by Brit Charek
My husband is very proud of his beard. It's more than just a fashion statement or a bi-product of skipping an extra grooming step in the morning-- it's become part of his personality.
|Thanks @katiemidge for snapping this photo from Handmade Toledo|
Although the beard was one of the features that first attracted me to Mathias, its exponential increase in size over time started to put me on edge. Out of spite, I sent him an article about how to care for his beard. This led us on our Beard Oil adventure. He ordered a few different types off Etsy, but since he tends to be a "taker-over-er," as I have passive-aggressively coined him (with affection, of course!), he started making his own.
After a few test batches, Mathias opened an Etsy shop himself and started selling his own blend which he calls "Tame Your Mane." It's a blend of essential oils designed to keep the skin under your beard healthy and moisturized, while keeping the facial hair manageable and conditioned. And it smells great. It contains peppermint, black pepper, tea tree, cypress, jojoba and almond oil. He hand blends each bottle individually.
It's been a long road, but I've accepted that the beard is here to stay. (I'm just grateful he trimmed it up for our wedding day...) In the meantime, I'm having a lot of fun working the craft show circuit with him and watching him bask in the frequent compliments he gets on his product as well as his beard.
You can check out Tame Your Mane Beard Oil at Crafty Mart next Saturday November 30th at Musica downtown. There will be a tester bottle for skeptics to try out.
Follow Tame Your Mane's Facebook page for more info.
Purchase beard oil from Tame Your Mane's Etsy shop.