Ask The Beerded Beard

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we’ve received from folks just like you. Don’t see your question here or need us to help clarify something? Head on over to our contact page and send us a message.

Why Should I Care About Beard Care??

We think this is a bit like asking, “Why would I change the oil in my car?” or “Why should I bother to work out?” But we get it, some guys need a little extra convincing before they’ll put stuff on their face.

Your beard is one of the most attention-getting parts of your face and the longer you grow it the more people will want to look a it, touch it, stroke it and generally become jealous of it. Why wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to make sure that it’s always looking its best? That’s where a good beard care regimen come in.

By using a quality beard balm and beard oil like Lesher’s Beerd products, you can keep your facial jewelry operating at its peak performance level 24 hours a day. The essential oils and all-natural ingredients in Lesher’s Beerd Balm and Lesher’s Beerd Oil accomplish three things once they’re applied to the beard. They soften the course beard hair, they condition the beard hair and your face skin, and the provide some control for wild and unruly beard hair.

Your beard is constantly bombarded by the elements and during the day it takes a beating. Food, pollution, rowdy women, they all take their toll. By including beard care in your daily routine you’ll give your beard a fighting chance and, in the process, you’ll look even more awesome.

Will Using Lesher's Beerd Balm® Help Me Grow An Amazing Beard??

The short answer? No. Using our products will not cause beard growth. The long answer…

There are two things that will guarantee beard growth:

  1. Genetics
  2. Time

That about sums it up, gentlemen.  Unless you’re blessed with the right DNA for beard growth and/or you just wait long enough, you probably won’t be able to grow an awesome beard. But don’t let this discourage you from trying. We at The Beerded Beard believe that all beards deserve a shot so don’t give up.

Beard care products that claim to they’ll help you grow the most amazing beard on the planet all have one thing in common. They’re all full of shit. Sure, we’d love to tell you that just by applying Lesher’s Beerd Oil® every day, twice a day, your face will sprout a thick, luxurious manfur over night. Unfortunately, that’s not gonna happen. No matter whose beard balm or beard oil you use, it won’t grow hair. Plain and simple.

Sure, there are things you can do that are good for you in general and will, in turn, be good for all of the hair on your body, but if you’re a citizen of planet Earth, you already know what those are.

What Ingredients Do You Use In Your Products??

The Beerded Beard Company uses only 100% all-natural, plant-based ingredients in our products. Actually, we have a pretty short list of stuff that we combine in just the right amounts to produce the brilliant products you’ve come to know and love:

  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Pure Beeswax
  • Shea Butter
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Hops

That’s it. Short, right? We don’t believe that “more is more” when it comes to beard care. We’ve kept it simple for a reason. Some guys may use dozens of ingredients and just as many fragrances in their products, but that’s not who we are. We believe that too many ingredients just confuse a beard and nobody wants a befuddled beard.

ALLERGIES & SENSITIVITIES
All ingredients used in all of our products are listed on every label. It is up to you to be aware of your own allergies and sensitivities. Do not use our products if you have allergic reactions or sensitivities to any of the ingredients listed. If you are a person with known sensitivities please test the product on a small patch of skin on your arm or leg first before using them on the face.

Will My Face Smell Like Beer??

Wow. If we had a dollar for every time we heard this question. Let’s make this simple for everyone. Our products do not smell like beer. Sure, there are similarities between beer and our products. We both use hops. But that’s pretty much where they end. Asking if our products smell like beer is sort of like asking if a bottle of vanilla smells like chocolate chip cookies or if kidney beans smell like chili. Maybe we can explain it a bit better.

You see, hops are but one component that goes into a finished beer. You’ve also got malt, water, yeast and, sometimes, other goodies like sugar and spices. This means that when you’re smelling a finished beer you’re actually smelling hundreds of aroma compounds at a time. According to Chemir.com, beer may have as many as 560 different aroma compounds. The bottom line is that beer aroma is a very complex beasty and while hops do play a role in that aroma, they are but a single player among a cast of hundreds. So don’t worry, nobody will think you’ve been drinking if you’ve got our products up in your beard. They might notice that you appear more amazing while wearing them, but you can probably deal with that.

What Do Your Products Smell Like, Anyway??

So what do our products smell like? That’s a bit trickier. Aroma is a subjective sense. This means that different folks perceive aroma chemicals and the pungency of those chemicals differently. Part of it’s genetic and part of it’s personal preference. We do our best to describe the fragrance of our products based upon the overall fragrance profiles of the individual hop varieties that we use in them. Unfortunately, this only tells part of the story.

Our finished products don’t exactly smell like fresh hops because, well, only fresh hops smell like fresh hops. First, we don’t use any artificial fragrances or other essential oils in any of our products. What you’re smelling is coming directly from the hops themselves. Second, we use a special process to extract the essential oils out of the hops and into our base oil (grapeseed oil). It’s the interaction between the hops’ essential oils and the compounds found naturally in our carrier oils and butters, that creates our truly unique fragrances.

When Is The Best Time to Apply Beard Care Products??

There really isn’t a bad time to apply beard care products. OK, maybe while you’re driving isn’t the best time. You can apply beard balm and beard oil to dry beard hair but we recommend that you do it immediately after you’ve showered to a towel-dry beard. The moisture in your damp beard helps to emulsify the essential oils in the beard balm and beard oil allowing them to absorb into the course beard hair and your skin more effectively.

Are The Beerded Beard Company's Products Certified Organic??

The Beerded Beard Company is not a certified organic company and that’s why you won’t find the word “organic” on any of our labels. Why? Do we hate Mother Earth? C’mon, you know us better than that.

It’s not because we don’t dig the whole “organic” thing. We actually love buying organic produce and everything it stands for. Unfortunately, the process to become certified organic under the USDA’s guidelines is long, arduous and quite expensive. Not to mention that the cost of certified organic ingredients is insanely high. For a small business like us, it just doesn’t make financial sense right now.

Will be become organic in the future? Maybe.

Here’s some legal stuff from the USDA:

FDA does not define or regulate the term “organic,” as it applies to cosmetics, body care, or personal care products. The USDA regulates the term “organic” as it applies to agricultural products through its National Organic Program (NOP) regulation, 7 CFR Part 205.

Are Beerded Beard Company's Products Vegan??

While we don’t use any animal products in our formulations, there is the distinct possibility that animals were used to make our packaging.

You see, millions of years ago, when animals and plants died, some of them were buried and subjected to eons of intense temperature and pressure. Eventually this organic matter was turned into coal. Some of this coal may have made its way to the plants that supply power to the manufacturing facilities that make the metal tins, glass bottles, labels and droppers that we use to contain our awesome products. To this end, I suppose you could say that animals “may” have been used to make our products.

Sure, we can’t be 100% sure about this, but as a vegan, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to take the chance, would you? We didn’t think so. We hope that this answered your question and wish you well in your search for a more suitable – and animal friendly – beardcare products.

P.S.
We love bacon.

How Do I Apply Lesher's Beerd Oil®?

Lesher’s Beerd Oil® is sold in convenient 2oz bottles with their very own built-in glass dispensing droppers. After you’ve showered and toweled off your beard (just make sure it’s not dripping wet) remove the dropper from the top of the bottle and dispense between 8 & 10 drops into the palm of your hand. It probably should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway.

Shorter beards require less oil and longer beards require more. Adjust accordingly.

With the Lesher’s Beerd Oil in your palm, rub your hands together to disperse and warm the oil. Massage the oil into your beard making sure that you cover every visible hair  paying close attention to the ends. You’ll also want to work the oil into the skin underneath all that beautiful beard hair. Lesher’s Beerd Oil is perfect for dry skin and for preventing the gross beard flakes called beardruff. So get it all up in there.

After the application of any beard care product, we recommend a brushing with a natural hair bristle brush (soft boar’s hair is perfect) to style and even out the beard’s texture. Sure, you could probably get away without brushing it if your beard is on the shorter side, but start growing it out to any appreciable length and a beard brush will become one of your new best friends.

A single application of Lesher’s Beerd Oil should get most guys through the day just fine. If you feel the need to freshen up, just run your hands under warm water, shake them off and gently massage them through your beard to reactivate the oils that are already there. You could also reapply Lesher’s Beerd Oil® anytime you need another dose of hops in your beard.

How Do I Apply Lesher's Beerd Balm®??

Think of Lesher’s Beerd Balm® as a thicker version of Lesher’s Beerd Oil®. It’s made with the same ingredients as our beard oil but with the addition of beeswax and shea butter, both of which lend control and deep conditioning to the balm. We recommend using Lesher’s Beerd Balm for longer beards and for those days when you want a bit more control and a deeper level of conditioning. If you’re already using Lesher’s Beerd Oil adding Lesher’s Beerd Balm® to your beard care program will definitely up your beard game.

After you’ve showered and toweled off your beard (just make sure it’s not dripping wet) use the back of your thumb (that’s the nail) to remove a little bit of beard balm at a time so as to avoid taking out large chunks that may be difficult to break down. The amount you use will depend upon the length and fullness of your beard but we recommend starting with a quarter-sized dose.

Place the Lesher’s Beerd Balm® in your palm and rub your hands together to disperse and warm the balm. The beard balm will smooth out and become thinner because of the warmth of your hands but will thicken up once in the beard. Massage the balm into your beard making sure that you cover every visible hair  paying close attention to the ends. You’ll also want to work the beard balm into the skin underneath all that beautiful beard hair. Lesher’s Beerd Balm is perfect for dry skin and for preventing the gross beard flakes called beardruff. So get it all up in there.

After the application of any beard care product, especially beard balm, we recommend a brushing with a natural hair bristle brush (soft boar’s hair is perfect) to style and even out the beard’s texture. Sure, you could probably get away without brushing it if your beard is on the shorter side, but start growing it out to any appreciable length and a beard brush will become one of your new best friends.

A single application of Lesher’s Beerd Balm® should get most guys through the day just fine. If you feel the need to freshen up, just run your hands under warm water, shake them off and gently massage them through your beard to reactivate the oils that are already there. You could also reapply Lesher’s Beerd Balm® anytime you need another dose of hops in your beard.

How Do I Use Lesher's HopStache® Mustache Wax??

If you’re new to mustache wax, you’re not alone. If you thought most men weren’t all that comfortable with beard care, mustache wax is even more so. The basic goal of a mustache wax is to keep your mustache well-groomed and out of your mouth. When you start to grow your mustache out to any appreciable length it has a habit of going where it’s not welcome, especially when you’re eating or drinking. That’s where Lesher’s HopStache™ brand mustache wax comes in.

To use Lesher’s HopStache brand mustache wax, simply remove a small portion from the time with the back of a fingernail. It’s a pretty thick product, so don’t be afraid to really get into it. Once you’ve got a good amount on the back of your finger, place it between your thumb and index finger.

Gently work the wax into your mustache starting at the center of the upper lip and moving out toward the tips of the mustache. As you work the wax it will warm up and begin to soften making it easier to work into the mustache hair. Be careful not to tug or pull at the mustache while your doing this.

After you’ve got a level of wax in your mustache that you’re comfortable with, take a mustache comb and begin to comb the wax through the mustache. Again, start at the center of the mustache and work your way out to the ends being careful not to pull through tangles. You don’t want to defrock your upper lip, do you?

After evenly distributing the mustache wax into the mustache with the mustache come you are free to style the mustache any way you choose. Lesher’s HopStache® brand is not a competitive wax and as such will not provide a high level of styling hold. It is designed to provide a moderate level of control for moderate to mid-sized mustaches.

What Makes The Beerded Beard Company So Special, Anyway??

Chance are, if you’ve made it here you probably already know the answer to this question. But if you’ve accidentally stumbled upon our little home on the Interwebs, please allow us to share.

There are more little companies out there selling beard care products than you’d probably imagine. Don’t believe us? Google “beard care” for yourself and see how many search results you get back. Shocking, huh? That’s why it would even more important for us to find a way to stand out from the crowd. We didn’t want to get lost in the beard care shuffle.

Beerded Beard Difference #1:

Hops. It was decided early on that the only fragrance we’d use in our products was hops. Sure, we’d probably alienate some bearded folks who aren’t as into hops as we are, but that was a risk we were willing, and more than ready, to take. We wanted our products to be full of hops and nothing but hops. No sandalwood, no patchouli, no cardamom or ginger, eucalyptus or cedar, just hops.

Beerded Beard Difference #2:

We make our own hop extract and nobody on the planet does it like we do. It took us over a year to figure out a process for extracting the essential oils found in the hop flower, but we finally figured it out. The hop essence we are able to yank out of those bitter buds is so pure, so in-your-face that as soon as you smell it you’ll be taken to a world filled with hops. There’s no mistaking the smell of a Beerded Beard Company product and once you’ve gone hops you’ll never go back.

Beerded Beard Difference #3:

The guy that started the Beerded Beard Company is pretty unique. He’s a chemical engineer (or chemical superfreak as Nick Cage so eloquently put it in The Rock) so he knows all about formulations, mixing, blending and the like. He’s also a Certified Cicerone. Never heard of a Cicerone before? A Cicerone is the craft beer equivalent of a sommelier in the wine world. A beer geek extraordinaire. You can read all about them and the process he had to go through to get certified here.

So, let’s sum it up. You’ve got a chemical superfreak/craft beer guru behind the scenes crafting up the world’s hoppiest beard care products, a super-secret hop essence extraction process, and products made using only the finest, 100% all-natural ingredients. We think that’s pretty damn unique.

Why Does A Beard Care Company Make Lip Balm??

Why not? Your lips are in your beard, right? Besides, why wouldn’t you want to have a lip balm that tastes and smells like hops? We don’t think we need to explain this any further. Just try some, then you’ll understand.

How Long Do Your Products Last??

We love our customers and we want them to be happy with our products. That’s why we’ve decided to include a “Best By” date on every tin of Lesher’s Beerd Balm and Lesher’s HopStache and every bottle of Lesher’s Beerd Oil. A simple glance at the label (check under the lid of the tins) will tell you the month and year after which the product is no longer at its best. For our products we believe they’re at their hoppiest within 6-8 months after they’re made.
Every tin and bottle that we send out has a Best By date sticker. Depending upon how you store it (cool, dark, dry places are best), it might last a little longer or a little less, but this is a good rule of thumb. But why so short? You see, some beard care companies may use additives and preservatives in their products so they’ll pretty much last forever. We don’t. Every butter and oil we use is 100% natural, just as Mother Nature made it. This means good things for your face and beard but it also means our products have a shorter shelf life than some of you might be used to.
Here’s another bit of advice – we don’t recommend keeping any beard care products, even ours, around longer than a year. If you haven’t used it by then, toss it and order some fresh. You won’t regret it.

Where Else Can I Purchase Your Products??

Of course you can purchase Beerded Beard Company products right here on our website, but we’re also growing our network of officially licensed Beerded Beard Retailer Partners both virtual and physical. You can find the nearest brick and mortar Beerded Beard Reseller here.

Here’s a list of our current online-only partners:

If your favorite craft beer bottle shop or specialty retailer doesn’t carry The Beerded Beard Company’s products, ask them why not then direct them here to our website.

6 comments

    • Thank you for your inquiry and for your generous use of question marks. Had you used only a single question mark it may have taken us longer to respond. In regard to your question, we have to be up front with you. While we don’t use any animal products in our formulations, there is the distinct possibility that animals were used to make our packaging.

      You see, millions of years ago, when animals and plants died, some of them were buried and subjected to eons of intense temperature and pressure. Eventually this organic matter was turned into coal. Some of this coal may have made its way to the plants that supply power to the manufacturing facilities that make the metal tins, glass bottles, labels and droppers that we use to contain our awesome products. To this end, we suppose you could say that animals “may” have been used to make our products.

      Sure, we can’t be 100% sure about this, but as a vegan, we’re sure you wouldn’t want to take the chance, would you? We didn’t think so. We hope that this answered your question and wish you well in your search for a more suitable – and animal friendly – beardcare products.

      P.S.
      We love bacon.

  • Hahahahahaha awesome reply!! But i am somewhat disappointed as I was sure your beard oils were made from the oily fur from only the biggest and toughest bears that can only be bred in America!! Oh well……..;)

    • Hey The Todd. Thanks for stopping by. Oily bear fur, huh? Sounds interesting. Could make for an interesting limited edition. Might prove a bit dangerous to harvest, but that’s the price one pays for greatness. Beard on!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. UV light is indeed responsible for the phenomenon known as “skunky” beer. This is due to a chemical reaction between UV light and the bittering compounds found in beer. This reaction only occurs between the isomerized alpha acids that are created during the extended boiling step of the brewing process and sulfur-containing compounds in the finished beer. Actually, to get really geeky with you, when light hits beer, it provides the activation energy necessary to drive a reaction that transforms the iso-alpha-acids into 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol. Without iso-alpha acids, there is no skunking.

      But there’s good news. Since we don’t boil our hops at any point during our manufacturing process or use beer in our formulations there are no iso-alpha acids to be found in our products. What this means for our customers is that there is no danger of our products or your face becoming skunked. Ever. If you are still concerned may we recommend that you encase your head in a large, amber glass bottle as a preventative measure.

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