Yes that’s right, I have been Threatened with action over a beard oil review!
Here is the review
Now I review honestly and of course all the reviews are my opinion, couple that with the fact that they sent the oil to me for a review and it’s just ridiculous.
So what has been said?
Message received Sat 10th March at 12.47pm
The claim that I continue to repost the review is laughable, I am always sharing and repsoting my reviews and blogs, if I fail to do that, I notice a drop in website traffic! As for submitting the oil for a personal review, well Beard Spunk knew whoI am am what I do and this is them desperately trying to wriggle out of it!
So I posted about this on Guardians of the Beard to get the opinion of the guys and also shared it on my reviews page, after all we should always be prepared for the fact that we are wrong, that we have made a mistake and that’s okay, we are human and we mess up occasionally.
However the overwhelming response and opinion is that as I knew, I am entitled to my opinion!
Beard Spunk are understandably not happy with the review, they have marketed a product and they hoped it would be a good product. The thing to do would be to listen and act, make changes because the truth is that the Beard Spunk oil was just a bottle of Argan oil with Black Pepper essential oils to scent and yet was at the time priced at £14.
I have tested and reviewed over 300 beard care products, beard care isn’t cheap and that is because we pay for the time, effort and skill that most brands put into creating a base blend of various carrier oils chosen for their various benefits. Then added to that is a blend of essential oils chosen for scent and their benefits and that can be an expensive process.
They tried saying that they chose quality over using multiple oils, but the good brands do both and it shows in the final product!
So I now wait to see if they do set their ‘legal team’ upon me, but the truth is that their response to my review has been far more damaging than what I said in the review. Tesla tried to sue Jeremy Clarkson over his opinions of their car and lost, you can see that here.
As for asking me to cease using their logo, well I am not using it to sell, build a business or try to copy them. I’m entitled to do so in my reviews.
The latest attempt at intimidation by Beard Spunk is to file a trademark complaint with YouTube over the review, the claim is that my use of their logo in the review is logo infringement. Of course this isn’t the case, when they reported it, they would have seen the the YouTube legal policies on logos and trademarks as below.
Using someone else’s trademark in a username, tags, or the title of your video does not necessarily constitute infringement. However, if there is content on your profile or video that would confuse viewers into believing that the trademark owner created or sponsors your page or content, then the trademark owner’s rights may be infringed. In these cases, we may remove the content in question, so it’s important to be sensitive to other people’s trademark rights when choosing a username or adding metadata to your videos.
So then they try to play the part of being the victim!
It really is laughable that they think it is okay to threaten legal action and then find it surprising that I then make a stand by using social media to expose their bullying! It is far too easy for people with money to think they can intimidate by threating legal action, they hope that because we don’t have the money to defend ourselves, that we will just comply. Social media is a powerful tool and it is an amazing tool to showcase this type of intimidation, by sharing the threats its lets the world know the morals of the brand owners.
My advice and opinion for the Beard Spunk owners is, create an oil that is worth buying and chalk it up as experience!