I get tons of questions in the piles and piles of mail I get and trust me, those piles of mail: totally giant. Imagine the amount of mail Santa Claus gets around the holidays and that’s one day for me…yup…pretending is fun. One of the most frequently asked question is, “Why do you bother doing this?” followed closely by, “No, really, why?” but somewhere on that list I imagine there’s someone asking what I recommend you use to clean your scruffy mug. So I’m going to tell you.
Greetings my furry followers! Long time no see. I’ve taken a long hiatus but thanks to the all the fan mail (none) and carefully crafted tales of how my blog has improved your lives (none) I’ve decided to make my triumphant return to entertain (torture) you.
Recently, on the twitters, @edypiro asked me what my top 3 moustache waxes are. Before I do this you need to know that my moustache has gotten pretty long and has always been hard to control. Most of the traditional waxes I’ve used don’t hold it very well any longer but that’s not to say they aren’t great for people with less schnauzer-esque faces.
Greetings loyal readers! Summer is definitely in full gear and, if you’re anything like me, your moustache is drooping and your hair goop is dripping into your eyes. With that in mind it’s time we take a look at something less melty. It’s time to look at “Captain Fawcett’s ‘Private Stock’ Beard Oil”. Holy cow! If this from the Captain’s private stock this should be some good stuff.
Captain Fawcett is a mysterious fellow. In terms of background the best I can do is point you to his webpage and his charmingly eccentric twitter feed. What I can tell you is that the Captain has given us an excellent moustache wax in 3 varieties. We’ve already looked at those and they got high marks so the expectations on his beard oil are pretty high.
Today I’ve got a new moustache wax to tell you all about and it’s particularly fun for me because it’s handcrafted by a top-notch gentleman, Douglas Smythe. If you don’t know Mr. Smythe he is the brains behind the excellent blog, howtogrowamoustache.com. A great blog that covers facial hair, wet shaving, interviews, product reviews, fun articles and how-tos. All the stuff you need to know to look your finest. I would recommend bookmarking it. Ok, is it there on your bar now? Good. On with the show.
Douglas decided to branch out into grooming products. He’s presenting to us a trio of products on his etsy page:
- ‘Tache Wax – an organic moustache wax (which we’ll be looking at here)
- Bay Rum Aftershave Butter – an aftershave balm, pre-shave oil, shaving oil and after sun rub (which we’ll be looking at soon)
- Organic Moustache Wax Remover and Conditioner – a pre-shave oil, shave oil and conditioner (Holy cow! That’s a busy guy)
Once upon a time there were three bears: the mama bear, the papa bear and the baby bear and their porridge was too…(ring, ring). Hang on, I need to take this. Hey man, make it quick. I’m telling a story. Yea I know I’m supposed to do the Dax review but I’m kind of in the middle of this. Yea, but…Fine!
Once upon a time there were three hair dresses. The strong hold hair dress, the medium hold hair dress and the light hold hair dress and they were all made by Imperial Dax. Let me get on track before I carry the analogy too far. I received a whole bunch of samples from Imperial Dax (henceforth referred to as Dax). The centerpiece being a trio of pomades: Wave and Groom (the papa bear), Neat Waves (the mama bear) and Short and Neat (the baby bear).
I wanted to do all three products in a single review because they all have similarities. On Dax’s online store they even sell the product in a trio of 3.5 oz tins. If this isn’t indicative of a family relationship then I don’t know what is but when I hit the 1500 word mark I knew that wasn’t going to work.
Last month I had the good fortune to be contacted by Mr Bear of Mr Bear Mustaschvax. He asked if I’d be interested in reviewing his moustache wax and beard oil. Never one to say no to free goodies I took him up on his generous offer. Coming from Sweden, the package took some time to get to me but when it did it contained more than just moustache wax and beard oil, it had the Swedish newspaper comics! I tore into my tin of wax, styled my moustache, grabbed the funnies and headed to the cafe to Google Translate some laughs.
Mr Bear is located in Sweden and is a one man show. He hand makes the moustache wax using all natural ingredients and no “yaky” stuff so it’s petroleum free. The ingredients are very easy to wrap your head around: Beeswax, Lanolin, Shea Butter, Lemon Oil. That’s it. Very cool. The lanolin and shea butter will offer you some conditioning as well.
Hey kids! I took a little vacation but I’m back. Thanks for waiting for me. When I left I thought it would be fun to go au naturale. I didn’t bring any pomades or my shaving kit. I did bring some moustache wax because that’s harder to scrounge for should my will break.
My will broke about 1 day in and I went hunting for a pomade. I was surrounded by “beauty” stores, how hard could it be? Let’s see, American Crew, got2b, American Crew, Axe, American Crew…Ok, maybe this would be harder than I thought. Finally I came around to a counter that had Jack Black stuff, which are good products but no pomades, and Woody’s. Woody’s looks like your typical ‘too cool for school’ men’s grooming supplies but what the hell, I never tried it before and I live for adventure!..and coffee.
Good news, everyone! I’ve been playing Agricola which has been ported to iOS by Playdek. Since I just managed to win my first game against 2 of the easiest AI. I am now ready to call myself a master and share my experiences with you.
Agricola, if you didn’t know and didn’t read any reviews or previews, is a board game by Uwe Rosenberg and published by Z-Man Games. It’s a very popular boardgame and also a fairly difficult one to get your head around.
I always check the referrers to see what brings people to the site to get an idea for what people want to know more about. For example: I frequently see vegan in the search terms. I don’t think I have everything here that’s vegan labelled as such so that’s a project for me. Something I see less frequently is a search for a specific product I didn’t know about. For example: Fisticuffs Mustache Wax.
I found the name interesting because, as we all know, “fisticuffs” are shirt cuffs that are big enough to allow your fist through. Very useful if you have big, giant hands and want to wear tightly tailored shirts…hang on, editor on the line…(Yea, I’m doing the fisticuffs review…of course I did the research…what, really?…Ok, see ya).
In case you’re unfamiliar with ye olde combat sports, fisticuffs is bare knuckle boxing with the late great John L. Sullivan as it’s iconic poster boy. Mr. Sullivan himself sported a fancy handlebar stache. Is Fisticuffs Mustache Wax strong enough for even the great Mr. Sullivan? ding ding! Let’s get ready to …wax! (See how I cleverly avoided being sued by Michael Buffer?)
I don’t particularly like to do reviews that are entirely negative. Almost every product I’ve used has had some usage case that it’s good for, even if that case doesn’t fit into my style. If I can’t make enough use of something to get a good feel for it then I usually just put it aside and move on. Today’s review is a little different though because it’s a product that just doesn’t do what it’s advertised to do and folks who might be interested need to be made aware of this.
Nevermore Body Company Solid Stache Wax Remover is labelled as a moustache wax remover. If you read my reviews you are probably well aware of my love for Wicked Cookie Duster, a liquid moustache wax remover that has proven it’s worth to me time and time again. Unfortunately it has remained without a challenger…until now! I quickly purchased a tube of Solid Stache Wax Remover. Would this young upstart be able to knock Wicked Cookie Duster off of its throne?