Month: February 2020

LovelyBeards Necterine Mint Beard Balm Product Review

For those of us looking to take care of our beards and keep them in good check, but also need to prevent them from flying all over the place in response to the slightest breeze, it can be difficult to find a suitable product.

Beard oil is only going to do half of the job and nobody wants to put hair wax into it. If you’re looking to maintain health and promote growth whilst also being able to hold your beard in a certain shape, beard balm is your guy. I’ve written about a variety of beard balms in the past – some good, some bad – but a few weeks ago, LovelyBeards sent us a pot of their nectarine mint beard balm.

Let me tell you, it’s something else. In this article, we’re going to take you through everything you need to know about LovelyBeards nectarine mint beard balm, so you can make the call on whether it’s the right product for you.

LovelyBeards Beard Balm

A cross between beard oil and wax, beard balm really is the best of both worlds. Although I do enjoy using oil for its overabundant scent and ease of application, beard balm is usually my go-to product when it comes to day-to-day use.

Currently available in 7 different scents, LovelyBeards beard balm makes an excellent addition to the grooming routine of any gentleman looking to up his game.

LovelyBeards Vinella Beard Balm
LovelyBeards Bourbon Beard Balm
LovelyBeards Unscented Beard Balm
LovelyBeards Nectarine Mint Beard Balm
LovelyBeards Mandarin Beard Balm
Black Pepper Beard Balm
LovelyBeards Gingerbread Beard Balm

Quantity: 2fl oz (60ml)

Depending on how regularly you use it and how much you use at a time, one tin of LovelyBeards beard balm is likely to last you well over a month.

I’ve been using this balm every day for 5 days and only applying a small amount each time. It’s a little tougher than other beard balms, so the best method of application is to scrape it using your thumb nail, rub into the palms of your hands until warm, then to evenly distribute it throughout your beard.

Scent: Nectarine Mint

nectarine mint beard balm

As there are less essential oils contained within, it’s understandable that the scent from the beard balms is less prominent than that from LovelyBeard’s range of oils.

  • Related: LovelyBeards Gingerbread Beard Oil Review

The scent, although gentle, is noticeable and enjoyable as a result, however.


Main Ingredients


Shea Butter

  • Moisturizes the skin.

Beeswax

  • Produces the hold for the balm.

Almond Oil

  • Promotes healthy skin. It’s also great for reducing the risk of heart disease if you eat it, but we’d probably recommend you investing in the standalone product as opposed to ingesting the balm itself.

Coconut Oil

  • Naturally-antibacterial and antifungal, which is ideal for skin that’s being pruned regularly.

Aloe Veera Gel

  • Works effectively to reduce inflammation and the classic itchy beard.

Vitamin E

  • An essential ingredient in maintaining healthy hair, as well as promoting future hair growth.

Essential Oils

  • LovelyBeards haven’t disclosed the exact essentail oils they’ve used in this product, which is understandable, as they no doubt want to keep their product’s recipe safe. Standard essential oil, however, is renowned for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities.

The Benefits

As you’ve probably gleamed from the ingredients within LovelyBeards’ beard balm, you’re going benefit from it one way or another. I use products on my beard every day. If you’ve read our review of their gingerbread beard oil, you’ll also know that I’ve been fairly ill for the past 10 days.

During this period, I haven’t been using any products and my beard has reverted to its previously-barren state. Not ideal for me, but a pretty ideal benchmark from which to test out the benefits of the LovelyBeards beard balm. Here’s what I got from it:

Hold, Hold, Hold

Aside from the glorious smell, the first thing I noticed about this beard balm was the great level of hold that it provides.

Typically, companies that make beard balm find it hard to get the mix spot-on – some add way too much beeswax, whereas others don’t add nearly enough. The result? Far too much hold, or no hold at all.

Keep Your Beard in Check

LovelyBeards have absolutely nailed it with this beard balm. The hold you get from the product is pronounced enough to keep your beard in check, but not so much that you can’t still run your hand through it.

Noticeably Softens Hair

As your beard starts to pick up length, you’ll notice that the hair will become prickly, as well as pretty itchy, too. Nobody wants that. After 4 or 5 days of no products, my beard was getting back to that stage, too.

After adding some beard balm into my beard after my shower, however, I immediately felt better. My itch was gone and my hair even felt softer. I’ve continued to use the product for the past couple of days and the the hair has continued to reduce in prickliness.

Beardruff is a Thing of the Past

If there was ever a thing I hated, it’s beardruff. You’re in heated conversation and pause to think of a point. You run a cursory hand through your hair and suddenly, it’s white Christmas. Horrible.

Fortunately, this beard balm solved my beardruff issues, which had sneakily crept back onto the scene after my period of illness, during which I neglected to keep my facial hair moisturized.

Would I Use it Again?

Absolutely. On top of nectarine and mint being two of my favorite smells (hence why I chose them), LovelyBeards beard balm is an excellent product that really adds value to your morning routine.

Although the consistency of the balm is a little strange, it heats up perfectly in your hand and is still easy to apply – it just might take an extra 20 seconds or so over other balms.

In future, I’m definitely going to be trying out their mandarin and cedarwood scented balm, as well as explore their range of beard oils in more detail. I’d be interested to find out if they’re considering launching a range of beard grooming tools and brushes, as I’d be all over that.

Categories: Beard Products

Do Women Actually Like Beards?

What a question. Of course they do. Not only is the beard a recognized sign of masculinity and maturity, it’s straight up beautiful in all its invitingly gorgeous glory.

Would you believe it that in the British military they aren’t allowed beards? Apart from the pioneer that’s. His job was to lead a unit through uncharted territory – and they came to prominence in the colonization of America and Canada, but let’s talk about that later…

A Hairy History

Since the early days of woolly mammoths and even woollier faces, man has worn his facial blanket. It most likely started because Mr. Flintstone noticed one day that these wispy little hairs were sprouting forth from his chin, and decided that they looked pretty rad. The enemy of the beard at the time was the invention of the sharp stone – but much like the cutthroat razor, it takes a lot of practice to shave your facial curtains with a rock…

It’s estimated that beards became somewhat fashionable in the 1850s. Before this a beard meant you were a bit of a renegade – a vagrant and a dirty savage. From the mid 19th century the upstanding gentlemen put down their razors and started to let their faces get all bushy. Thus the gentrification of the beard begun.

So we saw that North America was pioneered and founded by men with beards. Surely that makes it the sexiest thing of all time? I mean if the exploration of a continent doesn’t touch your buttons then I don’t know what will. Unfortunately, the history lesson doesn’t really answer our burning question – do girls like beards?

Do Women Like Beards?

History is cool but you’re here to find out if the ladies really are beholding your bush in high regard right? Well, to find out we went out and asked some members of the fairer sex what they thought. Want to know what they said about your face fur? Read on.

Pros:

So the pros to having a beard are apparently thus: you’re not creepy. Quite a few females from our sample actually used the word ‘creepy’ to describe clean-shaven guys. I’m glad I tossed my razors long ago before going out to ask those ladies. Apparently the reason behind this is that it makes you look baby-faced; and the face of a baby should be left on a baby.

As offensive as it may be to guys with a smooth face, I do see their point. Beards are definitely associated with masculinity and if you’re masculine that makes you a man right? There’s a difference between men and boys – a baby face makes you a boy in the eyes of these women. So slap on some stubble and it’ll make you a man…

Another pro is that, and I quote “beards are sexy as hell”. Whenever Satan suddenly got sexy I have no idea, but he must have done it with a bossed-out burning bush upon his face. According to a number of girls in our survey, beards remind them of all things to do with strength and masculinity. Psst, get these guys, even if you don’t go to the gym a beard can make you seem strong to your lady. Forget spending $40 a month to pretend you hit the heavyweights. Save cash and grow a beard.

Cons:

I have to say there is about a 60/40 split when it comes to opinions on the beard in our survey. 60% in favor and 40% against. Here are some of the cons of having a beard according to our lovely ladies.

Men with beards have been described as ‘disgusting vagrants’. Again, their words not mine. I guess the ‘disgusting’ bit refers to hygiene? I mean I have a beard but I wash so it must be that these ladies don’t like the look of a beard period. Perhaps if had one they’d understand? Ah well no point trying to convince them.

Interestingly when we asked “do girls like facial hair” the responses against furry faces tended to be about grooming. Beards supposedly make us look older as well. Some ladies put a lot of effort into looking young so I guess they found it weird that a guy might want to look a bit older than he is.

Here’s the one I found weird guys: some women think that men with beards have bad faces. If you have an ugly chin under that thing, then watch out. Apparently it’ll be your fault if you give life to boys with your wife and they’re not good looking until puberty kicks in.

It was also suggested by our female counterparts that full beards can be scratchy and stinky. The consensus is that we should only go for a 3-5 day stubble because it’s masculine, hassle-free, and enough to play with.

Come on Just Tell Us, Do They Dig it or Not?

Honestly I think it’s a harder question to answer than I originally might have unbiasedly presented. The majority opinion seems to be that beards are still sexy, despite the opposition claiming all kinds of hygiene issues.

The reality is it’s more about how long the beard is and if you maintain it appropriately. There are a lot of products out there like beard wax and oils, but all you really need is a bit of conditioner and a comb. I was a poor student for many a year so I know how to save a buck and look good trying.

In the end, it’s all down to personal preference; but our study showed us that girls do like beards still. Just make sure you get together with one of those if you’re planning on growing a fat load of fur on your face.

I can’t think of anything worse than getting trapped in a beardless relationship – imagine being forced to shave every day for love. If this is you then I’ve got to say she just isn’t the one dude.

Categories: Beard Fun