I normally try to do a little shtick here in the beginning of a post but I wanted to cut right to the chase.
Mr King’s Marvellous Moustache Wax is, unequivocally, the best moustache wax that I’ve used. I have a couple of waxes in my moustache drawer that are permanent residents and Mr King’s is the one I grab the most.
I could easily end the post there and be satisfied that I got the message out but I’m guessing you’ll want to know why I like it so much. So I’ll go through my usual moustache wax review thing.
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.
Glorious Green Goop
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?
According to Mirriam-Webster a pomade is, “A fragrant hair dressing”; a hair dressing is, “A preparation for grooming and styling the hair”. The same source defines a brilliantine as, “A preparation for making hair glossy”. This is important because I’m reviewing JS Sloane Middleweight Brilliantine and in order to give you a useful review I need to have the right set of expectations.
JS Sloane, as you know if you read my review on their excellent Lightweight Pomade, is a New York based company founded by Joann Kuno and Smutty Smiff that specializes in men’s hair care products. They have a very sophisticated vintage look to their packaging. It’s very handsome, reminding me of a pipe smoke filled personal library in the 40’s.
I have a couple of things to write about but I’m going to go with the easiest one because I need to get back to leveling Krieg the Psycho. The newest character in Borderlands 2.
Layrite Original Pomade was the first water-based hair product I used. I enjoy using grease in my hair but didn’t enjoy the struggle of getting it out or finding the right balance of adding some extra to freshen things up. You greasers know where I’m coming from. I wanted something for the days when I just wanted to get something into my hair to hold it up and then wash it out later. Layrite was recommended to me and I’ve been enjoying exploring the stiff and easy (this blog is now PG-13) world of water-based pomades.