The Ultimate Beard Kit by Babel Alchemy
If an important guy in your life's got a beard, this is the PERFECT gift.
N started to think about experimenting with a beard a few months ago. I wasn't such a fan of the idea in the beginning but I decided it wouldn't hurt to try it out at least once (one person keeping a beard in a relationship is a mutual decision, FYI). He did, we both loved it and since then he's been part of the beard fraternity.
However, keeping hair on your face is just like having it on your head - it's got to be taken care of. I didn't really care about this aspect initially but pretty soon things started going south - dryness, itchy skin, coarse hair, all the sexy stuff. Some guys (and by some I mean him) can be pretty ridiculous and ignorant, unfortunately, when it comes to these things but I like to keep my toys clean (lulz) so I decided to fix this.
I received this Black Box Grooming Kit by Babel Alchemy, forced N to try it (he was secretly excited because I saw him handling the beard oil like it was his baby) and decided this was a keeper.
So ladies and gentlemen, meet your new friend. You need this in your life and I'm going to introduce you guys to each other some more. This grooming kit comes with all of the below.
1. Black Vetiver Beard Shampoo: Beard hair is so coarse. N's hair is really soft on his head but the beard is another story so his regular shampoo doesn't work. This shampoo designed for beard hair softens it down. You can actually feel the difference post wash (I touch-tested everything like the beard police). Also, it's chemical and sulfate free, so big win (also because your face is right behind your beard and no one wants any nasty stuff on that). It's got Vetiver oil in it which is supposed to be great for aging/dry/dying hair (reading up on this has made me interested in Vetiver oil for myself?). Check it out on their website here.
2. Beard Oil: This is my favorite. This oil really conditions the hair and also moisturizes the skin. It instantly calms down the scraggly look of the beard and takes away the itchiness. It's a MUST-HAVE. They've got two oils: unscented and sandalwood. We have the sandalwood and like the smell. Again, no colorants/preservatives/chemicals in these. It's got about 60 ml and should last upto a few months. Check it out on their website here.
3. Beard Balm: This is a styling product. If you're getting confused about the difference between the balm and the oil, here's what it is - The oil will condition and moisturize, the balm will style the beard into shape. It's basically a pomade (like women use for styling the ends of their hair after adding waves, for example). This is what bangs a beard into shape and makes it look presentable so you look less "My girlfriend just broke up with me so I haven't shaved in five months" and more "Oh hey, I'm ready to go out and party". No chemicals in this as well so it's actually what you should have versus a petroleum product because that's a synthetic sealant and will damage your hair and skin and you shouldn't do that to yourself. I was reading up about it and I saw that this has shea butter and that's what you need to make your beard look thicker especially if you have a patchy one. AND, it has additional oils so the balm doesn't just lock your hair into place but also moisturizes and conditions - without the oils, a balm will just cause hair breakage by sealing in dryness (you're welcome for all of this information - I googled it because initially I thought the balm is pointless). Check it out on their website here.
4. Beard Comb: This baby's handcrafted from pear-wood and is meant to tidy up your beard and distribute the natural oils through the hair strands. Couples are supposed to share everything but not a hairbrush. A comb's important because again the hair's different on your face. Imagine beard hair on your head - I'd NEVER abuse it with a hairbrush because that would just be lots of heart and hair break. This doesn't sell separately but comes within the grooming kit.
Babel Alchemy ships worldwide so ANYONE can have this. It's priced at AED 245 (roughly PKR 6900) AND SHIPPING IS FREE. You've got to get this for guys you like (with beards, naturally). Force them to use it if they're not on board. They'll be convinced after the first usage (test subject in my house so speaking from experience).
Buy the Black Box Grooming Kit here. And if you want extras, you can buy them separately at these links: Beard Shampoo, Unscented Beard Oil, Sandalwood Beard Oil, and Beard Balm.
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This post is in collaboration with Babel Alchemy but all opinions are mine as always.
Until next time.