This week I have been using a balm on my beard from Heavy Metal Gentleman, lovingly produced by Laura and Thomas.
The first thing I have to mention is that when messaging Laura and Thomas, the passion for their products is so obvious. Now I know that the majority of people who create and sell a product are passionate about it, but when you visit the website http://www.heavymetalgentleman.com/home you feel like you are buying from a person and not a company. The blog even has a twenty questions about us and so you really get a feel of who they are and about their plans to grow Heavy Metal Gentleman into a business that not only sells you products for your beard but has the accessories to style you as well.
Anyway, back to the balm! It’s a nice size tin containing 50ml of balm and I have the Citrus Mint balm, a smooth blend of orange and spearmint to create a fresh citrus scent, finished with a subtle hint of cinnamon. The body of the balm contains Beeswax, shea butter, cacao oil, jojoba, Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Castor oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut oil and that is why it’s really not worth the hassle of making your own!
At the moment the weather is in single figures and so any balm will be slightly more set, a small amount, about the size of my thumb nail was warmed by rubbing in the palms of my hand and then I worked it into my beard. It is one of those products where you think “what is that smell, I recognise it”, its actually a spearmint and orange smell with a hint of chocolate and its good.
It makes my beard feel very fresh and it feels amazing, combed into place the balm gives a light hold to my facial hair.
I actually normally prefer an oil to a balm and so the oil in the box from Laura and Thomas intrigued me the most, I thought that I would test the balm first and save the oil. However I love this balm and I was meant to be washing my beard and testing the oil today but I couldn’t resist using the balm again.
As you can see from this photo and the photo of Laura and Thomas at the top, the look of the product is as important as the product itself and took as much thought. It was quite exciting when a box was delivered and inside was this plain and yet classy looking box adorned with the Heavy Metal Gentleman logo, the contents were safely nestled in a heavy shredded concertina style card, this really gives the product a top quality look.
Update: Thom and Laura have started a new life in Canada and at this time have ceased producing Heavy Metal Gentleman products. It’s a real shame as I love their products and hopefully they will set up again in the future.