Prism by Beard Lab & Bristlr – Our new Beard Oil!

Prism is the new beard oil scent currently in development by Beard Lab, with a helping hand from Bristlr. Trust us, you need it in your life!

Beard Lab fans will remember their Jellybean Beard Oil, which sadly disappeared. However we love the scent so much that we’ve helped bring it back, with a re-brand!

Arriving soon in Beard Lab’s shop, Prism is a must have for beard owners looking for something a little sweeter. Smell the rainbow all day long with its colourful, fruity scent.

Beard Lab's Prism with Bristlr
Prism, a collaborative effort between Bristlr and Beard Lab, will be coming soon! So your beard can smell like rainbows too!

So, why have we brought back Jellybean? The simple answer is that Jellybean was our favourite beard oil scent, and we were heartbroken to see it go. We brought it back so that everyone can enjoy the magical scent once again!

We also wanted to give something back to the beard community, something unique. You’ll find plenty of beard oils out there inspired by woody, musky, masculine scents. How many beard oils smell like sweets and rainbows? Just Prism!

We want to see our beard owning folk taking good care of their beards. To do that you’ll need a quality beard oil. What better way to ensure quality than to work with a brand, like Beard Lab, that delivers products we know we love?

Prism was originally inspired by our Rainbow Feature, so it nicely ties in to the Bristlr brand. We’d also hoped to release this rainbow inspired beard oil in time for Pride Season, but unfortunately these things take time. You can’t cut corners when it comes to achieving a quality product after all! However, we want our LGBT fans to know that Prism and the rainbow motif was inspired by your diverse community!

Beard Lab have almost finished preparations and Prism will soon be available to buy. Until then go and pre-order your own bottle

#Beardcare Review – Totem Wolf Blend 79

If you’ve been paying close attention to our social media lately, you’ll know that we love the Totem Wolf brand. Their professionally crafted beard oils, and other beardcare products, have been keeping our beards bushy, bright and beautiful for a while now.

I’ve been lucky enough to sample a few of the lovely beardcare concoctions at Totem Wolf HQ, they were even kind enough to get Bristlr to Pride! But let’s talk about Blend 79 (as seen in GQ Magazine) and why you should get in to it. Check at the end of this article for a store link!

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Have you ever thought you need more variety in your beard oil? Want to be greeted by a different scent each time you give it a sniff? Blend 79 has an eclectic mix of carefully selected scents that all come together to make one beautifully sweet sniff.

When the scent first hits you, you’ll be greeted with the sweet yet minty top notes of Grapefruit and Peppermint. These scents are great mood boosters, and combined are great to help with depression, colds and even headaches. The oils are also antibacterial and antiseptic, so no nastiness in your beard! And those are just the top notes!

It doesn’t stop there. Shortly after the initial application, as the top notes begin to fade, it’s time for the heart notes to kick in! A strong combination of Rosemary and Clary Sage.

If you’re feeling a bit run down, the Rosemary is a great mind booster. It’s a fresh, minty scent with a woody undertone (for that touch of masculinity, if that’s what you’re after). The Clary Sage mixes well, with a sweet, nutty scent that calms and helps with stress.

Fun fact, Clary Sage is also an aphrodisiac. Use with caution! If you know what I mean…

A little while longer and the base notes of Cedarwood and Patchouli Dark come out.

The Cedarwood, as the name suggests, is a very woody scent, with a touch of warmth. What’s that? Perfect for the winter? Perfect Christmas present for your bearded buddies? Yeah, that’s what I thought you said. More mind clearing scents to follow with the Patchouli Dark oil, which is deliciously sweet and rich, with added earthy tones.

So, how would I describe Totem Wolf’s Blend 79? Well, it’s definitely a journey of a scent. It’s a complexly sweet scent, that evolves whilst it’s on your beard! Who doesn’t want a dynamic scented beard? I know I do!

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that Totem Wolf beard oil’s are worth every penny. You get a lot for your money, not just in quantity (the bottles last a long time) but also quality. Each bottle is delicately blended with care and attention to detail. They also look super classy.

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What’s that? You want your own bottle? Or thinking it would make a great present for your beardy pal this Christmas (Winter is coming, just sayin’)? Get Blend 79 here!

 

Recommend Your Barber for Totem Wolf!

Our pals over at Totem Wolf are looking for barbers to stock their beard products!

If you’re a local barber in Manchester and you want to stock some quality beard oils, soaps and more, we can’t recommend Totem Wolf enough! We’ve even been gifted with our own, unique blend! So, if you feel that the oils on offer aren’t for you, drop a message. Perhaps you could have your own blend.

Not a barber yourself? No problem! There’s still an offer for you if you think your barber is interested in Totem Wolf products.

If you recommend a barber and they choose to stock Totem Wolf’s products you’ll be gifted with your own 30ml bottle of Blend 79 beard oil!

To recommend your barber, just drop Totem Wolf a message and get your barber to do the same. Then, if your barber says yes, we’ll say yes to gifting you with your free bottle of Blend 79!

So get recommending!

 

*currently UK only!

 

 

Post Launch – Totem Wolf

Last week I was delighted to hear the Bristlr team had been invited to Totem Wolf’s Premium Beard Oil Launch. I couldn’t have said yes faster.

I left with a specially selected cake, my very own bespoke blend of beard oil and full of cheer (in part courtesy of the beautifully blended, beard oil inspired gin cocktails).

Take a look at all these beautiful beards!

Beautiful Beards

And that’s only a handful of them!

With a lovely welcome from Totem Wolf’s founder, Philip and a warm, fuzzy and friendly atmosphere, a great time was had by all! Over 100 samples of Blend 79, the latest scent by Totem Wolf, were given away. No one left empty handed!

And did I mention the gin cocktails? The Font Manchester created two cocktails, with ingredients found in Totem Wolf’s oils, specifically for the night. It might sound a little odd, drinking beard oil cocktails, but I couldn’t get enough of them!

The party may be over, but the gifts are still coming!

Beard Oil

Head over to Totem Wolf’s website before the 16th of June to get 25% the new Blend 79!

The Bristlr beard gang would like to send a huge thank you to Totem Wolf for the great party and the generous gifts! We look forward to enjoying more of your beard oil blends.

Thanks from your friends at Bristlr!

Manchester’s Premium Beard Oil Launch

Exciting times for beard fans and beard lovers! Totem Wolf will be launching a brand new beard oil, and you’re all invited! See the event details below:

Event: Manchester’s Premium Beard Oil Launch
When: Thursday 9th June 2016 – 19:00 to 21:00 ( 7pm – 9pm)
Where: The Font, Manchester, 7-9 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP
Contact: Philip Woolley – 07454 666 565/philipw@totem-wolf.co.uk

Even better, there’ll be free stuff! Take a look…

9th June 2016 Master copyFree samples of a new, very masculine and nourishing beard oil, are up for grabs!

Blend No. 79, is a fresh citrus woody fragrance, which is being launched by Totem Wolf (Manchester’s artisnal premium beard oil company) to the lucky first 100, at a very special launch party, on 9th June at The Font Manchester.

Expect FREE drinks & exclusive designed cocktails created just for the night. There will be giveaways, a photo-booth and your chance to become the “Face of Totem Wolf 2016” offering some great prizes.

Launching at the same time, will be a specially commissioned exhibition of bearded men called “Shine”, by an up and coming photographer, Beth Rubery.

If you have a beard, like men with beards, or you just love a good excuse for a party this is the night for you.

So Manchester beard owners and fans! Come on down to the launch tomorrow evening at The Font, Manchester!

See you there!

 

Home Made Beard Oil!

Fresh from his #BareYourBeard photo shoot, Dougie here has passed on a few tips for us, and to all of you! Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to make your own beard oil. Before you ask, it won’t turn your beard blue and purple… That’s just a cool picture.

Before we get in to the beard oil, credit where it’s due! This handy tip comes from Dougie, you can find him and his lovely beard on Instagram @dougie_archer and Twitter @Dougie_LRKs.

Okay, before you get started you’ll need:

  • Pure Coconut Oil, we’d recommend this, but feel free to experiment!
  • A bottle or two of scented essential oils.
  • A big-ish bowl and a little bowl (that can stand boiling water!). Make sure the little bowl floats.
  • A selection of small pots/jars.

With all that in place, you’re ready to start making your own beard oil!

Step 1 – Fill the big bowl with boiling water.

Step 2 – Put some of the solid coconut oil into the smaller bowl and place that bowl inside the boiling water bowl. Watch as the coconut oil melts! Magic.

Step 3 – Put a few drops of your scented essential oil in to melted coconut oil. Want a potent smell? Put more in!

Step 4 – Carefully remove the bowl of oil from the big boiling water bowl and pour the oil in to one of your small pots/jars then wait for it to set.

BOOM! You’ve got yourself some beard oil made with your own two hands with a scent you love! What’s to stop you from making more? NOTHING! Use up the rest of that coconut oil making beard oils with other scents, or maybe mix scents. When you’ve got some coconut oil, a big bowl, a little bowl, a selection of scented essential oils and a few pots/jars to put your beard oils in the possibilities are endless!!

When you want to use it, just scoop some out and rub it in your hands and then spread evenly through your beard. What’s that smell? Success. Beardy Success. And whatever oil you put in there. And we bet it smells amazing.

Go. Share your beard smells and tales of home made oils with the world.

My Beard Smells Like Jelly Beans

This isn’t a sponsored post. Though it should be for all the praise I’ll be writing.

I should mention that Beard Lab (the makers of the beard oil I’m talking about in this post) do advertise on Bristlr. That’s actually how I first heard of their products. One of my jobs here at BristlrHQ is to manually approve each and every ad which runs on the desktop version of Bristlr. Whilst doing this a few weeks ago I found myself with the biggest smile in the world whilst approving an advert titled “Jelly Bean beard oil!”.

Oh yes.

I ordered a bottle out of pure instinct. You can too, here, if you’re feeling the urge. And I am happy to report it’s every bit as good as you’re dreaming it is.

I use beard oil right after a nice hot shower and a towel dry. Three or four drops is plenty.

This oil smells so good.

There’s an initial strong and sweet smell of fruity sugar, which makes way to more of a fresh floral scent. It’s an interesting transition, and it works really well preventing the sweetness from being too overwhelming. The scent settles into a very sweet and light citrusy flavour which lasts at least all day.

I’ve found with a lot of the more floral oils, there’s a tendency for them to smell stale as the day wears on on. None of that here. Or if there is, the sweet notes cover them well.

If you’re like me and a fan of the very-sweet, I’d highly recommend the lime and pomegranate “Hades” from Bath Sabbath, and the divine Chocolate Orange oil from Beards in Arms.

I should also mention, sadly, that the Honey Bourbon Beard Balm from TreeBeard does not make your bead smell like you just poured honey bourbon in it. Much to my disappointment. It’s a really great balm…. but still. It’s way more cedarwood than bourbon.

If you have any oil recommendations, please do share them in the comments!

And if you make stuff you think Bristlr users would be interested in, you can try our ad platform for free at admanager.bristlr.com. We’ll happily give you some free impressions to trial the service, just send me an email (john@bristlr.com). And don’t suck. We don’t accept paid reviews, and whilst you’re welcome to send us samples (we do like free stuff), it won’t make any difference to how much we love you.