new scents to wow our (olfactory) organs. But what about improved ways to wear your go-to scents?

Enter solid colognes and perfumes. When a customer suggested these to us, it just made…solid scents. Made from essential oils, beeswax, and shea butter–they look like a hair wax.They’ve actually been around since the ancient Egyptians, but recently people are rediscovering their “scent-elating” benefits.

Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Try Solid Cologne or Solid Perfume:

1. Small/Convenient

They are smaller than a USB drive, so you can literally throw it in your gym or travel bag and be good to go.

2. TSA Friendly

Since it’s a solid, you don’t have to worry about keeping room in your 1 quart bag for your scents, so you have more room for other liquid essentials.

 

3. Won’t Spill or Break

While roller and sample size colognes and perfumes can be handy for traveling, there is still a chance the fragile glass could break if you set your bag down wrong, and we’ve all had a liquid explode in our carry-on before…

4. Freshen up on the go

You know when you get off a plane, and no matter how recently you last showered, you suddenly feel like you smell a few days older and possibly like the combination of everyone around you? Go from airplane toilet-smell to eau de toilette! Dab this on to get rid of that stale airplane essence before stepping into a meeting or brunch.

5. Lasts Longer

Solid colognes and perfumes just generally last longer on your body throughout the day than liquid scents, so you’ll have to reapply less.

6. Super Concentrated

A little goes a long way with these as they tend to have a higher concentration of scent, so it’ll last you longer overall, saving you cents on your scents.

7. Not Overwhelming

Yes it’s concentrated, but due to the composition of the oils and wax and the way it takes into your skin, there’s less chance of overdoing it–we all know those people who spritz on way too much in an effort for it to last throughout the entire day! Those worries are gone here. No more Jersey Shore fragrance faux pas for us, thank you very much!

8. Evolving Fragrance

The solid form and essential oil formula allows scents to interact uniquely with your own body temperature and chemistry so the scent evolves with you throughout the day.

9. Target Application

Since you aren’t spraying anything, you can be choosy about where you put it (we recommend lightly sliding a finger over the cologne and dabbing onto your pulse points, such as wrist or behind ears and neck). No more “spray-and-jump-through-it” while relying on the wind to not take away most of your precious scents!

10. Better For You

In general, solid colognes and perfumes are made with more natural ingredients, so you know you aren’t adding anything crazy you can’t pronounce to your body. And of course at Whiskey, Ink, and Lace, we always make them with all natural, vegan, and organic ingredients!

 

With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why these are the solid choice! Try one out for yourself and let us know what you think.

Here are some of our most popular scents, now in solid form:

 

Happy smelling!

 

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits - Photo Credit https://joyofnutrients.com/2015/12/26/rosemary/

3 Underrated Essential Oils


Obviously here at Whiskey, Ink, & Lace, we work with a lot of essential oils, since that’s what we use to scent all of our natural skincare, hair care, and men’s grooming products. There are a few that we think are very underrated in the “oiler” and natural living world. You need these in your life… somehow. We can help.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits - Photo Credit http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2013/12/16/permaculture-plants-rosemary/Let’s start with this fresh, summery scent. I love rosemary in my food, but lately I’ve come to love it in my hair even more. And so has my husband. Why, you ask?

Rosemary essential oil helps you shed less hair.

What! Yes. Your significant other doesn’t have to complain as much about finding your hair in this, that, or the other place that it doesn’t belong.

I have a full head of curly hair that is constantly being found everywhere, and no matter how much I object, those auburn curly q’s obviously came from my head, so this essential oil comes in handy.

How do I work it into my routine? Well we’ve made our Hemp Seed Oil Co-Wash with it for that added benefit. I also occasionally work a few drops into my hair with some organic coconut oil as a hair mask.

Black pepper essential oil

Black Pepper Essential Oil Benefits - Photo credit http://food.ndtv.com/opinions/black-pepper-benefits-more-than-just-a-spice-1238993If you or a friend struggle with quitting smoking, this one may be for you.

The spicy essence with a smoky dark tinge to it can help you quit according to a study described here. So that’s cool. We have it in a beard oil scent so it can sit right under a bearded dude’s nose for all the good aromatherapy benefits.

I also love it because it helps increase circulation, which is handy in the cold months when my hands become numb and hurt from the cold. Sometimes I rub a few drops into my hands with organic coconut oil, but most of the time I just grab our Spiced Chai Hand Cream which includes a touch of black pepper essential oil just for that benefit.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil - Photo Credit http://essentialhealth.com/2013/01/clary-sage-oil-some-uses/According to the ever informative Wikipedia, clary sages a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvi. I just think this one is highly underrated for how fantastic it smells and how calming the essence can be.

But not only that; rubbing a few drops onto your neck or ankles supposedly can help regulate your hormones. I’ve struggled with some hormone imbalances, so this was something I’d do every night. It helped that the scent is also mentally soothing.

We include it in The Duke Beard Oil, but have yet to work it into any other products. Have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

 

Want to try just the essential oils? You can get these from our friends over at PNW Natural Supplies.

 

 

News: Business Expansion – We’re moving!

Good news for all of our friends, fans, and followers!

Business has been good to us these past couple of years, and we’re taking the next step in expanding our space!

This month, we are tripling our workspace footage and moving into a new glorious, spacious warehouse here in the Pacific Northwest.

What this means for you:

  • 20% off storewide!

    Yep, you read that right. We’re offering YOU 20% off the entire store. Use coupon code MOVINGSALE2016 between Mar 2nd and Mar 9th for this killer deal. This is to show our appreciation for your friendship all of these years we’ve been in business. We wouldn’t be here without you!
    Coupon valid 3/2/16-3/9/16 11:59pm PST. Cannot be combined with any other coupon.

  • Temporarily Slower Processing times.

    Processing times will initially be a bit slow for the month of March. Bear with us as we transition into our new space and get our team and equipment all set up. We are working on doing this as quickly and efficiently as possible to prevent any downtime, but orders may take a bit longer to process in the meantime.

  • More awesome products.

    With more space, we will be able to bring you a lot more awesome stuff! We have big plans and we can’t wait to share them with you!

  • Improved products.

    Along with this expansion, we’ll be working on improving some of our products, including transitioning to all vegan ingredients, and we’ll soon be certified by Leaping Bunny and Vegan Action as a 100% cruelty-free and vegan business! (We have always been cruelty-free but will now have the certification to prove it).

  • Decreased time between ordering and getting a WIL box on your doorstep.

    One of our goals this year is to greatly decrease processing times for all orders. In our new space, we will be less cramped and have stronger, more efficient systems in place to produce our handcrafted products quicker and get them shipped out to you sooner. 

  • More stockists.

    Now that we will be able to produce more products in our larger space, we’ll be working on getting our products on more shelves around the world. This means you’ll be able to find us in a store near you locally soon! 

    If you’re a retailer looking to stock our products, you can contact wholesale@whiskeyinkandlace.com and we’ll get you more information. Our new manufacturing space will also have a showroom so that local businesses can come see and try our products in person!

We’re so excited for what 2016 has to bring for us. Stay tuned, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates during the move.

Most of all, thank you for growing with us! Here’s to many more years of living naturally!

Start shopping and don’t forget to use your 20% off coupon!

Beard Balm Vs. Beard Oil

Over at Whiskey, Ink, & Lace, we have everything a man needs to keep his beard in check. From our Shave Kits for keeping it trimmed to our Beard Shampoo for keeping it clean, we do our best to make sure every beard can find its perfect match.

A common question when it comes to beard styling is: what’s the difference is between beard balm and beard oil?


Let’s start with the basics:

Beard oil is made up of viscous liquid oils, while beard balm is made of oils + wax for a thicker, pliable pomade-like texture.

Our beard oils are composed of organic jojoba oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil. Each oil is carefully selected for its individual benefits. For example, jojoba and argan oils are mainly for moisturizing the skin underneath the beard, keeping it healthy, soft, breakout-free, and not itchy. The sweet almond oil is packed with vitamins to help keep the follicles healthy and producing to their best potential. The avocado oil is also vitamin-packed and contains high amounts of vitamin A, to give your beard a healthy appearance. 

Our beard balms are composed of shea butter, organic coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil, and candelilla wax. These are thicker oils/butters, and with the added wax, the balms provide a smooth, medium-firm hold to tame stray hairs. They’re also deeply conditioning, keeping the beard looking healthy and soft.

How to use the two:

 


The Sojourner Beard BalmFlyaway Hairs >> Beard Balm:

Flyaways will be calmed with ease thanks to a little dab and smooth of beard balm. Keep your beard balm on you for quick fixes throughout the day.


Conditioning >> Beard Oil:

Beard oil makes a great beard conditioner because of the blend of moisturizing, vitamin-rich oils. Since beard oils are, well, oils, they’re just right for penetrating hairs and reaching the follicles below.


Longer Beards >> Beard Balm:

Longer beards will benefit from the pomade-like features of beard balm. The longer they get, the more balm you’ll want to have on you to keep that man mane tamed.


Itchy Skin >> Beard Oil:

 

Because it’s more emolient and moisturizing, beard oil calms skin beneath your beard, making it an effective anti-itch aid. Our beard oils are made with therapeutic essential oils, too, that also help soothe the itch. This makes ot great for beard growing beginners.


The Connoisseur Beard OilShaping >> Beard Balm:

 

 To whip your beard into shape, apply beard balm. Ours are formulated similar to our medium-firm hold pomade, so they can style and shape beards that sometimes may seem like they have a mind of their own.


Healthy Follicles to Encourage Growth >> Beard Oil:

Add some oomf to your hair follicles by using a beard oil. The conditioning impact will make follicles a little happier, encouraging growth.


Patchy Beards >> Beard Balm:

 

The thickening texture of the beard balms can help style your beard in such a way to give it a fuller appearance.


Use your beard balm and oil together for max styling.

Get all of the benefits by using beard oil and beard balm together. The best way to do this is to use the oil first, right after washing the beard in the morning. Then once that sets in, follow up with the beard balm to style it. Then at night before bed, apply a few more drops of beard oil for extra moisture.

Don’t know where to start? Try one of our beard kits to get both balm and oil together with a shampoo bar! Grab one of our shave kits to help keep the sides and neck well-groomed.

Beard Balms:

 

Beard Oils:

 

All Natural Hair Care Routine

This article is going to contain a large number of photos of my disastrously crazy hair.

To establish my credibility when it comes to hair care, just look at the photos. Hair stylists run from me. Curly hair is usually voluminous, but thin. Mine’s not. It’s thick. Curly. Crazy. And has a mind of its own. I don’t touch it with a brush and rarely use a comb, and never use any heat on it (curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer, etc.) because bad things happen when I do, so I’ve always struggled to find products to care for it.

I’ve finally fallen on the following all natural remedies that keep it tame, healthy, and beautiful, and I’ve found that they work for all hair types, so I highly recommend trying them out!

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Quick ‘n Dirty Hot Toddy Recipe

I am finally getting sick. I’ve gone for almost a year avoiding every bug and flu that popped up, but my immune system has finally given in.

So for Whiskey Wednesday, I found it appropriate to make a hot toddy. They’re quick, easy, and my go-to when my throat starts hurting. Read More

Coffee Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

I stumbled across the inspiration for this cocktail and knew it would have to be this week’s Whiskey Wednesday. I even picked out a brand new bottle of bourbon for it. It’s been a stressful week, so coffee has been helping me survive. Coffee and bourbon together? You just can’t go wrong there.

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Bourbon Nog Shortcut Recipe

It’s eggnog season! And the customary liquor to add to the creamy drink is brandy. But since I’m a bourbon girl, myself, I mixed it up with a bit of good ol’ whiskey.

I’ve been having this with dinner, after dinner, after after dinner. It’s delicious and addicting and goes down so smooth.

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I’ll admit, this is quite a bit like the creamy rum recipe, except the egg makes it a good bit thicker. It has a slightly more eggnog taste. It’s more my favorite, but I’m also more partial to bourbon. You can decide what to offer between the two at holiday parties based on what you have on stock. Or if you have anyone squeamish to the idea of drinking raw eggs, you may want to go with the rum recipe, or just skip the egg in this recipe.

I do HIGHLY recommend this with Eagle Rare bourbon or Bernheim. Try to stick with darker, smoother bourbons. I love the Eagle Rare because it has a creamy taste of its own.

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Creamy Spiced Rum Recipe

This is an absolutely fantastic Christmas party drink. I made it for my boyfriend and a friend of his, and was then asked to make it again. And again. And again. Read More

Gluten Free Pancakes for One Recipe

I’m not a big eater to begin with, but I also often end up eating by myself or I’m the only unfortunate one eating the gluten free food. Part of the problem with this is most recipes are for 2 or more people. So here’s a quick and easy recipe for gluten free pancakes for one person. Read More

Greek Yogurt & Honey Face Mask DIY

Maybe it’s a bit sacrilegious, in which case I apologize, but I like to think of this mask as the promised land mask. This is a Greek yogurt and honey face mask with spices, which just reminds me of the story of the promised land in the Old Testament, which was supposed to be flowing with milk and honey.

This is a super easy to make face mask that moisturizes while it brightens, lightens, and fights blemishes.

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Why I tossed out all my tea tree oil

For a minute, I was a huge tea tree oil advocate. With all of the great benefits everyone talked about, I wanted to use it in all of my face care products.

Then someone sent me some interesting information about the oil. So I dove into the research he provided, as well as some other case studies I dug up. Now I’m sharing with you my findings so you understand why I tossed out all my tea tree oil and am now an advocate for others doing the same.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

I’m not a fan of Starbucks coffee. But for some reason, that fall bug bites me, and I get all excited when I hear that they’re making their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte again. Read More