What effect did this balm have on my beard?

After a nice long break over the weekend I felt it was time to give you another review that I’ve been working on. I was a bit of late comer to this recent hipster movement. For a long time I didn’t really get it, and thought it was just a reflection of over-privileged young and mostly caucasian adults attempts to seem individual and cool. It’s quite ironic really. You’d think if there was a hipster manifesto (there totally should be) the first line would say something along the lines of being an individual and not fitting into the crowd is the most important thing in the world.

It’s funny to see them now though in their droves, whenever you walk down the high street or enter a newly opened coffee shop in a previously disused part of town. One side effect of all of this is that beards are suddenly (and I mean in the last couple of years) cool again. Is there anyway to explain this surge in hairiness? Probably not. But the main thing is they are back, and for the meantime it looks as if they are here to stay.

The Classic Hipster

My girlfriend has always told me that beards and facial hair in general hold a special place in her heart. For years I’ve ignored this intermittent hints. To tell you truth, I never really liked the idea of having one. They’re not smart, they look scruffy, they cost money to meantime. Is there anything that I could get out of it, apart from my girlfriend finding me slightly more attractive.

And what if she didn’t like it. All those months of hard work and commitment would have been in vain. Despite all the apparent cons, my girlfriend continued to quietly persist, and would on a weekly basis ask when I was going to grow a beard.

growing a beard

One day I finally snapped. I couldn’t take it anymore. I might as well give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen? I might actually end up liking the way it looks. So I started, or rather I stopped shaving everyday. I was quite amazed by the speed at which it grew. It didn’t take half as long as i’d expected it to. Within two months I had a very reputable beard. The question now was, which accessories should I purchase to maintain it.

After all, this is a blog where I post product reviews, and this wouldn’t be much of a post if I didn’t post some of my thoughts on a particular product. My beard would occasionally get a bit itchy, so I wanted to find something that would help me with this. It came down to a toss up between an oil and a balm. I eventually found a balm for my beard which I honestly thought would do the job. It came in a neat little tin too which I liked.

Long story short, the balm itself is wicked. Not only does it help with the itchiness, my beard smells quite a bit nicer now too. Also it helps me control it and shape it a bit better in the mornings. If I’ve slept in a funny position sometimes I wake up, walk to the mirror and laugh in amusement at the shape of my beard. I give this stuff a solid 4.5 out of 5.

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