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Gift Lab: A Guy’s Guide to Beard Grooming

June 7, 2014

Beard Kit |UncommonGoods

Product: Beard Pack

Research:

A beard care kit isn’t something I’d heard about until recently. I generally keep facial hair so I was intrigued, but I wasn’t sure what it would be good for. If it made my beard grow slower or faster, I would have been sold right away. Upon reading the box I saw that the kit contains Whisker Wax, Moustache Wax, and Beard Oil.

Beard Pack | UncommonGoods

Hypothesis:

I’d gotten away without these grooming products for so long, I thought that if I were to add them to my daily routine they had better be good. The ingredients in the beard oil included rosemary oil and vitamin E, which sounded like they might make my beard softer and healthier. The moustache wax also contained rosemary and vitamin E, but also had natural oils and wax. If I were to use any moustache product, I’d want it to be all-natural, so we were all set there. Finally, the whisker wash ingredients sounded as though like they would smell great–which is important since your whiskers are all right below your nose.

Men's Grooming | UncommonGoods

Experiment:

As I had never used these products before, I took them down to the barber shop below my Brooklyn apartment for some assistance.

Matt's Beard

The barber Brent, I was disappointed to discover, had never heard of these products either. After some convincing he agreed to partake in my grooming adventure. Naturally, we started with the whisker wash. Brent made a good point that he didn’t know if it was working since it didn’t foam up very much. Even after using twice the recommended amount it didn’t foam up a bit. We decided that the low-foam characteristic may have been a result of the all-natural ingredients and that although it may get some getting used to, it is probably better than anything you’d find in the average beard soap.

Beard Wash

After the wash my beard definitely felt cleaner and smelled nice. Then Brent dove right into the beard oil, massaging it into my freshly washed and rinsed beard. The result was that my beard got much softer and smelled vaguely of fresh and natural oils. It was really nice.

Beard Massage

Lastly, to truly try out the moustache wax, I needed a moustache so I asked for a quick shave around my moustache. We put in the wax while twisting and sculpting to get a good hold. Even with that effort we really weren’t able to transform my ‘stache into a work of art but it was fun nonetheless!

Mustache Wax

Conclusion:

After using these products for the first time it became clear that the beard oil was the best part of this kit. I didn’t know my beard could be so soft and hippy-smelling (in a good way, of course!). The whisker wash was nice and probably better than alternatives, but it didn’t do anything new for me so when it runs out I probably won’t replace it. The moustache wax was the least effective on my facial hair, because even after using different amounts, sculpting and adjusting, it really didn’t deliver that perfect ‘stache shape I was hoping it would. Despite that, the moustache wax was fun to try out as I was my first time. Overall, I would recommend this kit for those seeking to improve their beard using natural, pleasant-to-use products.

Beard Kit Result | UncommonGoods

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Top 10 Gifts for the Adventurous Dad

June 16, 2011

The adventurous dad is always on the lookout for a new path to travel, a grand site to see or an innovative new idea to make a reality. No doubt, as the child of an adventurous dad, you’re always on the lookout for bold gifts he’ll love. Father’s Day is just a few days away, but order today with our flat rate Express Shipping and your gift will reach Dad by June 19.

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We’re glad to share a few of our favorite gifts for dads with audacity. UncommonGoods Founder, Dave, is an adventurous dad himself. Whether it’s camping or climbing, Dave loves making adventure a family affair.

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Gifts for the Super Dad

June 14, 2011

He changed your diapers faster than a speeding bullet, he came to your rescue when you scraped your knee and he used his superhuman strength to lift those heavy boxes when you moved out. Help him celebrate Father’s Day (without unveiling his secret identity) with these gifts for the Super Dad!

What’s that you say? Shipping deadlines? Never fear, good citizen! Order by June 16th to send gifts home in time for Father’s Day using our special flat rate!

Super Dad will look super stylish in these collectible cufflinks. Made from authentic game-played helmets, these cufflinks feature sterling silver findings and have the school name stamped on the back.

The Batmobile has nothing on the desktop Dadmobile. Available in Vintage Thunderbird or Vintage Mustang, these paperweights are made using pieces of actual classic cars.

Handmade by Lori Burley, the fire hoses used to make these wallets have seen real action. Many even bear distress marks from being in service and passing quality testing. But, wallets aren’t Lori’s only creation. There’s still time to tell us why your Dad’s a hero for a chance to win a Fire Hose Belt.

Give your Dad of Steel this cloth of silver and help him fight off unwanted calls and texts. When wrapped tightly around the phone, the cloth creates a phenomenon that is known in science as a “Faraday Cage”. Any external static electrical field, such as a phone signal, will cause the electrical charges within the conducting fabric to redistribute themselves so as to cancel the field’s effects on what’s inside—it’s not the plot of a comic book—it’s the Phonekerchief!

Armed with these accessories, Super Dad saves the day again! His secret identity is safe, and although he must don the costume again when trouble nears, for the time being he can relax and enjoy his alter-ego as a New Dad, Handyman Dad or Geek Dad.

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Gifts for the New Dad

June 13, 2011

Father’s Day is less than a week away, and for those first time parents it’s an extra-special day. Since we’re featuring gift ideas for of all kinds of fathers as we count down to Dad’s Day, we’re glad to share our top three gifts to help make the new daddy’s duties a little easier while he’s heating bottles, changing diapers and buttoning Babysuits™.

The newest dad in the UncommonGoods family, our Chief Technology Officer Casey, took a moment to tell us about his experience becoming a proud papa:

“Becoming a father three weeks ago to my little girl, Elle, was the greatest change in my adult life. To see that I created a life I am responsible for has really opened my eyes to another world,” he said. “I’m very happy I read several great books ahead of time as it has allowed me to understand her needs, so most of the time it is a lot of fun watching her be curious and discover the world. I am very excited to watch her grow and have a couple more!”

From baby books to diaper cream, here are our favorites.

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