Name: Amanda Clarke Age : 32
Brand name: Bamboo Beard Co.
Where do you live? East Lothian, Scotland
Why did you choose that name for your brand? I have been known as “Atomic Panda” for a number of years through my hobby – Roller Derby, and thought it should be relevant to me, so I decided upon ‘Bamboo’ because of the relation bamboo has to pandas.
When did you first start making beard care products? I had been making products for a wee while before selling them, but officially it was around July 2017.
What is your favourite thing about making and selling beard care products? Both my partner and I agree that it’s nice making nice things for nice people. The nice messages we have received from people giving feedback is the most heart-warming sense of well-being you could ask. It really is humbling.
What do you dislike about making and selling beard care? There aren’t many things to be honest, but Adam’s pillows getting covered in beard oil is a pain!
How many hours do you normally spend making beard care in a week? Around 15 hours
Where do you make the beard care products? In my designated sterile workspace at home
What is your favourite product from your brand? Cherry Bakewell oil and Woodmeister balm
What one other beard care brand or brand owner do you admire? Both Adam and I agree that Carson’s Apothecary make lovely products. Adam has been very keen on their Arabian Pomegranate oil.
What plans do you have for the brand? Plans have varied since we try to go with what our fans like the best. It’s difficult to say, however Adam and I have dabbled with a couple of ideas.
What are your hobbies? I play roller derby for Lothian Derby Dolls several times a week. My partner, Adam also plays the bagpipes for Haddington Pipe Band.
Are you married/in a relationship? Adam and I are in a relationship.
What motivates you? I enjoy projects and goals I set myself. I enjoy tinkering and trying out new ideas. However, the kind words and feedback our customers have given us and continue to give us on a daily basis really gives you a boost.
What are your strengths? I don’t really give up. I usually find a way to conquer a problem.
What are your weaknesses? I am not good with criticism; however I do try to turn a negative into a positive in my favour.
When was the last time you were angry? About 5 minutes ago.
What happened? Adam farted and wafted the sheets!
If you weren’t making beard care what would you want to do for a job? I am also currently a dental nurse.
What were you like in high school? A little bit of a rebel.
Do you talk much? Yeah, I enjoy a good chin-wag and catch up with friends.
Are you introvert or extrovert? Extrovert.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? A panda, obviously! How do you handle stress and pressure? I don’t sleep at night, but sleep like a baby when it’s all fixed.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? I flipped my car at a whopping 30mph.
What’s the best holiday you can imagine? To go scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
What is your favourite food? Umm…I like food a lot. This is quite a hard question. But nothing quite beats my mum or my gran’s macaroni cheese! Oh, my gran’s stew and dough balls was pretty epic too!
What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Gin
What is your most proud achievement? The wee man; our son, Wee Adam.
What is/are your phobias? Heights are a no-go
You can read my reviews of Bamboo Beard Co here.